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2022 EID-EL-FITR: IN SEARCH OF COMPETENT, GENUINE AND PRACTICALLY FAITHFUL PATRIOTS FOR LEADERSHIP (A CASE STUDY OF KASHIFU, DG, NITDA) By Hashim Suleiman
For avoidance of sounding like a former state governor, who publicly stated that Nigeria’s woes are a result of the sins that the numerous citizenry committed, I wish to agree in another way but certainly not his own narrative and submission, little wonder he was not able to formulate critical strategy that could ensure his retaining the state even after serving eight years as governor with four of them as the chairman of the Nigeria Governors forum. He felt the victory was going to be sent from above miraculously, can’t remember when I saw or heard of any miracle happening anywhere in the current times, we however read of them during the prophetic times.
The only area where I could relate to his submission is the fact that apart from competence which must form the fulcrum of choices for leaders, we indeed need them be sound in faith and character and of-course not necessarily a faith that is lip based but one that has been practically demonstrated. I have observed with keen interest how there was heightened worship during this holy month with the mosques daily filled and the so much energy exhibited towards prayers even though I’m sure most will be for prosperity and perhaps national stability and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. Sweet life is something everyone would crave.
However, what has been missing all along our years of intense prayers is genuine faith exhibited through character. How much have individuals contributed to the wellbeing and sanity of their brethren before seeking for God’s intervention and that way it becomes easy for God himself to intervene knowing certain virtues He appreciates have been adhered to and exhibited. The height of it is people who have never had any inkling with religion during their years of service automatically becoming clerics overnight for the sake of hoodwinking the voters for electoral victory. This purely smacks of hypocrisy and voting such kind of character deficient hypocrites will certainly come with nothing other than chaos and further retrogression.
These are the issues bedeviling us as a nation and issues that are requiring urgent intervention in order that meaningful progress was to be made in our nation. Isn’t it ironic how regardless of your intent to do good in leadership, it is always almost impossible to achieve? The fact is you get subdued by the sort of characters that you will surround yourself with and they will get you to eventually give up and righty so because it will be too late by the time you’ll recognize that’s if you have what it takes to do so. Any leaders first intent to genuinely succeed would first have to be the choice of people to surround self with.
Let me use the case study of Kashifu Inuwa, the Director General of National Information Technology Development Agency to buttress my point. I met the young technocrat in the line of street hustle and his character was enough to melt me into recognizing I had met a different breed from the everyday people I meet. And to also show you Prof Pantami was one of those who pays apt attention to succeeding, he first brought him close as his aide and finally recommended him for the post of the Director General of same Agency. The success that resulted this amazing combination of competence, faith and character is there for anybody to see through NITDA and Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy or through my several articles on the duo.
Furthermore, apart from my 2015 open letter article to Badaru Talamiz, the executive governor of Jigawa State, I had not followed up so much on his governance considering that he had vindicated the letter by appointing and empowering as much youths to help steer the affairs of the state with him, he finally knocked me off when through his several interviews where he had revealed the sort of individual he wanted to succeed him as governor. He mentioned characters like competence, faithfulness, humility, patriotism amongst others and lately rumors started to trickle that such choice had been narrowed down to Kashifu Inuwa and I said he was indeed deserving of my standing ovation because he had just set the state on the path of genuine progress because the man in question embodies all the characters he itemized and he had exemplified them at NITDA and before.
Consequently, in the spirit of the just concluded Ramadan and the celebration of the Eid, it was expedient to reecho the fact that Nigeria requires more and more genuinely faithful and competent individuals to steer affairs of state so meaningful progress would be achieved with assurances of sustainability too.
Eid Mubarak Nigeria
It sometimes make me wonder how lessons are just not heeded to in this country. Could it be why some people believe Nigerians forget things to early to the extent that such assertion has become more of a cliché. I could actually believe so considering how much the APC had early into their administration forgotten practically all the lessons that should have been learnt from the mistakes of the PDP and today we have come round to people debating more for a repetition of those mistakes even though the PDP appears a little more wary about them.
We have just come from the conduct of the APC national convention where the attempts at a consensus for the national chairman almost tore the party apart but for the immense fear and respect that the party governors and big wigs have for the president and in fact the much that has been tolerated from the party and government by party faithfuls is as a result of that respect and deferment. While all of it have been enjoyed by Buhari and the beneficiaries of it, it may not last up to the presidential primaries when the suppressed effects of the past will combine with the resultant ones from an attempt to foist a presidential candidate and finally bury the APC as a party.
