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Tafawa Belewa (1960-66) – 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 Tafawa Belewa (1960-66) – New Nigerian Politics http://newnigerianpolitics.com 32 32 I will challenge Jonathan for PDP ticket – Tafawa-Balewa http://newnigerianpolitics.com/2014/11/14/i-will-challenge-jonathan-for-pdp-ticket-tafawa-balewa/ http://newnigerianpolitics.com/2014/11/14/i-will-challenge-jonathan-for-pdp-ticket-tafawa-balewa/#respond Fri, 14 Nov 2014 18:45:03 +0000 http://newnigerianpolitics.com/?p=39410 Dr. Abdul-Jhalil Tafawa-Balewa, who is a son of the late Prime -Minister of Nigeria, Tafawa Balewa, has promised to challenge President Goodluck Jonathan for the presidential ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party.

The aspirant spoke with journalists in Abuja on Friday when he returned his presidential nomination and expression of interest forms to the office of the National Organising Secretary of the party, Alhaji Abubakar Mustapha.

He said he had filled the forms and was sure of defeating President Jonathan, adding that the President has refused to do some basic things needed to benefit the lives of ordinary Nigerians.

Apart from him, another aspirants who showed interest in the race against the President was Prof. Akasoba Duke-Abiola.

They were initially turned back by the party’s leadership, who claimed that the only presidential form it printed was meant for President Jonathan.

However, Prof. Duke-Abiola was yet to be sold the form, even though she had also paid for them. But she had filed a suit to challenge the decision of the party for its refusal to sell the form to her.

Speaking on his aspiration, Tafawa-Balewa said it was true that he visited the home of a foremost Ijaw Leader, Chief Edwin Clark in Abuja on November 6, where he claimed he was steeping down for the President.

He nevertheless claimed that he didn’t know that journalists had been planted in the house and that he was not there to speak with the journalists.

Tafawa -Balewa said that it was because of the respect he had for the former minister of information that made him to concur with all he said concerning his alleged withdrawing from the race for the President.

He said, “I’m here to submit my form for the presidential race. Did I ever tell anyone that I have withdrawn from the race? I went to the house of Clark for another thing and he said another thing during his press conference. It was Clark who said I was withdrawing. We need a change as too many people are suffering and are in poverty

“I never withdrew from the race. There was no agreement with anyone that I was doing so. But I said that I agree to everything Edwin Clark said. I never, ever said I was withdrawing.

“I didn’t know that there would be journalists waiting for me at Edwin Clark’s house. I only went there to see him. I’m not working for any tribe or individuals. I’m genuinely in the race.”
-Punch

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Northeast governors created Boko Haram – Son of Tafawa Belewa http://newnigerianpolitics.com/2014/05/19/northeast-governors-created-boko-haram-son-of-tafawa-belewa/ http://newnigerianpolitics.com/2014/05/19/northeast-governors-created-boko-haram-son-of-tafawa-belewa/#respond Mon, 19 May 2014 18:34:23 +0000 http://newnigerianpolitics.com/?p=37027 Dr Jeleel Tafawa Balewa is a son of the late first Prime Minister of Nigeria, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa. He speaks on how Nigeria should handle the Boko Haram insurgency; the main problem facing the country and how he has been pressurised to contest the presidential election, among others. Excerpts:

HOW would you introduce yourself to those who do not know you well?
I am Dr. Jeleel Tafawa Belewa, a father. More than anything else, I am someone who cares about his environment. I am a patriot.

At the mention of Tafawa Balewa, everyone would remember the first Prime Minister of Nigeria. What is your relationship with him?
It is a father, son relationship. He was my father.

But you are not known in Nigeria as the other sons of the late Tafawa Bellewa…
I did not live here for almost 48 years. There are some other sons of the late Prime Minister who have been living in Nigeria; I just came back to Nigeria about seven years ago.

