"From the tribe of Issachar, there were 200 leaders of the tribe with their relatives. All these men understood the signs of the times and knew the best course for Israel to take" ---(I Chronicles 12:32 New Living Translation).
he People's Democratic Party-PDP- a potpourri of rainbow coalition of retired military generals, credited and discredited have-been politicians, Nigeria's bourgeoisie, their primitive del credere capitalists, financiers, and all sorts of characters of hues ushered Nigeria into the 21st Century. To rehabilitate themselves, the retired military generals brought one of their own from prison and manipulated him back to power. All the gains of the pro-democracy agitations of the 1990s were eroded and the pullers and shakers of Nigeria's decadent status quo smuggled themselves back to power on the back of genuine pro-democracy progressives and thinkers. In Nigeria, there is a local political parlance referred to as; "If you cant beat them, join them." For fifteen years, the PDP bestrode Nigeria's political firmament like an albatross until its chairman put his foot in his mouth. He said cheekily that the PDP would rule Nigeria forever, or at least 50 years! The same hubris that put the former Babalawo of The Gambia, Yahya Abdulaziz Junkung Jammeh in trouble and soon became history. He is currently in exile. The PDP like Jammeh soon went into coma. I said it at that time that unless a life support was thrown the erstwhile largest party in Africa, the octopus would go kaput. Thanks to the APC and most especially its presidential candidate and now outgoing president, Mr. Muhammadu Buhari, PDP was bailed out of its Intensive Care Unit-ICU. With the disastrous way Buhari has run Nigeria aground in nearly 8 years, the APC and whoever it throws up as its presidential candidate in 2023 should be a goner. But PDP is becoming sick again and if care is not taken may be heading back to the ICU and this time, its Nunc dimittis is a fait accompli. It's difficult and near impossible to cheat Death twice. With the way it is going right, the PDP may be heading to its seppuku, unless it does right by seeking out the children of Issachar in its fold who can read the signs of the time correctly in Nigeria's political firmament.
See the historical parallels: Republican President Herbert Hoover took over from fellow Republican President Calvin Coolidge in 1929 and ran the economy of the United States aground causing the famous Great Depression. The Opposition Party: the Democrat put its house in order and capitalized on the failed performances of back-to-back two Republican presidents. With unity of purpose and progressive messaging and grassroot mobilization, the Republican Party was kept out of the White House for 20 years. Were it not for General Dwight Eisenhower who was literarily begged by the GOP to rescue its disastrous shape in 1953 and agreed to run for president, which he won by landslide, the Republican Party would have been in political wilderness for a very long time. In any clime, when things go awry and the masses grown under failed leadership as we currently witness in Nigeria's Buhari, the party in power is terribly punished. You don't reward a failing presidency and bad government and unless you're coming from Mars, Nigerians have never had it so bad right now in its history. Nigerians are groaning, poverty has gone stratospherically unbearable, the nation's currency is on free fall and hunger writs large in every barometer of life index. Unless you belong to Buhari's henchmen and women, the nation is so polarized that fissiparous agitations have ratcheted up with vengeance and embers of separatism are all over the place. The discord in the air is so thick you can slice it with a panga knife under a provincial president. For the United States of the 1920s, it was the economy; but for Nigeria of 2020s, it is a combination of all these and more.
In the UK, the "Winter of Discontent" caused by labor strikes and unemployment in 1978 led to the defeat of Prime Minister James Callaghan who "spoiled" it for the Labor Party. The Opposition Conservative Party cashed in handsomely in 1978 and rallied the nation against the ruling Labor Party which led to the rise of Baroness Margaret "Iron Lady" Thatcher as Prime Minister in 1979 and she ensured her party held onto power for nearly two decades. Again, it was the economy and plummeting living conditions of the people that moved voters against the Labor Government and in Nigeria, the current miasmic economy should send Buhari and his APC out of government decisively, for Americans and Britons do not have two heads and three eyes; they are human beings too like Nigerians and every human being in life want the same living conditions everywhere. As the Holy Bible aptly informs us: "Everyone's toil is for their mouth, yet their appetite is never satisfied" (Ecclesiastes 6:7).
In Germany, Angela Dorothea Merkel as Leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) has succeeded in keeping her party in power for more than 15 years and she herself as leader of her party for nearly 20 years because of great achievements. Under her leadership as Chancellor, unemployment has reduced-only 3million in a nation of 83.02 million, she has boosted social insurance, and the German economy is steady amid recession in other European countries. Her introduction in Germany of "Energiewende" which will finally wean off reliance on Russia for energy supplies have been hailed across the political aisles. Her revolutionary family life policies which have made child-care compulsory, flexible working hours for Germans, the introduction of "Elterngeld" or Parent Benefit which is similar to Biden's Child Tax Credit here in the United States, the reduction of the Bundeswehr (German Armed Forces) from 240,000 to 170,000 soldiers and abolition of compulsory military services have endeared her as a leader and her party to the German people. Amid dithering in other European countries, Merkel raised the minimum wage and helped eased off tense social divide in the nation. Today, she is the most powerful woman in the world and her starring face-to-face with erstwhile Bully of the World-Donald Trump- the other day was remarkable. This is what good and astute leadership is all about and Nigeria can get one in 2023, if the Opposition PDP gets its acts together.