This matter needs to be echoed because it’s evident that the managers of the party or rather the managers of Buhari have become totally comfortable and complacent over how easily Buhari’s instructions are heeded to regarding some of these issues around consensuses and impositions and they assume every instruction of Buhari will just be sailing through even without appropriate consultations. Their inertia is deep enough not to even let them see the little trembling that resulted from the consensus processes leading to the selection of the national working committee of the APC. From the cutting short of presidential trips, to counter letters from within and abroad and culminating in tears and reluctance of candidates to accept outcomes on the stage of the convention. If all these are not indication of buried landlines waiting to be stepped on, then I don’t know what could ever be more.
While some members of the PDP who have learnt lessons from the past are insisting on an open contests to clinch party tickets, the incurable lazy ones who have refused to learn any lessons and insist on the ways of the past are championing zoning as a way to bring back imposition through the back door. These people must be resisted for the sake of Nigeria’s democracy. Once the major fabrics of the democracy which are the political parties are destroyed, what are we going to have left again. This will only take the clock backwards to pre ’99 when all the work about building a formidable democracy will have to be started again, little wonder why the National Assembly in its wisdom initially submitted an amended electoral act containing only direct primaries as a means of nomination of candidates by political parties. However, as usual those lazy politicians who would always want to use privileges to advance their selfish agenda worked to truncate such provisions by ensuring that their most potent tools of indirect primaries and consensus was introduced.
That thing that is most dangerous with all these consensus and imposition is that it has even permeated our everyday life. People have no regard for competence and competitions anymore, everyone wants to create shortcuts or having their way out of everything. From work places to business environment and voluntary unions and associations. You’ll always see how people would unconsciously begin to mobilize towards truncating any competitive process using their privileged positions and because most of the people at the helm also emerged through same shortcuts, they mostly don’t have enough intellect or wherewithal to understand the effects of these things and even when they do, no guts to say no to them.
The 2023 elections are fast approaching and majority of the candidates from all the parties just want to be endorsed and affirmed. They are busy rallying around principals and waiting for endorsements while all others who have worked all their lives to gather enough goodwill as competitive edge must be jettisoned and schemed out. This can never be good for democracy, thankfully though, the National Assembly has introduced a caveat to consensus by saying all candidates must put in writing their acceptances to the consensus arrangement. One could say this is a little deviation from total imposition but we could do better.
Finally, this is an advisory to all contestants and political parties to recognize that we must truncate the culture of imposition before it kills us as a people. The culture of hard-work and completion is daily giving way for these short cuts and we must work to put an end to them for the sake of the survival of our democracy and the society in general.
When all the hullabaloo about the expectation of a declaration for the presidency by Prof Osinbajo rented the air months back, one would assume that the eventual coming to light of it will shake the land through the advent of some A-Class strategies and strategists. However, the entire event was far from expectation, perhaps as a result of the sort of individuals that were involved in it. One wouldn’t have expected anything more from the sort of individuals that featured in the entire Osinbajo programme.
The only critical contributors to the entire Osinbajo agenda was Channels Television, who deliberately first aired the recorded video of the declaration as well as following up on all the rented crowds from certain states and claiming it was a spontaneous celebration. These guys couldn’t have thought us what a spontaneous celebration would look like when we are just coming from a Buharinomia of which they themselves are major beneficiaries of. Spontaneous celebrants don’t carry placards, they invade runways and close down streets.
In all honestly, it is not this event that made me started to doubt the Professors ability to make critical recruitments. I had always wondered how a Laolu Akande would be a spokesperson to a cerebral person like Yemi Osinbajo. He lacks depth and originality whenever he’s meant to defend his principal, he always dodges critical debates. The only recruitment I had liked that the Prof did was that of Ajuri Ngelale and the guy too is too formal for Nigeria’s rugged sake. Which other Osinbajo’s recruit demonstrated the much needed street credential that the Jagaban Borgu has brought on board all these while.
Akinwunmi Ambode also attempted to outshine the master at that time. We all also thought he had his game tight and was just going to pull it through. Unfortunately, it was as empty as box of shreds. He fell like a fallen tree which has not even started to develop any roots nor develop any fruits.
