Ayodele Fayose, now the Ekiti Governor and a gaudy mouth for the Jonathan presidential campaign, purportedly just listened to a London speech at the Chatham House and while playing God again, after having gathered his own brand of intelligence from his set of laboratory scientists and engineering genes experts, is insisting that the man who spoke at the Chatham House was a human cloning of Muhammadu Buhari , the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate .
As far as Fayose is concerned, the real Buhari at the time of the speech was on antibiotic treatment, intubated and under intensive care at a hospital located at Cavendish Street in London where his symptoms are worsening. Therefore, the man who spoke was cloned to give this speech.
Fayose, while not actually wishing Buhari death, at least not consciously, sees the oppositional APC party, who, in their desperation for power, would go as far as cloning one of its leaders, Buhari, in an artificially packaged manner.
Fayose, who appears to have even spoken to Buhari’s doctors, nurses, lab attendants and every other staff at the hospital, has stated even if Buhari returns to Nigeria today, it is his moving cloned body.
Fayose, a man who appears to hear the voice of God, is asking the APC to be honest enough to inform Nigerians that Buhari is almost at his death’s end and is incapacitated. Thus, why on earth is APC trying to take over power by any means, and Fayose believes that his God is watching this ungodly act of cloning Buhari.
Fayose swears that Goodluck Jonathan will not only win the coming election, but that God will not allow APC to escape this evil deed and will be tormented by saintly wrath.
Fayose, through his insiders at the Chatham house, said the cloned Buhari was further worked on with a technology called speech software to help reproduce the voice, sounds, inflections and intonations of Buhari’s original human voice.
Fayose, who is fully aware that this type of software can be used in re-creating voices and even bringing the voices of long-dead persons back to life, has no doubt in his mind that the man who spoke on Thursday at the Chatham house was fully cloned.
It was a cloned Buhari who in his speech asserted that “...I will argue that it is not enough to hold a series of elections or even to peacefully alternate power among parties. It is much more important that the promise of democracy goes beyond just allowing people to freely choose their leaders. It is much more important that democracy should deliver on the promise of choice, of freedoms, of security of lives and property, of transparency and accountability, of rule of law, of good governance and of shared prosperity”
To Fayose, it was a cloned Buhari who stated in the speech that “...Let me assure you that if I am elected president, the world will have no cause to worry about Nigeria as it has had to recently; that Nigeria will return to its stabilizing role in West Africa; and that no inch of Nigerian territory will ever be lost to the enemy because we will pay special attention to the welfare of our soldiers in and out of service, we will give them adequate and modern arms and ammunitions to work with, we will improve intelligence gathering and border controls to choke Boko Haram’s financial and equipment channels, we will be tough on terrorism and tough on its root causes by initiating a comprehensive economic development plan promoting infrastructural development, job creation, agriculture and industry in the affected areas.
It was a fake Buhari who stated that “...We will always act on time and not allow problems to irresponsibly fester, and I, Muhammadu Buhari, will always lead from the front and return Nigeria to its leadership role in regional and international efforts to combat terrorism.”
It was certainly a cloned Buhari who stated that “... So before you is a former military ruler and a converted democrat who is ready to operate under democratic norms and is subjecting himself to the rigors of democratic elections for the fourth time...You may ask: why is he doing this? This is a question I ask myself all the time too. And here is my humble answer: because the work of making Nigeria great is not yet done, because I still believe that change is possible, this time through the ballot, and most importantly, because I still have the capacity and the passion to dream and work for a Nigeria that will be respected again in the comity of nations and that all Nigerians will be proud of. I thank you for listening.”
We all need jobs to earn a living and support our families, and should the court side against Musiliu Olatunde Obanikoro, this decision could become a precedent for employment abuse, prejudice and discrimination, and only serves to compound the individual’s emotional pain, suffering, troubles, and mental anguish, especially when such individual is a national by birth, irrespective of a secondary citizen registration. Rightly, many in the media, in the civil society groups or among ethically mixed Nigerians might have grave concerns about Senator Obanikoro’s role in the audio recording marked with the purported rigging of Ekiti State gubernatorial election; but to stop him from earning a living as a potential Minister, especially as it relates to the case in court over his dual citizenship, makes a mockery of our judicial system.
Biologically, the court is aware he is a Nigerian by birth and by upbringing, which naturally allows him to run for any elected or appointment related office in Nigeria.
Bio-legally, every other section of the Nigerian Constitution, original or amended, becomes non-primary in regards to Obanikoro voluntarily acquiring paper citizenship from another country.
As long as the National Assembly still regards the birth place as a primary criterion to employment, then the Constitution is on the side of Obanikoro.
In addition to the reality that past similar cases proved to be positive to the victim’s side, the Nigerian judiciary, unlike our excessively slow-moving parliament, should again make a bold judicial pronouncement on the issue that, as long as the individual was born in Nigeria, holding dual citizenship of Nigeria and another country will not subject the holder to labor discrimination.
