IN DEFENCE OF OBASANJO
Nigerians are harsh judges and critics. With some justification they reserve their harshest criticism for their governments and public leaders. Thanks to decades of misrule and corrupt incompetence, the stock and respect for public officials has fallen to rock bottom. Nigerians may have become so accustomed to bad governance that they have blinded themselves to the positives of the last government. In their reflective lacerating criticism the government of the immediate past President Olusegun Obasanjo has taken a battering in public opinion and has been compared to the worst regimes in Nigeria's history. The test of a government's achievements (or lack thereof) should be whether it left the country in a better position than that in which it found it. The answer to this question in the case of the Obasanjo government is "yes". This article seeks to show that the achievements of the Obasanjo government in some key areas have been ignored.
After years of brutal and repressive military dictatorship under General Sani Abacha, Nigeria's name was mud in international circles. Nigeria had been suspended from the Commonwealth and had a visa embargo placed on members of its government. The U.S., U.N., Britain and Amnesty International all frequently issued damning condemnations of the misrule and corruption in Nigeria, its gross human rights abuses and the engagement of many of its citizens in international drug trafficking. When Nigeria's last military ruler General Abdulsalam Abubakar announced plans to return the country to civilian democratic rule in 1998, another former military ruler (General Ibrahim Babangida) stated that the new ruler had to be someone who has "an excellent understanding of our political historyÔÇŽÔÇŽhe would have to have an understanding of the military ÔÇô so we could do business with him". Obasanjo certainly fit the bill. Obasanjo's major rival as Presidential candidate of the PDP was the erudite Alex Ekwueme. One commentator metaphorically referred to the contrasting background and temperament of the two men by describing Ekwueme as a chauffeur driver and Obasanjo as a truck driver. He concluded by stating that Nigeria needs a truck driver to steer it.
When the "truck driver" Obasanjo came to power some western diplomats privately conceded that he was the best they could hope for in the circumstances. Like Britain's former Prime Minister Tony Blair, Obasanjo was a Head of State more popular and respected abroad than in his own country. He had cultivated an image as an international statesman with the pivotal mediating role he played as one of the Commonwealth's "Eminent Persons" group who negotiated the release of Nelson Mandela. He was the first (and at that time only) Nigerian leader to have voluntarily relinquished power and handed it over to an elected leader. He had also at one point also been a leading candidate to become UN Secretary-General. These feats were not lost on the international community. His personal standing with world leaders and the prestige of his economic team helped Nigeria to reschedule and repay its Paris club debt, and in the process Nigeria became the first African country to repay its Paris club debt. Between 1979 and 1999 Nigeria had accumulated external debts of over $30 billion. That $30 billion debt which took two decades to accumulate has been reduced to under $5 billion in the space of eight years under Obasanjo.
Decades of military coups and misrule ensured that Obasanjo inherited the most thoroughly politicized army in the world. Some elements of the army were viewed as little more than armed political parties that could threaten the existence of any civilian government. Thus when in 1999, Obasanjo became Nigeria's first democratic President for 15 years, the fear was that it would only be a matter of time before the army found an excuse to abandon the barracks for another government rescue operation. In his outgoing speech in 1993, the then Chief of Army Staff Lt-General Salihu Ibrahim revealed how deep the rot was. Describing the Nigerian army as "an army of anything goes", Ibrahim added:
"I hold the strong view that any military organization that intends to remain professional and relevant to its calling ,has no business meddling in the political affairs of the countryÔÇŽIt is an open secret that some officers openly preferred political appointments to regimental appointments, no matter the relevance of such appointments to their careersÔÇŽwe became an army where subordinate officers would not only be contemptuous of their superiors ,but would exhibit total disregard to legitimate instructions by such superiorsÔÇŽWe created such a situation whereby we were operating mini-armies within the larger Nigerian army."
The fear and threat of a military coup was very real, as since 1966, the military had tolerated civilian rule for only 4 years, and busied themselves with Machiavellian coups and counter-coups. These coups have almost always been carried out by the same group of soldiers. The young NCOs and Lieutenants that blasted Major-General Aguiyi-Ironsi from power in 1966 became Colonels that overthrew his successor General Gowon in 1975, and they became the Brigadiers and Major-Generals that overthrew President Shagari on the last day of 1983. One of the aides of Obasanjo's predecessor as Head of State General Abdulsalam Abubakar was quoted by the Guardian of London in 1998 as follows:
"Cadet officers now talk openly not of having the ambition to become a battalion commander but of what they would like to do when they become governors of a state. The politicization of the military has gone too far."