We all also recall how Babatunde Fashola left Governor and totally lost touch with politics and mobilization. He became more of a technocrat that was just good at getting the job done using the bureaucracy but not recruiting any street smart people to mobilize and form a movement. This is why even though Buhari ponders making him a presidential flag bearer, he just hasn’t demonstrated enough political sagacity to encourage such thought. It’s all in your ability to make critical recruitments folks.
There’s no need to waste time talking about Lai Mohammed who only stylishly jumped on the O-to-Ge movement but has since found it difficult to prove it was his idea or that he was fully in charge of it. Little wonder why Babajide Sanwo-Olu has stayed put and paying the appropriate dues of loyalty.
All of these have proved a simple point that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu remains the best recruit of men who could get the job done and even though he has empowered them enough to be able to form their own dynasties, they have simply failed at it and at this point we all don’t have a choice but to drop the cap and salute the Jagaban of Borgu.
Much respect Sir!
Dorathy Thomson once said “The most destructive element in the human mind is fear. Fear creates aggressiveness” and I cannot agree less to this because it’s so obvious that fear is gradually taking over our society to the extent that we’ve basically become very aggressive to one another including the few ones who have still got some element of courage and conscience left in them. Everyone has become more scared of losing their economic advantage as against developing any sort of dignity. Shouldn’t this be enough reason why some of us will be genuinely afraid of the future.
I read in some tabloid lately where a few clerics and statesmen were listed as those remaining with guts to tell truth to power. First, I was moved by their little numbers and secondly moved by why such a character has become something to cheer in a country of 200 million individuals. An inestimable number of individuals have successfully instilled fear in a society of this large number to the extent that everyone wants to stay indoors or pay heavy flight fares to travel for important issues or sometimes leisure as we are well known for.
What’s going on now is that fear has been appropriately cascaded to every cadre of our society. The elite has successfully intimidated the lot of the middle class into always attempting to speaking only on those things that sound politically correct, apologies to young men like Deji Adejanju, Alwan Hassan, Ayo Oyalowo and a few others whom I have followed closely and admired their guts of speaking truth to power regardless of their human imperfections. I have had to argue fiercely recently with one of my friends over the sacking of the Apo Mosque Chief Imam, Shikh Khalid when he attempted to paint the matter to resemble something like APC Vs PDP kind of a thing. He attempted to insinuate that the Chief Imam was a PDP supporter and what not but I wondered how that related to the words the imam said which I heard over and over again and found nothing other than courage to speak truth to power, whether as a reminder or whatever any leader or influencer might make of it.
I had once written an article to defend Prof Isa Pantami when these same kind of conquered citizenry went bullying him to speak to the issues at hand by playing back his sermons of years before where he had shared his opinions at the time over the happenings. I insisted in that article that he had a right to hold political opinions and rightly so, you can have a read of that here: https://dailytrust.com/pantami-and-his-citizen-right-to-political-opinion. I wondered why those bully’s could not themselves utilize those mischievous voices of theirs into spitting their fair share of speaking up to the happenings in the country which they considered inappropriate. They always want people to only say what they considered correct while they hide behind their fingers in fear of speaking to lose favors and economic advantage.
I couldn’t have made a case for Prof Pantami and not make same for Sheikh Khalid, that will amount to hypocrisy and sycophancy from me, characters which I abhor with all I’ve got in me. I also felt it appropriate to echo these matters perhaps some could read and tell others to imbibe the virtue of bravery because you can believe that posterity remains on the side of those who stand by truths especially for the sake of the wellbeing of others. The society stands to suffer a lot when the middle class whom are largely the opinion molders have been conquered by fear.
When you go down the echelon, the downtrodden have also been conquered by their own version of fear and this time it’s insecurity. The communities practically live and share space with these criminals but you and I may not know because they will never say. The thinking will be that even if they will not say or report, what stops them from organizing and forming a common front to face the enemies but they won’t because the entire frame of the society have been successfully conquered by fear and I personally have wondered how such will ever be reversed considering how deep these fears have eaten in.
It is not the depth of how much fear has eaten into our society that worries me the most, it is the depth of how much men and women of conscience have diminished from the society. Every individual is been oriented to only work to protect their economic advantages even at the detriment of their dignity and morality. Sycophancy has become the order of the day, the downtrodden have become perpetually scared of their opposite contemporaries and all these will make some of us wonder what the future stands for a supposedly brave nation like Nigeria.
Ramadan Mubarak and Happy Easter in advance.