The only way the court can subject Obanikoro to a nonworking status in Nigeria is to rule that he is not a Nigerian citizen by birth, but that he is a Nigerian citizen by acquisition.
From the point of legal psychology, as long as Obanikoro is only a volunteer American, a declared American by allegiance but a Yoruba by his birth in Nigeria, no Presidency, legislature and, of course, judiciary can invalidate his birthright and make him ineligible to earn a living, which includes serving as a Minister or President in his motherland.
Lagos State Police Commissioner was quoted as saying:If any of my men is killed, I shall kill twenty of them. Please say it ain’t so! Nigerian Police is by far, not the worst in the world. Our police have been sent to different countries to help train and enforce the law of the land, not kill twenty innocent civilians for every deranged person that shoots at the police.But if it is true that a commissioner actually utter those words, note he can’t be worse than a motor park tout!
It is sad that for two to three days, none of his superiors called him to order or even disciplined him until the Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba through the Police Public Relations Officer, Emmanuel Ojukwu, cautioned personnel of the force against the use of firearms in elections “except in extreme circumstances”. Police has “a mandate to save and protect lives, and not to kill, contrary to recent statements in the media”.
Why blame it on the media instead of the source of the crude and barbaric statement? In view of international demonstrations that "black lives matter" in the hands of police, it is ironic that a police officer could make such a statement in Africa about Nigerian lives.While Police shootings have attracted demonstrations in United States and Britain, Nigerians have fought back with mob justice on reckless and senseless shootings of civilians.
It is not that the mob has been helpless against police recklessness for killing over N20.00 but it does not make sense to provoke or encourage violence against either police or civilians. Police have also come under attack in Nigeria by the Army and the Navy, saved by civilians. Several times joint commissions have been formed to find solutions to constant attack on the police.
Usually when police are under attack from other member of the Armed Forces, it is the civilians they run to either to hide or call for help. It will be difficult for civilians to empathize with police under attack from any quarter if their behavior under the command of some unruly oga at the top stinks. Indeed, one would expect that his boss would personally call him to order. But it can be difficult to do so under shaky political climate.
No position is permanent. Just as soldiers go and soldiers come, Commissioner Mbu must remember that police come and police go. More so is the reign of politicians, even when they try to stay for a third term. Mbu must remember the end of many police champions before him. Some of them thought they were indispensable, from Tafa Balogun to Nuru Ribadu.
It has not been too long ago when Motor Park touts and thugs were weeded out of the Nigerian Police Force by OBJ administration. Some of them were missed and one made it to the top.
Most Lagosians would believe the deadly threats; if you actually order it and your boys carry it out. It will come back to haunt you, if not right now, then sooner than later. What you are asking for is nothing short of anarchy. You are also endangering the lives of good police men and women that just want to do their job and go back home to their families. Police already have a difficult task without you putting them under the threat of suspicion.
We already have a situation in Borno State where police action was so unproductive yet brutal, they lost control. It has become enormous task for our soldiers to contain. Indeed we are now asking for African and international help. The problems usually start from somewhere. It got so bad at a point in Lagos, police could not wear their uniforms on the streets. Police stations were also ransacked in many states, officers were kidnapped and their ammunitions carried away.
There we go again. You are taunting and inciting law abiding citizens of the Country like what our President called a motor park tout. If police shoot and kill twenty innocent civilians, you know there will be outrage even from police supporters. Your statement is shameful, reckless and tailored to incite law abiding citizens. If you were not called to order in River State, you may not be called to order in Lagos State. Police PRO statement is too vague and amorphous.
Anyone familiar with this writer knows that Tinubu is not his favorite politician, but not even Tinubu’s house deserves to be flooded with police in fear of his life on the order of some politicians that disagree with him. Tinubu is not the Governor of Lagos State but his party is in coalition in APC. Police Commissioner Mbu is well noted for his order on Gov. Ameachi of River State. He has now brought the same notoriety to Lagos State.
Tinubu must have missed some payments to Jonathan. When and if that payment is made, Mbu will look like a foolish fly following the dead to the grave. Mbu is only one of the several police commissioners but he has answered the call of duty like no other recently. Politicians have no permanent friends or enemies; they serve the convenience of the day. By the time politicians use and dump their disposable errand boys, you will have yourself to blame.
Mbu statement cannot help the situation. The police need the support of the people in the investigation of crime and enforcement of laws. Right now, Nigeria has a National Police Force, so our Armed Forces are not divided along ethnic lines unlike other police in Europe and America. In many of those countries, the majority in the communities support their police force while the minorities, less represented among city police, do not trust the same police force.
We should be working towards a goal where majority of Nigerians support our Police Force but threatening statement from a commissioner such as Mba calls into question his training and state of mind for such a sensitive position. It is unfortunate that such behavior in one state would earn him another posting to display the same behavior in another state.
