Mr. Nasir El-Rufai, a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, is the author of a new work of fiction: that Mr. Goodluck Jonathan has tarnished the legacy of Oluegun Obasanjo.
On the contrary, Mallam Nasir: Mr. Jonathan has not tarnished Obasanjo’s legacy, for the simple reason that he is Obasanjo’s legacy.
For eight years, Obasanjo preached democracy to anyone and everyone. He was particularly garrulous when he was abroad. But if Obasanjo’s story was easy to sell, it was even easier to buy. The international press gushed about how his role in Africa was so significant, and how lucky Nigerians were that he survived Sani Abacha’s imprisonment to return to continue the work he gave up in 1979.
He spoke loudly about the virtues of democracy and how he would ensure they took a vigorous foothold in Nigeria; and how determined he was to ensure the country never again fell into the hands of shortsighted opportunists.
He preached repeatedly in Addis Ababa about what was good for Africa, and why the African Union should be strong and forthright and unrelenting.
Much of that was in the ‘Away’ game. At home, nothing was really happening, except that Obasanjo wanted to make sure he had a second term of office. He was aghast that in the Western part of the country, his own people had resoundly rejected him in 1999.
Not only did he want to make sure that did not happen again, he began to broadcast his ultimate objective: his Profoundly Decadent Party (PDP) staying in power for 60 or 100 years, depending on his mood and the occasion.
In 2003, he proved he was serious: through layers of manoeuvres and twists of manipulations, he undercut and outflanked the ruling Alliance for Democracy and left it tottering on the banks of the Atlantic, clinging to the Lagos lagoon with mud in its teeth. Obasanjo’s second term was on.
Nigerians will remember it as was a period in which each man and woman found a phone handset in their hands, although they may have had no water to drink; and in which Obasanjo made peace with the Paris Club to the personal benefit of a top official of his government who pocketed N60billion.
Still, his “war” on corruption was on, featuring a ramshackle army of new-fangled “anti-corruption” champions such as the Code of Conduct Bureau, the Independent Corrupt Practices And Other Related Offences Commission, and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
It was a carefully carefully-contrived and manipulated “war,” its success primarily in the media, its victims primarily Obasanjo’s enemies. Obasanjo’s anti-corruption war was so “successful” that, in a country so filthily-corrupt that pigs would not dig into its soil for food if they knew this was Nigeria, you could count on the fingers of one hand the number of significant Nigerians who were convicted by the agencies throughout Obasanjo’s tenure.
For an idea as to just how absurd the entire drama was, the gentleman who chaired the EFCC, Mr. Nuhu Ribadu, has since broadcast what we all know: that Obasanjo was more corrupt that Abacha. And yet, Obasanjo spent most of his time chasing Abacha’s loot all over the world.
Halfway through Obasanjo’ tenure, it was clear not only that Obasanjo was in the game only for himself, it was clear to Obasanjo that unless he begged, borrowed or stole some time from the immediate future, he would be badly exposed, even to Nigeria’s gullible and forgetful majority.
Panicking, he shot into tenure-extension mode, ready to spend anything and to do anything to remain in office. Mercifully, non-Obasanjo worshippers prevailed, and he was out of work.
But that is also the point in time where his treachery is easiest to identify.
As I said in this column last week—and to buttress the argument about Obasanjo’s true character—in June 2006, Obasanjo constituted a powerful Joint Task Force (JTF) to elevate the “war” on corruption. The JTF, which was chaired by Mr. Ribadu, indicted 15 serving and previous governors and recommended them for prosecution.
Among the indicted: the serving governor of Bayelsa State, one Mr. Goodluck Jonathan.
That report went to President Obasanjo, but what did he do with it? The “anti-corruption” put it under his mattress, and went on to nominate Mr. Jonathan for Vice-President alongside a man he knew was sick unto death, Umaru Yar’Adua.
But Mr. El-Rufai testifies of the Obasanjo era, “We saw the beginnings of a credible system…a basis to hit the ground running, complete ongoing projects, initiate new ones and continue the work of solving Nigeria’s problem was created. Alas, that did not happen!”
The former Minister read the wrong briefing notes. We saw only the appearance of a credible system. A basis to hit the ground running was not created; if it were, by 2007, the only destination for Mr. Jonathan in Abuja would have been the local prison, not the presidential palace.
The reason for this is simple: no government is ever going to succeed in Nigeria as long as the war against corruption is fought only upon the tongue of the president. No “system” will ever last, let alone make a headway, for as long the person at the top (who could be a military leader, at the rate we are going) sees opportunity as opportunism, and service as power.