There was a genuine need to restructure and de-politicize the army and the international diplomats at one stage mooted a radical an ambitious plan to retire all officers above the rank of Major using a one billion pound retirement fund to finance early retirement packages for middle and senior officers. However no one was prepared to undertake a dangerous operation like a mass demobilization in the army which was regarded as untouchable. General Murtala Muhammed had after all been assassinated by officers opposed to his demobilization plans. The military was so politically powerful at 1999 that the incumbent service chiefs of the army, navy and air force (Lt-General Ishaya Bamaiyi, Vice-Admiral Jubril Ayinla and Air Marshal Nsikak Eduok respectively) initially refused to retire when the army handed over to a democratic government in May 1999. Only after weeks of national debate were they persuaded to stand down.
Within Obasanjo's first month in power in 1999, the government drew up a list of all armed forces officers that had served in military governments for 6 months or more. All such officers (numbering over 100) were compulsorily retired. The retirements swept out a number of immensely powerful and wealthy officers who could have been sources of future political discontent and coup plots. The retired political officers included Major-General Patrick Aziza (who chaired the ÔÇścoup' tribunal that convicted Obasanjo and Shehu Musa Yar'Adua in 1995), Air Vice Marshal Idi Musa (accused of framing up Diya and co during the 1999 coup plot), former Abacha regime members Major-Generals Bashir Magashi, Abdullahi Mukhtar and Chris Garuba (former Commandant of the National War College), the former commander of the Brigade of Guards Brigadier Yakubu Muazu, the former Military Governor of Rivers State Colonel Dauda Musa Komo (who was instrumental in events leading up to the arrest and detention of Ken Saro-Wiwa), Major General John Mark Inienger (former ECOMOG commander), Air Vice Marshal Idi Musa (former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency who was accused by some of being one of those that framed Diya, Adisa and Olanrewaju in the 1997 coup plot against Abacha) and the popular and powerful former Military Governor of Lagos Brigadier Mohammed Marwa. The 8 year period that Obasanjo governed in (1999-2007) is the longest period of time in Nigeria's history without a military coup. It is no coincidence that a coup failed to occur in the absence of the retired political officers. Under Obasanjo the army was commanded by apolitical professional officers such as General Martin Luther Agwai, who was recently moved to command the UN force in Darfur.
Obasanjo also broke the northern stranglehold on leadership of the army. Since the overthrow of General Gowon in 1975, there have been 16 Chiefs of Army Staff. All but 3 of these 16 have been northerners. The three southerners to hold the post (Lt-General Alani Akinrinade, Generals Alexander Ogomudia and Andrew Owoye Azazi) were all appointed by Obasanjo.
A frequently made and unjustified accusation made against Obasanjo is that he is "anti-Igbo". Nothing could be further from the truth. Quite frankly, Igbos have never had it as good as they have under Obasanjo. Obasanjo's cabinet included among its senior ministers Mrs Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (Finance Minister) and Tom Aguiyi-Ironsi (Defense Secretary) the son of Nigeria's first military Head of State Major-General Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi. With Professor Charles Soludo in charge of the CBN and Okonjo-Iweala in charge of the finance ministry, Obasanjo had literally given Igbos control of the economy and financial sector. In the military sphere Obasanjo has also rehabilitated Igbos into leadership positions. The current Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Paul Dike is the first Igbo in the 93 year history of Nigeria to ever head the air force. He was appointed byÔÇŽ.Obasanjo. Dike is now also the highest ranking Igbo officer in the history of the Nigerian armed forces. His rank is equivalent to that of a Lt-General in the army. A decade ago appointing Igbos to head sensitive security positions such as the Defense Ministry and the air force would have been taboo.
