“How can ordinary unarmed oil merchants and marketers be blamed for unavailable fuel when the government holds both the knife and yam, the stick and the carrot? Has PMB’s visionless “advisers” (who falsely dress him in the garb of redemptive messianism) and his large army of hero worshippers and deity appeasers,ever read about ex American president, Harry Truman’s immortal words that,”the buck stops on my table”?
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari’s new year address to Nigeria has been described as embarrassingly banal, uninspiring, empty, myopic, unrealistic and bereft of any benefit of historical dynamics.
According to Mike Ozekhome, Constitutional lawyer and human rights activist, the president’s speech is “an unfortunate metaphor for one who has lost total touch with the people and their aching pulse. The speech comes straight from stone age Ostralopithecus verbiage that never showed any gravitas, sincerity of purpose and honest admission of abysmal failure, total directionless and cluelessness in the current opaque governance of the country.
“It never talked about, nor told Nigerians what he is doing about the putrifying and oozing corruption squarely located within his government, with overwhelming and incontrovertible evidence of fat untouchable cows left unprosecuted. PMB in his speech, dismissed with a wave of the hand, the genuine and shrill cries of minority of Nigerians for an immediate restructuring of our fundamentally flawed federal system of government, which is actually unitarism in nature and operation.
“I couldn’t believe His Excellency could muster enough courage to blame helpless and hapless Nigerians for allegedly being inpatient in expectations of good governance after two years and nine months of his becoming president,with approximately only one more year to another election! Can someone help me remind His Excellency that he and his APC voluntarily entered into a written contract with the Nigerian people, in their manifesto and roadmap charter,with about 41 mouth watering ELDORADO PROMISES that completely hoodwinked Nigerians to queue behind him? When he was accused of not possessing school certificate qualification or its equivalent, Nigerians fired back that it didn’t matter; that they were satisfied if all PMB had was a mere Agege bread or Nepa bill tag.
“Such was the ululation and sheer passion that when he was pronounced winner,one Nigerian actually trekked from Lagos to Abuja in solidarity,whilst another rode a bicycle from Kaduna to Lagos.
“Alas,the promises and hopes of a better tomorrow have since become a mirage, reminding one of Julius Caesar’s “tale told by an idiot,full of sound and fury,signifying nothing”.
Ozekhome noted that Buhari even audaciously blamed imaginary heartless Nigerians for the unexpected shortage of fuel and gas that grounded Nigeria for weeks and forced helpless Nigerians to spend their entire Christmas yuletide days and nights at filling stations, for non existent fuel that had been mindlessly and criminally diverted by roguish government officials to their cronies and highest bidders.
“He surprisingly exonerated a colourless, rudderless and corruption-laden NNPC that is not accountable to the Nigerian people. PMB failed to do an honest self introspection,to discover that he,as the substantive minister of Petroleum Resources (since he could not trust any other Nigerian honest enough to head the ministry), has woefully failed Nigerians.
“While discussing the insecurity that has since exacerbated under his very nose and close watch, he NEVER for once mentioned, even by way of passing remark,innuendo or allusion,rampaging and vanquishing herdsmen that have since overtaken Boko Haram in terms of their deadly potency and limitless capacity to murder,pillage and spill innocent blood. He simply, as is now legendary with him, passed the buck of every national malaise.
“He incredulously blamed everyone and everything else,except himself,for the unprecedented divisiveness in Nigeria today,the increasing ethno-religious strifes, loud self determination agitations, mass suffering, starvation, squalour, melancholy, hopelessness, regrets, gnashing of teeth, chaos and near anarchy, that Nigeria has descended into under his government.
“Nearly half of the speech was wasted on discussion of railway projects which do not add value to immediate issues about hunger,mass unemployment and Nigerians’ bare desire to survive. The more I read the speech, the more I am convinced that Nigeria is in real trouble. I wish Nigerians a prosperous new year,” Ozekhome said.
– Jan. 2, 2018 @ 8:25 GMT /