Since you came to Nigeria, what have you observed about the way we do things?
The way we do things have created certain attitudes and one of those is an impoverished attitude and there is no reason for that, because Nigeria is a string of dynasties. We have fields of dynasties. The old kings, chiefs and other rulers should have been able to create wealth, because there is a lot of wealth in Nigeria. It is just that, in recent times, the wealth is not evenly distributed.

Have you been following the political lines in Nigeria and if you do, what is your impression?
I do follow the political lines and I see a lot of elected officials. People are so much into politics and they take politics as a profession. We don’t have professionals as politicians. We have political professionals and that shouldn’t be, since politics is a way of helping the people and understanding the people and wanting to bring some help to them from a central government. Our people take politics as a job which is not supposed to be so.

You have been in the United States for a long time. How is politics in US different from ours here?
One, whether it is a party in opposition or a ruling party, one thing is common to both of them: the country first and then patriotism. What concerns the country concerns all of them. Here, what concerns the party is what they define for everybody to be concerned about. When a party is in power, it only enables members to rip off of the country. But these parties are more like clogs. They are supposed to have purposes, I don’t see that. They may have it on paper, but in practice it is not just there.

For Nigeria to get its politics right, what are the fundamental things the country needs to put in place?
The fundamentals are very simple. First of all, the parties need to have ideologies. Do you know any of the parties that has any ideology? In the United States, for instance, and in Britain and other developed or developing democracies, each of the parties will have a particular lead whether it is towards Labour or towards established Labour givers. Now, we need to have a vision of what we want the country to be at some particular points. What is happening now are just elected officers coming in, ruling in whichever way they think is possible. Even though they travel round the world, they never really try to see how things work in other places. They just go like tourists, go shopping and then they come back.

Will you attribute that to African mentality?
It is not because of our African mentality, because we have seen in other African countries where people have patriotism. Ghana is a recent example. Until Rawlings came in, everything was running as it is in Nigeria. Then Rawlings decided to clean up the system, and it is a much better system now, such that the US president visited Africa and never bothered to visit Nigeria, the largest black country. The US president refused to visit us because we do not have what it takes to be known as a leader in Africa.

Now the security situation in Nigeria is getting above the head. Are you not scared that the problem could pull Nigeria apart?
I am not scared, because when it comes to Nigeria getting pulled apart, Nigerians will sit up and fight to save this nation. This country needs to be ruled by people who know what they are doing and not people who learn on the job. We thrive on mediocrity, which is a shame, because Nigeria has a depth of capability. There are so many people in Nigeria that, if given the opportunity to rule or work for the nation, they will perform excellently.

Why are you so optimistic that Nigeria can survive the security challenges currently bedevilling it?
We have made so many mistakes. Right from the outset when these problems started, I didn’t see a reason why we couldn’t have learnt from other countries and then have some embedding. And what is embedding? This is the training of people within our security services to go into the enclaves of the terrorists and decode their activities in no time. They should find out what these people really wanted and be able to report it back. We missed the opportunity when General Owoye Azazi was the National Security Adviser. It is a little bit late for Nigeria to do that now. At the moment, we don’t know who these terrorists are. One of the simplest things in intelligence is to be able to find out where your opponents reside, terrorism or no terrorism. Didn’t they find out what happened with the militants? Right now, all of these children that were stolen should have been found out immediately. There is one thing that is common to all mammals: they need water. The terrorists can buy food, they can buy clothing, and they can buy some other things. But they need a source of water to be able to cook their food. There are sources of water. We have satellite, for instance the K-band satellite, which can see a can of coke from the orbit. They should deploy that. Even if we cannot use our satellite, there are so many satellites in the geo-synchronous orbit area, very close to the equator, that could be put to use. You cannot have a report that 10 Hilux trucks were moving some good number of girls from one place to the other and nobody could track them. Nobody has been able to say anything about that; we are only focusing on 234 girls. In the Sahel where Maiduguri is, thick forest would only occur where there is a large supply of water and this may be where to locate these people. There are ways the military can follow to locate the terrorists. They did it in Mali; they did it in Sierra Leone; they did in Liberia and they are doing it all over Africa. Our soldiers were in Darfur and they had these experiences. Darfur is the same climatic zone with Nigeria. So they should be able to deploy such experiences to help themselves in locating the terrorists and the girls they abducted.

