Once again, president Buhari is proving not to be a statesman. Was he suggesting that the civil war was fought over the oil in the Nigerian delta instead of the reason those of them who fought for it gave at the time – keeping Nigeria United? Buhari need to get himself a sensible adviser to vet whatever he plans to say in public before he puts his foot in his mouth again.
He had claimed the judiciary is a hindrance in his war on corruption. Isn’t that statement in itself corrupt? does he wants the judiciary to rubber stamp his actions? To disregard judicial procedure? Buhari in his own words, complained about the lengthy litigation process for all the times he tried and failed to win elections. In his opinion, the justice system was rigged against him and litigation that came down against him were orchestrated. Yet here we are? He wants the judiciary to rubber stamp his every whim. Is he now claiming the judiciary is still rigged against him? He forgot to mention that every time he lost and failed to concede those losses, many Nigerians died. He forgot to mention that his win and the subsequent concession by Goodluck Jonathan saved lives and money. He now wants the judiciary to do exactly those things he complained about in his own litigations, rubber stamping government position, due process be damned.
Nigeria has made its bed with Mr Buhari, let her lie in it. I just hope she gets to wake up to a brighter future.
” … while describing his transfer as the will of God, said he was convinced the leadership of the church approved it to make him suffer”.
The implication of the above observation by the good Reverend, Fr. Mbaka is that God is colluding with men to punish him, to make him suffer.
For a supposedly, man of God to bemoan his circumstances and blame it on the machinations of man in collusion with God to punish him is pretty ludicrous. I bet Fr. Mbaka must have preached that God has plans for everybody and whatever circumstances one finds themselves, God is in charge.
Here we are, Fr. Mbaka crying and bemoaning his lot in life, blaming people for plotting his downfall. That he is being transferred to a place “without enough provision” to run his ministry and in the same breadth he claimed to have built his current ministry from nothing.
Why are Fr Mbaka’s first thoughts not God must have a purpose and a plan for him. Why not that God was happy with the job he did and want him to do it again in his glory? But then it could just be God showing he is pissed off by Fr Mbaka’s abusing his position of trust and ingratiating himself to politicians by going public with a vision of harm to president M Buhari.
Fr. Mbaka has the gall to accuse people he claimed plotted his downfall of playing politics, when it was he who set the ball rolling by getting involved in the political conspiracy theory by describing a vision harm to president Buhari. He should have confined his public utterances to praying for Nigeria, it’s people and its leadership. A priest should never be seen taking sides in politics. God does not take sides, if he did there will be no wars, no crimes and no evil doers.
Since the world is constantly embroiled in acts of war and religious and politically motivate terrorism. For all of these to continue unabated proves that either God doesn’t take sides or that or there is no God.
God bless Nigeria and save her from charlatans in long robes.
Prez M. Buhari – ” … while export-driven economies could benefit from devaluation of their currencies, devaluation will only result in further inflation and hardship for the poor and middle classes in Nigeria’s import-dependent economy.”
I love that the president recognized that devaluing the Naira put unnecessary burden on the average Nigerian. I would have liked it better if he had added that he will get there when he transformed the hitherto import economy to export economy. To say that his administration is committed to achieving that objective or at least laying the foundation for a export economy. Nigeria has a fast growing middle class and 20% of Africa south of the Sahara population which means we have leverage. Durable goods manufacturers who want to d business in Nigeria should invest in manufacturing their products in Nigeria. Nigeria has a large pool of educated cheap labour, there is no reason for the slight by multinationals.
That was the good, now to the ugly, the statement that totally soured everything positive feeling I had for the previous statement and that is:
Prez M. Buhari – “The President reaffirmed his conviction that about a third of petroleum subsidy payments under the previous administration was bogus”
These are not the words one would expect to hear from a president. You don’t speculate, you state facts as you know them. If you think they are bogus, keep that to yourself and quietly investigate to get at the facts then tell the people. Will you come back at a future date to apologize to the Nigerian people and the previous administration if indeed your speculation cannot be proven? Do you think that those you slandered in this statement should sue you for slander or defamation of character if you can’t prove the assertion?
You, Mr Buhari are a president and conventional wisdom dictate that you don’t start off maligning your predecessor especially without facts to back up the claim. You as they say, those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.
The BEC has a responsibility of maintaining peace and order within their jurisdiction. The whole purpose of establishing and supporting traditional rulers by the government is to bring the government closer to the people particularly those outside the urban cities. The prominence and the financial support given to the leaders on taxpayer dime means they have an obligation to the people to be the government barometer in their area of influence. Their job is to feel the pulse of their people and make that know to the civil authorities and to be the advocates of the people. It is also their job to explain government policies to the people. In other words, they are part of the fabric of Nigeria’s government. Their role is not to sit in a palace collect tax from their people and stipend from the state and federal government, ride around in motorcades and sing “life is good”. They need to know their people, feel their pulse, be their pulse. Warning the federal government to thread softly in the face of terrorism is an abdication of their responsibilities. They need to sit-up and do their job or get out of the way. Nigerians need to be pulling together. There is little room for outliers in this economic environment.
Yes, it is true that to many, the Buhari administration has been heavy handed and often times seem outright tyrannical, we should acknowledge this but, push on for a more just and constitution guided society. At the same time, we have to maintain a zero tolerance posture on economic terrorism. Pursue the perpetrators vigorously and bring them to justice guided by the constitution. The elders have a big role to play in this effort. They cannot pretend not to be aware of what is happening. They are the closest thing we have to every dinner table in every home. The communication ministry has a role and duty to make these elders and Chiefs aware of their roles and powers under the constitution. We cannot have a Nigeria where governance is by decree.
