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Aborisade’s essay on Chibok’s Missing Girls : Comments worth sharing

https://emotanafricana.com/2014/05/12/chibok-bring-back-the-female-students-safely-adopt-anti-poverty-economic-programmes-order-foreign-troops-out-of-nigeria-femi-aborisade/

 

Fatai Bakare Says:
May 12, 2014 at 9:56 pm e
Good one, Femi and I cannot agree less with you especially on the presence of foreign troops in Nigeria. I am sure their presence has so many under tones than meet the eye. It is a ploy to sniff at our security outfit, strength and economy. In a short time time now, we will be paying them back in crude oil. They are no good at all when we think of what happened in Iraq and Libya. They are devils one should not dine with unless with a very long spoon. If our President is serious to end these war of terrorism your points are very vital and we have enough personnel in the country that can be employed. This is why we should also consider Gen Mohamadu Buhari’s advise that we should not play politics with Boko Haram issues.
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Emotan77 Says:
May 13, 2014 at 6:38 am e
Thanks, Fatai.
My own problem with the foreign troops’ issue goes beyond the crude oil business because sooner than later, the US and others who depend on that form of energy would find other ways.

 

Jonathan’s government did not show good faith but a belated willingness on the matter of the Chibok girls. Before asking for foreign troops, he seemed to have taken the very serious issue as a distraction to a re-election he keeps telling Nigerians his mind was not made up on even though he was out on the campaign trail; in Nigeria, campaigns are huge outdoor parties – sort of – that are celebratory, especially in a country where elections are often won without electorates’ say-so. In fact, he was forced to cancel another rally with the criticisms of opposition and NGOs, etcetera.

 

I do not believe we had done enough as a country before requesting help; – rather, Nigeria’s security apparatus more than dropped the ball on the Boko Haram issue before government decided to go cap in hand – as usual – to request help in rescuing the girls.  Imagine the hurried government statement that a hundred girls were stolen and only eight had not been rescued.  Imagine the fact that security agencies were passing the buck on who gave the press statement.  Imagine, imagine, imagine …

 

It is the same on economic issue: we rake in scads of money from petroleum but take grants of less than a million dollars; loan amounts that are less than what top civil servants steal in a single day and yet we have a so-called Economy Director who did not find it shameful to revert to the Nigerian mode: we are not the only corrupt country in the world. Nigeria is so shameless that a supposed lawmaker would call on Kuwait in the law-making hall to help us with housing needs because we are a big country with a huge population while Kuwait is a small country that has money. (Check out KUWAIT, GBA WA, O! — https://emotanafricana.com/2013/01/03/kuwait-gba-wa-o-you-are-small-dont-have-housing-problem-we-are-a-large-country-with-a-huge-population-nigerian-senator-begs-kuwait-tola-adenle/) What have we done with our own money except keep “lawmakers”, politicians, top civil servants and a few others in sheer lives of luxury?
Why did the government not send military personnel for training in the United States a long time ago because the terrorists have been at it for quite a while?
A country that easily turns to another to solve a security matter like Boko Haram without having done much on its own is not worth to be a country.

Thanks,

TOLA.

 

TUESDAY, MAY 13,2014.  6:59 a.m. [GMT]

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5 Comments on “Aborisade’s essay on Chibok’s Missing Girls : Comments worth sharing”

  1. emotan77 Says:

    From my Mailbox:

    Ku atijo o, and many thanks for being in touch.

    For goodness sake, why can’t Fashola be the Presidential candidate and President come 2015???? He seems the most obvious choice were it in a country where merit and integrity come first, not zoning, federal character, mediocrity etc. How can right-thinking and patriotic Nigerians have a real say in who leads them? It’s always the party that decide and we then choose the “lesser”(?) of two or more non-starters! This is a serious matter indeed.
    As we all know, the country has been sinking faster into the mire of corruption in the last four years or so.

    S. Bisi

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    • emotan77 Says:

      Dear Sis.,

      Thanks for this, and great to hear from you.

      Who knows, we may one day be able to actually have a say in deciding those who govern us. That is why these types of discussions are very important. To remain one, Nigeria can not remain forever a country where people get “elected” – (s)elected is the masses’ term for it – without the electorate.

      I, too, particularly like the way Fasola dissects our problems without the paternalism that always flows from those in power.

      Fond regards,
      TOLA.

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  2. emotan77 Says:

    From my mailbox:

    Ku atijo, o [It’s been a long time!] and many thanks for being in touch.

    For goodness sake, why can’t Fashola be the Presidential candidate and President come 2015???? He seems the most obvious choice were it in a country where merit and integrity come first, not zoning, federal character, mediocrity etc. How can right-thinking and patriotic Nigerians have a real say in who leads them? It’s always the party that decide and we then choose the “lesser”(?) of two or more non-starters! This is a serious matter indeed.
    As we all know, the country has been sinking faster into the mire of corruption in the last four years or so.

    S. Bisi

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  3. Femi Aborisade Says:

    Thanks for your comments on the above subject matter, Aunty and Ẹgbọn {Older “brother”) Fatai. Femi Aborisade

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    • emotan77 Says:

      Always a pleasure to share these thoughts and this has already gone far afield, including to a ranter which I’ll mail to you before trashing. We cannot but have such considering how, from retired General Obasanjo’s presidency, the Constitution was made a foot mat to please religious zealots which was to enable rGO have his way on tenure elongation. You cannot but attract good and negative attention once you – or anybody – writes about how things should be.

      Regards,
      TOLA.

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