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Re: Wait A Minute, How Did We Descend This Low - By Dele Momodu by Reference(m): 9:17am On Apr 13
So true. So sad.
Re: Wait A Minute, How Did We Descend This Low - By Dele Momodu by ClearFlair: 9:20am On Apr 13
datopaper:
Pendulum: Wait A Minute How Did We Descend This Low


By Dele Momodu

Fellow Nigerians, I know truth is always bitter, but the time has come when we must all confront our realities and say it as it is. Nigeria is in a big mess and there is nothing a million Buharis can do to change the horrible situation around. However, maybe, things may change slightly if Mr President is ready to change his own mind-set.

I read somewhere, in the last couple of days, that our dear President confessed that he is a very sad man, or to quote the source more appropriately, that the President said he is the “most unhappy” man on earth. I’m not sure if he actually used any of those words or if his Spin Doctors did so on his behalf, in order to save face, in view of the disgraceful and disappointing breakdown of law and order in virtually every part of Nigeria, especially in Northern Nigeria, a region that has produced most of Nigeria’s military and civilian leaders and some of the most powerful humans on earth.



More than ever before, Nigeria has not only become the poverty nation of the world, it has also become one of the most insecure nations of the world, a country that is perhaps one of the few dangerous places to live on Planet Earth. Almost every news out of Nigeria now is bad news. Human lives have become like that of chickens. Nigerians are being killed per minute, per second, and it is so bad, even our governments hardly bother to talk about it again, probably because they are ashamed of the colossal waste of human lives or, maybe negatively, as some suggest, because they simply don’t care. Most of those who inform us of the deadly massacres presently going on in our country are foreign journalists. Our government and our people have become desensitised and immune to the death of their fellow countrymen and women. If possible, I’m sure the government would prefer we just gloss over it and pretend nothing is happening. But these are fellow Nigerians being slaughtered like Sallah rams and it would be tantamount to promoting evil and wickedness to ignore the seeming genocide ongoing in our dear beloved country. What is worse is the culpability of those who were once so vociferously vocal in the days of President Goodluck Jonathan but have now suddenly gone funereally silent out of fear, compromise or comfort under this regime.

What I know is that if we do not make concerted efforts to chase away the problems of Nigeria, the problems will chase us all in different directions like locusts and we do not know how things will eventually end.



Nothing has brought this reality nearer home than the lamentations of some Northern elites in the last one week, led by the powerful voice of my dear friend and sister, Kadaira Ahmed, a famous television personality, and another unusual demonstration in London, anchored by my friend and Brother, Bulama Bukarti, a PhD student and analyst at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change. These two Northern intellectuals protested in Abuja and London respectively, jettisoning their comfort zones to speak up against the haplessness, helplessness, and seeming hopelessness, of the Buhari government in tackling the menace of chronic insecurity. Both are known to be admirers and supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari. The fact that they came out publicly to demonstrate against the government at different locations is enough proof to those who thought only the “wailing wailers” are grumbling and groaning. Someone should tell the ‘demigods’ in Abuja and elsewhere that their devotees are no longer smiling. In fact, they are crying and weeping uncontrollably.







I will not bore you with details of how Nigeria appears to be haemorrhaging dangerously to perdition. The bad news is flying left, right and centre. Although government is feigning that the Nigerian economy is well, the reverse is clearly the case. The petroleum sector, which happens to be the chicken that lays the golden eggs is facing its own challenges. There are wild allegations of gross malfeasance against the NNPC. Meanwhile, the substantive Minister in charge of the Petroleum Ministry is the President himself. If it is true that massive corruption, in form of oil subsidy scams, still practically exists right under his nose, then there is hardly any hope for Nigeria. But this is not my main mission on this page today. I wish to make a few suggestions that can readily catapult our nation back to greater, loftier heights, almost effortlessly. Our problem is not as severe or malignant as it seems. Our unreasonable obstinacy and foolish attitudes are what have brought us to this sorry state.



President Muhammadu Buhari can lead us out of this perfidy by purging himself of his rigidity. First, he must accept that he is a leader of Nigeria, father of the nation, and not that of a section of it, and embrace every one of us. Unity would instantly eliminate many of our challenges. There is too much bitterness in the land. No nation can ever prosper when a large chunk, and the most productive and well-educated part of it, are treated as second class citizens. This is the main reason many people are clamouring for “restructuring.” The word means different things to different people. But I believe what needs to be restructured urgently is the pervasive oppression of fellow citizens in their own country. This has become highly amplified and too pronounced under this government. The jackboot mentality of the Buhari administration must wind down to a friendlier one. Not even kids can be brought up successfully under an atmosphere of fear, intimidation, bullying and downright commotion. Nigerians are not as bad as this regime tends to portray, but what can people do when they have brains and muscles but nothing to do with it.



