The Many Travails of a leader/nation!

I do not in any way mean to have this as an affront of a leader, I pray for, but it is a personal thought and our Nation is at the centre of need, that you may disagree with and I stand to be corrected.

This a nation where our Police are heralded as champions anytime/anywhere they go on missions abroad, but the case at home is of toll gates and robbers robbing on our highways, in-between police check points.  I hear of even the Special Anti-Robbery Squad being accused of illegalities.

This a Nation, know to have brought an end to Nigeria’s civil war, the War in Liberia and Sierra Leone and successes in the Middle East and all over the world as peace keepers.  We wake up to have a political tout [(Boko Haram) was the political Machinery of a past Governor of Borno State], costing the Government and the International Community Billions in Dollars , lives and properties.  And the Government cannot smoke him/them out of Sambisa Forest, an enclave built by the same Nigerian Government for Military training.

A Nation that has scattered their true peaceful Fulani herdsmen from the forests, where they were hitherto grazing the animals from the North to the Southern parts of Nigeria without issues.  These Fulanis are the ones you now see in towns and cities, selling sugar cane, water melon, selling water and all sorts of petty trades to make a living.  Ask them why, they will tell you they no more have cows.  What happened to their cows, rustlers stole them, the ones they could not steal, they kidnap their families and collect up to One Million Naira ransom per person. That led to their selling the cows to rescue their families.  SO who are this AK47 Herdsmen?  A Northern Governor is said to have visited a neighbouring country to give certain herdsmen monies to come to Nigeria and revenge? or something like that.  Nobody has asked this Excellency if he is now the External Affairs Minister or the Minister for Defence;  Whose monies did he use?  Kaduna States or his personal monies?  The Herds that are being pampered with imported Grains and Grass, whose are they?  These herdsmen that can blatantly tell serving Governors that they will have their ways who are behind them?

I hope I heard this wrong, it was on radio, heard in Hausa passingly in Zaria, that 28million foreigners were giving Nigerian citizenship, who are this people?  If that news is true, will the immigration not need a robust well publicized ceremony for such an event?

With the major mandates of Corruption fights and seemingly huge amounts recovered, Nigerians still ask where are the recovered monies and what of the still increasing heart disturbing cases of monies still disappearing?

If what I saw in the social media on the Kano Local Government elections is true and the worrying issues permanent Voters card registrations.  Under Age voting and registrations, amongst uneven spread of centres to favour some sections of the community and extra long disturbing queues/difficulties, with no look of resolve.

Yesterday, if you abuse Buhari in the North, you may receive a stab or slap, but now it is the stabbers and slappers that are in the for front of the game.

I ask, what is Buhari going to do different in one year before the next elections?

Will he change his cabinet and bring in Game Changers, like PDP did with the installation of Muazu?  Will he act decisively on the issues of the herdsmen or keep very mute in the name of studying the situation? Will he give the Military a deadline to smoke Boko Haram out or give chance to those who can. (At least the present Governor spoke of the cycle of successes by some Generals, who get changed for others who more or less allow an upsurge of the crisis.  I ask where is the Nigerian Military reserves?  Don’t we have that?  Call back the retired, able bodied Military Men and women especially those who succeeded in their missions to do the needful or atleast show the serving ones the way to go.

What will he do on the Economy to ensure food is available and affordable to the teeming masses that have in some cases resort to a meal or two a day?

I have not tried to look at his campaign promises, but need to say Buhari carried a weight of non-performing support at the Local Governments, States and National Levels and he does not seem to see that.

I must bring also the observation of the Wife of the President, who voiced her not voting for him come 2019, if he continues with some persons.  It was a novel observation that had never been in the annals of Nigeria.

What will he do with the Petroleum price and availability, I have not heard David West in a long time, we were expecting Petrol to be N40/litre and all the refineries working, especially now that the President is the Minister for Petroleum.