Turning to the Buhari administration, to date I get the impression nobody in his administration has read the constitution of Nigeria. I sincerely hope that one of the first things we give to all representatives at all levels of government, before the brand new car we pay for, before the house and food we pay for, cook and serve, before the compensation package that is 8 times their United States of America counterparts, is a copy of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. At the start of each congressional session and as part of the orientation of freshmen, is a reading of the constitution. If necessary, members will be quizzed on their understanding and familiarity with the constitution. If we have to shame them to learn their jobs, so be it. Nigeria cannot abide lawmakers that don’t know the law let alone work within its constraints.
Everyday in both houses, it must be mandatory for all members to remind themselves why they are there by reciting the pledge of allegiance:
“I pledge to Nigeria my country, to be faithful, loyal and honest. To serve Nigeria will all my strength, to defend her unity, uphold her honour and glory, so help me God”
Why exactly is IPOB unlawful? Agitating for self determination should not be a crime. It is the duty of the government to make everyone feel welcome in a place they call home. Agitation is not a problem but a symptom of disaffection with the status quo. It is the duty and responsibility of the government to find root causes of the dissatisfaction and solve it.
Accusing the agitators of treason and throwing them in jail without addressing the root cause of their disaffection will only breed resentment among the disaffected group. You will only be proving their point that you are insensitive to their plight and viewpoint.
I don’t know who is advising President Buhari on this course of action but it is the wrong course. Instead of strong arming Nnamdi Kanu and his cohorts, you should be engaged in a conversation, a dialog if you choose, to determine the underlying cause of the grievances. Nnamdi should stop bloviating and threatening mayhem if he doesn’t get what he wants. It is true, history informs that independence given is independence unappreciated. The Nigerian independence is a good example. Look around the world, those countries that have won their independence in sweat and blood have a tendency to appreciate it more, protect and cherish it.
Yes, Oct 1, 1960 was a gifting day. Nigerians accepted the gift but like siblings whose parents served a dish to be eaten from one bowl, but never taught to share, did not share every well as siblings are wont to. Nigerians fought, scrapped and almost scratched each other’s eye out. Nigeria barely survived as a family unit. Now, here we are. Let’s not continue like in the past trying to gouge each other’s eye out. It hurts everybody and in the end everybody will certainly end up blind if there is no course correction.
This statement in itself “How weakening currency wanes manufacturers competitiveness” is an oxymoron.
Assembling CKD’s is not manufacturing and entities engaged in this should not have access to any benefit allocated for manufacturers. The Buhari administration and indeed any future administration must hold the line on who can be called a manufacturer and get the support they need to thrive. Nigeria cannot afford the to subsidize foreign manufacturers with it’s hard earned forex.
That said, it is highly disruptive to put these policies in place without preplanning and adequate notice given to these assembly plants to source locally. A weak currency is typically good for the export manufacturers as the products become comparatively cheaper abroad but if the business is strictly an assembly of CKD’s, the benefits of local manufacture is lost.
Buhari administration can provide an out for these group of businesses
1. Require a specific minimum percentage of their product must the exported to pay for their forex requirements. Nigeria cannot afford to keep cuddling foreign manufacturers masquerading as local manufacturers.
2. A product cannot be labeled Made in Nigeria without at least 50% local content to start with and can gradually be raised to 85% over 25yrs, excluding labor.
3. The administration must do everything within its ability to help open up foreign markets for Nigeria value added good and products. The Buhari administration must take advantage of the business opportunities afforded by ECOWAS and must active encourage expansion and greater integration of the zone business activities. That is a task the Buhari admin must must demand from all foreign missions. Their job as liaisons for Nigerians and their businesses must be taken seriously. They are not just cultural attaches, they are salespersons for Nigerians and Nigerian businesses, time the act like it. Maintaining these missions take a considerable investment in foreign exchange and we should therefore make sure the investments are worth it.
The Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Tuesday justified why his men killed some members of Shiite Islamic group in Kaduna recently.
Let me state that I categorically oppose any form of religious activism and armed demonstration of any sort. That said, what the good army Chief has failed to say is whether these were peaceful demonstration or violent demonstration. A rowdy demonstration is not violent. Demonstrators are in most cases rowdy. The rowdiness draws attention, brings in the press to highlight their cause. Typically demonstrators interrupt a prominent event or person that will highlight and draw attention to their cause. Interrupting this convoy is a textbook example of a high profile event and person whose interruption would achieve their objectives. Alas, the army did not see it that way. The demonstration is a civil disobedience that should be handled by civilian security, the police.
If President Buhari is really interested in curbing government excesses, the motorcades is a very low hanging fruit.
By the way, why is the army chief traveling in with a motorcade? The USA army chief does not travel with a motorcade. Why does every tom dick and Harry in the Nigerian administration waste taxpayer funds with such reckless abandon, riding around with motorcades? If President Buhari is really interested in curbing government excesses, the motorcades is a very lo hanging fruit. Leaders must live with the consequences of the environment they create.
To my mind, the army has not accounted for what happened. That they blocked the motorcade is no reason to gun them down. The army has to prove they feared for their lives enough to warrant opening fire on civilians.
It is a dark day when the only excuse a military commander needs to mow down civilians is “they blocked me”