FEATURE ARTICLE

Friday, December 28, 2018
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Atlanta, Georgia, USA
ATIKU/OBASANJO AND HIS LETTER TO BUHARI ARE IRRELEVANT TO NIGERIANS

very student of history will agree with me that Obasanjo's time in public office as president or Head of State were years of incalculable damage upon the nation's leadership morale. What is happening in Nigeria today is a compendium of Obasanjo's leadership in the course of the nation's political exodus from 1999 to date. Obasanjo have had opportunity as president for eight years to reconstruct the nation's political landscape and set precedence by bringing under control the deadliest challenges bedeviling the nation which are corruption, ethnic and religious crises. He failed to accomplish this and as president, Obasanjo have had all instruments of the state at his disposal to deal decisively with corruption but instead he compromised his oath of office and failed woefully.

Records have shown that many of his political demagogues and personal affiliates were actively involved in the destruction of the Nigerian State by pillaging the commonwealth of Nigerians. In 2015 there was an investigation that revealed that Obasanjo, Yaradua and Jonathan had spent 2.6 trillion naira on power sector. In spite of such heavily concentrated budget geared toward this sector, Nigerians, up till this moment are still plagued with darkness. The money which was equivalent of 16 billion dollars had disappeared into thin air. Evidence based on fact and figures had shown that Several Billions of dollars meant for various sectors of the economy were stolen under Obasanjo's watchful eyes. Obasanjo has not been able to pinpoint any meaningful accomplishment that he had made as president and leader of a political movement that piloted the ship of the state for 16 years. I am not here to justify Buhari's inability to perform but that Obasanjo does not have the moral or ethical right to call for an indictment of Buhari and his government. I am neither an APC member nor PDP. I am not in any way affiliated to any political party in Nigeria. As a Nigerian, I stand on a neutral ground to air my opinion on issues of national interest.

When Obasanjo was president, he established a security agency (EFCC) and gave it power to deal with offenses relating to financial crimes but under him the institution simply became a laughing stock. The agency was rendered useless, frustrated and fraught by judicial corruption and incompetency. Since the establishment of this agency in 1999 till now, no single high-profile case has ended in any reasonable conviction. A conviction, tough enough to serve as a deterrence to others. In 2007, Obasanjo handed the mantle of leadership to Yaradua. Although Yaradua was moderate he did not have the tenacity to address the issues bedeviling the nation. He also recommended the appointment of Good luck Ebele Jonathan as vice-president. Jonathan who later became president created a historic occupation of corruption and other criminal activities which had metastasized across the nation. One could only conclude that in spite of Obasanjo's failure as president, his involvement in the nation's polity is the reason why Nigerian government has continued to capsize morally and economically.

Nigerians should understand by now that Obasanjo and Atiku and their cohorts and those at the helm of affairs do not care about the progress of their nation. I was able to analyze among others, two of the major points Obasanjo expressed in his letter to Buhari. One was that he believes president Buhari does not have feasible economic plans to help Nigeria recover from the current state. Secondly, he accused Buhari of lack of understanding of international relations. I strongly debunk these conjectures over Buhari's government. The question is, what kind of economic planning is Obasanjo talking about? How many foreign investments were brought to Nigeria during his time in office? What was the general state of the nation's economy under his regime? Who were his economic planners and advisers and what was their accomplishment for 16 years in office?

What happened to the nation's institutions and projects some of which including Aladja steel complex, Ajaokuta steel complex, Nitel and the nation's refineries. What about his involvement in the 180 million dollars bribe by JPR a subsidiary of Halliburton? It is undeniably a fact that members of Obasanjo/Atiku's cabinet were involved in dredging and hemorrhaging the nation's resources and that is why the 16 billion dollars invested on the power sector could not produce one kilowatt of electricity. This unprecedented amount of the nation's money disappeared into the hands of Obasanjo's Hench Men. One may ask, what steps did he take to recover those monies or punish the perpetrators? What about the incessant bombing of oil pipelines and kidnapping of foreign workers at the time? How did he handle it? His inability to bring criminal activities under control at that time, had resulted to formation of several criminal organizations in Nigeria today. How many politicians some of whom were governors across the nation who embezzled public funds were successfully prosecuted and jailed after their services in office, under his regime? I can confidently attest, if there was any, that no fewer than one or two were slightly punished.

