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Saturday, June 16, 2007

Review of This Week Naija News

Obi in, Uba Out This is the most explosive news of the week! Xmas came early for the people of Anambra State as they went agog with celebration; with Uba now licking his wounds of shameful defeat in the hands of the justice system. Kudos to the Nigerian justice system for rejecting these sham and fraudaulent election winners. The thought of Andy Uba only evokes memories of his criminal act of ferrying huge caches of stolen cash on Nigeria's presidential jets. And for the ruling political elites to impose this buffoon on Anambra state as governor, is a class act of reckless display of power. Glad one is down, many more Obasanjo boys to go!

One cannot but ponder what future now lies for the people of Niger Delta when
Militants Announce Ceasefire over Dokubo’s release
, but in the same breath are sending mixed messages, as their renegade brother's in arms are actively in business.
Militants kidnap 2 Indians in Sapele
. Can't they all put their acts together for the peace and stability of the nation, rather than unleashing mayhem and terror on the ordinary citizenry that is far more worse than those inflicted by the government and oil companies. It's sad to see that Nigeria has degenerated to the point where these militants are now holding foreign nationals to ransome, under the guise of agitating for a better life for the Niger Deltans. What better life are they asking for, if not for their own selfish interest?!! *hiss* Dialogue people. Dialogue!

No nation can top the ingenuity of the Nigerian Police Force as they've masterminded the act of criminality. Police fraud: Detectives find naira bills inside refrigerators, TV sets Talk about having a police force that have sworn to uphold the rule of law and the creed (of being model citizens) in protecting the lives and property of the Nigerian people! What a hypocrisy? ( cough* cough**)

Can you believe this news story? Politicians, govt officials order armoured vehicles Are Nigerian politrickcians and government officials now scared of the insecurity of the nation? Are they now hiding in armored vehicles in fear of armed robbers and political thugs, that their fraudaulent acts and inactions in creating a stable and crime-free polity, have unleashed on to the streets of the nation? Wonders shall never end!

Is this still news? Election materials disappear from INEC’s office The last time I checked, this is the only way Nigerian politrickcians know how to win elections; by stealing election materials and stuffing ballot boxes.

Stop looking outwards for Africa’s salvation, Yar‘Adua tells ECOWAS . What, Yardy 'yardy??! Ok, seriously Yar’Adua please take your own advice and apply it in fixing Nigeria's humongous problems. You need to look inward to fix our roads, health care, electricity, water, crimes and unemployment and stop going on unproductive foreign trips, medical treatments abroad, and having children, wives, cuncubines, living and schooling in obodo oyibo! And this must be applicable to all government officials and political office holders; because as soon as they appreciate looking inward at the mess they've created in Nigeria, maybe they can start doing something to fix our social, economic and political problems!

I think I'm even getting tired of this really stale news? Our politrickcians have not only perfected the act on how to loot directly from the Nigerian treasury but, they've mastered the art of using the pen as well; giving themselves mouth watering pay raises that are far beyond the imagination of the common man . Union Leaders Condemn Allowances For Federal Legislators

Yoruba protest Yar’Adua’s appointments. Of the millions of problems that are bogging us as a nation, tribal politics is now rearing it's ugly head. This selfish, ethnocentric turn by turn politricks, is going to destroy us as a nation! I'm not sticking up for Yardy Yardy; however, when OBJ was at the helm of affairs, did anybody questioned him when he appointed only his brothers, sisters, wives, and his many many children? So why are these old, good-for nothing, OBJ ass lickers, alms begging, petty, so-called Yoruba Elders now 'bad belleing' the new government. Please, they need to go sit don for corner jare and do something positive with their time rather than trying to play tribal politricks.

I was curiously optimistic that Ex-governors who no longer have immunity and have been found to have enriched themselves illegaly, would soon be arrested and made to face the wrath of the law when I read this news article.
EFCC quizzes Tinubu over fraud - Ex-gov Nnamani arrives, appears at EFCC Thursday, but then, sadly came this news on this glorious halleluyah Sunday morning. Yar’adua asks EFCC to “cool down” on corrupt governors.

Now is Yar’adua serving the interest of Nigerians or those of his criminal friends? Well, since he was never elected, but hoodwinked into being our nations leader, you can tell whose side he is on. This is a bad precedent for the nation and it shows that Nigerian leaders are back to business as usual - Chop and clean mouth politricks!