President Goodluck Jonathan, the haunting powers of Captain Sagir Koli, a Nigerian military intelligence officer, could result in you carrying around a load of guilt in both your states of awakenness and dreams regarding the recorded Ekiti rigging matter. It could even make you emotionally, spiritually and physically challenged until you personally confront this matter on behalf of our emerging democracy.
Just the other day in your interview with a U.S. newspaper, Wall Street Journal, on the question of the reported Ekiti political plot, you outrightly dismissed it and stated that, “It’s all fabrications...Why should I investigate things that are not real?”
So your present Minister of Police Affairs, Jelili Adesiyan’s, tacit admission of being in the Ekiti night meeting matters not to you? Now, what about Governor Fayose’s final confession of partaking in Ekiti night gathering?
Jonathan, you may wish to continue to deny reality, but you can't continue to ignore the hard truths of life, such as in this matter.
Possibly coming face to face with Officer Koli would be a godly thing to do. It would be democratically proper to do and it may even save you from being judged by our children and students, especially now that two of your party men admit to having been present in the non neutral scene where an army higher-up, Major General Aliyu Momoh, was present while Ayodele Fayose’s opposing gubernatorial contestant , Dr Kayode Fayemi, was uninvited. This happened at the same time when the General was supposedly in Ekiti working with both contestants in regard to security and peace maintenance.
President Jonathan, it's easy to believe that in your mind that all is well with this incident, but remember the Captain is now running for his life for defending the Constitution. His teenage brother suffered child abuse from your government when he was illegally detained as a means of retaliation, and further, his wife, father and mother are all in hiding at this time.
Sir, you are making this matter worse each day you fail to seek out Captain Koli and speak to him, because very soon he will be heard around the world. As it now stands, he is a direct victim of your government, and the world does not take it kindly when a soldier like Koli, who was simply trying to defend his nation, is being unjustly abused.
Sir, the delay of this election is a blessing in disguise for you, Captain Koli, and the world, as in the coming days, weeks and months, his story and your role in his current suffering will become more thickened and your conscience will haunt you in a way you it has never been haunted before.
Mr. Jonathan, remember Captain Koli’s story is a human rights matter. His voice is now among those being repressed and suppressed by abusive nations, and very soon you yourself will stand accused of gross human rights abuse on this officer. Is this what you want?
In his recent interview with a Nigerian newspaper, the Nation, he asserted, “I miss my family. I have parents. I have a wife and children. I have brothers. I have cousins. Everybody is a Nigerian.” Sir, the ball is your court now, so do something quickly.
The Nigerian Police is in dire need of intense psychological screening, followed by psychological certification for potential and already-serving uniformed men and women, judging by another set of recent unreasonable words from Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Joseph Mbu, in Abeokuta during an official visit to the Ogun State Police Command headquarters.
The Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba, remains openly aware of the way Mbu thinks and acts, yet he posted him to the South West of Nigeria, an area known for people of enlightened, radical, transformational and progressive minds.
Mbu knows all too well that there are existing constitutional, presidential and parliamentary principles guiding the nation, yet he makes up his own laws every time he moves around and opens his mouth.
Mbu is an inconvenience to the current police leadership, yet he appears to be increasingly wielding unusual acts of power, as if in the belief, “You can’t touch me; I am protected by the powers that be.”
How long can we continue to allow this man to keep losing it, a man known for disregarding the law, displaying intemperate demeanor, and abusing the power of policing, especially now that he is advocating possible mass violence, should one officer be killed in line of duty?
From the point of police psychology, if it were not for the reality that our young country remains overly disordered in its institutional arrangements and swims under a chaotic democracy, someone in the National Assembly or the Executive Branch would be asking mental health questions to the Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman, about Mr. Mbu.
His recent posting to the West of Nigeria, Lagos, in particular, is not a blessing in disguise, as he is likely to be easily provoked by a people who are highly enlightened, have a solid knowledge of their rights and will use the law to aggressively fight against misuse of police power.
Psychologically, it appears that Mbu’s current posting is a set up for him, as it might not end well in Lagos, in terms of misuse of police power.
At a time the nation is undergoing severely acute electioneering stress, how can anyone defend sending a man like Mbu, reportedly known to have close ties to the present presidential government, into the South West of the nation where political enemies and an oppositional party to the current presidency remain heavily influential and strong?
