Yar'Adua's Nigeria in 2007

Seyi Olu Awofeso


Whereas Nigeria remains in shambles without knowledge, safety, order, light or water, President Yar'adua executed no counteractive policy nor took any practical step at lifting Nigerians' standard of living in 2007.

Rather, Yar'adua reduced government business to administrative memoranda, more like a Court of Cassation, routinely annulling existing policies.


His swearing-in day promise to convene a Niger Delta Conference within days was not met, because he made that promise without thinking through the guest list, which would have had to include (yet un-invited) armed militias in the creeks. Nor has his simultaneous promise to declare a state of emergency on electricity been delivered to a country in worsening darkness.

Himself hand-picked in December 2006 by General Olusegun Obasanjo who handed him a financially stolen country on May 29, Yar'Adua hardly saw the wood for the trees in 2007, as Nigeria continues in its lack of national purpose.

"He just does not have the capacity to run a complex organization", said former Kaduna state governor Balarabe Musa, who claims he's known President Musa Yar'Adua for decades. "This government is too childish", said Chief Olu Falae, Nigeria's ex Finance Minister.

"Yar'Adua's government must learn to take courageous decisions", rued General Olusegun Obasanjo, last September, whilst biting his nails at a Bowen University investiture, over his revealing successor's non-performance.

"He's just handed over this country's corpus to corrupt politicians, having cut off the head and limbs of an improving fight against corruption", Gani Fawehinmi, a famous civil rights lawyer, said of Yar'Adua.

Anthony Enahoro, on his part, said dead-pan that, "Yar'adua's government is confused for wanting to do electoral reforms before constitutional reforms, which is tantamount to putting the cart before the horse".

Further reviewing 2007, Professor Ben Nwabueze, could only say that "Nigeria has not started any war against corruption, as important as that war is, until General Obasanjo himself is brought to justice".

Against these trenchant criticisms, President Yar'adua's containment policy of appearing innocent, or neutral, is simply not working, even when he renounces an intention to probe General Obasanjo.

Elite Nigerians consider Yar'Adua's affected appearance as a deceptive veil for dilatoriness, and for lack of knowledge of how to sensibly move Nigeria away from further looking straight into the abyss.

For starters, Yar'Adua as Nigeria's President, was not ignorant of a falsehood written and signed by his Minister of Justice (Michael Aondoakaa) on August 7, 2007, to the UK attorneys defending ex Delta state Governor James Ibori in London, stating that Ibori has no criminal indictment whatsoever in Nigeria. That letter, as intended, had misled the UK Crown Court into defreezing 70 million US dollars of Ibori's assets.

President Yar'adua was rather complicit in that potential perjury, knowing full well that his Justice Minister's letter containing that falsehood was to be tendered in evidence at the British Court. That's further proved by the fact that till today, neither President Yar'Adua nor his Justice Minister; Michael Aondoakaa, has dispatched a fresh letter to the same UK attorneys to override the prior mis-statement in Aondoakaa's August 7 exoneration letter, even after the EFCC filed a 100 plus count criminal charge against James Ibori in Nigeria last month.

Suspected complicity in obstruction of justice overseas is exactly the reputation a newly elected (even though disputed) President of Nigeria should avoid, for next thing worse than incompetence is immorality.

"Your Excellency, you are signalling to the country and to the international community that Nigeria has abandoned the fight against corruption", wrote Kanu Agabi ( Nigeria's former attorney-general) to President Musa Yar'adua on December 29, 2007.

Agabi's criticism bites more closely on the totality of Nigerian events from May 29, 2007, than on a replacement of the EFCC chairman he cited as example.

It truly beggars belief in fraud-prone Nigeria that "no person in public office" has been arrested or prosecuted under President Yar'adua's regime, even where evidence of corruption appears preponderant.

Patricia Etteh, for example, was Speaker of the House of Representatives in June 2007. She had hurriedly approved 628 million Naira (US$5million) via an inquorate Tenders Board meeting, in less than 30 minutes, to a clutch of clone companies, for self-interested services, including renovation of her official residence.