Nigeria's closest geographical neighbor, Senegal under President Macky Sall is showing where the political future is heading. How did this 59-year-old succeed in outfoxing the veteran Abdoulaye Wade as prime minister in 2004, singlehandedly formed his Opposition Alliance for the Republic (APR) and galvanized the entire nation, especially Senegalese abroad and youth to institute a national culture of vibrancy and progressivism? He has been in power for nearly 20 years -after his current term expires -and his soaring popularity rating in the nation can guarantee him staying on the job. Sally's radical economic policies, such as massive investments in agriculture, curbing waste, reining in unnecessary public spending, slashing the salaries and perks of public officials, lowering the price of gasoline, and making essential food items like rice and sugar affordable to the masses. He put strong teeth to fighting corruption with the establishment of National Anti-Corruption Office or Ofnac and leads by exemplary leadership. He brandished a scalpel the other day and gutted 35 projects by his predecessor considered as waste and unnecessary to public acclaim. Again, this is leadership.
All over the world, political parties are formed to aggregate the demands of their members and by extension, the needs of the citizenry by participating in elections with a view to winning the confidence of the voters and forming governments. To accomplish this onerous goal, a political party must gauge the mood of the nation and its people with a view to presenting a candidate that is saleable and can win election. The PDP must be a cursed political party to be dissipating much-needed energies and strategies on zoning of offices instead on how to send the APC parking and seeing Muhammadu Buhari curse. Nigerians right now do not care a hoot about this zoning nonsense, but want a new, energetic, pragmatic, and young fresh blood to come unto the political scene and turn around the story of this perennially prostrate nation come 2023. This is why the raucous of either northern or southern president come 2023 is asinine seriously. It is the game Nigeria's decadent elites have been playing for long to hoodwink and bamboozle the masses. The problem with Nigeria, we have all said numerous times and are reiterating it over and over again is squarely and onerously that of leadership. Instead of north and south dichotomized politics, the issues confronting Nigeria are between the fed and hungry, the rich and poor, the elites and the masses, the downtrodden hoi polio and the fat cats feeding on the wealth of the nation to the detriment of the impoverished class. Why is it that a privileged man from the northern part of the country continues to use "we" have the votes when in actual fact he is talking about his class? The poverty in the northern part of Nigeria is an eyesore, and endemically mindboggling. I have lived in the north and have visited virtually all crannies of that beautiful part of the country. It is even a misnomer to talk about a "northern Nigeria" as a political label. Where is the north in the first place? Politically, there is nothing like the north of Nigeria, albeit as a geographical expression to refer to that part of Nigeria up the Niger River. Are the Nupe/Gwari people of Niger State for example, political northerners? In 1980, my landlord in Jos said he would prefer to have me as his tenant than his fellow "northerner" man who spoke Hausa Language fluently. Why are the people of Benue complaining endlessly about their fellow "northerners" in the so-called northern Nigeria? The Lagos-Ibadan Press Axis, their Abuja counterparts and the fresh kids on the social media bloc need to change their coinage of so-called "northern Nigeria", because it is a veritable fodder for the tiny elites in that part of the nation to continue to lord it over the marginalized masses of that beautiful region. The problems with Nigeria are not Hausa-Fulani versus Yoruba, Ibo versus Itsekiri and ethnic schism. Hausa-Fulani are hungry, and their children are roaming the streets just as their counterparts in Yoruba and Ibo Lands. What has the average so-called "northern Nigerian poor man or woman benefited from the so-called Buhari our man government? You saw the other day when his son wedded and how the venue was full of private aircrafts owned by Hausa-Fulani, Yoruba, and Ibo elites?
The bane of Africa's stunted giant is that she is bereft of an elite class that is catholically minded, but parochially oriented, and ideologically debased, although Western educated to an extent but desultory in progressive ideas and the mechanism to preserve the state. It is to the advantage of the elites in every modern society that the state lives on in order to preserve its class interests. But not so with the local elites in Nigeria. They are so selfish and that is why they have neglected the nation's education while their children are schooling abroad; they care no hoot for the medical sector but can jet out of the country to avail themselves the best medical treatment here, and they will be the first to desert the nation in the event of a major crisis. This time around, in this war for the soul of the Nigerian nation, especially in the spiritual realm more appropriately, this elite bugaboo will and must stop. A God-fearing man, full of ideas and brimful fresh, a professional in politics and untainted by the antics of professional politicians is coming to lead Nigerians on serious nation-building and renaissance. There is a lot of work to do folks, to repair and put back together Nigeria again. The PDP will either lead the way or get out of the way, period!
