Last week, General Muhammadu Buhari (ret.) set off a typically Nigerian kind of storm when he reportedly asserted that Nigerians are bound to react violently to the rigging of the 2015 general elections. Mr. Buhari’s stipulation triggered verbal exchanges that pitted him (as well as several opposition parties) against the – many would argue – misruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Several officials of the PDP charged Mr. Buhari with that vague indictment of Nigerian politics: seeking to “overheat the polity.” They accused the lanky retired general of an unpatriotic scheme to foment a bloodbath in Nigeria. Not to be outdone, Mr. Buhari’s apologists accused President Goodluck Jonathan of running the most corrupt political shop in Nigeria’s history. As if not to be sidelined, the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and its main man, former Governor Bola Tinubu of Lagos State, sought to put on record their opinion that last year’s elections – including the presidential polls that enthroned Mr. Jonathan – were marred by fraud.
In a sense, the brouhaha that Buhari set off is, in the final reckoning, empty. It was sheer political theater, an exercise in distraction. There was a lot of fury, but little illumination.
Buhari’s prediction of violence should the 2015 elections be subjected to mindless manipulation amounts, I suggest, to an over-optimistic, sanguine perception of Nigeria. First, there is no question that the country’s political players are determined to do the usual in 2015 – rig. Nigeria’s political parties, especially (but not limited to) the PDP, have fashioned no alternative to electoral fraud. The country’s electoral culture is fertilized to serve as a rigger’s paradise. From (harsh) experience, we must now own up that Nigeria’s electoral umpire, INEC, has witnessed little or no qualitative evolution since Maurice Iwu’s shameless era came to an end. Under current chairman, Attahiru Jega, INEC has displayed with stubborn consistency a pattern of ineptitude and incompetence. In fact, Mr. Jega’s elevation has hardly witnessed any wrinkle in the PDP’s (and, to a lesser extent, other parties’) rigging genius.
Add to the mix the fact that the Nigerian judiciary’s image is in tatters, that too many of the country’s magistrates, judges and justices are ethical paperweights, men and women susceptible to inducement, willing (for a mess of porridge) to authenticate daylight electoral robbery – once one adds that factor to the mix, then one is bound to conclude that the season of rigging isn’t about to disappear in 2015. And rigging certainly won’t go away simply on account of Buhari’s grim, bloody prognosis.
Nigeria is designed and run as a criminal enterprise, an entity where crime thrives. And those who run the machinery of the polity must prove themselves, first and foremost, as adept, intrepid riggers – or, at the very least, loyal believers in the culture of vote theft. That explains why rigging is hardly punished. On the rare occasion that cheated candidates establish in court that their opponents rigged, no sanction is ever stipulated against the beneficiaries of electoral crime. Or against the electoral officials as well as law enforcement and security agents (the police, the military and the SSS) whose conspiracy facilitates rigging.
The practice is for the courts to order a re-run. As a rule, the proven riggers are permitted to remain on the ballot. These riggers also often retain all their illicit advantages, including access to public funds with which to re-bribe INEC officials, the police, and judges. A culture of impunity does not reform itself without some compulsion. For now, that compulsive element is absent. Buhari’s warning of violence hardly rises to a deterrent.
And here’s why: Nigeria is already mired in a veritable state of war; it’s a space besieged by violence. Yet, the political class – from the Presidency to the municipality – remains far from concerned. In any settled country, the savage quality of armed robbery, kidnappings and terrorist acts that prevail in Nigeria would have occasioned direct, alert responses. In Nigeria, the deterioration of life and the rampancy of violence have triggered desperate levels of accumulation in government and corporate officials. The climate is one of cynicism. As Nigeria totters on its way to “somalia-nization,” those who hold political and corporate power appear bent, not on steadying the ship, but picking it clean of any nuts and bolts (and then bolting) before it sinks.
On their part, dispossessed Nigerians seem sunk to new depths of fear – and to a concomitant cleaving to the idea that God is going to emerge to save us all from the consequences of our human-made disasters.