I remember vividly how I was recruited into Setraco Construction Company at Igobiri-Toru-Ebeni project in Bayelsa State as a young and fresh Geology graduate coming from school. I had this notion that being a graduate, every other person who was not one was to bow and take orders from me. It didn’t take long when I figured out that my school degree was merely an advantage but that the world of experience was an entirely different one that required me to be low headed to learn.
Consequently, I found myself being humble to Mr Samuel who was a secondary school leaver but had put in over 20 years of experience in the firm’s laboratory. The practical analysis and laboratory skills he had on construction materials was enough to humble me into accepting my rightful place as a Laboratory Technician way under him and others who possessed much more experience than I did. I humbled myself and learnt enough from these individuals perhaps at a more faster rate than someone who’s not a university graduate would require. The rest is history today.
I brought the above narrative to explain why I feel ASUU went overboard by intending to withdraw the academic certificate of Kashifu Inuwa over the performance of his statutory responsibility and one that is systemic at that. ASUU is made up of all cadre of lecturers ranging from Professors to Graduate Assistants but in all honesty that is not enough to guarantee that they posses enough practical experience to insist on the efficacy of their own developed ICT Application which aimed to aide the payment of their remunerations.
NITDA as an agency is statutorily established to aide the government in the area of developing the ICT sector. One would also understand the popular notion that everything goes in Nigeria and where it goes wrong along the line, tongues go wagging, blames are shared, monies are lost and a repeat of the mistake is made again. We are a people that have been used to producing half baked solutions to issues just to pass over situations. Unfortunately, the current NITDA DG feels otherwise, he feels the mentality to work has to change in such a way that the organization has been rejuvenated into a result driven one. Little wonder why he has worked to earn the confidence of the Federal Government into believing the judgement of the Agency in the UTAS matter was going to be an objective one that would guarantee a long term operability.
However, while the young man is genuinely patriotic at trying to ensure the workability of the Agency he has been saddled to superintend over, he equally has to deal with the nature of the country people that hardly appreciate genuine efforts. This is a country that prefers hypocrisy and mediocrity and I do not envy anyone who attempts to put those kinds of critical patriotic efforts. Even president Muhammadu Buhari who has given as much had to relax at some point and agreed that Nigerians were hilarious people.
The issue around UTAS was purely a technical one that may not necessarily be understood when looked at from strictly the books point of view. NITDA boasts of staff that have years and tonnes of experience over practical matters that relate to UTAS and many others alike or bigger. They understand practical challenges that could result from the handling of big data, they understand the resources constraint that could result from a long term point of view. Was ASUU expecting NITDA to simply approve a solution that has truly not ticked all the boxes it was supposed just so ASUU would clap and probably sheath their arm-twisting like press releases.
We do appreciate our lecturers who have worked hard to ensure we obtain the appropriate essays needed to understand the rudiments of the various courses we read. However, we equally appreciate the tons of informal experiences we obtained from the everyday life at the various universities. Overall, we mostly appreciate the practical experiences we have obtained as well as the advanced additional qualifications we have obtained.
ASUU, could leverage the various experiences at NITDA and forge a partnership that could afford them the needed expertise that could develop a workable application that could solve the remuneration debacle of ASUU amongst others.
I have always posited that since the advent of the Nigerian democracy, it has developed by the years but this can only be observed by those who can discern enough as well those who are not lazy and expectant of only handouts as dividends of democracy. So far so good our democracy has grown to an extent where for the first time ever, no pundit can predict who will be wining the next elections in all categories of contestants. No political party appears dominant anymore, everyone is fighting for their souls by discussing and ensuring that all the i’s have been dotted while the t’s have been crossed too.
For some of us who believe nation building is gradual and could come with its regimes of troubles and bursts, we recognize strongly that Nigeria’s democracy is growing by the day and it will naturally come with its resultant developments which like I said only the critical minded can see. Everyone will however see it in the long term. This is against the backdrop of the fact that some others believe democracy is not the most befitting for Nigeria but to me the difference is only in the speed at which autocracy and democracy can bring about the needed development. I believe there’s more inclusiveness in a democracy even though it is slow process. The autocracy could be faster but coming with some gagging and many dichotomies.
This brings me to the fact that part of the bane of the development of individuals, institutions and processes was the lack of knowledge and understanding of the laws of the land. What you then find in the past was people’s right been trampled upon and they can’t do a thing about it because they don’t know how to. They however forget that democracy guarantees rights which can be pulled from various laws ranging from the constitution to other legislations. It is however soothing to see that as the democracy grows, there’s continual increase in the appreciation of our laws and the rate at which people challenge such laws including their applications.
