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.

 

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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.

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.