FEATURE ARTICLE

Temple Chima UbochiFriday, January 26, 2018
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Bonn, Germany

MAY THIS NEW YEAR BRING, AT LEAST ONCE, SIGN OF A GOVERNMENT IN NIGERIA (3) (PICTORIAL)

Continued from Part 2

Nothing is more disgraceful than insincerity. (Cicero)

Ring out the false, ring in the true (Alfred Lord Tennyson)

Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without (Buddha)

f there's anything like hell anywhere, Nigeria is hotter than that place, meaning that most Nigerians have started experiencing the hell on earth already, even before their death. It has never been worse in Nigeria. But the problem is that president Buhari is not getting it. On Thursday, January 18, he proudly said that he's not in a hurry to do anything for Nigerians. Imagine a man who has spent almost three years out of four, as the president, saying that he's not in a hurry to do anything. When will he then be ready to do something, as a president, for Nigerians?

President Buhari and his government are irresponsible as leaders, as they don't give two hoots about the ordinary Nigerians. They feel they're not accountable to the people, after-all; Buhari feels he can rig himself back to power, as was done for him in 2015. That's why he engages in impunity.

People calling Buhari the worst president so far is missing the mark. We have no president in Buhari but an ethnic bigot. Due to the lull in governance, Nigeria has taken 20 steps backward - It's as if we are now in the 1960s. While many other countries Nigeria was better than in the 1960s are progressing with full speed ahead, Nigeria is retarding.

Look at how they're plundering Nigeria while the people suffer. Do you know that the Federal Government approved N280.1million cash payments to former Presidents and Heads of State in 2017 to buy cars? Vehicles worth N120m were also approved to be purchased for former Vice-Presidents in 2017. For 2018, a proposal of another N96m is made for the procurement of vehicles for the former Presidents, while in the case of former VPs, it is N90m. The beneficiaries include Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Mr. Goodluck Jonathan, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (retd.), Gen. Ibrahim Babangida (retd.); and Chief Ernest Shonekan. The former Vice-Presidents include Abubakar Atiku, Mr. Sambo Dasuki, the late Alex Ekwueme and all former chiefs of general staff.

For goodness sake, these men don't need all these. Even if it is their rights to have them, they can forgo it for now, because Nigeria is in a mess they helped create, and the people are really suffering for it. Afterall, they stole enough - they corruptly enriched them - when they were in power, and can afford to buy all the vehicles they want. Why can't they sacrifice for the good of Nigeria and its people? Where's their patriotism in these hard economic times?

The same goes for the Nigerian governors, who are the most corrupt elements on earth. These men will finish their respective tenures, as governor, and will then rig themselves into the Senate, where they will go only to sleep. Let me just give an example: Tell me if Senator T.A. Orji, the former governor of Abia State, representing Abia Central Senatorial Zone, has ever contributed to any motion or debate on the Senate floor. He's only sleeping there while his colleagues deliberate. The same goes for almost all the ex-governors who ended up there.

Do you know why these ex-governors and many politicians are desperate to hold on to power, because, everything they have was corruptly acquired, so, they don't want to leave, as they're scared that when they are out of office, they will be prosecuted. They tend to perpetuate themselves in power for the immunity, against prosecution; and also the opportunity to amass more wealth it offers them. An ex-governor-turned-senator or minister is entitled to a monthly salary, allowances, vehicles (every 4years), house, house-helps, security etc, as an ex-governor or ex-minister; and will also be collecting salary, allowances, and vehicles as a senator or a minister. They are taking all these while the people of their respective states are suffering. I suggest that a law should be passed that will divest any ex-governor-turned-senator or minister of those double entitlements.

Nigerian politicians are so desperate because power affords them the easiest and fastest way of corruptly enriching themselves, and they will do anything to get it. Anybody who opposes them is then marked out for elimination. A typical Nigerian politician has the heart of a snake.

In the preceding part of this article, I wrote that all the people's representatives do receive funds for constituency projects, wondering where all the monies go. I gave an example of a senator getting hundreds of millions of Naira, each year, for his or her senatorial zone for constituency projects. Look at how a senator, APC Senator, Mustapha Sani Mohammed, just commissioned one electric pole, with fanfare, as his own constituency project. Am I dreaming or what? This can only happen in Nigeria. This really confirms that there's no government or representatives in Nigeria. Is this how Nigeria will progress?

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Now, we all can see that this government loves cows than Nigerians - they want to preserve the cows while they don't care if millions of Nigerians die. This was put into a perspective by Hon. Aishatu Dukku, a House of Reps member representing Dukku/Nafada Federal Constituency of Gombe State, who, instead of condemning the herdsmen's killings, has justified them, saying that a Fulani herdsman values the lives of his cows more than the lives of human beings or even his own life. That God created herdsmen to value cows more than humans. What an insult! Also, the hungry Igbo man, the sellout, Orji Uzor Kalu, told Nigerians that the "Herdsmen attacks are being sponsored by people who do not support the government of President Buhari". That man is seeking relevance, and should be ignored. He's politically dead!

For now, we see no sign of a government in Nigeria; rather, the pretenders and the band of thieves claiming to be the government have been blaming the government of Goodluck Jonathan, for 3 years now, for their own cluelessness. They said Goodluck Jonathan was corrupt, but nobody went hungry and people weren't committing suicide during his tenure. Then Buhari came with his change that has turned into chains for most Nigerians. And now there are hunger and hardship in the land, as such that many people are taking their own lives due to their inability to live up to their responsibility. Buhari and his officials should know that no matter how they castigate or disparage Goodluck Jonathan, the difference between Buhari and Jonathan is like that between night and day - darkness and light. Buhari and his APC said that the value of Naira was low during Goodluck Jonathan's era, but since they took over, the value of Naira has depreciated more; fuel price has increased; power failure has worsened; unemployment rate has gotten higher; security of lives and property is no more there, as the Fulani herdsmen's killings are now rampant etc.