NIGERIAN ACHIEVER'S CORNER
Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis Announces A Nigerian-American As State Surgeon-General TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Dr. Joseph A. Ladapo, MD, PhD, as Florida Surgeon General and Secretary of the Florida Department of Health. Dr. Ladapo was recently granted a professorship at the University of Florida (UF) College of Medicine. Prior to joining UF, he served as an associate professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) caring for hospitalized patients. A graduate of Wake Forest University, Dr. Ladapo also holds an MD from Harvard Medical School and a PhD in Health Policy from Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. "I am pleased to announce that Dr. Joseph Ladapo will lead the Florida Department of Health as our state's next Surgeon General," said Governor Ron DeSantis. "Dr. Ladapo comes to us by way of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA with a superb background. He has had both a remarkable academic and medical career with a strong emphasis in health policy research. Dr. Ladapo will bring great leadership to the Department of Health. I would also like to thank both Dr. Scott Rivkees and Dr. Shamarial Roberson for their hard work on behalf of all Floridians." "Dr. Joseph A. Ladapo is an excellent choice to serve as our next Surgeon General," said Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez. "Dr. Ladapo has impeccable credentials and a strong vision to effectively serve the people of Florida at the helm of our public health agency.
Through his service to our state, we will continue Florida's work to advance our public health goals." "I am honored to have been chosen by Governor DeSantis to serve as Florida's next Surgeon General," said Dr. Joseph A. Ladapo. "We must make health policy decisions rooted in data and not in fear. From California, I have observed the different approaches taken by governors across the country and I have been impressed by Governor DeSantis' leadership and determination to ensure that Floridians are afforded all opportunities to maintain their health and wellness, while preserving their freedoms as Americans. It is a privilege to join his team and serve the people of Florida."
About Joseph A. Ladapo, MD, PhD
Ron DeSantis and Dr Ladapo in Tallahassee, Florida at his announcement
Joseph A. Ladapo, MD, PhD, is a physician and health policy researcher whose primary research interests include clinical trial interventions and reducing the population burden of cardiovascular disease. Dr. Ladapo was recently granted a professorship at the University of Florida (UF) College of Medicine. Prior to joining UF, he was an Associate Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine caring for hospitalized patients. Previously, he served as a faculty member in the Department of Population Health at NYU School of Medicine and as a Staff Fellow at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Dr. Ladapo's research program, funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse, focuses on patient-centered approaches to improving the health of individuals evaluated for coronary artery disease; and behavioral economic interventions to promote sustainable cardiovascular health, including among adults with HIV. He also leads the health economic, and quality of life evaluation of multiple NIH-funded randomized trials focused on cardiovascular disease and tobacco cessation. His national honors include the Daniel Ford Award for health services and outcomes research, and he was also a regular columnist for the Harvard Focus during medical school and residency, where he discussed his experiences on the medical wards and perspectives on health policy issues. Dr. Ladapo graduated from Wake Forest University and received his MD from Harvard Medical School and his PhD in Health Policy from Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. He completed his clinical training in internal medicine at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Ladapo was born in Nigeria. He immigrated to the United States when he was 5 years old, along with his family, as his father, a microbiologist, came to the country to continue his studies. During his time at Wake Forest University, Dr. Ladapo was a decathlete on the university's varsity track and field team, serving as the team's captain. Dr. Ladapo has a passion for mentoring middle and high school students, which he has done for much of his career. Dr. Ladapo and his wife have three young children. © Florida State Governor's Office News
WAR IS TERRIBLE! THINK AGAIN. BETTER TO TALK THAN WAR-WAR
The heart-wrenching stories and pictures that dot the global mediascape coming out of the South-Asian nation of Afghanistan are assaults on our collective consciousness as human beings. The precipitous withdrawal of the United States after two decades of occupation are eyesores to the rest of the world that, when the chips are down, no foreign power, outsiders and organizations or otherness will come to develop your nation. Between September 11, 2001, when President George W. Bush invaded that nation and last week when President Joseph R. Biden withdrew our troops, the United States spent $2 trillion on the war against the Taliban. That staggering amount translates to $300million per day. If you divide that amount by head for the poor people of Afghanistan, that translates to $50,000. In the war, 2,300 US soldiers perished, 75,000 Afghan soldiers were massacred while 71,334 civilians died with many unaccounted for. As a matter of fact, the true costs of the war may never be known.
Many people became millionaires, toads of war who cashed in bigly like the runaway Ashraf Ghani who helped himself to unknown amount of the Green Backs. The military industrial complex also helped themselves handsomely while the poor, the women, young girls, the marginalized and the vulnerable are on their own. That is war! For those who are beating the drumbeats of war elsewhere, they should look no further of what awaits them. War is terrible. It is not a dinner party. Why can't people of the world understand and get it? Satan and his demons love and crave blood of human beings and are behind all the major wars in human history. If you want to learn more, please visit this website http://www.monnac.club/?fbclid=IwAR0XT7442CqJafaHlovoXnuUTX-wkZqx0u3NGB6sujTUoZnKuGEe0OOMDYU
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