The next thing to invest in without any shade of doubt is education. There are too many ignorant people all over the country. A properly educated citizenry would live and act more responsibly. They will be more employable and have better chances to think creatively about setting up their own businesses. In other to achieve this, both the Executive and the Legislature must rejig our unrealistic budgets. The Nigerian Presidential system, as presently configured, is just too profligate. Nothing has changed in the last four years to showcase the fabled frugality of President Buhari and his disciples. Rather the Presidency seems to have been on a binge, if we consider the atrocious budgets his government, ministers and their lackeys have been presenting. A conscious and substantial sacrifice must be made to drastically reduce public spending. The recent scenario where governments funds are being tossed in the air like confetti, and as if money is going out of vogue, leaves much to be desired. The government can’t be spending money so lavishly and expect that the ordinary citizens would become less attracted to material acquisition, by hook or by crook. The outlandish ceremonials and celebrations of this government appear contrary to promises made pre-2015. Its sincerity of purpose remains to be seen.



President Buhari needs to shake up his new cabinet as soon as he is sworn in next month for a second term. I’m not one of those who would subscribe to many frequent reshuffles, but it is obvious that this cabinet has not sparkled much since it was constituted in 2015. Apart from the few members who resigned for different reasons, none has been fired in a government bedevilled by abject incompetence. President Buhari should please replace those he removes eventually with more accomplished people. If he brings some deadwoods again, the result should be obvious to all in advance, nothing but monumental failure.



If I were President Buhari, I will worry less about controlling heaven and earth and face the main business I was voted to fix. One of the biggest afflictions of this government is its obsession and proclivity to be in charge of the different tiers of government. Buhari has spent the better part of four years fighting all manner of enemies, real or imagined. In the process, he dissipated too much energy and squandered resources on many fronts. He should try something different and allow all organs to function independently. If he pursues the same agenda like he did these past years, he will receive the same result and certificate of failure.



President Buhari should interact more with his people. He is just too aloof and standoffish. If he could travel round Nigeria and speak to Nigerians regularly during his re-election campaigns, he should not stop doing so now. Love can achieve what war can’t. It is unfortunate that he does not personally sympathise or empathise with the bereaved families involved in the disasters ravaging our country. There is no country where 10 dogs would be killed and life would continue as normal, not to mention 10 citizens. The President should make it mandatory for his Ministers and their aides to visit their States of origin regularly. It is totally unacceptable that they are all comfortably ensconced in Abuja while they claim to be the representatives of their people. Also, as they say, all security is local, so if the President won’t support State policing, for reasons best known to him and his advisers, he should ensure no head of security should be posted to unfamiliar terrain. Even if they are not posted to their own States, they should be sent closer home, to their Regions. The system of sending soldiers to crush Nigerians like millets is totally provocative and unhealthy. No Igbo soldier would go to Igboland and order his own people killed summarily. Since ethnicity and religion are too volatile in our country, the President should never send complete strangers to quell riots in any part of Nigeria.



Finally, I wish to respectfully suggest that President Buhari should find time to study what made the extraordinary and amazing Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola win the most remarkable election ever in the history of Nigeria. Abiola’s likeable personality, built on his love for humanity contributed in no small measure to his success. Abiola made strenuous and meticulous efforts at reaching out to different parts of Nigeria and their people. He employed people without any sort of discrimination on grounds of ethnicity, religion or sex. He created opportunities for people in different communities. He built mosques and churches. He established schools and donated classrooms and libraries. He gave scholarships, endowed professorial chairs and donated funds to all Nigerian universities. His emergence as a pan-Nigerian Presidential candidate was not a fluke. It was a destiny that he himself had helped to shape.

The life of that departed hero and martyr is worth studying when it comes to issues of uniting our country. We lost Nigeria the day June 12, 1993, was killed. With a man like Abiola in power, there would never have been the kind of stupidly irrational divisions we have today. Insecurity would never have been this rife because he knew how to create jobs and encourage entrepreneurship. Abiola would have paid attention to the continued unity of our people and the diversification of our economy. He would have worked hard on improving our institutions. Political systems can’t work well if the institutions are useless. Abiola would not have tolerated individualism above institutions. That is largely responsible for the failure we are experiencing today. Notwithstanding the cult following the President appears to enjoy in a section of the country, he and the people who surround him in power today don’t seem to have the commendable ambitions of an Abiola or indeed his antecedents and pedigree. Our current crop of leaders have simply displayed limited, myopic vision in handling affairs of the State.



It is not too late to pick useful tips from 1993. However, sadly, what I see today is a return to 1983. We can do better. Even, President Ibrahim Babangida’s electoral system can help us, despite his personal flaws. The Option A4 of that time was a stroke of genius. Our political parties have become too unwieldy. Two major parties should be the only ones that can contest Presidential elections while there may be smaller parties in the States and Regions to contest local elections. That has been the only impact and relevance of parties like APGA, Labour Party, Accord Party and others. Electoral reforms should take care of this.

I have disseminated many of my views in this missive consistently, but I won’t be surprised if this government chooses to stick to a failed system that leads nowhere. Whatever the outcome, let it be said that I played my part…

https://thebossnewspapers.com/2019/04/13/pendulum-wait-a-minute-how-did-we-descend-this-low/

Can’t waste my time reading an article from a mercenary.
Re: Wait A Minute, How Did We Descend This Low - By Dele Momodu by bendike: 9:20am On Apr 13
ngadaAwo:
dele momodu is a pig
Its that all you have so say regarding the issues he raised?

