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Hakeem Babalola – New Nigerian Politics http://newnigerianpolitics.com A New kind of Politics Thu, 09 Apr 2020 17:37:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.16 http://newnigerianpolitics.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/logo_new_draft_April23_NNP-50x50.jpg Hakeem Babalola – New Nigerian Politics http://newnigerianpolitics.com 32 32 Nigeria @ 56: Celebrate or Go Hang Yourself – By Hakeem Babalola http://newnigerianpolitics.com/2016/10/01/nigeria-56-celebrate-or-go-hang-yourself-by-hakeem-babalola/ http://newnigerianpolitics.com/2016/10/01/nigeria-56-celebrate-or-go-hang-yourself-by-hakeem-babalola/#respond Sun, 02 Oct 2016 01:47:45 +0000 http://newnigerianpolitics.com/?p=46891 By Hakeem Babalola | Budapest, Hungary | Oct. 1, 2016 – Bi o san ko san olorun ma fi were dan mi wo (Whether it can be cured or not, oh Lord, I reject the affliction of madness). There is too much madness in Nigeria. Nigeria is mad. Nigerians are mad. But Nigeria must celebrate and Nigerians must celebrate with Nigeria on this occasion of its creation. If you care to know, some marriages of convenience even among humans are in fact becoming celebrated. 
Any Nigerian who refused to celebrate should be considered a threat to Nigeria and his or her citizenship revoked. Anyone – be it a critic or pseudo-critic screaming madness must be jailed or silenced.
There is time for every activity under the sun, or even heaven. It is time for Nigeria to celebrate its marriage – of convenience. Whatever “godfathers” have joined together, let no Nigerian put asunder. You dey hear me?
Just celebrate. The reason for the joyful moment does not matter. Please don’t question it. Just do the tango – of celebration.
If you’re a Nigerian and you refused to celebrate, consider yourself an enemy of this greatest nation on earth. Any Nigerian anywhere who criticises this joyful moment should be charged for felony. It is our time and it is our moment – to thank God for our survival; for our blissful matrimony.
56 years on Mother Earth. 56 years of struggle. Of tears and sorrow and suffering – unnecessary suffering! Forget about the agony in the land (Oh no which agony? Are not many Nigerians air board everyday aka Mr. Bayo Onanuga synthetic thinking) and join your oppressors to celebrate your enslavement. O ya, make una celebrate
Yes, October 1st in Nigeria is time to party – it is time to show affluence. This is not the time to reflect. Nigerians simply don’t need any kind of reflection. What reflection does anyone who has it all need? Celebrate joo or go hang yourself.
Anyone acting holier than thou and, or making any trouble to quench the joyful moment will find him/herself to blame. Any protest, any demonstration of craziness shall be met with decree 2 of yore. The law shall be backdated to teach trouble makers a lesson. You dey hear? Sing and dancejoo or go hang yourself.
You have reasons to express joy on your mother’s birthday. Oh please don’t lament about the fact that your mama is a veteran witch (Ogbologbo Aje). Stop that cry of sorrow and grief; after all a mother is a mother is a mother. Celebrate o jare or go hang yourself
Don’t betray yourself by not celebrating this wonderful moment – Nigeria @ 56. Listen mybrother my sister, you screamed a change and you got a change. At least you got your wish. It’s party time today and forever more. Isn’t there change every corner of Nigeria today? So why won’t you celebrate.
You must celebrate because the change starts from you. Or you don’t hear me? En, it begins withyou gangan. Mi o gbo – I can’t hear you. I say make una go hang yourself if you don’t want to celebrate the change you chew like kola-nut.
Celebrate because your oppressors (local and federal chairman/woman, your governor, minister, senate, president) have stopped travelling overseas to treat even common cold.
Celebrate because government officials are now making sacrifices. For example they have stopped sending their children abroad for further studies.
Celebrate because I hear say you’re now accessible to constant electricity, adequate drinkable water, good roads, well equipped hospitals and schools, prompt payment of salaries to doctors, teachers and of course pensioners are not dying anymore on the queue to get what belongs to them! 
Celebrate because past rulers who has and still destroying your life has repented and now showing remorse.
Celebrate because the reasons for Biafra agitation is no more there
Celebrate because the police are now your friends and have stopped taking bribes on the road
Celebrate because those press boys and girls have stopped collecting the so-called brown envelope.
Celebrate because our so-called intellectuals are no more sycophants – they have gotten their groove back.
Celebrate because parents have stopped cheating on behalf of their children.
Celebrate because a new focused political party has been formed.
Yes celebrate because your polithievians or politicians – whichever preferred – have adopted modest life-styles
Celebrate because your pastors, imams, alufas, have realised that legalistic tithing is not compulsory after all.
Celebrate because the madness in the country is now dissipating… 
Celebrate because the dollar you purchased at N7.82 in June 1990 is now N465 or so
As for those Nigerians in the Diaspora, let them swing their body to the sonorous sound of October 1st. Let them put on their best attire and swim across the Danube; dance and climb the Status of Liberty – to showcase the joy of a nation in progress; visit the Ivory Tower or pay the Queen a courtesy visit to remind her of a marriage of convenience she had solemnised
Let Nigerians in the street of Amsterdam or Berlin or Stockholm or Vienna or Sydney or Budapest blow their trumpet and rejoice for escaping abundance in their own land. Let them celebrate by poking fun. Let them celebrate the glee of freedom they enjoy in white woman’s land.
Let them fly Sunny Ade or any of those amuludun (entertainers) to thrill the occasion in their adopted countries, where comfort has blinded them. Let them celebrate this memorable day that sticks to mind like a nightmare. Let Americans and Europeans of Nigerian descent invent cultural links or mundane things as a pretext for celebration.
If you no go sing and dance and celebrate, na you sabi and I repeat go hang yourself or evenxxxxxxx
If you know other reasons why Nigerians should celebrate the Independence, please let me know
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Muhammadu, Am I Fantastically Corrupt? By Hakeem Babalola http://newnigerianpolitics.com/2016/05/16/muhammadu-am-i-fantastically-corrupt-by-hakeem-babalola/ http://newnigerianpolitics.com/2016/05/16/muhammadu-am-i-fantastically-corrupt-by-hakeem-babalola/#respond Tue, 17 May 2016 00:51:54 +0000 http://newnigerianpolitics.com/?p=45588 hakeembabalola

By Hakeem Babalola | Budapest, Hungary | May 16, 2016 – They now say I am fantastically corrupt. Is this true or not? Fantastically corrupt! I know I am corrupt, but am I fantastically corrupt? Are they right to say I am fantastically corrupt? Even if I am fantastically corrupt, is it right for my eldest son to agree with them? Is it right for my ducky son to go to Igilandi (na wood we dey gather together) to shame me to the world?

