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Greediness And Its Investment In Nigeria’s Growing Lawlessness Venture

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In sooth, it’s no longer news that lawlessness is riding speedily to the highest height it can attain in our great Nigeria. At the time of writing this article, I was thinking of how best to define the term lawlessness but kudos to the inventors of google search engine I was able to define it as a state of disorder due to disregard for the law. Nigeria is a country with a lot of laid down rules that I don’t seem to see governing the inhabitants of our great motherland haven being governed by a legislative, judicial and executive system of Government that prevents an individual or group of people from holding majority of the authority.
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I get blown to an ague whenever I meditate on how greediness embraces every occasion to eat up on our already dented rule governance and no one seems to care about how cataclysmic this is to our development. A law enforcement body that is meant to enforce law deviates from its primary assignment and get involved in unimaginable clandestine activities just for the love of his pocket. I’m one of the opportuned constant travelers making use of our public transport system and while migrating from one town to another, it’s so heart breaking that most of our drivers are so lawless and no longer have the fear of the law enforcement agents at heart. When sighted from afar the next question that arises is “anyone with #50 change?” or less, on getting there, the law enforcement agents collects the money, despite being paid monthly for their work.That’s just a tip of the greedberg.
These days as a youth, when you go out of the house you go out with the fear of the law enforcement agents at heart not because they are going to enforce that law, but because they are going to break it by unjustly harassing you for money. Now let’s dig deep, A crew of law enforcement sighted me from afar, came after me like I’m armed or got caught in robbery I mean pursue me for no reason at times with a machete just to bridge my privacy by demanding for my phone. Every man with his 5+x senses working can tell without Nigeria’s code of conduct that this will never be right without a search warrant. On finding nothing implicating, law enforcement agents want me to give them any amount I have in my pocket as transportation expenses how funny!! More hilarious when I tell them I don’t have a dime then I get gifted with heavy slaps my mom never gave me all through my upbringing and how ridiculous when I’m given a pen and paper to write a dictated statement or maybe I’m beaten to pulp and dumped wherever they feel I add up extra weight to the under maintained vehicle. My brother once told me if he had a man’s head in the trunk of his car he will ride miles as long as he has the low denominations of our bank notes tucked in his pocket how shameful, that’s lawlessness at its peak.
Furthermore, at our voting stands, law enforcement is being paid into dubious activities. Also, allocation to the security sectors for new firearms are being eaten up by the greedy ones despite the fact that our arsenal is so old school the police can barely challenge armed robbers for the fears of losing their lives. Of course allocations to the family of the deceased will have a greater percentage of it eaten up by some greedy humans.
Pastors/imams are bold enough to break the law of the God they serve just to make more money, Bankers help fraudsters to pick up money with non-existing names for the love of their greedy pocket, the rich see themselves as above the law, the court is no more hope for the poor it’s now battle ground for the rich either rich against rich or rich against the government it’s almost like anything and everything goes.
Moreover, if I would suggest a solution to the present situation I would suggest cleansing starts from the top and not the bottom. They would always say you solve a problem from the roots but not in this case. I’d suggest we start from the apex. How will lawlessness be averted when the population is hungry and angry at the Government. If there’s is a change from the bottom line, same hunger will still lead to anger would bring about lawlessness again. Therefore I’d  suggest a change has to start from the Government and automatically the masses will follow if they don’t, change can be enforced. You don’t enforce or preach what you don’t do.
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OPINION: Before you vote Buhari for a second term

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By Temidayo Ayodele
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Without a doubt, Nigerians’ experience of President Muhammadu Buhari during his days as a military leader spurred high expectations of his government to be the ‘fixer’ Nigeria always wanted.

He was perceived to be a military dictator-cum-democratic hero in a country where corruption was on the rampage, the economy was deteriorating and a country held hostage by the Boko Haram insurgency groups and other security challenges.

Prior to his election, Buhari promised us that his government will give corruption a ‘no nonsense’ approach. He told us that the Naira that was at N147 to the dollar then will be N1 equal through programmes earmarked to revive the economy. And lastly, Buhari assured us that we would be sleeping with our two eyes closed because insecurity would be death with.

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Buhari also promised us that the price of petrol products would drop from N87 to N60.

Three years since his election, the reverse is the case. I’m disappointed. A lot of Nigerians are disappointed likewise. Petrol price is now almost doubled at N147.

The fight against corruption under Buhari is partisan and witch hunting of opposition. Naira is now N360 against the dollar and Boko Haram has killed over two thousand Nigerians, while over 500,000 have been displaced due to increasing insecurity challenges.