In effect, this type of political environment, in addition to the stress of his supervisory role in the West, could possibly make it easier for Mbu to be pushed into stress overload, fatigue, depression or frustration. Any combination of these factors might have led him to share with officers and men/women of the Ogun State Police Command the inappropriate, awkward, and infelicitous remarks, such as, “I said don’t touch my policeman. If you shoot my policeman, I will shoot twenty of you, I will shoot a hundred of you because we are coming to you for peace. We are not coming to you to come and kill you. You are not engaging us in gun battle. You are not armed robbers that are engaging us in gun battle...” “...You are having communal crisis, you are politicians, we are coming to settle you and you want to kill us, I say resist, I tell you again, resist. Anybody who fires you, fire him back in self-defence. Anybody who fires you, fire him back in self-defence but don’t fire first. Anybody you see who is firing at other persons, fire him because you are trying to protect that other person because the law permits you. You are empowered to stop that person from causing the harm to the other person...” “...I have come here to restore hope in all of you and to blow air, you know when you just have a male child, you blow air into his mouth and nose so that he can be like you. I love Nigeria Police, I love being a police officer and I’m very proud to be a police officer because only a police officer can do every other job and no other person can do a police job.” “...All the laws of Nigeria, there is nowhere they do not mention a police officer. So, the whole laws empower you. But you don’t know what you are. Do you want to be like pigs who do not know the value of gold? It seems to me that about 60 per cent of us or 70 are trying to behave like pigs who don’t know the value of what they have...” “...It is clearly stated in the constitution that there shall be a Nigeria Police Force for the Federal Republic of Nigeria. There is no other police force. The military can come to us in aid of civil authority. We are the civil authority because we are supposed to deal with harmless civilians. So, we are the civil authorities.” “...Our arms storage is limited because we are dealing with harmless civilians. But we have to use arms when the civilians are armed against us. In aid of civil authorities, we are the one in charge of apprehending offenders before, during or after elections. Every other person that is coming is only coming to help us. We are the authorities, we are the leading agency. So, you are a leading agency and you must take charge of wherever you are posted to.” “...Our duty is to make sure that the elections are conducted freely, fairly and peacefully and violence-free. There must be a code of conduct that you have to uphold to make sure that we actualize our goals. Don’t bring God into this matter because you have to work hard before you now ask God to help you. How do you work hard? You make sure that you prepare.” “...What I have noticed is that there is much indiscipline among policemen; they dress anyhow. Come to Lagos, they are more than 50 in my cell...“...They dress the way they like, they wear bathroom slippers, they wear mufti and carry rifles, this is not part of the police work. They are in the cell already, they are being punished and I know my men, within the next one month, they will change.”
Let’s just stop now with these examples; unfortunately, there are more of the ill-chosen, odd, bizarre and indigestible comments from Mbu, an Assistant Inspector-General of Police, in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
For a very ambitious man like Mbu, who appears to carry a deep brokenness in him, bent and bruised by both soft and harsh comments from around the country, he could gain from some form of help, as the warning signs are all too obvious at this time.
Sooner or later, the children of Niger Delta in general and those of Ijaw in particular are going to ask for the legacy of Ijaw President that most Nigerians clamored for as reflected in 2011 votes North and Southacross the Niger. The easy undisputed answer is the President created more millionaires than any other President in history. Who these millionaires are is a different question but the lives of those in environmental polluted swamps remain unchanged. HYPERLINK "http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/top-stories/42528-pdp-has-created-many-wealthy-nigerians-jonathan" See Here!
The children that lived and play by the rules, went to schools and graduated from universities are left by the wayside while thugs, vagabonds and militia that can hardly read and write have been turned into political allies and billionaires.Their cohorts that grow up with them beg for money, wondering where they went wrong! Indeed militia are so rich they do not know what to do with the money other than buy arms and ships to patrol and police themselves on high seas.
We must be fair to Jonathan, we may have expected too much from him. He delivered railway and listed many to come. But what can he do in the next 4 years that could not have been done in six? The allocation to Niger Delta remained the same as when he came in, Niger Delta is not yet a country, we do not know how much international oil companies are pumping out or made, beyond what they declared by creative bookkeeping and auditors still remain their close allies.
Nigerians are tired of promises, uncompleted constructions and gas powered connections since OBJ. He may not be as productive as we want as President and governor but others made their reigns eventful within a few months. Governor Sam Mbakwe will always be remembered for what he accomplished with the little money he had after the war in reconstruction. Gov. Lateef Jakande remains the best Lagos State ever had in housing, education and Buhari stalled subway.
We hate Obasanjo so much; we forget that within few months, he retired all the militicians in the Armed Forces, changed all the Service Chiefs and replaced them with minorities from the North-central and South-south. For the first time after the war he appointed talented Igbo to sensitive positions and gave us “Ribadu the First”. Not “Ribadu the 2nd” emasculated by Tinubu!
The debate then was whether OBJ was using Ribadu to hunt his enemies or Ribadu was using OBJ to hunt OBJ’s corrupt friends. There was a certain fear of corruption that is missing today. What we have lately is anticipation of fear if Buhari wins. This new fear of corruption is not without foundation because we knew how draconian Buhari last reign was. People said he was not respectful and even partial to Northern royal families.
However, Buhari/Idiagbon Operation WAI had no mercies, it had causalities. No Yoruba man, Igbo or Hausa dare confront Idiagbon for favors. When Nigerians get to a point where they hope and pray that democracy will tame Buhari the way Obasanjo was tamed because of the almighty Impeachment, you know Nigerians have had enough of corruption. Even a few that have benefited from corruption prefer jail under Buhari than this aberration we called freedom.
