The news of the Senators rejection of a cut in their allowances did not come as a surprise to those keen National Assembly observers. When it comes to matters concerning money, our politicians have proved themselves to be the same; their selfish interest comes first, they never yield ground.
During the last campaign, the then All Progressives Congress presidential aspirant, Muhammadu Buhari, was alleged to have made a remark that he would make the naira at par with the dollar. It was clear that this was the handiwork of mischief makers as the General never stood by that statement. Since his assumption of office, the naira has fallen three times and this calls for concern as this was a currency that was once stronger than the dollar and on the same page with the pound sterling.
The word “security” describes how one feels when the fear of the unknown looms large. The statement by the former President of Brazil, Lula da Silva, captured above is apt to show the critical linkage between the food security of a people and national security of a country. Assuming half of Brazil had died of hunger and the remaining half died of fear, what would have remained of the country? According to this statement, the fear of hunger begets the fear of the hungry and both were mutually reinforcing to threaten the country out of existence at the time this statement was made.
It all looks as the clash of desperate and vaunting ambitions. It is, and a lot more. Mr. Bukola Saraki, who emerged senate president from the pit of political debauchery and vicious backstabbing of his political party, evidently believed that Nigeria is a sort of unfinished family business. Son of the former senate majority leader in the second republic, the late Senator Olusola Abubakar Saraki, an acclaimed strong man of Kwara politics, who made several attempts at Nigeria presidency, Mr.
The title of this article is coined from a famous statement “Accord Co-cordial, Now Accord Discordant” credited to the very colorful politician of the second republic, late Kingsley Ozumba Mbadiwe.
The statement was made in the aftermath of the conflict that led to the dissolution of the NPN and NPP parties coalition formed to rule Nigeria during Shehu Shagari’s regime(1979-1983) when the NPN party that won the election lacked the constitutionally stipulated national spread to form a government without coalition.
As history unfolds in Nigeria, it does appear that the more things change, the more they remain the same. As a military dictator, 32 years ago, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.) truncated Nigeria’s Second Republic which was reputed for its scandalous corruption. That intervention lasted 20 months. Today, Buhari will be sworn in as the fourth elected president of Nigeria since the country’s return to civil rule in 1999, replacing a government that was associated with monumental corruption.
Despite investing over $30 billion in the sector in the last 15 years, Nigeria’s epileptic power supply has taken a turn for the worse in recent months. Today, the total electricity supply is less than 2,100 megawatts (MW) for a country of over 170 million people.
As a result, the citizens and businesses have resorted to the use of generators to the point where some industry experts are now placing the frontal cost, including imported fuel, as high as the size of the annual national budget.
It started like a trivial development that would soon fizzle out with time. Most government officials that spoke about it gave glimpse of hope that all will soon be well. We were told that within a couple of days the market would be flooded with petroleum products and that the pains of Nigerians would soon be over. But quite surprisingly, the fuel scarcity being experienced across the country lingers on.
The much-awaited 2015 general elections have come and gone! It started successfully and it ended peacefully. It also proved prophets of doom who predicted the disintegration of Nigeria wrong, but many surprises it sprang cannot be forgotten in a hurry. These are surprises that humbled the mighty and produced new set of leaders who are relatively underdogs! The most feared incumbency power was brought to zero, as the collective will of the people prevailed over it.
About 22 years ago, a medical agency located in Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America, offered me a job with a very attractive salary that was higher than the average wage compensation at that time. For a young man with no wife or children and far less obligation, the pay was irresistible. Every Friday was not just pay-day; it was fun-day that I looked forward to. After about three weeks in the agency’s employment, the fourth pay-day turned out to be a “black” Friday.