Corrupt yes, my children at the helm of my affairs are corrupt, but fantastically corrupt? I think Muhammadu my son shouldn’t have agreed – to David’s choice of word.  Does Muhammadu hate me that much? Whose interest is he serving? Is this not the same Muhammadu who once said that Sani, my other lunatic son did not steal my wealth? Double talk?

Common, I do know about what they call diplomacy. Why did he choose not to be diplomatic! How can a thief call you a thief and all you could say is yes, it is true.  Why should someone who assist you in thieving call you a thief in front of the world and all you could do is accept his fantastically corrupt verdict.

Muhammadu should have replied David: No be your great-great grandfathers taught us how to be fantastically corrupt! No be Igilandi we dey carry all the corrupt money go? So who be fantastically corrupt?

This Muhammadu is not smart at all. If na my other ducky son – Hum, if na Segun, my only Sege.  Baba Iyabo fun ra e. Omo buruku fun ra e. Brutal as he is, arrogant as Segun is, even dishonest and cocky as Segun is, he won’t be so silly. No, Segun won’t be so devoid of wisdom and good sense as not to know the effective way of protecting my image in the comity of nations.

Does Muhammadu love himself more than the family? What is he trying to portray? What is he trying to prove? That he is the only righteous Nigerian around?  Otherwise he should have reminded David or what is he call again. He should have reminded them that it is they that started corruption – whether fantastically or not.

This is a lesson to all my children around the globe. You don’t need to prove anything to anybody. You don’t need to defend anything. Let them say whatever they want. But never feel guilty. Anytime they come as righteous, just tell them the history of corruption. Because it actually comes and starts from them. Fantastically corrupt, hehe.

Muhammadu should have known better than let David got away with such loud and confused and empty talk. Because that is what it is. Honestly, my son shouldn’t have said much. All he should have done is remind David about his antecedent. How it all began.

Oh, Muhammadu, why do you hate me so much because you want to prove self righteousness? I wouldn’t even mind if “fantastically corrupt” is said by an upright fellow and not hypocrite like David and his antecedent.

Muhammadu, were you not managing my affairs when Umaru Dikko and other prodigal children took and squandered my wealth in the same Igilandi? Were you not the one who wanted to smuggle them home before the yeye David’s blood family foiled the attempt? You should have known better. And you should have reminded David. And that’s where you goofed. You should have talked true to that yeye David.  But instead you allowed your hatred to cloud your reasoning. Muhammadu, do you really love me? Do you really love your siblings?

Muhammadu, have you changed? What are you afraid of? Why did you allow little David to define your mother? Why do you allow your enemy to be your spokesperson? Why do you allow the wish of the enemy to be your wish?

Another lesson for all my children around the globe is this: Never let anyone define you. How could you allow someone who is as guilty as you proclaim you guilty and all you could say is yes? No, don’t let them define you.

Muhammadu, what was in your mind when that good-for -nothing reporter asked you this question: Is your mama fantastically corrupt and you answered yes. What exactly was in your mind? Honestly it was a perfect opportunity for you to talk true to the world. It was a Divined moment to tell the world the hypocrisy of the British government.

But your self-hatred, your self-righteousness took hold of you and you missed the opportunity to tell it as it is. You want them to see you as Mr. Clean to the detriment of your siblings. And so you left the truth out.

When that Iya Agba reporter asked your reaction about David calling your mama fantastically corrupt and you said “Well, he’s been honest about it. He’s talking about what he knows. I can’t fault him about it”

No, he was not being honest but ridiculing you and your people – unnecessarily. How many times have you or your siblings talk about Briatain like that? And let me tell you this: The yeye man will soon apologise, but I tell you, his apology won’t be a sincere one. Take it from me. I know their type.

Muhammadu listen to me. Britain is as corrupt as Nigeria. Well, may be in different ways. The different perhaps is the legal system. And I am not here defending myself. It is just the way it is.

Oh, Muhammadu, you should have told that winking David the truth nothing but the truth. Mr. David Elenugboro (basket mouth) why is it that it is Igilandi which received all the corrupt money? Oh I see. You’re being diplomatic! Abi? How I wished you talked true to this David Basketmouth. Muhammadu, were you timid?

You should have told them that they looted Nigeria dry. All our money was taken to Igilandi. So why did they allow Nigerian thieves in their country? Yes Nigeria is corrupt, but they must stop abetting Nigerian criminals who keep banking our money with them.

Ah Muhammadu, abi you don forget say the way you call your calabash na so dem go help you call am. Fantastically corrupt? Yes Britain is fantastically corrupt. Na me talk am. Period.

 

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Nigerian Intellectuals: A Rotten knowledge – By Hakeem Babalola http://newnigerianpolitics.com/2015/02/13/nigerian-intellectuals-a-rotten-knowledge-by-hakeem-babalola/ http://newnigerianpolitics.com/2015/02/13/nigerian-intellectuals-a-rotten-knowledge-by-hakeem-babalola/#respond Fri, 13 Feb 2015 16:34:45 +0000 http://newnigerianpolitics.com/?p=40364
By Hakeem Babalola | Budapest, Hungary | Feb. 13, 2015 – The ability to understand and deal with ideas and information is needed in life. I repeat: the ability to understand, learn, and think things out quickly is the hallmark of doing a task successfully and without wasting time or energy. 
 
So when the most educated people in a country (especially those in the arts, philosophy, and politics) lack the ability to understand, learn, and think things out quickly; often the result is time and energy wasting. This is sad because a country can barely do anything without the active and genuine contribution from its intelligentsia. 
 
Nigeria. Its intellectual class has not been able to understand and master its roles in nation building. They have succeeded only in using academic sophistry to confuse the society placed upon their shoulders.
 
They state their opinions as if they are the only correct ones and nobody could possibly argue against them. They express ideas and facts about Nigeria, but have not understood what lies beneath.
 
They engage in loud and confuse and empty talk. Their contribution has been a rhetoric masking vicious exploitation. They organize a series of talks intended not to edify but to entertain and flaunt. It seems to me that none of them can escape the tag price on their foreheads. It is just a matter of time. 
 
In every election they just pontificate. They always scream yet we hear nothing. They have mastered the art of inviting every regime. Thus every regime is always worse than its predecessor. And they usually express it with the pride of locust. 
 
In order to get rid of one regime, they often blindly invite any regime – whether good or bad; vision or no vision. Everything crumbles before their very eyes yet they offer grammar as the solution. They always wage war they have no intention to finish. They just want to show off; they just want to regurgitate. And this is where we are today. What a rotten knowledge!
 
How could they that call themselves intellectuals be surprised at the sorry state of the nation! How could they that call themselves the giants – of knowledge – not know there’s no choice where there’s no choice. It is as simple as that.  
 