It is not that President Jonathan has no guts; he has shown it only when threatened personally. He rose up against Emir Sanusi as Governor of Central Bank, helped Henry Okar to jail in South Africa, showed no mercy to Gov. Ameachi and called Obasanjo a motor park tout. He remained steadfast to his cabinet, defied calls to fire his corrupt favorites and pardoned Alamieyeseigha. This resolute displayed only when personalities are involved may have shielded him from reality.
President Jonathan figured that by making those around him millionaires and billionaires, the crumbs will trickle down to the masses especially those from Niger Delta. He has spent six years with very little to show to his own ethnic base on what he has accomplished for the common man in the fishing villages;apart from so the called “leaders”. Unfortunately, most of the cash won as compensation from Odi massacre went to lawyers and town leadersas usual.
In sincerity, some of us actually think it is their money and they can spend and invest it anyway and anywhere they want as long as it is in trust for the children of Niger Delta. Only fools will think there is some money or investment waiting for young men and women in Niger Delta in some other country in Africa, Europe and America. Everyone was stealing what he or she can loot only for their own children and may be extended families.
While oil income is being looted and wasted, the predictions about oil prices come true. The party has to stop sometime. Unfortunately, the people living in those villages, towns and cities will be left in a more devastating environment before oil became a big deal. They are the ones that have to deal with it when the money stops coming or when the rest of the world decided on alternative source of energy. Billionaires that own everything are out of reach.
The whole Country will also lose and pay dearly for decades of mismanagement before Ebele came to power. Free money from others’ backyard has been taken for granted. Rather than cut our coats according to our backyards, local and national salaries, projects and contracts are inflated to unreasonable and unsustainable oil income from one source.
Oshiomole as Labor leader and Mimiko as Labor Governor will not be forgiven by history for not making Labor Party what Tinubu made ACN/APC. If Buhari is elected, it is not because they love him so much, it is because they are tired of business as usual and see Buhari as the only change.
Regardless of political parties, Nigerians should vote out state governments that offers more of the same. As the election draws near, some of the beneficiaries of Ebele’s legacy are deserting. They have to, so that loot can be kept well hidden outside Nigeria. Even their investments and businesses are as close to Nigeria as Benin, Togo and South Africa but still far away from home.
Jonathan, Gusau, Badeh, Jega It is Your Duty to Obey Court Rulings of No Use Of Nigerian Military For 2015 Elections
In a clear court statement, the 2015 presidential, parliamentary and gubernatorial elections should be carried out without military presence.
As we know quite well in Nigeria, disrespect for the rule of law is just not a political tool for many of our public officials; it has reached a point where it is being taught to Nigerians.
Under this presidency, while recently orienting young Nigerians in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Taraba State, a Resident Electoral Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) reportedly told the Corps members, showing total disrespect to democracy and the rule of law, that, “The commission is making arrangements with the Nigerian Air Force, Navy and other security agents to ensure safety of lives and property during the 2015 general election...We expect Nigerians to understand that the engagement of security agents to maintain law and order is to enable us to conduct free, fair and acceptable elections.’’
In every psychologically sound society where democratic governance is practiced, the above inappropriate, disgusting, senseless, ridiculous, and toxic statement would have no place in that society.
Now, there is a judicial rule on this matter as it relates to the clear and permanent distance between a domestic activity like an election and an armed force body like the military.
Now that the Court, whose natural role is to defend and uphold the Nigerian Constitution and assure the rule of law prevails, has ruled on this matter, let’s see if President Jonathan, and others in his government, including the Minister of Defence, Aliyu Gusau; the Chief of Defence staff, Air Chief Marshall Alex Badeh; and the Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega, will dismiss or undermine this court ruling , which would be tantamount to an instant breakdown of the law, and place Nigeria on the verge of chaos and anarchy.
A Federal High Court Justice, Mohammed Rilwan, has ruled that other than for the purposes of defending the nation’s territorial integrity, the constitution does not allow for the deployment of the military for elections.
We have the police force in place to work closely with other law enforcement agencies in order to help keep public order and maintain peace at the polls.
The Nigerian people must not allow President Jonathan in any shape or form to totally ignore or circumvent the law. Minister Gusau and Chief of Defence staff Badeh must obey the court; Chairman Jega must respect the rule of law. Chief justice Mahmud Mohammed must not allow any other court or judge to be used as political football on this very sensitive matter.
The fact that we are an emerging or a developing country does not mean we are a stateless society, resistant to the rule of law or act as a culture of lawlessness.
During this critical period in the lives of all voters, President Jonathan and everyone in his administration should know that the judiciary is the only tool that is present at every level for the sole purpose of protecting each Nigerian’s constitutional human, civil and legal rights.
