It’s a shame that some Nigerians in this day and age are still comparing the military dictatorial rule and the quasi-civil rule we ‘re in.
Just a quick one; it takes a military decree from a dictator (head of state as they call him/her) to say all Nigerians should stop driving on the major highways for no reason after six o’clock and it’ll stand. But under the so-called civil rule, it takes the politics and politricks (or simply put, the compliance) of the National Assembly largely populated with dishonorable men and women to enact such orders or laws.
Under the civil rule, the so-called National Assembly (NASS) would have to ratify whatsoever that gets to the people. One wonders if there is anything called the National Assembly in Nigeria at the moment, and what favourable law(s) they must have promulgated for the people ever since?
Moving on, I am surprised some Nigerians claim to have forgotten that Gen. Buhari, IBB, OBJ, Abdulsallami etc. were once military dictators who ruled this Country like their “Minna, Ota-farm and Daura” group of Companies. If Buhari was so good (as some claimed), why didn’t he transform this country at the time when nobody can question whatsoever he did (as a dictator with his military powers)? If IBB and OBJ so loved Nigeria, why didn’t they correct the anomalies or at least, reposition this Country when it could have only taken their military decrees or orders or pronouncements to do right? Was there corruption during the military era? If yes, how? I leave you to ponder on the answers you’ll give.
Notwithstanding, I make bold to say that President GEJ is the best president and head of state (if you like) since the British Government and their “Royal Niger Company” loosened their grip on this false marriage called Nigeria. I mean, GEJ is the best President Nigeria has produced since 1960 to date. Find out. However, I totally dissociate myself from the misdirected hooplas making the rounds about the 2015 Presidential race as some over-zealous and ethnocentric loyalists and oppositions from the North and South are already threatening WAR. First, GEJ must not seek re-election because he is from OTUOKE (an OIL-Rich Community) alone, he is a qualified Nigerian so he should do so (re-contest) if he wants. And Nigeria will not disintegrate should GEJ loose in 2015 (of which he’ll not). He did not force us (Nigerians) to vote for him in 2011, so he wouldn’t do that in 2015. Also, the North alone cannot decide whether he’ll win or loose in 2015 should he contest regardless of their so-called false and arranged population. Meanwhile, there will be no war if GEJ decides to contest the 2015 Presidential elections neither would there war should he be defeated in the race, every competition or contest must have a winner and the defeated. This text is aimed to set the records straight for the so-called GEJ supporters like my humble self, we must not be violent for GEJ to win the 2015 Presidential elections. Already he’s the man to beat, even the opposition knows this that is why they’re using every means possible to stymie his ambition. We (GEJ supporters) don’t have to threaten Nigeria or Nigerians because of 2015, GEJ will win again like he did in 2011.
Still moving on, I am somewhat bewildered that most supporters of the President do not even know he’s the best President Nigeria has ever had whether dead or alive. Certainly he’s not the best Nigeria can produce, but he’s the best so far on records going by his people oriented projects (giant strides). President GEJ has done what OBJ, IBB, BUHARI, ABDULSALLAMI, ABACHA etc should have done but blatantly refused to do with their military decrees. Let us look at few of his reforms that seemed rocket science for IBB, OBJ and BUHARI during their stint.
Although there has been one or two major plane crashes that has taken precious lives, but one cannot carpet the grandstanding reforms in this sector under the current administration headed by President GEJ. Without much ado, more than eight airports have been upgraded to international standard across the Country. Chief of which, the ‘OBJ, IBB and BUHARI’ neglected and rejected Enugu international airport ongoing upgrade. Under the GEJ’s administration, more than two or three State Governors have upgraded, built or completed or about to complete world-class airports in their States. A classical example is the ‘Akwa-Ibom’ airport under Akpabio.
Painfully the President because of his unbiased nature and nationalistic disposition did not concentrate or even give preference to the yet-to-be-completed and abandoned “Yar’Adua International airport” in Yenagoa (his State capital). More like other past Presidents/heads-of-State, the priority would have been to first complete the airport in their State and customized hanger for their private jets gotten from stolen public funds. But, President GEJ see development beyond ethnic lines. This is the type of President I want in 2015, not because he is from Bayelsa, IJAW or a Niger Deltan. But, because he sees beyond his nose and have stabilized this Country against all odds.
Power sector reforms
The lay-man’s approach or would I say, the lay-man’s concept and understanding of power is only when there’s “free and constant (uninterrupted)” electricity in all homes. Thing is, this is not possible even in the developed world. Electricity is not free anywhere, howbeit; we need reforms in the sector. It is also known fact that in this Country, the poor masses pay more for what they often do not consume under the ‘Never Expect Power Always (NEPA)’ era that infected the PHCN until today.