There's no government yet in Nigeria, otherwise Buhari would have been implementing the N5, 000 payment to the unemployed he promised during the campaign; he would have been feeding the school pupil as promised; he would have increased the NYSC allowance, rather than reducing it, as he promised; he would have reduced the fuel pump prices, rather than increasing them, as promised.

Assuming we have a government, that knows its obligations, in Nigeria, Buhari would have seen the Fulani herdsmen as terrorists, and should have treated them as such. Who can understand it that Buhari remains silent while the herdsmen kill people. He buys jet fighters to be used against unarmed Biafran agitators - his military declared "Operation Python Dance" against unarmed civilians in the South-East - while the same military does nothing against the rampaging Fulani herdsmen.

Talking of procuring weapons to fight the "enemies": A few weeks ago, I wrote how Nigeria failed to achieve greatness in weapon manufacturing, because it didn't rehabilitate the Biafran engineers, who "made things happen" from nothing during the war, in order to utilize their ingenuity, which they would have passed on to the younger generation as they get older. With time and perfection, the Biafran technology would have laid the foundation of Nigeria's industrial take-off, assuming we know how to utilize what we have to get what we want. The fighter jets Nigeria just took delivery of were a brainchild of that civil war, and the Biafran engineers helped in developing it. Just Read this story (below), courtesy of Emeka Maduewesi, and then, you might weep.

Nigeria and the spirit of Biafra

Last week, the Nigeria Army took delivery of five MFI-15 Safari trainer aircrafts from Pakistan. The MFI-15 was made by Saab of Sweden. If I tell you the story of MFI-15 aircraft you will either laugh or be in shock.

In May 1969, the Biafran Airforce engineers, with the help of a Swedish mercenary called Carl Gustaf von Rosen, converted Swedish built Malm? MFI-9 civilian trainer aircrafts into what they called MiniCOINS - Miniature Counter-Insurgency. They were popularly called Biafran Babies, with a capacity to carry significant loads of ordinance.

The converted airplanes were effective. They were used by the Biafran Airforce to strike Nigerian airfield at Port Harcourt, Enugu, Benin and even Lagos, destroying some number of Nigeria's expensive MiG-17s and Ilyushin II-28s. The first MFI-15, developed from the Biafran design, had its first flight on the 26th of February, 1971.

The success of the Biafran Babes evoked the interest of the original manufacturers. That was how MFI-15, the aircraft that Nigeria imported from Pakistan last week, was born. The Swedish made CDK are assembled in Pakistan as the Mushshak.

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The first picture is Carl von Rosen about to take off in the Biafran Baby. The second picture is one the MFI-15 Nigeria imported from Pakistan. The third picture shows the five MFI-9 of the Biafran Air Force at Uli, 1969, while the fourth picture is the five MFI-15 of the Nigerian Airforce 2018.

What Biafra made in 1969 under war conditions, Nigeria is importing from Pakistan in peacetime, 2018.

Now you may laugh or be in shock.

On August 28, 2017, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, lamented that Nigeria's economy had been destroyed by reckless and excessive importation. According to him, the high rate of food importation into the country was responsible for the current economic challenges. Hear him: "Let's get a little more nationalistic in our approach to development. We import too much, we have destroyed this economy by excessive and without apologies reckless importation." The same government that was lamenting about reckless importation is importing grass for cows. If we have a government in Nigeria, they wouldn't have imported grass for cows while they stopped the importation of rice for Nigerians. While the cows eat the imported grass and are getting fatter and feeling good, Nigerians are getting thinner and desperate due to hunger.

There's something perplexing me about Nigeria. I still can't understand if Buhari and his government officials are brainless or they're thinking that Nigerians have no brains.

On August 28, 2017, President Muhammadu Buhari said he was pleased with the progress being witnessed in all sectors of the economy. He expressed gladness that things were looking up after two years of what he called serious hard work. What? Which progress and which hard work was Buhari talking about? Maybe, Buhari must have mistaken the hardship and hopelessness - poverty, high cost of living, unbearable inflation, high unemployment rate, depreciating Naira value, epileptic power supply, increased suicide rate, diseases, deaths etc - Nigerians are experiencing as a progress.

Buhari told Nigerians that he will restructure Nigeria when he wins his second term. Tell me why Buhari should wait until his second term to act. Remember that during his New Year Broadcast; the President insisted that restructuring was not the most pressing issue in Nigeria, because the country's problems have more to do with process. Hear him: "We Nigerians can be very impatient and want to improve our conditions faster than may be possible considering our resources and capabilities. When all the aggregates of nationwide opinions are considered, my firm view is that our problems are more to do with process than structure." Maybe, Buhari thinks that Nigerians are fools. He promised us change, but we got chains, and now he thinks he can hoodwink us again by promising us restructuring, and we will get roasted when he wins. The goodnews is that there will be no election in 2019, and if there is, Buhari will not be a candidate. He is too old, too timid and too illiterate - clueless, incoherent and planless - to remain as Nigeria's president. Buhari is just mythomaniac. He should go back to his Daura and to his cows and start ruling over them as from 2019. For now, there's no government in Nigeria, and he has not justified the mandate given to him in 2015.

To be concluded!

TIT BITS

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THE THANX IS ALL YOURS!!!

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