They always focus too much on the closing door that they often miss the door about to open. What is their agenda? Whose interest are they serving? What is wrong with our intellectual class? 
 
From the beginning, they have participated in the affairs of Nigeria so much that one could say they are part and parcel of the rotten system. What is wrong with them? Where is their intellect? And what are they using it for?
 
But I tell you. This election has exposed them further – for who they are. They are making it difficult for people to think clearly. It is not an insult to describe them as being in a state of mental confusion. They are making it difficult for the masses to know exactly what they should do.  
 
One of the giants – of intellect – recently wrote an epistle titled, “The challenge of change – A burden of choice”. In the essay, the giant tacitly endorses one of the two  “giants” candidates. And for him, that is the burden. What burden, I ask! 
 
O yes, they have deliberately centered this election on two “giants” candidates as if there’s no other candidates; at least to lessen whatever burden in place. 
 
To lessen the burden of choice, why not put your weight and might behind any of the other presidential candidates to give Nigerians a real alternative. And this I believe should be the issue of discussion right now. I mean since the election is not about the candidates, but about Nigeria. Oh no, the bigger the name, the bigger the ego.
 
Interestingly but not surprisingly, each of them always argue well in favor of their choice – their preferred candidate. And I say it is part of the confusion. I ask again, what exactly motivates our intellectual class?
 
They portray every election as an opportunity to move forward, but their utterances and actions lean toward backwardness. They say it is time to choose without any choice. They help limit our choice to the same side of coins. They use their mental resources to deceive, and especially to show off. 
 
Nigerians in general should stop looking for a change anyhow. They should stop playing in the hands of our intellectuals who are themselves confused and have no clue about the next step. Nigerians should stop saying something like this: “If we miss the change now, Nigeria as a nation shall be history”. It is a threat, and for me, it carries no weight anymore. 
 
Haven’t we heard this many times? Yet Nigeria remains today. Heaven has not fallen. Making fuss about everything. Of course, it’s part of the ploy – to confuse us the more. 
 
The way I see it? There’s nothing left for the edification of the illiterate peasants with whom the intelligentsia has nothing in common. 
 
First of all therefore, let them make themselves into a better person. Let them find their intellect not for the sake of the two giant candidates, but for the shake of their children’s children. There lies the tormenting issue.
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U-17 World Cup: If Boys Aren’t Men, Nigeria Shall Rule the World – By Hakeem Babalola http://newnigerianpolitics.com/2013/11/18/u-17-world-cup-if-boys-arent-men-nigeria-shall-rule-the-world-by-hakeem-babalola/ http://newnigerianpolitics.com/2013/11/18/u-17-world-cup-if-boys-arent-men-nigeria-shall-rule-the-world-by-hakeem-babalola/#respond Mon, 18 Nov 2013 14:34:45 +0000 http://newnigerianpolitics.com/?p=33546

By Hakeem Babalola | Budapest, Hungary | Nov. 18, 2013 – I have followed the FIFA U-17 World Cup United Arab Emirates with much enthusiasm and calmness of the mind.

As African, I always want African teams to excel; and as Nigerian, I definitely love Nigeria to “super-excel”. I like good football but whenever my country participates in any tournament, I wear my emotion like the cedar of Lebanon. Nigeria must win…Africa must win…Nigeria must win…Africa must win…Nigeria must win…Africa must win…

I don’t think I have any apology for the bread and butter somesthesia, a feeling that has outgrown itself. And of course it is in this parameter that I followed this tournament of youthful stars worldwide – stage by stage.

O gosh, I have since known that football is not mathematics; and that’s one of the reasons I like this game. For me it is the most glamorous game in the world. It is the game that radiates lights even though some disgruntled elements are constantly possessed with demons of hatred which will eventually engulf them. Amen.

Perhaps not many football analysts picked Group F as the group of death: Nigeria (now 4-time winner), Mexico (the defending champion), Sweden and Iraq. We now know better. It is the only group that has three teams in the second phase of the competition. FIFA.com puts it succinctly in its headline: “Group F Trio Reunited in Final Four”.
Beloved, the caption says it all. My dear country not only topped the group of death but went on to defeat Uruguay by 2-0 to reach another semi-final. The Trio of group F eventually won gold, silver and bronze. What a tournament and what a group. As far as I am concerned, Nigeria – Mexico opening match in which the former won by six goals to one is the most surprising result. Draw or a hard fought 1-0 would have been more appropriate if football were mathematics.Nigeria drew with Sweden 3-3 and beat Iraq 4-1. Sweden lost to Mexico by 2-1 while Mexico defeated Iraq by 3-1

See, Sweden had tested and provoked the Golden Eaglets’ ability by scoring two goals ahead of these wonderful kids whom Gyan has prophesied could one day become stars. There’s no question about the Ghanaian star’s assertion. 

Listen, any team capable of winning important matches; and or could come from behind to beat opponent is worthy of note. A team that can defeat Mexico which beat Brazil by that margin of goals has a future. Any team that has many goal scorers, and can successfully hold and control the game is worth giving a chance. A team that can beat Mexico twice (6-0 in the opening match and 3-0 in the final) is worth celebrating and is worth grooming to the next level.

Statistically the Golden Eaglets, scored an average of 4.5 goals per game in their first four matches. They lead with 26 goals and 5 against. These boys are superb and they would excel in football, but only if they are boys and not men. 

The boys and their games are simply delightful; joyful to watch. Swedish coach, Roland Larsson, simply described the Golden Eaglets as unbelievable lads who play good attacking football.  

Sunday Oliseh, member of FIFA’s Technical Study Group (TSG), has this to say: “What’s particularly stood out for me is the way that most sides really play as a team”. The former Super Eagles captain believes there’s positive development in the tournament mainly because “every player is motivated and disciplined which is unusual in this age category”.

To me, some of the boys look older than 17. Not only on the Nigerian side but virtually every country. I might be wrong. We should however not forget the Okochas, Kanus, Taribos who quit when they suppose to be at the height of their football career.  And that’s my concern – the bottom line of this headline. My point is that if these boys aren’t men, then we should expect greater things from them. Their talent must not be wasted.

Talking about age, Vanguard reported that bitter losers Uruguay cried foul over their 2-0 quarter final loss to the Eaglets, saying the Eaglets are more like Eagles! Meaning they are above the U-17 age of the FIFA World Cup. Iran also shares the same sentiments, accusing the Nigerians of not being teenagers.

However, President of the Confederation of African Football, Alhaji Issa Hayatou, described the Golden Eaglets as super, saying “the boys are excellent”.