Last week, President Jonathan proclaimed to Nigerians that Nigeria’s manifold crises did not begin with him. Only a fool with no sense of history would contest the president’s claim. Nigeria did not take the wrong path last year – or the year before – when Mr. Jonathan found himself in the position of undertaker-in-chief. It’s fair to argue, in fact, that the edifice called Nigeria was always defective from the moment of British conception, and that its maladies have progressively worsened since birth. No, Mr. Jonathan did not create the mess that’s Nigeria. It’s also true that he’s done nothing to ameliorate the mess. It’s not farfetched to propose that he can do nothing about the mess – in part, because he is part and parcel of (to use the title of Chinua Achebe’s booklet) the trouble with Nigeria.
Nigeria’s leaders (who should really never be called leaders) do little more than occupy space, aggrandize, and loot. Their approach to governance has brought us all to the present pass where many – perhaps most – Nigerians now openly suggest that Nigeria’s dismemberment is the only way to go, with the amorphous organism called Boko Haram doing its bloody best to achieve that end. Boko Haram is not the first group to use militant means to challenge the idea of Nigeria. It’s simply the group that’s doing the job with awful confidence and sophistication.
There’s little evidence that Nigeria’s security apparatus understands the nature of the group, much less that the machinery of law enforcement and state security is equipped to curtail Boko Haram’s spree of destruction and death. Jonathan’s administration has fought the BK scourge with two ineffectual tools: on the one hand, issuing an ill-conceived, questionable summons to negotiation, on the other hand, deploying facile, fire-breathing speeches.
Nigeria is in a bad, bad place – and getting worse by the day. And the trouble with Nigeria is not only the Boko Haram fanatic whose body or car is rigged with explosives. The bigger enemy, I suggest, are the presidents, past and present, who acquired hilltop mansions, private jets, billions of naira in looted assets even as most Nigerians couldn’t find a good meal to eat in a day. The bigger enemies are state governors who steal their way into office, and then commence to steal security votes and to guzzle contract sums as if money were going out of style. The more unconscionable enemies are members of the National and state assemblies who amass millions of dollars in salaries and allowances without passing a single law in more than twelve years of a nascent, nasty “democracy” to improve the lot of Nigerians.
Seen in this context, then, the debate over Buhari’s prognosis must be seen for what it is: a distraction. The 2015 elections will be rigged, with or without Buhari’s jeremiads. In the hysteria created by Buhari’s statement, Nigerians paid scant attention to two scandalous news items. One was a revelation – by Petroleum Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke – that Nigeria loses an estimated 180,000 barrels of oil daily (or the equivalent of $7 billion yearly) in stolen crude oil. The other is that Nigeria, which may be flirting with a serious cash flow crisis, is on the cusp of borrowing $7.9 billion.
It all goes to prove the point that Nigeria is a carefully designed scam, a space run by criminals for the benefit of criminals. Look at it this way: those who run Nigeria permit themselves and their cronies – in other words, “steakholders” – to steal $7 billion worth of crude oil per year. Nobody is ever arrested, much less prosecuted, for this grand crime. Instead, the same set of men and women who misgovern Nigeria arrange to borrow from international banks – at usurious rates – approximately the sum that their fellows steal in broad daylight! Few are asking the hard questions that ought to be raised. Only a few years ago, Ms. Okonjo-Iweala (then President Obasanjo’s economic guru) declared “eureka!” after she and the former president negotiated to hand over some $20 billion to Nigeria’s creditors. Some of us argued then that a country that had no roads, no hospitals, no universities worthy of the name, little electric power and stratospheric rates of poverty and unemployment – that such a country could not justify doling out such princely sums to questionable creditors.
Today, the same woman who trumpeted the great wisdom of paying off the country’s debt is cheerleader for embarking on a borrowing bonanza. They’re happy we’re talking about Buhari and 2015, instead of focusing on how we are being screwed today.
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Re: Buhari, Violence, And Distractions
Ariteni posted on 05-22-2012, 07:33:51 AM
Ndibe! Quotable Quote: The bigger enemy, I suggest, are the presidents, past and present, who acquired hilltop mansions, private jets, billions of naira in looted assets even as most Nigerians couldn't find a good meal to eat in a day. The bigger enemies are state governors who steal their way into office, and then commence to steal security votes and to guzzle contract sums as if money were going out of style. The more unconscionable enemies are members of the National and state assemblies who amass millions of dollars in salaries and allowances without passing a single law in more than twelve years of a nascent, nasty "democracy" to improve the lot of Nigerians
Nna, what about corrupt and incompetent Ministers and Judges!