Patricia Etteh has no criminal immunity under Nigerian law. Yet, she sits in parliament as lawmaker, after having been forced to resign as Speaker by her peers, in a verbal spat lasting four weeks, and causing death by cardiac arrest of another debating legislator who'd collapsed outside the legislative chambers, but with President Yar'Adua stating his un-concern by not announcing any intention to prosecute Patricia Etteh for breach of trust.

Such improvident disregard of public morality is rapidly taking a toll on the remainder of President Yar'Adua's political reputation so soon after he'd sought to gain a moral high-ground before being sworn into office by hurling a face to face rebuttal at Professor Maurice Iwu (the INEC Chairman and Chief Electoral Officer), that "the 2007 election was marred by irregularities".

By almost renouncing the validity of his own presidential election in public, Yar'adua had raised considerable presumption of his honest heart, until he announced on January 3, 2008, through his Media Assistant, that he would infact appeal any judicial nullification of that same presidential election to the highest court.

Hardly anyone thereafter sees the principle Yar'Adua stands for. Nor does anyone now understand his actual position on corruption, once he later chose to appoint certain indicted persons into public office.

"The PDP, as presently constituted, is almost a threat to democracy. PDP is the largest political party in the country, it controls the majority of the state executives, but it is not offering the leadership it should. The party (PDP) has failed the nation, no doubt about that. You can't rule out a (military) coup with the kind of things we are doing." said Doyin Okupe (who was General Olusegun Obasanjo's Press Secretary in 1999) at a press interview in The Sun newspaper of December 29.

Yar'adua's presidency is however not yet a lost cause, unless judicially terminated anytime soon. It can still be successfully re-invented by a dissolution and re-constitution with thinking persons of moral certainty, who can dream up medium term plans, and achieve them, rapidly, without hiding behind a befuddled 2020 vision, by which Yar'Adua's government cannot be adjudged.

Being the first civilian government under a university graduate President, Yar'Adua's government is unfortunately nearing a disgrace for lack of ideas, which only reflects the mediocre quality of its aggregate appointees, for which Yar'adua alone bears responsibility for cronyism.

The government's moral ambivalence is however its main albatross. But President Yar'adua mistakes that ambivalence for strategy, as his government remains loudly silent on the prosecution of 26 other former state governors already investigated by the EFCC, before Kuru occurred to Nuhu Ribadu.

That loud silence resounds on another conflict of interest case involving a 3.5 billion Naira electrification contract, starring General Olusegun Obasanjo's daughter; Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello, who had disguised herself in Austria as "Mrs. Damilola Akinlawon", which disguise her lawyer has impossibly tried to rationalize as being the name of her co-contracting sibling, at the risk of inferrential incest, by the prefix "Mrs" on the contract papers.

All told, It's getting worse difficult for President Yar'Adua, who cannot even now bury his head in the sands of foreign policy in political avoidance of Nigeria's rising corruption directly touching his political sponsors.

For having once publicly mis-pronounced in Germany last November that "what is going on in Zimbabwe is the absence of rule of law", Yar'Adua had promptly lost international audience for showing himself up so quickly as less informed on the actual diplomatic matrix of the Zimbabwean conundrum.

Seyi Olu Awofeso is a legal practitioner in Lagos.




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Yar`Adua`s Nigeria in 2007
Seyi Olu Awofeso posted on 01-13-2008, 11:56:21 AM
Seyi Olu Awofeso





Whereas Nigeria remains in shambles without knowledge, safety, order, light or water, President Yar'adua executed no counteractive policy nor took any practical step at lifting Nigerians' standard of living in 2007.



Rather, Yar'adua reduced government business to administrative memoranda, more like a Court of Cassation, routinely annulling existing policies.



His swearing-in day promise to convene a Niger Delta Conference within days was not met, because he made that promise without thinking through the guest list, which would have had to include (yet un-invited) armed militias in the creeks. Nor has his simultaneous promise to declare a state of emergency on electricity been delivered to a country in worsening darkness.