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Re: Wait A Minute, How Did We Descend This Low - By Dele Momodu by FreemanUYB(m): 9:23am On Apr 13
HisSexcellency:

Stupid comments like this can only emanate from a dead brain. Why attack his personality instead of disprove what he said.
People like you are the problem of this country, you avoid issues to chase Shadow

Don't mind him!!!!

no wonder Dele said, ignorant people everywhere !!!!
they have gat head but no brains !!!
they have gat brains but can't make good use of it!!!!

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Re: Wait A Minute, How Did We Descend This Low - By Dele Momodu by SarkinYarki: 9:23am On Apr 13
Anybody that supports an evil man like Buhari deserves what they get
Re: Wait A Minute, How Did We Descend This Low - By Dele Momodu by omo1478(m): 9:23am On Apr 13
datopaper:
Pendulum: Wait A Minute How Did We Descend This Low


By Dele Momodu

Fellow Nigerians, I know truth is always bitter, but the time has come when we must all confront our realities and say it as it is. Nigeria is in a big mess and there is nothing a million Buharis can do to change the horrible situation around. However, maybe, things may change slightly if Mr President is ready to change his own mind-set.

I read somewhere, in the last couple of days, that our dear President confessed that he is a very sad man, or to quote the source more appropriately, that the President said he is the “most unhappy” man on earth. I’m not sure if he actually used any of those words or if his Spin Doctors did so on his behalf, in order to save face, in view of the disgraceful and disappointing breakdown of law and order in virtually every part of Nigeria, especially in Northern Nigeria, a region that has produced most of Nigeria’s military and civilian leaders and some of the most powerful humans on earth.



More than ever before, Nigeria has not only become the poverty nation of the world, it has also become one of the most insecure nations of the world, a country that is perhaps one of the few dangerous places to live on Planet Earth. Almost every news out of Nigeria now is bad news. Human lives have become like that of chickens. Nigerians are being killed per minute, per second, and it is so bad, even our governments hardly bother to talk about it again, probably because they are ashamed of the colossal waste of human lives or, maybe negatively, as some suggest, because they simply don’t care. Most of those who inform us of the deadly massacres presently going on in our country are foreign journalists. Our government and our people have become desensitised and immune to the death of their fellow countrymen and women. If possible, I’m sure the government would prefer we just gloss over it and pretend nothing is happening. But these are fellow Nigerians being slaughtered like Sallah rams and it would be tantamount to promoting evil and wickedness to ignore the seeming genocide ongoing in our dear beloved country. What is worse is the culpability of those who were once so vociferously vocal in the days of President Goodluck Jonathan but have now suddenly gone funereally silent out of fear, compromise or comfort under this regime.

What I know is that if we do not make concerted efforts to chase away the problems of Nigeria, the problems will chase us all in different directions like locusts and we do not know how things will eventually end.



Nothing has brought this reality nearer home than the lamentations of some Northern elites in the last one week, led by the powerful voice of my dear friend and sister, Kadaira Ahmed, a famous television personality, and another unusual demonstration in London, anchored by my friend and Brother, Bulama Bukarti, a PhD student and analyst at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change. These two Northern intellectuals protested in Abuja and London respectively, jettisoning their comfort zones to speak up against the haplessness, helplessness, and seeming hopelessness, of the Buhari government in tackling the menace of chronic insecurity. Both are known to be admirers and supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari. The fact that they came out publicly to demonstrate against the government at different locations is enough proof to those who thought only the “wailing wailers” are grumbling and groaning. Someone should tell the ‘demigods’ in Abuja and elsewhere that their devotees are no longer smiling. In fact, they are crying and weeping uncontrollably.







I will not bore you with details of how Nigeria appears to be haemorrhaging dangerously to perdition. The bad news is flying left, right and centre. Although government is feigning that the Nigerian economy is well, the reverse is clearly the case. The petroleum sector, which happens to be the chicken that lays the golden eggs is facing its own challenges. There are wild allegations of gross malfeasance against the NNPC. Meanwhile, the substantive Minister in charge of the Petroleum Ministry is the President himself. If it is true that massive corruption, in form of oil subsidy scams, still practically exists right under his nose, then there is hardly any hope for Nigeria. But this is not my main mission on this page today. I wish to make a few suggestions that can readily catapult our nation back to greater, loftier heights, almost effortlessly. Our problem is not as severe or malignant as it seems. Our unreasonable obstinacy and foolish attitudes are what have brought us to this sorry state.



President Muhammadu Buhari can lead us out of this perfidy by purging himself of his rigidity. First, he must accept that he is a leader of Nigeria, father of the nation, and not that of a section of it, and embrace every one of us. Unity would instantly eliminate many of our challenges. There is too much bitterness in the land. No nation can ever prosper when a large chunk, and the most productive and well-educated part of it, are treated as second class citizens. This is the main reason many people are clamouring for “restructuring.” The word means different things to different people. But I believe what needs to be restructured urgently is the pervasive oppression of fellow citizens in their own country. This has become highly amplified and too pronounced under this government. The jackboot mentality of the Buhari administration must wind down to a friendlier one. Not even kids can be brought up successfully under an atmosphere of fear, intimidation, bullying and downright commotion. Nigerians are not as bad as this regime tends to portray, but what can people do when they have brains and muscles but nothing to do with it.