It is in this regard that Obasanjo’s successes disappeared very quickly and his failures now hunt Nigeria. In addition to deliberate public relations ploys, he planted the seeds of destruction along every path he travelled.
Think about it: roads, electricity; Transcorp; petroleum (where he was his own Minister for eight years); the Abacha loot; the buffet called the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation; the Africa Finance Corporation; the Nigeria Image Project; Vision 2020; the Millennium Development Goals; the Nigeria National Empowerment and Development Strategy: exactly what did Obasanjo demonstrate?
Like a man led only by the intense heat in his loins, he fanned only the fires of the moment and whatever fireworks made him feel good. He did not demonstrate the patriotism required to go beyond himself, or the honesty to serve the people. That is why he is now one of Nigeria’s wealthiest men, while his people are full of regret.
And so, although he has only been a few years out of office, Obasanjo has been established as a hypocrite. The loot recovered from Abacha has disappeared. Various probes by the National Assembly of various government funds and programmes have indicted him.
Indeed, if there is one thing every Nigerian knows for certain, it is that if there were ever one true firefight on the anti-corruption front, Obasanjo would be in jail before lunch—for life—his property confiscated through the next generation, and probably from everyone with Obasanjo as last name.
But his greatest betrayal was his cynical rigging of the PDP machine to place on the 2007 presidential ticket the tandem of Mr. Yar’Adua and Mr. Jonathan.
Watchers of Nigeria know that Obasanjo did not do that for Nigeria, or even for the PDP; he did it for himself. In the weakness of both men, he saw his protection from jail and embarrassment. Even if we were to concede he did not know Yar’Adua was deathly sick, he had several reasons to know Jonathan cannot even lead a group of Boy Scouts.
This is the reason that Jonathan and everything he is or is not, is the most pronounced legacy of Obasanjo. And not only is it one from which Obasanjo cannot distance himself, it is one for which he should be eternally ashamed.
Re: Nasir El-rufai's Fiction
Agensheku posted on 07-08-2012, 10:02:51 AM
Nice, factual shots there, SO!
Obj was so hypocritical, he denied the ownership of BELLS UNIVERSITY, even when the road-side mechanic in Otta knows who owns the place. Chief Gani Fawehinmi sued him over this matter, but death denied him from achieving victory on the case.
If Obj s aim was to ensure no ruler after him surpassed his tenure s "achievements", he has succeeded 100% and history would remember him for it.
Re: Nasir El-rufai's Fiction
Enyi posted on 07-08-2012, 10:46:13 AM
I hope this is not his aim, becuase he needs imortality to ensure that. Fortunately, or unfortunately, he is mortal. Records are made to be broken and every thing that has a start has an end.
Re: Nasir El-rufai's Fiction
Agensheku posted on 07-08-2012, 10:54:24 AM
Paradoxically, the same Finance Minister who helped Obj wipe away Nija s foreign debts is the self-same person assisting GEJ to clock the fattest debts in Nija s history! See?!
Re: Nasir El-rufai's Fiction
Bode Eluyera posted on 07-08-2012, 20:14:48 PM
IT'S TIME TO STOP THE CABAL!!!
@Mr Olumhense. Thanks for another enlightening article. Recently, I watched Obasanjo's speech delivered at Emory University and I was really angry that he got away fooling his audience. I felt like walking up to him at the podium and give him a dirty slap and tell him to shut up his dirty and stinking mouth full of lies. Unfortunately, I could not because I was not physically present there. Having said that, I want to quickly point out that it will be vey naive of us to think/assume that these so called Western countries don't know the true state of things in Nigeria and allow Obasanjo to deceive them. Contrary, I make bold to say that these countries are not only well informed, but are also in full control of events and dictated to Nigeria and Obasanjo what they wanted from him. As far as he carried out their wishes: paying of disputed/controversial debts that did not add any value to our economy but was stolen by corrupt, incompetent, visionless and morally bankrupt Northern military-criminal officers; more oil blocks in the Niger Delta; pollution of the Niger Delta without any repercussion; handing over of Bakassi, Nigeria's territory extremely rich in oil, gas and other mineral resources to them on a platter of gold etc, to them, he was a good boy and they turned a blind eye to his attrocities in Nigeria and his overseas speech giving jamborees full of lies to his gullible foreign audience.
Concerning Nasir El-Rufai, I've just posted another comment about him in a different thread where he analysed Akwa Ibom's budget. Since the post is also relevant here too, therefore, I am reposting it.
NASIR EL-RUFAI IS A SCAM!!!