It would be extremely dangerous if the military were to come out from the barracks during this election and tramp on the powerless voters while engaging in the unwarranted or unlawful exercise of power for the sole purpose of helping and protecting the powerful, such as this presidency.
Chief justice Mohammed and Chairman Jega must each independently ensure that the rule of law is preserved during this election cycle and make certain the voters’ freedoms are secured. They must personally guarantee that no amount of intimation or blackmail from anyone should break their confidence and allegiance to the law, as it is only through the constitution that our best hope for achieving the fullest measure of human fairness and justice, social harmony and progress as a nation will be realized.
We already have enough of political crises; as such, visitation of any form of legal crisis at this time could make Nigeria physically, psychologically and environmentally irredeemable in the coming days, weeks or months. Nigeria, we hail thee, and may it be blessed.
I have taken my time to read, albeit painfully, the very lengthy article put together by Soludo. When I read the article from a man who literally dropped off the surface of the earth for about 5 years, my first question was not, “What is he saying?”, rather, “What does he want?” in Soludo’s case, the answer is clear enough; or at least, I shall try to make it clear. Charles Chukwuma Soludo’s pen-ultimate article in which he criticized the government, and to which he himself refers in his last publication, was written in 2010 just when we were on the brink of an election. In fact, the scenario was not much different from what we have now. With an election on the way in 2010, the former CBN Governor blasted the government, citing different reasons why he had rated the government to have failed. Now, he is back, with much the same story except for the fact that the narrative is longer.
In life, Intelligence and character are not synonymous with each other. What Soludo has in intelligence, he lacks in character and because his character far dominates his intellect, he is wont to continue making bad decisions due to bad judgement. As a respected and revered investor and global statesman once said; we should always look for three things in an individual: Intelligence, Energy and above all character (integrity). He said we should choose people with all three but never work with a person who has intelligence and energy but no integrity. When Soludo came on stage he was a brilliant young economist and lecturer. He was well known within the East even though not internationally accomplished then as he would like many to believe. However, when Soludo was brought to Abuja to serve as Chief Economic Adviser, his real character emerged.
As the saying goes, when you want to test a man's real character, give him power. He had barely settled when he began displaying megalomaniacal tendencies and a giant and misplaced ego brought about by a deep insecurity. He appropriated every idea and became a one man riot squad. All ideas by the Economic team of which he was a member, soon became his personal ideas. Without decorum, he seized those ideas and claimed they were his. He, through his outsized ego, threw around his weight as CBN Governor and began to imagine himself as some overlord of Nigeria. Such was the treachery displayed by Soludo. Of course, we are all witnesses to the massive fraud that took place under his watch. Within a short while Soludo became mega rich. He bought houses in London (NEXT Newspaper expose) and was even arrested by EFCC for the Polymer scandal which is still ongoing. It took a Sanusi Lamido Sanusi to come and clean up the fraudulent mess that he left.
The ooze and the putrefying smell of his dubious tenure is still with us. This is the same man that is pontificating as if he is a self appointed messiah. Hear him pander to all our ex military leaders in his write up in a desperate bid and mis belief that by acting the prostitute, he will be thrown some crumbs in the form of an appointment in a new government. But just as I mentioned earlier, when a man's ambitions and lust for power far supersede that man's intellect, that man will always display a lack of wisdom in decisions. That is why Soludo erroneously believed that he will be Vice President under Yaradua. That is also why he believed he will become Governor of Anambra State. Having failed in both attempts, he latched onto Atiku Abubakar in the mistaken belief that he will win the last primaries.
That never happened. Then he attempted once more to become Governor of Anambra State and failed again. After hibernating in between his EFCC visits, Soludo is back again doing what he does best. Guess what? It's another election year. The spectre of a position in government is too attractive for him to ignore. You would have thought that if Soludo felt so strongly about the economy he would have spoken up earlier than now. But for Soludo, that is not part of his character. Raw and blind ambition coupled with disgraceful and uncouth megalomaniacal tendencies laced with a penchant for corruption is truly what he is. Is anyone surprised that he is speaking now? Desperation for a position is what he is looking at. When a man can do anything for career advancement you know that is an individual you should never touch. Having failed in politics, he is back in the mistaken belief that a position under a new government in an election that hasn't been decided yet is the solution to his woes. Once again, a sign of bad judgement driven by a lack of integrity. If he wants to lobby for a political appointment, there are certainly better and more respectable ways to do so. Class, poise and finesse never did anyone any harm.
No, Soludo; It isn't the government that should be graded an F, it is your character and lack of integrity that should be graded an F. No one will ever rely on a man that can never be trusted. No one will ever rely on a man whose ego, desperate ambition and lack of integrity drives him. I will end with this comment from someone online which pretty sums it all!