Time will definitely tell. But isn’t there a way FIFA can approach and finally solve the problem of over-age in such competition? I mean that the process in which no one will be able to doubt such issue as important as age in any youth competition. 

That apart, in an era in which football has become politics and money and power, Nigeria may one day rule the world – of men football. Hen, go ahead and correct me if I am making sense.

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Pictures: Charity Marks Nigeria’s Anniversary in Budapest http://newnigerianpolitics.com/2012/10/04/pictures-charity-marks-nigeria%e2%80%99s-anniversary-in-budapest/ http://newnigerianpolitics.com/2012/10/04/pictures-charity-marks-nigeria%e2%80%99s-anniversary-in-budapest/#respond Fri, 05 Oct 2012 04:46:10 +0000 http://newnigerianpolitics.com/?p=25458 By Hakeem Babalola, Budapest, Hungary

The Embassy of Nigeria in Budapest celebrated the country’s 52nd Independence Day with a visit to two social institutions in that country.

The gesture, described as part of “a practical expression to bring the two countries and their people closer”, is the first of its kind by the embassy since opening in 1992 after twenty-eight years of Diplomatic relations between Nigeria and Hungary.  

 At the Elderly People’s Home, Nigerian ambassador to Hungary, Chief Eddy Onuoha, told local reporters the event was a special way to foster better relationship between the two countries.

Onuoha, who is the 6th Nigerian ambassador to Hungary, hinted that the embassy has intention to do more things in this Danube area which would further facilitate mutual understanding.

Describing his people as perhaps the most hospitable in the world who like strangers, the ambassador stated that the government knows we are here, but “we also want the people to know we are here”.

Onuoha, who is yet to present his credentials to the Hungarian government, noted that raising successful children should be the priority of any right thinking parents. He added that no mater how rich a parent is, if such parents fail to help prepare their children against the life obstacles, then it is outright failure.

He therefore enjoined parents to give their best to their children in order to perfect skills which would enhance the young ones to succeed academically.

The visit seems to electrify the senior citizens as most of them – even with walking wheel – danced to the “uncustomary” visit with their faces wreathed in smiles.

However, the situation at the Children’s Home appeared more interesting as the kids whose ages fall between 8 and 20 mingled freely with their visitors. They smiled their thanks with curiosity, questions, jokes, dance and what could be described as genuine appreciation.

Similarly, the directors of both social institutions expressed their gratitude. Barta Zsolt of Elderly Home described the occasion as extra-ordinary way to start work at the institution. Feséregyháziné Girtler Andrea of Children’s Home simply said, “It is a day these children will never forget”.

While Majoros Lajos, 10, kept asking where the gifts come from; Németh Zsuzsi, 14 read a brief History of Nigeria. She described Nigeria as the art of music in Africa.

And indeed, the trio of Foluke, Lanre and Remi combined voice sonorous with an elegant beating of conga and talking drum to drive Miss Németh’s point home.

The elderly got a flat screen television and the children got a tent, trampoline and scooters which was unpacked immediately for onward use.

 

 

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TV2’s False Report About Nigerians in Hungary – Hakeem Babalola http://newnigerianpolitics.com/2012/05/14/tv2s-false-report-about-nigerians-in-hungary-hakeem-babalola/ http://newnigerianpolitics.com/2012/05/14/tv2s-false-report-about-nigerians-in-hungary-hakeem-babalola/#respond Mon, 14 May 2012 12:23:08 +0000 http://newnigerianpolitics.com/?p=20938 By Hakeem Babalola | Budapest, Hungary | May 14, 2012 – I think I should start by saying this: Nothing makes me proud than seeing my country and its appointed representatives doing the right thing regarding our welfare. 

The recent false report by the Hungarian TV2 concerning Nigerian citizens is worth commenting on; and the appropriate response by our representatives is commendable.

The Embassy of the Republic of Nigeria, Budapest had requested TV2 to correct the error that the Nigerian nationals were alleged to be culprits of a drug and rape case involving two female Hungarian minors.

Gone were the days when no one seem concerned about this kind of reports talk less of requesting for a correction.

According to the embassy, it was revealed by the Hungarian Police that it was not Nigerian nationals that committed the crime.

Yet TV2 went to town and reported in its programme titled “Tények” (Facts) that Nigerian nationals actually committed the crime.

If a programme named Facts then goes on to report False, then I felt constrained to submit that something is amiss; that a game is being played somewhere. Correct me if I am right.

Responding to the embassy’s request however, TV2 acknowledged its “mistake” and thus promised to correct it; and with assurance that it was not intentional to portray Nigerian citizens as criminals. 

“While expressing our regret,” reads a letter signed by TV2 Programme Manager, Péter Kiss. “We wish to assure your Excellency that the television did not have any intention to negatively portray the Nigerian citizens as such”. 

TV2 management confirmed the correction, saying it was broadcasted on April 6 on the same programme Tények where it was stated that the suspects – after all – were not Nigerians.

Good, but apparently the deed has been done. Sure we all make mistake, and we all commit error one way or the other. The greater problem lies in when people or organisations believe they are two big to apologise – for any error committed.

In my humble opinion, the false report against the citizens of the most populous African nation living in Hungary is indeed a blessing in disguise. Of course not many people will agree with me in this regard.

TV2 may or may not have the intention to portray us as criminals, but obviously it acted in haste. Even if TV2’s false report is an innocent error, at least every right thinking person can now discern and, or see that not all negative reports about Nigerians and Africans in general are original, true or genuine. 

TV2’s error may help us enlighten ordinary Hungarians; even authorities that not all Nigerians/Africans in this beautiful country are criminals. And indeed, not all Hungarians are innocents.

We have doctors. We have lawyers. We have economists. We have communicators. We have teachers. We have Human Rights activists and so on, yet Hungarian media would rather appoint a certain jester as our spokesperson in the affairs concerning Africa. 

Whilst I am not condoning crime, it is pertinent to note that crime is as old as the universe itself. A few bad eggs cannot be made to represent the whole. Let the king cut only the finger that steals; and let the king tarry a little and spare those fingers that never touch the loot.

One cannot but sympathise with the victims of this dastardly act as well as the falsely accused Nigerians. For the former it is the mental and physical torture; and for the latter it is the disgrace and the innocent shame. 

That’s why it is significant for the media to always cross check and cross check before going to town. It is understatement to say that the media is powerful and influential.

Coincidentally, I recently had a presentation at Utrecht University, Netherlands on the topic “Tuning in to Diversity… Thinking Forward” where I was privileged to speak about giving migrants a voice. The world media conference organised by MIRA MEDIA among other things aims to find solution to the media negative framing about migrants.

While we are not teaching TV2 and other powerful entities their job, we employ them to always verify information, especially in this type of magnitude report that involves the image of a country and its people.

