The Sun News » Femi Adesina - Voice of The Nation Mon, 05 Oct 2015 15:32:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Change is the only constant in life Fri, 29 May 2015 03:58:36 +0000 Finally, come has come to become, as President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan bows out of office today, and is succeeded by President Muhammadu Buhari. It is a consummation of change in Nigeria, a feat attained by a coalition of political parties against the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which had held power at the centre since 1999.]]>

Finally, come has come to become, as President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan bows out of office today, and is succeeded by President Muhammadu Buhari.  It is a consummation of change in Nigeria, a feat attained by a coalition of political parties against the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which had held power at the centre since 1999.

But change did not come by a sudden flight.  Nor was it easy by any stretch of the imagination.  The Yoruba say you get circumcised only through pains and peppery sensations.   Yes, the change was peppery, even painful, at least to the PDP, which had vowed to rule Nigeria for a minimum of 60 years.  Sixty then became 16, a reversed rhyming.

People from all walks of life dread change.  They want it like they would want a hole in the head.  The mere thought of change sends cold chills down the spine, sends people into dire conjurations and expectations.  No wonder somebody declared during the campaigns that preceded the presidential election in March that change was a forbidden language, reserved for only bus conductors.  “Anyone that tells you change, stone that person,” Mrs Patience Jonathan had declared in Calabar, capital of Cross River State.  “Anyone that comes and tells you that he will change, stone that person…  You can’t change, rather you will go back to a baby… so nothing like change, rather it is continuity.”

We know that ‘Change’ is the slogan of the All Progressives Congress (APC), which was the leading opposition party then.  The APC sent dread into the PDP and President Jonathan, so much so that elections originally scheduled for February were postponed by six weeks.  But it did not change anything.  The God of FeBuhari (February) still remained the God of March. Muhammadu Buhari and the APC won the presidential election by over 2.5 million votes.

We all fear to leave our comfort zones, so we dread change.  It is natural and human.  But most times, change is ineluctable, inevitable, inescapable.  “The only thing that is constant is change,” says Heraclitus, the Greek philosopher.  In fact, he believes that the doctrine of change is central to the universe.  True.

But did Jonathan and PDP fight the change that swept across the land in March and April?  They did.  Almost to a standstill!    Remember all the presidential visits to different parts of the country, and the largesse in various currencies that accompanied such visits?  Royal fathers, Nollywood stars, pastors, Imams, all suddenly began to spend foreign currencies, courtesy of presidential visits.  But did it stop the change?  No.  Change, when it is ripe and fully-grown, is unstoppable, as attested to by Chief Olusola Oke, former National Legal Adviser of the PDP.

Chief Oke was not just a stalwart of the PDP, he was also the party’s gubernatorial candidate in Ondo State about three years ago.  But just before this year’s general elections, he decamped to the APC.  Hear him:  “I had passionately resisted to be part of the change.  I resisted the wind of change that was blowing until it almost blew me out.  Now, I have surrendered.  I can’t resist anymore.”

That’s a wise man.  I have surrendered.  I can’t resist anymore.  But it took President Jonathan a long time to awaken to that reality.  He fought that change, with all the fibre in his body.  But at the end, seeing the direction of the wind, he had to surrender.

During Easter, as the Christian community in Abuja paid homage to him, President Jonathan declared: “I was in the hand of government for 16 years… I was in a cage being taken care of by the government.  But I think it is enough, and I am happy.  Help me thank God for that.”

By the time Jonathan spoke, election was over, and he had lost.  How I wish the reality had struck him much earlier.  How can you be in a cage for 16 years, and you still fight tooth and nail to remain in the same cage?  Rather ironical.  That is what happens to a man who does not realise when change becomes inevitable.  And change is the only constant in life.

“One must change one’s tactics every 10 years if one wants to maintain one’s superiority,” said French leader, Napoleon Buonaparte.  But the PDP was in power for 16 years.  It did not review nor change its tactics.  It inherited a parlous electricity situation in 1999, it is leaving with electricity in a worse state, and billions of dollars down the drain.  It came at a time Nigeria was in the throes of fuel crisis, it is leaving 16 years later, with the same fuel crisis dogging its footsteps.  Despite the trillions of dollars that accrued to the country in oil sales in 16 years, PDP did not make much difference in the lives of the people.  So, change had to come.  If change is due, and you don’t embrace it, you stagnate and lose ground.  You atrophy.  No wonder Harold Wilson, a former British Prime Minister said: “He who rejects change is the architect of decay.  The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery.”

Change has come to Nigeria today.  But change to what?  There can be change for better or change for worse.  The onus is on the APC to make this a change for the better. There must be sacrifices. Yes, we must pay the price of change, so that we can have a country to bequeath to our children, and generations unborn.  The APC would not need to hold Nigerians in bondage or servitude for 60 years as the PDP vowed, before it can effect change.  The change must start now.  And in the shortest possible time, Nigerians must see that they have got off the ‘One Chance’ bus of the immediate past.

However, it is not only the government that will bring the change we need.  All Nigerians have a part to play.  Instead of folding our hands, doing nothing, or even waiting for the Buhaari administration to fail, we should rather join the change train.  “You must be the change you wish to see in the world,” said Indian leader, Mahatma Gandhi.  Nigerians must change attitude, change thinking, and be the change we wish to see.  If we want corruption eradicated, or reduced to the barest minimum, we must eliminate all cravings for filthy lucre.  If we want a cohesive, united country, we must eschew all forms of bile or hatred.  If we want a robust economy, we must not sabotage the economic wellbeing of the country.  Be the change you want to see.  “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time.  We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.  We are the change we seek,” says American president, Barack Obama.

Change is inevitable.  It is constant.  That change has come upon us.  It has invaded our lives.  If we are rigid, or impervious to change, we collapse.  If we flow with the stream, it leads to fair havens, a halcyon shore.

“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking.  It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” (Albert Einstein).  With the right thinking, the change that is upon Nigeria will have enduring consequences.  It will change this land for good.

Remember Naaman?  He was the Syrian war hero, a General who was leprous.  He heard about Elijah, the prophet in Israel, who could cure him.  And when he sought out Elijah, that one told him to go and dip in River Jordan seven times.  Naaman was first furious.  Me, dip in that dirty River Jordan seven times?  Are there not cleaner, neater rivers in Syria?

But eventually, Naaman humbled himself, did as he was told.  And his flesh was restored like that of a baby.  The lesson?  Change takes time.  It takes effort.  Naaman had thought Elijah would just wave something over his head, and the leprosy would disappear.  But no!  He had to dip seven times in River Jordan.  Change will not come by a sudden flight.  We must work for it.  All of us!  And in the words of John Steinbeck, in his work, Sweet Thursday, change will come “like a little wind that ruffles the curtain at dawn… like the stealthy perfume of wildflowers hidden in the grass.” It is a soothing change.

“There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction,” says former British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill.  Change is here.  And it is in the right direction. It is for our collective good.

Re: This time next week


He knows his onions

You captured it correctly in your interesting write up where you compared both sincere and insincere expectations of the incoming administration. I believe the president-elect is capable of bringing about the change we desire. As for those who are expecting failure I want to assure them that they will wait till eternity because Muhammadu Buhari knows his onions. My prayer is for God to guide him in the choice of his team. Abdulwahid Amzat,


Change is finally here

You speak the minds of most Nigerians. Nigeria shall rise again and become great. We shall live in peace and harmony with each other, for God has disappointed those that want to divide us along ethnic and religious lines. With time, those evil things that have held us down so long, like corruption, insecurity will be things of the past. Change has finally come. God bless Nigeria. Emmanuel O. Mbah, 08034474210.


No excuses

We know that the outgoing administration disappointed Nigerians. We know that there is so much to clear. I voted Buhari, and I am expecting good results, not excuses and stories. I am begging the incoming administration to please refuse to play the game of greed with our collective destiny. In six months we should see the direction this new government is going. The pressure on us is too much. Okanlwawon Abayomi Isaac,


He will not disappoint 

Surely, today a new life of our national polity begins. The irrepressible man of the people, Muhammadu Buhari, the one God has chosen in a spectacular way to lead Nigeria out of the woods, assumes the country’s presidency today. Unless God makes you no one can make you. God has made Buhari, and today he takes the mantle of leadership to lead us out of the doldrums we have been over the years.

Today, the man Muhammadu Buhari is the Daniel that has come to judgement in our national life, and I believe, based on his antecedents, that we shall have no cause to worry or regret. I see Buhari serving out his tenure (of four or eight years as he chooses to be in power) hale and hearty and living long thereafter, just like Shehu Shagari that is still alive today, more than 31 years after leaving office.

The patriotism and urge to stop the rot and decadence in our polity prompted his first coming as military Head of State and he was making remarkable achievements and progress before IBB stopped him abruptly on August 27, 1985. This time around, I have firm confidence that he will deliver the expected good governance and will not fail to cleanse Nigeria of its socio-economic and political diseases. No matter the odds, Muhammadu Buhari will not disappoint Nigeria. Sir Abuchi Anueyiagu, an independent journalist/public affairs commentator/Development Trainee, 08080242128.


Face of good governance

Buhari wearing the crown of president from today opens a window of opportunities for Nigerians. But it also presents a challenge for him because the political dynamics here are altogether different from what he had seen 31 years ago as a military leader.

What’s encouraging Buhari is that while he already has influence among the masses, Buhari’s anti-corruption toga can work in favour of his government. The masses and his fight against corruption together will make for a more vibrant society.

Many Nigerians are united in the aim to make Nigeria work simply because Buhari is a face of good governance and development.

Moses Sunday Ajehson,, Kubwa, Abuja 


All I ask of Buhari

All I ask of President Buhari is to liberalise the employment market where vacancies will not be sold or dashed out for political patronage. Let the vacancies be announced, interviews conducted and best candidates selected.

Buhari and his team should also look at bringing down the high cost of housing in Nigeria, particularly in Abuja.

Best of luck and congratulations to Nigeria! It’s a new dawn! Ode A. Idoko,, 2347064334855


Yes he/we can

The question is not whether Buhari will succeed or not, but how he will consolidate on his pre-inauguration successes. Those who are hoping and praying against Buhari’s success are the unrepentant pessimists, who are the real enemies of Nigerians! Their wish is for Buhari to fall below expectations in order to justify their undue criticisms.

