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Tolu Ogunlesi's Open Letter To GEJ Is The True Meaning Of Hypocrisy - Ben Bruce by iwayumeh: 11:12pm On Jan 09
This Buharis Aides Open Letter To GEJ Is The True Meaning Of Hypocrisy - Bruce

According to senator Been Murray Bruce, If you want to know the meaning of the word hypocrisy, then read this open letter Buhari’s spokesman, Tolu Ogunlesi, wrote to ex President Jonathan in 2014, complaining to him about the quality of his spokesmen and compare this to Tolu’s behaviour today.

I have produced same here for your pleasurable reading


Dear Mr. President,

I am constrained to write this open letter to you before this season of letters comes to a close.

I will go straight to the issues at stake. Let’s start with the level of toxic-ness in the air, sustained to a large extent by the attitudes of your array of spokespersons, who today do little more than insult and dismiss everyone deemed to be an enemy of the President. Just as you have a point when you say that the easiest way to be deemed “progressive” is to abuse Jonathan, it has also become that criticizing the President quickly earns you all sorts of unprintable labels from the President’s camp.

Everyone in your camp seems obsessed with the fact that the world is against you. One adviser recently accused everyone criticizing you of lacking home training. Another, who made his name writing brilliant articles that skewered the governments of the day, recently lamented — without any sense of irony — that all Nigerian media is in the hands of the opposition.

There’s a siege mentality at work, us versus them. I can assure you that that is not at all a helpful attitude to adopt. Let’s get one thing clear – if the Nigerian media seems to be against you, it is because they’ve always been that way; always tending to be deeply critical of the abuse and misuse of power. At the next Council of State meeting you might want to ask your predecessors about their experiences with the media and the ‘opposition’.

If the media was unusually ‘nice’ to or tolerant of Babangida, why did he spend so much time proscribing media houses? If they were nice to Abacha why was his government obsessed with hounding journalists? If they were nice to Obasanjo why did he once boast that he never read newspapers? The late President Yar’Adua earned himself a reputation as “Baba Go-Slow”. Remember the joke that circulated widely a few years ago, about going into a restaurant to order amala, shaki and ‘Yar’Adua’ (where Yar’Adua stood for ‘snail’).

My point is: I doubt that Nigerians and their news media are singling you out for ill-treatment. It’s not about you being a Southern President, or a Christian, or an Ijaw man, it’s far more likely to be about the actions and inactions of your government.



Mr. President, step out of the trenches. Your battle is not against the media, or ordinary Nigerians wont to express their frustrations and disappointments. I suspect that your battle is instead with many of those characters who surround you, claiming to be friends and loyalists, but who imprison you within a dangerous Bubble and delight in misleading you for their own selfish ends.

I have slowly come to realise how the condition of power easily sets up the wielders of that power for incarceration within a Bubble. It’s prison without the uniform and without the realization that you’re in prison.

In that Bubble you’re cut off from reality, and people come up to you and say all sorts of things. They give you lists of your “friends” and “enemies”, they concoct allegations, they worship you, they call you their Jesus Christ, their Alpha and Omega, the best thing to happen to Nigeria since 1914, they endlessly whisper rumours and rumours of rumours. They will tell you that everyone hates you because you’re from a minority ethnic group. They will tell you to ignore what “all those yeye newspapers and critics” are saying.

It’s time, perhaps, for you to fight to step out of that Bubble. Your own long walk to freedom ought to commence now, considering that it’s almost too late.

We all know that governance is largely a series of perception games. Thus far your government has, like many of the governments that preceded you, has played those games badly. When people perceive your government as corrupt, it is because they see no evidence otherwise. We all saw fuel subsidies rise four-fold during your first year in power. No one took responsibility, no one was punished.


When the Police College incident happened, it was an angry you who said the revelations were the work of your enemies. It was, and is still, puzzling – did the opposition somehow corner all the funds allocated to the College(s), making it impossible for the police bosses to spend their funds responsibly. Then there was the aviation industry scandal – and I’ve reliably heard that it is only a tip of the iceberg. The Oga At The Top is still sitting pretty, invoking the Law of No-Shaking.

Meanwhile that same government wastes no time pushing Bart Nnaji out for ‘conflicts of interest’; and hounding Sanusi Lamido on the unproven grounds that he “leaked” a letter to the President. Perhaps you will be able to explain to us how a Lamido Sanusi has managed to embarrass your government to a greater extent than a Stella Oduah.

With scenarios like this you shouldn’t be surprised that Nigerians are angry and confused.

If you stood where Nigerians stand, and gave the affairs of your government a proper consideration, you’d probably – hopefully – come to the same conclusion; that something is just not right somewhere.