If you talk about government trying to know what the terrorists wanted, can you recall that they were indeed, asking for the impossible, by claiming they want to Islamise the rest of the country and they have been uncompromising. Is that not a misplaced agenda, something that no one could immediately help?
No, that is an assumption. We need to be able to get through to them. If embedding was done right from the start, we would have known a lot better. It is a little late now, because obviously they would know some people were coming to be embedded into them.

Some foreign countries have offered to assist Nigeria to rescue the girls. But some people have accused the country of being laid back in calling for assistance. What can you say about that?
It is not only laid back, one of the things that these people assume is that they don’t want Western influence. Now, this is the mighty Nigeria that has been able to go to Darfur and bring peace, to Mali, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Cote D’voire and bring peace. But now we want to look for help from these powers that the terrorists seem to be going against. Of course, they would even be more irate. If Nigeria is to get help from these people, it should not be public knowledge. It is really a bad diplomatic faux pass. I still believe the insurgents can be tamed. If you remember the problem of militancy in the South-South and how we came around to solve it and ended up with peace, then you can rest assured that very soon, the problem of insurgency will end too in Nigeria. All the same, the solutions proffered for solving the problems of youths restiveness in the Niger Delta, by sending some of the militants to school, to me is less than perfect. Some of the things done were near imbecilic. I see no reason why you should train a militant to be a pilot. Besides, can the Nigerian aviation industry absorb the huge number of militants trained as pilots? There are many other things that we can do to better the lot of these people, like the government creating an enabling environment for jobs. If the government cannot create jobs, they should be able to create an enabling environment for investors within Nigeria or outside Nigeria to come and do just that. Now, going back to the issues of the militants, most of the problems started with our governors, most especially in the North-East. In Bauchi, my state, we had the sarasukas who would just butcher people just to intimidate them and they eventually will welcome a governor to come in. Some of the beneficiaries of these atrocities are in government as ministers. The sarasukas eventually joined up with so many others warmongers and strangers to eventually make up Boko Haram. But people know them. The people who recruited them initially know them. They know where they come from, they know where they live. So the feet should be put into the fire to really come out and say something. We also had Darfur and some of the rebel soldiers in Darfur and in the Islamic Maghreb, such as Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya, after they were defeated, started looking for homes. And if you ever travel to Niger Republic, you will find out that all around the country, until you get to an oasis in the desert, there are these people you find who were looking for propagation of mentally-deficient ideals. The Qur’an does not say anything about this. What they are doing is not a jihad. They are just looking for places to fit in. We got rid of some in Mali; some left Libya after Gadhafi died and the lunatics in Sudan who were killing negro fighters are now coming in as Su’Arabs, Tuaregs and something like that. Cameroon, Chad, Niger should really be put to the test by Nigeria. Nigeria is not a small power around here, but the people in government need to know the Nigeria’s worth and what they can do to all these smaller countries and make sure the fight goes to the terrorists. The way the American deals with terrorism is good. If America is at war like this, it would go in with overwhelming force. You don’t have to keep telling people what you are going to do. We need action!

So what advice can you give on how to contain the insurgency?
They need to have as much intelligence as possible. Satellite capture is essential. We need to have scouts also; they cannot have embedding any more, but they need scouts within the population of those areas. We also need to find out what had happened from those who had been captured overtime. We also need to find out what happened from those they are just capturing. We have had successes in capturing some of them. They have to be questioned. There are ways of making sure that truth emanates from them. I am not prepared to talk about ways of getting the truth from these people, but I know some ways to get the truth out of those in custody. Then we need to know who their sponsors are. Those types of news can’t be made public and not the kind of news that Britain, the US and others are going to help us with. I know that when the time is ripe, the government will look for those who have the ethos to offer good and practicable suggestions on how to get out of these problems.

