By Kalu Nwokoro Idika
As the year, 2019 is almost coming to it’s logical end, there is need to carry out a thorough appraisal of this present regime superintended by Major General Mohammadu Buhari.
Virtually in every academic circle, teachers after a specific period of tutoring the students takes time to appraise them with class room test and examination. This is done so as to determine if the students adequately comprehended the teachings of the teacher and their subsequent intellectual development. Though, appraisal is not only limited to academic institutions both private and government owned organizations from time to time carries out appraisal because it provides the opportunity to recognise and reward employees and to ensure they feel valued for the work that they do.
The appraisal of Major General Mohammadu Buhari’s regime in this 2019 will be done with outright clarity and verifiable data. In all fairness, the performance of Buhari will be dissected and laid bare for Nigerians and other conscious mind to weigh and judge whether or not the regime has succeeded or failed in delivering the dividends of democracy that was promised to Nigerians.
It is important to note that in sane democratic systems, the people dictates the pace of governance. Concomitantly, policy statements and actions of the government must be in consonance with the wishes and aspirations of the masses. The rights of the people must be guaranteed and protected. Leaders must act according to the extant laws and not according to their whims and caprices. Citizens must have the right to constructively question and reprimand any leader whose actions and behavior appears unconstitutional and vengeful. And no leader must rule with iron fist and total disregard for the rule of law. The era when leaders arrogantly see themselves as political and religious deity is far gone. Democracy, for being the government of the people, by the people and for the people, no leader, irrespective of the circumstance shall be above the law. This is what makes democracy what it is.
However, the following key areas; rule of law, security, job creation and power will be appraised and a score card will be presented at the end.
THE RULE OF LAW
I will not fail to pinpoint the gigantic impact Jonathan made before he was forced out of power through a regional gang up. The government of Jonathan fought comprehensively to improve on the little legacy late President Umaru Musa Yaradua left behind. Jonathan while in power was a pace setter. He never harassed or arrested opposition members on parochial charges. There was never a time he interfered in any court proceedings. He respected court injunctions and acted according to the provisions of the constitution. There was press freedom and Nigerians had the free will to criticize his government without the fear of being arrested and jailed. Millions of ethnic knuckleheads called him a drunkard and weakling but Jonathan being a champion of rule of law never raised an eyebrow over their constant vituperations.
After the illegal removal of Jonathan from the office, Nigerians have witnessed what it means to have an intolerant and feudal over lord managing the business of governance in the country. The regime of General Mohammadu Buhari has dismembered both the political and legal precedence of Jonathan. There is rampant abuse of human right, illegal detention of dissent voices that are critical to the government. The independence of the judiciary has been eroded. Media houses are so scared to call his regime to order. According to Dr Kolawole Olaniyan, a legal adviser to Amnesty International, President Muhammadu Buhari has shown “stunning disregard for the rule of law and human rights, ignoring Nigerian judges on at least 40 occasions”. There are hundreds of political prisoners perishing in various prison facilities despite several court orders asking for their release. If not for the constant international pressure on this ruthless and lawless regime, Sambo Dasuki and Omoyele Sowore wouldn’t have been released. Sheik Elzakzaki is till in their dungeon. The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu was very lucky to escape from the regime’s dictatorial fang.
The horrible state of security in the country can’t be over flogged. Since the coming of this regime, the security situation has deteriorated to a low ebb. The past government performed much better and did it’s best to protect Nigerians. The lukewarm and clueless disposition of Buhari’s led regime has exacerbated the wide spread insecurity witnessed in the nation. Bokoharam is still waxing strong. Some territories are still under their stiff control not minding the apparent premature proclamations of Boko Haram’s defeat by government forces. Marauding herdsmen are also killing and displacing innocent civilians from their homes. Kidnapping has gotten to it’s peak. Police and army brutality is on the rise.
Security agents have become so indisciplined and vicious. Civilians who refuse to part paltry sum on the high ways are being killed at will by happy trigger security officers who are meant to protect them. Bribery and extortion is seen as the way forward among security agents. The level of insecurity and lawlessness have made millions of Nigerians to live in the fear of the unknown. There is no security in Nigeria. No matter how Garba Shehu and Femi Adesina might try to fine tune the deteriorated security situation in the country, Nigeria is one of the most unsafe and terror infested place in the world.