We are watching…

 

 

 

 

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Subsiding Fraud, Lies and Blood – By Hakeem Babalola http://newnigerianpolitics.com/2012/01/15/subsiding-fraud-lies-and-blood-by-hakeem-babalola/ http://newnigerianpolitics.com/2012/01/15/subsiding-fraud-lies-and-blood-by-hakeem-babalola/#respond Sun, 15 Jan 2012 14:31:46 +0000 http://newnigerianpolitics.com/?p=16783 By Hakeem Babalola, Budapest, Hungary, Jan. 15, 2012 – Certain things make a government a government. Trust, sensitivity and timing are three attributes any worthy government should possess. Even an unworthy government must strife and probably endure the pain – of possessing TST. A government without TST is like committing a sin of rebellion.

Notice that I do not mention being nice as a characteristic of a government. This is simply because leadership is not about being nice but doing the right thing. Most often governments do things right without necessarily doing the right thing. And this invariably brings collapse – of distrust.

If the governed mistrust their leaders, there’s problem. If the governed sense a certain degree of unwillingness in their leaders, there’s trouble. No amount of pacification would lead to solution in a bloody situation where the leaders are known for insincerity – and that of purpose

Though callous, the removal of the so-called oil subsidy would not have troubled the citizens if there’s trust between the rulers and the ruled. A government that lies its way into the hearts of people remains unpopular, and no amount of political or religious propaganda can change the situation.

 

Every Nigerian government including the present one has diabolically established itself as a cabal of dishonest politicians. No government in Nigeria has been able to possess the three qualities; and this of course is the bone of contention which I believe we should be fighting – at all times.

Now Mr. Jonathan Goodluck’s administration had set the removal of the oil subsidy for April this year, but suddenly changed it to January 1st – the most vulnerable day of the year in my opinion. The first question is why the sudden change in the calendar – of oil subsidy removal?

Which high-ranking General instigated the removal? Which untouchable cabal prompted the removal? Which Imam or Pastor or Prophet prophesied that the removal of oil subsidy is the beginning of salvation – for Nigerian citizens? Or is it the governors or ministers or advisers or local chairman that incited the removal? Or is it that notorious World Bank or IMF? Let them voice out. We want to know

 

And this is at a time when the executive are reported to be spending millions of naira on snacks alone. This is at a time when it is being reported that billions of naira is being spent on furniture. I think it is improper to be talking of sacrifice from the masses while the rulers are tucking money in their cheeks and stomachs.

 

Well, if Mr. President considers the removal inevitable, then why not put something in place that would alleviate the suffering of his people? Even my mother, a market woman knows that any policy to remove oil subsidy will instantly bring street hardship no matter how good the end result. Obviously Jonathan Goodluck’s PDP administration has failed in this regard.

 

However, failing in the ability to possess the three attributes does not call for Jonathan’s removal as being agitated in certain quarters. It is not about Jonathan rather it is about all of us. It seems we have lost it – both the rulers and the ruled. Even the so-called fourth estate of realm has lost it. Almost all of us are subsidising fraud and blood…fraud and blood. Who is going to take over? These politicians are all the same.

 

This thing called oil subsidy removal has become insensitive policy being regularly toyed with by different governments thereby playing in the hands of racketeers. It is difficult for me to believe that the present government does not know who the oil racketeers are. Why not deal with them? Or are they untouchable?

 

If so, we’ve got to change the present system in which certain racketeers are regarded as untouchable.  It is deceit as well as hypocrisy for Mr. President to remove the subsidy while the oil cabal continue to laugh to the bank.

In the year 1986, that fellow proposed to increase fuel price meaning the removal of oil subsidy. Another fellow, the one who passed the baton to the late Yar’Adua, also removed oil subsidy in his final moment as Nigerian ruler. He gave the same excuse such that removal would bring long term gain.

Since the removal of oil subsidy by these opportunist Generals, what has Nigeria gained? Has the oil subsidy removal constructed good roads; or has it led to the adequate supply of drinkable water? Or has it brought constant supply of electricity? Or has it built well-equipped hospitals? Or has it accelerated the quality of our dying education?

 

Fuel subsidy may be a waste as argued by some people who passionately believe its removal has numerous benefits. They cited the following as the long term gain

 

1. Gainful employment opportunities.
2. Increase in taxable revenue to the Government. E.g. vat income tax.
3. Conservation of Nigeria’s foreign exchange reserve.
4. Eradication of fuel importation in the long run.
5. Technology transfer.
6. Strong economic growth.
7. Stability in the value of the Naira.
8. Growth of other industries such as petrol chemicals and logistics.

This school of thought would go further to say that Jonathan is doing the right thing which is unknown to most of us. They would argue that no investor will ever build a refinery in Nigeria until fuel subsidy is removed and the market deregulated. This, they say, is the bitter truth, adding that after four years, we will all come back and say a big thank you to Jonathan and his team like Okonja Iweala who also served under Obasanjo.

And truly Dr. Iwela explained the benefits to Nigerians: “Ghana did it…Brazil did it…This money will be used to improve delivery of services for the people. Let us put the money into areas that will facilitate production, such as provision of power supply, providing state-of-the-art hospitals, especially to curb the maternal mortality rate. Government would invest heavily in refineries, which will be sustained by private investors, as well as hydro power projects. This, including others, would create more jobs for our people,” she said.

 

However, madam finance expert forgot to explain to us why the oil subsidy removal has never yielded positive result ever since its implementation by the past governments. The truth is this: The factors that annihilated the efforts of past government are still there to thwart this administration’s effort. And that perhaps is the fear blooding around.

 

Talking about Ghana did it…Brazil did stuff. One should remind madam that perhaps in those countries there is accountability, and there is trust. There is vision and focus. That corruption is to its barest minimum…

 

Meanwhile, it is interesting that under Obasanjo it was reported that we spent 300 billion per year on this fuel subsidy. Under Mr. Goodluck Jonathan, it shot up to 1.3 trillion naira in the last one year alone. So how did it get so high in four years and what exactly is being subsidised with the extra one trillion naira?

 

Mr. Jonathan tried to portray himself as a ruler who is sensitive by quickly announcing the cut in the salaries of executive by 25%; and reduced foreign travels to the barest minimum. Of course it was a perfect time to demonstrate this sensitivity but, alas, Mr. President was reported to have attended South Africa’s 100 years of ruling party celebration. Thank God his spokesperson has refuted the story.

 

Cutting executive salaries if done in a genuine manner could be a meaningful way of apathy, but it appears to me that it is only paper solution; and whereas what we need is practical solution. Practical street solution is what we need right now. By the way, what of their allowances which perhaps weigh more than their salaries?