People differ on the major problem facing Nigeria; with some saying it is corruption while others allude to poverty. What is the main problem facing this country?
The main problem facing this country is poverty and uneven or unequal distribution of wealth. There will always be poor people in every country; but a poor person in the United States lives a better life than a middle class person in Nigeria, whereas Nigeria is blessed with much more natural resources, much better land than most parts of the world. So, what we need is good leadership.

What is your background really like?
I am a medical doctor and a specialist in infectious diseases. I also had my master’s degree in enzymology, that is enzyme kinetics and reactions, and I have a PhD in nuclear chemistry with a lean towards preservation of food and reduction of microbial load. Most African countries produce enough food, but harvesting techniques have been really bad. I believe, however, that Nigeria having a nuclear facility in food preservation can be a major master in Africa. That is what we are trying to ensure. But we need people who can think outside the box to be able to achieve that.

There are speculations that you are eyeing the presidential seat. Is that true?
It is a speculation, because I am not eying anything. The truth is that groups and organisations are coming out from different parts of Nigeria to say “You have what it takes to rule this country.” The last count I made; I think there were about 70 organisations that have contacted me on that. I give lectures on some of the ills and what we need to do to correct those ills in this country. I have never shied away from anything and I have never failed in anything I do. It is still under consideration, even though these people are pressurising me to run for the presidency of this nation. The reason is not just to run, but they know that my tentacles are deep worldwide and that naturally, I encourage people to do their best. I can bring in Nigerians and non-Nigerians that have done or are doing well in other places, create a home for them to come and do for the country what they are doing well in other places, just as I am doing. I can also make Nigeria more viable for investors. If Dangote decides to go into say telephony; you will see monies going after him because he is a doer. This is someone who has been able to do things well. The difference between someone who do well and someone who doesn’t is that he has been able to do his homework well. We can encourage investors from all over the world to come and invest in our people which we are not doing now.

Are you likely to give in based on the pressure?
It is under serious consideration and consultations. If it is true that people actually believe in me to run the affairs of the country, I surely will do that.

Do you think you have the nerves, the ruggedness and the wherewithal to cope with the intrigues of politics of the country?
That is where a lot of people got it wrong. Do we need to be rugged to run a country like ours? I say no, because people have taken politics as a job, all of these people need to sit down and let the country run well and they might be turning up their noses now. I am one of those people that are not easily discouraged. If there are people that will stand in the way of the progress of this country, they will be dealt with adequately. I promise you that much. What is important is the progress of this country and if am given the authority to run the affairs of the country, you can bet your button dollar that it will run adequately. We have people that can do what is right to get this country where it should be. Opposition will be there and it will be allowed to be. But if I see retardants or distracters, they will be dealt with.

What about the financial muscle to run for the presidency?
I am not uncomfortable, but you can’t say the heaven is coming down is one person’s problem. What concerns all must be approved by all. If I am going to run, I am going to run with the people of this country with all hands on deck. I don’t have to embezzle or to have embezzled like some of these people have done. We have some of these people that had run for the presidency so many times and they have not been successful, but they feel that they are the only ones that should always be there because they have money bags with them, people who had stolen so much from the country and who always think that they still need to steal some more. All those would be discouraged. We will take the rationale to the people and for them to know that what we want is for Nigeria to be the Federal Republic that we had always wanted it to be.

On a last note, what level of consultations have you made for you to be convinced that the coast is clear for you to run?
It has been extremely positive so far. But you see, as a researcher anything absolute is a lie. I am looking for further consultations to see other leaders who will say don’t run and give reasons. If everybody keeps saying we are with you, I know that you have to be wary of the Indians bringing gifts. Now, I hope I will meet with some people that will say it to the contrary so that I will have a pool of thought to be able to get a better template.

