Fellow Nigerians, I doubt if there is anyone who
does not see and feel President Muhammadu
Buhari is a complex character. As a matter of
fact, that is the veritable hallmark of his persona
and super brand. Those of us that supported him
voluntarily, and almost blindly, last year did so
out of our acute frustration with Project Nigeria.
There were those who hated his guts but still
went ahead to vote for him because they
expected him to wave the fabled magic wand
and bring sanity and succour to our insane clime.
What no one bargained for was the repercussion,
and reverberation, of such venture and
adventure. As always, Nigerians felt their
situation could never be worse under Buhari than
that of the 16-year rule of profligacy of the PDP
and the squander-manic regime of President
The APC operatives ran a blistering campaign
with active collaboration and connivance from
some of us. On the matter of the continuation of
the Jonathan Presidency, there was no
negotiation. Even now as people pummel us over
the seeming inertia or retrogression of the
Buhari government, I still stand by my decision to
support Major General Muhammadu Buhari, warts
and all. Walahi, I would have loved any of the
combinations of Donald Duke, Nasir El Rufai,
Rotimi Amaechi, Aminu Tambuwal, Mobola
Johnson, Babatunde Raji Fashola, Nuhu Ribadu,
Oby Ezekwesili, Charles Soludo, Akinwunmi
Adesina, Pat Utomi, Kayode Fayemi, and some of
our other tested and brightest young stars.
They may have their personal foibles like all
mortals do but I’m persuaded that Nigeria would
have joined the comity of other nations parading
some youthful cerebral leaders by now. But the
ways of Nigerian politicians are not the ways of
mere mortals. We have our unique and peculiar
methods of doing things. Our incorrigibility is
almost second to none. Everything about us is
about self and self alone. Everyone’s permutation
is about who is his friend, school mate, church
member, Muslim brother, godfather or godson,
village folk, and so on. It is not about what you
know but more about who you know. Nepotism is
the order of the day!
That is why the best of the myriad of Nigerian
brains would never be able to win elections at
certain levels because of our irredeemable
obsession with primordial and parochial
sentiments. The import of my preamble is that
Buhari was a product of our maddening and
inordinate search for a near saint amongst us
and he perfectly fitted the bill. Buhari himself
must have assumed that the votes given to him
were signed off carte-blanche and in blind trust.
I’m sure he never expected that the honeymoon
would not be an endless romance.
But things and times have changed. It is now
sour grapes time. Except for profiteers and/or
pretenders who would not tell our President the
gospel truth, things are falling apart. The reasons
are not because of what Buhari and company
are doing wrong but because of what they are
not doing right which I hope to enumerate and
I had chosen to write on this topic before I
received the message quoted below from a
young, concerned Nigerian reflecting on the
“new” rebranding that we have been subjected
to. His views mirror the present mood of the
nation and the restiveness of our people
especially the young ones who fought gallantly
for Change and PMB!
“President Buhari, with all due respect to your
high office, you are losing me. What’s wrong?
What’s wrong with your advisers? Who got you to
sign up to the cliché called “Change Begins With
Me” and to throw the weight of your office
behind it? Did they put together a crack team of
psychologists, communicators, sociologists,
political scientists, etc? I refuse to believe that
this programme, and especially the name, is the
product of deep thinking and reflection.
First, the idea that “Change Begins With Me”,
renders all our efforts to get you elected in 2015
worthless. Heck, why did we bother? If it’s going
to start with us Lilliputs, we might as well have
left Goodluck Jonathan in office and allow him
and his band of hopeless cohorts to get on with
the good job they were doing of raping Nigeria.
Don’t you get it? Change began with you! We, the
people, already implemented the biggest change
possible with turning around this country by
electing you on the mantra of change. So why
are you now passing the buck? The buck is on
your desk. Make the change happen and we will
follow from there. It’s over a year and many,
sadly, are already suffering buyer’s remorse.
Arrest the trend!
Secondly, what change can any single individual
put into action that will impact the culture and
behaviour of 180m people in double quick time?
We are in a hurry, Mr. President. So much has
been lost. So to rely on Adeola, Abubakar or
Opara to start the change and hope that we will
be counting gains in months is delusional. You
don’t have all the time. We do not have the time.
Start the Change!” – Chris Adetayo
Let me reiterate that I have had the privilege of
meeting and interacting with some members of
the Buhari administration.