Maybe the warning signs against our expectations were there but many of us didn’t see it or we just wanted ‘somebody else’ asides former president Goodluck Jonathan and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

Who would forget how Buhari (PMB for short) was a big media darling? How excited we were of displacing a government and a political party adjudged to be corrupt with a “man of integrity and high values”. We are not to be blamed for trusting Buhari to sail our ship to the promised land. We just wanted to leave Egypt.

Like the Israelites were displeased with Moses, we are in a similar dilemma. Socially, economically and politically, a few of us can relate to the blurry future that awaits us should PMB remain in the helms of affairs.

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I plead with my fellow Nigerians that chanted ‘Sai Baba’ in 2015 to listen to words of the elders, which says, “A dog that is about to go astray will not listen to the hunters whistle”

Ironically, one would expect that a man who had previously contested and lost in an election three times will understand national issues better after previous losses.

It is disheartening to note that a man who the people voted to lead them comfortably led a government for 6 months without ministers. His excuse was that he was scouting for the “right” persons. What did Nigerians do? We did nothing and as usual, we moved on!

Besides all other inadequacies in governance, Buhari is undoubtedly nepotic, tribalistic and divisive leader.

“I hope you have a copy of the election results. The constituents, for example, gave me 97% (votes)- (they) cannot, in all honesty, be treated on some issues with constituencies that gave me 5%. I think these are the political reality,” Buhari said in an address at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) on 22nd of July 2015.

While some may argue that Buhari’s statement is merely political reality, I think it is careless to say as a leader of over 190 million people. It also portrays PMB’s intent of being a leader who is not willing to unite us a people. Hence, the talks of PMB running an uninclusive and lopsided government is evident in words and in deeds.

Another matter of concern is President Buhari’s medical fitness. Buhari is 76 with a rich history of medical vacations, including the historic unofficial vacation of 104 days in the United Kingdom. The responsibility of leading the most popular black nation on earth is beyond Buhari’s strength.

The consistent derail in Buhari’s physical and mental strength cannot be overemphasized. Twice at the his re-election campaign rallies in Delta and Ekiti State, Buhari committed some politically unforgivable blunders.

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In Delta State, he pronounced the APC governorship candidate Ogboru as the presidential candidate, despite correction, he doubled the blunder, saying the governorship candidate was the senatorial candidate before assimilating the corrections after a third attempt.

Similarly in Ekiti State, the same blunder was not just committed, but toppled when Buhari fell off a walk path at the rally and had to be helped up by escorts. Buhari is not fit to lead us for another four years.

A man of his age ought to be resting with his family. However, a few ‘powerful’ Nigerians are imposing Buhari on a larger population for their selfish and gains.

It is no longer news that since his election as president in 2015, Buhari was never in charge of governing Nigeria as he was elected to, instead a few people.

Buhari’s wife, Aisha, on two occasions attested to this when she said he husband was not in control of Nigeria, but ‘two powerful people’.

Conclusively, President Muhammadu Buhari, you have run a good run, we thank you for all you have done, please return to Daura and get a much-deserved rest.We love you.

As we go to the polls again, we have to be wise, conscientious and logical in committing the next four years of our lives to the hands of any individual.

Your vote counts. If it does not, politicians won’t lobby to buy it. Your vote is your future, do not trade it for anything.

The time has come to determine which path our ship will sail for the next four years. Together, let’s sail Nigeria to the promise land, to the land flowing with milk and honey. God bless Nigeria.

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PDP hypocrisy: Much ado about PMB’s certificate

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By Andrew Akinwale, Osogbo

It is no longer news that the WAEC certificate of the President, General Mohammadu Buhari has generated a lot of controversies in recent times but what is alarming is the way the main opposition, the People Democratic Party has taken the matter to the head.

The party argued that the president is not qualified to run for office because he has not met the minimum qualification as set by the constitution, and more importantly they claim that the various certificates presented were forged which amounts to perjury.

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One of the outspoken members of the party, Femi Fani-Kayode was quoted saying “The ominous, specious and short-sighted suggestion that we should overlook the fact that President Buhari does not have a WAEC certificate which automatically makes him ineligible to run for the Presidency is disingenuous, erroneous and morally indefensible.

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‘I say this because our country is not a lawless jungle or a zoo. There are rules and regulations when it comes to the issue of running for public office and these rules and regulations need to be strictly adhered to and honoured by everyone, including the President”

The ranting of these hypocritical PDP stalwarts did not end there; they have now climbed the moral high horse to tell Nigerians that the President is not qualified to run for office because he did not have the requisite qualification.