If you are running, that means you will be facing the president of this country in the contest. He is supposedly your friend. Are you not scared?
Scared? No, this is about Nigeria. This friendship, this cordiality is not what we need. It is all about the future of my country, the country where my umbilical cord lies. No, I hope nobody shakes. But if I run, I can assure you that I will run with the intention of not wanting to fail or not to do extremely well.
–Tribune

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Murtala, Azikwe, Balewa’s tombs to become Heritage sites http://newnigerianpolitics.com/2012/06/20/murtala-azikwe-balewa%e2%80%99s-tombs-to-become-heritage-sites/ http://newnigerianpolitics.com/2012/06/20/murtala-azikwe-balewa%e2%80%99s-tombs-to-become-heritage-sites/#respond Wed, 20 Jun 2012 11:46:08 +0000 http://newnigerianpolitics.com/?p=22268 The tombs of the late Gen. Murtala Muhammed, Dr. Nnamdi Azikwe, Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa and the historical site of Oloibiri oil well will soon be declared as national heritage sites.

Head of the Department of Monuments Heritage and Sites at the National Commission for Museum and Monument, Mrs. Adama Muhammed, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Abuja.

Murtala Mohammed was killed on February 13, 1976 in an abortive coup and buried in Kano, while Nnamdi Azikwe, who was the first Nigerian President, died on May 11, 1996 and was buried in Onitsha.

The late Balewa the only prime minister of an independent Nigeria died on January 15, 1966 and was buried in Bauchi and his tomb had since become a tourist attraction.

Oloibiri is a small community in Ogbia Local Government Area in Bayelsa, Niger Delta region of Nigeria, where oil was first discovered in commercial quantity on January 15, 1956 by Shell Darcy.

Muhammed said NCMM had been working on about 24 heritage sites in the country, to make them fit to be declared national heritage sites.

She said the NCMM had succeeded in establishing 65 monuments.

“NCMM has the power to declare monuments because of their standing value in the areas in which they are found.

“We maintain the monuments and artifacts; we give licenses and permit private and local governments that want to establish museums to do so,” she said.

-Punch

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FG to spend N3.1bn on Obasanjo, others in 2012 (What a waste of public resources) http://newnigerianpolitics.com/2012/02/06/fg-to-spend-n3-1bn-on-obasanjo-others-in-2012-what-a-waste-of-public-resources/ http://newnigerianpolitics.com/2012/02/06/fg-to-spend-n3-1bn-on-obasanjo-others-in-2012-what-a-waste-of-public-resources/#respond Mon, 06 Feb 2012 22:19:32 +0000 http://newnigerianpolitics.com/?p=17588 February 6, 2012  by Olusola Fabiyi and Oluwole Josiah
Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim 

The Federal Government plans to spend N3.19bn on the pensions and allowances of former Presidents, Heads of State, their deputies, former leaders of the National Assembly and their families in the year 2012.

The proposed N3.19bn represents an increase of about N2bn from what was provided for the former rulers in the 2011 Budget.

The government also earmarked a total of N141.7bn for the pensions and gratuities, of retired civil servants, that are not captured in the contributory pension scheme.

The amount contained in the 2012 budget currently before the National Assembly is under Service Wide Votes. Our correspondents report that beneficiaries under this heading will receive a total of N414.4bn for the fiscal year.

The Remuneration for former Presidents, Heads of State Act passed by the National Assembly in November 2010 provides for the remunerations of all former Presidents, Heads of State and their deputies, including the families of former leaders who are late.

Currently, those who benefit from the Act are former Heads of State Gen. Yakubu Gowon; Gen. Muhammadu Buhari; Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar; Gen. Ibrahim Babangida; former head of the Interim National Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan; former President Shehu Shagari; former President Olusegun Obasanjo; their living deputies; and former heads of the National Assembly.