I have heard some Governors that appointed Commissioners are advised to start training them to start giving/dashing out monies to people.  Where will they get this monies from, I hope it will not be project budgeted funds that will now be shared like in the past?  EFCC will not check that now, till they are out and then ghost hunts begin.   That should change, checks and balances need to be in place.

How some sleep am not sure, but I still pray for them.  That God will give us the ability to change what we / they can, to delegate those that need delegation, leave the ones that need to be left and step off at the appointed time.

By now am sure my Egbons Femi and Abati need to have a retreat, so that Iron can sharpen Iron.  There’s need for Femi to read again Abati’s mystics relay of the Villa, it can at least help in the prayer points of the Aso Villa Chapel, if you get what I mean.  I wish everybody well, like Patience Jonathan, that said, ‘so it is her they wanted to use and win the elections… may they never win’.  The sickly Patience got well immediately her Husband accepted defeat.  Spiritual warfare, some will say.

Before we start asking for the true indigene-ship of some/most of our officers; and when our Security Agencies will put their house(s) in order, Buhari needs to start putting his house in order or he will end up regretting accepting the mantle of Leadership without a true Idiagbon to carry out the work.

In whatever way it comes, 2019 is not 2015, so the shameless Kano local government elections, where children of just left infancy are lining up and voting.  With the National INEC, saying it is the responsibility of the states; that will not hold.  Are those the 5 million votes the governor is promising PMB?    I wonder how State Policing will be in the North.  I hope it will not be used like the Emirate police in molestations and victimizations during the pre and colonial periods.

Buhari’s has so much work in hand as there has never been any leader loved by so many like Buhari.  There are still many that do, but he needs more to gain the trust fast failing and redeem the dwindling image he is gradually diminishing.  You may not realise that till you hear the before now buharians bringing comparism with late Yaradua (May his Soul continue to rest in peace).

In conclusion, mine is a prayer, That God will start the removal of all / any hindrance to our greatness.  May we and our Children and their, begin to see the Nigeria, where tribes and tongues differ in a united brother/sisterhood.  Where the labours of heroes past is not in vain; with peace and plenty abounding and NO One is Oppressed.  God bless first the People of Nigeria and then The Federal Republic of Nigeria.



Who will speak for the People?

Several years ago, the Creative Center for Leadership, were resource trainers for the United Nations University / International Leadership Academy’s extended Leadership program.  Before the end of their session, the Vice Rector of the University who was acting as the Director of the Academy in Jordan called for an appraisal of the trainers.  The students condemned in totally the style, depth and materials of the Center, when asked, mine was at variance.   I opined that we experience the British / Oxford Templeton College Team before crucifying the Americans, thanks to my Nigerian British style education and the Sheraton American Style trainings.   The class judged better when the two were compared.

Nigeria’s Masses cried during Late Yaradua’s time and Kerosine and Petrol were pegged to N50 and N65 per litre, the Nigeria Police stopped collecting toll fees on the road, the Military were struggling for United Nations Missions. Why was that, because somebody spoke for the down trodden and they were considered favourably.

We have reached a very disturbing cross road and yes there is need for the iron curtains to be pieced so Presidents and their Vice can be on the same page with the electorate/masses. 

How can you truly explain the reason why Fulanis who were known for grazing their cattle peacefully out of sight, now are everywhere as petty traders, tailors, motor bike riders et al, you ask them why, they tell you Cattle Robbers have stolen their cows and refused them peace in the bush.  What has the Government done to return them to their status quo?  Ask me.  Then who are the cattle owners that the National Assembly is always talking of Graze Land or Ranch bill for?  It is definitely not the poor fulani’s who now do not even have the cows to breed.    From the President, who we know has cows in his asset declaration to the likes of the Governors of Ekiti and Kwara, and their likes, are the graze land seekers (not the masses) this is maybe to further galvanise more lands to a few in every nuke and crannies of Nigeria?   When the poor fulanis were grazing we did not have sophisticated weapons and burning of villages, there was symbiotic coexistence with farmers allowing cattle rearers on lands needing manure.  So where did all this violence come from and why now?  Even the fulanis in the bush suffer kidnappings and destruction of lives and properties by these people causing havoc in our land.