Himself hand-picked in December 2006 by General Olusegun Obasanjo who handed him a financially stolen country on May 29, Yar'Adua hardly saw the wood for the trees in 2007, as Nigeria continues in its lack of national purpose.



"He just does not have the capacity to run a complex organization", said former Kaduna state governor Balarabe Musa, who claims he's known President Musa Yar'Adua for decades. "This government is too childish", said Chief Olu Falae, Nigeria's ex Finance Minister.



"Yar'Adua's government must learn to take courageous decisions", rued General Olusegun Obasanjo, last September, whilst biting his nails at a Bowen University investiture, over his revealing successor's non-performance.



"He's just handed over this country's corpus to corrupt politicians, having cut off the head and limbs of an improving fight against corruption", Gani Fawehinmi, a famous civil rights lawyer, said of Yar'Adua.



Anthony Enahoro, on his part, said dead-pan that, "Yar'adua's government is confused for wanting to do electoral reforms before constitutional reforms, which is tantamount to putting the cart before the horse".



Further reviewing 2007, Professor Ben Nwabueze, could only say that "Nigeria has not started any war against corruption, as important as that war is, until General Obasanjo himself is brought to justice".



Against these trenchant criticisms, President Yar'adua's containment policy of appearing innocent, or neutral, is simply not working, even when he renounces an intention to probe General Obasanjo.



Elite Nigerians consider Yar'Adua's affected appearance as a deceptive veil for dilatoriness, and for lack of knowledge of how to sensibly move Nigeria away from further looking straight into the abyss.



For starters, Yar'Adua as Nigeria's President, was not ignorant of a falsehood written and signed by his Minister of Justice (Michael Aondoakaa) on August 7, 2007, to the UK attorneys defending ex Delta state Governor James Ibori in London, stating that Ibori has no criminal indictment whatsoever in Nigeria. That letter, as intended, had misled the UK Crown Court into defreezing 70 million US dollars of Ibori's assets.



President Yar'adua was rather complicit in that potential perjury, knowing full well that his Justice Minister's letter containing that falsehood was to be tendered in evidence at the British Court. That's further proved by the fact that till today, neither President Yar'Adua nor his Justice Minister; Michael Aondoakaa, has dispatched a fresh letter to the same UK attorneys to override the prior mis-statement in Aondoakaa's August 7 exoneration letter, even after the EFCC filed a 100 plus count criminal charge against James Ibori in Nigeria last month.



Suspected complicity in obstruction of justice overseas is exactly the reputation a newly elected (even though disputed) President of Nigeria should avoid, for next thing worse than incompetence is immorality.



"Your Excellency, you are signalling to the country and to the international community that Nigeria has abandoned the fight against corruption", wrote Kanu Agabi ( Nigeria's former attorney-general) to President Musa Yar'adua on December 29, 2007.



Agabi's criticism bites more closely on the totality of Nigerian events from May 29, 2007, than on a replacement of the EFCC chairman he cited as example.



It truly beggars belief in fraud-prone Nigeria that "no person in public office" has been arrested or prosecuted under President Yar'adua's regime, even where evidence of corruption appears preponderant.



Patricia Etteh, for example, was Speaker of the House of Representatives in June 2007. She had hurriedly approved 628 million Naira (US$5million) via an inquorate Tenders Board meeting, in less than 30 minutes, to a clutch of clone companies, for self-interested services, including renovation of her official residence.



Patricia Etteh has no criminal immunity under Nigerian law. Yet, she sits in parliament as lawmaker, after having been forced to resign as Speaker by her peers, in a verbal spat lasting four weeks, and causing death by cardiac arrest of another debating legislator who'd collapsed outside the legislative chambers, but with President Yar'Adua stating his un-concern by not announcing any intention to prosecute Patricia Etteh for breach of trust.



Such improvident disregard of public morality is rapidly taking a toll on the remainder of President Yar'Adua's political reputation so soon after he'd sought to gain a moral high-ground before being sworn into office by hurling a face to face rebuttal at Professor Maurice Iwu (the INEC Chairman and Chief Electoral Officer), that "the 2007 election was marred by irregularities".