Other beneficiaries are the widow of a late former President, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe; the widows of a former Prime Minister, the late Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa; and the widows and families of former Heads of State, General Murtala Muhammed; and Gen. Sani Abacha.

When the N1.2bn bill was presented to the Senate in 2011, the Senate Committee on Federal Character and Intergovernmental Affairs queried the amount, saying that it was too high a price to pay for the comfort of former leaders who presided over the “economic retardation” of the country.

But explanations from the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation showed that there were seven living former Heads of State, five Vice Presidents, six families of deceased leaders and two families of deceased Vice Presidents.

Among other benefits, the former leaders are expected to get a five bedroom housing accommodation each in any location of their choice with telephone services; at least three vehicles; and salaries of personal staff.

Also, the law provides that government should cater for the needs of the former heads of state whenever they visit Abuja, as well as pay for their use of courier services.

Reacting to the provision, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, Senator Bassey Otu, said the Senate would take a look at the provision and ensure that the former leaders did not get beyond what they deserved.

He said the N3.19bn might be slashed in line with the new posture of government to reduce the cost of governance.

“Rest assured that anything that should be done to bring these budgets to their proper sizes, will be done,” he said.

But the President of Campaign for Democracy, Joe-Okei Odumakin, criticised the increase from N1.2bn to N3.19bn, saying it smacked of insensitivity.

She told one of our correspondents in a telephone interview on Sunday that voting more money for the care of former leaders suggested that the poor would remain poor while those who had misruled the country would continue to grow richer.

She said, “First and foremost, it is extremely outrageous. How can you explain an increase from N1.2bn to N3.19bn? It smacks of insensitivity to the plight of Nigerians. It is sad that this is happening when our citizens are impoverished.

“It means that all the mouthing that the regime will reduce their pay is cosmetic and hypocritical.”

Also, the All Nigeria Peoples Party said the huge budget provision was President Goodluck Jonathan’s way of preparing the ground for when he would leave office.

According to the National Publicity Secretary of the ANPP, Chief Emma Eneukwu, the government has no idea of how to move the country forward.

He said, “We keep on saying it that this government has no human face and that it does not care what happens to the people.

“It was telling Nigerians that it was going to cut expenses, yet, it went ahead to increase the budgetary provision for these leaders.

“This same government told us that the economy would collapse without the removal of petroleum subsidy. It did not tell us that the economy of individual would collapse.

“This government is proving it day-by-day that it is a government that lacks vision and cannot be trusted. Nigerians cannot be deceived forever. One day is for the thief, the rest are for the owners.”

-Punch

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Open Letter from Awo, Balewa & Zik to Jonathan – By Adewale T. Akande http://newnigerianpolitics.com/2011/05/29/an-open-letter-from-awo-balewa-and-zik-to-president-jonathan-by-adewale-t-akande/ http://newnigerianpolitics.com/2011/05/29/an-open-letter-from-awo-balewa-and-zik-to-president-jonathan-by-adewale-t-akande/#respond Mon, 30 May 2011 01:03:26 +0000 http://newnigerianpolitics.com/?p=8969 By Adewale T. Akande, Barcelona, Spain – May 29, 2011 – On behalf of all Nigerians in heaven, we are using this forum to congratulate you for winning the recently concluded general elections that will usher you as an elected President of Federal Republic of Nigeria on the 29th of May. We are also congratulating those newly eleceted representatives and leaders to be part of the crew in making a new Nigeria a reality. This infact a new beginning of a new Nigeria of our dreams we have been waiting for. A Nigeria where the people approve to the government operating the nation. A Nigeria where all elected representatives are liable in many ways to the yearnings of the people who voted and elected them to implement those pledges and promises made before elections with much transparency, accountability and good intention. We are at the same time congratulating Nigerians and other stakeholders involved in making this year generation elections a successful exercise. They have all exhibited their good citizenship and civil responsibility with their impressive turnout to make the whole exercise free, fair and credible apart from stage managed riot from the usual naive individuals that caused loss of lives. Nigerians have spoken with their votes.

