Thursday, November 16, 2006

Who Should Be The Next President of Nigeria?

There has never been a free and fair election in Nigeria."
~Maryam Adamu Umar
Washington Post, 12/11/2006

I have just read the Washington Post report on the new electoral process in Nigeria with the introduction of the electronic voters registeration system. And I am amused. Because, the most important thing to the majority of Nigerians is not the electoral process. What most Nigerians want is good governance that will solve their economic and social problems. And they don't even care if the elections are rigged or not. Just give us good leaders and not political crooks and rogues in the masquerade of democracy.

Who should be the next President of Nigeria?
That is the question.

I have been close to the corridors of power and have worked in the political campaign office of Alhaji Bamanga Tukur between 1990 and 1992 on Eletu Agabi Street on the Victoria Island in Lagos. I have had the privilege of meeting with some top politicians in Abuja. And I can state here that most of the so called Nigerian politicians don't know what is politics and from their so called political activities from the First Republic to date, even a moron can see that they are political vandals and vagabonds. Because, they have only bastardized politics.

Rev. Christ Okotie:A Presidential Aspirant

The Nigerian political parties don't have what can qualify as real political offices. They only have "open and close" political shops. They open them for elections and close them after elections.

Now, with less than six months to the Presidential elections, there are no real Presidential Candidates with any organised political campaign. No political education, no political mobilization and no political sensitization of the electorate. They just print posters and handbills of their best photographs to advertise themselves as contesting candidates.

A true political leader would have been known to the electorate in over ten years of statesmanship in public service and interacting with the electorate from the grassroots.

The so called Christian Presidential Candidate thinks pasting posters on the pages of newspapers and on walls on the streets in the cities and on an obscure website is all it takes to convince millions of Nigerian voters that he is worthy to lead them? When the majority of the masses who constitute the legitimate electorate in the villages and towns in the Southern, Eastern, Western and Northern regions of rural Nigeria don't even know him or his political agenda. And if you drop him from an helicopter on the people in Katangora in Northern Nigeria, they will mistake him for another ET from a UFO. And he has not even launched any political education, mobilization and sensitization of the poor majority of Hausas, Ibos, Yorubas and the other 247 ethnic groups. And can he give us a guided tour of his party offices and wards in Abia, Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Borno, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Ẹdo, Ekiti, Enụgụ, Gombe, Imo, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Lagos, Nassarawa, Niger, Ogun, Ondo, Ọsun, Ọyọ, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto, Taraba, Yobe, Zamfara and Abuja Federal Capital Territory?

The other so called political candidates are the same kettle and pot. Clueless. And none of them is a true statesman and the women among them are only their political mistresses or political concubines of the political gamblers who see Nigeria as one big Political Casino and in fact, Nigeria is the biggest Political Casino in Africa controlled by the Nigerian Political Mafia of Political crooks and rogues whose stock-in-trade are political chicanery and robbery.

Until true statesmen and stateswomen become political leaders in Nigeria, Nigerians will continue to be plagued in the vicious circle of corruption in the corridors of power.

Governor Donald Duke is the portrait of the new breed and the ideal Nigerian leader

If you want to lead Nigeria, then you must begin the political education, sensitization and mobilization of Nigerians through public service or charity and only through your benevolent service of leadership by example will you prove that you are a true political leader worthy of the mandate of the electorate of Nigeria.

The late Malam Aminu Kano is a good model of such a true political leader.
The late Chief Obafemi Jeremiah Awolowo is another good model of a true political leader and the late Dr. Nnamdi Azikike is also a good model of a true political leader.

How many of the so called Nigerian Politicians have read the books of Malam Aminu Kano, Obafemi Awolowo and Nnamdi Azikiwe?

They have to read their books to study their examplary models of statesmanship in political leadership.

The political kleptocrats and plutocrats destroying Nigeria now wasted millions of Naira, Dollars and Pounds from our treasury on useless trips to America and Britain pretending to go there to learn from the American Democracy and from the "Mother of Parliaments". But the political pretenders actually went for tourism and shopping spree from London to Washington DC. And their Political Kingpin, the ruling President of Nigeria saw his once in a lifetime opportunity of his wildest dreams to go globe trotting to almost all the countries in the Western world and Asia and wasted tax payers money in his useless day dreaming trips in his so called quest for foreign investors. And the only foreign investors he got from his ludicurous world tour are buyers of GSM licenses and illegal oil blocs. Any dummy can sell GSM licenses and stolen oil blocs. And of course, he will jump at the slightest opportunity to mention his famous "Debt Relief" success story. And I ask him again, whose debt?

How many of the retired military rulers have been charged , arraigned and convicted of embezzling large sums of public funds and taking bribes? And their partners in crime and political lobbyists are still in business as usual in the kleptocracy and plutocracy ruining Nigeria in the masquerade of political parties?

May I ask you again?
Who should be the next President of Nigeria?


Chxta said...

Seriously, is there any? I think the OKotie thing is one huge joke.

NaijaBoy said...

I would never Vote Okotie In my right mind. I think Gov. Donald Duke is the best so far judging by his performance. This is the only Gov. I've heard of that his people are clamoring for him to remain their Governor. I think you'll agree with them when you get to Calabar. As for Obj. I think he's scored his two marks. We should appreciate him for it. That's if they conduct a fairly credible election too.

Orikinla Osinachi. said...

Governor Donald Duke is more organised than Reverend Chris Okotie. And Duke seems to be committed to the nation building of a New Nigeria. But he is in the wrong political party.

God help us all in Nigeria.