A boy without shoes to man without pity

A boy without shoes to man without pity

Salisu Suleiman

Last year, in the run up to the presidential elections, a few Nigerians saw through the ruse of the world's most corrupt political party and warned that the PDP simply wanted to impose a weakling on Nigeria and milk the country dry in the process. We tried to tell Nigerians that we had nothing against Jonathan as a person, only that his antecedents as Bayelsa state governor do not qualify him to manage the affairs of a country as large and complex and a people as difficult as Nigerians.

Very few heeded those warnings. We were labelled northern apologists, unwilling and unable to accept a southern Christian president running Nigeria. Of course the claims were preposterous because just a few months earlier, many of us had marched in the scorching sun of Lagos and Abuja in support of Jonathan against a Muslim northern president who was violating our Constitution. But the voices of reason were drowned; the PDP machinery, with access to unlimited government funds bribed, blackmailed and bludgeoned its way into power.

To make matters worse, no other Christian and southern candidates presented themselves for consideration, so every opposition to candidate Jonathan was conveniently passed off as anti-south and anti-Christian. Many of those opposed to Jonathan had far greater prospects of benefiting from a Jonathan administration than from a northern president, but knew that the man simply didn't have the mettle to tackle Nigeria's myriad challenges. It was tragic, watching intelligent Nigerians falling for the hoax of the son of the fisherman who had ‘no shoes', seduced by the promise of ‘fresh air' and the ‘transformation' of politics and administration in Nigeria.

And so Goodluck Ebele Jonathan came to office with a landslide.

How many people asked what Jonathan's economic policies were? How many Nigerians could point to anything the man had done as governor of Nigeria's least populated state but with one of the highest revenues? Did Jonathan make any promises to tackle corruption? Did the president make any commitment to cut down on the costs of government? Did we ask questions when thousands of groups emerged overnight, all very well funded, to promote the Jonathan agenda? Did we even ask what the agenda was? Where are those groups today? Did Nigerians not vote for ‘Jonathan' and not the PDP?

So what are Nigerians protesting about? Why are Nigerians marching against the removal of fuel subsidies and the resulting dramatic increases in the prices of transport, food stuff, petrol, firewood, kerosene, rent, school fees, and other things? Why didn't we ask important questions when we had a chance to? Many people thought it was humorous when Jonathan avoided the presidential debate organized for candidates and chose to debate himself. Are we only just seeing through the veneer of deception? Who is having the last laugh now?

The situation we find ourselves should not be surprising. If anything, GEJ has always demonstrated an uncanny similarity with President Ibrahim Babangida to get into and remain in office. IBB ‘settled' his cronies with fief-like political appointments to go and ‘chop'; GEJ gave them what to ‘chop' directly by doling out cash, including dollars from our excess crude oil account and foreign reserves. In the first four years of the Yar'adua/ Jonathan administration, our foreign reserves were depleted from $47 billion to about $33 billion; excess crude account from $6 billion to almost zero and our foreign debts shot up from about $3 billion to $40 billion. Did Nigerians expect not to pay a price for this profligacy?

The reason behind Jonathan's removal of petroleum products is not because government wants to commit the funds to other more pressing areas as claimed. If that was the case, why should the Presidency propose to spend N300 million in 2012 just to buy dinner sets for the villa? Why is the president ordering a new jet to add to its already bloated fleet when most Nigerians cannot travel without a ‘security report' from all routes and towns along the way? Why should government spend almost three-quarters of the 2012 budget on salaries and allowances of a mere 1% of the population when 20 million Nigerian youth are unemployed? Why should a former teacher refuse to honour its agreements with ASUU? Did we not fall for ‘fresh air' without asking whose fans will blow the air?

And what is it about the psychology of Nigerian leaders so that craves praises from the West?

It is a fact that when the World Bank and the IMF praises the government of any developing country, the ordinary people of that country are in for a hard time. IBB was the first to deregulate critical sectors of the economy to acclaim from the West. We are yet to recover. OBJ ceded Bakassi to Western eulogies, demoting our brothers into second class citizens in their ancestral lands. GEJ has removed subsidies to cover up huge gaps in our finances and at the behest of the West. Overnight, a majority of already impoverished Nigerians have been pushed into deeper poverty.