      Your excellency, there is no doubt that you are having a great opportunity to make your mark in sands of time in leading a country which is complex with several diversity of two hundred and fifty ethnic groups, with four hundred distinct languages. The country with over one hundred and sixty population that makes her the most populous and largest democracy in Africa. With update information we lay our hands on in heaven, non out of the forty-seven countries that make up Europe and non of the all fifty-four African countries and a couple of disputed territories (Western Sahara and Somaliland), and South Sudan-the Africa’s newest “baby” officially born on July 9, 2011 can withstand what God have blessed this country in terms of abundant natural and human resources. With all these in place, Nigerians does not deserve to live in poverty, darkness, fear, stress, complexity, confusion and frustration, unemployment and underpaid. Even Denmark, which is regarded as the happiest country in the world according to the U.S. government-funded World Values Survey cannot boast one-quarter of Nigeria’s human and natural resources. It is now your responsiblity as the new leader of this crippling giant to make something happens to get her back to its feet.

      Dear President Jonathan, in order to make something happens in this Africa’s hardest job of burden of responsibilities or scopes of duties, you need to be smart, tough, organise, vision of what you want to accomplish in four years (just 1,460 days). You should have integrity driven with more talents and specialists to effect changes that the million of Nigerians are looking for. As a lucky boy that rose from assistant school prefect to senior prefect in your secondary school days, also elevated deputy Governor of Bayelsa state to the Governor, and from Vice-President to the President of Nigeria, so you are lucky as your name implies (Goodluck)  with abundant human and natural resources at your disposal to break the jinx of the past “accidental leaders”. It is now left with your ability without fear or favour to influence, motivate and provide the tools and environment to others so that they can best contribute towards the successful attainment of your goals and pledges made before the elections. You should remember the words of Prof. Chinua Achebe that the major problems of the nation “…is simply and squarely a failure of leadership…there is nothing basically wrong with the Nigeria character”

       Another person that gives vivid description of the country’s past leaders is the new INEC Chairman, Prof Attahiru Jega, who actually perfomed brilliantly well in the conduct of the recently concluded general elections. He said in a lecture in Abuja that; “If the truth be told, past Nigerian leaders with few exceptions were self-serving rulers, not leaders. Some were even despots… They have generaly lacked vision, focus and selflessness and even enlighted self-interest. Many in leadership positions are unimaginably corrupt, they are greedy, they are vindictive, they are reckless and in many fundamental respects,senseless. Virtualy, whoever has access to power attempts to abuse it.” This year general elections have given bith to a new Nigeria with responsible leaders with integrity, patriotism and accountability. Leadership is about getting things done, getting results and improve performances.

     Your excellency, we do not say that you can change Nigeria in a day, but priority must be given to those needs of Nigerian citizens in order to have a successful term. Abraham Maslow’s needs pyramid explains the levels of human needs pshchological and physical that helps in long way for their survival and in pursuit of happiness. Nigerians need simple things, that is, the basic amenities to give the best quality of life. The very first issue we are appealing you and your Cabinet to find solution to before celebrating the next 51st independence anniversay is the problem of electricity. This problems have complicate the lives of Nigerians. Electricity has a greater share on the present  problems of Nigeria. Everything on earth is interconnected with everything. If the country’s electricity is undistrupted for months, then the citizens today’s complex lifestyle will give way for necessary soci-political development and economic growth.

       Mr. President, another important issue we are much particular about is the educational sector which the past regimes have not been given necessary priority. Education is the only sector that makes a successful transition from childhood to adulthood where they will become “an impresively confident, knowledgeable, charming, resourceful, problem solver”. Education according to Chris Ormell. The editor of “Prospero” journal is “…pleasant maturation suprises..the young people who emerge should occasion such pleasant suprises, because they will actually enjoy displaying the disciplined envisioning and empathetic mental powers which today’s world so urgently needs, both in relation to things and people”. Education should be made compulsory for all school age children from primary to university level as from the 1st of October, 2011. New law should be made to prohibit all the school age children from street hawking, loitering or begging for alms during the school hours of specific time. The only solution to poverty is functional and qualitative education. The more educated people are the less they are prone to illness and squalor.

