Temple Chima UbochiThursday, February 1, 2018
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Nigeria needs an energetic president (Pastor Tunde Bakare)

Nepotism in Buhari's government, the worst in Nigeria's history! I believe strongly that no government will (be) based on nepotism and will succeed. This government has failed and from all indication, they will continue to fail (Dr. Junaid Mohammed)

I knew President Buhari before he became President and said that he is weak in the knowledge and understanding of the economy but I thought that he could make use of good Nigerians in that area that could help. Although, I know that you cannot give what you don't have and that economy does not obey (a) military order. You have to give it what it takes in the short, medium and long-term. Then, it would move. His (Buhari's) poor understanding of the dynamics of internal politics has led to wittingly or unwittingly making the nation more divided and inequality has widened and become more pronounced. It also has (an) effect on general national security (Chief Dr. Olusegun Obasanjo)

ut of the hopelessness orchestrated by Buhari and his government, something good is manifesting. For the first time in our checkered history, Nigerians, irrespective of tribes, creeds, and tongues, are uniting against evil. Buhari, due to his cluelessness, wickedness, carelessness etc is bringing out the best in Nigerians. Before now, Nigerians used to blindly support anybody from their tribe, even if the person has nothing to offer Nigeria. People used to say it is better when our tribal man is elected the president, without asking if that person has what it takes for the post.

When Goodluck Jonathan was seeking re-election, many from his zone - the South-South; the South-East; and the North-Central supported him. But the core north, right from the time Yar'Adua died, pledged to make Nigeria ungovernable for him, because, they thought he took what belonged to them, and they worked hard to make Goodluck Jonathan to fail. The core North sheepishly supported Buhari, because, they saw him as one of their own. Buhari came and started misruling Nigeria, and almost everybody, no matter the tribe or creed, started feeling the heat. Now, we all know that poverty does not discriminate between tribes. Now, many from every zone are against Buhari's re-election in 2019. Even the core North and many in his own political party have asked him to wither the idea of contesting in 2019, as he has offered most Nigerians nothing good since he was elected about three years ago.

The point is that the mess of Buhari's presidency might be the catalyst that will finally usher in a new and better Nigeria, no matter how it goes - restructuring or the outright breakup of the country. We all know that a yam seedling must first of all decay for a new one to sprout; so out of the Buhari's mess, a new horizon is beckoning. From the ashes of the old Nigeria, that will soon die because of Buhari's misrule, will then arise a new and a better restructured Nigeria, or new nations.

If Buhari is nursing the ambition of contesting again in 2019, he should perish that thought. He is a failure. Obasanjo also asked him not to contest in 2019. According to Premium Times, Mr. Obasanjo took a swipe at Mr. Buhari in the open letter, accusing the president of ineptitude, clannishness and callousness in handling affairs of the country. He described another term of four years for Mr. Buhari as "prison term" arguing that "Nigeria deserves and urgently needs better than what they have given or what we know they are capable of giving". In Obasanjo's words: "To ask them to give more will be unrealistic and will only sentence Nigeria to a prison term of four years if not destroy it beyond the possibility of an early recovery and substantial growth. Einstein made it clear to us that doing the same thing and expecting a different result is the height of folly."

I want to add a little on Obasanjo. Like him or hate him, he remains a kingmaker in Nigeria, and that's disturbing. Despite his age, and how long he has been directing the political center stage, he still remains a formidable political force - instead of being a spent force. Inspite of all the evils he has invoked upon Nigeria, fate still imbues him with something no other Nigerian has - he is the luckiest Nigerian alive, and has the Midas Touch in influencing who takes up the political leadership of the country. I still can't fathom how Obasanjo always tempts the fates and still comes out a winner almost every time. Obasanjo with his sordid behavior should have been consigned to the dustbin of history by now, but he keeps on being relevant, and anybody aspiring to rule Nigeria, who ignores him, should know that his failure is already fully programmed. Obasanjo has something going for him.