By almost renouncing the validity of his own presidential election in public, Yar'adua had raised considerable presumption of his honest heart, until he announced on January 3, 2008, through his Media Assistant, that he would infact appeal any judicial nullification of that same presidential election to the highest court.



Hardly anyone thereafter sees the principle Yar'Adua stands for. Nor does anyone now understand his actual position on corruption, once he later chose to appoint certain indicted persons into public office.



"The PDP, as presently constituted, is almost a threat to democracy. PDP is the largest political party in the country, it controls the majority of the state executives, but it is not offering the leadership it should. The party (PDP) has failed the nation, no doubt about that. You can't rule out a (military) coup with the kind of things we are doing." said Doyin Okupe (who was General Olusegun Obasanjo's Press Secretary in 1999) at a press interview in The Sun newspaper of December 29.



Yar'adua's presidency is however not yet a lost cause, unless judicially terminated anytime soon. It can still be successfully re-invented by a dissolution and re-constitution with thinking persons of moral certainty, who can dream up medium term plans, and achieve them, rapidly, without hiding behind a befuddled 2020 vision, by which Yar'Adua's government cannot be adjudged.



Being the first civilian government under a university graduate President, Yar'Adua's government is unfortunately nearing a disgrace for lack of ideas, which only reflects the mediocre quality of its aggregate appointees, for which Yar'adua alone bears responsibility for cronyism.



The government's moral ambivalence is however its main albatross. But President Yar'adua mistakes that ambivalence for strategy, as his government remains loudly silent on the prosecution of 26 other former state governors already investigated by the EFCC, before Kuru occurred to Nuhu Ribadu.



That loud silence resounds on another conflict of interest case involving a 3.5 billion Naira electrification contract, starring General Olusegun Obasanjo's daughter; Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello, who had disguised herself in Austria as "Mrs. Damilola Akinlawon", which disguise her lawyer has impossibly tried to rationalize as being the name of her co-contracting sibling, at the risk of inferrential incest, by the prefix "Mrs" on the contract papers.



All told, It's getting worse difficult for President Yar'Adua, who cannot even now bury his head in the sands of foreign policy in political avoidance of Nigeria's rising corruption directly touching his political sponsors.



For having once publicly mis-pronounced in Germany last November that "what is going on in Zimbabwe is the absence of rule of law", Yar'Adua had promptly lost international audience for showing himself up so quickly as less informed on the actual diplomatic matrix of the Zimbabwean conundrum.



Seyi Olu Awofeso is a legal practitioner in Lagos.




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Re: Yar`Adua`s Nigeria in 2007
Kabiru Sallau Kano posted on 01-13-2008, 11:56:21 AM
Seyi Olu Awofeso





Whereas Nigeria remains in shambles without knowledge, safety, order, light or water, President Yar'adua executed no counteractive policy nor took any practical step at lifting Nigerians' standard of living in 2007.



Rather, Yar'adua reduced government business to administrative memoranda, more like a Court of Cassation, routinely annulling existing policies.



His swearing-in day promise to convene a Niger Delta Conference within days was not met, because he made that promise without thinking through the guest list, which would have had to include (yet un-invited) armed militias in the creeks. Nor has his simultaneous promise to declare a state of emergency on electricity been delivered to a country in worsening darkness.



Himself hand-picked in December 2006 by General Olusegun Obasanjo who handed him a financially stolen country on May 29, Yar'Adua hardly saw the wood for the trees in 2007, as Nigeria continues in its lack of national purpose.



"He just does not have the capacity to run a complex organization", said former Kaduna state governor Balarabe Musa, who claims he's known President Musa Yar'Adua for decades. "This government is too childish", said Chief Olu Falae, Nigeria's ex Finance Minister.



"Yar'Adua's government must learn to take courageous decisions", rued General Olusegun Obasanjo, last September, whilst biting his nails at a Bowen University investiture, over his revealing successor's non-performance.



