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Sucker Punch: Ten Provocative Demands from Dr. Okonjo-Iweala to President Jonathan – By Churchill Okonkwo

By Churchill Okonkwo | NNP | Dec. 14, 2012 – A rare good news for Nigerians: two prominent Nigerians made the list of the “100 Top Global Thinkers of 2012” according to Foreign Policy magazine. They are Prof. Chinua Achebe,
for “forcing Africa to confront its demons” and Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, for
“showing Africa how to break the resource curse.” While the inclusion of Chinua
Achebe is welcome without hesitation, the inclusion of Dr. Okonjo-Iweala vis-a-vis
the record monumental corruption in the Nigerian oil and gas sector may raise some

While I agree with Dr. Okonjo-Iweala on the concept
of oil subsidy removal, I disagree with her on the roadmap. While Dr.
Okonjo-Iweala believes that our resource curse will be reversed by simply
removing subsidy, I believe that corruption and corrupt practices in Nigerian
oil industry remains the main problem and as such, should be the starting

Of what use is oil subsidy removal for a government that cannot account to its crude oil production(with a fifth of our crude oil
stolen), running an inefficient and oversized NNPC with dilapidated refineries?
Of what use is oil subsidy removal in a country that spends over 70% of its
budget on recurrent-expenditure, servicing bogus and extravagant lifestyle of
the executive and legislative arms of government? Has Dr. Okonjo-Iweala learnt
anything from the present subsidy scam with President Jonathan’s unwillingness
to prosecute the likes of Otedola and co that financed his campaign?

I sincerely hope by now that Dr. Okonjo-Iweala has realized that she is being used by the GEJ
administration as a camouflage while confusion and corruption reigns. To truly succeed
in helping Nigeria overcome the oil curse and corruption, Dr. Okonjo-Iweala
must force President Goodluck Jonathan to confront the demons in his (himself)
administration. To help her, I came up with ten provocative demands she should
confront Jonathan with.

  1. Dr. Okonjo-Iweala should bluntly tell
    Dr. Jonathan that he is not just incompetent but that he is impotent in
    fighting corruption in Nigeria. She should thus advise him to honorably resign.
    We know President Jonathan will not resign so, she has to demand a pragmatic
    approach to tackling corruption with this second demand;
  2. Paraphrasing Benjamin Netanyahu, Dr. Okonjo-Iweala
    should bluntly tell Dr. Jonathan that the fight against corruption in Nigeria
    should not be fought with Diezani Alison-Madueke on his laps but with a
    rocket-propelled grenade between his teeth.  She should tell President Jonathan to stop his eyes from beholding and his concupiscence
    from coveting his concupiscible and corrupt mistress at NNPC.
  3. Dr. Okonjo-Iweala should bluntly tell
    Dr. Jonathan that Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke must be removed as the Petroleum
    Minister as a condition for her continued involvement with the establishment of
    the sovereign wealth fund to manage our oil riches
  4. Dr. Okonjo-Iweala should then admit to
    Dr. Jonathan that she was wrong with her approach to tackling the endemic
    corruption in the oil sector through subsidy removal. She should then tell him
    that all our refineries must be sold out rightly, the management and board of
    NNPC sacked and restructured as a pre-condition to future subsidy removal
  5. Dr. Okonjo-Iweala should bluntly tell
    Dr. Jonathan that EFCC as currently constituted and empowered is not effective
    because of the obstructive interference from him, through his Attorney General
    Adoke. She should therefore go ahead and ask him to sack Adoke and appoint
    someone that will not only assist EFCC in fighting corruption in Nigeria but
    one that will ensure that corrupt judges are not rewarded by appointment to
    Supreme Court and federal high courts.
  6. In the words of Chinua Achebe, Dr. Okonjo-Iweala
    should bluntly tell Dr. Jonathan that he has surrounded himself with corrupt
    “Politicians with plenty of money and very low IQ.”She should remind Mr.
    President that money
    without brains is dangerous. She should ask him what he is doing with second-rate
    friends including Dr. Doyin Okupe
    and Tony Anenih. She should remind him that since the start of the oil
    boom in the 70s, we’ve had all the money, but unfortunately not the brains to
    take the country in the right direction.
  7. With her mouth closed, Dr. Okonjo-Iweala
    should shout to Dr. Jonathan’s hearing that the few smart people he appointed
    to work with him are intellectually lazy (including herself and Dr. Abati). With
    her gaze firmly resting on Mr. President’s nostrils, she should tell him that
    there is little excuse for obviously well paid and well educated professionals to
    be deceiving themselves and those around them that Nigeria is being moved in
    the right direction by this administration.
  8. Dr. Okonjo-Iweala should bluntly tell
    Dr. Jonathan that he is a diet of underdone roasted yam and owner of the
    trumpet of misery and deceit
  9. Dr. Okonjo-Iweala should bluntly tell
    Dr. Jonathan that he is an epitome of a school master that cannot read nor
    write. Dr. Okonjo-Iweala should tell Mr. President that she sometimes wondered
    how he managed to engage his students in critical problem solving in designing
    research as a professor. She should then pick a piece of paper, write this down
    and hand it to Mr. President:  “I’m afraid
    Mr. President, but you are a
    model of foolish consistency.”

10. Finally, Okonjo-Iweala should advise Dr.
Jonathan not to run for office in 2015 if he has ever cared for Nigeria in his
adult life. She should quietly tell him that he is dumb and does not possess
the leadership qualities needed to take Nigeria to where we should be heading
to. She can simply convince him by reminding him that his administration has been not just one of poor moral
level of leadership and competence, but also one with blurred vision.
Vision blurred by corruption, intellectual dullness and moral depravity.

Then Dr. Okonjo-Iweala should turn in her resignation, tell Jonathan to call her when demands 2 – 10 are met, quietly go
home and think. Between oil subsidy removal and addressing the oil theft and
government-assisted corruption in the oil sector, she should take time and
think about what should come first. Critical thinking, that’s what “Global
Thinkers” do.

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