Fact is that whenever Obasanjo writes a letter of "condemnation" to any Nigerian leader, know then that that leaders days in office are numbered: Nobody has explained why such gift was bestowed on a man, who knowingly or unknowingly, caused almost all Nigeria's problems - in fact, Obasanjo is Nigeria's major problem, and until he disengages completely from meddling in the political affairs of the nation, Nigeria will never get better.

The Igbo Movement Group puts it better with this article captioned "MAY OBASANJO NEVER WRITE ME A LETTER":

"Obasanjo wrote to Abacha titled NO CONDITION IS PERMANENT, Where he said, "I was a head of state yesterday, today, I'm in jail. You're the head of state today, tomorrow, your condition may be worse than mine.

I'm not a fan of OBJ but one of my prayer points has always been that may Obasanjo never write me a letter. Obasanjo may have done exact or more evil than whoever he's writing to admonish, but while OBJ always escape repercussions, whoever he writes to admonish is not always lucky.

OBJ's involvement in any issue signifies the imminent end of that issue.

First, he wrote to Shagari when the latter was soaked in the mismanagement of the economy. A few months later the military smashed Shagari government.

In 1995, he then wrote to Abacha and described him as a Stone Age dictator. The letter landed him in trouble, He was almost killed. But after his death sentence was converted into prison terms, he wrote another letter to Abacha titled NO CONDITION IS PERMANENT, Where he said, "I was a head of state yesterday, today, I'm in jail. You're the head of state today, tomorrow, your condition may be worse than mine..." Indeed, Abacha's future was worse as he ended in the grave!!!

OBJ didn't write himself while in power but instead wrote his deputy, Atiku Abubakar. Atiku has become a shadow of his pre-1999 self since then.

It wasn't clear whether he wrote Yar'Adua, a terminally ill former Katsina State Governor he imposed on Nigeria....but he came out publicly and asked him to resign!!!

He also didn't spare GEJ; he wrote him a letter titled BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE, but it was actually late before the letter was written. Jonathan, today, has become a sorrowful history.

His latest letter to Buhari is no joke. Take it or not, Buhari needs to (be) absolutely careful or else the letter becomes his political albatross.

Beg Obasanjo for me whenever you see him, may he never write me a letter".

Be that as it may, it's not Obasanjo's prerogative to tell Nigerians who will rule them. Obasanjo has caused a lot of havoc for Nigeria and is time for him to leave the political center stage for good - as I have noted earlier, Obasanjo is one the problems of Nigeria; in fact, he created most of Nigeria's problems. He thinks he is the owner of Nigeria and will continue to call the shot forever. He must have told his daughter, Iyabo, in private, that nobody will rule Nigeria without his support, for the lady to come out and publicly lambasted her father, some years ago, telling him that he's not the owner of Nigeria.

Obasanjo has been the chooser of all the civilian presidents Nigeria has had, and he thinks it will continue that way for eternity. He put Shehu Shagari as president in 1979; Obasanjo handpicked and helped elect Shehu Musa Yar'Adua as president in 2007, even though he knew his health wouldn't sustain him in office; Obasanjo helped in making Goodluck Jonathan president, after the death of Yar'Adua; and Obasanjo helped in putting Nigeria in this current jam, by supporting Buhari in 2015. Now he wants Buhari out, and has called for a third force that could counter the influence of both the APC and PDP.

Let me tell you why Obasanjo is Nigeria's problem today. As a military head of state, he conducted an election in 1979, and it was alleged that Obafemi Awolowo, his own tribal man, won that election, but Obasanjo, due to a personal grievance he had against Awolowo for refusing him scholarship, which Abiola received, when the late sage was the Premier of the Western Region, decided to declare Shehu Shagari the winner of that presidential election, and handed over power to him (Shagari). If Awolowo was allowed the mandate given to him by the Nigerian people in 1979, Nigeria would have been a better place by now. Awolowo would have put Nigeria in a better shape; I have no doubt that he would have restructured Nigeria, and all these recurring problems would have faded away by now.

To be concluded!

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