Nigeria has had several powerful Communications Ministers such as Joseph Tarka and Brigadiers Murtala Muhammed and David Mark. The latter once infamously declared that telephones were not meant to be utilized by poor people. Several attempts to bring mass communication to Nigeria between independence in 1960 and 1999 had brought no tangible benefits. Businessmen frequently traveled for miles and hours to attend meetings that could be resolved with a brief telephone conversation. The state owned telecommunications company Nitel was known only for poor service and faulty phones which would never connect calls, and telephone lines that would result in crossed lines or connections to the wrong line on the rare occasions that calls were put through. All that changed with the liberalization and privatization of the telecoms sector which made mobile telephones easily affordable and obtainable by the rich and common alike. Nigeria is the fastest growing mobile telephony market in the world. The rapid spread of mobile telephones has also made business easier for the micro-entrepreneur who is now able to submit orders by telephone rather than by making long and hazardous road journeys for face to face meetings. It has also allowed Nigerians in the Diaspora to easily maintain contact with relatives and loved ones back in Nigeria, whereas only a few years ago Nigerians overseas would often go for years without speaking to their families in Nigeria due to the unreliability of local telephones. The social and economic benefits brought by the spread of mobile phones in Nigeria has been greatly understated and Obasanjo's government has not been given sufficient credit for those benefits.
I do not make a dramatic statement by stating that corruption in private and government spheres has been a massive obstacle to Nigeria's development. One need only consider the scandal of the missing Gulf War oil windfall, and the houses full of government cash kept by former government figures such as former National Security Adviser Ismaila Gwarzo, and the former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Lt-General Jerry Useni. On his release from prison in 1998, Obasanjo declared that "Our moral standards have really, really gone down. Nigeria needs a moral and spiritual regeneration." On becoming President he declared that fighting corruption would be one of his primary aims. He created the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ÔÇô the first body in Nigerian history totally dedicated to combating corruption. To head this body, Obasanjo appointed the tenacious police officer Nuhu Ribadu who was so aggressively dedicated to his task that he did not hesitate to expose corruption in his own organization (the police force). He even indicted his own boss (the former Inspector-General of police Tafa Balogun), leading to his boss' dismissal, arrest and imprisonment. For the first time in Nigerian history, government ministers have been convicted of corruption and imprisoned under a civilian regime. The list of those indicted include the former Governor of Plateau State Joshua Dariye and the former Governor of Bayelsa State Diepreye Alamieyeseigha. The corruption in Nigeria is too deeply rooted to be removed by a short term campaign. Only a prolonged decades long continuous assault on corruption and re-orientation of values will bring corruption down to manageable levels. Nonetheless the EFCC has at least created public consciousness of the anti-corruption campaign and made it a talking point. This is reflected in the saying on Nigerian streets that "the fear of EFCC is the beginning of wisdom".
The OBJ Kitchen Cabinet
Rather than appoint cronies and his kinsmen to key government positions, Obasanjo assembled an impressive team of capable reformers such as the internationally acclaimed former Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (a former World Bank officer), the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria Professor Charles Soludo, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Nasir El-Rufai, the EFCC Chairman Nuhu Ribadu, and the NAFDAC Director-General Professor Dora Akunliyi. Each of the foregoing has distinguished themselves and performed admirably in their portfolio. Professor Soludo has totally revamped Nigeria's banking sector and Mrs Okonjo-Iweala was the architect of Nigeria's debt rescheduling and repayment plan which led to the repayment of its debt to the Paris Club. In 2006 Soludo won two awards by being named the most outstanding central bank governor in the world, and in Africa.
The author is no Obasanjo
acolyte or apologist and concedes that is flawed. The only objective barometer
by which Obasanjo can be assessed is by comparing him to his predecessors. On
that front he cannot be accused of not having love for Nigeria in his heart, and
he has managed to positively impact the lives of Nigeria's citizens more than
his predecessors Abacha and Babangida. The comparisons of him to Abacha are
laughable. Abacha had no reform programme or political plan other than his bid
to transform himself from a military to civilian dictator. There are several
spheres in which Obasanjo could have performed better, but in criticizing his
governance, the critics should also show objectivity by highlighting his
Re: In Defence of Obasanjo
Tonsoyo posted on 09-09-2007, 13:42:23 PM
I appreciate this writer more for having the courage to write this piece, knowing that Nigerians are aversed to anything pro-government, in as much as the person in charge is not their benefactor or to some from their ethnic stock.