On the aspect of job creation, Buhari’s regime has performed so abysmally. Joblessness is on the rise. Unemployment rate in Nigeria has increased to 23.1 percent in 2019. There are over 100 million Nigerian youths without decent jobs. The nepotistic, despotic and epileptic posture of the economic team of this regime have stifled small and medium scale industries which constitute one of the backbones of the economy.
Instead of creating a viable economic ground, Buhari’s regime has frustrated and rendered millions of Nigerians terribly poor. Nigeria of today has overtaken India as the country with the largest number of people living in extreme poverty, with an estimated 87 million Nigerians, or around half of the country’s population, thought to be living on less than $1.90 a day. That was why the former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo in his book, “My Watch” said Muhammadu Buhari would not be a good economic manager. The above statement is true considering how the burgeoning economy Jonathan left behind has been bastardized.
Nigeria has witnessed a massive power/electricity failure in the country not only in this 2019 but since the coming of Buhari’s authoritarian regime. The government of Jonathan which some ungrateful power mongers criticised of not doing much to reposition the power sector has proven to be the best. Babatunde Fashola as the former minister of power could not replicate his flippant rants into something meaningful. He once said that it will take a serious government six months to fix the problem of electricity in the country but unfortunately this same man could not even manage over 5000 mega Watts of electricity he inherited from his predecessor.
The regime of Buhari has scored below average in the power sector. The rot in the system has continue to fester. Nigerians are being exploited and forced to pay electricity bills which they never consumed. The present corruption in the power sector is overwhelming. Sometimes, in one full month, electricity could be restored twice or once as the case maybe and it will only last for 1 hour or 30 minutes and goes off, but exorbitant bills will be given to customers by the distribution companies without considering if the customers in the actual sense consumed the power or not. Under this regime, the people in charge of the power sector are notoriously exploitative and mentally incapacitated. Even a road side technician will deliver far better than the empty heads managing the ministry of power.
This regime is a full definition of disappointment. Be it in the aspect of rule of law, security, job creation and power. There is nothing sensible to commend this regime for. It brought untold hardship and has succeeded in making Nigeria a pariah state in the global terrain.
Buhari’s regime has recorded the worst human rights violations, hunger and poverty, high level of unemployment, insecurity and power/electricity failure. The daura born dictator is an unintelligent and bad student of good governance. Nigerians by now must have learnt their bitter lessons for allowing a dying, bigoted, bloodthirsty and intolerant feudal over lord to manage the political affairs of a secular society like Nigeria. I do not have any regret calling out Buhari for what he is.
A time shall come when men of good conscience will be counted and remembered for the role they played in resisting tyranny and political stupidity. I want to ask my legions of readers, where will you be ranked? Do you want to remain mute or run away like a coward for the fear of being killed or jailed by a regime that is so repulsive to constructive criticism? Are you enjoying the rotten system in Nigeria? If everyone should be afraid, we are giving this despotic regime more impetus to operate. We must rise and define the place of this faceless and inhuman regime. Enough of this cowardly attitude. How can few power mongers beat and push millions of Nigerians and still show them where to fall. This is not done anywhere.
The time has come for Nigerians to queue behind Nnamdi Kanu of IPOB and Omoyele Sowore of #Revolutionnow to push for the radical change we have been craving for. We must not miss this opportunity staring at us now. Let men of goodwill rise and resist injustice and tyranny.
In this 2019, Major General Mohammadu Buhari just scored 5/100 in the art of good governance.
Kalu Nwokoro Idika is a political analyst, investigative and freelance journalist.
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‘Amotekun, What Is The Arewa North Afraid Of?’
By Charles Ogbu
The level of apprehension, paranoia, and panic that has gripped the Arewa North since the inauguration of the Yoruba Regional Security Outfit codenamed Operation Amotekun (which is not even going to bear arms) is indicative of something very positive for the non-Caliphate rest of the country.
In the entire southwest, there are state owned vigilante services helping to provide security for the locals. In the East, you have the Forest guards in Enugu, the Homeland Security (not fully operational but has been approved by the police) in Abia and one of the best organized vigilante services in Anambra. Yet, neither the Northern controlled security agencies nor the Attorney General has declared those ones illegal.
Well the answer is not far fetched.
It is not really the Amotekun the Danfodios are scared of. It is the fact that a Southern region was able to find the needed UNITY and COURAGE to look beyond partisanship and other mawkish considerations by setting up a regional security outfit to protect their people from a govt sponsored terrorist group masquerading as cow herders. The Caliphate sees this as a form of defiance on the part of the Yoruba. But even more than this, the Arewa North fears the ripple effect of the success of operation Amotekun and one of those ripple effects is that other regions which have been victims of the murderous indiscretion of the fulani killer herdsmen will follow the Yoruba example by setting up their own regional security. And when this is replicated in most part of the country, you will have Organic Restructuring even without amending the Constitution. This is their biggest fear.