Let them believe it or not, Buhari has recorded successes even before his inauguration. Since his announcement as the winner of the 2015 presidential election, Nigerians especially public servants and politicians have come to believe that it cannot be business as usual. These pre-inauguration glad tidings are harbinger of many good things to come, and to me far better than Jonathan’s five years of carelessness. Muhammad Rabiu,, 08054748244.


Words of wisdom

President Goodluck Jonathan, by my own assessment, out of greed allowed himself to be ridiculed. To me, he got what he deserved. No mercy, no sympathy. Why do I say so? Please read my earlier article graciously published by this great newspaper, DAILY SUN, in its edition of Friday, 3rd September 2010 (five years ago) back-page, captioned, “He should be a V.C.”: “President Jonathan should listen to himself like the God-fearing man he is acclaimed to be, conduct credible polls (without being a candidate), go back to his university job, earn a professorship, and eventually serve as a Vice Chancellor. His divine assignment ends after the 2011 elections.” Maybe because I am not a prophet, or because he had never heard of my name before, the above message was blatantly ignored. See where he has landed himself and family now. The words of elders are words of wisdom, and what an elder sees sitting down cannot be seen by a younger one even from the top of an Iroko tree! Dr. Chizoba Christopher Ogbunugafor, (Senior Citizen of Nigeria, Lagos-based)


It has arrived

The long expected change that Nigerians home and abroad have been waiting and hoping for has arrived. This is God’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes. Nigerians never had it so bad in the last six years, sycophants never allowed our president a breathing space, Boko Haram never allowed us to rest, but now, it will soon be over. God Himself has decided to take over the affairs of Nigeria from those the Yorubas will call JEGUDU JERA, and we will all heave a sigh of relief. God indeed is a Nigerian. The Revd. S. A. Adetayo,, St. Michael and All Angels Anglican Church, Suberu Oje


He must do better

This time in three months, August 27, 2015 it will be 30 years that our President-elect was ousted from Dodan Barracks by the then Chief of Army Staff (COAS). The facts, intrigues, manipulations – were known to us within the military – yet till date not even General Buhari himself has told the world what happened. It looks like another conspiracy and cover-up!

I disagree with you that some Nigerians are waiting for General Buhari to fail. Nigerians are waiting for him to do better the things he did very well 30 years ago. He now has maturity, benefit of hindsight, experience, technology, democracy and global support – all, to his benefit. The solutions to our problems for me are very easy, simple and doable. Col RN Oputa Rtd,, Owerri Imo State


Be bold

I wish Muhammadu Buhari good health and God’s guidance. His second coming is just as the situation in the country was bad during the civilian regime of NPN, and God used him to change the course of disaster and wickedness in the land.  He will equally be a tool in the hands of God to correct the perfidy of PDP in the last 16 years, but most especially, the rot of the last six years. Though he is coming as a civilian president, he should come on with boldness. The masses are waiting and watching. Dr Olayinka Oladosu,


New dawn

Nigeria is now in the competent hands of Muhammadu Buhari, a man of strong character, of incorruptibility, a man that was voted by poor masses. When God saw the direction this nation was heading, no food for poor masses, no security in our land, no hope for our economy, he sent us Muhammadu Buhari to come and wipe away our tears.

Though Buhari will not do magic, his worst will be better, far better than what we are into now because he will set a standard, a template that will help to rebuild this nation. It will be the beginning of a new dawn. Mazi Ogbona Abuja,, 08069165559


I can feel it

I verily share in your optimism that when we would have installed our own Lee Kuan Yew, Nigeria will be great again. My belief is that the same forces that made him win the March 28 poll against all odds would make things begin to take shape immediately Buhari comes on board.

I can already feel the signs of the great things he would bring to bear on this nation. Sylvester Ugwuanyi,


Guaranteed to succeed

Buhari simply cannot afford to disappoint himself and Nigeria. He is surely guaranteed of our prayers to succeed.

Emeghebo Anthony Chukwuebuka,,  08033927370


Bye Bye

Bye Bye to laziness

Bye Bye to crude oil thefts

Bye Bye to missing pensions funds

Bye Bye to insecurity.

Hello Buhari, Jonathan has packed his bags and ready to go. We knew God sent you to come salvage the situation.

It is you we are waiting for,

You we rejoice about

You we trust

Subsidy thieves must not go unpunished.

Pension thieves must not go unpunished

Employment must be created

20 billion dollars missing must be found

Unity and love must be promoted.

Akin Malaolu,


No quick fix

Those who think the new government is aiming to provide Nigeria a quick-fix do not understand the reality on ground- dwindling revenue, high profile internal and external debt, massive leakages, etc, and the magnitude of decay and disorder Nigeria has been plunged into in the past 16 years and beyond. Sure, the voyage is going to be difficult and stormy, and as such, requires endurance, patience and sacrifice from both the leaders as well as followers.

We all must be ready to shoulder the responsibility of the challenges that lie ahead, we must be realistic about our expectations. This administration has to be strong-willed, powerful, determined and willing to help bring forth the needed change, by building a solid foundation for Nigeria’s growth and development, by developing the necessary structures- strong institutions and great policies, because people come and go, but institutions remain. I have absolute trust and confidence in Buhari and his team to overcome the challenges of transforming Nigeria’s vision into reality. So help us God. Ibrahim Bala,


Joy and anxiety

Your piece on the great expectations of Nigerians initially filled me with joy but subsequently with anxiety. And that anxiety has not only refused to abate, it has continued to multiply. God Bless you and Orji Uzor Kalu and everybody in The Sun. Jimoh K. Lawal,


No hurry

As we await our burdens to be unburdened, Nigeria can be likened to

a faulty car that the owner had to sell off unwillingly because of the

constant break down. Buhari is the new buyer, he must drive the

car to decode its faults before bringing it for repairs. That’s the

situation we are about entering right now. I advise Nigerians not to be in a hurry in criticizing. Joe Onwukeme,, Enugu


God of miracle

Buhari’s electoral victory gave many Nigerians hope of living, for in him they have found a man pained by the rot in the system and who will bring heroic leadership to the table.

There might not be a magic wand in his hands to change everything overnight, but Nigerians being the incurable optimists they are, believe,  that our God is a God of miracle and will guide Buhari and his team to navigate Nigeria out of the pains and unwarranted stress we have found ourselves in. Royal Johnny,,  Abia


To keep hope alive

My take is very simple. Should Buhari build four extra refineries, who would be in charge? Is it Nigerians?

The problem with politicians is that when they build a government infrastructure, they put the children of party chieftains there; these children would run down the entire enterprise with impunity because he who’s father is in heaven will not go to hellfire. Look back at Nitel, Nigerian Airways, NNPC, Daily Times, etc who killed them? As I speak now, Nigeria the giant of Africa does not have a National Carrier.

However, to keep hope alive, building refineries is a good venture but government should right from inception hand them to private operators. That’s the only way the refineries will survive the pangs of corruption. Rev. Monye J Gold, National Coordinator,, Mass Movement for Responsible Leadership, 0705 888 2573


Sigh of relief

It is our prayers and faith that God will complete what He alone has started. What a great day it will be. It is the day all the lies that have ruled through the electioneering period about the People’s General GMB will be finally buried with PDP in one grave. It is the day Nigerians will heave a sigh of relief from the arrogant PDP.

It is the day world leaders will witness the inauguration of Muhammadu Buhari against the expectation of the enemies of the progress of Nigeria.

John Stephen Audu,, Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria.


We need to pray

What an excellent article. You rightly put the cogent points. We all had great expectations, and that’s why we voted against all odds for Buhari.

But we can’t rest on our oars and expect him to do all. Yes, he has the ability and will power but we need to pray for him for God’s grace, wisdom and strength.

The system has been bastardised, but change has come. I’m being realistic and not having over-expectation of instant transformations. We didn’t vote a magician or miracle worker but change will come, visibly and steadily even though over a period of time, not instantaneous but gradual.

I know some people have sworn by their great grandfathers’ graves to work against his government, but God wins. Dr. Michael ‘drbiggie’ Adeyemi, Lagos


No business as usual

I am optimistic that it is not going to be business as usual from this time, we are going to witness a new era because the man who will pilot the affairs of Nigeria will lead by example. I will want us to be patient with the new leader because nothing good comes easy. The road will be rough for Buhari but with his strength of character and experience, and GOD on his side, he will succeed. Ekene Obeleagu,

08037108010, Lagos

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This time next week Fri, 22 May 2015 01:37:11 +0000 Perhaps my worst day ever was August 27, 1985, when the military coup that ousted Major General Muhammadu Buhari from power was announced. Major General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, then the Chief of Army Staff, supplanted his boss in office, and held that position for eight years.]]>

Perhaps my worst day ever was August 27, 1985, when the military coup that ousted Major General Muhammadu Buhari from power was announced.  Major General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, then the Chief of Army Staff, supplanted his boss in office, and held that position for eight years.

Buhari went into the valley of life, and stayed there for many years.  Even his marriage and home suffered terribly.  But in 1989, he picked up the pieces of marital life again, marrying pretty and winsome Aisha from Adamawa State.

Also in 2003, the man from Daura, in Katsina State, took the gauntlet by running for the county’s number one position, on platform of the then All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP).  He ran again in 2007, in 2011, and also in 2015.  He finally won, and this time next week, he would be inaugurated as President.

This Time Next Week.  That is the title of a 1964 book by Leslie Thomas, which I read well over 30 years ago.  The book deals with the escapades of some young boys growing up in an orphanage, and what a rib cracking volume it is.  I read it over and over again.

Yes, this time next week, our country would enter a new day, a new dawn, a new visitation in a special way.  The miasma of doom and desperation, which had hung like a curtain on Nigeria for long, would lift.  A magic wand?  No.  A miracle?  Yes, I believe in miracles.  But this kind of miracle would come from sure-footedness, focus, doggedness, transparency, and leadership by example.  That, I believe, is what we will get from Muhammadu Buhari, this time next week and onwards.

Does Nigeria need robust, honest and focused leadership now more than at any point in her history?  You can say that again!  Just look around you.  What do you see?  Failed hopes, dreams and aspirations.  A decrepit, comatose economy!  Humongous local and international debts, less than 10 years after we had paid off everything we hitherto owed.  Insecurity, with blood flowing freely like water, and lives lost daily in scores.  Tales of misappropriation of public funds in billions of dollars!  At a point recently, hatred almost became a national credo, with Nigerians hopelessly divided along ethnic and religious lines.  Again, energy crisis!  No electricity, no petrol, fuel queues everywhere.  Nigeria has been brought to her knees.  How art thou fallen from heaven, O Nigeria? How art thou cut down to the earth?