Okey: Buhari's prognosis must be seen for what it is: a distraction. The 2015 elections will be rigged, with or without Buhari's jeremiads This indeed is the voice of the oracle, seer, prophet and a jeremiaya!!! I have stored/saved it on my laptop because Okey's predictions always come true. But it is the turn of ACN, APGA and CPC to rig their Unity candidate into Nigeria's Presidency in 2015 although my crystal ball tells me that that candidate is not Buhari.
If this tall one and the evil genius no cause loud "buru-haha" (confusion) how Nigerians go lose trend (thought) to about revolution or the role of past Dictators in our predictament? Everytime we try to think deep and ruminate over the evil that was done to Nigerians that brought us to this sorry pass, somebody is sure to distract us or take our focus away from the real cause/source of our problems.
So therefore, i agree in toto with Okey that Buhari is a distraction! His threats are a distraction! I also agree with my "clueless" Presido Dokita Goodluck (Omo wa ni e je o seee!) that Nigeria's problems did not start with him.
(Ngozi: "Ijenje ano dun mehoro!" - Yoruba) Okey, are you implying that Dr Okonjo-Iweala, one of Obasanjo's eminent daughters is a scam?
Ok, Okey, What is the final solution to the Buhari conumdrum?
And What is the solution to the two issues that just sneaked past us during the Buhari noise?
Even though Okey may not agree, nigeria needs prayers, more prayers!
Re: Buhari, Violence, And Distractions
Bode Eluyera posted on 05-22-2012, 08:20:27 AM
THE ONE TRILLION DOLLAR QUESTION.
WOULD TINUBU, OTHER ACN AND YORUBA LEADERS BE SHORT-SIGHTED AND SO NAIVE TO THE EXTENT OF REPEATING FEDERICK LUGARD AND OLUSEGUN OBASANJO'S TRAGEDIES OF 1914 AND 2003 RESPECTIVELY BY FORMING AN ALLIANCE WITH CPC AND ASSUME THAT IT WILL HELP TO DEFEAT JONATHAN?
Senator Bola Tinubu,we are indebted to you for all you have done so far for the Yruba nation. You have given us a real alternative. But, I am afraid and sad to write that you are about to commit political suicide or harihari which will have a very tragic consequence for the ACN and Yoruba. I am presently working on a new article titled "YORUBA ROONU DADA - RE: SALIHU LUKEMAN'S OPEN LETTERS TO SEN. BOLA TINUBU AND MUHAMMODU BUHARI; EL-RUFAI AND NDIGBO'S PRESIDENTIAL AGENDA IN 2005", part 1 of the series is 95% ready and it should be available on nigeriansinamerica.com in about 5 days. The series will be in at least 3 parts. I hope to prove the following in the series:
1. That Tinubu is taking a big but absolutely unecessary political risk which will end up for him, the ACN and Yoruba in tragedy.
2. An alliance with CPC will definitely lead to instabiity and serious political crises in the S.W. and ACN will end up loosing SW states again - like in 2003.
3. Despitethe fact that Jonathan Badluck is another incompetent, corrupt, visionless and morally bankrut opportunist like all his predecessors, nevertheless, the fact still remains that he inherited 95% of the problems that he is presently facing.
4. Neither PDP, ANPP, CPC were formed by Jonathan. They were all formed by the Hausa-Fulani in order to rule Nigeria forever.
5. By forming an alliance with CPC, Tinubu, in actual fact, is providing a platform and helping the North to return power back to the North and continue enslaving the South.
6. The fact that Tinubu and ACN are even contemplating an alliance with CPC only means that the Yoruba have not really learnt their lessons from the June 12, 1992 crises that eventually led to the murder of Moshood Abiola.
7. An alliance with CPC and/or ANPP will provide a good platform and excuse for the Hausa-Fulani to take power forcefully from Jonathan (including coup detat) under any scenario in 2015.
