By Reno Omokri
It is no longer news that we have a draught of men of integrity in Nigeria. However, what is new is that never in our history have we had such a profusion of men and women who speak from both sides of their mouths as we have today.
With what can I liken President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration? This government is like spectators who watch a game and criticise the players but when the players switch places with them they cannot perform!
Look at Babatunde Raji Fashola who said that the only way to have regular power is to vote out the PDP. Today, the PDP has been voted out but Fashola is delivering regular excuses instead of regular power.
Look at Nasir El-Rufai who called for restructuring under the Jonathan administration now calling those asking for reform ‘unpatriotic opportunists’.
In fact, in an August 10, 2010 ThisDay interview titled, ‘It’s Time to Restructure Nigeria’ Nasir el-Rufai, now the governor of Kaduna State said ‘the present situation of things where all the component units get monthly allocations from the Federal Government only makes the states lazy and unproductive.’
Today, he has completely repudiated everything he said in that interview because he is out of office.
Can we now see why former President Olusegun Obasanjo wrote in his memoirs, ‘My Watch’ that he “shudders” at El-Rufai’s lies?
But the worse is that President Buhari, who accused former President Jonathan of favouring the Niger Delta during his tenure, has himself removed the gloves and temporarily made Hausa our official language by delivering his Sallah Message in Hausa!
There may be one or two persons who may think I am just taking the Mickey out of this APC administration but let me just show you with the benefit of evidence that I am doing anything but. Let us go down memory lane.
On March 10, 2010, President Muhammadu Buhari said, “The Executive Council of the Federation, EXCOF, owes the nation a sacred duty by ensuring the ongoing confusion is resolved by declaring Yar’adua incapacitated to pave the way for his removal from office through impeachment.”
Recently, Shehu Sani, a senator and an activist of whom I have so much respect for called on Nigerians to pray for President Buhari like he was our father.
I want fair-minded Nigerians to ask Senator Shehu Sani if President Muhammadu Buhari behaved that way in the case of former President Umaru Musa Yar’adua, a man who was then in need of sympathy and compassion.
What about Lai Mohammed who on December 21, 2009 said, “As we have said many times, the health of President Yar’adua, as a public figure can no longer be of interest only to his family and friends. Nigerians have a right to know”.
He had further gone on to say that “It is clear to discerning Nigerians that those pretending to speak authoritatively on the President’s health are deceiving the public since they are neither well-informed on the issue nor competent to speak on it.
Therefore, a daily briefing by the Minister of Information, based on authentic details provided by the President’s doctors, should start forthwith. As we have said many times, the health of the President, as a public figure can no longer be of interest only to his family and friends. Nigerians have a right to know.”
Does Lai Mohammed suffers from multiple personality syndrome? I ask because whereas his 2009 persona believed that Nigerians have a “right to know”, hear what he says today.
According to the Lai Mohammed of 2017, the President is entitled to his privacy!
In fact, the hypocrisy reached fever pitch when the Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress said, ‘Only the president’s doctors abroad could decide when he would be fit to return to the country.’
Does the APC Chairman, Chief John Odigie Oyegun, know the import of saying ‘only the president’s doctors abroad can decide when he would be fit to return’?
Is Nigeria still an independent country? Because from that statement it appears that the headship of Nigeria’s government is dependent on the decision of foreigners. Another word for that is dependence.
In other words, we will not have a substantive President for the foreseeable future unless and until foreign doctors deem it appropriate! Under Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria is only independent in name and not in reality!
And the sad thing is that the 77-year-old John Odigie Oyegun continues to speak in ways that makes it very difficult to afford him the respect due his age.
On the 3rd of July, Chief Oyegun said, “I do not even know what they mean by restructuring. Go and read our party manifesto and see what we said there, we did not promise restructuring.
How can John Odigie Oyegun say he does not know what restructuring means? He ran for governor of Edo under the Social Democratic Party, a party that campaigned on the progressive issue of restructuring. What is happening here? Have the elite of the APC been hypnotised? How can you spend your political career advocating for something only to turn around and advocate against it when you get the power?
What did Jesus say in Mark 8:36? “What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”
As I speak to you, Nigerians have no clue as to the health status of the President and I must say I commend the spokesman of the APC, Bolaji Abdullahi for having the boldness to say the truth that both Lai Mohammed (be careful how you name your children) and Chief John Odigie Oyegun could not say.
Asked by Channels Television to tell Nigerians the truth about the President’s health, Mr. Abdullahi said, “I don’t know the health status of the president…the party (APC) does not know either.”
Now since Chief John Odigie Oyegun is also a member of the party and in fact its chairman, what Abdullahi has just politely done is to call him a liar!
So President Muhammadu Buhari continues to be holed up in London and whereas we as Nigerian citizens are paying for his treatment from the public treasury, we do not have a clue what we are paying for. And these are the people who called us clueless!
And while President Muhammadu Buhari is continuing this greatest duo with London, Nigeria continues its free fall on almost every index on the Human Development Index.