The African / Nigerian Press is so muzzled that if you go counter the rulership you are made a black sheep.  And because they are first a business and want to have a green bank accounts and not red;  The Governors and leaders now have praise singers and not a true representation of the realities on ground.

Buhari’s getting a Christian Vice, was because he listened to suggestions.  His suspension of the NIA Chief and SGF was because he listened to the out cry of his people.  The Chibok Girls, Boko Haram and many others are all because he listened.  But how can he hear correctly, when he is surrounded by a very thick iron curtain of the AGIP machinery of power brokers that only have their interest in front and not the electorate?

Shehu Sani suffered his persecutions and is still, they have looked for all ways possible to ground him, including suspension from Kaduna chapter of the party to no avail.

El-Zakhy Zaky, is one person I have known from my days in ABU Zaria to be a forthright person, who government monies can’t buy.  The politicians go to him to canvass from votes, which his supporters give them.  How do I know, all politicians do and I have also benefitted from such vote support, without which no politician can have a comfortable win, unless rigged.  This man has followers in villages unexpected and he cares for the followers more than the elected governors.  If you remember, when the child marrying Governor of Zamfara brought in Sharia during the Obasanjo’s tenure, El-Zahky Zaky was about an only voice that said, it wont succeed. He was criticized for being anti-Islamic.  In his defence, he mentioned the insincerity of the promoters and their using it for political intent and not true religion.  Was he proved right?  You tell me.  The same Zamfara officials were known in Abuja as the highest users of hotels and restaurants.  They bring ladies in droves, shagalinku restaurant (and the like) will be fully booked at breakfast, lunch and dinner times, when the Zamfara harems come to eat.  Zaria’s religious peaceful stay cannot be without the synergy of such religious leaders and the Traditional Houses in the city and the environ.

Bishop Oyedepo – who mentioned the need to defend yourself against any provocation by any group, is not unfamiliar with the antiques of persons using religion, tribe or regions to foment trouble. His Ministry was started in Kaduna and he has a very large followership in Kaduna and the North.  Some of his places of worship suffered bombings like the one in Bauchi, North East.

Apostle Johnson Suleman – Who re echoed the defend yourselves song and was termed provocation.   He became a target when he warned El-Rufai of the Preaching License, he wanted to enforce in kaduna State.  His trouble increased when the DSS was barred from arresting him by the Governor of Ekiti and Eminent Christian Leaders Escorted him to Abuja.  Getting to discredit his ministry and calling came as an aftermath.

The Emir of Zaria, who mentioned a political variance in favour of a crowned title holder (the former Governor).  Demolition inside the city was to spite the Emir; Zaria and Kaduna Traditional Houses started seeing the unseen, including locking of a traditional ruler for weeks in prison custody.

While Kebbi is working with Lagos, the Central Bank and Bank of Industries amongst others to further Agricultural synergy, Zamfara is stigmatizing the people with curse instead of vaccinating and treating them against deadly diseases in the state.

I reside in a state where you hear men saying, marrying one wife is like being single.  A gardener was added N5000.00 to his salary, to my surprise he added a wife, I asked why and how will he maintain them, in a chorus, i was told God will feed all who He gave mouths to.    Cases abound of parents who do not know where their children sleep, eat or play and are not disturbed about that.  They end up as political thugs, so the learned politicians are not bothered because their children are learning abroad and will hope the children of these masses serve their children like the parent did the fathers.

Boko Haram has not finished, it was started by politicians, Cattle rustlings is yet to be stopped, villages being ravaged and so many innocent blood lettings still abound.  From the Zamfara axis to the Ile –Ife and the East every case shows an unbalance that Nigerian politicians are not ready for the truth.

In all cases people who speak or stood against some persons are placed on a pedestal of disgrace, after warning them in some cases.