One must give kudos to INEC as they have proven to always be an institution which obeys the rules of law and court orders. Little wonder why every other election they’ve conducted has been better than previous ones and such is commendable and worthy of encouragement to continue to work by the books in delivering the elections for the good of the nation, this is not to dismiss the imperfection of humans.
Just recently, the Federal High Court sacked the Governor of Ebonyi state and ordered INEC to issue certificate of return to the PDP candidates that would be submitted by the party. Even though the Nigerias constitution did not expressly speak about defection for executives, it was important that citizens tested such a move where ones certificate of return bears another political party’s name while you’ve defected and commensurate changes have not been made to that certificate. This judgement will make those wishing to decamp in the future to have a rethink especially considering that the case has been appealed and May get up to the Supreme Court for final determination.
Remember also how certain individuals misled the President into taking an unlawful action in his party the APC by ordering the removal of the chairman even when such a move had no place in any of the laws of the party or those of the land. It took the same INEC I described above to call their attention to the illegitimacy of the action and such was reversed immediately. The party equally had to work hard to vacate a court order that existed to bar them from holding any National Convention till further notice. The appreciation of the laws of the land in these instances gives one a positive feeling to the extent that the democracy is growing and would guarantee improved participation and confidence in the system and its laws. The attorney general equally had to challenge the resignation clause in the amended electoral act 2022 and the court has made a pronouncement which has become a law as is right now.
I have had series of arguments with individuals who would wonder why I’m in politics despite been a public servant, I tell them to try and read up the laws of the land so they’ll be aware about their rights and where they stop. The constitution of the republic guarantees freedom of association and participation and equally spelt out clear terms with which a public servant can or cannot participate in a political process. A public servant is only expected to resign 30 days to his/her election and any other law or guideline that contradicts the constitution is null and void.
Finally, it was important to note that Nigerias democracy is developing and that can be consolidated with the appreciation of rights by citizens and challenging any breach of it. So far so good, there’s a clear improvement in the appreciation and application of Nigerias laws and we hope for an improvement going forward.
May God bless Nigeria
I am basically a realist who accepts and work on things as they are and that’s why a lot of people I have related with will hardly identify my creed at first meeting. I equally think it was high time that Nigeria and Nigerians realized some basic facts about various cultures and dealings with a view to formulating strategies that could mitigate the effects that some of these differences cause to our unity and progress. But for now, we’ll have to deal with it.
For me I have long say from mid last year started to come across campaigns which depicted the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo as a sectoral bigot who only cares about the Redeemed Christian Church of God Christians in his dealings. Certain data and statistics even went flying to buttress those claims. The narrative didn’t actually catch fire as much but was percolating slowly into the society until last two weeks when a letter purportedly written by the RCCG headquarters to its various arms requesting for the establishment of a political and governance division to guide aspirants from church on strategy etc.
The letter enjoyed wide sharing as you would expect and it culminated in major opinion molders like Kperogi and Dele Momodu jumping into the matter. Kperogi aptly captured the fact that there are very deep sentiments regarding these sects and religion in this country. The only area he missed is the fact that Pantami’s Sheikh-hood cuts across all sects as against Kperogi insinuation that it was to the salafists only. Pantami’s close relationship with Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi amongst leaders of other sects is a well known matter. Dele Momodu on the other hand advised on caution by the church as if by any means such moves were for the emergence of Osinbajo then it was also fair for it to be equally for Deaconess Remi Tinubu and Dele himself whom are all members of the church and aspiring for number one positions too.
Perhaps, the reason why the letter got so much interest was it’s timing. I guess people wondered why such department or division had not been formed and given such attention all through the 23 years of the advent of this second republic. It is also not a hidden fact to the extent that Osinbajo’s body language indicates interest in the presidency even though he has not declared openly. It’s very likely indeed that the purpose of the letter is to promote Osinbajo’s chances, however because the pastors are not politicians, they didn’t realize it could be more harmful than good to the chances of the Vice President as is currently is.
The RRCG gave a perfect narrative that would catch fire and burn all of Osinbajo’s chances in the northern Nigeria, especially the core north where the votes of the popular ‘kardashian’ states is enough to make one president. As it is now, this matter has thrown a big spanner in the wheel of Osinbajo’s presidential ambition if any.