"He's just handed over this country's corpus to corrupt politicians, having cut off the head and limbs of an improving fight against corruption", Gani Fawehinmi, a famous civil rights lawyer, said of Yar'Adua.



Anthony Enahoro, on his part, said dead-pan that, "Yar'adua's government is confused for wanting to do electoral reforms before constitutional reforms, which is tantamount to putting the cart before the horse".



Further reviewing 2007, Professor Ben Nwabueze, could only say that "Nigeria has not started any war against corruption, as important as that war is, until General Obasanjo himself is brought to justice".



Against these trenchant criticisms, President Yar'adua's containment policy of appearing innocent, or neutral, is simply not working, even when he renounces an intention to probe General Obasanjo.



Elite Nigerians consider Yar'Adua's affected appearance as a deceptive veil for dilatoriness, and for lack of knowledge of how to sensibly move Nigeria away from further looking straight into the abyss.



For starters, Yar'Adua as Nigeria's President, was not ignorant of a falsehood written and signed by his Minister of Justice (Michael Aondoakaa) on August 7, 2007, to the UK attorneys defending ex Delta state Governor James Ibori in London, stating that Ibori has no criminal indictment whatsoever in Nigeria. That letter, as intended, had misled the UK Crown Court into defreezing 70 million US dollars of Ibori's assets.



President Yar'adua was rather complicit in that potential perjury, knowing full well that his Justice Minister's letter containing that falsehood was to be tendered in evidence at the British Court. That's further proved by the fact that till today, neither President Yar'Adua nor his Justice Minister; Michael Aondoakaa, has dispatched a fresh letter to the same UK attorneys to override the prior mis-statement in Aondoakaa's August 7 exoneration letter, even after the EFCC filed a 100 plus count criminal charge against James Ibori in Nigeria last month.



Suspected complicity in obstruction of justice overseas is exactly the reputation a newly elected (even though disputed) President of Nigeria should avoid, for next thing worse than incompetence is immorality.



"Your Excellency, you are signalling to the country and to the international community that Nigeria has abandoned the fight against corruption", wrote Kanu Agabi ( Nigeria's former attorney-general) to President Musa Yar'adua on December 29, 2007.



Agabi's criticism bites more closely on the totality of Nigerian events from May 29, 2007, than on a replacement of the EFCC chairman he cited as example.



It truly beggars belief in fraud-prone Nigeria that "no person in public office" has been arrested or prosecuted under President Yar'adua's regime, even where evidence of corruption appears preponderant.



Patricia Etteh, for example, was Speaker of the House of Representatives in June 2007. She had hurriedly approved 628 million Naira (US$5million) via an inquorate Tenders Board meeting, in less than 30 minutes, to a clutch of clone companies, for self-interested services, including renovation of her official residence.



Patricia Etteh has no criminal immunity under Nigerian law. Yet, she sits in parliament as lawmaker, after having been forced to resign as Speaker by her peers, in a verbal spat lasting four weeks, and causing death by cardiac arrest of another debating legislator who'd collapsed outside the legislative chambers, but with President Yar'Adua stating his un-concern by not announcing any intention to prosecute Patricia Etteh for breach of trust.



Such improvident disregard of public morality is rapidly taking a toll on the remainder of President Yar'Adua's political reputation so soon after he'd sought to gain a moral high-ground before being sworn into office by hurling a face to face rebuttal at Professor Maurice Iwu (the INEC Chairman and Chief Electoral Officer), that "the 2007 election was marred by irregularities".



By almost renouncing the validity of his own presidential election in public, Yar'adua had raised considerable presumption of his honest heart, until he announced on January 3, 2008, through his Media Assistant, that he would infact appeal any judicial nullification of that same presidential election to the highest court.



Hardly anyone thereafter sees the principle Yar'Adua stands for. Nor does anyone now understand his actual position on corruption, once he later chose to appoint certain indicted persons into public office.