    Your excellence, we have been witnessing widespread abuses, corruption and insecurity of lives and property of Nigerians.  The mission of Nigeria police force is “to deliver qualitative and efficient security and law enforcement services to the citizens of Nigeria” and not extort the poor citizens of hard earn money. The inefficiency of Police regarding maintaining law and order became obvious with the widespread extortion of money from motorist, riotings, kidnappings, killings, institutionalised bribery, election malpractices, frequent armed robbery, torture, harassment and loss of personal liberties and properties. All these problems can be changed if you take the bull by the horn by setting up a committee now to investigate, recommend, and implement within three months on better ways to recruit, train, motivate, renumerate and kit the police force to international standard. Then abolish all illegal road blocks or check points throughout Nigeria and that no policeman or traffic agent must extort or collect money from motorist in any way or any form as from next independence anniversary speech. Hencefort, all fines and any legal transaction of money involving them with the public must be paid to the government accredited or designated banks with appropriate receipts. The use of mobile telephones to record voice and photographs policeman will be at great advantage. Any policeman or group of policemen collecting or found with large sum of money while on duty after all said and done will be summarily dismissed.

     Dear Mr President, another area we jointly agreed for you to look into is the transportation sector. Available, accessible and effective transportation system is an improvement to the quality of life in any community regardless of size and location. Rail transportation is a colonial legacy in Nigeria which your regime have to revive and manage well. With the country’s population, the returns from effective and well managed railway transportation system can provide a free qualitative and functional education to every Nigerian children up to university level to save oil or even gas returns for other investment. Besides, your regime should embark on a National Road Safety Action Plan to be implemented over the next ten years. The aim of this safety plan should be concentrated on four “E” s: engineering, education, enforcement and emergency medical services to reduce roads accident in all our roads. Any expenditure on road safety improvement should be seen as an investment. The country’s growing population needs other new tansportation alternatives. The best ways to touch the people lives at the grass-root level in moving from one area to another is rehabilition, construction and managing of all roads. If all the seven hundred and seventy-four ( 774 ) local governments chairmen newly elected in Nigeria should embark  and maintaining a genuine roads facelift in their areas, then country will be saved to all motorists.

       Finally, President Goodluck Ebele Azikwe Jonathan, the history of great men are often backed by skills, experiences, intelligence, integrity, with the instincts- all combined together to achieve their goals. This last general election has finally put an end to “amala”, “tuwo” and “ogbono” politics in Nigeria. It is now the era of competent, reliable and patriotic politicians. Fighting of corruption have to start with you by declaring your assets, your new ministers and all elected representatives throughout the country. The only way to fight corruption is through transparency and accountability. A smaller, and more focused Cabinet has the possibility of minimizing cost, social complexity and human imperfection. There is also a need for a Sovereign National Conference to address the great issues facing Nigeria as a nation. You have to embark on wide scale  projects on agriculture, turism, oil and gas to boost employment opportunities and find a lasting solutions to Niger-Delta imbroglio. Let all Nigerians know that with love and unity among the Kanuris, the Igbos, the Gwaris, the Yorubas, the Fulanis, the Ijaws, the Hausas, the Urhobos, the Ijaws, the Nupes, the Edos, the Tivs and the Ibibos, we can build a new Nigeria of peace, unity, progress, harmony and development with which no country of the world can withstand.

God bless you and all the people of Federal Republic of Nigeria. 

Your sincerely,

Adewale T Akande ( M.ed.Educ.Mgt ),( M.sc.Political Sc.) University of Ibadan.

Author, Educationist and Road Traffic Safety Consultant.

Barcelona, Spain.  Tel: 0034-600877296

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