In the last couple of months, Nigeria dropped from #38 to #39 in FIFA rankings, dropped from #1 to #19 in Africa’s Foreign Direct Investment ranking, we additionally fell from the 94th position to the 170th position on the Ease of Doing Business ranking. We also moved backwards five places to 119 out of 127 economies ranked in the 2017 Global Innovation Index. We occupied number 114 position in 2016. As a matter of fact, about the only ranking we increased on is the The World Economic Forum’s list of the most dangerous countries in the world where we are now number 5!
These marked drops as measured by independent and reputable global institutions just go to prove one thing: the Buhari administration has been a total failure in office.
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Tambuwal Emerges Chairman, PDP Governors’ Forum
Sokoto state governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has emerged the chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Governors forum.
He was elected by his colleagues at a meeting Sunday night.
A statement by Muhammad Bello, the Special Adviser, Media and Publicity to governor said his emergence was as a result of a unanimous appointment by the PDP governors while in their 88th National Executive Council meeting.
By this development, Tambuwal now replaces outgoing Bayelsa state governor, Seriake Dickson, who was absent at the meeting and whose tenure will elapse on February 3.
Tambuwal while accepting the leadership responsibility entrusted in him by the PDP governors, he pledged to run an inclusive administration hence contributing his quota in moving the party forward.
Also speaking at the party’s NEC meeting, the Chairman of PDP Board of Trustees (BoT), Senator Walid Jubrin, said that the party will never change its name.
BREAKING: Imo PDP Chairman Resigns
The Imo State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Charles Ezekwem has announced his resignation from the party.
Ezekwem reportedly dumped the PDP and has communicated his decision to the party in a resignation letter on Monday in Owerri, the state capital.
His resignation letter reads in part:
“In view of the prevailing circumstances within my party, vis-a-vis my present standing as the state chairman of the PDP, in Imo state, and after due consultations with my family and with the approval of my supporters.
“I hereby tender my resignation as state chairman of PDP, Imo state and as a member of the party in the ward of Okigwe LGA, which has been duly communicated to the ward of Okigwe LGA.
“I thank the teeming population of Imo state PDP, who thoughtfully elected me as their state chairman. I sincerely regretted the inconveniences the party faced. I thank the party for the support they gave me and the opportunity to serve in that capacity.”
PDP Accuses Gov Umahi Of Being An APC Mole
Edo State’s Chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the endorsement of Governor Godwin Obaseki of the All Progressives Congress (APC) by Governor David Umahi after Obaseki’s wife led members of the Southern Nigeria Governors Wives’ Forum for a courtesy visit to the government house in Abakiliki.
During the meeting, Umahi who is a PDP Governor stated that his Edo State colleague who has been at loggerheads with his predecessor and National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress Adams Oshiomhole, cannot be removed by any man because of his good works.
The Ebonyi state governor said: “Power belongs to God and no matter what anybody will do, it is God that has the final say. I can assure you madam (Betsy), you know as an apostle of the Most High God, I also prophesy.
“And because of the good work your husband is doing for the people of Edo State, no man can unseat him.
“I made this statement so that the glory of God will become larger. It happened here in Ebonyi. I have a testimony of what God can do.”
However reacting to endorsement of Obaseki by Governor Umahi, Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State, Chief Dan Orbih described the Ebonyi state Governor as a mole working for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Orbih stated that Umahi is among the “saboteurs within” who are working tirelessly to ensure that the PDP loses in Edo State’s Governorship election scheduled to hold this year.
His letter to PDP’s National Working Committee reads in full;
H.E. Chief Uche Secondus
The National Chairman,
People’s Democratic Party,PDP.
Edo 2020 Election Under Threat. Saboteurs Within!
As you are aware, Edo State is holding its governorship election later in the year. Edo PDP has been in opposition in the state since 2008 and from the opinion polls we conducted, this year, 2020, represents our brightest chance of winning the state back.
The party in government is engrossed in a fierce battle of supremacy between the governor, Governor Obaseki and his national chairman Adams Oshiomhole. Their “fight” has seriously affected governance to the extent that even the state house of assembly only has 10 out of 24 members seating even though they won 24/24 seats in the last elections. Not fewer than 6 council chairmen have been sacked as well as at least 4 members of state executive council because of their “questionable loyalty”!
They have polarized their party beyond recognition. There is a gale of suspension going on in their party as the National Chairman, State chairman and even the Governor, Deputy Governor and the Secretary to the State Government have all been suspended by the rival factions in their party. Their party is therefore now immersed in court cases across the federation.
Your Excellency, this background was necessary so that you understand the pains we are going through in Edo when we hear leaders, members of the board of trustees and even some Governors uncharitable endorsement of APC embattled Governor Godwin Obaseki. The most recent of this is Governor David Umahi open endorsement of Godwin Obaseki for re-election.
This practice you will agree with us is condemnable and smacks of indiscipline and ingratitude. It defeats the spirit of camaraderie that is supposed to exist within a political party. It is a morale-damper and it’s unacceptable.
Your excellency, please use your office to call these leaders to order so that this open treachery doesn’t become a norm in our great party.
We thank you for the support and leadership you have always provided.
Be assured of our best wishes.
Chief Dan Osi Orbih
PDP EDO STATE.