"The PDP, as presently constituted, is almost a threat to democracy. PDP is the largest political party in the country, it controls the majority of the state executives, but it is not offering the leadership it should. The party (PDP) has failed the nation, no doubt about that. You can't rule out a (military) coup with the kind of things we are doing." said Doyin Okupe (who was General Olusegun Obasanjo's Press Secretary in 1999) at a press interview in The Sun newspaper of December 29.



Yar'adua's presidency is however not yet a lost cause, unless judicially terminated anytime soon. It can still be successfully re-invented by a dissolution and re-constitution with thinking persons of moral certainty, who can dream up medium term plans, and achieve them, rapidly, without hiding behind a befuddled 2020 vision, by which Yar'Adua's government cannot be adjudged.



Being the first civilian government under a university graduate President, Yar'Adua's government is unfortunately nearing a disgrace for lack of ideas, which only reflects the mediocre quality of its aggregate appointees, for which Yar'adua alone bears responsibility for cronyism.



The government's moral ambivalence is however its main albatross. But President Yar'adua mistakes that ambivalence for strategy, as his government remains loudly silent on the prosecution of 26 other former state governors already investigated by the EFCC, before Kuru occurred to Nuhu Ribadu.



That loud silence resounds on another conflict of interest case involving a 3.5 billion Naira electrification contract, starring General Olusegun Obasanjo's daughter; Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello, who had disguised herself in Austria as "Mrs. Damilola Akinlawon", which disguise her lawyer has impossibly tried to rationalize as being the name of her co-contracting sibling, at the risk of inferrential incest, by the prefix "Mrs" on the contract papers.



All told, It's getting worse difficult for President Yar'Adua, who cannot even now bury his head in the sands of foreign policy in political avoidance of Nigeria's rising corruption directly touching his political sponsors.



For having once publicly mis-pronounced in Germany last November that "what is going on in Zimbabwe is the absence of rule of law", Yar'Adua had promptly lost international audience for showing himself up so quickly as less informed on the actual diplomatic matrix of the Zimbabwean conundrum.



Seyi Olu Awofeso is a legal practitioner in Lagos.




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Re: Yar`Adua`s Nigeria in 2007
Fuguez posted on 01-13-2008, 12:04:41 PM
There is a serious communications failure.

Nature abhors a vacuum.

If His Excellency is serious, then he needs to communicate his intentions directly to the public.
Saying nothing does not work in Nigeria, as a gallery of fools will volunteer themselves to present their opinions as your own.
This government is both speaking with forked tongue and doing NOTHING.
If nothing is happening and all that is being presented are contradictory reasons, the military will excuse themselves and 'save' us.

The changes that Nigeria needs for the long-term are fundamental. I have no doubt that to the outside eye it would appear that nothing is happening. However, this long-term goals need to be presented and regular progress reports given.

If President Yar'Adua does not add 1 KW of power nor 1 km of road BUT starts prosecuting thieves, I will have no issue. However we are currently getting flip-flop on all issues big and small:AFRICOM, corruption, fuel prices. We have a government in power but simultaneously neither in charge nor in control. Such governments do not last in countries such as Nigeria.

Nature abhors a vacuum.
Re: Yar`Adua`s Nigeria in 2007
Ezyvic posted on 01-13-2008, 12:44:10 PM
QUOTE:
I think the Yar'Adua's govt is taking a bold steps in many areas that was treated with kids gloove by Obasanjo.Take forinstance the release of Lagos state govt's grants,ensuring the independence of judiciary and promoting the rule of law.accountability and good governance,his promise to declare the state of emergency on power supply when the commitee on energy submit their report,police reforms and salary increase, and many more.Let's cooperate with him and see whether he would be able to improve the lives of Nigerians or not at least for the first two years of his govt.


