In 2012, a blog contributor might have spoken out of turn about Retd. General Buhari but how prescient he was!

August 9, 2016

Nigeria

AO Ajetunmobi Says:
Of course things are hard in Nigeria. But there is also another side of the coin, in relation to having a nostalgia for Buhari. For instance, in the first twelve months of Buhari’s military regime:
– over one million workers were dismissed from their jobs;
– prices of staple foods and essential commodities went up by over 500 per cent;
– there was a widespread scarcity of cooking oil, soap, milk, rice, sugar, salt and meat;
– tuition fees in higher institutions, which were abolished in 1972, were reintroduced;
– the immensely popular Universal Primary Education scheme embarked upon 10 years earlier was abandoned, forcing thousands of poor urban and rural families to withdraw their children from schools;
– Dr Tai Solarin, in very poor health, was detained in March 1984 for writing an article in the The Tribune, asking that ex-President Shagari should not be excluded from standing trial for corruption;
– thirteen of the nineteen members of the ruling Supreme Military Council (SMC) were northern Muslims, most of whose families are closely related to powerful local emirs;
– apart from the head of the navy, all service chiefs and commanders of the principal military divisions came from the north;
– the 1972 Nigerian Enterprises Promotion Decree was amended to enable non-Nigerians to own up to 80 per cent of large farm projects;
– leading members of the Kaduna ‘Mafia’ (such as Shehu Yar’Adua, Mamman Daura, Adamu Chiroma, Mahmud Tukur) were part of the influential group of the so-called ‘gentlemen farmers’ who owned and operated large-scale farm projects in the country with World Bank funding;
– a noisy media campaign under the emotive slogan, War Against Indiscipline (WAI) was launched to mask the ideology of the regime’s objective which was based on ludicrously simplistic prognosis of the fundamental reason for Nigeria’s post-independence problems: and,
– NIGERIA’S ECONOMIC POLICIES WERE PURSUED WITHIN THE BROAD FRAMEWORK OF CONTINUING NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE IMF AS BEGUN UNDER SHEHU SHAGARI CIVILIAN GOVERNMENT.From the above, in what sense must we continue to clamour for a strong, autocratic or detached leader instead of arguing for the entrenchment of a strong institution? Old habits die hard, I am happy to be convinced that, his being at the helm, an old Buhari in khaki cloth will be totally different from a new Buhari, in three piece outfits like the agbada or babaringa.

  • emotan77 Says:
    Thanks for this, Doctor.Now, don’t all Nigerian leaders with the exception of perhaps Murtala Muhammed, seem to always come with baggage?

    To the point at hand, this essay’s central point is the UNNECESSARY beatings – from the little of economic theory and practice that I know – that each successive government has allowed the Naira to take. As for the reference to Buhari refusing to take an IMF loan in the 2003 essay, it IS the truth and no amount of revisionism nor Buhari’s negatives could ever erase that fact.

    Finally, Doctor, I think the comments here seem not to be directed at my 2003 essay or to the short update I’ve added to it. I’ve provided info that I believe younger readers – 20s, 30s, 40s and even 50s – would enjoy, strengthened by scanned pages from one of my old passports.

    Regards, as always.
    TOLA.

    Hindsight apology is in order here, Dear Doctor, because you’ve been proved right. History, as the saying goes, has a way of repeating itself … this time, it is in the form of a terrible tragedy.

    Tola. August 8, 2016.

     

     

The essay referenced here, The Disappearing Naira, will be re-blogged here Monday, August 15.

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8 Comments on “In 2012, a blog contributor might have spoken out of turn about Retd. General Buhari but how prescient he was!”

  1. bisisowunmig Says:

    Most most tragic for Nigeria and Nigerians.

    But must we remain helpless in a supposedly democratic dispensation?

    How can a very very few hold us all to ransom?

    Our deliverance is, or should be in our hands!

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    • emotan77 Says:

      Dear Sis.,

      O ti wá sú mi, but you are absolutely right, Ma: “… our deliverance is in our hands” but God created us all with brains and survival skills. It is apparent, though, that even the default mode of basic human survival skills seems lost from all Nigerians.

      The lowest and middle classes are both united, perhaps for the first time in HUMAN HISTORY, in understanding ‘survival’ only in the narrowest sense of the word; the former upper-middle class – the middle class is already wiped out – is so dejected over losses of former taken-for-granted perks that accompanied achievements so much that they have sunken to self-pity and depression, a state of mind that gives no room to finding how to get out of the terrible state; and the wealthy?