Regardless of how deep this can go, strategies are also countered by strategies and it was the suspicion of the emergence of these kinds of narratives that I wrote and insisted that Pantami was the near perfect fit for the 2023 permutations and I am somewhat vindicated today. The article can be read here: https://opinion.premiumtimesng.com/2019/11/04/isa-ali-pantami-as-near-perfect-fit-for-the-2023-permutations-by-hashim-suleiman/ . As it is now, Pantami is the only option of a Vice President that can neutralize whatever effect this Redeemed Christian Church bourhaha can have on Osinbajo chances. I don’t see how the Sheikhs and their followers can fear anything when one of their finest is on the joint ticket.
Furthermore, just like Prof Pantami fits into a possible Osinbajo presidency, he equally perfectly fits into any other possible presidential ticket from the southern part of the country, be it Christian or Muslim. Like I always say, Nigerias democracy is developing and only critical strategy can guaranty victory, there will hardly ever be cheap victories going forward.
We are watching!
For the fact that it is confirmed that people now read very less, you will then probably not be surprised when you read up social media comments about happenings around our environments and societies and that’s even from those who have chosen to comment about reality over the usual obsession about sex, vibes, drinks, drugs and nothingness. Lately though, I was shocked when in one of Olamide’s songs, I hear him narrating some Uthman Danfodio’s history to give me a feeling that those who supply the instruments of vibes know better than those who utilize the vibes with empty heads. We shall keep writing.
So lately, the Russia has initiated an attack on Ukraine and these social media folks who have little or no knowledge of the workings of the world as well as relationships between nations are up and already trending a narrative to the effect that Vladimir Putin of Russia is insensible, meanwhile some while ago these same folks had in one event or another followed another bandwagon that suggests Putin is a strongman who stands for his people and firmly too. What this shows is that these young analysts only want to live a life full of enjoyment that is devoid of natural troubles of life which in real sense make us stronger.
Some of those comments will also further showcase how much men and women of courage are diminishing from societies because people with such understanding that Putin should think like them and compromise over threats and intimidation cannot be trusted with anything serious. They will snitch and give up over money, sex or vibes. Little wonder why opinions have increased over anything and everything, but most times empty and devoid of any research or knowledge and I have to give it to leaders like Elrufai who have understood this to go all out in the formulation and implementation of policies that he deems fit for a long and short term goals.
The Russian invasion is about interests, the Russia have always been a foe of the United States less for the Trump era when some relationship was formed but even that cannot be on a 100% owing to Russia’s nature of never trusting nobody and always working to ensure full fortification of themselves against any deceit and manipulations. These are the reasons why Russia’s and the China’s regulate the use of these western social media apps which are capable of informing the opinions of the citizenry over certain matters. So for example, if you sample the level of information of the Chinese and Russians you will get an outcome of a more serious and committed people towards causes. This is why you should make some sense of why the Nigeria’s government had to ban Twitter at some point and if it had relied on the opinion of the majority she wouldn’t do it because those people are not deep and critical enough, trust me that was one of Buhari’s finest leadership moves.
It is also instructive to note that regardless of Putin’s resolve to stick to the interest of his nation, it does not take away the America and allies need to also ensure the preservation of their interests. Already countries are beginning to place sanctions on Russia’s businesses and interests in their and that is alright. Conversations are ongoing regarding diplomacy, concessions will have to be made from all parties just like the Ukraine has already agreed to talks. But be rest assured that Putin will go into full blown war should anybody attempt to intimidate him into tuning to their cheap opinions of leaving the world safe for vibes and enjoyment.
These individuals are mostly living off free monies made by their relatives and parents mostly off corruption or through electronic fraud. But even those criminals on the streets who use fights and hardwares understand that victories don’t come easy. Troubles and misunderstandings are usual in life and only the strong people go through and outlive them. None of Putin or the other side is wrong, it only demonstrates how much complex the world can be and how much work you will need to put into preserving legacies and interests.
In Nigeria recently, Asiwaju Tinubu quoted a philosopher who said if you fight with pigs you’ll get dirty and so he was ready to fight dirty for the actualization of his ambition and as usual these latter day commentators went all gaga with various interpretations in vindication of the fact that the country is made up of majorly ‘pigs’ whom you’ll indeed have to fight with to actualize anything meaningful.
These realities are the ways of the world currently and one would require wisdom and deep emotional intelligence to be able to align appropriately as well as to manage commentaries per time. It could be rough some days but all things come and pass for the better, it is not necessarily wrong to fight for your interest sometimes.
