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Those who made the last 365 days memorable

By Jide Ajani

The Cabal that  held Nigeria hostage made up of the following individuals

*Late President Umaru Yar’Adua, whose illness incapacitated him from running Nigeria well.

*Turai, wife, first lady, powerful, not new to power games; some feel she’s over-bearing but others insist she simply stakes her claim in her husband’s affairs; very visible, kept President Yar’Adua away from public glare since he was flown out of the country to Saudi Arabia on November 23, 2009; and determined who should have access to the President.

*Dr. Abba Ruma, leads the Katsina Mafia, Minister of Agric and Water Resources

*Tanimu Yakubu, Chief Economic Adviser, who made the disclosure that Goodluck Jonathan was in constant touch with Yar’Adua

*Sarki Muhktar, Major-General (rtd), National Security Adviser, NSA

*Michael Aondoakaa, the Attorney General and Minister of Justice who was always ready with his own version of the interpretation of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

*Inuwa Baba, (aka Distinguished) very powerful, entered anywhere in the Villa; full of wisdom, a family member; was said to be the link between Obasanjo and Yar’Adua and the outside world while they were in jail during the Sani Abacha days.

*ADC, Mustapha Onoyiveta, very, very close to Mr. President.

*CSO, Yusuf Tilde – very powerful.

*Ambassador Aminci, Nigeria’s ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia who kept providing as many versions of Yar’Adua’s recovery as was possible

*Mansur Muhktar, Finance Minister

*Niger Delta militants who dropped their arms for an amnesty deal proposed by the Yar’Adua administration

*Olusegun Obasanjo, shocked Nigerians when he openly called for the resignation of President Yar’Adua as the most honourable thing to do.


*G-54, a group of politicians who first came out in December last year, calling for the resignation of Yar’Adua

*Nigeria’s Governors’ Forum, which became a pressure group for mere self-serving agenda; its role in the absence of Yar’Adua remains largely questionable in some quarters.

*Former heads of state that joined the call for a quick solution to the vacuum in leadership occasioned by the absence of Yar’Adua

*The National Assembly, which kept insisting that its hands were tied and could do nothing to solve the problem of leadership vacuum only to turn round and adopt the Doctrine of Necessity when it appeared something terrible was just about to happen in the polity

*General Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma (rtd), appointed as Chairman, Presidential Advisory Council, PAC

*Atiku Abubakar, who kept pursuing a merger arrangement for the possible emergence of a mega-party but was left to chill in the cold.  Not to be outdone completely, he shocked his detractors by re-joining his first love, the PDP

*General Muhammadu Buharai (rtd), who was also pursuing a merger arrangement for the possible emergence of a mega-party but changed his mind and floated little known CPC.

*Professor Maurice Iwu, Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, who conducted the February 6, 2010, governorship elections in Anambra State.

*Lamido Sanusi Lamido, governor of Nigeria’s Central Bank, who announced the sacking of the managing directors of five major banks in Nigeria; he has been making noises, useful and otherwise, about banking reforms

*Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who attempted to blow up an airliner over the American airspace in December last year – he would have taken over 100 innocent lives had his bomb exploded in the plane

Things that suffered

*For more than two months no one was in Charge of State Affairs – No President, Commander-in-Chief; and no Acting President

*Amnesty Deal kept on hold

*Signing of 2009 Supplementary Budget was put on hold – Yar’Adua allegedly signed the budget in far away Saudi-Arabia

*Budget 2010 could not be attended to

*Economy suffered shocks occasioned by the lull in state affairs

*Appointment of federal commissioners into the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, stalled.

*Appointment of heads of key government agencies kept on hold

*Constitution Review and the inability of both Chambers of the National Assembly to work together, with no President to fully mediate in the crisis has seen the two chambers working independent of one another

*Tempo of proposed Electoral Reforms reduced

*Swearing-in of Chief Justice of Nigeria was put on hold for a while

*Swearing-in of 15 Permanent Secretaries was also put on hold

*Ambassadors waiting to present letters of credence had to continue waiting

*Oil Lifting License renewal could not be done dully

*Nigeria was absent at some very important global events: The United Nations General Assembly

*There was unnecessary tension in the polity

*Credibility of religious leaders of both Islam and Christian faiths who visited Yar’Aradua but came out with conflicting testimonies of the state of health of Mr. President at a time Nigerians were expecting to know how well their President was doing.


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