Re: In Defence of Obasanjo
Zanderlex posted on 09-09-2007, 16:00:13 PM
Even the dreaded Anini did some good. The point is that Obasanjo had the chance on multiple occasions to make Nigeria better than it is today but he made a concious choice out of selfishness to lead Nigeria to the path of slow death by the singular action of masterminding the emergence of an illegitimate government.
Re: In Defence of Obasanjo
Anon posted on 09-09-2007, 18:04:02 PM
GBAM GBAM GBAM GBAM GBAM. People forget that depending on who you ask that all these leaders Max compares to Obsanjo would have something about them that they like.
More Gbosas for you but it even goes beyond the elections. The fact that we have no physical infastructure to boast off, despite the high record oil revenue that his adminsitration got relative to all others, it just makes you wonder. People talk about buying shares all the time, but yet there are no hospitals, no roads and no food to eat.
Re: In Defence of Obasanjo
Dirosky posted on 09-10-2007, 01:28:52 AM
Obsanjo, Yar Adua - they have the chance to make history. A chance most people in the Nigerian community will never get. Obasanjo did not make history so in essence he failed. The opportunity to lead your nation is one that should be cherished. Sadly because of the way people get this chance (through the sort of elections we hold), the value is greatly diminished.
That not withstanding, any president that spends 8 years in office in Nigeria and does not improve our most basic of infrastructure, has failed. End of.
Yar Adua has his chance and will be judged similarly in 7 years.
All the obasanjo apologists should carry on. It is their right as is that of those that suffer everyday to insist on no more mediocrity.
Re: In Defence of Obasanjo
X-Ray posted on 09-10-2007, 04:50:52 AM
I am grateful and extremely thankful for sound minds like these who have invaluable sense of Nigerian history and politics.
The writer has provided tremendously vital bits of information I am sure many, including myself, have till now not been privileged to know. The careful breakdown of the different positive aspects of the last administration was particularly remarkable and I hope that those with open minds will learn form this. Really, little can be done about those who hold a bias against the former president, for they have an entirely different motivation. But we can focus on the many who want to move this country forward as a united entity bound for stability and success.
Whilst some succumb to a permanent fatalistic and divisive outlook for Nigeria, their counterparts are back home in Nigeria making worthy contributions to the growth and development of this nation with such great potential. It is my believe that Nigeria is on the rise as evidently indicated by the many developments highlighted in this article. And Nigeria shall continue to rise in spite of nay-sayers who brim with unbelievable hate-filled pessimism. There are many Nigerians who can discern success from failure, progress from stagnation, and hope from despair.
There are critics and there are critics. There those who criticize for the sake of criticizing, and never see an ounce of progress come whatever. What they fail to realize is, that their one-sidedness criticisms make their agendas abundantly clear to sound minds.
I agree with the writer that the Obasanjo government was far from excellent, but it has given us a platform and direction that is leading us away from the chaos of the past towards a more fruitful future.
The process of governance is a continuous affair, and the baton of leadership has been handed over to a new leader, who happened to also be the choice of the former president. Umaru Yar Ardua is already benefiting from the tracks of progress laid down by his predecessor. Both men have demonstrated their commitment to the Nigerian project, and it's only natural they might have different modes of operation. But the aim is the same to empower Nigerians and uplift Nigeria. So will the real lovers of the Nigerian state please stand up!
Re: In Defence of Obasanjo
RAYNOSA posted on 09-10-2007, 06:07:37 AM
I must say a big thank you for this article,If for 8years OBJ was able to achive so little given the abundant resources at his disposal.
It will be only wise for YAR'DUA'S government to re-write OBJ's carry overs,then give themselves a good score sheet.Though i sincerely do not see them doing this.
Scolding PAST GOVERNMENT all the time will do us no good as a NATION.
From the look of things OBJ'S government id sure going to be better than YAR'DUA'S.