In other news, kudos to Muhammadu Buhari for defying one other group amongst the above described kinds of naysayers who felt he didn’t need to sign the electoral act amendment so the APC can stay in power by all means forgetting that the interest and growth of the nation is bigger than anything. History will remember him for this courageous effort that is required of any leader who wishes to succeed in recent times.
PROF PANTAMI; VOLUNTARY ASUU AND THEIR BASELESS OPINION ON STATUTORY ACADEMIC AWARD By Hashim Suleiman
Unfortunately, the gullibility of Nigerians have left some of us with no option but to continue to utilize opportunities to create awareness to how certain people use the opportunities they’ve gotten cheaply to acquire positions rightly or wrongly to hoodwink the society into rejecting our best on the basis of politics, bigotry and sentiments. This cannot continue and some of us will continue to test some of these pronouncements and decisions that have the coloration of a ‘Pull Him Down’ syndrome.
The happenings lately point to the fact that certain opportunists in this country are largely overrated just like we woke up to a worrying news about how the much celebrated Abba Kyari was caught in a planned operation negotiating bribe for drug trafficking, overrated right? Yes indeed. So many other individuals who have been opportune to hold positions of public interest have proved to be overrated in all sense of criticality and such people can only find prominence in a Nigeria where majority of the citizenry are bereft of critical thinking that should enable them discern through comments and opinions. Thankfully though, Nigerians are daily coming through their shenanigans and calling them out when necessary, ask NANS and NLC.
Just recently during the whole debate about removal or not of fuel subsidy, I watched severally the NLC president making no technical explanations as to why the subsidies should not go when the county’s revenue are daily dwindling and leaving no choice but to keep borrowing to meet up and continually servicing those debts too. All he was doing was trying to play on the sensibilities of average Nigerians as relates to suffering and what not without recourse to the long term sustainability of the subsidies. He kept speaking about how the refineries must be fixed and managed by government as though he was living in another country other than Nigeria where there is deficit of managerial capability in the public service to manage these infrastructure. He never gave a way out and such leaves some of us to conclude these people are working on the gullibility of Nigerians to protect certain interests.
These types of individuals are found in all associations and unions in this county and it gives some of us a serious concern. They appropriate some kind of powers to themselves that the constitution or any legislation has not granted them. They latch on the gullibility of the people to propagate their personal opinions and agenda which are usually hinged on emptiness and/or sentiments. Little wonder why the then General Sani Abacha of blessed memory dissolved some of these unions because they were becoming a nuisance and forming a clog in the wheel of Nigeria’s progress. Some of us can also say a lot about the workings of unions and associations from school days till now, this was suppose to be a testing grounds for leadership but honestly if the kinds of decisions that come out from the leadership of these unions and association is what to replicate at governance level, Nigeria would have been long vanished from comity of nations.
Just earlier today, I read an opinion on Facebook where the user wondered why Prof Dora Akunyili of blessed memory was awarded professorship while at the helm of NAFDAC and that elicited so much praises and applause but Prof Pantami’s must be criticized and condemned. Is it connected to Pantami’s creed, one would only wonder. Pantami just like Akunyili ascended his political position with a legitimate PhD as well as experience from lecturing. If all of the reforms he has brought and which have been culminated into a book by the cerebral PRNigeria center is not enough to award a Dr. and a proven lecturer professorship, what could ever be? Is it sex for marks efforts or lecture notes merchandising that must form a basis for the award? Perhaps that’s the opinion of the latter day ASUU on their opinion of the professorship award to Pantami.
ASUU must be reminded that they are a voluntary organization and the last I checked is that laws of the land never awarded ASUU any right to award academic qualifications even though they could have an opinion as enshrined in a democracy but a supposedly responsible organization like them should not be seen to be churning out cheap opinions that have no ability to improve the overall intellectual capacity of the nation, we will puncture it and speak about it. The Federal University, Owerri was established by law to deliberate on issues and legislate on them in accordance with the laws that establishes them and not the laws and opinions of ASUU.
I am using this opportunity to ask Prof Pantami to keep his head up and remain proud of his well deserved award of professorship and if he deemed fit he could sue ASUU for delving into a matter that is off their jurisdiction to decide on which has led to smear campaign of some sort. Some or all of the staff and lecturers of FUT, Owerri may be members of ASUU but that must not take away their right to deliberate on a matter of celebrating a successful scholar for national development and mentorship to younger ones. This must also make FUTO to take a bold step in distinguishing between unionism and the independence of their rights as enshrined in law.