But wait, I think we need to remind the PDP that the situation of their candidate for the Osun gubernatorial elections, Senator Ademola Adeleke was worse than that of President Buhari, they did not only present him, not a word of protest about morality and constitutionality was heard from their stable. Femi Fani-Kayode is from Osun State and was a member of the campaign committee for Adeleke.

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Senator Ademola Adeleke did not have any certificate, his so called WAEC result had only F9 in English, he was involved in examination malpractice which is before a court of competent jurisdiction, the two testimonials he presented were forged.

He had never held any public office nor had any track record of any meaningful achievement in life beyond living off his wealthy brother and touting his family name.

It is imperative that the PDP stop their acts of double standards and come to equity with clean hands, maybe then Nigerians can take them serious, except if they are saying that Osun State is less important to them than Nigeria.

It is now a case of the PDP swinging the moral and constitutional pendulum to any direction that suits their selfish interest.

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Ambode’s current troubles are beyond performance and he may not get that 2nd term

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If Lagos Governor Akinwunmi Ambode survives the next couple of weeks and nicks the second term ticket he so badly craves, he’ll survive anything.

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Such is the groundswell of opposition against him at the moment.

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And much of that opposition is coming from within his own party, the APC. All of Ambode’s current travails are self-inflicted.

“Not even Bola Ahmed Tinubu can save him right now”, one source said of Ambode’s September to forget.

Like everyone already knows, Ambode has fallen out with Tinubu who stuck out a neck for him to get his first term. Tinubu isn’t pleased that Ambode went about the task of dismantling and rolling back a few contracts once he took over the reins in 2015, the grapevine says.

The Lagos Waste Managing Authority (LAWMA) and PSP operators were also shown the door by Ambode in preference for Visionscape—a so-called smart waste company that has only compounded the waste problem in an over-populated city.

Tinubu is also not pleased that Ambode isn’t following the Lagos masterplan that was put together by Tinubu and his eggheads between 1999 and 2007.

But beyond Tinubu, the 57 local councils in Lagos have all but rejected Ambode. And because council chairmen wield enormous grassroot influence and answer to Tinubu who controls the patronage network in Lagos, camp Ambode has been understandably jittery.

Not only is Jide Sanwo-Olu the anointed candidate of godfather Tinubu, the council chairmen have been mandated to “deliver him” for the APC during the primaries and during next year’s general elections. It is little wonder that these chairmen purchased the N22.5million nomination form for Sanwo-Olu and declared to the media that Ambode’s reign is over.

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During one late night peace meeting convened by the Oba of Lagos to save Ambode and ensure he gets the second term ticket, the powerful council chairmen told the traditional ruler off and rudely asked him to mind his business.

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Beyond biting the hand that fed him, Ambode hasn’t really posted a stellar performance as governor, given the state’s enormous resources, humongous internally generated revenue and sizeable allocation from the center.

Lagos currently boasts some of the worst road surfaces in the country, there is so much fanfare about big projects that are never completed, articulated trucks have been parked on major roads for a year with the governor looking so powerless in the face of all the gridlock, clogged drainage channels have remained that way to compound the city’s flood problems, inner city roads have virtually collapsed, Lagos is back to being filthy and smelly, there is little innovation from Alausa to solve the city’s perennial traffic woes, bedlam and chaos; and area boys (otherwise called street urchins) have been having a field day extorting from commercial motorists with not a soul to challenge them.

The lawlessness in Lagos, which was on the verge of extinction during the Babatunde Fashola era, has all but returned.

But maybe Ambode needs more time to sort out the city’s many challenges. Maybe Tinubu should really stop choosing his successors and let the electorate and party delegates decide for themselves for once. Maybe Tinubu’s overbearing influence in Lagos helps no governor and leaves them confused. But Ambode hasn’t helped his own cause with his below par performance either.

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The groundswell of public opinion tilts toward his replacement because he has impressed only but a few. When Fashola fell out with Tinubu and was almost denied a second term by Bourdillon, the people stood by him because he was performing. At the time, Tinubu knew better than to mess with the people’s choice. Ambode is neither pleasing his godfather nor getting the people behind him—all of which leaves him in a precarious position.

Lagos is a special state thanks to its sheer population and premier economic status. It deserves a governor who isn’t as tone deaf as Ambode, who thinks on his feet, who is innovative and who fixes problems as they arise. Ambode goes to sleep until the problems become mountains he can no longer fix.

Should he brave the odds, ride the storm from Bourdillon and somehow manages to nick the second term ticket on the APC platform, Ambode should spend the first few weeks of his new term assembling a better team and promising himself not to be as disastrous and ineffectual as he’s been in his first term.

Godspeed Ambode, you’ll need all the prayers you can get right now.

Source: PulseNG

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