It seems that the boy who grew up with no shoes has grown up to be a man with no pity.



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A boy without shoes to man without pity
Salisu Suleiman posted on 01-09-2012, 15:17:40 PM
A boy without shoes to man without pity Â
Salisu Suleiman
Last year, in the run up to the presidential elections, a few Nigerians saw through the ruse of the world's most corrupt political party and warned that the PDP simply wanted to impose a weakling on Nigeria and milk the country dry in the process. We tried to tell Nigerians that we had nothing against Jonathan as a person, only that his antecedents as Bayelsa state governor do not qualify him to manage the affairs  of a country as large and complex and a people as difficult as Nigerians.

Very few heeded those warnings. We were labelled northern apologists, unwilling and unable to accept a southern Christian president running Nigeria. Of course the claims were preposterous because just a few months earlier, many of us had marched in the scorching sun of Lagos and Abuja in support of Jonathan against a Muslim northern president who was violating our Constitution. But the voices of reason were drowned; the PDP machinery, with access to unlimited government funds bribed, blackmailed and bludgeoned its way into power.

To make matters worse, no other Christian and southern candidates presented themselves for consideration, so every opposition to candidate Jonathan was conveniently passed off as anti-south and anti-Christian. Many of those opposed to Jonathan had far greater prospects of benefiting from a Jonathan administration than from a northern president, but knew that the man simply didn't have the mettle to tackle Nigeria's myriad challenges. It was tragic, watching intelligent Nigerians falling for the hoax of the son of the fisherman who had 'no shoes', seduced by the promise of 'fresh air' and the 'transformation' of politics and administration in Nigeria.

And so Goodluck Ebele Jonathan came to office with a landslide.

How many people asked what Jonathan's economic policies were? How many Nigerians could point to anything the man had done as governor of Nigeria's least populated state but with one of the highest revenues? Did Jonathan make any promises to tackle corruption? Did the president make any commitment to cut down on the costs of government? Did we ask questions when thousands of groups emerged overnight, all very well funded, to promote the Jonathan agenda? Did we even ask what the agenda was? Where are those groups today? Did Nigerians not vote for 'Jonathan' and not the PDP?

So what are Nigerians protesting about? Why are Nigerians marching against the removal of fuel subsidies and the resulting dramatic increases in the prices of transport, food stuff, petrol, firewood, kerosene, rent, school fees, and other things? Why didn't we ask important questions when we had a chance to? Many people thought it was humorous when Jonathan avoided the presidential debate organized for candidates and chose to debate himself. Are we only just seeing through the veneer of deception? Who is having the last laugh now?

The situation we find ourselves should not be surprising. If anything, GEJ has always demonstrated an uncanny similarity with President Ibrahim Babangida to get into and remain in office. IBB 'settled' his cronies with fief-like political appointments to go and 'chop'; GEJ gave them what to 'chop' directly by doling out cash, including dollars from our excess crude oil account and foreign reserves. In the first four years of the Yar'adua/ Jonathan administration, our foreign reserves were depleted from $47 billion to about $33 billion; excess crude account from $6 billion to almost zero and our foreign debts shot up from about $3 billion to $40 billion. Did Nigerians expect not to pay a price for this profligacy?

The reason behind Jonathan's removal of petroleum products is not because government wants to commit the funds to other more pressing areas as claimed. If that was the case, why should the Presidency propose to spend N300 million in 2012 just to buy dinner sets for the villa? Why is the president ordering a new jet to add to its already bloated fleet when most Nigerians cannot travel without a 'security report' from all routes and towns along the way? Why should government spend almost three-quarters of the 2012 budget on salaries and allowances of a mere 1% of the population when 20 million Nigerian youth are unemployed? Why should a former teacher refuse to honour its agreements with ASUU? Did we not fall for 'fresh air' without asking whose fans will blow the air?

And what is it about the psychology of Nigerian leaders so that craves praises from the West?