8. An alliance could be viewed as an attempt to intimidate Jonathan and remove him from power
9. El-Rufai, and not Lukeman wrote those letters/articles that he credited to himself.
10. ACN does not need any alliance whatsoever in order to defeat Jonathan and PDP in 2015.
11. Removing Jonathan should not be a do or die affair for the ACN. It should not be at any cost. It will definitely backfire! The long-short term effects for ACN and the Yoruba must be weighed and analysed thoroughly.
12. While it is important to vote out Jonathan in 2015, which region his successor will come from is more important.
13. It's neither in the interest of the ACN nor Yoruba for Jonathan to be replaced by a Northerner.
14. An alliance is a carte blanch by Tinubu and the ACN to the Hausa-Fulani to destastabilize the country. It could lead to another civil war.
15. Ironically as it may sound, it's in the interest of the ACN to contest the 2015 elections
16. CPC is a feather weight party, even in the North, it has no international, and is not capable of winning votes nor elections for ACN. CPC can not supplement ACN. CPC is a liability to the ACN.
17. El-Rufai stands most to gain from an alliance for his presidential ambition.
18. ACN stands a very good chace of winning the 2015 elections if an Ndigbo(for example Chris Ngige) and Babatunde Fashola or you(Bola Tinubu) are the presidential and Vice presidentialmcandidates respectively. This combination will erode and weaken seriously Jonathan's base and give ACN much more votes than a useless and senseless alliance with Hausa-Fulani's CPC.
19. If for any reason ACN fails to win the 2015 elections, it still has a very good chance in 2019, unlike El-Rufai's CPC, which is a dying party that will only bring more problems.
20. It's in the interest of ACN and Yoruba for power to remain in the South.
21. If the North gets power back, there will NEVER be any Sovereign National Conference and Federalism/regionalism. Say bye bye to them FOREVER!
22. An alliance between ACN and CPC will be AUTOMATICALLY interpreted by our brothers in the South South and South East as a 'gang-up' against them by the Yoruba and Hausa. This will back fire and subsequently reduces to zero the probability/possibility of ACN expanding into those regions where it has potential voters.
We must not are miss an historical moment that chance has offered us to get rid of the descendants of Usman Don Fodio for good! We must never allow the Hausa-Fulani to ride on our backs to Aso-rock. Our children and generations to come will never forgive us!!!
GREAT FUTURE AWAITS THE YORUBA NATION AND ITS PEOPLE!!!
WE BELIEVE IN THE COMPETENCE AND VISION OF BOLA TINUBU AND RAUF AREGBESOLA TO LEAD THE YORUBA TO THE PROMISED LAND!!!
EYIN OLOTE E PARAMO!!!
ANY POLITICAL ALLIANCE OR MERGING WITH MUHAMMADU BUHARI AND EL-RUFAI'S CPC IS POLITICAL SUICIDE FOR THE ACN, TINUBU AND YORUBA!!! PLEASE DON'T ALLOW THE DESCENDANTS OF USMAN DAN FODIO TO RIDE ON THE BACK OF THE YORUBA TO ASO-ROCK!!!FROM MY ANALYSIS, ACN IS MORE THAN CAPABLE OF WINNING 2015 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS WITHOUT ANY MERGER OR ALLIANCE. WHAT IS MOST IMPORTANT IS GETTING THE RIGHT CANDIDATES TO REPRESENT THE PARTY!!!
WE DEMAND FOR VOTING RIGHTS FOR OVER A MILLION NIGERIANS IN DIASPORA NOW AGAINST THE 2015 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS!
BOKO HARAM TERRORISTS UNDERWENT TRAINING IN SAUDI ARABIA, AND WERE FINANCED BY THE SAUDI GOVT. AND SOME NORTHERNERS WITH THE FULL KNOWLEDGE AND APPROVAL OF THE CIA AND MASSAD! THE AmericaNS AND BRITISH ARE PLAYING GAMES WITH THE NIGERIAN GOVT. AND NIGERIANS!
AN OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF NIGERIA'S OIL BLOCKS ARE OWNED BY NORTHERN MILITARY PERSONNEL AND POLITICIANS! WE DEMAND FOR THEIR CONFISCICATION NOW!