The next thing to invest in without any shade of doubt is education. There are too many ignorant people all over the country. A properly educated citizenry would live and act more responsibly. They will be more employable and have better chances to think creatively about setting up their own businesses. In other to achieve this, both the Executive and the Legislature must rejig our unrealistic budgets. The Nigerian Presidential system, as presently configured, is just too profligate. Nothing has changed in the last four years to showcase the fabled frugality of President Buhari and his disciples. Rather the Presidency seems to have been on a binge, if we consider the atrocious budgets his government, ministers and their lackeys have been presenting. A conscious and substantial sacrifice must be made to drastically reduce public spending. The recent scenario where governments funds are being tossed in the air like confetti, and as if money is going out of vogue, leaves much to be desired. The government can’t be spending money so lavishly and expect that the ordinary citizens would become less attracted to material acquisition, by hook or by crook. The outlandish ceremonials and celebrations of this government appear contrary to promises made pre-2015. Its sincerity of purpose remains to be seen.



President Buhari needs to shake up his new cabinet as soon as he is sworn in next month for a second term. I’m not one of those who would subscribe to many frequent reshuffles, but it is obvious that this cabinet has not sparkled much since it was constituted in 2015. Apart from the few members who resigned for different reasons, none has been fired in a government bedevilled by abject incompetence. President Buhari should please replace those he removes eventually with more accomplished people. If he brings some deadwoods again, the result should be obvious to all in advance, nothing but monumental failure.



If I were President Buhari, I will worry less about controlling heaven and earth and face the main business I was voted to fix. One of the biggest afflictions of this government is its obsession and proclivity to be in charge of the different tiers of government. Buhari has spent the better part of four years fighting all manner of enemies, real or imagined. In the process, he dissipated too much energy and squandered resources on many fronts. He should try something different and allow all organs to function independently. If he pursues the same agenda like he did these past years, he will receive the same result and certificate of failure.



President Buhari should interact more with his people. He is just too aloof and standoffish. If he could travel round Nigeria and speak to Nigerians regularly during his re-election campaigns, he should not stop doing so now. Love can achieve what war can’t. It is unfortunate that he does not personally sympathise or empathise with the bereaved families involved in the disasters ravaging our country. There is no country where 10 dogs would be killed and life would continue as normal, not to mention 10 citizens. The President should make it mandatory for his Ministers and their aides to visit their States of origin regularly. It is totally unacceptable that they are all comfortably ensconced in Abuja while they claim to be the representatives of their people. Also, as they say, all security is local, so if the President won’t support State policing, for reasons best known to him and his advisers, he should ensure no head of security should be posted to unfamiliar terrain. Even if they are not posted to their own States, they should be sent closer home, to their Regions. The system of sending soldiers to crush Nigerians like millets is totally provocative and unhealthy. No Igbo soldier would go to Igboland and order his own people killed summarily. Since ethnicity and religion are too volatile in our country, the President should never send complete strangers to quell riots in any part of Nigeria.



Finally, I wish to respectfully suggest that President Buhari should find time to study what made the extraordinary and amazing Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola win the most remarkable election ever in the history of Nigeria. Abiola’s likeable personality, built on his love for humanity contributed in no small measure to his success. Abiola made strenuous and meticulous efforts at reaching out to different parts of Nigeria and their people. He employed people without any sort of discrimination on grounds of ethnicity, religion or sex. He created opportunities for people in different communities. He built mosques and churches. He established schools and donated classrooms and libraries. He gave scholarships, endowed professorial chairs and donated funds to all Nigerian universities. His emergence as a pan-Nigerian Presidential candidate was not a fluke. It was a destiny that he himself had helped to shape.

The life of that departed hero and martyr is worth studying when it comes to issues of uniting our country. We lost Nigeria the day June 12, 1993, was killed. With a man like Abiola in power, there would never have been the kind of stupidly irrational divisions we have today. Insecurity would never have been this rife because he knew how to create jobs and encourage entrepreneurship. Abiola would have paid attention to the continued unity of our people and the diversification of our economy. He would have worked hard on improving our institutions. Political systems can’t work well if the institutions are useless. Abiola would not have tolerated individualism above institutions. That is largely responsible for the failure we are experiencing today. Notwithstanding the cult following the President appears to enjoy in a section of the country, he and the people who surround him in power today don’t seem to have the commendable ambitions of an Abiola or indeed his antecedents and pedigree. Our current crop of leaders have simply displayed limited, myopic vision in handling affairs of the State.



It is not too late to pick useful tips from 1993. However, sadly, what I see today is a return to 1983. We can do better. Even, President Ibrahim Babangida’s electoral system can help us, despite his personal flaws. The Option A4 of that time was a stroke of genius. Our political parties have become too unwieldy. Two major parties should be the only ones that can contest Presidential elections while there may be smaller parties in the States and Regions to contest local elections. That has been the only impact and relevance of parties like APGA, Labour Party, Accord Party and others. Electoral reforms should take care of this.