But Nigeria will rise again.  And it will start from this time next week.  We will be proud to be Nigerians once again.  We will stand in brotherhood, though our tribes and tongues may differ. The pride of our country will be restored.  We shall no longer be seen as a land where corruption walks on all fours, a rich country of poor people.  No.  A new song, a new story would be told about us.  Great things shall be spoken of thee again, oh Nigeria.

The expectations of Nigerians are very high, and at times, I get scared.  I pity the incoming president.  But I also trust him.  If anybody can bring change to bear on the country, Buhari can.  Yes, he can.  But there is also the burden of expectations.  And the burden can be very heavy.  Expectations from those who are sincere, and also from those who are not, and are even duplicitous, filled with ill will.  The sincere ones want change because they truly desire a better country, whose builder and maker is God.  The insincere ones, scoffers, naysayer, are only hoping to see failure.  They can’t wait to turn up their noses in derision, hopping from one leg to the other, and declaring: “We said it!  The change they preached was just a mantra.  It is six months.  It is one year, two years, three years.  Where is the change?  Since the times our fathers slept, and until now, Nigeria has been the same way.  And it will remain the same way, world without end.”

But will those people succeed?  No, they won’t.  Change will come to this land.  And it will start by this time next week.  We are not building castles in the air.  Yes, out heads are in the clouds, but our feet are firmly planted on the ground.  If anybody can bring change to this country, Buhari can.  And with God helping him, he will.

Former Oil Minister, Prof Tam David-West, in an interview published by The News magazine this week says things are so bad with Nigeria that “Buhari is not starting from zero, but below zero.”  However, he also gives hope:  “Nigerians will find positive visible change in all aspects.  To make impact with our refineries will be few months.  We can build a refinery in a year…

“Buhari has promised to build four refineries and repair the old ones that are reparable.  With that, there will be no more fuel importation and price will come down.”

Oh what a happy day it shall be!  When Nigeria no longer needs to import refined petrol, and the pump price comes down.  No more larceny in the name of fuel subsidies.  Oh, what a day!

And all the other promises: provision of jobs for our teeming unemployed youths.  Effective control of the security situation!  A battle against corruption!  End to impunity in our public life!  A revitalized economy!  A cohesive country!  All these can happen.  Yes, I believe.  It can all start by this time next week.  And Muhammadu Buhari would leave his footprints firmly imprinted in the sands of time.  Who says we can’t have our own Lee Kuan Yew?  It all starts this time next week.

Re: Before the cock crows

Betrayal recycled 

When faced with integrity test on PDP zoning formula, Jonathan opted for betrayal of the said formula, and by extension, Nigerians in order to covet the trophy (Presidency).  Afterwards, betrayal began to be recycled.  With the aroma of political power gone, like bees, his ‘friends’ expectedly completed the web by migrating to the new power base.  Therefore, what goes round comes round.  Betrayal was recycled. Steve Okoye, Enugu, 08036630731


He should take heart 

‘Before the cock crows’ reminds me of the Yoruba saying that people will only lick a hand dipped in palm oil, not one dripping with blood.  President Jonathan should take heart.  Those friends who have deserted him can never beat his record of firsts.  The first shoeless schoolboy from Otuoke, who became first president to be voted out of office, and the first to concede defeat before the results were fully announced.  Mr President, you have earned a place of honour in Nigerian history.  Cheer up.  I will visit you in Otuoke. Barrister Ayo Olalere, Apete, Ibadan 


Jonathan will rise again 

I agree with you.  Nigeria is filled with fair weather friends.  Look at the speed at which politicians are defecting from PDP.  A lot of members had no commitment to the party.  Jonathan will rise again.  Mrs Rose Obioma Aniagoh, Onitsha 


Friend to friend

Since friend to friend

Is so unjust

I do not know

What friend to trust

I have trusted many friends

To my sorrow

Friends today

Enemies tomorrow.

Jonathan’s dilemma is not our problem but his.

Akin Malaolu,


We shouted from rooftops

What a masterpiece from the master himself. You and some of us shouted it at the top of our voices that most of those surrounding Mr President did not have his interest at heart. My prayer is that the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, will not surround himself with the same type of betrayals but pick those who have the interest of Nigeria at heart to work with him. Emmanuel O. Mbah 08034474210


The lesson of life

President Jonathan’s aides played on his emotions. They made sure that the waters all around the man was stirred up, forcing all sorts of particles, even living creatures like fishes to the surface. His emotions became uncontrollable, manifesting in form of pride, vanity, love, hate, and desperation, to the extent that he was caught in the whirlpool made for him. He lost the re-election bid, and will now learn the lesson of life. But human companionship is very deceptive. When one sees people following physically, it may be painful to know that both mind and soul have long departed.

Yes many aides will be prosecuted, rather than persecuted. For whatever is sown, same shall be reaped. Dr Olayinka Oladosu,


A poem I wrote

I sympathise with the President Jonathan. However, I think he was blinded by inordinate ambition, and by his fair weather friends who deserted him afterwards. After all, the handwriting was on the wall that Nigerians had rejected him and PDP.

I wrote this poem years ago, which I think is appropriate at this hour:

Sycophantic Yes Sir

I peeped into his office

I saw the boss sitting

In his well cushioned armchair

One leg up, one leg down

His manner portrayed super-human being

His subordinate sat in his front

Bending low

Squeezing his limbs

Almost prostrating

Addressing the boss

“Sir, yes sir”

“Very good sir”

“You are right sir”

I watched this master-slave union in awe

Boss treating subordinates

Like dumb donkeys

My feelings aggravated by the word “sir”

This word when spoken

Creates immediately

A false sense of superiority

And a sense of false inferiority

Then a nag!

Isn’t this merely a show?

Perhaps to secure undue favour

Obonyegba* told me

He did that to bosses past

Who once out He smeared with impunity

Then said I sycophantic yes sir

No sir, when he meant to say “yes sir”

And yes sir, when he meant to say “no sir”

Suddenly he came out I asked him

“What was happening?

“Were you dramatizing?”

He looked perplexed

But he replied

“Yes sir is my ladder”

“To the top

“My meal ticket

“My house rent

“My diplomatic licence

“My boarding pass

“My children’s school fees.”

I couldn’t agree less with him

We live in a make-believe world

We are all the same

Sycophantic bosses

Sycophantic subordinates

Who isn’t?

*Obonyegba is an Idoma name for a small bird believed to be a rumour- monger.

Ode A. Idoko,


Something to remember

One good thing that President Jonathan will forever be positively remembered for is his now famous telephone call to congratulate Buhari. Nigerians will continue to pray for him for this singular act that brought about the peace we are all enjoying.

His abandonment is going to be a child’s play in comparison to what will happen to some governors after May 29. Some of them will not be able to walk the streets of their states for fear of being stoned because of the hardship they inflicted on their people through bad governance and wickedness. Johnny, Abia,


Ephemeral power

President Jonathan’s lamentation is a good development in our polity. Majority of us may not appreciate the salient message embedded in it. Most people believe that Jonathan’s predicament is attributable to his poor showing during the last presidential election. Methinks it is only a clear demonstration of the ephemeral nature of power. Why should Jonathan be surprised that he had been abandoned when he would no longer have influence? This is a lesson to all politicians that no condition is permanent. No matter what you are today, one day you will be of no consequence.  Dr Duru Ugbor,


Betrayal begets betrayal

What did President Jonathan expect from his friends and cronies? What attracted them was the office, and the spoils! Does he call them betrayers? Has he forgotten how he betrayed his party members to ascend to power in 2011? What about his promise not to contest in 2015?

How did Jonathan convince himself that he could win the 2015 election when his government is characterised with bloodshed presided over by Boko Haram? What about the massive corruption and looting of public treasury? What about campaigns, rooted along religious and ethnic sentiments?

His permutation was that whatever happens, the electoral process will be manipulated in his favour as usual. Unfortunately the sudden introduction of the card reader changed the whole permutation. Muhammad Rabiu Ada,, Gwagwalada Abuja. 08054748244; 08035322484


Other side of the coin

All you said in this article is nothing but the truth. Governor Rotimi Amechi was one of those who gave everything to Jonathan in 2011, but was paid with the other side of the coin. So more betrayals and abandonment awaits GEJ. Engr. Mac Solomon,


A spice we can’t ignore

As expected, you didn’t disappoint, as your piece was instructive. It is a reminder to everyone of the need to have big hearts in accommodating both those that share our views and those that hold a contrary one. Betrayal remains a spice that cannot be ignored were the ingredients of life to be counted. Emeghebo Anthony E.,,  08033927370


Too much to ignore

I am distressed and worried about those strange birdfellows that are now hovering around Muhammadu Buhari. Those men did not vote or like him, I know many of them who never wished him well before, but just because he won the election, they are now hovering around him. Buhari should remember those Okada men, students and other poor masses that contributed in one way or the other to make sure he won the election. Buhari will not persecute any minister with a clean hand but billions of dollars is too much to ignore.


Payback time

Your admonition on the above is interesting. The President’s remarks do not move me a bit. Rather, I see it as an advice to the President-elect to be aware of persons popularly called AGIP (Any Government in Power) whose stock in trade is to sing the praises of the government for their own selfish interests, even when it is glaring that all is not well. As for all those that served in this administration in whatever capacity, they were supposed to be guided by their consciences, accountability and national interest. Anything short of these, they should be prepared to face the consequences. There is always a payback time. Abdulwahid Amzat,


What did he expect?

Life is indeed a school and we stop learning the day we die. It is either you are in class or in the street, but you just have to keep learning. The questions now are, what was President Jonathan expecting? Was he expecting all the opportunistic hangers-on to keep standing by him even when he has lost power? It is only people like us who love him even when we have never benefited a kobo from him that will continue to wish him well; not those who where with him and tried to block people from coming near. However, the greatest achievement of his government was electoral reforms where INEC was given a free hand to operate, though he became a victim of his good works as it is. But I still strongly believe that despite all his performance, if he had found solution to PHCN and Nigerians had constant light, if he had fought corruption even harder by stepping on toes, if war had not started within the PDP, by now he would have been awaiting his swearing in for second term. Rev. Monye J Gold, National Coordinator, The Mass Movement for Responsible Leadership,, 07058882573


Time waits for no one

You have said it all. Life is indeed a teacher. That you can’t learn in any tertiary institution in the world. President Jonathan’s defeat is a great lesson to us all. What he forgot was that the right to determine who governs us still remains the exclusive preserve of the people. Time waits for no one, do your best as if it’s your last. Unjoerated Onwukeme, Enugu,


Fatal and calamitous

Andy Grove captured it aptly: “Success breeds complacency. Complacency breeds failure. Only the paranoid survive.”