The Sultan and Emir of Kano did us proud in Kaduna, because some body needs to tell them.  Kaduna is the Power Seat of the North, Kaduna is home for all we accept, but the Gbagis that have suffered displacements from Zaria, Kaduna, Minna and Abuja deserve a better treatment for the kits and kins than what they are experiencing in the name of someone is in charge.  

During the KADINVEST, i see the peaceful loving nature of this people, it wont happen in terrain like we are seeing in Kaduna.  Kaduna for the exigencies of Politics is under the purview of the Emir of Zaria, who is the Traditional head of the State Traditional houses.   The Government invited the Emir of Kano without the presence of any Traditional Ruler from Kaduna.  The Sultan was invited, he stands as a Islamic Religious Leader and their was no thought of inviting a Christian Leader to also be in attendance.  Am sure the likes of Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah, who is the present Bishop of Sokoto would have been a good accompaniment of the Sultan (they have severally), Kukah is from Kaduna State El-Rufai was not ready for what the Bishop would have mentioned maybe.

So for many silenced mouths, in and out of prisons for saying what some politicians do not want to hear, the Emir of Kano and his likes should not stay quiet. 

Now is not the time to use the usual old antiques to silence people, our politicians should be more responsive and responsible to the electorate.  As electorates, we need to disturb the National Assembly to remove certain privileges leading to abuses and give the electorate the power to recall their elected officers, when they see them not responsible enough.  That will keep our leaders on their toes to the needful for the enhancement of their constituents.

Let the speakers keep speaking and the silent ones should join speaking.  I long to see the State Assemblies stop singing the Governors sing songs and start acting like Honourable.  I long to see the State Houses call their Governors to order in especially the case of Local Government Elections, so people can feel the Government more and have easy access to the officials.

African / Nigerian Elections and Post Electoral Remedies!


The best beggars of votes when elected to serve turn to become near political tyrants, thieves of public funds and slave masters of the same people they vowed to serve.

In most elections, now that coups are not popular, the citizenry is left with the garbage till the next elections, when money and the power of incumbency could be used to steal the peoples mandate at all cost to keep the status.

Democracies are guided by constitutions. I need to know, what are the constitutional guides to recalling a President, Governor, and Member of the House of Assembly by the electorate when they are in office?

We need to stop some nonsenses that makes elected officers become demi gods and demagogues while in office.

Can any educate us on the needed process, please?

Violence begat violence?

A still small voice keeps telling me that vengeance is the Lord’s He will repay.  The sincere heart pains, grief and emotional pangs caused the myriad of innocent persons round the world should be a cause of concern for action and not just words.  But where do we start from?  It is more annoying for so many lay persons like me, when you see the same persons steering the wheels of conflict in regions, sitting on well decorated round tables with tea, coffee and snacks arguing heartlessly, where as the people they have engineered against each other are in pools of blood if not already in mass graves.  The sorry state of the gullible masses used, is the agitators will always have their families far away from the trouble’s spots and then come to use other peoples’ sons, daughters, mothers and fathers for a cause only the agitators are the true benefactors.

I stand to be corrected, the true culprits behind most genocides and crisis are always never called to book.  Oscar Arias, once told my class that the manufacturers, merchants and users of weapons of violence should all be held accountable for the atrocities, because if the warring parties are not armed the likelihood that the violence will escalate beyond proportions is not there.  True or false, is left for you to reason, but if you visit police station cells or prisons and see criminals worshipping God, you might end up more confused, as in, if these are the same persons convicted of their crimes. The the sponsors are surprisingly persons in very high societal palaces connected through several remote channels that even the best of conflict resolvers might be playing round their evil planned schemes.  You may get me wrong, forgive me, the opinion is personal, but most of battles are fought with the real merchants of war, selling the wares to both sides.  It is time to look at remote causes of crisis and see how nations can proactively halt or manage uneasy calm/peace transmuting to violence.  May we never resort to violence, leaving the laws of Kama to be in effect.

We all have issues, with ourselves, siblings, parent, spouses, families, neighbourhood and colleagues, but violence / ill actions should be a never mentioned thing.  In Nigeria, there is saying that, even the tongue and teeth, sometimes fight, but must stay and work together to survive.  As the year  comes to another close, may we see peace springing with the tides all around the world. 

