Nigerians to heal Nigeria

Mrs Okonjo-Iweala’s interview with BBC, Will Ross on the missing USD$20 billion oil revenue in March 2014 would not be too surprising to any Nigerian, well those who have seen enough to realise our challenges run deep and we can not scratch the surface and be expecting miracle transformation as far as corruption goes. At one point during the interview Mrs Iweala got frustrated with Will Ross as it seems her interviewer wanted specifics about how $20 billion waka comot NNPC safe unnoticed, he’s not going to get that and we all knew it – there is oga at the top to be weary of.

4:12 of the BBC video clip 

“… Ross, you are British, are you going to come to Nigeria to fight corruption for us…nobody but us (Nigerians) can clean it up.”

That is true, Nigerians are the ones to heal themselves in all their empty shattered places, the quicker we realise this, the better for us all.

The likes of Mrs Iweala are inspiring – it must be frustrating working with people who are not only unfit for purpose, but also have lost all sense of dignity to care for their reputation as leaders.

Postponement of election for six weeks so President Jonathan could have enough time to fight Boko Haram that he failed to defeat since 2010?

GEJ and his team are scared is all.

Presido has exhausted all the main sensational ministers of ‘God’ in the land and people don’t seem to be bothered much – most backfired.

The one I found most amusing was talking about Buhari’s past human rights abuse records when GEJ of today has nothing to show he is any better. 

So will 6 weeks make any different to election campaign and safety of the people? Absolutely not. Maybe I am too cynical of GEJ administration but I have seen the same desperation at work in Osun state during August gubernatorial election whereby religion was strongly used to the points that neighbours are resenting one another needlessly, this is just because the incumbent governor happened to be a Muslim so we all waited in anticipation to see whom GEJ would nominate as the opponent.

Then GEJ in his capacity gave us this man – below! The man who despite all his paper qualifications from different universities from around the world learned only one thing that being close to grassroots is synonymous to a lone road side corn eater. Thank goodness he lost the election.

I hope Senator, Dr. Omisore would be nearby to provide support for his Oga at the top – fingers crossed.

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  1. FK, I’m sorry, I don’t think the GEJ administration has done enough about the missing $20 billion from the treasury. (I might add I’m no fan of Okonjo-Iweala, she has over-compensated for her previous flash of genius by over-seeing the wiping out of the foreign debt under the Obasanjo administration, by plunging Nigeria into debt up to it’s neck)

    If $20 billion went missing in the US or America, there would be such uproar not only from the media, but the unions, civil societies, students you name it everyone would be ‘angry’ about it, demanding action. So if $20 billion is a significant amount for countries like the US and the UK, it must be significantly more important for an impoverished country like Nigeria.

    GEJ and his cabinet have weak patriotism. The least he could do, is to step down, or a vote of no confidence will be tabled against him. The finance minister should go, and so should the Oil Minister (oil is the goose the lays Nigeria’s one and only golden egg). Instead we see that GEJ sits tight and so does his minister of Finance, enjoying all the privileges of office. Including having her family safely outside of Nigeria, enjoying a safe and comfortable living.

    Mouthing off cheap talk, like “corruption can’t be removed overnight”, doesn’t cut it, this is just an excuse for doing next to nothing and so the “same old same old” repeats. This corruption thing has been there for over 40 years, at least on this occasion, the marker could have been thrown down, indicating that effective action starts now.

    Having yet another toothless enquiry, is really meaningless, Jonathan has had countless enquiries some are good some are a waste of time. He ignores both alike, so what’s the use?

    Until standards are raised, this endless cycle of denial or half-hearted measures will repeat until eventually all the oil (& any other opportunities) run out, and there will be nothing tangible to pass onto future generations other than debt and squalor.

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    • Yes, you are right that GEJ administration has not done enough and in fact has managed to sink the nation further misery.

      I do appreciate your opinion on Mrs Okonjo-Iweala, I believe this is the state we all need to be, to be comfortable with pointing out those who have strayed away from what we once knew them of. I haven’t paid much attention to the Finance Minister lately so I still hold on to the bold step she took during Obasanjo’s years where she helped negotiate debt relief deal.
      This is what I was referring to precisely in Okonjo-Iweala’s interview with Will Ross, it seems she has so much to say but struggled with not saying what she knew to be the truth.