In conclusion, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu has boasted not only in Nigeria, but all over the world, that he is the anti-corruption czar in Nigeria and that some governors would be prosecuted after leaving office. Now it's two weeks after the former governors have left office, none of them has been arrested in spite of the position of the EFCC that they looted the treasury. What is this mallam going to do since his boss is now singing a different tone? Is this a true Mallam...all the aboki's I know carry daggers, and you better not mess with them! Na which kain mallam be dis one sef, shuo?...Mallam Ribadu, you better start taking action before the EFCC loses it's feeble credibility as an anti-graft government entity. And for you, failure to take action, simply shows that you're just another egoistical puppet on a string of a visionless and corrupt Nigerian government!

C ya'll people. Let me know what you think! PEACE NIGERIA!

Friday, June 01, 2007

OBJ's Legacy

For many Nigerians, the exit of Obasanjo is a good riddance to another visionless, corrupt and despotic regime that our nation has been cursed with. For eight years, the legacy of OBJ's regime would be remembered as one of the worst that any president has ever bequeathed to a nation - considering the fact that the modern Nigeria OBJ boasted he created is now rife with chaos, an enthrenchment of corruption, plagiarized infrastructures and shattered dreams! As we look forward to a new regime; albeit it was ill conceived, a sham and one borne out of illegality, Nigerians must hold our past rulers accountable for the injustice done to the Nigerian people.
The EFFC should be tasked to not only go after probing a selected few, but should bring the Obasanjo administration to justice. We should endeavour to probe the sale of oil blocks, the Port Harcourt and Kaduna oil refineries, and their surrogates in these shady deals. We should review the books of the sale of public companies; NITEL, NEPA, Ajaokuta Steel, National Arts Theatre, Tafawa Balewa Square and all other national infrastructures that the Obasanjo administration sold to himself and his apparatchiks under the guise of privatization.
Nigerians should bring the wrath of the law to bear on every past leaders that has stolen from the public coffers. Yar' dua should start his presidency on a clean slate, by ensuring that the regime before him was devoid of any corrupt practices. And this should be his number priority. The failure to be burdened by this honorable task will be regarded as being in acquiescence with corrupt Nigerian leaders that have now become the bane of our beloved country!

Moving on, and I will leave y'all with this article culled from SaharaReporters. Please enjoy it!


President Olusegun Obasanjo, the owner of the PDP and the self-crowned architect of a modern Nigeria is on rampage. The modern Nigeria he boasts he created is a chaos writ large where life has reached its lowest and most brutish best. His modern Nigeria is an amalgam of crises, hobbled infrastructures and crumbled dreams.

It is a pot pourri of shambolic policies and deliberately sabotaged aspirations. These days, his very last in a sad eight years on power, Obasanjo can hardly end any public show without issuing one threat or the other. When he was not issuing threats, he is sounding as one that have mastered the country so well that he need not lift a finger to impose his will on a conquered people. After eight years when the heavens opened up an unprecedented cash vault, Obasanjo still feels he has an unfinished business with Nigeria. He feels so because he is not quite sure of what the future bodes for him. It is so bad that Obasanjo now practically lives on hubris as to think he can commander the country to trudge along his vain paths. With the minutes ticking away, Obasanjo is fast becoming vegetables and ironically he demonstrates this uncertain posture by grandstanding and issuing feeble threats and innuendos.

At one time, he was blowing hot and cold on how he can’t be pocketed by anybody and you wonder why this feeling of invincibility should so obsess a person that says he has done so well for his country. In another instance, he would be desperately trying to provide a sneak review of the protégé he violated all known canons of decency to impose on Nigerians, as if we need him at all bends come to terms with the reclusivist fellow he forced upon the throne. Nigerians are not fooled by Obasanjo excessive obtrusiveness with the soiled processes leading up to the emergence of Yar A’dua and his obsession with what he would do with the stolen mandate kept in his custody. Like all rulers that are webbed on all sides by acts that threaten their future, Obasanjo is trying to buy protection from prosecution for the many acts of indiscretions that were so rampant in his eight years disastrous regime. He knows that he turns mere vegetable in just a few days time and would only hang on the impression he makes on his protégé to survive what could turn out the most scandalous inquest into his stewardship these past eight years. It is for this that he has coveted PDP and for which he has committed criminal electoral robbery to force the PDP and his protégé on the country, just like the way he was imposed on the country by a cartel of corrupt ex-rulers that saw in him avenues to escape from justice for their many sordid acts while in power.