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I see that Soludo's foray into his ill fated political outings - with Atiku first then later wanting to be governor of Anambra state, has left him bitter and jobless. No international agency has touched him since he disappeared from the public eye because of his colossal reputation as the fraudulent CBN governor. His rantings here are nothing but the last desperate act of a man who is drowning. Soludo in his typical over inflated ego tells us that all the international rating agencies are wrong and only he Soludo, the man under who the biggest banking fraud in Nigeria took place is right. What a shame that Soludo's poverty of character has reduced him to a miniature stature of a man, a pseudo intellectual for hire.
Uwa Eghomeka writes from Benin City
Domestically there are always indications of those who would seek to harm Nigeria’s citizens, resources and properties. As such, the continued work by the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in these areas remains not only unique and novel, but without equal within and across the security and law enforcement bodies in the country. The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence’s preventive force and forensic behavioral science amenities exhibit positive implications for the Nigerian system of law enforcement and security
In reality and in accordance to standard operational definition of law enforcement systems, among other agencies, the actual agencies are the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC), Nigeria Police Force(NPF), and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps.
Unlike the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, and the Nigeria Police Force, which by definition are mainly response-based and deal with the after effects in their functions, the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps uniquely and systematically stands out for the prevention and quick intervention in matters of national threats, domestic dangers, and targeted security terrorization.
As such, it was quite refreshing news when the Command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps recently announced that preventing electoral threats or violence through specific forensic psychological practices, behavioral methodologies, and the use of service dogs would all be employed to assist in preventing , obstructing and eliminating any form of electoral violence.
The NSCDC with its exemplary professional mindset, given the historical failures and troubled state of our other law enforcement/security agencies, is needed more than ever in the areas of general threat assessment, property threat assessment, and internal cyber terrorism assessment, all for the purpose to aid in adverting mass security hazards.
Also in its position as an active shooter response organization, the NSCDC remains aware that shooting situations are often unpredictable and involve the need for a quick response, and therefore have been equipped with forensic psychological services to better assist its staff in adequately identifying the precursors to violence and recognizing the interventions that could help in the prevention of potentially violent environments.
NSCDC is also in a position to make use of the benefit of evidence-based approaches to its work as it relates to assessment and preventing violence in schools, workplaces and communities, as well as in bomb-making situations.
As a valuable enforcement and security body in the country, it could become the center of a modern forensic behavioral facility for the purpose of studying pre-attack behaviors, the behaviors of past assailants, and for training/consulting with other law enforcement professionals who evaluate threats and are involved in security work.
NSCDC’s determination to be the first agency to actually inculcate American-styled forensic psychological assessment, training, intervention and development strategies will not only enhance the process of thinking and behavior among its men and women in terms of personnel selection and promotion, but will add a whole new approach when looking at national security.
NSCDC seems to be deliberately staying clear from longstanding concerns about all the bad things and bad habits happening in the EFCC which, if truth be told, is realistically still an extension of our almost-failed police force. The EFCC is just dressed with a different name.
By engaging forensic behavioral science in its organization, it is better able to provide the necessary knowledge, tools, and support vital to better prepare its membership to handle crisis in traumatic and other types of hazardous situations.
As part of its ethical commitment, the NSCDC should not seek out money-hungry specialists to expertly address behaviorally-based security issues with locally instituted seminars, training and networking.
In a more helpful manner, the NSCDC’s forensic behavioral facility could be called on to intervene in the lives of troubled officers and personnel who are struggling with personal or family conflicts, in addition to others about whom the organization is worried, and to some extent, the forensic behavioral facility could become helpful in potentially predicting when someone might become dangerous.
In responding to terrorist threats, the NSCDC, with its desire for an organizational atmosphere marked with state-of-the-art thinking, stands out as the one to disrupt and defeat terrorist operations.
The NSCDC, given its preventive and interventional roles, should have a personnel presence at every public school ranging from elementary schools and secondary schools to all higher institutions, including private schools that currently must pay for such security personnel presence.
With all NSCDC’s personnel fully oriented in behavioral training, they will be able to quickly recognize, assess, and manage situations that involve mental health-related disturbances among students, especially the violent types. In such cases, they will be able to quickly interrupt any potential pathway to violence until the individual sees a certified psychologist with post graduate education for therapy, and, if needed, further referred on to a psychiatrist if medication is warranted.
As it stands now, the NSCDC is far ahead all of the law enforcement and security agencies in terms of forensic and behavioral developments. It will be in the public’s best interest to use its forensic psychological specialist to train vigilantes and security agencies’ personnel through psychological screening, in terms of identifying applicants who are ethical, have good conduct, and are able to handle critical incidents, for the sake of public safety.
The NSCDC now stands out as having been able to help with actual hostage-taking situations using containment tactics and negotiation strategies to resolve the crisis, and other forms of lifesaving situations.
With the challenges faced by our law enforcement and justice system in terms of better serving the people and helping to secure our nation with contemporary forensic, investigative and behavioral strategies with regard to fighting various forms of threats and horrors, we need a law enforcement/security body that is prepared, literally and figuratively, to stand up for the hopes, values, and interests of a growing democratic nation. And that organization is the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps which is fast becoming the well-established agency for public safety in our national psychology.