It is a fact that when the World Bank and the IMF praises the government of any developing country, the ordinary people of that country are in for a hard time. IBB was the first to deregulate critical sectors of the economy to acclaim from the West. We are yet to recover. OBJ ceded Bakassi to Western eulogies, demoting our brothers into second class citizens in their ancestral lands. GEJ has removed subsidies to cover up huge gaps in our finances and at the behest of the West. Overnight, a majority of already impoverished Nigerians have been pushed into deeper poverty.

It seems that the boy who grew up with no shoes has grown up to be a man with no pity. Â

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Re: A boy without shoes to man without pity
Bamaguje posted on 01-09-2012, 15:17:40 PM
The bumbling ineptitude and corrupt incompetence of GEJ has many of us wondering "would Buhari have done better?"
Jonathan has clearly lost focus (if he had any), and is obviously overwhelmed by Nigeria's problems.
At least the Sharia-mongering Daura General would have attempted to deal with the corruption in the petroleum sector rather punish Nigerians with removal of "subsidy."
Furthermore, Boko Haram would have been less of a problem with one of their own in power.
Re: A boy without shoes to man without pity
Tit posted on 01-09-2012, 15:17:40 PM

A boy without shoes to man without pity


Salisu Suleiman


Last year, in the run up to the presidential elections, a few Nigerians saw through the ruse of the world's most corrupt political party and warned that the PDP simply wanted to impose a weakling on Nigeria and milk the country dry in the process. We tried to tell Nigerians that we had nothing against Jonathan as a person, only that his antecedents as Bayelsa state governor do not qualify him to manage the affairs of a country as large and complex and a people as difficult as Nigerians.


Very few heeded those warnings. We were labelled northern apologists, unwilling and unable to accept a southern Christian president running Nigeria. Of course the claims were preposterous because just a few months earlier, many of us had marched in the scorching sun of Lagos and Abuja in support of Jonathan against a Muslim northern president who was violating our Constitution. But the voices of reason were drowned; the PDP machinery, with access to unlimited government funds bribed, blackmailed and bludgeoned its way into power.


To make matters worse, no other Christian and southern candidates presented themselves for consideration, so every opposition to candidate Jonathan was conveniently passed off as anti-south and anti-Christian. Many of those opposed to Jonathan had far greater prospects of benefiting from a Jonathan administration than from a northern president, but knew that the man simply didn't have the mettle to tackle Nigeria's myriad challenges. It was tragic, watching intelligent Nigerians falling for the hoax of the son of the fisherman who had ‘no shoes', seduced by the promise of ‘fresh air' and the ‘transformation' of politics and administration in Nigeria.


And so Goodluck Ebele Jonathan came to office with a landslide.


How many people asked what Jonathan's economic policies were? How many Nigerians could point to anything the man had done as governor of Nigeria's least populated state but with one of the highest revenues? Did Jonathan make any promises to tackle corruption? Did the president make any commitment to cut down on the costs of government? Did we ask questions when thousands of groups emerged overnight, all very well funded, to promote the Jonathan agenda? Did we even ask what the agenda was? Where are those groups today? Did Nigerians not vote for ‘Jonathan' and not the PDP?


So what are Nigerians protesting about? Why are Nigerians marching against the removal of fuel subsidies and the resulting dramatic increases in the prices of transport, food stuff, petrol, firewood, kerosene, rent, school fees, and other things? Why didn't we ask important questions when we had a chance to? Many people thought it was humorous when Jonathan avoided the presidential debate organized for candidates and chose to debate himself. Are we only just seeing through the veneer of deception? Who is having the last laugh now?


The situation we find ourselves should not be surprising. If anything, GEJ has always demonstrated an uncanny similarity with President Ibrahim Babangida to get into and remain in office. IBB ‘settled' his cronies with fief-like political appointments to go and ‘chop'; GEJ gave them what to ‘chop' directly by doling out cash, including dollars from our excess crude oil account and foreign reserves. In the first four years of the Yar'adua/ Jonathan administration, our foreign reserves were depleted from $47 billion to about $33 billion; excess crude account from $6 billion to almost zero and our foreign debts shot up from about $3 billion to $40 billion. Did Nigerians expect not to pay a price for this profligacy?