As for Miyetti Allah, their fears are understandable; no thief will be happy that his victim has decided to put measures in place to secure his home.
What the Jukun people of Taraba just did, announcing their own security outfit is what every non-Caliphate part of this forced union needs to do. Don’t just stop at showing solidarity to the Yorubas, come out with your own regional security outfit. This is not about the Yoruba as a people. This is about every region in the country making a bold statement that a govt which has refused to protect her citizens has no right to stop them from protecting themselves especially when the killers of these citizens are being protected by the same govt.
There is something the Southeast can learn from Amotekun.
The fact that both the official inauguration of Amotekun and the back and forth verbal gymnastics with the affidavit Attorney General are being handled by the duly elected governors of the SouthWest (most of whom are APC and even in their first term) has a lesson for Ndigbo: YOU CANNOT LIBERATE A PEOPLE WITHOUT BEING IN CHARGE OF THEIR POLITICS. It is your being in charge of their politics that will give you the needed legitimacy, platform as well as the structure to be their savior. As a matter of urgent importance, we must take more interest in the caliber of men and women managing our affairs at home. If we don’t, by 2023 which is almost here, this same crop of politicians will still be running our affairs and no amount of social media insult and name calling will change that. When your regional politics is controlled by men who think of their political interests before thinking of your safety, you stand absolutely no chance of being liberated. You can dislike your politicians. But you cannot hate politics itself because it is the key to everything including your liberation. Political power is the number1 controller of all other powers. It is the reason some clown in Abuja can sit in some office and declare a regional security effort illegal. It is also the reason the Yoruba governors who are resisting him haven’t been “gifted” with Python dance.
~ Charles Ogbu is a social-political analyst and a good governance advocate.
Amotekun By South-West Is Illegal: How To Respond To AGF’s Opinion
By Benjamin Obiajulu Aduba
The governors of South West had recently established Amotekun, a regional security organization to protect the people of SW. Mr. Malami, the attorney General of the federation has declared this formation to be illegal. The leaders of SW, SE and NC have cried out against the proclamation by AGF as not correct and Mr. Falana, a well know civil rights leader and a respected attorney has said the AGF is wrong. Merely saying that the AGF is wrong is a timid response to AGF and the federal government that the represents.
No matter what the Supreme Court declares as the constitutional requirements, the first law of nature is self-preservation. Anybody, who fails to protect himself from any enemy has himself to blame. Any government that is incapable of protecting its citizens has lost the authority of the people. And lost the reason for its existence. The leaders of SE, SS and NC should go beyond verbal challenge of AGF’s opinion (it is only an opinion). They should move on to form their own versions of Amotekun. They should also sign a cooperative agreement whereby an attack on one Amotekun is an attack on all the others.
The reign of King Muhammadu Buhari has been nothing than a reign of terror. It has showered a situation in the places around and below the confluence of Niger and Benue where neither life no property is safe. Ordinary citizens, in pursuit of their legal businesses are kidnapped and killed; their property, like farm lands, have been taken over and if they dare resist, their lives go with the property. These criminal activities are blamed on Fulani Herdsmen, yet nobody is in the police custody, nobody has been tried. The laws and the law enforcement apparatus are incapable of protecting innocent citizens from the attacks by enemies within and without.
We the people have absolute right to protect ourselves and in situations where one cannot do so by himself, one should form alliances to help. That is what Amotekun is intended to do.
Man is not made for law; but laws are made for man.
What should the federal government do?
1. The FG should listen to the voice of the people (onuorah) and hear the fears that are driving the formation of Amotekun.
2. The FG should come to the negotiation table in good faith and negotiate with the zonal leaders to amend the laws and allow for the regional protection forces and establish the modus operandi by the forces.
3. The regional leaders must show that they could control the forces they have created so that they don’t become another kind of armed marauders. In USA each municipality has its police force which calls on neighboring police for help in difficult situations. This round robin calls go all the way to the state and FG police until the emergency is resolved and eventually to the armed forces of the US if the enemy is from without.
The emergence of Amotekun is not good for Nigeria, but it is an opportunity which if seized would make Nigeria better and safer.
If President Muhammadu Buhari is indeed interested in the future of Nigeria he should seize this opportunity or he will be forever remembered as the architect of Nigeria’s collapse.
