Saraki

Facts, fancies and fallacies (5)

As I argued last week, case against the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, is an elaborate charade to hoodwink Nigerians into believing that the so-called war against corruption is no respecter of persons and party affiliation whereas the skewed system that breeds corruption is left relatively intact and untouched, it means that the more things change in Nigeria under APC, the more they will remain the same. But what is the skewed system that incubates and nourishes corruption in our country? The answer is: the mixed-up unitarist-federalist 1999 constitution imposed on Nigerians by the military regime of retired General Abdulsalami Abubakar.

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Saraki

Facts, fancies and fallacies (4)

Some of the acts of misconduct and corruption levelled against Saraki took place in 2003 when he was governor of Kwara state. Therefore, if it is proper to deal with a case of alleged corruption that occurred over twelve years ago, why should “time constraints” deter a leader keen on change and eradication of authority stealing from investigating corruption perpetrated between 1985 and 2009?

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A photo shows a campaign signboad displayed by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to show its readiness to defeat Boko Haram Islamists on assumption office at Ogijo, Ogun State in southwest Nigeria, on July 3, 2015. Boko Haram carried out a fresh wave of massacres in northeastern Nigeria on July 3, locals said, killing nearly 200 people in 48 hours of violence President Muhammadu Buhari blasted as "inhuman and barbaric". AFP PHOTO

Facts, fancies and fallacies (2)

There is increased momentum in the war against Boko Haram, as the military struggles to meet the presidential directive that the sect must be crushed by December, the very group that Buhari, before he became President, wanted his predecessor to treat with kid-gloves. In the last one month, the Nigerian army and air force have made steady progress in degrading the fighting capabilities of the “death cult.”

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President Muhammadu Buhari

Facts, fancies and fallacies (1)

In a series of essays in this column entitled “Areas of concentration for President Buhari,” I discussed some issues or challenges that the President, Muhammadu Buhari, should pay serious attention to as he performs the functions of his office. In that regard, I suggested that political restructuring of the country to allow the six geopolitical zones greater fiscal and political autonomy is the most important task he should take up.

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Buhari

Areas of concentration for President Buhari (5)

Historically speaking, Nigeria recorded unprecedented economic and infrastructural development relative to her income during the First Republic (1960 and 1966). One of the major reasons for that was that each of the relatively autonomous regions developed at their own pace and competed with one another in various areas of development. Of course, we cannot go back to regionalism simpliciter.

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Buhari

Areas of concentration for President Buhari (3)

Remember, a committee of the Senate of the Second Republic, headed by the late Dr.Olusola Saraki, was about to scrutinise the Ayo Irikefe Report concerning the purported missing NNPC funds when Buhari came to power through a military coup in December 31, 1993. Since then, the Report seems to have disappeared without trace. So where is the Irikefe Report? Was Buhari cleared or indicted by the panel?

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President Muhammadu Buhari  Photo by Abayomi Adeshida

Areas of concentration for President Buhari (2)

On the other hand, President Muhammadu Buhari must find a way to immunise himself from the toxic sugary insipidities of praise-singers and search within himself for the intellectual and moral stamina required for actualising the most important components of his campaign promises. Of course, the President must be commended for frankly admitting that his advanced age would limit his performance, even as some of his supporters and aides were pretending that age does not matter in a demanding position such as the presidency of a fractious, democratically immature, and economically underdeveloped country like ours, by making tendentious allusions to Ronald Reagan, Nelson Mandela and Robert Mugabe of the United States, South Africa and Zimbabwe respectively.

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Buhari and Obama

Going to America: The Buhari-APC style (2)

For instance, in a meeting he held on July 29 at Blair House in Washington DC with his classmates, members of the US War College class of 1980, the President told them that John Kerry, the American Secretary of State, “read the riot act” to him, Jonathan and Prof. Attahiru Jega, former chairman of INEC. According to Buhari, Kerry reminded them that the election must be free, fair and in line with the Nigerian constitution.

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File photo

The absurdity of primitive accumulation (2)

To be fully human entails the ability and freedom to manifest optimally the creative powers inherent in homo sapiens. This is achievable not through amassing wealth one does not really need but by engaging productively in meaningful work and love. According to the German-born American psychoanalyst, Erich Fromm, freedom can be looked at from two main perspectives, namely, “freedom from” and “freedom to.”

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oilx

The absurdity of primitive accumulation

According to some estimates, Nigeria has made over $500 billion from crude oil sales since the mineral was first discovered at Oloibiri in 1958. However, considering the parlous state of the country today as documented in the last 10years by relevant agencies of the United Nations with respect to Human Development Index (HDI), it is crystal clear that a significant proportion of that money has been mismanaged by military dictators and agbata ekee politicians. Indeed, the alarming level of unemployment, destitution, hunger, feeling of alienation and hopelessness being experienced by Nigerians – that is, existential poverty in all its ramifications – indicate beyond any scintilla of doubt that members of the ruling elite entrusted with the power to manage our resources have failed abysmally – and they are getting away with it.

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