      This class has two main groups: those that arrived at their stations through hard work – GETTING money the old-fashioned way: actually earning it. In Nigeria, those people exist but, perhaps, in hundreds. While I feel the sub-group must feel a nostalgia for better, more-secure time … in Nigeria, they are probably resigned to enjoying their wealth, HOPING NO SEISMIC CHANGES OCCUR TO CHANGE WHAT THEY HAVE.

      And 2, the main super-wealthy group. This is made up of perhaps more than hundreds of thousands – could in, fact, be in the millions: in short, the group that has brought Nigerians down to misery by taking the country to its economic knees. They have achieved stupendous wealth from Nigeria’s descent into anarchic depths of corruption.

      Think of just about ALL politicians: governors, “lawmakers” at ALL levels, ministers, board members of agencies at state & “federal” levels, civil servants, especially the top ones at ALL levels, including ALL parastatals, university top echelons, including teaching hospitals, the Procurement Arm to governmets at ALL levels et cetera, et cetera. From the private sector will be top echelon of banks, the Procurement Arm of the so-called “organized private sector” – collaborators with governments at all levels, collectors of government revenues who never deliver proceeds or deliver fractions, thereof …

      Which group, therefore, is in any position to take its deliverance in its collective hands?

      None, dear Sis.

      Thanks, Ma.
      TOLA.

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  2. F Bakare Says:

    Anti, I want to relate the expectations and problems we are experiencing with President Buhari to what was discussed sometimes ago on the matter of Bishop Adeboye, I think, on the matter of marrying a girl that cannot cook.

    Rather than resort to lurid language interpreting a Yoruba saying relating to the need for extreme patience in some circumstances, I believe that a man who truly loves a girl that cannot cook has to exercise patience.

    I used this because we expect much from Buhari. The people he dined and wined with to get nominated as their Presidential candidate know the game of politics better than him looking at the intrigues of politics and military life. He is not as experienced as General Obasanjo.

    There are too many strange bed fellows in APC at present. Looking at the composition of people in government at present, the people that crossed over from PDP are more than those that form APC as core members.

    I hope Buhari will see this in time and drop the acronym “I belong to nobody” . He must realise by now that he belongs to the core members of APC who are the original people who came together to form the party with him and not the PDP top hijackers who joined them to protect their corrupt past activities.

    The sooner he realises, this the better.

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    • emotan77 Says:

      Dear Fatai,

      Thanks for this.

      You won’t believe I did not listen to the tape by Adeboye; I do not follow the statements of such so-called men of God who, for the way they live rather than what they claim to be, are men of their own gods. Pardon me, therefore, that I have not much idea beyond what I read on a younger woman’s blog about the nonsense that Adeboye has added to the misleading preaching he doles out to the cult.

      I think Buhari brings all the disapprobation coming his way upon himself.

      Christians are aghast at his appointments and sack of employees at “federal” level not only because they are all mostly Muslims but because no members of the security arm of govt as well as several other branches are even SOUTHERN Muslims. Ditto the regulatory bodies for education: JAMB, NUC … ALL educational agencies, NORTHERN MUSLIMS et cetera.

      How about trying to sell the dud of foreign exchange approval at 50% less than the regular rates to 65,000 Muslims going on Hajj BECAUSE IT WAS PURPORTEDLY APPROVED BACK IN FEBRUARY!

      Fatai, I know you personally as a Muslim who is a real practising one. Pray, tell, by the time retd. General Buhari was sworn in as President in May last year, was Nigeria not already on borrowed time, living on an already-enlarged portfolio of borrowed money?

      Did he not cry out – and we all supported him – about the vast looting that had taken place before his arrival at the presidency?

      Was the Naira already not at about N180/$1 USD?

      Even if not adopted by Jonathan, is there not a National Conference document that specifies, as one of its recommendations, the banning of Hajj & Jerusalem pilgrimages by the time he became president?

      Even barring all of the above, is the best way to move a near-comatose economy forward is by approving $60 million-Plus for religious pilgrimage 7 months after he was sworn in?

      Okay, if it was approved in February as now being claimed and “the funds were warehoused by the CBN”, should those 65,000 Nigerians who had planned a pilgrimage that even Islamic religion recommends to THOSE WHO ARE ABLE, not be told it would no longer be possible?

      Meló l’a ma kà l’eyín Adepele …
      among which is the explosive Fulani herdsmen issue/land grab in the South for cattle grazing?

      Greetings,
      TOLA.