The advantage of the current hand-over of the PHCN to the private sector (as in, privatisation) cannot be over-emphasized. First, the new PHCN would be competitive and the workers would be more professional than before as square pegs will take square holes unlike before. And, consumers will now enjoy the value of their money as well as it would create more jobs for Nigerians. All these are handiworks of an intelligent leader (President GEJ). The privatisation procedures under OBJ were given to over 90% phony companies where the monies were paid to themselves in the name of privatisation, but one cannot dismiss the sincerity of the privatisation process under President GEJ. Find out too.
Sadly, the average Nigerians’ definition of fighting corruption is either by “jungle justice” or by sending culprits to jail and releasing them later through the back door and present them as Presidents or Senators from prison. Unarguably, corruption is the cankerworm that has eaten deep into our fabrics as Nigerians. Corruption in this Country is not peculiar to age, sex, tribe, religion or cabal etc. The average Nigerian is corrupt, but some people’s corruption is infectious and corrupts the corruption of others. Yet President GEJ is walking tall and daring all the corrupt generals and their cabal.
Under the GEJ’s administration, Nigerians now know some ‘big thieves’ whose names were sacred and celebrated in previous administrations. Over the years, the Federal Government spends over 30 to 40 billion Naira on fertilizer for farmers and only less than 9 to 11% of the farmers’ benefits from this government largesse. But since President GEJ came on board, only about 5 to 6 billion Naira is spent annually on fertilizer and 70 to 80% of the farmers benefits Nationwide. For me, this is sincerity and conscious efforts to curb corruption and excessive/unnecessary spending in governance. Unfortunately, this is impossible and impracticable for the others who took this Country aground.
Need I say more; can one forget the current reforms in the judiciary? Today the Nigerian Judicial system is re-awakened, judges and justices can be tried and disciplined which was almost impossible before. There is total freedom of speech unlike before. Governors, Senators and citizens now have the balls to challenge and confront the President unlike before.
Where do I start? More federal roads are constructed and rehabilitated under GEJ than any other living President or head-of-State. Also, the railway system, which was ignored by past Presidents’ now got a facelift and rehabilitated by President GEJ. Nigerians can now travel from North to South via train. This is pure magic for generals who wants to occupy the Villa by all means in 2015. Most of them approved billions and trillions of Naira, yet nothing was done but the man they called ‘clueless’ has quietly done it.
A visit to Minna and some parts in the North will tell you the sentiment with which these men ruled this Country sentimentally, but today roads are constructed across the federation beyond ethnic and religious lines. In fact, you’d be shocked that the Presidents’ region and State (Bayelsa) is still under-developed unlike Minna when IBB was head-of-State. This is the kind of man (GEJ) I’ll vote again and again for as President come and beyond (if possible).
Much said already, may I particularly direct this part of my gibberish to the “Maza-Maza (emergency)” GEJ supports to refrain from using profane languages or even trying to threaten fire and brimstone should GEJ fail in 2015. Trust me he will win, there is no contest in 2015. None of the contenders can stand him. In less than four years, he has transformed most sectors of the economy beyond what ‘all’ other Presidents’ and heads-of-State (dead or alive) failed to do in fifty years. GEJ will win in 2015 not because of the Niger Delta OIL, but he has been able to sustain this ‘controversial’ Country even in the face of Boko Haram and bad media practice. Amongst his compatriots in this Country, he’s got the best persona even. He is humble and not a braggart like some Governors and Senators, he listens, he is focused, ambitious, he knows and fears GOD (but, he is not a saint), his policies and programmes are people oriented. He is a technocrat and against tribal jingoism, he abhors nepotism and undue favouritism.
Stop the oil-flow threat on Nigerians, GEJ will be returned as President in 2015. He will win and the Niger Delta OIL will still flow. There is no one amongst the contenders (even ‘none’ of the serving Governors) can beat him at the polls, he will win in 2015 and the elections will be free, fair and credible as it was in 2011. Between BUHARI, TAMBUWAL, IBB, TINUBU, EL-RUFFAI, RIBADU and the Governors, none of them can beat GEJ in 2015. Please, rest your case and tell Nigerians the good things he’d done. Truth is, he (GEJ) is wickedly criticised by the opposition and foolishly advertised by his own (supporters like me). I dare the darers, the doomsayers and doubting thomases to contest these facts.
This is my senseless sense, as usual. To be continued....
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