      But Okonjo-Iweala has always lived outside of Nigeria though, so it must have been part of the package that she is allowed to work in Nigeria while her family, given children are older now remain in the States.

      Mrs Okonjo-Iweala would not be the first lady whose entry to the limelight gave Nigeria so much hope especially women but along the line, fluttered – Mrs Dora Akunyili came to mind, her last few years as a Minister of Information almost overshadowed the good work she did at NAFDAC.

      I guess the honourable thing Okonjo-Iweala could have done was to emulated ex CBN governor – be the whistleblower.


      • Fat chance! THAT does not happen in Nigeria. Rather than be a whistle-blower which would show her real mettle, I did suggest she resign four years ago in the early days of the Jonathan REIGN but that, to her and others in govt., must have carried the same who? Me? as your suggesting the impossible, albeit honorable thing.

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        • It is such a shame though that people with good intention such as this lady has lost it along the way…


          • Could Okonjo-Iweala maintain her position at an international body if $20 billion disappeared into thin air and give no account? She has spent most of her life abroad, she should know that, if she sees a situation against her values, she should resign as emotanglobal indicated.

            During the stewardship of the GEJ administration hundreds of billions of dollars (US) have been fritted away on nothing, if that wasn’t enough the country is now in debt to the tune of $40 billion dollars. The price of oil was until only recently over $90/ barrel, where did all this money go? No one ever asks questions, yet people are surprised when the home spun propraganda (“the giant of Africa”) holds no credence when held up to the limelight.

            Until administrations are held to account, Nigeria will continue to fall further behind and be categorised in the world order with countries like Somalia and Afghanistan. Nigerians may not like to see themselves in such a category, but this is very much how the rest of the world sees us.

            The scandal of the missing hundreds of billions of dollars (apparently $469) during the GEJ administration was revealed by Adeola Fayehun, you can view it here.

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            • Good point re resigning but sometimes I wonder if someone like Okonjo-Iweala sees the need to hang on even if their reputation is at stake.

              See all this party defection going on – guys moving from APC to PDP and vice versa at any hint of wahala as if the party name is our problem. When you look at people such as Ribadu who seems like a smart and fair person, allowing himself to be pushed back and forth, you wonder if he was nodding along, holding on to get feet in the door – the same goes for El-Rufai both clearly smart people.

              As they say – you need to join them to beat them


              • I get your point about Ribadu, (El-Rufai always struck me as a ‘dodgy geyser’, somewhat ‘shifty’).

                I see it like this, when you take a public stand as a politician, you hold your values up for scrutiny. If your behaviour is not in sync (ie keeping) with those values, then you are not credible. Suppose Nelson Mandela said he is against aparthied, but chose to co-operate with the apartheid regime (by receiving large cash payouts, to make watered down speeches), how much credibility would he have? Very little.

                You can say that maybe Ribadu, wanted to get his foot in the door, but the time it is taking him to establish himself, he’s getting paid handsomely. Only time will show us whether he can redeem himself (if he indeed did ‘beat them’), or if he is a ‘sell-out’. This equally applies to Okonjo-Iweala.

                What did she achieve by “hanging-on”, other than a high profile and a lot of pay? The country is almost bankrupt, (not far removed from the Greek position). I think emotanglobal was right “quit whilst you’re ahead…”

                I understood your previous point about Akunyili, somehow she ‘came-off-the-rails’, and lost credibility.

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                • This is a serious concern as Nigeria goes. I have heard this many times when comments indicate trusted people always change when they ‘get there’ – such a shame.

                  I do get the idea of quitting before getting too sucked into the ‘rat race’ but again, we can’t have every sensible people quitting because remember these guys, I mean the likes of GEJ and most of his guys do not seem to be bothered at all and the more you leave them to it, the more they drain the nation – they just don’t believe in the country nor cared where we ended up at.

                  I see this at state level whereby politicians are ruthless in the name of securing an office even when they failed miserably on all leadership fronts.


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