Re: In Defence of Obasanjo
Peterclaver2006 posted on 09-10-2007, 08:36:44 AM
When he was running away in 1993, Babangida thought he could one day, re-write history to serve his purpose. For this, he heaped on himself so many appellate and spoke so vainly of how he re-engineered Nigeria. Today, he is a living witness that you can't fool the people all the time. Obasanjo mimicked and indeed surpassed as his humiliating failure of the eight years became obvious. He tagged himself, ┬Ĺfounder of modern Nigeria', ┬Ĺfather of a new Nigeria' and such other vain epaulettes that only advertise his limitations. As Babangida commissioned so many revisionists to commence his re-invention quest after failing so badly, so is Obasanjo, so frustrated with just a prologue of his disastrous siege of the last eight years, have done. But we know that these are exercises that are doomed before they are started because one cannot run away from his deeds. Idi Amin, Jean Bedel Bokassa, Samuel Doe, Mobutu Seseseko, Mengitsu Haile Mariam and such other soulmates of Obasanjo sure have their own trumpeters. Such fluid and vacuous ┬Ĺachievements' the author struggled to put together all tailspinned into the hellish enclave we have in our hands today. If Obasanjo and co thought they would live on such tenuous struggles to whitewash a disastrous regime which, with over N40 trillion, reduced life expectancy from 55 years to 39 years, then it has a job in its hands. If for eight years, a regime has nothing to celebrate than lying about settling Ndigbo (such horrible farce), setting up a kitchen cabinet of cronies, setting up a hunt dog in EFCC, licensing telecommunications companies, extorted them green and unleashed them on Nigerians and such other incoherent ┬Ĺachievements' the writer sweated to invent, then we need nothing to prove the fact that this man, Obasanjo is a gross failure. Compared with Abacha, Obasanjo is a proven misfit, as shown in the riotous charade he ran for eight years. Abacha must be protesting from his grave presently for attempting to compare him with this duplicitous sly man called Obasanjo and he is right because given all indications, Abacha ran a better, more honest government than Obasanjo and this is a fact that is as real as it is damning for the deceptive regime and its handmaidens. With all manners of international sanctions, Abacha never subjected Nigerians to continuous extortions in the name of fuel price increases Obasanjo made a fundamental policy of his regime. Yet Abcha built roads, equipped hospitals, controlled the foreign exchange regime, perfectly handled inflation. Obasanjo was not able to achieve any of these with an eight years oil boom while he left with a sadistic imposition of another fuel price increment, with inflation nearing a 2,000 per cent digit, with all infrastructures dead and carted away by him and his cronies, with Nigeria leased to armed robbers and all manners of killers, etc.
Here is your Obasanjo, do you have any contrary view?
OBASANJO AND HISTORY'S JUDGMENT.
By Peter Claver Oparah
Recently, former President Olusegun Igbochukwu Obasanjo was quoted as expressing the optimism that history will someday vindicate him. The occasion was one of the sessions in self-masturbation, the type rulers who had wasted their commission and were on the cutting edge of history resort to. Styled a welcome ceremony by former students colleagues of his, newspaper reports had it that the ceremony was severally interrupted by power outage, an uncanny way history wanted to outrightly remind Obasanjo of the futility of eating one's cake and having it, as such hope for a brighter judgment by history he lacerated and raped so violently portends.
It was obvious that Obasanjo and the people that mount that dry re-invention quest for him were very much aware of what history and indeed the millions of Nigerians that suffered the buccannerist feel of Obasanjo in power had for the sly ex-leader. It was very clear what his standing is with a history that had been so generous to him yet he flunked all in the pursuit of annoying pettiness, guile, sheer duplicity, mediocrity, vanity and primitive personal greed. By laying the intended shortfalls of his anti-climatic regime on history, Obasanjo was trying to extend the elastic tolerance of history to unimaginable limits. For this he is home with all manners of under-achieving pretenders to leadership that diverted the primary spaces of their offices to serve narrow and often corrupt ends that shortchange the society in the long run. One other fellow that employs history in such demeaning light is Ibrahim Babangida, Obasanjo's soulmate in fraud and dubiety and with whom he wrote the leviathan of the present hobbled state, which devours its inhabitants with roaring passion.
But pray, how does Obasanjo want history to see him after the grand debauchery of the past eight years? Like Babangida deceived himself to think, does he think that history is an irreverent brunt bearer, a purifier of sorts that blots out one's misdemeanors and makes heroes of villains and vice versa? Is there any chance that Obasanjo was oblivious of the pallid state he endowed on the country with a bottomless revenue base in a regime that would shock the hell out of all of us on how a government should not be? Why is it that people like Muhammadu Buhari did not lay on history the burden of accounting for their deeds in office, even as the forces of revisionism seek to obliterate our perception of what is right or wrong?