The reason behind Jonathan's removal of petroleum products is not because government wants to commit the funds to other more pressing areas as claimed. If that was the case, why should the Presidency propose to spend N300 million in 2012 just to buy dinner sets for the villa? Why is the president ordering a new jet to add to its already bloated fleet when most Nigerians cannot travel without a ‘security report' from all routes and towns along the way? Why should government spend almost three-quarters of the 2012 budget on salaries and allowances of a mere 1% of the population when 20 million Nigerian youth are unemployed? Why should a former teacher refuse to honour its agreements with ASUU? Did we not fall for ‘fresh air' without asking whose fans will blow the air?


And what is it about the psychology of Nigerian leaders so that craves praises from the West?


It is a fact that when the World Bank and the IMF praises the government of any developing country, the ordinary people of that country are in for a hard time. IBB was the first to deregulate critical sectors of the economy to acclaim from the West. We are yet to recover. OBJ ceded Bakassi to Western eulogies, demoting our brothers into second class citizens in their ancestral lands. GEJ has removed subsidies to cover up huge gaps in our finances and at the behest of the West. Overnight, a majority of already impoverished Nigerians have been pushed into deeper poverty.


It seems that the boy who grew up with no shoes has grown up to be a man with no pity.



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Re: A boy without shoes to man without pity
Patcho posted on 01-09-2012, 15:17:40 PM
Salisu:
We voted GEJ in.
Trying to stampede him out of office...covertly or overtly will fall flat. Occupy Nigeria over oil subsidy is merely an uproar and not a scratch near the main cause, the larger cause.
Re: A boy without shoes to man without pity
Igboamaeze posted on 01-09-2012, 15:55:28 PM
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You can see them crawling out of the woods and unto stage. From Gwobe to El Rufai to Salisu! They couldn't have been happier with themselves. Now they care for us more than Jonathan even though they did worse things in the decades they were in charge. Buhari has cleverly gone silent while unleashing his hirelings on the nation. El Rufai is playing the field, the new Martin Luther King. Well, Jonathan brought this misfortune unto himself but the notion that only Hausa/Fulani Moslem can rule Nigeria is downright silly.

This, too, shall pass away...
Re: A boy without shoes to man without pity
First-lady posted on 01-09-2012, 16:04:58 PM
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You can see them crawling out of the woods and unto stage. From Gwobe to El Rufai to Salisu! They couldn't have been happier with themselves. Now they care for us more than Jonathan even though they did worse things in the decades they were in charge. Buhari has cleverly gone silent while unleashing his hirelings on the nation. El Rufai is playing the field, the new Martin Luther King. Well, Jonathan brought this misfortune unto himself but the notion that only Hausa/Fulani Moslem can rule Nigeria is downright silly.

This, too, shall pass away...


From the mouth of the colonial masters

QUOTE:
Our agenda was to completely exploit Africa. Nigeria was my duty post. When we assessed Nigeria, this was what we found in the southern region; strength, intelligence, determination to succeed, well established history, complex but focused life style, great hope and aspirations... the East is good in business and technology, the west is good in administration and commerce, law and medicine, but it was a pity we planned our agenda to give power \"at all cost\" to the northerner. They seemed to be submissive and silly of a kind. Our mission was accomplished by destroying the opposition at all fronts. The west led in the fight for the independence, and was punished for asking for freedom. They will not rule Nigeria!

Harold Smith confessed that the Census results were announced before they were
counted. Despite seeing vast land with no human but cattle in the north, we still gave the north 55 million instead of 32 Million. This was to be used to maintain their majority votes and future power bid. He stated that the West without Lagos was the most populous in Nigeria at that time but we ignored that. The north was seriously encouraged to go into the military. According to him, they believe that the south may attend western education, but future leaders will always come from military background. Their traditional rulers were to be made influential and super human. The northerners were given accelerated promotions both in the military and civil service to justify their superiority over the south. Everything was to work against the south. We truncated their good plan for their future. \"I was very sorry for the A.G; it was a great party too much for African standard. We planned to destroy Awolowo and Azikiwe well, the west and the east and sowed a seed of discord among them\". We tricked Azikiwe into accepting to be president having known that Balewa will be the main man with power. Awolowo has to go to jail to cripple his genius plans for a greater Nigeria.