In one breadth Obasanjo would be breathing fire and brimstone and in another, he would be trying out a very cunning mien of a fellow that was genuinely concerned about the many problems he had only exacerbated in an awful eight regrettable years in power. In another instance, Obasanjo, in a half-clever bid to shake off the bad patch and putrid tar the obnoxious third term put on him, would be boasting of how he would have stayed forever, if he wanted, as if the country is one vast estate under his manipulative thumbs. Yet in another case, he would seek to cut the picture of a contrite fellow that was genuinely concerned about the deepening plight of his people and not in worsening them as he succeeded in doing for the past eight years. But one strand weaving all these demonstrations of a fluid, wracked and troubled mindset is the image of man that is sorely troubled by the prospects of a very unpredictable future. He should be concerned about his future because he knows deep in his heart, as many Nigerians know, that he had greatly compromised the office of the president and has further opened it to abuse and ulterior use.

Truth is that Obasanjo is so troubled that he tries a complex mix of grandstanding and vain bluffing thinking that he would confuse the citizenry further by his antics. He wanders through the solitary lanes of puerile vanity to seek to further confuse a citizenry that endured his visionless and amoral reign for eight years and who are coming to terms with the reality that this evil cup, a sad and dreary chalice of unprecedented poison is passing us after eight strenuous years of unmitigated personalization of power and unbridled mediocrity. With the years ebbing away in minutes, Obasanjo is so troubled, so distracted and so confused that he seeks to hide in the many subterfuges his aimless commentary in recent times create for him. He demonstrates the most uncoordinated thought and the most distracted mindset at a time he would be at peace with the elements were he committed to lift governance beyond the petty corridors of self-aggrandizement and pursuit of naked vendetta. But Obasanjo has created a cult of predatory rich men and millions of poverty-ravaged citizenry. He had tilted state instruments and resources to create a cabal of rich men out of the privation and haunting want of many. He has made some few millions from Nigeria’s malfunctioning power sector, carved a cult of rich standpatters from the premeditated energy crisis, hewn out a sybaritic brood of buccaneers from the bankrupt state infrastructures he is leaving after eight years of uneventful rule. He has brewed social malcontent, spurred social upheaval and has provoked strife by the deliberate policies he pursued to rob the many and empower a few.

But one thing that Obasanjo has not imbued with some level of finesse in the last eight years of bizarre rage is his intrigues. With his entire knack for self-glorification, he looks like a peevish schoolboy in the many infantile intrigues he generously visited to governance in the past eight years. As he practices his trade for dubiety, he fancies himself as being so smart for Nigerians yet no Nigerian is fooled by the many adult pranks of Obasanjo. He is so readable and so predictable that most Nigerians always know where he would end once he launches on any of his pranks. The wonder is why he never sought to disappoint those that always predict his moves and their outcomes and this is not unconnected with the sparse endowments of the government he ran. Even as his antics rebound in his face, he makes a hell lot of job of his awkward smartness that even when all deride him for his half-wits, he fancies himself the next best thing God created for Nigerians after pure water. He plays the ostrich with so much relish and cares little that people equate him with a swimmer whose back flashes at those that watch from outside the stream. That explains the reason he can shamelessly boast that he would have had a third term if he wished. Just the way he tried to wash his hands from that dastardly plot only when the move had been killed by the senate and just as many Nigerians predicted he would. All these cases of cheapening intrigues and the hide-and-seek character of this president accounts for why Nigerians are almost completely united by the hate and repulsion of the person of Obasanjo and why everyone is just desirous that he disappears from our public scene, like the expired drug he has become. No president can be so cheeky!

He is behaving as if he was talking to breast-suckling babies that never witnessed the dirty maneuvers and the wholesome threats with which Obasanjo pursued the third term ambition. He was pretending that Nigerians never recalled the many acts of official bribery and the gargantuan social and political insecurity he provoked in the attempt to get the constitution fraudulently doctored to give him an open-ended term. He pretended Nigerians have forgotten the many manipulations he imbued in the system so as to continue staying in power. Obasanjo wanted Nigerians to believe that the blitzkrieg that attended the grand failure of the obnoxious third term fancies, which obtained in the deadly haunting of the opponents of that evil plot was a mere fluke; so also was the manipulation of most of the legislators that opposed the third term out of the present legislature and the rewarding of the running dogs among them that brazenly promoted that plot with another term. Obasanjo believes he has cowed all Nigerians into a permanent state of amnesia that they never witnessed the untoward deployment of all known state instruments of corruption and coercion to obtain for him another term when Nigerians are riled to the bones by his manifest shortcomings in power.

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