Yes, Jonathan was complacent, was self-assured and self-content, hence he went to a gun battle with a knife. And the result? Very fatal and calamitous! Maybe because of how he ascended to power by good luck.

Michael Nwagu, a social commentator. 08033148640, Ikeja


On a high pedestal

There’s an old saying that putting someone on a pedestal makes it a lot easier to get kicked in the head. I mention this because six years ago many close friends of President Jonathan put him on a very high pedestal. Sycophancy went through the roof as many of those running away from him today shouted his praises.

Today, Jonathan is finally realizing that as sycophants, his friends cannot walk on water with him. Just one look at their exhibitions says it all.

The challenge for the president at this point is to accept the reality on ground. Instead of creating expectations, Jonathan needs to manage them. And his future success – including whether he rebounces politically – may depend on how well he does that. Moses Sunday Ajehson, Kubwa, Abuja 


Ugly political culture

I recall that the Jonathans were frequently visiting and flocking around the Yar’Aduas until Umaru Yar’Adua got consigned to sick bed and lost out. I do not think that ever afterwards as levels changed, the Jonathans frequently or if at all continued to visit or identify with the Yar’Aduas. Mrs Jonathan even disputed some property at Abuja with Mrs Yar’Adua. The latest Jonathan’s experience is actually part of the ugly political culture in Nigeria. A culture devoid of any positive ideology, where politics/governance is material enterprise and stomach infrastructure especially from 1986 to date. Hence politicians are worse than call girls. They flock around you but once you are down, they are out and there is no room for conscience. Barr. Festus O.A. Nwanosike, President, Movement For The Survival Of Nigeria (MOSON)


Not good and honourable!

The lamentation of President Jonathan is not amazing to me but rather amuses me. By his cry it seems that he does not realize that his occupation of the exalted position of President/Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces is like a football match. When the referee signals the end of the match, no matter how entertaining it had been, the spectators will quietly start leaving the arena without telling anyone that they’re going. It is akin to the situation of the birds perching on an Iroko tree but flying away when the tree is cut down. The tree is not their abode, and when it is cut they disperse and look elsewhere for succour. So, these people Jonathan thought were his friends merely pretended to be because of what they were getting from him and now that the engine is knocked they have to retreat and re-strategise.

And on the other hand, what happened to Mr. President could be a repercussion. When he became Deputy Governor or Governor or Vice President or President he may have abandoned some close friends, benefactors and relations who were beneficial to him before assuming such positions. It is like when you are in transit and the motor vehicle conveying you breaks down on the way beyond immediate repairs what you do is to look for another means of continuing your journey to get to your destination. So, he’s just like a conveyor to them and now that they seem not to have reached their destination and the boat has wrecked they have jumped, and possibly into another boat.

What I am saying in effect is that President Jonathan surrounded himself with fair weather friends and they have showed him their true colour and he should not lament because he ought to have known that he has been having wolves in sheep’s clothing. Sir Abuchi Anueyiagu, a veteran independent journalist/public affairs commentator/Development Trainee, 08080242128.


Whatever a man sows…

It was as if you knew my mind. You are prophetic. The Good Book says whatsoever a man sows, he reaps. And he who sows the wind will reap the whirlwind.

My final words for outgoing President Jonathan can be found in one “old school song” by William Onyeabor released in 1984 or 85. I used to enjoy listening to it then, as I was just in primary school:



When the going is smooth and good many, many people will be your friends

When the going is smooth and good many, many people will be your friends

But when the going becomes tough, many, many of them will run away.

When the going is smooth and good many, many people will be your friends

But when the going becomes tough many, many of them will run away

When the going becomes tough

Many, many of them will disappear

President Jonathan should always ponder on that song in his retirement. I wish him good luck with plenty of patience Dr. Michael ‘Dr.Biggie’ Adeyemi, Lagos, Nigeria

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Before the cock crows Fri, 15 May 2015 01:15:33 +0000 President Goodluck Jonathan lamented at a thanksgiving service in Abuja last Sunday that a number of friends and associates abandoned him after he lost the presidential election held on March 28.]]>

President Goodluck Jonathan lamented at a thanksgiving service in Abuja last Sunday that a number of friends and associates abandoned him after he lost the presidential election held on March 28.

But if it were abandonment alone, it would have been bearable.  Some others threw in betrayal for good measure.  Hear the President: “Some people come to me and say: ‘is this person not your friend?  Was it not through your government he benefited?  But look at what he is saying.’  Then I know that worse treatment will come…  I know that more of my so-called friends will disappear.”

I am glad that the President was not really griping or bellyaching.  He was merely recounting what happened, and his mien showed that he has taken it with equanimity.  Well, life is a school, and studying does not end when you obtain a Ph.D, or even professorship.  The world is one vast, unending school.

As Jonathan spoke, I remembered the words Jesus Christ spoke to his disciples, particularly to Peter, shortly before he was arrested: “Before the cock crows, thou shall deny me thrice.”

And it happened. Jesus was led to the house of the high priest after his arrest.  Peter followed afar off, and after some time, he joined those who sat round the fire.  A maid looked at him, and declared:  “This man was also with him.”

Peter denied, saying:  “I know him not.”

After a little while, another person saw him, and said, “thou are also of them.”

Peter said: “Man, I am not.”

And about an hour later, another person said: “Of a truth, this fellow was with him, for he is a Galilean.”

Peter not only denied, but he began to ask Ogun, Sango, and Amadioha to strike him dead, if he ever knew Jesus Christ.  And at exactly that moment, the cock crowed.

Did the cock also crow on Sunday as Jonathan spoke about his betrayal and abandonment?  Well, it need not happen.  If it happened to Jesus, it can happen to any man, since a servant is never greater than his master.

But what Jonathan has seen so far is the first denial.  Many more will still come, before cockcrow.  Like the lyrics of that 1967 song by Cat Stevens says, ‘The first cut is the deepest.’  Rod Stewart made the song more popular in 1977, when he remixed it, singing:

I would have given you all of my heart

But there’s someone who’s torn it apart

And she’s taken just all that I had 

But if you want I’ll try to love again

Baby I’ll try to love again but I know

The first cut is the deepest…

I’m glad that Jonathan knows it.  The first cut is the deepest, but many more will still come.  Loneliness is ahead.  Lonesomeness is yet to come. And solitariness, with nobody around except Madam Patience, attending to her husband patiently. Gone will be the army of courtiers and fawning hangers-on.

However, I don’t agree with the charge of the President to the Ministers who served under his administration.  He had asked them to be ready for persecution.  Why?  For serving the country?  Anyone who serves his/her country, and did it with clean hands and heart need not fear persecution.  The Good Book says: “he that has clean hands shall grow stronger and stronger.” (Job 17:9).   So, if any Minister has served well, truly and faithfully, such should not fear any persecution.  But for those who served themselves rather than the country, well, they need to fear.  Not only persecution should come, there should also be prosecution.  That is the way to bring enduring change to our country.  Do the crime, do the time also.  President Jonathan should not make it seem that the crime would be that they served in government, no, it is never a crime to serve your country.  What they would answer for is if they had served themselves and their pockets, rather than the country.  He that has clean hands should not fear any persecution.

“Betrayal is the only truth that sticks,” wrote Arthur Miller.  It is a truth President Jonathan began to learn, even right from Palm Sunday, a day after the presidential election, when the chapel at Aso Rock was full – of empty seats.  A lot of those who used to throng the place every Sunday, seeking favour and patronage, had probably seen the direction of the wind, and had ‘zapped.’  They knew power was going to change hands, and did not bother to show up.  Failure truly is an orphan.

But you know what?  Jonathan is in good position to write a book on betrayal.  Throughout his tenure in office, he had been “in perils of robbers, in perils by my (his) own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren.”  Maybe it is because of the nature of his ascension to power, but Jonathan was encircled, embattled, beleaguered, in his years in office, till he was finally undone at the election.  I wonder why he didn’t see the handwriting on the wall.  Could he have ever won that election with the political map heavily skewed against him and his party, the PDP?  No.  Governor Rotimi Amaechi said it late last year, and I wrote a piece on it early this year.  Said the Rivers State helmsman:  “The current map in the country does not favour President Jonathan’s re-election bid, unlike what happened in 2011, when he had the support of the majority of the country, and there was unity in PDP.  The electoral map appears to have changed.”

But Jonathan and those not telling him the truth did not believe.  They threw incumbency at it.  They threw money at it  – in all major currencies of the world.  They threw the country’s security apparatus at it.  Everything.  But they never reckoned with betrayal, even right within PDP.  They never reckoned with the giant-sized grudges in many parts of the country.  Even some serving PDP governors had grudges against their own parties, and either worked covertly for the All Progressives Congress (APC), or simply refused to lift a finger to help their own party.  And on March 28, the cock crowed.

However, the betrayal was reciprocal.  There were many governors, and chieftains of PDP, who virtually laid all on the altar for Jonathan.  They threw in everything to support him.  But when came time for the President to reciprocate, with certain gestures here and there, he threw such people to the wolves. He left them, in the words of John Keats, the poet, “alone and palely loitering.”  So, the betrayal was cyclical, it was mutual.  No wonder the cock crowed.

But what has happened is only the first crowing of the cock. As the President has foretold, many more will come, again and again. Just on Wednesday, federal and state lawmakers from the President’s own very constituency in Bayelsa State decamped to the APC. What a blow to a man who wielded immense power and influence only two months ago. But thankfully, Jonathan had anticipated it all.

If you ask me, President Jonathan has no cause for regret. Rather, he should be filled with thanksgiving. He will retire to Otuoke in one piece. He got to Aso Rock with his wife by his side, they are leaving together, contrary to the dire predictions of some futurologists. He walked in there on his own feet, and he’s not leaving in a body bag.  Beyond all, he once had no shoes, now he can start a shoe factory if he wants.  No regrets, Mr President, even if the cock crows repeatedly.