Qualification for President short of honesty is Much Ado About Nothing or banza. Hypocrisy as high-tech public relation machines is deployed, by politicians to propagate and confuse voters. Even in relatively fair election progress is stifled by indoctrination. Africa had its share of honest politicians from Patrice Lumumba in Congo to Nkrumah in Ghana. Sadly Africa is yet to point to a country that has got its act together. Yet selfish interest, qualifications overwhelm dedication.
Nigerians refer to at least two heroes as the best Presidents they never had but if the two and more contest for election today, they will still lose. Many will quickly point to ethnicity. What they forget is most people except the West in 1999 decided to vote for the most “detribalized” candidate. Moreover, the present leader came in with the lion share of the votes from both the North and the South regardless of ethnic regions.
Another election is due this February and the propaganda machines are at work, not on dire needs and substance but on qualifications, fear, burial or business as usual. Well, qualifications matters, some would argue otherwise we might as well install an illiterate in government that is well schooled in Biblical/Koranic studies. It is still debatable if more education or qualifications can produce a better President. It must be noted that the President of Nigeria has a PhD.
All our qualifications from Oxford and Harvard never cured Africans of endemic corruption. It is not your qualification but what you have achieved with it that matters. Democracy entrenched outrageous corruption beyond the reach of honest working individuals. Unfortunately, it allows rebranding of evil motives as stomach infrastructure but ignores dedication. It is just as bad in the countries we model ours after; where middleclass vote against their own self-interest.
Some of you might remember Ohio Joe the plumber and retirees that do not want government in their Medicare! Another one: the more taxes cut, the more revenue government gets. These are well-orchestrated propaganda against middleclass that worked and are being recycled in Africa as tax free zones. After all, most of the indoctrinations abroad are qualifications in Africa.
Throughout Nigeria’s military and civil government, the Minister of Finance can compete with any of his counterpart in every country in the world. Indeed, most of our ministers in charge of money went to the best schools in the world. Furthermore, as foreign trained financial wizards, they were able to deal with those they went to school abroad with. It is sad to report that most have selfishly sold all African countries out or their foreign classmates outwitted them.
Let us start with Ghana briefly as an example. There was consensus between World Bank and International Monetary Fund that once Ghana sold its “Gold Pot” or privatize it and devalue its currency, they would become the envy of Africa and world developing countries. For a while, they were actually showcasing Ghana as a good example of responsible government on the way to Promised Land. As soon as the pledge collapsed, they fled. They even expressed regrets for structural adjustments forced on developing countries later. Yeah, they always apologize later.
If qualification is not the answer, what is? Nationalism can be a double edge sword because it invites sanctions as in Zimbabwe and benevolent dictatorship might backfire as in Arab Spring. Nigerians are sure that they often export what they lack in democracy and import what they have like rich culture, taste, food and oil. If we switch them around and take pride in our own culture, food and process our oil for local and African demand, we may cut our coat accordingly.
It cannot be that simple, otherwise Africans could have mastered our destiny. Nigeria’s present Minister of Finance may produce an answer in terms of qualification and leadership. She has served two Presidents and each of them would swear she performed miracles. Each time there were problems; they always put her forward to give the most “logical” answer of how Nigeria’s incomes were managed prudently. Money she saved in Paris Club debt: dividend of democracy.
The only difference between the two administrations with the same Finance Minister had to do with the direction from the top (Oga at the top). One managed foreign income so well paying off odious debt to Paris Club (some of us disagreed with) while saving a great deal of money. The same minister under a different administration managed foreign income by direct order from the top, by spending. In other words one accumulated and the other spent “rationally”.
Qualifications come last in terms of honesty and dedication. Corruption fighter must distinguish genuine foreign investors from partners in all the parties. In Lagos State of Nigeria, the biggest foreign partner or “investor” is Bola Ahmed Tinubu. His company collects taxes for Lagos State. When the Minister of Finance Okonjo Oweala finally decided that no company could collect taxes in Nigeria, it died a natural death. 1. Somehow 2. after most Lagosians cried: Halleluyah!
When one gubernatorial candidate in Lagos State promised to cancelled tolls on Lekki roads already constructed, Tinubu Party cried bloody murder! They claimed the promise would drive away foreign investors (Tinubu). Nigerians know African collaborators against its people would always have their way: until they elect leaders that would fight corruption to a standstill.
Any country that has caliber of Oby Ezekwesili, it is fair to say qualification is not the problem: objective, honesty and interpretation of hypocrisy are what matter. African Presidents were never short of advisers; those elected were short on focus, dedication and honesty. They were corrupted, obsessed with self-interest and would interpret the direction they were taking their countries according to the wishes of their foreign collaborators. They did not work for Africans.
The only qualification any President in Africa needs is the determination to fight corruption.