The tragedy is that someday, maybe in 2015, or 2019, you will step down from the Bubble. Your eyes will ‘clear’, and like Mr. Obasanjo you will become an advocate of good governance. Perhaps you will even write longwinded letters (or emails) to your successor complaining about corruption and about how the international community is deeply worried about Nigeria.

And we will be forced to remind you of your own time in office, and wonder aloud what it is about the water in Aso Rock that turns occupants into this strange species of Homo Sapiens.

Perhaps you would like to backtrack a little, to the beginnings of your presidency. To the circumstances in which you, underdog of underdogs, came to power. When you were at the mercy of the “cabal” that ran Nigeria in the absence of President Yar’Adua.

I, like millions of other Nigerians, was angered by the antics of that cabal, at how you, the sitting Vice President, was treated. You were kept out of the loop, humiliated. I recall joining protest marches in Lagos and Abuja, calling for an end to the shameful state of affairs that kept you away from taking charge of Nigeria. We didn’t do it because you were an Ijaw man, or because your loyalists ‘mobilised’ us to march for you. We did it because it was the right, sensible and decent thing to do.

Recall the promise and potential with which you came to power. A Nigerian President who came from outside the hegemonic contraptions that have run Nigeria since independence. No one doubts that your victory in 2011 was legitimate; those elections, while not perfect, were the most credible we had seen in almost two decades. I recall describing your appearance on social media in 2010 as a “breath of fresh air” – a mantra that eventually became one of your campaign themes.

The question to ask yourself is: what happened? How did we get here; where the name ‘Jonathan’ has become a byword for goofs and gaffes, for complete helplessness in the face of oil theft and corruption.

In trying to answer that question (and maybe there are some answers above), the least we expect is that you will try to make amends. Because that is all that will really matter, in the long run. You will probably need to sacrifice some of those Untouchables within your cabinet. There’s news of an impending cabinet reshuffle. Go ahead and do it. Surprise us.

You will also need to do something about your communications set-up. Your achievements – and they do exist (these might form the basis of another letter) – deserve to do better than get lost amidst the din of mindless propaganda and abusive language flowing from your spokespersons and aides.[

You would need to come and meet Nigerians where they are – sadly trapped beneath layers of angry cynicism – to directly tell them what you’ve been doing, what you’re currently doing, and what you plan to do in 2014. A handful of Presidential Media Chats per year will no longer cut it; not in these dire times.

You will have to face up to the difficult questions that Nigerians are asking, and answer them yourself. Go on TV, get on radio, get out there on social media. You can no longer continue to depend solely on a battery of spokespersons speaking dangerously off-the-cuff, hyper-excited by the sounds of their own intemperate voices.

The siege mentality has to go. You’re not the first, and will not be the last, Nigerian President to feel beleaguered. It is the nature of the task. And, considering what they receive in compensation and benefits for the job of ruling or misruling Nigeria, our politicians should generally learn to take all the heat, or leave the kitchen.

I have written this letter in genuine concern. I am not currently a member of any political party, and I do not have anything personal at stake in this brouhaha – no bids for a marginal field or NIPP power plant or import license that might possibly be affected by the way things play out. I do not hate you.

I am simply an ordinary Nigerian, concerned about the direction in which our country is headed; concerned about seeing that Nigeria gets the highest quality of governance that is reasonably possible, considering our very complicated circumstances.

Thank you.

Tolu Ogunlesi can be reached on Twitter: @toluogunlesi


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Re: Tolu Ogunlesi's Open Letter To GEJ Is The True Meaning Of Hypocrisy - Ben Bruce by aolawale025: 12:16am On Jan 10
Let him write an exact copy to Buhari

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Re: Tolu Ogunlesi's Open Letter To GEJ Is The True Meaning Of Hypocrisy - Ben Bruce by Mikora: 3:20am On Jan 10
Confam hypocrisy

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Re: Tolu Ogunlesi's Open Letter To GEJ Is The True Meaning Of Hypocrisy - Ben Bruce by ImperialYoruba: 3:25am On Jan 10
Bruce is reading letter when he ought to be out in a canoe going creek to creek in Bayelsa to get votes for Atiku. grin

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Re: Tolu Ogunlesi's Open Letter To GEJ Is The True Meaning Of Hypocrisy - Ben Bruce by CharleyBright(m): 4:24am On Jan 10
Anything associated with Buhari is first class failure and hypocrisy.
Except his wife. (That woman fine too much. How on earth did she agree to marry Buhari)?
Buhari must have used Charm on her, the same charm he used to wash away the brains of Sarrki, Madridguy, Mannabbgrills & others.