Re: Boko Haram babies


Albatross round our necks 

‘Cry, the beloved country! Yes, Boko Haram babies are coming.  Some of them are already here.  They are here because our President decided to be a rabbit instead of a lion.  He decided to be a Nero instead of Winston Churchill.  The tragedy of Boko Haram babies and the sorrow of those families will be an albatross round the necks of Nigerians, and a shame, stain and unforgettable evil of this presidency, PDP government, and the leadership of our security apparatus.  It is a legacy of the monumental failure of leadership of these few years.  May God have mercy on Nigeria.  Dr. R. S. Olarewaju, Lagos 


Quite complex 

I have tried to find a way out of this situation.  The more I think on this unwanted pregnancies by Boko Haram, the more I get confused.  The only thing ringing in my ears is that God’s ways are not our ways.  Honestly, it’s a complex situation. Chief J. J. Ibeka, Lagos 


Not human beings 

They are human beasts, not human beings.  The latter have feelings for fellow humans, kindness, sympathy, and true fear of God, while the former are filled with sadism, savagery, bestiality and unmitigated sub-humanity.

However, the hapless products (babies) of the insurgency should not be disposed of, but handed over to the church and mosque for sound moral upbringing anchored on the grace of God. Steve Okoye, Enugu, 08036630731


Not aborted 

The mothers should deliver the babies, and they can then be handed over to motherless babies home for proper upbringing. Adeyemi Adesina, Ibadan 


Not the first time  

What the Janjaweed and Boko Haram did actually started here during the civil war.  When the Nigerian Army over-ran Biafra, the first thing they did was to rape people’s wives, young girls and old women. Ojoh Okafor Esq


Complicated and confusing 

This old world!  The issue is very complicated and confusing.  It is one of those things Nigerians have to live with. Oladejo Olufemi Michael, Abuja 



Thank you for the article on Boko Haram babies.  The story is not only pathetic, but puzzling. Umeakuka Maurice, Federal Polytechnic, Oko


God is the target 

Such babies are the products of Satan through his agents, whether in Darfur or Nigeria, just to paint God in a bad light.  “In the last days, iniquity shall abound.”  Government should build orphanages for the babies.  Throwing them into latrines is not good. Pastor Nwoke, Owerri 


Right to life 

If I am the son of a thief, it doesn’t mean I must be a thief.  Therefore, it does not mean the babies will grow to be insurgents like their fathers.  I think God has a purpose for allowing such to happen.  I believe good nurturing will make a huge difference on who and what they will be.  The unborn babies are living beings, and should enjoy equal right to life.



At crossroads

Your thoughts on the above as expressed are shared by many of your fans. The government and the society have big role to play in rehabilitating these women and their unborn children. Obviously they are at crossroads as to which of these burdens will they grapple with, unwanted babies, societal stigma, deep rooted hatred for both the babies and the satanic fathers? But as quoted by you “children are the heritage of the Lord, and the fruit of the womb is His reward.” I believe Allah has a purpose for allowing certain things to happen even if we are not comfortable with them. These babies can still grow to be useful to the society. Besides, every human being has his own destiny. That a child is a product of an evil parent does not make him or her evil and vice versa. Abdulwahid Amzat,


No fault of theirs

This is one area where Nigerians should demonstrate high sense of maturity and civilisation. If the mothers of these illegitimate products of unwholesome and pernicious affair refuse to breastfeed and nurture the infants, they should not be blamed. No woman would experience the trauma of heinous violation without harbouring enormous resentment against the product of such callous brutality. Nevertheless, the innocent children should not be allowed to die. Religious organisations and foster homes should be encouraged to take the custody of the children. There should be subvention from the government to sustain and educate the children. Research centres, especially the universities and the psychologists, should follow up the children and study how they will turn out in future. Who knows, Nigeria may become a centre where the whole world may come to study the attitudes and behaviours of products of rape and illicit brutality. The innocent children should not be allowed to die for no fault of theirs.  Dr Duru Ugbor,


They may be useful to society

We should allow the babies to live for no man has the right to take another man’s life for any reason. It is very unfortunate that those things that happened in Darfur, which you prayed should never happen in Nigeria, are here with us here now, but even with it, life is sacrosanct. I also believe that if those babies get good orientation, they will be useful to the society. Peace be upon Nigeria. Emmanuel O. Mbah 08034474210


Act of God

From human point of view, one might say it is an aberration, but God says my ways are not your ways. Everything that happened to the Boko Haram girls is known by God and it is for a purpose, so the pregnancy is an act of God. And as you rightly said, children are heritage of God. It will be unwise to blame God for those girls’ pregnancy, neither must we blame the girls, it is a matter to be left for providence.

The government however has a role to play. They must be taken care of from conception till birth, they must be counselled most especially during this time of pregnancy, they must not be allowed to hate the unborn babies, let them be treated as surrogate mothers, nothing must be allowed to happen to the children when they were eventually given birth to. Revd. S. A. Adetayo, St. Michael and All Angels Ang. Church, Suberu Oje,


Unravelling the dilemma

You captured it aptly, “(the babies) are normal babies, but not babies of normal people”.  If there is a worse place beyond hell, Boko Haram insurgents must be from such! What a band of murderous fiends, with unbridled appetite for evil! Back to the dilemma: why does God not prevent the pregnancy of such evil coitus? Or, what to do with such babies?  To answer the first: God has finished His creation, with some laws in place. Part of the laws is that “whatsoever a man sows, that he will reap”. (Gal. 6:7). Thus, whoever “sows” healthy sperm in a healthy ovum, would reap pregnancy, whether the sperm is that of a godly or ungodly person, and no matter the circumstances! Only the miraculous can suspend the laws, strictly for divine purposes, and for God’s glory.  As for what to do with the babies, there are no easy answers.


They need good upbringing

It is not in doubt that so many people came into the world not by any planned circumstance. Some were born outside marriage relationship; some that were born out of marriage came about unexpectedly (Atu anya in Igbo language). I think what should matter in the present circumstance is rehabilitating and counselling the impregnated women to give them a sense of belonging. Records even have it that uncountable numbers of people, even in the scriptures, though born outside wedlock, became not only responsible people but highly respected and revered religious leaders, political leaders and great professionals.  Though these innocent girls and women that unfortunately became abducted by Boko Haram were rascally impregnated, the children that will emerge out of this unfortunate circumstance should not be discarded or feared that they are going to be vagabonds and terrorists. I have heard that Osama bin Laden was from a responsible family but he grew up and chose to be a terrorist. Taking good care and giving them good upbringing should rather be our collective concern as a society. Some people became miscreants, hooligans, thieves, night marauders, hoodlums and other forms of criminals by circumstance of abandonment, lack of proper upbringing and care that had nothing to do with heredity or genealogy. Who says that a mad man or woman cannot give birth to a sane human being; very sane, more than the children of sane parents?

The important thing now in this case is for government to through planned social programmes and policies ensure that these pregnant women receive adequate pre-natal and post-natal care, while the products of the pregnancies are given proper care and upbringing. Sir Abuchi Anueyiagu, a veteran independent journalist/public affairs commentator/Development Trainee, 08080242128.         


They’ll sleep no more

I am distressed and depressed too. Let no one blame those girls if they so decide to throw the babies into pits or starve them to death because they are Boko Haram babies. They are Boko Haram seed and may grow to continue the crusade their fathers have started. But my question number one: Is Shekau’s father a terrorist? Osama bin Ladin’s son is not a terrorist. If i’m to advice, let them keep the babies,  and teach them how to love, because no one was born hating another person. People learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes naturally to human than its opposite.

Boko Haram members have murdered sleep and they will sleep no more.

Mazi Ogbona,, Abuja. 08069165559


A dent on our conscience

Nigeria is at risk for absolute disaster. This Boko Haram babies scenario has long been playing out for the last six years where rape has been used as a weapon of war. To these women, rape is no news anymore; their worries are their babies (the products of unholy dalliances) who will later be subjected to lives of stigma, isolation, and even out and out abandonment. Babies born from the hundreds of rapes that accompanied the worst atrocities of the Boko Haram insurgency would be shunned as “children of bad memories,” even “devil’s children.” The total picture sounds like a nightmare to me. Let’s not allow it to become part of our nation’s history (but can one turn the hand of time?) The Boko Haram babies have become part of what we are, and a dent to the conscience of our country. Moses Sunday Ajehson,, Kubwa, Abuja


Bee on the scrotum

This seems like the case of a fierce bee on a man’s scrotum. Do you leave the deadly bee or crush it with all the imminent dangers inherent in both solutions? Indeed this is the Nigerian version of Janjaweed. Perhaps after giving birth, the babies should be kept in orphanages under the watch, nay, care of government. Chidi Solomon,, Abuja


Give them to the state

Every child is a gift and a weapon of war against poverty, economic backwardness, illiteracy and moral decadence.  A man whose bosom is filled with children will never fear an enemy at the gate.  The Darfur women throwing the children of the Janjaweed militias into the latrines were ill advised. They would have nurtured those children and sent them after their fathers to hunt them down at old age. A fool will start a fire and go to sleep then wakes up in hell. As for the Boko Haram children, they should be born and given to the Borno State government as a gift. Let them attend the Almajiri school built by Jonathan and end up maybe as teachers of righteousness in the same schools they attended. Boko Haram is a product of illiteracy and poverty; a product of a class society where some want to be rich and others should be slaves, a product of bad governance, a product of corruption, and a product of hate. Rev. Monye J Gold, National Coordinator, Mass Movement for Responsible Leadership,, 07058882573


Timely and vital

‘’Cry, the beloved country! Nigeria has suffered, and is still suffering. What do we do with Boko Haram babies? Big question. May God’s unending blessings and favours be with you now and always for this timely and vital intervention. Ibrahim Bala,


A national dilemma

Just like our elders say: ‘another person’s corpse is like a log to non-relatives and friends’. This albatross of ‘Boko Haram babies’ you brought has dampened our humanity and family values.

Just like you unambiguously narrated in this thought-provoking article, it is Catch 22, a national dilemma. No more, no less. In Islam, the only condition permitted and allowed for an abortion is when the life of the mother is in danger. Our situation is even made worse by God’s very strict injunction of not taking a life by our own hands. So, the lives of all children born safely into this world are no longer in our hands. Yusuf U.A,


My suggestion

This is the most difficult article for me to write a comment. The points raised were faultless. The writer discussed as a human being with the knowledge of God that forbids killing, either as a whole being (after parturition)… or while in utero, life is life, and also considered the root of the pregnancy, which came from rape, molestation, defilement and also the type of sanity of the man that got such women / girls pregnant.