May families displaced, migrating, in Camps or Homes / Shelters, be able to at least feel the current of Christmas with Santa Claus bringing gifts and tides of Peace. 

Common-sense or Pocket Sense–Nigeria’s v economy!

Senator Ben Bruce has become the Nigeria’s Common Sense Politician, good some are talking realities that seem to be appreciated by the common man, whose best economy is the stomach or pocket.

This is a small thought feeder for any serious thinker.  Am sure you already know most of what one will state, let is then act as a reminder of the should have, for not just Nigeria, but for the most developing nations.

I will ask some questions and look for answers from any or all that have inclusions as our way forward.

Welcome to Common Sense or Pocket Sense – Nigeria’s v economy.

Commercial Bike (Acaba/Okada) Registration–Bauchi State Nigeria in Mind.

On a trip so many years ago to Ghana by road, the Commercial Bikers in Cotonou and Lome amazed us.  They filed orderly along lanes meant just for them and all had visible numbers readable from far on the front and back of their aprons.   They were so organised, that you wonder, if they had high cases of casualties like we do.  Coming home to Nigeria, the emergence of Okada, Acaba or Commercial Bikes was as a result of the down turning of the economy; increase in the population sizes of our towns and cities with the corresponding vehicular traffic issues and Unemployment. 

With so many states banning out rightly the use of motorcycles, with no sustainable alternative(s), is enough for Bauchi State Government to be applauded for the decision to register motorcycle riders in the state.  Suffice to say that every Government have their reasons for decisions taken, but the fact remains that, these class of people are only there because of the service need they provide for.

In Nigeria, Acaba/Okada (motorbike) is associated, (not exhaustive though), with armed robbers, militants, terrorists, kidnappers, bag snatchers, assassins, ritualists, Orthopaedic Hospital and Mortuary service providers  marketers/promoters.

Why is it so? Amongst reasons are:-

1. Most riders are not trained, they learn on the trade.

2. Poverty, it is a very fast way of getting little change to keep body, soul and family together.

3. Joblessness, some riders are graduates with Diplomas, Degrees.  There was a case of a Masters Degree graduate in Abuja, before the El-Rufai ban on riders.

4. Lack of sufficient affordable transport, they act as bridges/gap fillers

5. Lack of accessible roads, they are able to reach un-motorable nukes, corners and crannies.

6. High Traffic Jams / Go slows, they have ability to manoeuvre in-between vehicles reducing the time wastages due to traffic challenges.

7. It is fun and airy, having the breeze blow on your face and skin.

The list can go on and on.   Unfortunately, it has become the most risky form of transportation.

In Bauchi, where people blatantly refused to wear crash helmets and seat belts, any measure to increase the safety of the commuters and citizenry is a noble deed.  Yes the riders are full of complaints, but it is necessary and of more benefit to them if properly executed.  Everyday you will meet a handful of riders, who do not even know the roads, they depend on you to show them, they keep telling you, if care to ask, that they are from neighbouring states.  So anybody from anywhere, (Militant, terrorist, robbers), can carry a motorbike and commercially work/carry out a negative activity, disappear and leave the true service providers to carry the brunt of the crime committed.  So registration is truly needful.

What will we need to do to make the registration, more meaningful and of benefit to the riders and their passengers?

a. Riders Test and Certification – Mental, Physical, Medical, Eye tests and Knowledge of the terrain (Locality)

b. Road Worthiness of Vehicle, not only license plate

c. Basic First Aid Training

d. Security Back ground check

e. Separation of the town into different areas with responsible coordinating heads, reporting to their town/city or state coordinators.

f. Usage of Reflective readable numbers on bikes (Petrol Tanks), showcasing Bike Commercial registration number.

g. Usage of Reflective Readable Riders Registration Number on Aprons (front and Back).  The riders are not necessarily the owners of the Bikes.  Their registration entitles them to have license as a commercial rider.