I have disseminated many of my views in this missive consistently, but I won’t be surprised if this government chooses to stick to a failed system that leads nowhere. Whatever the outcome, let it be said that I played my part…

https://thebossnewspapers.com/2019/04/13/pendulum-wait-a-minute-how-did-we-descend-this-low/
Dele Mumudu, you are big fool and a bigger fool, and the biggest fool. Are you not among the people that this on us? Why are you now acting as if you know nothing about it? Anam.
Re: Wait A Minute, How Did We Descend This Low - By Dele Momodu by Pavarottii(m): 9:28am On Apr 13
People attacking d meessenger, leaving d message, in their minds is dele momodu that will suffer...
Check ourselves before u wreck ourselves .

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Re: Wait A Minute, How Did We Descend This Low - By Dele Momodu by tete7000(m): 9:31am On Apr 13
Is Dele not among those who sold a demented man to Nigerians as a saviour in 2015? So why asking how we got here? We got here when people like him blindfoldedly queued behind a bokoharam and violent man. A man who called bokoharam his brothers...a man of blood

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Re: Wait A Minute, How Did We Descend This Low - By Dele Momodu by seguno2: 9:33am On Apr 13
Coming from someone who brags about the number of phones he has and encourages thieves by praise singing them in his ovation paper?
Wonders shall never end shocked
Only in a Nigeria filled with hypocrites.

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Re: Wait A Minute, How Did We Descend This Low - By Dele Momodu by Bbbwings(m): 9:40am On Apr 13
seguno2:
Coming from someone who brags about the number of phones he has and encourages thieves by praise singing them in his ovation paper?
Wonders shall never end shocked
Only in a Nigeria filled with hypocrites.
cheesy

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Re: Wait A Minute, How Did We Descend This Low - By Dele Momodu by Adaibeku(f): 9:48am On Apr 13
bendike:

Its that all you have so say regarding the issues he raised?
let him be dele is fake

Protest he will go 2 aso rock to tarnish u n ur tribe for political gain ,
Dats yoruba wisdom 4 u

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Re: Wait A Minute, How Did We Descend This Low - By Dele Momodu by Denikayan: 9:49am On Apr 13
HisSexcellency:

I can bet a million bucks that you did read this right up. Do you have any alternate narrative to what he stated up there
Re: Wait A Minute, How Did We Descend This Low - By Dele Momodu by christofashion1(m): 9:52am On Apr 13
Young man what is your stress now... You are seriously correct though...
Adaibeku:
Fake man from fake side ,
Stand up n confront buhari now ,he will stil go behind ur back to tell buhari igbos hate u because you are full of intergrity n love..
(After protest n criticism)
In Aso rock 8:25pm

MOMODU :buhari dnt mind dem ,they are wicked inyamiris
BUHARI : walahi za inyamuri ba ,army kill dem walahi

MOMODU : We wise yorubas love u so much allah is wt us
BUHARI: yowa allahumdillahi i no am po tinubu n osibade
MOMODU: My president deal wt inyamuris they are problm to nigerriyyah islam state n 2023 is for yorubas
BUHARI: yowah allah be wt yorubas n insha allah
Ka banza danwake danfodio son shall rule 2023

MOMODU : danfodio son 2023 AaaaAaaaaaaarh cry

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Re: Wait A Minute, How Did We Descend This Low - By Dele Momodu by Adaibeku(f): 9:54am On Apr 13
christofashion1:
Young man what is your stress now... You are seriously correct though...
My sister thats yoruba wisdom ,seeking 4 fulani love

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Re: Wait A Minute, How Did We Descend This Low - By Dele Momodu by GoldHorse(m): 10:06am On Apr 13
When those socialites that stole government money were busy spending on him and his magazine he was not writing episodes.

Now money don dry and he suddenly remember where hin keep hin pen and paper. Agbaya buruku!

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Re: Wait A Minute, How Did We Descend This Low - By Dele Momodu by Cynthia4: 10:35am On Apr 13
Nice
Re: Wait A Minute, How Did We Descend This Low - By Dele Momodu by ihatesycophant(m): 10:47am On Apr 13
It would take God himself to save this country from the misery befalling it. The nepotism is at it high heaven. Corruption is eating more to the fabric of virtually all sectors of the country. On security, until Buhari wake up and re-jig the leadership of Civil Defence, Immigration and Police. The kind of corruption they are perpetrating in these organisations cannot make the country to be secure. Civil Defence was doing great job before the advent of this new leadership. The Immigration Service are not doing enough to save our porous borders. Police that has the sole mandate of providing security for the civilian population is even worst to talk the least.
Re: Wait A Minute, How Did We Descend This Low - By Dele Momodu by phelonrays: 10:53am On Apr 13
Adaibeku:
Fake man from fake side ,
Stand up n confront buhari now ,he will stil go behind ur back to tell buhari igbos hate u because you are full of intergrity n love..
(After protest n criticism)
In Aso rock 8:25pm

MOMODU :buhari dnt mind dem ,they are wicked inyamiris
BUHARI : walahi za inyamuri ba ,army kill dem walahi

MOMODU : We wise yorubas love u so much allah is wt us
BUHARI: yowa allahumdillahi i no am po tinubu n osibade
MOMODU: My president deal wt inyamuris they are problm to nigerriyyah islam state n 2023 is for yorubas
BUHARI: yowah allah be wt yorubas n insha allah
Ka banza danwake danfodio son shall rule 2023

MOMODU : danfodio son 2023 AaaaAaaaaaaarh cry

gringringrin
you won't kee me ooo
Re: Wait A Minute, How Did We Descend This Low - By Dele Momodu by DelTel(m): 10:54am On Apr 13
Tintinnoty:


Ambode's problem goes beyond Tinubu, the guy practically disconnect himself from the people that voted him, hence nobody was ready to go a mole with him when the party hierarchy challenged his second term plans. Mind you, Tinubu tried save with Fashola but met stiff opposition from Lagosians because the Fashola was in contact with the people

Thank you for apt analysis on Ambode. The man lost out with his party, party hierarchy and ultimately the people.