Kabiru, personally, I wanted Obasanjo out of office at any cost, even if it meant that the Chief Justice of the Federation take charge of the 2007 elections. Well, it did not turn out that way, rather, a selective process that imposed Yar'Adua on the populace was put in place. The fact remains that, Yar'Adua was bank rolled into power, using thuggery and mass violence to rig the polls. Unfortunately, the reforms in Nigeria failed at the implementation point, just like every other aspect of Nigeria's dream. Yar'Adua's ministerial and ambassadorial list is a clear continuation of the long ineffective recycling of worn out and fruitless oppressors. The few fresh names on the lists are being placed as stooge by their godfathers. In other words, nomination was done strictly on party affiliation, rather than professional (and party) consideration.
On the high points you raised:
"Take forinstance the release of Lagos state govt's grants"- He is not in any way doing any favour as the actions of the last government was illegal
"Ensuring the independence of judiciary and promoting the rule of law.accountability and good governance"- Well, if protecting the rich, wealthy political class who have looted our collective harvest, and neglecting the poor, who are arrested in their numbers daily for no just cause, making our prisons congested is what the rule of law stands for, then you do not have my vote.
"declare the state of emergency on power supply when the commitee on energy submit their report"- Obasanjo started off on the same pedestal, screaming on top of his voice, telling who ever cared to listen how he would ensure power supply (constant) is achieved in 3-6 months. He failed woefully. He failed because, the cabal that controls the power sector would not let go of their source of income. When he (OBJ) attempted to challenge, the result was a complete shut down of power supply nationwide, not even Aso Rock was spared. The sabotage was of a very high magnitude, never experienced in Nigeria. Well, history is there to judge another deceit in a disguise called 'state of emergency'. Is it like Yar'Adua came to power not knowing the magnitude of the problems in the energy sector or He truly has no line of direction? Either way, in a set-up, where campaigns are based on issues, Yar'Adua would have had to carry out a feasibility study of the energy sector while campaigning, and of course, hit the ground running, implementing whatever solutions he has in his bags.
"police reforms and salary increase"- A simple suggestion from me. He should go ahead and implement the piles of documents filled with recommendations in front of him. I bet you, there will be no new solutions to be suggested by his reform team made up of the main contributors to the problems. Every government that takes charge wants to make friends, colleagues and party members relevant.

Nigeria needs an active leadership with a sense of direction, not one that spends so much time discovering problems that surrounds them. Lets co-operate and see if He would give a free hand to the election tribunal, and maybe, just maybe, we would have a true President, voted into power and answerable to the Nigerian people (not imposed)
Re: Yar`Adua`s Nigeria in 2007
Ifeolooni posted on 01-13-2008, 13:31:53 PM
2020 on what premise with a disjointed financial system that allows corruption and unethical 'calystenics' yara do nothing is a joker i just cant wait for our politics to be like dt of america,hv been glued to me tv watching obama and hillary slugg it out and am lovING IT
YARA MEANS QUICK IN ME LANGUAGE BUT YARA DUA? IS NT QUICK ATALL WE NEED TO KNW WT OUR GOVERNMENT IS DOING, IS GOING TO DO WE DNT KNO wt UR PLANS ARE , JUST TLK TO NIGERIANS GIVE US HOPE
Re: Yar`Adua`s Nigeria in 2007
Donn posted on 01-14-2008, 02:54:07 AM
The truth is that this goverment is confused as it appears Yar'Adua is still dazed that he is president. Beyond the reversals, this govt. is bereft of ideas, policies and strategies to uplift the living standards of the people of Nigeria.

This flip- flop and tupsy- turvy style of governance is most embarrassing. It appears this govt. does not thoroughly think through, debate and fine-tune its positions before it is made public....that accounts for the number of reversals we are having...,the latest being the cancellation (one) 1 billion naira provision to purchase vehicles for govt. officials.(which was not necessary in d first place)

I knew the quality of governance coming our way from day one when he hurriedly announced the 'yet to hold' conference on Niger Delta when he was yet to study the situation inspite of the various conference held the the Obasanjo administration on the Delta.

Look at the recent commitee on police reform. For pete's sake.....this govt can not claim not to know the problems bedevelling the police in the country. I remember Obasanjo also had a commitee that came up with reports and recommendations which Yar'aDUA if he's serious could dust up,review and implement. He does not need to inaugurate another useless commitee made up of retired men with retired brains to come up with policies to transform our system.