NORTHERN MILITARY OFFICERS AND POLITICIANS CONNIVED WITH THE AmericaNS, BRITISH, FRENCH, KOFFI ANNAN AND U.N.O. TO MURDER MOSHOOD ABIOLA, THE WINNER OF THE JUNE 12 1993 PRRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS!
INDEED, IT WAS THE AmericaNS, BRITISH AND FRENCH THAT ASKED IBRAHIM BABANGIDA NOT TO HAND OVER TO MOSHOOD ABIOLA!
IF JONATHAN BADLUCK AND THE EFCC ARE AFRAID OF ARRESTING IBRAHIM BABANGIDA FOR THE COLD MURDER OF DELE GIWA, A NIGERIAN JOURNALIST, AND EMBEZZLEMENT OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF NIGERIA'S OIL MONEY, SHOULD WE ALL FOLD OUR HANDS OR DEMAND FOR JUSTICE NOW?!
TODAY, DUE TO INCOMPETENT, CORRUPT, VISIONLESS AND MORALLY BANKRUPT LEADERSHIP, JONATHAN BADLUCK, DEZANIE ALLISON-MADUEKE AND NGOZI IWEALLA POSE THE MOST SERIOUS THREAT TO NIGERIA'S POLITICAL STABILITY, SOVEREIGNTY, ECONOMIC SECURITY AND DEVELOPMENT, AND LIVES OF NIGERIANS! BUT, ONLY CONSTITUTIONAL MEANS MUST BE USED TO REMOVE THEM!
SENATOR BOLA TINUBU, CHIEF LAI MOHAMMED, CHIEF BISI AKANDE AND OTHERS: THANKS A LOT FOR GIVING US A REAL ALTERNATIVE AND HOPE!
WE ARE PROUD OF YOU AND ARE INDEBTED TO YOU FOREVER! BUT, THE GREATEST CHALLENGE AND BATTLE ARE IN KWARA, KOGI AND DELTA STATES AND THE 2015 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS! ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL INTEGRATION OF THE YORUBA JUST CAN NOT BE COMPLETE WITHOUT THESE STATES!
FOR 2015 ELECTIONS: SENATOR CHRIS NGIGE AND SEN. BOLA TINUBU AS PRESIDENTIAL AND VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES RESPECTIVELY ARE THE BEST OPTION FOR THE ACN!! THIS IS THE MOST FEASIBLE OPTION TO CHECK MATE THE PDP AND KICK OUT THE BLACK STINKING ASS OF JONATHAN BADLUCK FROM ASO-ROCK IN 2015! PREPARATION MUST START NOW!!!
YOU ARE FREE TO REPUBLISH THIS POST ON YOUR BLOG, SOCIAL WEB SITES AND SEND IT TO FEMI FALANA,WOLE SOYINKA, BOLA TINUBU,RAUF AREGBESOLA, MUHAMMAD FAWEHINMI,FRIENDS, COLLEAGUES, POLITICIANS, HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS, E.T.C. . THANK YOU.
Re: Buhari, Violence, And Distractions
Lol posted on 05-29-2012, 10:43:06 AM
@ Bode Eluyera,
no matter what combinations you apply to get any party into power it will serve no good for Nigeria under its geographic and political arrangement.
You people did the same with Jonathan some years ago, in assuming that once elected all problems will go away. It will not!
Give me extra large burger with fries, add tomato sauce... no take away the onions and replace with cheese. IT is still a bloody burger.
These are all criminals waiting to get into power by any means possible, the Tinubu you keep recycling here is a known felon at home and abroad.
Re: Buhari, Violence, And Distractions
Bode Eluyera posted on 06-02-2012, 21:00:04 PM
WHILE CRITICIZING TINUBU, WE SHOULD NOT THROW AWAY THE BABY WITH THE BATH WATER!
THE ALTERNATIVES TO BOLA TINUBU ARE MUCH WORSE!!!
WE'VE GOT TO BE REALISTIC AND PRAGMATIC ABOUT BOLA TINUBU AND NIGERIAN ETHNIC AND FRAUDULENT POLITICS!!!
WE(YORUBA) MUST NOT BE OUR OWN ENEMIES!!!