h. The Uniform / Apron should be non-transferable, as in the case of license/ID card.

i. Ownership change of Commercial vehicles, should be documented with the necessary authorities, before it is enforced, this will reduce the snatching of bikes.

j. Black listed riders, should have their Apron/Uniform seized for the duration of the black listing.

k. Remove multi taxation – form a one channel ticketing/taxation, Local Government & State Inland Revenue people should have a weekly/monthly scheme.

l. Create a weekly/monthly fora for training, retraining, networking and feedback.

m. Have a 3 digit toll free line for Passenger Complaint, emergency or eventuality report.

n. Institute/Support a compulsory basic Health Insurance through National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to cover the rider and his passenger.

o. Create a benefit/reward system where riders through their association/cooperative can finance bike purchase or other projects to increase their channels of revenue generation.

Knowing that Nigeria is not starved of ideas, it is the execution and maintenance that suffers, I rest my case, with a prayer, that the Government will get credible agencies/people to do the needful.  If well implemented, the riders will be presenting themselves for registration and payments of dues, as they know what they are getting from it and later work on making it sustainable and theirs.

May God bless the people of Nigeria.




The misplaced or mistake of identity.

Series of talks and cross talks are being debated on issues of migration, displaced persons, insurgency and the insensitivity of some governments / persons on the plight of humans, especially women/girls and children.

Suffice to say that we are increasingly realising that the different shades of grey is also increasing, as we grow old, but the truth remains that White is White and Black is Black.  The dynamics of conflicts are now more terrifying than the days when the knowledge of Sages, like Atilla the Hun, Sun Z’s Art of War, Laws of Power, Art of Seduction, Prince and the likes were more or less mystic / occult knowledge passed between the illuminated privileged few.  Now a set of jobless boys can borrow/purchase or download videos on almost any matter and spend time planning / strategizing with even their parents not aware of the potential actions / threats under their roofs. 

I will make this piece a short one, ask me if you need further insight to my thoughts.  Our own Zaria Kaduna State Alh Muttalab, that gave information on his son’s likely being a source of concern and the later arrest of the son on board an airline with an explosive device in his pants, brought so many positive / negative criticisms.  Some of, íf the Father was a true adherent of his faith.  Some others feared that, what happened to Gen. Shuwa in Maiduguri might happen to him also, if he is not careful and what have you.

On BBC about a week or two ago, A Cameroonian Soldier was asked about the Boko Haram Insurgents and he replied, that the Boko Haram are the people we see.  They are law abiding in the daytime and turn to insurgents at night or during action.  Is he correct?  Ask me, but try finding our from all incidences of violence, it is neighbours and friends that turn to fiends/enemies and the destructions is with the insight of hitherto innocent fore knowledge of the targets.  Try checking Burundi, Liberia, Somalia, Sudan, South Africa, Nigeria, Bosnia where ever.  The insurgents go a step further to use the same children/Women(their relatives & family) some times, as in the cases of some middle east places were schools and hospitals become discreet hide out / base for attacks on oppositions.

Let us hope the Insurgence in Syria, Libya, Nigeria and other parts of the world is coming to a dying phase, what happens to the myriad of persons used by the various insurgents?  These persons have gone back to their families and are now part of the very big picture of Internally displaced.  The France, Paris saga led to Brussels and it had a pinch of the dastardly action when it went into action on the suspected persons.  The same may be happening in Nigeria, with the too many approved / unapproved camps and no proper data of who is who, what do you expect the Boko Haram members to do?  They will go back to their families and start living the Bob Marley’s run to fight another day life. 

There is need to start identifying community/schools/church/mosque leaders to help identify their own and be responsible for their behaviour.  Then move to returning them to their right places of abode as soon as possible.  The Leadership must begin to take responsibility of their immediate communities before even the Police, Military and Government.  They know their people and their behavioural tendencies. Then only can we reduce the immersion of little foxes that will later affect negatively the efforts of persons to live in peace.