....I also think that Umaru should be careful about policy reversals. In as much as we need to correct some anomalies from the past goverment...,there are still some good policies that needs to be retained. He cannot be reversing without coming up with his own ideas.

Like Balarabe Musa said....i am begining to fully doubt his capacity to rule Nigeria.
Re: Yar`Adua`s Nigeria in 2007
Giafaleye posted on 01-14-2008, 05:30:38 AM
Yardua so far has shown himself as a listening President. All the steps so far taken are bold and courageous. This is the same Yardua that we were told is lily-livered and so could not do anything to upturn injustices done by the previous administration. We can now all see what the guy is doing; I believe not everyone would be impressed especially those sponsored ones. Ribadu sounded it loud and clear recently that he's not pressured at anytime by the presidency in anyway, therefore if anyone is not prosecuted by the EFCC I wonder what somebody want Yardua to do. Concerning Ibori, UK court and Nigeria AG I think some commentators are being unreasonable. As at the time the so called U.K court requested for information from the AG Ibori was not prosecuted, imagine all the hubaloo about OBJ and yet EFCC finally come out to say they have nothing incriminating against OBJ what if a foreign court had wanted a letter from the AG would it be just for the AG to tell the foreign court that OBJ is being investigated? I don't think AG should act on rumor. EFCC is to be blame for all the misgivings. Ribadu is just playing to the gallery without doing the right thing. He's playing a double game.
Re: Yar`Adua`s Nigeria in 2007
Ifeolooni posted on 01-14-2008, 07:30:04 AM
ibori is been indicted in nigeria by the efcc b4 the london case began,and there are no differences btw obj and yara dua is just dt obj onyejekwe was predictable and ppl could forcast the direction of his govt mostly in all ramification and he had outspoken cabinet members , alwys in the public domain and telling us what they intend to do even if they r nt doing atlst we had a sense of direction, but yara dua is lethargic, surrounded himself with another set of boring pple ,when they tlk u dnt rlly think they blive in wt they say,they r draggy, uninspiring and rlly not wt we need at ds time when we are so liquid and we need to move very fast creating other sources of income,heavy investment in infrastructural .Alternative source of energy is gttin huge investment.


what integrity has yara dua got that is holding on to a stolen mandate,a person with with integrity would have organised inec and prepare for a new election so obj ,yara dua no difference
Re: Yar`Adua`s Nigeria in 2007
Tunde meee posted on 01-14-2008, 08:12:55 AM
I am tempted to think most of our recent JJCs lives in Nigeria therefore bereft of ideas about good governance. But how do we expect them to know that most of Yardua's achivements listed by Kabiru are rights and not priviledge. I guess Nigerians have started to forget what a good government feels like hence they are satisfied with little such as 'ruse'of law, state of emergency in electricity, freedom of speech etc.

The day's Government in Nigeria (I mean Federal bcos Fashola seems to be making some motions, I am not sure if it will translate to movements at the end) has pushed people to the wall hence my fear of reactions if Newtons 3rd Law of motion is still applicable in Nigeria context.
Re: Yar`Adua`s Nigeria in 2007
Paradisevog posted on 01-14-2008, 11:11:44 AM
Let us put issues in perspective please. Ibori had not been indicted for any offence prior to the London case. Ibori was only under EFCC investigation. The man with the "Ruse of law" cannot be expected to write another letter to the London police to say that Ibori has now been indicted. Secondly, the author of this article is wrongly asking for the prosecution of Patricia Etteh. The lady has technically committed no offence. She tried to steal by appropriating too much money for renovation and not following due process and was stopped from stealing and shown the way out. Trying is not an offense. Anyone can always talk himself out of only trying. Hence one is regarded as having committed an offence only if caught in the act. If the author is a lawyer, I think he should have known better. UMYA is now used to doing nothing and is now beginning to listen to no one. This year is the beginning of the true face. May be we will be lucky and he may be swept away one day, with his AGF in one fell swoop.
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