@lol. Thanks for your comment (although, I would have prefered that you used your real name or chose a more dignifying alias. That's just by the way anway. No intention to offend you). Undoubtedly, you made a point. I agree with you - but partially. In one of my series (which is highly recommended for reading in order to understand my position fully) titled "FREEDOM COALITION: $250M FUND TO ELECT ABUBAKAR UMAR (RIBADU) AND AKUNYILI IN 2011 AND GET RID OF BABANGIDA AND THE CABAL FOR GOOD! YES WE CAN! available on nigeriansinamerica.com, I wrote the following :
"...I. IDENTIFY A WORTHY CANDIDATE.
What do we mean by the above? If you think that the meaning or full implication of the above statement is well understood, you might be mistaken.
The 3 key words here are 'identify', 'worthy' and 'electable'. What do we mean by worthy? How do you understand this word? By a worthy candidate, I mean a candidate that at least meet some basic minimum requirements. I also want to draw attention to the words 'minimum and basic' requirements.
WORTHY PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES: RARE SPECIES IN NIGERIAN POLITICS.
Unfortunately, due to the fact that Nigeria has been ruled for long - 50 years to be precise - by corrupt, visionless, incompetent and morally bankrupt opportunists-criminals, mainly from the North, who were imposed on us by Western imperialists, who were out to serve their own selfish interests and those of their British and American masters; and not the interests of Nigeria and Nigerians respectively, a very wide vacuuum has been created in the competent leadership of the country is concerned.
Due to the absence of true democracy for a very long period, Nigeria has been denied the opportunity to raise or groom good administrators of world class and standards, who could be excellent - or at least good - potential candidates/aspirants for presidential elections - especially the one coming up in 2011.
The long and brutal reign of the military with Northern criminal officers at the helm of affairs and the pecuilarity of Nigeria's so called democracy: tribalism, nepotism, quota system, favouratism, impoverished and unenlightened electorates, rotational system, zoning, regular mass rigging of elections, inefective and corrupt judicial system, external intervention, money politics, violence, incompetent, corrupt, visionless and morally bankrupt politicians: both civilians and the military, always contesting for elections, e.t.c. have led to a tragic situation whereby many capable Nigerians who really want to serve the country honestly and contribute significantly to its development have been frustrated out or discouraged and abandoned politics for good.
To these group of Nigerians, politics is regarded as an opportunity and privilege to serve one's country, the citizens and leave a legacy. They do not consider politics as an avenue for self-enrichment. Many of these people, 99.9% of whom are Southerners, have either left the coutry and using their brain to
develop other countries. Those that choose to remain behind are either serving
foreign companies or running their own businesses as entrepreneurs.
NIGERIA RULED BY AN ARMY OF INCOMPETENT, CORRUPT, VISIONLESS AND MORALLY BANKRUPT OPPORTUNISTS
Unfortunately, today, as we all know, an overwhelming majority of Nigerian
politicians are in politics in order to loot - and not serve the so called Mother land. Thus, the system has 'systematically' produced an army of thieves, opportunists, charlants who don't regard politics or public service/office as a divine calling but a 'once in a life time' opportunity to get their share of the national cake before it finishes.
These people are amoral to the extent that they have absolutely no principle whatsoever and could go as far as selling their biological mothers in the quest for money and in order to realise their unhealthy political ambition. They are more than ready to even dine with the devil - as a matter of fact, they have been doing that already for long - kiss him, work for him as long as that enhances their political career and increases the amount of money in their bank accounts.
Two good examples, unfortunately, are Ahmed Tinubu, who was so hungry for political power to the extent that he threw all moral values to the dogs and went as slow as going to babangida to ask him to contest on the platform of his party under the condition that he, Tinubu, would be his running mate. It's incredible to believe that Tinubu has suddenly forgotten about the battle aginst Abacha and numerous human rights activists that paid with their lives. How could Tinubu easyly forget that ibb, the devil was the cause of the political crises that the country was plunged into? Is there no other way for Tinubu to realise his political ambition than going to ibb, the devil?