 

Goodluck Jonathan of course is like his predecessors. He is not different from OBJ, IBB, ABACHA, BUHARI AND CO. They are there only to protect their interest, while sucking the blood and wasting the lives of those sworn to take care of. I am sure Jonathan himself knows this, but for him, it is one of those things.

 

In fairness to Mr. President, he is not the issue but the system in place. Therefore, it is his time and no one should impeach him. He should be allowed to complete his term after which we should vote for another clueless one. We are addicted to their inept and authority stealing. Aren’t we?

 

This is our portion since we have allowed ourselves to be politically marooned on a tribal and religious desert island. Hearing comments from our so-called intellectuals has convinced me that everyone is fighting for him/herself. Most of us criticize in order to be recognised for ministerial or personal assistant posts. There is this fiery columnist, an opponent of the deregulation; and now as a spokesperson for the president, a backer of the policy.

 

What about this ferocious labour leader who for years opposed removal of fuel subsidy, but who has now in his capacity as a governor become one of its strongest advocates. I have the feeling that most of those who take to the street are doing so to be recognized and subsequently invited to chop. But to the genuine ones I doff my hat.

 

The metamorphosis of these two Nigerians is a testimony – of being human. “We get carried away sometimes, thinking we know people but the truth is humans are very unpredictable especially with money and power”, writes Margret in her Epiphany blog.

 

Trust is significance in this regard. Trust is a fine line between leaders and followers. Any leader who disregards the importance of trust has lost it and may only be wandering without reaching any particular destination.

 

But how can we believe anything these guys say after their boss had told lies saying, subsidy would not be removed until April; when he knew he was going to remove it on the 1st of January. Apparently this particular issue is not being handled as it supposed to be handled.

 

I don’t want to call Mr. President a lair but he has definitely put himself in a position in which it will be impossible for Nigerians to believe anything he says. Yes, a man is assessed by the worth of his words, his words no longer worth anything other than fraud and blood.  So, what the fraud are they subsidising?

 

As usual, it is the masses bearing the brunt. Jonathan, no matter how much he says he feels our pain, would not suffer as a result of subsidy removal. After all, his jets and that of his family are being fuelled at our expense.

 

Whatever his offence, do not impeach Jonathan Goodluck. Let him complete his term like his predecessors, otherwise we shall be forever accused of tribalism or whatever that has been in the dictionary of Nigerians from day one. Jonathan must not be shot. He must not be assassinated. He must be allowed to do his own thing and leave.

 

By the way, it is difficult to identify genuine protesters as it has all been hijacked and politicised. One Olorunsola Ola identifies three categories of protesters. According to him, there are people that have held Nigeria in penury for decades for selfish enrichment. The second are the ignorant fools being used as hand-tools by the subtle wealth-maniacs; while there are people that have been disappointed as a result of unfulfilled promise by the previous governments.

 

Moreover, I predict the protest will die down as usual in as much as the government has the right price for those who matter. Is it not one of the yeye Generals who proclaimed with the pride of a locus: “Every Nigerian has a price”?

 

And is this not happening before our eyes? Or have we changed? So what is your price Mr. Protester and Madam Protester? Just name it and you will soon be bought. And that is my fear. Subsidising fraud and blood…God dey sha…

 

 

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Ambassador Promises Welfare of Citizens Living in Hungary – By Hakeem Babalola http://newnigerianpolitics.com/2011/08/24/ambassador-promises-welfare-of-citizens-living-in-hungary-by-hakeem-babalola/ http://newnigerianpolitics.com/2011/08/24/ambassador-promises-welfare-of-citizens-living-in-hungary-by-hakeem-babalola/#respond Wed, 24 Aug 2011 15:52:04 +0000 http://newnigerianpolitics.com/?p=11998 By Hakeem Babalola, Budapest, Hungary – August 24, 2011 – The newly appointed Nigerian ambassador to Hungary, Mr. Charles Ononye, has promised Nigerians living in the country that their welfare is of the utmost importance – both to the embassy and the Nigerian government in general.

Ononye disclosed this and many other pressing issues during a cocktail held in celebration of the presentation of his Letters of Credence to the Hungarian president on August 18 at Hilton Hotel in Budapest District 1

Although the cocktail and the presentation of Letters of Credence were done separately, the new ambassador used the evening event to reach out to both Nigerian professionals as well as Hungarian experts whom he believed could lend helping hand in various sectors of the Nigerian economy which he described as the priority of Jonathan Goodluck’s administration.

“We are here specifically to take care of the interest of Nigerians,” he said, adding that there’s no need to physically present in Nigeria before making their presence felt.

Addressing the gathering, Ononye reminded Nigerians in Hungary that they are all ambassadors of Nigeria and that whatever they do impact on ‘our country positively or negatively’.

A career diplomat who has served his country in different capacity for almost 32 years, he stated further that his administration is ready to maintain an open door policy in line with Nigerian president’s plan to reach out to Nigerians wherever they are.

His words: “My officers cannot do it alone. We partner with you. You represent diverse professional sectors, so we need your services. So I urge you to keep in contact and we will keep in contact with you. It is a two-way traffic. Whatever in put you have, your ideas are always welcome. The instruction from Mr. President is very clear: Reach out to Nigerians; tap from them whatever resources they have. Whatever they can render to lift up our economy.″

In the same manner, the new ambassador enjoined the Hungarian private sector as well as experts to ’partner with us in the areas of energy, health, education, communication and water resources’.

However, Ononye regrettably admitted that Nigeria has problems of energy and infrastructural development especially what he called the “slow electric generation” which obviously affecting advancement in technology. But he quickly added that all hands must be on deck to tackle the energy sector which will invariably energise others.

Describing Hungary as the centre of excellence, he said that Hungary and Nigeria’s relationship should be strong and firm because there are many areas where the Hungarian private sectors can be useful to the economy of Nigeria.

Also describing his new position as a landmark in his diplomatic career, Ononye told the gathering that his administration definitely welcome constructive criticism as well as ideas and opinions that will contribute to the progress of Nigeria.

Meanwhile, African News Hungary asked some Nigerians to comment on the substance of the ambassador’s speech.

“The speech is good,” said Mr. Oluremi Durosaiye, Senior Corporate Relationship Manger at K & H Bank. However he pointed out that he had heard several good speeches not backed up with action, but hoped this one would be different.

In his own assessment, Dr. John Sessi, Managing Director FROMM Packaging System, explained that the new ambassador has the punch to deliver. He said that he based his remark on both the context of the speech as well as his brief interaction with him.

 “I think he has the best of intention,” he affirmed, adding that the ball is now on our court to do the follow up which would eventually facilitate the mutual relationship. 