We already have enough of today’s young people imbibing so much of the ‘Pull Him Down’ syndrome and we cannot allows ASUU and other unions to add to it, we’d rather stick to Prof Pantami and FUTO for mentoring and teaching young ones on how to utilize given opportunities for ascendence to excellence.
May God Bless Nigeria
In the entire time of the Buhari presidency, the president has never spent two full days in any state for working visit and it came as no surprise to us that such a state was Kaduna. Elrufai had indeed been working hard trying to secure funding for the urban renewal and other educational infrastructural policies and he finally secured the loan with the ascendence of favorable senators who worked hard to ensure he succeeded, though he mentioned that the a President and Minister of Finance helped too. We also know him to be a man that lives to his word even if it’s for the sole purpose of satisfying his ego, so there were more than enough projects to be commissioned and Buhari would do him that favour considering that Kaduna is his own base of residence and Elrufai is also considered one of his most closest strategist pre 2015 elections, one cannot be sure the relationship with the ‘cabal’ afterwards.
Strategically, the commissioning started from Kafanchan, the southern kaduna where the governor had been accused and perceived of discriminating. Massive roads were commissioned and you could see the intent of a progressive person who had a clear economic blueprint for these infrastructure developments which would culminate into urban renewal with quicker and faster economic movements. In all fairness also, the nagging conflict in the southern kaduna has also subsided for atleast the past two years less for the banditry which is not peculiar to that zone alone. Apparently, his management strategy of whatever the crisis were has worked, big kudos.
Next was the Kaduna capital city where Mr President kept commissioning projects till he confessed to being lost on the road to his Sultan Road residence. Such is how massive Elrufai’s infrastructural developments are. The entire development is being executed with a clear plan for creating a transport network in the state. The overall aim is to expand the city and equally connect all the various forms of transport. The ever busy Kawo flyover has been transformed to delight of all those traveling to the northern hinterlands and this has brought joy to not only residents of Kaduna but to millions of travelers into deeper North West and even North Eastern states.
Thereafter, the president proceeded to Zaria where he commissioned massive infrastructure made of roads, schools and other urban renewal endeavors. The crowd that greeted the President in Zaria further showcased how much Buhari’s goodwill is still intact in the Northern Nigeria. There was royal visits and the two day hectic project commissioning came to an end and it was apparent Buhari was elated and impressed with what he witnessed and one can understand why the entire event was capped with a banquet to properly put words to it.
So many people believe Elrufai is not politically very sound because his both electoral successes were on the backdrop of Buhari’s popularity and I suspect the timing of these projects commissioning to be his only strategy of selling himself to the president and the public for a possible presidential slot. But as usual, he used his own mouth to further mess that opportunity during the banquet. His ego and pettiness that rightly made people submit his name less amongst the presidential hopefuls came to bare.
Elrufai went berserk calling political opponents stupid and showcasing first class of the ego that has got people to cancel him off political ascendency based on personal goodwill and strategy. Perhaps that display of pettiness and name calling was an attempt to further convince Buhari to nominate him for the presidential ticket because that would be his only near opportunity at clinching the number 1 seat, but I’m not sure if Buhari is as petty to find such interesting. He went gloating about how he sent Senators Hunkuyi and Shehu Sani packing almost three years after. This could pass for intimidation and fear of loosing out in 2023 where Buhari will not be a factor. That moment was too low for me and it diminished all of the increased impression that the projects brought to my mind. While gloating, he paused deliberately assuming there must be a laughter that must greet his littleness, sycophants will ofcourse but it was totally needless, Elrufai believes he’s more clever than everyone else and his opinions must pass with everyone, doubt if he has any advisers cos if there were, they would advise against such. That was how the other day when Gov Bagudu was addressing the press after their progressive governors meeting, Elrufai was almost interjecting the man and itching to be the one passing off the press briefing, he didn’t believe Bagudu was saying enough, he felt he would say it better and was busy passing same off with his body language.
Elrufai must remember, infrastructural development alone is not enough to guarantee political successes if not Governor Bindo of Adamawa would have still been there today. He must be careful how he condemns political opponents because they could indeed emerge victorious tomorrow regardless of his many progressive strides.
God bless Nigeria