The same thing could be said of Adams Oshiomhole, the incumbent governor of Edo state and former leader of the Nigerian Labour Congress. As far as Oshiomole was concerned, it was more than appropriate to organize a rally for babangida in Benin-city camouflaged as 'One Man, One Vote' just to clinch the V.P. ticket with babangida. News of how Oshiomhole tricked and used the A.C. to become the governor of Edo State is also an evidence/manifestation of who this man is in reality. It is unbelievable that Tinubu and Oshiomhole could be so desperate and power hungry to the extent that they could go so low to the extent of embracing ibb.
2011 PRESIDENTIAL ASPIRANT: A CHOICE AMONG 'THE LEAST HARMFUL' AND NOT 'THE BEST OF THE BEST'.
Therefore, what we need to understand is that the market for potential presidential candidates is very very very limited and full of only mediocres. It will take some time and concerted effort before competent, dedicated and honest Nigerians - especially Nigerians in diaspora - could be attracted to politics.
Sadly, the 5 fingers of my hand is even too much to count good/worthy presidential candidates. At most 3 candiadates. The problem is even more complicated if we factor into our analysis zoning and the fact that there is no 100% guarantee that if any of these 3 candidates stands for election, he or she has a chance of securing victory over a PDP candidate. In otherwords, their electability is under serious doubts.
Thus, the issue of worthiness and electability should be our guiding principle and watch words while searching for our candidate that will take on babangida, Jonathan and/or any PDP candidate.
Worthiness and electability are inseperable. They are like a coin with 2 sides. One is just not complete without the other. They both complement and supplement each other!
As has already been stated earlier, very long and catastrophic rule of the military; civilian; quota system; absence of true dedemocracy; rotation; quota system, tribalism, favouratism have led to a situation whereby there are very little worthy available candidates of calibre. Therefore, we have no choice but lower our standard as regards to worthiness in order to get a candidate who is more or less electable.
In this election, we need to understand that we will never have the opportunity to choose great people like Pa Obafemi Awolowo, Pa Nnamdi Azikwe, Chief Bola Ige, Alhaji Aminu Kano or their replica in terms of ideology, brilliance, leadership skills, discipline, dedication, personality, patriotizm, e.t.c.
In this election, what we need to understand is that our candidate will be far from being an ideal presidential candidate of our dream. (More on that later in this series.) In this election, there will be no Kennedy, Lincoln, Washington, Truman or even an Obama.
Our candidate will be more or less acceptable and a compromising candidate. For our candidate, we will be choosing among the average, below average and a little bit above average. In otherwords, succinctly speaking, we will have to choose not from the best of the best, but from a list of mediocres whom we consider to be least harmful compared to ibb-the devil, Buhari, Jonathan and other Nigerian politicians! This, ofcourse, is very sad. However, for those of us who have a good understanding of the situation on the ground, this is just the bitter truth or reality. And the earlier we accept this unpleasant reality as our fate, the better for us.
Therefore, by worthiness, we will expect that our candidate atleast has the following qualities:
As you can notice above, I once criticized Sen. Bola Tinubu for supporting Babangida. But thank God Nigerians were saved the humiliation of mere seeing ibrahim babangida, the smiling devil, as a presidential candidate. After the elections and with the winning back of Ekiti, Oyo, Osun and Ogun states back from the PDP by ACN, I've become more realistic in my thinking and position. As far as I am concerned, we need to be pragmatic in our approach. Unfortunately, it's this lack of pragmatism and the ability to think strategically that has landed us - especially the Yoruba where we are today. The reality today is that 5 Yoruba states(excluding Ondo, Kwara, Kogi and Delta states) are controlled by the ACN, Tinubu's party. If we think that Tinubu, for one reason or the other is not acceptable to us, then, we have 2 options:
1. Form a new party from scratch that will fight Tinubu and ACN respectively and wrestle power from them. Achieving that we need enourmous human, financial resources and a hell lot of time. One thing is to form a party, it is another thing entirely to make it viable. Forming a new party is not like setting up a new business.
2. Accept the reality and join Tinubu and ACN in their mission to build true democracy and develop Yoruba land and Nigeria as a whole.