However, Harold Smith justified the British agenda of colonialism in Nigeria, which he believed was originally to help build Africa after the ruins of slave trade, but lamented that the British only looked after themselves and not after Nigerian interest. The British really let Nigeria down. When I see Nigerian been accused of fraud and from what I saw on the streets of Lagos; the British were worst fraudsters.

Looking at the northern leaders now he said, \"If they have any agenda in Nigeria at all, sadly it is only for the north, and nothing for Nigeria. He stated that the British look after the British people and this is so all over the world. He said the time has come now to see people of intelligent minds with an open and inclusive agenda for all Nigerians in power...people who will really look after Nigerians large population...but \"I still curiously and sorrowfully see now that the British has not let go of Nigeria...her wealth, her potentials, her future. He opined that the Caucasian people now assert themselves as the keeper of the \"New Age\" keys. He therefore said that it is only logical for Europeans to maintain their position of power, scientific superiority, economic exploitation, they must continue to perpetuate their lies and falsehoods and this is the unkindest cut of all in relation to Nigeria situation!


http://community.vanguardngr.com/profiles/blogs/legendary-harold-smith-speaks

na today?
una don hear am
That's why our northerners believe Nigeria is theirs
Re: A boy without shoes to man without pity
Mathelize posted on 01-09-2012, 17:41:55 PM
Salisu, born to rule mentality and free oil money are written all over the rubbish you wrote up there. Mallams will never rule Nigeria as a country again because Jonathan will be Nigeria's last head of state.
Your fellow northerners ruled Nigeria for almost 40 years since independence and plundered the resources with impunity. Be honest with yourself and answer this question. Would northerners share oil money with southerners if the oil belonged to the north? You guys aren't that tolerant.
You had better get grips with the future without free oil money because the useless country called Nigeria shall soon cease to exist as a country.
If Nigeria were still a country in 2015 (God forbids), I'd still vote for Jonathan over any northerner.
The earlier the country disintegrates the better.

@ Igboamaeze. You forgot to add ALHAJI ALIYU TILDE to the names you mentioned.

Olusegun Olaleye
Re: A boy without shoes to man without pity
Ceekay posted on 01-10-2012, 00:33:26 AM
We are losing the issue yet again and back to the persons! Subsidy removal is another form of tax - period - because whatever government takes frrom your pocket is called tax; only that this one is a crude form of taxation. Now then, is it not time to address the roots of these evils that hover Nigeria? Let's get back to brass tacks - we need reform in Taxation, Valuation of Naira (not through auctioning of our petrol-dollar) and reform in the insurance sector (to provide haven for government to borrow at lower cost for development).. unless we do these things, we will continue to grope in the economic wilderness.

People who think that subsidy removal will bring in investors in that sector are dreaming. Will any Nigerian invest in a country where the value of its investment down the line would be determined by the auctioning of the currency of that country? Let us be realistic! This is a good opportunity to go back to the drawing board.

Whatever GEJ is or not does not matter, we are here. God bless Nigeria!
Re: A boy without shoes to man without pity
Busanga posted on 01-10-2012, 15:08:07 PM
Attack the message , not the messenger. Truth is bitter.
Re: A boy without shoes to man without pity
Luckyboy posted on 07-11-2012, 12:26:58 PM
"if during the last 40 years or thereabout Nigeria has consistently had a leadership circle with an economic team like the one now headed by President Jonathan, the country must have been ushered in to the club of rapidly industrializing nations." Ikonjo, the head of the team was with Obasanjo for longer. And the 'patriotic' lady would have gone back again had she been appointed.

Our problem is not with the ethnicity in our leaders but with honesty and patriotism. All are very corrupt. And that is the problem.

We all like to comfort (delude) ourselves that had it been 'my own people' it would be different. The conditions of affairs in all states do not support this fallacy.
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