Ononye who graduated from the University of Nsukka with 2nd class degree in Political Science in 1978, becomes the fifth Nigerian ambassador to Hungary since the embassy was opened in 1992 after twenty-eight years of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

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Jonathan & co: Swear them in by axe & cutlass – By Hakeem Babalola http://newnigerianpolitics.com/2011/05/30/jonathan-co-swear-them-in-by-axe-cutlass-by-hakeem-babalola/ http://newnigerianpolitics.com/2011/05/30/jonathan-co-swear-them-in-by-axe-cutlass-by-hakeem-babalola/#respond Tue, 31 May 2011 01:44:41 +0000 http://newnigerianpolitics.com/?p=9003 By Hakeem Babalola, Budapest, Hungary – May 30, 2011 – Ogun the god of iron! O’lomi nle f’eje we (he who has plenty of water to bath yet prefers blood).  O’laso nle f’imo kimo bora! Ogun l’akaiye Osinmole! Onile kangunkangun orun! I simply love Ogun’s oriki…

Nigerians in government are known for their total disregard of the rules that governed the conduct of governance. They have shown increasing disrespect for the forces of law and order. Even their holy bible and Quran have not been spared. To exaggerate a little bit, these polithiefians have no regard for God.   

Now that the elections have been won and lost, and it is about time to make the oath of office, I hereby advocate the need to swear-in the elected men and women by axe and cutlass and instead of the bible or Quran. 

Mocking God has become a new fashion. They steal and steal; they hold holy books and hold holy books. They go to holy places to mock God and the afflicted. They usually play fast one on God because He often forgives.

Many times they have solemnly promised to alleviate the suffering of their people and many times they have failed to fulfil such promise.

For example, the Operation Feed the Nation (OFN) initially designed in 1976-80 to increase local food production and thereby reduce imports has since collapsed. Today Nigeria imports even toothpicks. Goodluck Jonathan’s administration has recently increased the age limit of car that can be imported from 10 to 15 years. Nigeria has gradually become a dumping ground for goods made in other countries; even rice.

There was WAI (War Against Indiscipline) introduced in 1984 to instil public morality, discipline or social order, civic responsibilities and promoting Nigerian nationalism. Those who enacted the legislation were the first to break it when the late Tunde Idiagbon took his fourteen-year-old son to Mecca while the law states otherwise.

SAP nko? The Structural Adjustment Programme in 1986 was supposed to improve the standard of living. In retrospect it might just be as one of the numerous empty rhetoric, judging from the fact that the standard of living is getting worse – for the poor; even the rich.

It was NEEDS in 1999. The National Economic Empowerment and Development Strategy was expected to be an ambitious programme of home-grown economic reforms. Has our economic grown since then? It is a question that needs critical thinking.

There was Vision 2010 which has been changed to Vision 2020. Obviously it has been empty promises by different administrations. They usually come up with something but never pursue it to a meaningful end. 

And they are still there – at the corridor of power – promising and promising. And they are still there getting away with so many crimes including murder; including rape. And they are being hailed as the one to liberate the people. And they have supporters. Supporters? How come? Democracy? Or democrazy? Or demonstration of crazy? I am confused.

When some of them go to jail for stealing or killing, it is because they had offended someone more powerful rather than because of the offence committed. They would serve their terms albeit glorified prisoner; and as elections draw near they must be released in order to help win election – “do or die affairs” For they know how to win elections by crook or crookudie.

Families, friends, wives including their jailer would wear aso ebi to celebrate their new freedom. With Quran and Bible in their thieving hands, they would dance and sing from the prison to a mega church or mosque where they must shout Hallelujah or Allah Akbar. The waiting pastor or imam would also hold the holy books.

It is like that. It has been like that since I was born. It will continue to be like that. They are the master of blaspheming game. These people have mastered the art of exploitation; of exploiting God/Allah. They neither respect nor fear the holy books because their imams and pastors know how to manipulate the art of forgiving. They use Allah/God to perpetrate their nefarious acts.

En, this is why I’m advocating for a new system of swearing in. Swear them in by axe and cutlass. Swear them in by the tools of Ogun the god of iron. And let us see whether they will see the anger of Ogun or not. Let us see whether their yeye fake imam or pastor will be able to protect them from Ogun

What I’m saying in essence is that I don’t trust our polithiefians. What I’m saying is that Jonathan Goodluck won’t be able to do much in his capacity as the president to curb or even reduce corruption. Hum, we are all involved. I suspect you don’t agree with me. But then this headline may convince you:  EFCC Discovers $1 billion In Speaker Bankole’s Proxy Account In UBA, Jonathan Wades In To Halt His Arrest Sahara reporters

 

  E-mail: editorafricannews@yahoo.com

By Hakeem Babalola, Budapest, Hungary – May 30, 2011 – Ogun the god of iron! O’lomi nle f’eje we (he who has plenty of water to bath yet prefers blood).  O’laso nle f’imo kimo bora! Ogun l’akaiye Osinmole! Onile kangunkangun orun! I simply love Ogun’s oriki…

Nigerians in government are known for their total disregard of the rules that governed the conduct of governance. They have shown increasing disrespect for the forces of law and order. Even their holy bible and Quran have not been spared. To exaggerate a little bit, these polithiefians have no regard for God.   

Now that the elections have been won and lost, and it is about time to make the oath of office, I hereby advocate the need to swear-in the elected men and women by axe and cutlass and instead of the bible or Quran. 

Mocking God has become a new fashion. They steal and steal; they hold holy books and hold holy books. They go to holy places to mock God and the afflicted. They usually play fast one on God because He often forgives.

Many times they have solemnly promised to alleviate the suffering of their people and many times they have failed to fulfil such promise.

For example, the Operation Feed the Nation (OFN) initially designed in 1976-80 to increase local food production and thereby reduce imports has since collapsed. Today Nigeria imports even toothpicks. Goodluck Jonathan’s administration has recently increased the age limit of car that can be imported from 10 to 15 years. Nigeria has gradually become a dumping ground for goods made in other countries; even rice.

There was WAI (War Against Indiscipline) introduced in 1984 to instil public morality, discipline or social order, civic responsibilities and promoting Nigerian nationalism. Those who enacted the legislation were the first to break it when the late Tunde Idiagbon took his fourteen-year-old son to Mecca while the law states otherwise.

SAP nko? The Structural Adjustment Programme in 1986 was supposed to improve the standard of living. In retrospect it might just be as one of the numerous empty rhetoric, judging from the fact that the standard of living is getting worse – for the poor; even the rich.

It was NEEDS in 1999. The National Economic Empowerment and Development Strategy was expected to be an ambitious programme of home-grown economic reforms. Has our economic grown since then? It is a question that needs critical thinking.

There was Vision 2010 which has been changed to Vision 2020. Obviously it has been empty promises by different administrations. They usually come up with something but never pursue it to a meaningful end. 