~ Benjamin Obiajulu Aduba writes from Boston, Massachusetts.
Why Humans Don’t Live As Long As They Once Did – Reno Omokri
By Reno Omokri
Have you ever wondered why the animals in the Garden of Eden never posed a physical threat to Adam and Eve, or why the wild animals Noah kept in the Ark never attacked him and his family?
It is because in the beginning, God created humans and animals to be vegetarians. Don’t take my word for it. Let Scripture convince you:
Genesis 1:29 is for humans:
“Then God said, “I give you every SEED-BEARING PLANT on the face of the whole earth and EVERY TREE that has FRUIT with seed in it. They will be yours for FOOD.”
Genesis 1:30 is for animals:
“And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground–everything that has the breath of life in it–I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.”
The difference God made between the food for humans and animals is that we were only to eat fruits and vegetables that had SEED in it. While animals were allowed to eat any fruit and vegetable, whether or not it had seeds.
Yes, Cain kept livestock-Genesis 4:2. But he did NOT eat them. They were for sacrifice.
From Genesis 1 to Genesis 9, you will not find even one verse were any man or animal ate meat. So why did man and animal start eating meat?
Genesis 9:3 gives us the answer. That verse reads:
“Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the GREEN PLANTS, I NOW give you everything.”
Notice the word ‘NOW’. God gave man and animal meat to eat because the Great Flood had destroyed all vegetation on Earth. It took a while for the Earth to be revegetated.
But then you will notice something. Noah and his ancestors all lived extraordinarily long. It was only after Noah and his children started eating meat that their lifespan reduced. Let me give my readers some examples.
Adam lived for 930 years. His son Seth, lived for 912 years. Seth’s son, Enosh lived for 905 years. Enosh’ son, Kenan, lived for 910 years. Kenan’s son, Mahalalel, lived for 895 years. Mahalalel’s son, Jared, lived for 962 years. Jared’s son, Enoch, lived for 365 years, but never died. He was taken to heaven, alive. Enoch’s son, Methuselah, lived for 969 years (the man with the longest lifespan ever). Methuselah’s son, Lamech, lived for 777 years. Lamech was the father of Noah. Noah lived to be 950 years. You can find these information in Genesis chapter 5.
Now go to Genesis 11. After man started eating meat, Shem, Noah’s son, lived for 500 years, which is half his father’s lifespan. His son, Arphaxad, lived for 403 years. Arphaxad’s son, Shelah, also lived for 403 years. Shelah’s son, Eber, lived for 430 years. Eber’s son, Peleg, lived for 209 years. Peleg’s son, Reu, lived for 207 years. Reu’s son, Serug, lived for 200 years. Serug’s son, Nahor, lived for 119 years. Nahor gave birth to Terah, who was the father of Abraham.
So you can see that it was AFTER man started eating meat that we started to live shorter and shorter lifespans.
Consult your doctor and he will tell you that if you want to live a long and healthy life, you must stop eating or reduce your intake of red meat.
In Japan, the nation with the highest life expectancy in the world, the eating of meat was banned for centuries. Google it. Even after the ban was lifted in the last century, the Japanese still rarely consume red meat. That is the secret of their longevity.
If you want to live a long, healthy and happy life, your chances are increased (but not guaranteed), if you can eat only fruit and vegetables. And not just any. Eat organic fruit and vegetables.
Think back to Daniel. Daniel 1:8 reads:
“Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not DEFILE himself with the portion of the king’s MEAT”.
Daniel was a vegetarian. Daniel 1:12 reads:
“Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but VEGETABLES to eat and water to drink.”
Daniel 1:15 reads:
“At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food.”
I am proof of Daniel’s word. I don’t eat meat. I eat only organic fruit and vegetables. I eat fish and seafood. Yet, I am stronger and healthier than my own blood brother who eats meat, despite the fact that I am 10 years older than him. He travels the world with me. I run everyday for an hour. He lasts 30 minutes and gives up.
I never get sick, even though my brother gets sick periodically. Health insurance is wasted on me. Without trying to be vain, I look physically good though I am 46 years old this year (2020).
Follow the word of God. Eat and live as it says you should. “It shall be health to your navel, and marrow to your bones.”-Proverbs 3:8.
If a doctor tells you you are going to die next month, you will make peace with God and man and start living right. But we will all die one day. Tomorrow is promised to no man. Why wait until death is imminent before having a conscience at peace with God and man?