He and his handlers neither brought anything new to governance nor continued/improved on last administration giant strides.

The apolitical public couldn't connect to his govt (a phone call to some radio & TV stations was just enough to get Fashola & his team to fix or look into an issue but nothing as such with Ambode's govt, even with federal support).

LASG staff morale was low due to some factors - sack of anyone 'assumed' to have a different view, non-procurement of insurance/assurance for staff leading to non-payment of benefits to dependants of staff unlucky to die whilst in service (which are known to other staff).

Dont forget Fashola too wasn't seen as approachable by politicians like Ambode; but Fashola & his handlers would see to every genuine issue raised by any resident of Lagos.

To cap it all, the visionscape & tenement rate imbroglio were not properly handled by him & his handlers.
Re: Wait A Minute, How Did We Descend This Low - By Dele Momodu by alujonjonkijon: 11:50am On Apr 13
Re: Wait A Minute, How Did We Descend This Low - By Dele Momodu by gudugudumeje: 12:02pm On Apr 13
Dele Momodu should know that whatever human system(s) is centralised will finally fall and descend into gutter.Hegel since 19th century advised pluralism and constitutional democracy... The beneficiaries of July 29th,1966 coup and their bandwagon have gone far to over-centralise Nigeria to the chagrin of the supine eight stabilising agents of society. Constituting themselves as landlords who own FGN wt obstructions and subjugations per excellence 1979 &1999 Constitutions put in place, your philisophy should tell you that Nigeria heads for perdition strategically to the ignorance of these powers ad beneficiaries. The ethnic nationalites and the regions own the FGN and not the powers... Reports of Nov.1966 Ad Hoc Constitutional conference given to Gowon say more but it was dumped and they head for strategic self-seeking and perdition in sight now... Dele you shd know/see d futulity of ur position... You do not see the gutter descent becos our universities do not teach thinking future& sound philosophy(ies)...

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Re: Wait A Minute, How Did We Descend This Low - By Dele Momodu by gudugudumeje: 12:09pm On Apr 13
Dele Momodu should know that whatever human system(s) is centralised will finally fall and descend into gutter.Hegel since 19th century advised pluralism and constitutional democracy... The beneficiaries of July 29th,1966 coup and their bandwagon have gone far to over-centralise Nigeria to the chagrin of the supine eight stabilising agents of society. Constituting themselves as landlords who own FGN wt obstructions and subjugations per excellence 1979 &1999 Constitutions put in place, your philisophy should tell you that Nigeria heads for perdition strategically to the ignorance of these powers ad beneficiaries. The ethnic nationalites and the regions own the FGN and not the powers... Reports of Nov.1966 Ad Hoc Constitutional conference given to Gowon say more but it was dumped and they head for strategic self-seeking and perdition in sight now...Dele,you shd know/see d futulity of ur position... You do not see the gutter descent becos our universities do not teach thinking future& sound philosophy(ies)..
Re: Wait A Minute, How Did We Descend This Low - By Dele Momodu by joe120120(m): 12:12pm On Apr 13
datopaper:
Pendulum: Wait A Minute How Did We Descend This Low


By Dele Momodu

Fellow Nigerians, I know truth is always bitter, but the time has come when we must all confront our realities and say it as it is. Nigeria is in a big mess and there is nothing a million Buharis can do to change the horrible situation around. However, maybe, things may change slightly if Mr President is ready to change his own mind-set.

I read somewhere, in the last couple of days, that our dear President confessed that he is a very sad man, or to quote the source more appropriately, that the President said he is the “most unhappy” man on earth. I’m not sure if he actually used any of those words or if his Spin Doctors did so on his behalf, in order to save face, in view of the disgraceful and disappointing breakdown of law and order in virtually every part of Nigeria, especially in Northern Nigeria, a region that has produced most of Nigeria’s military and civilian leaders and some of the most powerful humans on earth.



More than ever before, Nigeria has not only become the poverty nation of the world, it has also become one of the most insecure nations of the world, a country that is perhaps one of the few dangerous places to live on Planet Earth. Almost every news out of Nigeria now is bad news. Human lives have become like that of chickens. Nigerians are being killed per minute, per second, and it is so bad, even our governments hardly bother to talk about it again, probably because they are ashamed of the colossal waste of human lives or, maybe negatively, as some suggest, because they simply don’t care. Most of those who inform us of the deadly massacres presently going on in our country are foreign journalists. Our government and our people have become desensitised and immune to the death of their fellow countrymen and women. If possible, I’m sure the government would prefer we just gloss over it and pretend nothing is happening. But these are fellow Nigerians being slaughtered like Sallah rams and it would be tantamount to promoting evil and wickedness to ignore the seeming genocide ongoing in our dear beloved country. What is worse is the culpability of those who were once so vociferously vocal in the days of President Goodluck Jonathan but have now suddenly gone funereally silent out of fear, compromise or comfort under this regime.