The attitude of the young mother to the babies will be in no doubt at all. Each time the babies are sighted by the degraded mother, there will not be joy at all. However the law of God is very clear, “Thou shall not kill.”

My suggestion is adoption of such babies and for them to be raised in an orphanage. This should be so secretive that even the mothers will never know where such babies are being kept and will never come in contact with them. Dr Olayinka Oladosu,


To avoid stigma

Your article on the above subject was quite entertaining as well as educative. Implicitly or explicitly, it was clear that your unemotional position is that the expected babies be destroyed if that remains the only option that can give the expectant mothers rest and peace of mind as well as save the society from avoidable challenges that may arise from such questionable births. The stigma attached to such babies in our value system is never in doubt. So I agree absolutely with the thinking that we cannot solve our problems with the kind of thinking with which we created them. Emotions aside its just okay to save the mothers and babies the anguish of such deliveries and set them free. Terminate the pregnancies! This however is without prejudice to other opinions. But I go along with you. It’s only what can never be repaired that’s not to be regretted. This one can be repaired early. Charles Soetan, The weeping Philosopher 


May it never happen again

In the nick of time when the Federal Government of Nigeria ought to have started looking for missing black goat in daylight, it did not, but rather started when it was night and dark. Ineptitude. The Jonathan-led Federal Government of Nigeria was influenced by the misguided and petty utterances of the Asari-Dokubos, Edwin Clarks and their ilk that the abduction of Chibok girls/women by Boko Haram was a ruse, hence it (FG) failed to act timeously.  The result now is the very nauseating Boko Haram babies and teenage mothers and unwanted citizens of Nigeria.

Even when private citizens including GMB, Femi Adesina and my nobody-self, persons with no control of the security and Intelligence agencies or state apparatus, believed, cried, warned and agitated, the Federal Government still disbelieved and remained inert until night time when the missing black goat and darkness of the night both became a mirage. By the provisions of section 42(2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, all those Boko Haram babies should not be seen or made any less Nigerian citizens than all of us (in the name of God) especially, as I have argued herein, they are products of government inertia and bad leadership in Nigeria. It is bad leadership and mis-governance that gave rise to Boko Haram, violent crimes and general insecurity in the first place. Barr. Festus Nwanosike,, President Movement For The Survival of Nigeria (MOSON)


Babies of destiny

Boko Haram babies are the product of injustice, hate, corruption and neglect that have pervaded the Nigerian state since independence. They are normal babies because they are created by God and God has a purpose for creating a single soul. They are babies of destiny that will address the injustice, neglect and imbalances in our  nation that led us to where we are today, this they will achieve not through the barrel of gun but by giving them proper care and upbringing.

At the end of Nigeria-Biafra civil war we had what I called Biafran babies. The Nigerian soldiers that took over the army divisions in the South East forcefully took away some of our young women, and years later some of them came back with the children they had for the soldiers because they were abandoned to their fate, but their people accepted them. Today there are three of such children I know that are, a medical doctor, a powerful Pentecostal pastor that converts souls for Christ and the other a very successful businessman. The government should make special provision for the girls and their babies to ensure they are integrated into the society. Iyke Sylver, Lagos,

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Boko Haram babies Fri, 08 May 2015 01:31:09 +0000 I am distressed and depressed. But I really shouldn’t be. Why? Because “children are the heritage of the Lord, and the fruit of the womb is His reward.” ]]>

I am distressed and depressed.  But I really shouldn’t be.  Why?  Because “children are the heritage of the Lord, and the fruit of the womb is His reward.”  That is what the Good Book says, and I believe that book implicitly.  So, why am I dejected that at least 214 babies are on the way?  I should rather rejoice that God has blessed some people exceedingly.  Well, these are not normal babies.  No. Correction: they are normal babies, but not babies of normal people.  They are babies of Boko Haram insurgents, who have forcefully impregnated girls and women, many of whom are now in advanced stages of pregnancy.

The news was broken early this week by our former Minister of Health, Professor Babatunde Osotimehin, now Executive Director of United Nations Population Fund. He said most of the girls rescued from Boko Haram camps were visibly pregnant. Another source put the actual figures of expectant mothers at 214. That was when the figure of those rescued stood at about 600.  Now, the number has hit at least 1,000.  So, it means more babies could be expected.  Of the identified 214 pregnant, some could be carrying twins, triplets, and possibly quadruplets.  It’s really an invasion!

Also, Borno State governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, says Boko Haram impregnated the girls because they believed it was a way to perpetuate their ideology, because if they died, they were of the minds that the babies would grow to continue the crusade they started.  Good grief!

Now, what do we do with Boko Haram babies?  Nurture the would-be mothers, get them safely delivered and have elaborate naming ceremonies?  Who would stand in the place of the fathers, as the men who planted the seed had probably been blown to kingdom come by soldiers who sacked the camps where they once held sway?  Would the mothers love and tend the babies, products of their own violation and defilement?  Would they hate the babies, leave them to die, or simply throw them into pit latrines?  Would it be the fault of the babies?  Dilemma.

I was in this same kind of quandary in 2005, when there was war in the Darfur region of Sudan, and the Arabs were killing the black-skinned people, and raping their women.  The Arabs were called Janjaweed, meaning ‘Devils on horseback.’  They were fierce people, who subdued their adversaries with sheer brutality, and raped the women, causing hundreds, if not thousands of them to get pregnant.  And you know what most of the mothers did?  They had the babies, and either left them to starve to death, or threw them inside pit latrines.  How could they hold a product of hatred to their breasts, feeding the tot, and knowing it was the seed of a man from hell?  To grow up, and become what?  Another Janjaweed?  That is the prognosis from Gov Shettima.  A child born by Boko Haram could end up a worse insurgent than the father.  At least, that is what those outlaws believe.  So, it means we would then never get out of this tragic cycle?  God forbid!

But is it the fault of the Boko Haram babies?  Did they ask to be born?  And is it inexorable that they would end up to be terrorists in future?  Is the onus not on society to ensure that they are properly brought up, so that they won’t be anti-society like the men who sired them? Or the genes in them would remain forever deviant? Puzzles.

Well, there is no need re-inventing the wheel.  The dilemma I have now is the same as I had with Janjaweed babies in 2005.  So, let me reproduce the piece I wrote then, verbatim.  Anywhere you read Janjaweed baby, just replace with Boko Haram.  In that piece, published on February 26, 2005, I had prayed that such evil would never enter our country.  But I didn’t know that something worse was afoot. Who could ever have thought that Boko Haram was already hanging on our heads then, like an Incubus?  Cry, thy beloved country!  Nigeria has suffered, and is still suffering.  What do we do with Boko Haram babies?  The piece below attempts some answers:

Janjaweed babies

Straitlaced religious people are going to have serious problem with something currently going on in the beleaguered Darfur region of Sudan. Women and young ladies defiled in last year’s orgy of murder, rape and violence by Arab militia known as Janjaweed are beginning to deliver babies – and throwing them into latrines.

You recoil in horror? Don’t jump so quickly into conclusion, as this development is one that defies straight, puritanical religious precepts of ‘Thou shall not kill.’ The Darfur women are now in a quandary of either staying true to their religion, which forbids killing, and nursing children they hate from the depths of their soul, having been brutally raped by Janjaweed militia.

Sudan’s Darfur region, in the past two years has attracted global attention due to something akin to ethnic cleansing that had been on. At least 70,000 people died between March last year and now, as Arab militia fight the black Africans over valuable water points and pasture.

The Janjaweed are very small in number, armed with sophisticated automatic weapons, and ride well fed horses and camels. In fact, the locals call them ‘Devils on horseback,’ and devilish they truly are. They kill, maim, rape, loot, all in an effort to drive away the African tribesmen. Today, more than one million people are displaced, sheltered in camps where they take refuge from the Janjaweed, who are believed to have the tacit support of the government in Khartoum.

Apart from displacing black Africans from the Fur, Massaleet and Zagawa ethnic groups with a cold ruthlessness, the Janjaweed launched a systematic campaign of rape, intended to humiliate the non-Arab groups. Girls, women, wives were brutally savaged, dishonoured, while the men watched helplessly. Now, to add salt to injury, the raped women are beginning to deliver babies, which came out of that evil liaison. And they promptly throw the tots into latrines.

“Better the babies are lost this way than we carry the burden,” said Hauwa, a young lady at the Kalma camp. “Sometimes, the security forces come and ask questions when they hear it is a Janjaweed baby. Better we say the babies were never born.”

A woman who delivered a child conceived by rape simply left the kid to starve to death. She refused to breastfeed a child she could not love, a product of an evil act. We hear of the mother’s milk of kindness. But this woman withheld her milk from the tot, something she carried in her womb for nine months, but which she hates with passion. The child died. Do you blame her?

The development in Darfur is an archetypal paradox. While in other lands and climes, some people would gladly give an arm and a leg to have babies of their own, these ones are cast into latrines.

‘Thou shall not kill,’ the Good Book says. But should the women keep the Janjaweed babies? Should they suckle and nurture babies they hate? Should they bring up babies whose fathers are fiends, from the very depths of hell? Why should they continue to look at the babies, when they would gladly stick knives into the backs of their fathers if they met them in a dark alley? Can a woman truly love a seed planted in her by a man as base and devilish as a rapist? Dilemma, dilemma!

But then, you never can blame the babies. Some of them could grow to become godly, exceptional human beings. Isn’t it said that one of the greatest composers of classical music that ever lived was a product of rape? What if the mother had thrown him into a latrine when he was born? Then the world would have been denied of his genius. Would you then willingly nurture a product of rape, seed of a man you hate? Dilemma, dilemma!

This is one of the inscrutable ways of God. He is the one that releases babies from His storehouse in heaven, according to the Good Book. Children are His heritage, and fruit of the womb His reward. But why make the seed of a rapist fertile, while round the world, millions of godly, chaste people plant the same seed over and over, and it refuses to germinate? Dilemma, dilemma!

Pity the Darfur men, who watched helplessly while their women were ravaged and savaged. “The honour of our women has become cheap,” said one of them at the Kalma camp. “Where is America, where are those who say they care? We are castrated. We lie here under trees while our women go out to be raped because we cannot leave the camps.”