But as to how history will remember Obasanjo, let me give him a sneak preview, if he and his trumpeters pretend they don't know. History will remember Obasanjo as the leader who came with trailer loads of promises and delivered mere trays of peanuts at the end of his regime. History will judge him by the power sector he promised to put right in six months but which at the end of six years degenerated from the over 3,000 megawatts he met to below 1,000 megawatts when he left, with trillions of megawatts of darkness generated by phantom power stations that gulped trillions of Naira in a cesspool of corruption Obasanjo dug. History will note that Obasanjo presided over the worst state of infrastructures recorded in the nation's history where the country was severed into several bits by irreparable roads while trillions of Naira went down the corrupt drain Obasanjo sunk in eight years of unimpeded waste-laying. History will remember Obasanjo for intentionally killing the nation's refineries under a dubious deregulation policy that ended up growing a cult of rent-seeking billionaires while impoverishing the masses.
History will remember Obasanjo as the regime that reaped an eight years oil windfall but which paradoxically inflicted the most callous, inhuman and mindless extortion on poverty-wracked citizenry through countless fuel price increments. History will remember Obasanjo for the organized corruption he promoted while mouthing the commitment to fighting corruption. While Babangida gave corruption an official stamp, Obasanjo tended and grew it to the stature of an all-encompassing decibel, an intractable anathema to national growth. History will remember Obasanjo for his sickening hypocrisy, annoying shortcomings, absurd pettiness, personal insecurity, morbid personality complex and his many deficits, which were rolled into one insipid brand of babaism, with all the attendant fatalism that prodded the country to the very edge of disaster as the eight years of unprecedented leadership dementia lasted.
History will remember Obasanjo as the grand patron of official stealing that doubled as an unlikely thief-catcher, with the myriad of untidy corrupt deals that will outlive many generations trailing his uninspiring frame. History will remember Obasanjo as the man that promoted a bizarre, asinine and insensate cult of educationally-challenged urchins, street toughs and mandarins to desecrate and trample the sacred canons of democracy while he celebrated them in a move to spite all that is sane and decent in Nigeria. From this morbid passion sprouted the anathema of the Lamidi Adedibus, the Uba dynasty, the Ahmadu Allis, the Ibrahim Mantus, the Anenihs, the Bode Georges and such other references of soulless gadflies that cooked up the contrived political flashpoints that flowered the descent into babaism.
History will remember Obasanjo as the leader whose feel on gold turned it to saw dust; the direct opposite of Midas and after whose deadly touch, Nigeria became a prostrate, clay footed giant lying lifeless on the slab of the political, economic and social undertakers Obasanjo grew while in office. History will remember Obasanjo as the man that promoted the violent defrauding of the poor and the weak and a callous empowering of a cult of sybaritic buccaneers that live on public rent and duping the whole for survival. A pervert Robin Hood that was driven by his personality deficits into believing that he would outrun his sordid past. History will remember Obasanjo for burying the educational and the health sectors, livewires of any society that aspires for progress and left the country with a carcass of ill-manufactured and poorly ventilated placebos.
History will remember Obasanjo as the man that destroyed while mounting empty sloganeering of good intent, a terribly circumspect and mediocre leader that rubbed off negatively on all sectors of governance. He remains the only leader that grew an economy in decayed infrastructures and pitched darkness! History will remember Obasanjo as the uncaring leader who feathered his nest and those of the dumb hirelings that sang his useless praises while inflicting maximum pains on the rest of the citizenry for eight years. History will remember Obasanjo as that lawless dictator that rode roughshod over the country's laws and statutes and denigrated its courts and traditions so as to serve his pristine interests. History will remember Obasanjo as the Nebuchadnezer that pursued vindictive policies that stood out for their crudity in persecuting those that disagree with him and rewarding those that urge him on his self-elected deathwish. History will remember Obasanjo as the one that twisted court judgments so as to make them amenable to his caprices. History will remember Obasanjo as the old man blinded by infantile selectiveness in dispensing favours and persecution, an unfeeling principality that relished the arts of naked sadism with such grand fervour. History will remember Obasanjo as the one who did the direct opposite of what he preached and preached the direct opposite of what he did. History will remember Obasanjo as the leader that lied with the prurience of a dripping basket, a grand adult that relished infantile games and pranks and adopted such a directive principle of governance in Nigeria.