And they are still there – at the corridor of power – promising and promising. And they are still there getting away with so many crimes including murder; including rape. And they are being hailed as the one to liberate the people. And they have supporters. Supporters? How come? Democracy? Or democrazy? Or demonstration of crazy? I am confused.

When some of them go to jail for stealing or killing, it is because they had offended someone more powerful rather than because of the offence committed. They would serve their terms albeit glorified prisoner; and as elections draw near they must be released in order to help win election – “do or die affairs” For they know how to win elections by crook or crookudie.

Families, friends, wives including their jailer would wear aso ebi to celebrate their new freedom. With Quran and Bible in their thieving hands, they would dance and sing from the prison to a mega church or mosque where they must shout Hallelujah or Allah Akbar. The waiting pastor or imam would also hold the holy books.

It is like that. It has been like that since I was born. It will continue to be like that. They are the master of blaspheming game. These people have mastered the art of exploitation; of exploiting God/Allah. They neither respect nor fear the holy books because their imams and pastors know how to manipulate the art of forgiving. They use Allah/God to perpetrate their nefarious acts.

En, this is why I’m advocating for a new system of swearing in. Swear them in by axe and cutlass. Swear them in by the tools of Ogun the god of iron. And let us see whether they will see the anger of Ogun or not. Let us see whether their yeye fake imam or pastor will be able to protect them from Ogun

What I’m saying in essence is that I don’t trust our polithiefians. What I’m saying is that Jonathan Goodluck won’t be able to do much in his capacity as the president to curb or even reduce corruption. Hum, we are all involved. I suspect you don’t agree with me. But then this headline may convince you:  EFCC Discovers $1 billion In Speaker Bankole’s Proxy Account In UBA, Jonathan Wades In To Halt His Arrest Sahara reporters

 

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INEC: Their Trust Duped – By Hakeem Babalola http://newnigerianpolitics.com/2011/04/07/inec-their-trust-duped/ http://newnigerianpolitics.com/2011/04/07/inec-their-trust-duped/#respond Thu, 07 Apr 2011 13:37:38 +0000 http://newnigerianpolitics.com/?p=6089 By Hakeem Babalola, Budapest, Hungary – April 7, 2011 – We’re all analysing with a first class self-deceit. How can we sorrow about the postponed election when we have already projected Nigeria as doomed? Don’t we understand INEC is part of that doom we have been mouthing about? To be surprised is to be part of the problem and I tell you why.

I did not feel any anger, sorrow, or disbelieve when I heard that Jega’s INEC had postponed the general assembly election earlier scheduled for April 2. Mr. Jega boldly announced on the D-Day that the election had been shifted to April 4. He shocked the nation when some voters were still waiting to exercise their voting rights…

Whereas Mr. Jega had told his nation; even boasted that he, Jega was prepared to conduct the freest and fairest elections in the history of a troubled nation! Of course he didn’t use the word troubled. However his assertion came on the eve of the election…

This shouldn’t be suspicious because an INEC man is always a sincere man. Don’t you think so? Of course you do, and that is why you’re so taken aback that election was cancelled on the D-Day in Nigeria.

Then the INEC chairman announced further that all the general elections have been re-scheduled. This basically means that elections scheduled for 2, 9 and 16 will now be held on 9, 16 and 26 respectively…

Now if the incumbent wins the presidential election – free and fair or do-or-die, his opponents will definitely refers to this false start. Part of this is obviously the insensitivity that has characterised our approach to implementation of conduct.

In postponing and re-scheduling the elections, Mr. Jega told Nigerians that he postponed the elections because of his earlier promise that he would tell Nigerians the truth, nothing but the truth about the controversial elections…

The man apologised to the nation, saying inter alia, “This is one such occasion. Indeed, it is an emergency. As you know the National Assembly (House of Representatives and Senate) elections are supposed to be taking place as I speak. You would also have noticed that things have not proceeded smoothly as expected with the elections. The reason for this is the unanticipated emergency we have experienced with late arrival of result sheets in many parts of the country. The result sheets are central to the elections and their integrity…” full text

Mr. Chairman appealed to the nation for understanding but many Nigerians dismissed it as the usual loud and confused and empty talk by public officials. Mr Goodluck, a president so lucky to have married Patience as wife, agreed with his INEC man, saying he Goodluck still trusts the professor to conduct free and fair elections…

In the history of Nigeria, has there been a time when an incumbent president was defeated? Oh, how can we even know when almost what we have had were military coup and civilian counter coup!

What continues to pain me is our social commentators’ position. I feel anger, sorrow and disbelieve when they try to analyse – in form of rebuke or praise – how things should be done concerning the elections.

Almost all of our social critics whom we look up to are intellectually fraudulent, criminally depraved in their crocodile tears’ criticism. By insinuating that Jega be removed, they have either displayed their little knowledge of political situation in the country; or rather they know not what it is they are talking about. How come they do not know that whoever replaced Jega will follow the same depressivepath or even worse. Iwuruwuru, Jega-jaga and what have you.

 With due respect, I passionately believe we would get the same result even if anyone or combination of these fine men – Awo, Zik, Kano – were to conduct elections in Nigerian of today. So I proclaim here that our orientation and values are genuinely responsible for Iwuruwu or Jega-jaga.

I think most of our critics just write for writing sake – and for goodness sake the part of the problem. Otherwise anyone who has been diligently and passionately and honestly following Nigeria’s trajectory would definitely know it is impossible for INEC to conduct free and fair elections. Not when its chairman is under and always selected by the incumbent president.

Instead of asserting this fact, most of us are still busy analysing, predicting with a first class self-deceit. How can they be surprised about the postponed elections, especially in this context when they have already projected Nigeria a doomed nation? Don’t they understand that INEC is part of that doom they have been mouthing about? So why the pretence about being surprised, why the anger; why the jega-jaga or Iwuruwuru?

The only way an incumbent can lose a presidential election in Nigeria is, if the INEC chairman or his associates decide to betray the moment. And unless Mr. Jega prefers to be a dead hero will he go against the norm.

Whether ironic or not, the funny thing about this, is the fact that none of the present presidential candidates would also appoint a disloyal man or woman to head the electoral commission if they were in Mr. Goodluck’s shoes. So what exactly are we moaning about?

In fact, how can an informed and honest commentator write more than three words regarding the postponement? SUPER TRUST DUPER!

Ours, it seems an expression of agreement not supported by real conviction. Nna, we are all part of the problem confronting this “geographical expression” called Nigeria.

The way out is lost on us except of course our die-hard hypocrisy. The way out is perhaps saying enough is enough, but I guess we don’t know how to do that. Until then let INEC remain what it is – a mirror – of our pretence.

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