May such evil never happen in our nation! Amen. May we never get to a point that we begin to live in refugee’s camps! May we never experience ethnic cleansing, even though our leaders often push us dangerously close to such fatality. But may it never happen in Nigeria. May those wise men and women currently engaged in National Dialogue in Abuja fashion ways we can live together without hate, without rancour, without scheming evil against one another. May there never be Janjaweed in Nigeria, not to talk of Janjaweed babies being thrown into latrines. Amen, amen, amen.

There is the legendary mother’s love, which can never be compared with any other kind of love. But when mothers begin to hate what they carried in their wombs for nine months, it is a tragedy. A tragedy for humanity! But would you blame the Darfur women? Though their religion teaches them not to kill, this is one situation that defies religion. Can God ever hold them liable for destroying those precious souls? I do not know. Why did God allow the evil seed of Janjaweed to germinate? We dare not query God. I tell you, it is confusing, distressing, confounding.

Janjaweed are evil men, from the nether region. No wonder the women send their babies into latrines, a kind of hell. But is it the fault of those babies? Should the Janjaweed babies have been kept in obedience to the teachings of religion? I don’t know. But there is one thing I know. The Janjaweed will not get to heaven. He will end up in the pit, in the Devil’s latrine, where his baby has been thrown.

Re: A little late, but not too late


More than meets the eye

Whatever conspiracy is behind Boko Haram’s reign for years and the recent government change of gear in its fight against the monster few weeks back will become manifest in the few months to come. I am quite sure Gen Buhari’s government will not just let this monstrous issue go without digging its root. Is it true that northerners sponsor the killing of their innocent citizens, destruction of their economies and making their states ungovernable just because Jonathan is president of Nigeria? This is what a Jonathan diehard will tell you. This is theory one.

Another theory purports that BH is clandestine plan to destroy the north using its vast ignorant youthful population who are being deceived to fight for Allah’s cause by these agents of annihilation outside the north and Islam. To the best of my knowledge, I have never heard or seen any Muslim sheikh or scholar who overtly or covertly supports the heinous activities of Boko Haram.

My humble prayer is that these last efforts by the military will finally bring to a permanent end this monster called Boko Haram. Long live Federal Republic of Nigeria. Muhammad Rabiu Ada, Gwagwalada, Abuja,,  08054748244 or 08035322484


Not too late yet

Boko Haram has a source of power on which they depend. When you look at your rivals, search below the surface for that source, the centre of gravity that holds the entire structure together. That centre can be their wealth, their popularity, a key position, winning strategy. Hitting them there will inflict disproportionate pain. Find what Boko Haram most cherishes and protects, and strike it. I believe Muhammadu Buhari as a General knows what I’m talking about. Soon Boko Haram will be a thing of the past. It is not too late yet! Mazi Ogbona,, Abuja. 08069165559


Too, too late

I disagree with you. The situation is too late. Look at the quantum of life we have allowed to waste. Think of the trauma the displaced are passing through. What of shattered hopes and aspirations? How many soldiers were sacrificed? What of the Chibok girls? We just handed over our destinies to third-elevens and reluctant drones. Dr M.C  Dike


Deep reflection

Thank you for this article. It’s a call for deep reflection on how not to choose leaders based on tribal, regional and religious considerations. The success recorded so far by our security forces is cheering but truly came late.

I personally believe it was a political miscalculation or misjudgment by President Jonathan’s hatchet men and handlers. These people erroneously traded Nigerian lives for political greed.

It is late because of the thousands of souls lost, the billions of naira wasted, the international ridicule, shame and disgrace suffered as our leaders prevaricated when complete urgency and quick action was required. Yusuf Umaru,


The important thing

Whatever the reasons for the renewed vigour of our military in the fight against the insurgents, the important thing to me is how to end this madness called terrorism, which has left many without husbands, wives, parents, children, brothers and sisters. I will also like to see the return of our Chibok girls alive and in one piece. Abdulwahid Amzat,


When you give terror an inch…

To succeed in warfare, the earth and the heavens must agree with you and as well support you. We all know how Boko Haram started, but their intensity reached a crescendo after the 2011 elections. When you give terror and inch, it takes a yard, and even a mile. In advanced democracies, opposition parties play politics with laws concerning the economy and the economic survival of its citizens, but here in Nigeria we grab anything available to give our opponents uppercut, as if in a boxing match. A pastor friend of mine that recently left the north is almost a beggar now, because he lost everything he ever worked for including his church to terrorism.

A leader that wishes to succeed must surround himself with good people and as well take good advice. General Buhari must avoid this trap, and surround himself with well meaning Nigerians mostly when appointing ministers. Rev. Monye Joseph Gold, National Coordinator, Mass Movement for Responsible Leadership,, 0705 888 2573

Chicken home to roost

I read your beautifully crafted write-up, and wish to say for Jonathan and PDP, it is too late. Everything about GEJ and PDP is politics, including the lives of Nigerians. For instance, a day after Nyanya 1 (as you called it), and the abduction of Chibok girls, Jonathan was in Kano dancing dangerously behind a woman (and Madam Peace was not there) to receive political decampees. To him and PDP, remaining in power was the end of it all. They lived in haze of self-deception, employing all known tactics but Nigerians are smarter than they. Now the chicken has comee home to roost. I hail Nigerians! Ode A. IDOKO, writer, author and consultant,


Rather liberal

What a topic! The columnist did justice to this article, but he sounded too liberal. With the souls of scores of thousands that had been sent to the world beyond, what do we say of the premature widows and widowers, not to talk of the uncountable and unaccountable numbers of orphans? This action is too late.

If leaders were aware of their fate after this life, that they will give account of their actions and inactions, I am sure they will be more circumspect in their decisions. For God will bring every deed in judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil. Dr Olayinka Oladosu,


No sentiment, they missed the target

Going by the Jonathan government’s obvious lethargy to routing the Boko Haram insurgents since after the 2011 election, and the government’s sudden spring up, anyone saying that the administration deliberately prolonged the routing of the insurgents to use it for election points should not be doubted.

Perhaps the permutation could possibly be that if the PDP certainly gets 25 percent of the votes in the southeast, south south, southwest and north central zones, and makes a great inroad in majority part of the north west, having been sure of Taraba State in the northeast as in its kitty come rain come shine, thereby obtaining two third spread of the 36 states and the FCT, that with the voting population of the other northeastern part being in turmoil and weakened or reduced by the effects of the insurgency, the PDP would be able to garner the highest number of votes and have an advantage over the opposition party.

If Nigerian troops could effectively quell the conflicts in Liberia and Sierra Leone, and rout the Maitasine insurrection, why were our forces unable to contain Boko Haram? It is very unfortunate. For me, the efforts being made now are frankly too late because a lot has been avoidably lost, human and material resources. If we had not perhaps played politics with the matter, much would have been saved and our country would have had its honour. But as the late ace football commentator, Ernest Okonkwo would exclaim when a football striker had a chance to score but shoots off target, “Oh, my God, the player had a good chance to score the expected goal but decided to play wide and he lost the target and missed the goal.” So, let us stop rhetoric and call a spade a spade. Whether anyone is remedying or salvaging the image of the outgoing administration or trying to take some credit, the issue remains that the effort now is rather too late, not a little too late.

Let us not begin now to praise sing, make fuss about a belated action and glorify the inglorious. We should remove sentiments, emotions and not be swayed by the usual government avalanche of propaganda because the Federal Government just decided now to fight the insurgency, so that the incoming administration will not take the credit of expelling the miscreants from our land. Sir Abuchi Anueyiagu, a veteran independent journalist/public affairs commentator/Development Trainee, 08080242128. 

Re: Igbo heroes of change


What happened? 

I am so glad to be counted among the Igbo heroes of change and I believe that the change we have gotten now will be for the betterment of all Nigerians. As for the questions you asked in you write up, I have also asked myself most of those questions, but I have not got any answer yet. What surprised me most is how security took the lion’s share of the national budget for the past six years and still Nigerians are not secured. I just hope that when the new government comes on May 29, we shall have a revelation of what really happened in the name of fighting insurgents. Emmanuel O. Mbah., 08034474210.


Please take a bow

I appreciate your write up as usual. But the list is not complete yet. I know an Igbo man from Osun State who should be on that list. Any honour due to Igbo men and women in this country and beyond, he should be included. His name is Femi Adesina, the columnist, M.D./ Editor-in-Chief of The Sun group. Many of us who read this column would agree with me that Femi Adesina is more Igbo than many Igbo sons and daughters, and must be so recognised and honoured. As Apostle Paul puts in Romans 2:28-29, being a Jew is more than being one by physical circumcision. I know Femi Adesina and many of us who are not Igbo physically love the Igbos dearly, and wish them well. May Mr Femi Adesina please rise and take a bow.

Dr John Odiase,


Why Igbos voted the way they did

Igbos voted for change their own way, and I tell you honestly, they have no regret about that, and will passionately vote same way if the opportunity avails.  We truly believe that the real change Nigeria needs is beyond our ethnic voting patterns.  Igbos have been very consistent in their rationale of voting and the message is fundamental: forget the pretence, let’s restructure the conflagration called Nigeria to ensure stability and real development.  Igbos remain the change agent heroes in Nigeria. Emma Okereke, Enugu 


No political leaders 

I read your piece, and my take is that the Igbo nation has no political leader(s) to guide them in taking decisions affecting our collective interest for now.  It’s time the so-called leaders sat down to critically examine their deeds as they have affected the Igbo nation. Barrister Saba Nze


They didn’t see it 

The problem of Igbos is that they did not see the handwriting of change on the wall.  Nevertheless, our heroes of change were steadfast in the APC camp.  I always vote Dr Ngige due to his sterling qualities.  Igbos should not complain of not holding top positions because they denied themselves of the opportunity by not balancing their voting pattern.  This is a big lesson for those who carry all their eggs in one basket. Mr Chinedu Ekwuno, JP


Eze Ikonne is a hero 

Thanks for your article on Igbo heroes.  I believe His Royal Majesty, Eze Isaac Ikonne, Enyi I of Aba is a great hero.  Against all the odds, he gave Gen Buhari the title: Ogbuagu I of Aba (the one who kills lion).  He gave the title, despite all the intimidation from T. A. Orji. Anthony Ebo,, 08032155670


Never forget Fr. Mbaka 

You should not forget the much vilified but irrepressible Father Ejike Mbaka as one major Igbo hero of change.  His famous ministry was near to extinction for predicting that President Jonathan would not win the election.  Buhari’s victory, as predicted by him, is now an elixir both to him and his ministry, thereby projecting him in the mould of the biblical Elijah. Steve Okoye, Enugu, 08036630731 