What I know is that if we do not make concerted efforts to chase away the problems of Nigeria, the problems will chase us all in different directions like locusts and we do not know how things will eventually end.



Nothing has brought this reality nearer home than the lamentations of some Northern elites in the last one week, led by the powerful voice of my dear friend and sister, Kadaira Ahmed, a famous television personality, and another unusual demonstration in London, anchored by my friend and Brother, Bulama Bukarti, a PhD student and analyst at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change. These two Northern intellectuals protested in Abuja and London respectively, jettisoning their comfort zones to speak up against the haplessness, helplessness, and seeming hopelessness, of the Buhari government in tackling the menace of chronic insecurity. Both are known to be admirers and supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari. The fact that they came out publicly to demonstrate against the government at different locations is enough proof to those who thought only the “wailing wailers” are grumbling and groaning. Someone should tell the ‘demigods’ in Abuja and elsewhere that their devotees are no longer smiling. In fact, they are crying and weeping uncontrollably.







I will not bore you with details of how Nigeria appears to be haemorrhaging dangerously to perdition. The bad news is flying left, right and centre. Although government is feigning that the Nigerian economy is well, the reverse is clearly the case. The petroleum sector, which happens to be the chicken that lays the golden eggs is facing its own challenges. There are wild allegations of gross malfeasance against the NNPC. Meanwhile, the substantive Minister in charge of the Petroleum Ministry is the President himself. If it is true that massive corruption, in form of oil subsidy scams, still practically exists right under his nose, then there is hardly any hope for Nigeria. But this is not my main mission on this page today. I wish to make a few suggestions that can readily catapult our nation back to greater, loftier heights, almost effortlessly. Our problem is not as severe or malignant as it seems. Our unreasonable obstinacy and foolish attitudes are what have brought us to this sorry state.



President Muhammadu Buhari can lead us out of this perfidy by purging himself of his rigidity. First, he must accept that he is a leader of Nigeria, father of the nation, and not that of a section of it, and embrace every one of us. Unity would instantly eliminate many of our challenges. There is too much bitterness in the land. No nation can ever prosper when a large chunk, and the most productive and well-educated part of it, are treated as second class citizens. This is the main reason many people are clamouring for “restructuring.” The word means different things to different people. But I believe what needs to be restructured urgently is the pervasive oppression of fellow citizens in their own country. This has become highly amplified and too pronounced under this government. The jackboot mentality of the Buhari administration must wind down to a friendlier one. Not even kids can be brought up successfully under an atmosphere of fear, intimidation, bullying and downright commotion. Nigerians are not as bad as this regime tends to portray, but what can people do when they have brains and muscles but nothing to do with it.



The next thing to invest in without any shade of doubt is education. There are too many ignorant people all over the country. A properly educated citizenry would live and act more responsibly. They will be more employable and have better chances to think creatively about setting up their own businesses. In other to achieve this, both the Executive and the Legislature must rejig our unrealistic budgets. The Nigerian Presidential system, as presently configured, is just too profligate. Nothing has changed in the last four years to showcase the fabled frugality of President Buhari and his disciples. Rather the Presidency seems to have been on a binge, if we consider the atrocious budgets his government, ministers and their lackeys have been presenting. A conscious and substantial sacrifice must be made to drastically reduce public spending. The recent scenario where governments funds are being tossed in the air like confetti, and as if money is going out of vogue, leaves much to be desired. The government can’t be spending money so lavishly and expect that the ordinary citizens would become less attracted to material acquisition, by hook or by crook. The outlandish ceremonials and celebrations of this government appear contrary to promises made pre-2015. Its sincerity of purpose remains to be seen.



President Buhari needs to shake up his new cabinet as soon as he is sworn in next month for a second term. I’m not one of those who would subscribe to many frequent reshuffles, but it is obvious that this cabinet has not sparkled much since it was constituted in 2015. Apart from the few members who resigned for different reasons, none has been fired in a government bedevilled by abject incompetence. President Buhari should please replace those he removes eventually with more accomplished people. If he brings some deadwoods again, the result should be obvious to all in advance, nothing but monumental failure.



If I were President Buhari, I will worry less about controlling heaven and earth and face the main business I was voted to fix. One of the biggest afflictions of this government is its obsession and proclivity to be in charge of the different tiers of government. Buhari has spent the better part of four years fighting all manner of enemies, real or imagined. In the process, he dissipated too much energy and squandered resources on many fronts. He should try something different and allow all organs to function independently. If he pursues the same agenda like he did these past years, he will receive the same result and certificate of failure.