I am delighted by the fact that quiet a number of us have now come to conclusion that Nasir El-Rufai is a (419)/dubious personality who wants to use deceit and manipulation to achieve his political ambition. Whenever I see Rufai's picture, read his articles or interviews, something in my mind tells me that this is another civilian babangida in waiting. God forbids, if he becomes the president, we are all in trouble. Babangida's attrocitues will be child's play compared to what Nasir El-Rufai will do to Nigeria and Southern Nigerians. As we say in Yoruba: "El-Rufai a fi imu wa fon fere!" Translation: "El-Rufai will blow the horns with our nose." In otherwords(that is to say), we go see hot pepper!!!
Thank you for your observation on Rufai's shobby analysis. I have noticed that too for long, but for one reason or the other, I omitted pointing it out in my own posts. It's very sad and disappointing that this is the kind of 'kindergarten analysis' that this man that claims to be a Harvard graduate could come up with. I was just wondering how much of the Niger Delta oil money El-Rufai squandered on his academic jamboree to Harvard - which could had benefitted the indigenes. Imagine how many universities, hospitals, roads could have been built in the Niger Delta with the money that El-Rufai dashed out to Harvard in the name of acquiring knowledge. Come to think of it too, this is the kind of junk analysis and consultation that this guy has been doing for the Federal government since he was 20 years old and collecting millions of dollars!
Well, we can't blame him. After all, he is a descendant of Usman Dan Fodio and his kinsmen were in full control of the Caliphate called Nigeria for more than 40 years. God don butter his bread. I have had the opportunity or should I say misfortune of meeting a number of Nigerian diplomats and ambassadors(especially from the North) and I must tell you without any exaggeration that there is nothing to write home about. An overwhelming majority of them pass for ordinary clerks. But, you will be shocked and saddened to discover how much these good for nothing make in a year(including free housing and other packages) for doing practically little or nothing for Nigerians and Nigeria. It's really heart-breaking! The whole of our economy and the country as a whole are run by mediocres and opportunists! That's why I write in my posts that NIGERIA IS NOT JUST A FAILED BUT IS AS WELL DOOMED. The West will continue to use the North to exploit us, keep us down and frustrate all our efforts to move forward in the South. The ealier we get rid of these parasites and terrorists, the better for us all.
The only place for these lazy bones to make 'easy money' is the public sector: through inflated government contracts; illegal acquisition of oil blocks(does the name Theophilus Danjuma ring a bell in your ears); juicy posts in the ministries and public companies through almighty quota system etc since they are not competetive with their Southern counterparts in the private sector. This explains the reason why they are so desperate to get power back at any cost. They have run down and bankrupted all public companies and institutions. Dubious privitization is another area where they are making good money now.
We just need to get rid of these parasites for good. The South has the majority to elect a president without any candidate nor alliance from/with the North. That's what I call REAL REVOLUTION in Nigeria. It's more than possible. What we need to do is to be vigilant and allow these lazy bones Alamariji/Boko Haram to rig the elections. This is the greatest challenge before us. In part 2 of my latest series 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", available at nigeriansinamerica.com. Demagogou or flattery apart, I strongly believe that the Ndigbo have contributed so much to the development of Nigeria and more than deserve to be elected as president. Any region that is against Ndigbo presidency is free to seced from Nigeria with immediate effect.
BTW, El-Rufai's kinsmen, the dreaded Boko Haram, have done it again. Senator Gyang Dalyop Datong (Plateau North, PDP) and another law maker together with over 50 people people have been shot dead by gunmen while attending a mass burial ceremony for victims of an attack by Fulani herdsmen in Riyom and Barikin Ladi local government areas of Plateau state, North Central Nigeria. Perhaps, Nasir El-Rufai will be much better off devoting his time to holding negotiations with his terrorist brothers to stop taking the lives of innocent and armless Nigerians - who btw are contributing to the development of the North.
ACN DOES NOT NEED ANY ALLIANCE WITH CPC, A MORIBUND AND DYING PARTY!
SENATOR CHRIS NGIGE AND BABATUNDE FASHOLA AS PRESIDENTIAL AND VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES OF THE ACN ARE MORE THAN CAPABLE OF DEFEATING JONATHAN BADLUCK AND/OR ANY OTHER PDP CANDIDATE!
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Re: Nasir El-rufai's Fiction
Iyke posted on 07-09-2012, 14:27:43 PM
Jona cannot lead a group of boys scout!! Well I was in the boys scout and he is now my president. meaning he can rule old-boys scouts.
Re: Nasir El-rufai's Fiction
Patcho posted on 07-09-2012, 20:28:18 PM
GEJ is doing well.
Under his regime, I have achieved more than I did in previous governments. He may not have directly influenced this personal achievements but well, they happened under his regime. El Rufai could be hurting but I'm not.