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  3. ADEYEMI ADETOYE Says:

    I believe history is very powerful because it helps and guides us to plan for, and package the future. Let me also confess that back then, this same extract from Dr. Ajetumobi’s stable; comments for caution from another friend (Dr.(Engr.) Segun Odejide; posts from public commentators like Femi Aborisade made me begin to critically have a rethink and back off from supporting General Buhari who I had initially perceived to be among few “truly disciplined” Nigerians, available to help the country unto prosperous nationhood.

    Early, I began to ask my myself why anyone would make law(s) to “KILL” and backdate it(them)? Why would any sane leader who wants peace in his or her domain throw high rated traditional rulers like the Ooni and the Emir of Kano, without telling them their offence, unto the back of iron wrought-ed military truck and have them driven them roughly over hundreds of kilometers SIMPLY to humiliate them, all because they travel somewhere without “permission”?.

    Till this moment, President Buhari hasn’t apologized for any of his numerous past mistakes as a dictator.

    My own final turning point was when he decided to align with Bola Ahmed Tinubu because I believe Tinubu’s wealth were not earned legitimately. I resorted to RECORDED FACTS of history, NOT CHEAP PROPAGANDA to make my decision.

    Dear aunty Tola, I SALUTE you for coming out publicly, apologizing for the treatment to early warning from vantaged Dr. Ajetumobi.

    However, the damage is DONE because millions of Nigerians are already victims of Buhari’s second coming.

    I am available to your recent clarion calls to guide the ship towards averting deadly mishap. I am available because news from home(Nigeria) inform that majority are suffering.

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    • emotan77 Says:

      Dear Ade,

      Thank you very much for this.

      Apology to Dr. Ajetunmobi is very much in order even though I was partly doing editorial work by my pointing out the subject at hand differed from his comments despite my being VERY MUCH ON RECORD as one of Buhari’s most ardent supporters. Prof, i.e. Dr. Ajetunmobi, had a lot of things on his mind which, despite its perhaps unsuitability for the comments section on the subject of the continued pummeling of the Naira, he thought would be shared on the formal forum a blog provides.

      What is very evident in Nigeria’s politics now – actually has been so since Obasanjo’s return as civilian president – is that selections and elections are controlled by godfathers who also ensure that elections are winnable! And godfathers, as in the Mafia from which the word originates – not the Christian godfathers and godmothers taken at baptism – are deep-pocketed individuals and have their prices for takers.

      Elections are mostly abracadabras, pardon me. While they may show who really won as in the case of Buhari in 2015, candidates for offices across the board, at every level from local government all the way up … chairman,State Houses, and “lawmakers” at “federal level” … are sponsored and BOUGHT/OWNED.

      Those who championed the retired General’s cause in the South [since] before the 2011 elections, especially talking from a personal view point, were sure he was the right person to correct Nigeria’s ailments, especially corruption that had destroyed society’s core fabric. I also believed he was more interested in leaving a name and legacy that would be different from his earlier coming knowledge/goal which colored my pre-2011 election cycle writings.

      That we were all very wrong is now a tragedy of historical proportions.

      Retd. General Buhari had his mission clearly known to him and his constituency, and he also knew that he could never get elected on the weak narrow base he had and the poorly-financed CPC ticket; it would have been another failure. He got what he wanted: the well-oiled APC platform financed by Southerners, including governors from Yorubaland from East of the Niger who, one way or another, EACH purportedly contributed hundreds of millions of Naira to Buhari’s election. Needless to say that these same people did not support him in 2011.

      The apparent worries of us all now can be summed up simply: whatever agreement the Southerners who financed Buhari’s adoption as APC candidate over Atiku who cried himself hoarse about not wanting the party’s convention in Lagos – and subsequent election – thought would bring to them and/or the South, have proved a mirage.

      I have no idea what those Southern representatives of their people were expected to get for themselves AND their people for INVESTING heavily with what had to be funds belonging to their states but what I do know – as millions of Southerners do – is that the people’s end of the bargain has been betrayed as Buhari was well aware of all the implication of financiers/godfathers before entering into agreements that politicians almost always enter into, even if not in writing.

      I have no idea of whether these representatives of Southern interests in APC-led government got their end of whatever agreement was reached but what I do know – like most Southerners, Christians or Muslims – is that WE GOT GIPPED – pardon the slang.

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  4. Adegoke G. Falade Says:

    Hmnnn….
    I have forwarded it to my colleagues.
    Is History more powerful than Future Reading?

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    • emotan77 Says:

      I really do not know, Dear Prof., but what I am certain about is common knowledge: that from the bowel of History are buried facts from which the future can often be discerned.

      My regards,
      TOLA.

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