President Buhari should interact more with his people. He is just too aloof and standoffish. If he could travel round Nigeria and speak to Nigerians regularly during his re-election campaigns, he should not stop doing so now. Love can achieve what war can’t. It is unfortunate that he does not personally sympathise or empathise with the bereaved families involved in the disasters ravaging our country. There is no country where 10 dogs would be killed and life would continue as normal, not to mention 10 citizens. The President should make it mandatory for his Ministers and their aides to visit their States of origin regularly. It is totally unacceptable that they are all comfortably ensconced in Abuja while they claim to be the representatives of their people. Also, as they say, all security is local, so if the President won’t support State policing, for reasons best known to him and his advisers, he should ensure no head of security should be posted to unfamiliar terrain. Even if they are not posted to their own States, they should be sent closer home, to their Regions. The system of sending soldiers to crush Nigerians like millets is totally provocative and unhealthy. No Igbo soldier would go to Igboland and order his own people killed summarily. Since ethnicity and religion are too volatile in our country, the President should never send complete strangers to quell riots in any part of Nigeria.



Finally, I wish to respectfully suggest that President Buhari should find time to study what made the extraordinary and amazing Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola win the most remarkable election ever in the history of Nigeria. Abiola’s likeable personality, built on his love for humanity contributed in no small measure to his success. Abiola made strenuous and meticulous efforts at reaching out to different parts of Nigeria and their people. He employed people without any sort of discrimination on grounds of ethnicity, religion or sex. He created opportunities for people in different communities. He built mosques and churches. He established schools and donated classrooms and libraries. He gave scholarships, endowed professorial chairs and donated funds to all Nigerian universities. His emergence as a pan-Nigerian Presidential candidate was not a fluke. It was a destiny that he himself had helped to shape.

The life of that departed hero and martyr is worth studying when it comes to issues of uniting our country. We lost Nigeria the day June 12, 1993, was killed. With a man like Abiola in power, there would never have been the kind of stupidly irrational divisions we have today. Insecurity would never have been this rife because he knew how to create jobs and encourage entrepreneurship. Abiola would have paid attention to the continued unity of our people and the diversification of our economy. He would have worked hard on improving our institutions. Political systems can’t work well if the institutions are useless. Abiola would not have tolerated individualism above institutions. That is largely responsible for the failure we are experiencing today. Notwithstanding the cult following the President appears to enjoy in a section of the country, he and the people who surround him in power today don’t seem to have the commendable ambitions of an Abiola or indeed his antecedents and pedigree. Our current crop of leaders have simply displayed limited, myopic vision in handling affairs of the State.



It is not too late to pick useful tips from 1993. However, sadly, what I see today is a return to 1983. We can do better. Even, President Ibrahim Babangida’s electoral system can help us, despite his personal flaws. The Option A4 of that time was a stroke of genius. Our political parties have become too unwieldy. Two major parties should be the only ones that can contest Presidential elections while there may be smaller parties in the States and Regions to contest local elections. That has been the only impact and relevance of parties like APGA, Labour Party, Accord Party and others. Electoral reforms should take care of this.

I have disseminated many of my views in this missive consistently, but I won’t be surprised if this government chooses to stick to a failed system that leads nowhere. Whatever the outcome, let it be said that I played my part…

https://thebossnewspapers.com/2019/04/13/pendulum-wait-a-minute-how-did-we-descend-this-low/


Does Buhari read news ?
As far as Gmb is concern Nigeria is rule by a fulani
Re: Wait A Minute, How Did We Descend This Low - By Dele Momodu by Larryndelaw: 12:14pm On Apr 13
Dele Davido Boy. Continue your lamentations. No food for you at these Buhari era. The thing dey pain am.
Re: Wait A Minute, How Did We Descend This Low - By Dele Momodu by Tintinnoty(m): 12:15pm On Apr 13
DelTel:


Thank you for apt analysis on Ambode. The man lost out with his party, party hierarchy and ultimately the people.

He and his handlers neither brought anything new to governance nor continued/improved on last administration giant strides.

The apolitical public couldn't connect to his govt (a phone call to some radio & TV stations was just enough to get Fashola & his team to fix or look into an issue but nothing as such with Ambode's govt, even with federal support).

LASG staff morale was low due to some factors - sack of anyone 'assumed' to have a different view, non-procurement of insurance/assurance for staff leading to non-payment of benefits to dependants of staff unlucky to die whilst in service (which are known to other staff).

Dont forget Fashola too wasn't seen as approachable by politicians like Ambode; but Fashola & his handlers would see to every genuine issue raised by any resident of Lagos.

To cap it all, the visionscape & tenement rate imbroglio were not properly handled by him & his handlers.
You've said it all, Ambode lost the battle, he also lost the war
Re: Wait A Minute, How Did We Descend This Low - By Dele Momodu by Larryndelaw: 12:20pm On Apr 13
The messenger and the message is nothing to take serious. I remembered when he was praising ABACHA Family .Dele is lamenting because all his free money has been blocked. Himself and Afikuyomi.
Few months ago he was saying if Ambode is not giving the Ticket for the second time that PDP will win Lagos and Tinubu will be irrelevant. The same way he was canvassing for Saraki when he got the speakership through the back door. Where is Saraki today?.

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Re: Wait A Minute, How Did We Descend This Low - By Dele Momodu by SmartMen: 1:23pm On Apr 13
kurupt1:
I have every right to dislike Tinubu.The man knows his onions when it comes to politics though but he is a devious greedy man that doesn't have the masses interest in heart.This man has used tribal politics to achieve national relevance alongside Buhari and this is why Nigeria is getting divided more along tribal and religious lines

God bless you. We share same sentiment. He is smart and intelligent but he is wickedly greedy and selfish.

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