Published March 25, 2015
Tags: Buharinomics, economics
…And that’s why we have views by him such as these samplers:
1) ‘if elected president, I will make the (exchange rate of the) Naira equal to the Dollar’. How unrealistic, to put it mildly. You see, O ‘level economics, including the venerable OA Lawal’s would have sufficed. But you can’t give what you don’t have.(All pun intended). Even the 2nd (China) & 3rd (Japan) largest economies can’t pursue such voodoo wishes. And for a country striving to diversify its economy away from oil, the Buharinomics’ (encapsulated in the above pledge) can only send the economy back to the 20th century.
2) ‘I will stabilise the price of oil if elected president’. Hmm! Nigeria (nay OPEC) stabilise the price of oil? You see, even a cursory (o’level) understanding of oil market and politics would have saved this embarrassing pledge. Saudi Arabia (largest exporter & 3rd largest producer can’t even make such claims – in the light of obvious market & political forces). But this is Nigeria – where those who don’t understand were undemocratically foisted on the nation as minister of petroleum resources and subsequently, Head of State in the 20th century. But this the 2nd decade of the 21st century and Nigerians should know better.
3.’I will fight corruption by drawing a line, such that cases in court would continue, and from then on, no more corruption or you are dealt with’. So what happens to cases not yet found, not yet in the court before the line is drawn? No, according to this ‘magic-wand-line’ strategy, such perpetrators would go scotch free with their loot. Does this strategy tell us something. Yes. In the last several weeks, we have been assaulted by the alleged corruption in Lagos State. And according to the ‘drawing a line’ thesis these would not be investigated, not to talk of recovery and sanction.
There are legion of such statements in the APC campaign, and one wonders: can Nigeria survive with such 20th century solutions for 21st century challenges? No. It would be amount to prescribing death for survival.
Cheers as you read,
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Published March 14, 2015
Politics , Prose
Tags: bigotry, change, choices, courage
My cousin and friend, Reg Ihebuzor, with whom I regularly engage in discussions on development and politics, pointed out to me today that President Jonathan by his utterances and actions represents real change and that indeed the mantra of real change fits him like a glove. He reminded me of the following products of President Jonathan as proof of this real change mantra.
- Almajari Schools – never been done before
2. Stopping corruption in fertiliser – never been done before
3. Starting 2nd Niger Bridge – never been done before
4. Revamping railways – never been done for 20 years
5. Revamping 14 airport terminals – not been done
6. Appointing more women in responsible positions – never been done
7. National conference for effective federalism – never been done before
8. You-win for youths – never been done before
9. Reform of power sector – never been done
10.Reform payment system in public sector to stop corruption – never been done.
He contrasts these evidences of real change with startling evidence of the rigidity of Buhari, of Buhari’s incapacity for change and his inflexibility, all the more startling given Buhari’s change campaign slogan. He cited the following as evidence of inability to understand change and to change :
- Arrogant Dictator – unchanged. “If you do not like Me, go and vote for the other party”
- Unchanging attitude towards his role in the PTF heist and the gross management ineptitude he displayed
- Unrepentant and unchanging attitude towards the post election violence by his supporters in 2011
- Unrepentant and unchanging attitude towards his current association with politicians with shady and corrupt pasts.
- Unchanging attitude towards retroactive laws that resulted in deaths. So, no apologies for retroactive laws
- Unchanging arrogance – “I can’t change the past” and unwillingness to retract utterances he made in the past which are indicative of outright religious bigotry
- Unchanging attitude towards decrees 2 and 4
- No change in attitude towards his overthrow of a democratically elected government.
- No apologies for jailing democratically elected political leaders.
- No change in his attitude towards the unresolved certificate issue.
Whatever Buhari is, he certainly is not change. Buyer, beware! Choose wisely.
Rejoice with the good, celebrate the positive and come away from criticism for criticism’s sake. It is sterile and cheap – a plea for sense and moderation.
- The attitude of the APC leadership to the military campaigns in the North East is baffling and appears unpatriotic.
- APC leadership appears to rejoice at news of any reversals or loss of men/territory/weaponry by our military.
- Elements of this party leadership mocked and teased the military and the presidency over the debacle that was the failed cease fire.
- Recall that the ceasefire was conceived primarily to ease suffering and to explore solutions to the insurgency, not to score political points.
- The same party leadership guffawed when the attempt to purchase arms through SA failed. The weapons were to improve the operational efficiency of the military.
- Improving the operational efficiency of the military was meant to help the military quickly degrade the BH, not about elections.
- The military has now acquired new weaponry, morale is on the rise and battle tide has turned and the APC leadership is unhappy.
- The APC leadership now accuses the military and the presidency of politics. They claim the timing of these military gains is political.
- What is the APC leadership telling Nigerians? That they prefer Nigerian territory to remain under insurgent control till after the elections?
- That they prefer Nigerian men and women who have suffered to continue to suffer till after the elections? That they put electoral ambitions ahead of consideration of the emotional health, safety and security of Nigerians?
- These are the messages that the APC leadership is sending out to Nigerians, wittingly or unwittingly.
- Such messages are clearly unpatriotic. Please let us all rejoice with our troops who are liberating territories.
- Let us salute the gallantry of the military. The sacrifices they make go beyond petty politics.
- Certain things go beyond politics and it requires a large heart, decency, dignity and patriotism to see and appreciate such.
- Where good news about your country consistenlty gives you a bad headache, then something is definitely wrong – some debilitating conditions present in this way! Time to seek help as neither APC nor Codeine nor Paracetamol can provide any lasting cure.