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Re: Tolu Ogunlesi's Open Letter To GEJ Is The True Meaning Of Hypocrisy - Ben Bruce by Quinns: 9:52am On Jan 10
Sometimes i wonder when the Fake BBQ seller sells his BBQ coz he's always on here 24/7 defending the lifeless one over 30k..

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Re: Tolu Ogunlesi's Open Letter To GEJ Is The True Meaning Of Hypocrisy - Ben Bruce by Tunasco4u(m): 9:52am On Jan 10
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Re: Tolu Ogunlesi's Open Letter To GEJ Is The True Meaning Of Hypocrisy - Ben Bruce by Wiseandtrue(f): 9:52am On Jan 10
iwayumeh:
This Buharis Aides Open Letter To GEJ Is The True Meaning Of Hypocrisy - Bruce


it has also become that criticizing the President quickly earns you all sorts of unprintable labels from the President’s camp.

Tolu Ogunlesi can be reached on Twitter: @toluogunlesi


https://www.facebook.com/279327892264929/posts/934384300092615?sfns=st
Lolzzzzzz if only man can travel into the future perhaps they might avoid some certain mistakes grin grin grin grin

He totally described himself only in future tense grin grin grin grin

The exact thing he spoke against is the exact thing he is doing today!

Thank God Buhari won, if not the suspense of what could have been if he hadn't won would have killed many!!!

Many of us thought he would bring Heaven down to us here on Earth grin grin grin

GEJ wouldn't be getting the respect he is getting today!

The way he (Buhari) was even criticising GEJ as if he knows what he is doing undecided

Tolu Ogunlesi see your life undecided if you are a gentleman an apology to the ex-president would have been in order! But as a zombie, I doubt you will do the needful!

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Re: Tolu Ogunlesi's Open Letter To GEJ Is The True Meaning Of Hypocrisy - Ben Bruce by chinavs9ja(m): 9:53am On Jan 10
It is well

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Re: Tolu Ogunlesi's Open Letter To GEJ Is The True Meaning Of Hypocrisy - Ben Bruce by reantv(m): 9:53am On Jan 10
Still writing letters? I thought that era is over?




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Re: Tolu Ogunlesi's Open Letter To GEJ Is The True Meaning Of Hypocrisy - Ben Bruce by MonsterDK: 9:54am On Jan 10
Whao, thank God the twitter senator is still alive and now writes articles! Yipee


MonsterDK wants the best for Nigerians, he has decided to vote for APC, so you should do that as a patroit too!
Re: Tolu Ogunlesi's Open Letter To GEJ Is The True Meaning Of Hypocrisy - Ben Bruce by yanabasee(m): 9:54am On Jan 10
Tolu is a very unstable mad man who has little knowledge of himself let alone to know the situation of things around him.....


He was a factor of propaganda during GEJ regime and the karma is playing back at him with a fine tune....

I trust Reno, for always serving him with uppercuts from left, right, centre....

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Re: Tolu Ogunlesi's Open Letter To GEJ Is The True Meaning Of Hypocrisy - Ben Bruce by AmazonGhost: 9:55am On Jan 10
The Aide is high on Kwale weed.... grin grin grin grin

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Re: Tolu Ogunlesi's Open Letter To GEJ Is The True Meaning Of Hypocrisy - Ben Bruce by NotBeenPaid(m): 9:55am On Jan 10




Tolu right now embarassed




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Re: Tolu Ogunlesi's Open Letter To GEJ Is The True Meaning Of Hypocrisy - Ben Bruce by shachris02: 9:55am On Jan 10
ImperialYoruba:
Bruce is reading letter when he ought to be out in a canoe going creek to creek in Bayelsa to get votes for Atiku. grin

Bruce doesn't need to campaign for Atiku in the SS. A good products needs no advertising.

When are you traveling to Borno the safest place in the world, to campaign for Buhari that has decimated boko haram?

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Re: Tolu Ogunlesi's Open Letter To GEJ Is The True Meaning Of Hypocrisy - Ben Bruce by Eliteklaus(m): 9:55am On Jan 10
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Re: Tolu Ogunlesi's Open Letter To GEJ Is The True Meaning Of Hypocrisy - Ben Bruce by BruncleZuma: 9:55am On Jan 10
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Re: Tolu Ogunlesi's Open Letter To GEJ Is The True Meaning Of Hypocrisy - Ben Bruce by Eliteklaus(m): 9:56am On Jan 10
The moment you join apc, two seconds your sense Don disappear. If you think I'm lying ask Okorocha