I personally agree that Buhari has not lived up to expectations. I have been a pro-Buhari candidate for years even before he registered his intention to run for presidency. I had written few articles to advocate for his election in 2015 by analyzing his accomplishments during his military rule in the eighties. As it is right now, it is quite Unfortunate that the gentle man does not have the boldness or toughness to curb the excesses of criminal activities in Nigeria. He is definitely falling short of everyone's expectation. It appears the Nigerian political climate is not suitable for a patriotic Nigerian like Buhari. I strongly believe President Buhari is a one-man soldier in a battle against legions of enemies. The corruption in the system is almost incurable. I was recently horrified by the state of the federal road leading from Benin City, Edo State, to Ekpoma -Auchi and of course to the North. Here is the link to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vd-JPCixpD8. I understood the contract was awarded to a Northern company but the company has refused to do the job. If that is the case, how is the federal government responding to that? This is a clear evidence that the system has completely failed.

At this juncture, looking at the precarious state of the nation, I strongly advise Buhari to reconsider his continuous interest in the presidency. President Buhari needs to understand that if he is going to succeed, he must pay attention to constructive public opinion especially those drawn from non-partisan politics. No man in this world holds a patent to knowledge. "Public opinion contains all kinds of falsity and truth, but it takes a great man to find the truth in it. The great man of the age is the one who can put into words the will of his age, tell his age what its will is, and accomplish it. What he does is the heart and the essence of his age, he actualizes his age. The man who lacks sense enough to despise public opinion expressed in gossip will never do anything great" - Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel. Public opinion is a mirror by which a leader measures his/her performance and makes the necessary adjustment. I advise the president to pay attention to this.

As long as Babanjida, Atiku, and Obasanjo continue to rear up their faces and to dictate the direction of the country, the progress of Nigeria might just well be forgotten. Now Obasanjo has formed a coalition with one of the most corrupt elements in the nation by the name Atiku Abubakar, to continue from where Goodluck Jonathan had stopped. These two corrupts individuals have put their forces together to continue their unabated corrupt practices against already impoverished people of Nigeria. Obasanjo and Atiku were the heads of PDP, a party that ruled Nigeria for 16years and for those years the nation was wrecked and held hostage economically. What is more, Buhari may not have been able to meet the expectation of Nigerians but Obasanjo's letter is nothing but mere innuendo and affront to his good moral character. When a blind man begins to direct his caretaker, then the caretaker must pinch himself to see if his eyes are still opened. When an enemy dictate the direction of one's life, that means one is doomed. There is nothing to suggest that Obasanjo/Atiku's political ambition and propaganda would bring any positive result to Nigerians. As leaders of a political party that had governed and almost completely ruined the nation for 16 years, they certainly do not have any message for Nigerians. The choice of Atiku as president will be the most dangerous and regrettable decision Nigerians would live to remember in the event of electing him into the nation's highest public office. Nigerians must be aware of the deadly implication of the choices they are going to make in this coming election. Buhari to me, is still the best alternative to Atiku and his stooges including Obasanjo.

The sin Nigerian leaders have committed against the nation cannot be overemphasized. They have caused more death to Nigerians compared to the civil war of 1966. Nigerians are strangulated economically and politicians are grasping what is left of the nation in desperation to accumulate as much wealth as they could. Significant number of young Nigerians have resulted to criminal activities. A Recent survey done by an international organization have shown that in every minute, seven Nigerians sleep into poverty. While majority of Nigerians are struggling to survive, some senators are seen displaying exotic cars worth millions of dollars on social medias. The question is, where is the source of their money? Of course, It is the billions of dollars they specifically allocate to themselves on a yearly basis. Why such humongous budget or allocation for legislators when they have not been able to show or demonstrate in 18 years, any positive result of any law they have enacted in the interest of the nation. Nigerians must be honest to announce to international community that since 1999, they have not experienced any democratic dividend rather it has been counter-productive. Democracy is a perfect system of government but unfortunately its simply not working in Nigeria.

Steve Jobs was one of the founders and owners of Apple computer. He was also the innovator of iPhone. He was worth 10.2 billion dollars. He died at the age of 56 years old. May his soul rest in perfect peace. According to him, while on his death bed: "God has made us one way, we can feel the love in the heart of each of us, and not illusions built by fame or money, like I made in my life, I cannot take them with me. I can only take with me the memories that were strengthened by love. This is the true wealth that will follow you; will accompany you, he will give strength and light to go ahead. Material things lost can be found. But one thing you can never find when you lose: life. Whatever stage of life where we are right now, at the end we will have to face the day when the curtain falls. - Steve Jobs.


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