I can confirm that I have held discussions and
communicated the feelings of both the rich and
poor on the streets directly to them. However, I
am not sure that they are in tune with the reality
of things on this side of the divide. I believe I
have sufficient knowledge of the political history
of Nigeria. I’m afraid to say, I see the same
symptoms of afflictions that ravaged previous
governments and rendered them incapacitated.
I’m saddened that no lessons seemed to have
been learnt from our beleaguered past.
Government appears to believe only in its own
mind-set and every complaint or suggestion is
summed up in some dangerous conclusions: the
wailing wailers; corruption is fighting back; the
suffering of Nigerians is exaggerated, etc.
Equally worrisome is the apparent paranoia that
has crept into our senior government officials.
Every commentator or demonstrator is perceived
an enemy of government. I was surprised to read
how my childhood friend and brother, Femi
Adesina, singled me out in his article yesterday
and accused me of insinuating that he was too
comfortable in Aso Rock. There are so many
occupants in Aso Rock and I know the limits of
Femi’s influence on the men of power. I can
never blame him for what I clearly know is
beyond him. He faces the same dilemma of his
predecessors who found themselves defending
the indefensible in order to exhibit their hard
work, competence and loyalty. It is a delicate
and thankless job that leads oftentimes to
Golgotha. I love Femi so much that I would
rather offer him my sincere prayers instead of
Let me go to the next case at hand. I could not
believe the shabby treatment meted to Mrs Oby
Ezekwesili and other members of the Bring Back
Our Girls agitators. Their harmless and
defenceless group is being harassed for merely
exercising their constitutionally guaranteed rights
of expression, association and movement. They
constitute no danger whatsoever to society. Even
if President Buhari won’t receive or entertain
them, a senior member of the Federal
Government should have been assigned to meet,
pacify and reassure them.
Something is terminally wrong with our crisis
management capabilities. Our proclivity for
mismanaging and escalating troubles is
legendary. This particular case is as disgraceful
as it is unnecessary. Once upon a time, in the
not too distant past, these were the friends of
Buhari. They had pinned their hope on the
muscular and military abilities of our President to
liberate the Chibok girls in a jiffy. If things were
proving difficult as it seems, constant dialogue is
the only way out of the debacle.
But the handlers of Buhari prefer to fuel the long
held belief or myth that Buhari is a mean and
ruthless man. This is not good. It also comes at
the wrong time. This administration has been
accused of several human rights abuses and,
according to the Minster of Foreign Affairs,
Geoffrey Onyeama, the President is heading for
the United Nations on Tuesday to make the case
that his administration is not guilty of such
allegations. Intolerance for the rights of
expression, association and movement cannot be
a good way of making out such a case.
Anyone who has met President Buhari would
readily attest to his simplicity and humility. His
witty jokes are remarkable and legendary, just
like his hearty smiles and laughter are infectious.
He certainly means well for Nigeria and wants to
rid our nation of the debilitating cankerworm of
corruption and indiscipline. Why, therefore, would
anyone want to remind Nigerians that the Buhari
in uniform is not different from Buhari, the born
again democrat. Why are they compounding
Buhari’s image of an irascible dictator? Buhari
needs to make a conscious effort to tear the
toga of vindictiveness and irritability that appears
to surround him. The biggest image deficit he
has today is due to the fact that his biggest pet
project, the war against corruption, is believed to
be largely uncoordinated and too staccato in
It is difficult to ignore the cries of so many
Nigerians who feel let down by a government
that promised so much change but seems to
have short-changed the people who saw Buhari
as a liberator. Even if some of the most
vociferous complainants are being cheeky and
outright mischievous, many are doing so out of
genuine concern. They do not want Buhari to
fail. It is someone who loves you unconditionally
that can do this. They are worried that the
President behaves like a man who feels he has
all the time in the world when in reality he has
none. Some believe that he started fading and
failing when he took his time in selecting his
ministers and advisers. The intractable squabbles
in his Party has also contributed to the lacklustre
nature of his government. APC does not look or
act like a Party in power. There seems to be no
serious input from the Party to the affairs of
government and governance.