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Re: Tolu Ogunlesi's Open Letter To GEJ Is The True Meaning Of Hypocrisy - Ben Bruce by arabbunkum: 9:56am On Jan 10
We know them

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Re: Tolu Ogunlesi's Open Letter To GEJ Is The True Meaning Of Hypocrisy - Ben Bruce by pcicero(m): 9:57am On Jan 10
Tolu is a little boy trying to please his paymasters

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Re: Tolu Ogunlesi's Open Letter To GEJ Is The True Meaning Of Hypocrisy - Ben Bruce by rapid101(m): 9:57am On Jan 10
ImperialYoruba:
Bruce is reading letter when he ought to be out in a canoe going creek to creek in Bayelsa to get votes for Atiku. grin
he doesn't need to do that cus bayelsa ll massively vote atiku

Even Mr body odour integrity pmb won't get 100 votes

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Re: Tolu Ogunlesi's Open Letter To GEJ Is The True Meaning Of Hypocrisy - Ben Bruce by MANNABBQGRILLS: 9:57am On Jan 10
This made us remembered EXACTLY this time in 2014.........

Caseless.
Nessaboo,
Corrinthians and all Buhari's lovers.
Do you guys remember too?!

How so fast the tide can CHANGE.....
cheesy wink cheesy
Caseless:

grin

By this time 2015, souvenir don full everywhere courtesy of pdp. Just the same time in 2019, PDP is struggling to campaign. I can't wait for their "lie in state" after the election. Useless party!
Hahaha cheesy wink.
You remembered very well too.
We thank God for our darling President.
Wailers are developing HIGH BP as the election draw near.

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Re: Tolu Ogunlesi's Open Letter To GEJ Is The True Meaning Of Hypocrisy - Ben Bruce by Lyoncrescent: 9:57am On Jan 10
Ogunlesi said of Jonathan:You will also need to do something about your communications set-up. Your achievements – and they do exist (these might form the basis of another letter) – deserve to do better than get lost amidst the din of mindless propaganda and abusive language flowing from your spokespersons and aides.You would need to come and meet Nigerians where they are – sadly trapped beneath layers of angry cynicism – to directly tell them what you’ve been doing, what you’re currently doing, and what you plan to do in 2014. A handful of Presidential Media Chats per year will no longer cut it; not in these dire times. You will have to face up to the difficult questions that Nigerians are asking, and answer them yourself. Go on TV, get on radio, get out there on social media. You can no longer continue to depend solely on a battery of spokespersons speaking dangerously off-the-cuff, hyper-excited by the sounds of their own intemperate voices.

Amazing. How many media chats has buhari had since 2015 ? When last has buhari interfaced directly with Nigerians and Nigerian journalists ? Only for the same buhari to go outside the country and be talking. Its just sad but its where we find ourselves. Osibanjo the VP, attended the debate last december organised by BON. That means APC didnt have issue with the debate for the Vice president to attend. Surely Buhari should also attend the presidential debate scheduled for this month. God help Nigeria

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Re: Tolu Ogunlesi's Open Letter To GEJ Is The True Meaning Of Hypocrisy - Ben Bruce by BanevsJoker(m): 10:00am On Jan 10
"toxic-ness"

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Re: Tolu Ogunlesi's Open Letter To GEJ Is The True Meaning Of Hypocrisy - Ben Bruce by Randy100: 10:01am On Jan 10
One thing is sure, ogunlesi is fighting for his pocket.

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Re: Tolu Ogunlesi's Open Letter To GEJ Is The True Meaning Of Hypocrisy - Ben Bruce by MirJay: 10:03am On Jan 10
Tolu Ogunlesi is s typical bush man. I don't blame him for his degraded thinking capacity but I blame lack of quality condoms and postinor 2 in those days.

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Re: Tolu Ogunlesi's Open Letter To GEJ Is The True Meaning Of Hypocrisy - Ben Bruce by chuksjuve(m): 10:04am On Jan 10
Here's my response to the letter

There's something wrong with your character if opportunity controls your loyalty.




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Re: Tolu Ogunlesi's Open Letter To GEJ Is The True Meaning Of Hypocrisy - Ben Bruce by three: 10:04am On Jan 10
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Just so you all know Mr. Tolu Ogunlesi is a BRITISH CITIZEN.


When him don follow Bubu scatter Naija finish him go follow go do #BREXIT



#BUHARIEXIT Please!


(check the Burgundy Kpali under the yellow fever card)


.

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Re: Tolu Ogunlesi's Open Letter To GEJ Is The True Meaning Of Hypocrisy - Ben Bruce by JayMarx: 10:09am On Jan 10
You have to know that anyone fighting for Nigeria is mostly fighting for his stomach or for relevance.

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