Need I go further? History will remember Obasanjo for offloading the highest number of Nigerian workers into the unemployment market through a dubious right-sizing policy. History will remember Obasanjo as a the leader, who through dubious reforms, turned Nigerian graduates into okada riders, recharge card sellers, prostitutes, armed robbers, political thugs and street urchins, who turned the countries industries into churches and miracle markets. History will still remember him as the one that led the army of self-glorifying hustlers as reformers and who ended up duping the country of all its assets and reformed their pockets while depravity was launched on our true native land. History will remember Obasanjo as that leader that presided over the most carnivorous defrenestation of the poor, the institution of havens of corruption in the ministries and public corporations and the satiation of the naked greed of political urchins.
History will yet remember Obasanjo as the man that presided over the largest volume of premeditated political murders, the worst state of insecurity, the most disastrous state of inflation, the state of widespread want and despair in the midst of unparalleled oil wealth. History will remember Obasanjo as the man that presided over the most heinous official theft that humbled the Babangida/Abacha epochs. History will remember Obasanjo as the man that presided over the most callous stripping of public assets under various shady garbs. History will remember Obasanjo for whimsically manipulating the structures of the state to the service of self while his terror of a regime lasted. History will remember Obasanjo for being the grand machinator and concoctor of electoral fraud in Nigeria; the man that visited all sectors of national fraud with horrible fraud such that if the evil Babangida wrought on Nigeria would take two century to correct, the evil Obasanjo visited on Nigeria will take ten centuries to correct.
I and millions of other Nigerians that suffer the aftermaths of Obasanjo's bizarre presence here for eight years already know what history records for him. The practical effect could be gleaned from the intractable wreck he left after eight years in power. I am very convinced that he and his handmaidens that now seek to secure the stable door after the donkey has bolted, know what his place in history is. It is in his nature to pretend that he was numbed for the period he turned deaf and blind to our plea for a better polity. In his pretence, he still believes history still owes him an IOU after eleven years in power. But we know he is playing the game other despicable characters that have taken turns to rape men and history played. He will never win this war.
Re: In Defence of Obasanjo
Chibuzor posted on 09-10-2007, 09:12:06 AM
I have looked at your list of achievements. I come look am again. All of them come resemble rubbish (you sef look am well). But I say make I no worry because na you get your mouth.
You try, you hear?
Re: In Defence of Obasanjo
I-go-better posted on 09-10-2007, 11:16:21 AM
I feel ashamed reading your article: Your darling Obj, 8yrs in government plus 3yrs past experience and TRILLIONS OF DOLARS IN REVENUE should be celebrated according to you because of his achievements in:
1. International Standing
2. The Army
6. The Obj's kitchen carbinet.
Compare with a real government worth celebrating, eg Tony Blair with far less income but yet being battered left and right from both citizens and non-citizens:
1. Totally Free Medicare for citizens and non citizens
2. Total free education for citizens and non-citizens(university students get loans repayable only when employed and earning certain amount of income)
3. Unemployment benefit for citizens and non-citizens
4. Free Housing for deserving citizens and non-citizens
5. Child Benefit allownaces for citizens and non-citizens
6. Most effective transportation system.
That is a government for the people that needs to be celibrated yet heavily criticised by the people and no single Briton has written in defence of Tony Blair.
There are many others but I have just chosen Six(6) to match your highly researched but scarvenged six wonderful achievements of your lord baba Obj.
Note: in your achievement list, there is no mention of EDUCATION, MEDICAL FACILITIES, EMPLOYMENT, TRANSPORTATION, ENERGY SUPPLY, these motive force of any society that is moving forward.
99% of your darling Obj's achievements are programmed for self glorification and that defines Obj. The last civil war was his COMMAND; Abiola is not a messiah, Obj is; Gowon did not forget something in the State House, Obj did; OFN became OTA FARM; Army equiped so long as the weapons bear Obj's name; EFCC and Obj's opponents; Commissioning of even a school block must be carried out by Obj even uncompleted ones so that Obj's name would be on the plaque: should I continue, I don't think there is any need, DO-OR-DIE encapsulated it all!
Re: In Defence of Obasanjo
Skanbroy posted on 09-10-2007, 11:57:01 AM
Trillion Dollars in revenue? Really? My broda am sure this is a typo.