The government has been wobbling and fumbling
by doing the same things PDP used to do that
led to the disintegration of the biggest political
party in Africa, according to their self-
glorification. The war of attrition in PDP has
been passed on to APC. A house divided against
itself is inviting extermination. And whenever
politicians fight dirty it affects governance
The economy is in shambles and the commonest
justification is that Jonathan’s gang looted the
treasury. All that is well and good. But Nigerians
knew this and therefore voted for Change! We
promised to make things much better. Fighting
corruption alone would not save Nigeria. We
must fight endemic poverty. If Alhaji Lai
Muhammed likes, let him launch a million
campaigns and waste more scarce resources on
doing a rehash of what past governments did
that led nowhere. The Yoruba have a way of
describing this kind of unproductive
sermonisation: “Eni ebi npa ko gbo iwaasu!” (A
hungry man does not listen to sermons in the
What the people want to see are the following: a
drastic reduction in the size and budget of our
over-bloated governments; a sustained war
against poverty; protection of lives and
properties; creating a less rancorous atmosphere
for businesses to thrive; special concessions and
incentives to employers of labour; a stable
currency; upgrading our educational system and
making the schools’ curriculum more relevant to
our communities and society in general; provision
of social infrastructure, particularly power, good
roads, hospitals and potable water; and so on.
The mind-set of gloating over the fall of some
former members of the privileged class is
counter-productive. We must be careful of the
image portrayed to foreign investors. Let
government concentrate urgently on alleviating
the suffering of the people. It is obvious that
government may never be able to collect enough
money back from the brigands and looters to
make appreciable impact on our national
treasury. We should stop building our castle in
the air and start thinking outside the box.
“She Took Care Of My Son When I Left To UK To Give Birth To My Twins” — Kindhearted Nigerian Woman Rewards Her Housemaid With Canada Sponsorship
A Nigerian lady identified as Lioness Eze wrote: “Miracle is her name
She was a maid to me.
She’s here in Canada to do her first degree in IT innovation ( I’m her full sponsor). She’s 20
She took care of my son when I left to UK to put to bed to my twins. My son never for one day felt I wasn’t around him.
Each time my son asks of where the dad is, she’s always there for him to make sure no vacuum at all
When we relocated to Canada, I started pursuing her greener pastures.
I applied for her degree program into same university as mine in Ontario. She got the admission, I started applying for her visa, she was denied first time. But she was granted visa the second time and was given 3 years visa to study in Canada.
She has arrived😁😁 pictures bellow
She even traveled with us to UK for summer 😁
Isn’t her name speaking for her?(Miracle)
NB : she calls me mommy, ( her biological mother is late) she’s my older daughter now, anywhere U see her, tap her back and tell her she’s really a miracle to her generation
GRACE GOD has given me which is unique from others is, you can’t be around me and remain same. If you are around me and your life never changes, it means you need to change ur attitude.”
I’m still single and searching – 70-year-old virgin Cries
An elderly woman has lamented being single and still searching because she rejected many men in the name of sacrificing her life to give her siblings a good education before getting married.
“The reason I am still single is that I haven’t found the right man for me. But when I was still a young girl, several men were chasing after me. I dated several, but I refused to get married before my siblings graduated because I was the one who was taking care of them. Men would approach me for marriage and I would tell them no because I wanted to educate my siblings first, then marry later,” she said.
“If I get a husband, I would get married. I’m ready to be a wife and move in together with my husband,” Alphonsine said.
Time To Sanction Wike Has Come, He Has Touched The Tiger’s Tail- Atiku’s Camp
For daring to call for the expulsion of the presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar, the camp and political associates of the former vice president has moved against Nyesom Wike, asking the NWC to discipline him.
They described Wike as a serial betrayal who formed the group of five governors that committed series of anti party activities against the PDP during the February 25 presidential election.
Director of Research and Documentation of the PDP Presidential Campaign, Dr. Pedro Obasike said,
“Wike coming out to ask for the expulsion of the number one leader of the party and the presidential flag bearer of the party and the recipient of the mandate of the Nigerian people as declared in INEC’s submission that we won 21 states and asking Atiku to be expelled from the party, Wike has crossed the red line and now, he should be ready. He has all the money to fight us back because we are coming at him like a thousand bricks.
“He has unleashed the dogs of war and we will not sit back and watch him ride rough over the party and majority of Nigerians like he did for 8 years over the humility of the Rivers people. That can no longer suffice”.
He also challenged Wike to publish his bank account when he assumed office as a governor and after his eight years tenure as the governor of Rivers state.
According to Obaseke, “Wike is a member of the APC, a sitting Minister of an APC government. Wike openly campaigned against the PDP. You see, by their fruits, we shall know them. By all intents and purposes, Wike is not a member of the PDP’ .
“If you remember clearly, just a few months to the election, Barrister Nyesom Wike, then the governor of Rivers State ran to the court to get an injunction to preclude and stop the PDP from expelling him from the party. If he was so untouchable and bigger than the entire party machinery, why did he do that? Whether we like it or not, Wike is Satan lieutenant.
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