As far as I am concerned, the second option is more reasonable and feasible compared to the second option. God forbids, if Tinubu and/or ACN fail in their mission, we(you, me and millions of others) have much more to loose. But, if we support him, it's going to be a win-win relationship. There is a Yoruba that goes thus: "inu ikoko dudu ni eko funfun ti n jade." TRanslation: "it's from the black pot that the white pap comes out." This proverb applies to Tinubu. Tinubu is the kind of leader that the Yoruba need now. Nobody is saying/claiming that he is a saint. In the next 10-15 years, a new Yoruba leader who I pray and assume will even be better than Tinubu will emerge - he will continue his mission. But, I can quickly tell you now that Babatunde Fashola is not the person I have in mind while deliberating or anticipating Tinubu's successor or a new Yoruba leader. One of the very few people who is more or less capable of succeeding Bola Tinubu is Ogbeni Aregbesola, the governor of my state. But in the next 4-8 years, more leaders will emerge and it will get more competitive. Getting an ideal Yoruba leadership is like refining crude oil until you get petroleum or whatever you are interested in. Bola Tinubu has done his part perfectly. It's just horrible to imagine what disaster could have befallen the Yoruba if PDP and those bandits were still to be He deserves our commendation. We should not be ingrates. I am confident that through Bola Tinubu, the Yoruba will definitely get to the promised land.
There is another proverb in Yoruba that goes thus: "Ti a ba n sokun, ki a ma riran." Translation: 'The fact that one is crying does not mean that one should stop using his eyes to see." In essence, what this proverb is saying is that 'One should not throw away the baby with the bath water." There is another Yoruba that goes thus: "Ti omode ba mo inu ro, a mo ope da." Translation: "If a child can think deeply, then he will be appreciative and not complain all the time." The bitter truth is that Bola Tinubu has done a lot for Nigeria and the Yoruba in particular. He has given us a real alternative. I wrote in lenght about Bola Tinubu in my latest series titled "YORUBA ROONU DADA - RE: SALIHU LUKMAN'S OPEN LETTERS TO SEN. BOLA TINUBU, MUHAMMODU BUHARI; EL-RUFAI AND NDIGBOS' 2015 PRESIDENTIAL AGENDA" soon to be published at nigeriansinamerica.com.
Not quiet long ago, I was speaking with a Nigerian about Nigerian politics, who claimed that Tinubu controls virtually all businesses in Lagos. In the first place, I think this an exaggerated opinion. Secondly, I still prefer Tinubu owning the whole of Lagos compared to a Lebanese. Thirdly, if this statement were to be true, we should not forget that these businesses employ thousands of Nigerians who are able to take care of their families from their salaries. Tinubu is still much better than those Nigerians that looted our treasuries (like ibrahim babangida) and store them in swiss banks. It's part of this stolen money that these so called developed and rich Western countries lend to us over and over with strict conditions. I still prefer Bola Tinubu even owning the whole of Lagos state to a Lebanese owning Eko hotel - one of the biggest hotels in Lagos!
Finally, what we need to ask ourselves is what/who are the alternatives to Bola Tinubu? Or are the alternatives to Bola Tinubu better? I am afraid to say NO. THe alternatives: Oyinlola Olagunsoye, Bode George, Femi Fani-Kayode, Gbenga Daniels, Segun Oni, Adebayo Alao-Akala, Iyiola Omisore and their God father, Olusegun Obasanjo and the PDP are much worse!!! Don't forget that the Yoruba land and people are yet to recover from the political, social, moral and economic tsunami that these b=a-s=t=a-r-d=s unleached on us. This is
the bottom line. And if I could borrow a leaf from my beautiful and brilliant sister, Deola Fasehun, at saharareporters.com in her interesting, educating, thought-provoking and entertaining programme 'Keeping it real', we've just got to be real and pragmatic as far as Tinubu and Nigerian politics are. Unfortunately, by contemplating an alliance between ACN and Muhammodu Buhari-Nasir El-Rufai's CPC, h Bola Tinubu is about to commit a political suicide. Thus, the primary objective of my latest "YORUBA ROONU DADA - RE: SALIHU LUKMAN'S OPEN LETTERS TO SEN. BOLA TINUBU, MUHAMMODU BUHARI; EL-RUFAI AND NDIGBOS' 2015 PRESIDENTIAL AGENDA to be published at nigeriansinamerica.com is to warn him about the danger of this political alliance for him personally, his party, the ACN and the Yoruba in general.
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