No big deal 

Igbos swimming or sinking with Jonathan is no big deal.  There is no single ethnic group in Nigeria that belongs to one single political party.  We still have PDP members in so-called ‘Change States.’ Gabriel Okonya, Iba, Lagos 


Rev Iloh too 

Perhaps you forgot Rev Moses Iloh among Igbo heroes of change.  Thanks for always impressing.  Martins Onwuzuroha 


Jonathan is real hero of change 

The beauty of democracy lies in the ability of the masses having diverse opinions.  Though he will cease to be President from May 29, Goodluck Jonathan is the real hero of change. Uzor Angus-Okoro, Enugu 


I’m a hero 

I am one of the over 200,000 South-easterners that worked and voted for Buhari, despite being in APGA.  I started following the man since 2003 when he ran with the late Chuba Okadigbo. Arinze Ifewulu, Oguta, Imo State


Eze Ndigbo of Ikeja too 

There is no Igbo hero if you fail to mention Uche Dimgba, the Eze Ndigbo of Ikeja.  He stood and organized Igbo rally for Buhari. From 08080444050 

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A little late, but not too late Fri, 01 May 2015 00:26:52 +0000 Suddenly, the Nigerian military has got back its grove. Like a thundering typhoon, it is sweeping across what hitherto were strongholds of Boko Haram, the last being the formerly dreaded and dreadful Sambisa forest. Only on Tuesday, the forest ]]>

Suddenly, the Nigerian military has got back its grove.  Like a thundering typhoon, it is sweeping across what hitherto were strongholds of Boko Haram, the last being the formerly dreaded and dreadful Sambisa forest.  Only on Tuesday, the forest yielded some of its captives, and 200 girls and 93 women were retrieved. The 219 schoolgirls abducted from Chibok on April 14 last year are not found yet, but things are surely getting better.  Hope beats eternally in the human breast.

But as the rainbow appears in the sky, signposting a covenant of mercy and peace, there are questions pleading for answers.  Why did things have to get so bad, decayed to point of putrefying, before they now began to get better?  Why was Boko Haram left to run riot, becoming the alternative government, before we thought it fit to knock sense into their heads?  Why did we allow insurgency to overrun an entire region, nay two, (Northeast and Northwest) with incursions into a third (North-central), and prospects of coming into the South, before we woke to the reality of a vanishing country?  Why?  Did we enjoy the boom of bombs, the rat-tat-tat of guns, and the blood flowing like water across the land?  The blood of pupils on the morning assembly line in Yobe!  Or those of the 42 slain in their dormitory at Government College, Buni Yadi!  Or the schools bombed in Kano, the church in Madala, or the citizens whose lives were cut short in Nyanya 1 and Nyanya 2, UN building, Police Headquarters, and many other bombings.  This country has gone through trying times, we must all admit.  But suddenly, things are getting better. Or seeming so.

No, we are not fully out of the woods yet.  The snake is scorched and not killed, but that snake may soon be decapitated.  Boko Haram is not totally defeated, but it has been considerably weakened, and what is left can be easily contained in the weeks and months to come.  Hopefully.

But the questions persist.  What happened?  Why did we leave it till over 20,000 souls had been lost?  Why did we tarry till thousands of families had been sentenced to weeping and gnashing of teeth?  Must we pass through Hell before we get into Heaven?  Or as some people allege, was it a political ploy by the government to allow insurgency build to a crescendo, and then puncture it shortly before general election, so that it would redound to the glory of the government, and it gets re-elected?  I choose not to believe that hypothesis.  Will any government be so desperate to retain power, and watch unconcernedly as thousands are slaughtered with impunity?  I doubt.  But proponents of that theory will ask: if our military could have defeated Boko Haram in concert with troops from neighbouring countries, why was that option not explored or exploited earlier?  And if our military claims they were ill equipped, and bounced back now because they have sophisticated equipment, what happened to military budgets in billions, particularly in the past six years?

The questions will never end, but let’s look at the brighter side of things.  Yes, it was late for our military to resurge against Boko Haram, but it was not too late.  It is good that the retreating Goodluck Jonathan administration is not leaving office completely beaten on the security front.  It will be to its credit that in its dying days, it was still able to discharge its responsibilities to Nigerians.   Yes, it is the duty of government to provide and guarantee security of lives and property, and any government that fails, loses its raison d’etre, its very essenceAnd if you ask me, it is one of the key reasons that President Jonathan lost re-election.

But there was a promise made, and that promise has been largely kept.  When the general elections were pushed forward from February 14 and 28, respectively, to March 28 and April 11, government, through the National Security Adviser, Col Sambo Dasuki (retd) promised to dismantle all known Boko Haram camps, and retrieve the territories they were holding before the new election dates.  To a large extent, they kept faith with the pledge.

Again, Sambo had stated that Boko Haram would not be much of a headache to the new government coming from May 29, this year.  “All known Boko Haram camps will be taken out.  They won’t be there.  They will be dismantled.  In addition to the acquisition of more sophisticated armaments and training of our troops in guerrilla warfare, the new military cooperation agreed to between Nigeria and its neighbours will prove decisive against Boko Haram,” Sambo had said.  And truly, it is promise made, and promise kept to a large extent.  Insurgency is not over, but great strides have been made.  If this had been done two or three, or four years ago, the sorrow and gloom that enveloped the land would have been avoided.  The lesson: “Tick says the clock, tick, tick, what you have to do, do quick.”  Did you learn that rhyme in nursery or elementary school?  Well, it remains an eternal truth. What you have to do, do quick!

On the first year anniversary of the abduction of Chibok girls about two weeks ago, Dasuki also said: “Right now, all Boko Haram camps, except Sambisa forest, have been destroyed…  Every movement of the terrorists is being monitored and every necessary detail is being taken care of to rid the country of the last bastion of terrorists’ infestation.”  And just like Babylon, Sambisa Forest is falling, and may it fall to rise no more. Then, Sambo Dasuki and the security team can beat their chests, and walk tall for a job well done.

Not only the military is getting its grove back, however.  Even President Jonathan has resolved to be in power till the very last minute, on May 28. It is his constitutional right.  In the dying days of his administration, he has fired an Inspector-General of Police, sacked the boss of the National Health Insurance Scheme, booted out Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), vetoed amendments to the constitution by the National Assembly, ordered release of the audit report into the allegedly missing $20 billion dollars at NNPC, and also suspended the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for unilaterally recalling our envoy to South Africa, following the xenophobic attacks in that country.  I tell you, President Jonathan has suddenly developed strong muscles.  It was former oil minister, Prof Tam David-West, who said years back that Jonathan’s biceps were weak.  Suddenly, the man has gathered strength.  But only if he had done so four years ago, or more! Nigeria’s story could have been different.

The Jonathan administration may after all not leave office with its tail tucked between its feet like a beaten dog.  There is every indication that on May 29, the stewardship report may glow a little bit more, particularly with things happening in the twilight of Jonathan’s tenure in office.  Right is the man who said it is never over till it is over.

Still on Igbo heroes of change 

When I wrote on the illustrious Igbo people who contributed either overtly or covertly to the current change on the political scene in the country, I also stated that it was impossible to mention all the names.  It still remains impossible, but let me do some further acknowledgements today.

Can anybody deny General Sam Momah his due?  Not by any means.  He was Principal Staff Officer to Muhammadu Buhari when the latter was a military commander.  At the peak of the campaign of calumny against his former boss, Momah stood up to be counted, despite knowing that his people, the Igbo, were largely on the other side.

Hear him: “I worked under Buhari as his Principal Staff Officer when he was a General Officer Commanding.  We know him as incorruptible.  We know him as being a man of Spartan life, one who is disciplined. Can be trusted.  He has been patriotic, he is an achiever, one that you give a task to, and he gets it done…  I was privileged to visit him in Daura… I was amazed to find out that Buhari has only a bungalow!  There were no luxury leather chairs there but simple wooden chairs.  He lives a Spartan life because he does not believe in tampering with money that is not his.”

Thank you Gen Momah.  You are a hero of change.  You spoke at a time Gen Buhari needed a voice to dispel the armada of hate unleashed against him.  Please take a bow, dear general.

Hon Juventus Ojukwu was Buhari’s course mate in the army.  They both joined in 1962, and Ojukwu went into politics after retirement, representing Idemili Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives in 1979.  Hear his testimony about his old colleague, shortly before the election:

“I have many friends, but Buhari is special.  Even as cadets, perhaps unknown to him, we used to call him ‘mounting goat,’ because he was such a strong character, slim and firm.  During cross-country, you would think he was going to die, but he would be among the first to finish.  He is such a resolute person.

“Buhari will not tell you a lie, even when he is joking…   when I was in the House of Representatives, I was chairman of the Army Sub-committee on Defence, and we visited Buhari in his unit, 3 Armoured Division in Jos.  And when he was telling me of the rot in Nigeria then, he was also most shedding tears…  So, I know this man.  He is patterned, he is disciplined, and he is not a religious extremist.”

God bless Hon Ojukwu, a hero of change.  I doff my cap.

What of Sir Uche Iheakanwa, founder and National Coordinator of Mass Movement for National Change, and Southeast Movement for Change?  He spoke, pleaded, begged, paid for advertorials, appealing to his people to vote for change at the centre, and for Rochas Okorocha in Imo State.  He’s a hero of change, and I bet he’s a happy man today.  History will be kind to him.

Since 2003, when he trekked about three kilometres so he could cast his vote for Buhari, Jos-based Sir Joseph Okolo (KSM), a thoroughbred Igbo, has been an apostle of change.  Now, his dream has come to pass, and he can smile.  Bravo.

And Professor Donald Ike?  Resilient is his middle name.  From his base at Caleb University, Ikorodu, Lagos, he would make contributions to this column, and for him, it has always been Buhari all the way.  He’s a veritable hero of change, a professor who professes well.

What can I say of Uche Udungwor of Youth and Development Foundation (Yodef), Ekene Obeleagu, the car dealer who loves Buhari passionately, Emmanuel Mbah from Npologu in Enugu State, and many others we can’t mention because of space constraint?  Igbo people are major part of this country.  Even if they did not give majority votes to Gen Buhari, they have nothing to fear.  They won’t be left out in the cold.

NGE president: Sincere appreciation

Last Saturday, at the 2015 Biennial Convention of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, I was returned unopposed as President for the next two years.  What a humbling experience.

It never ceases to amaze me that I have been found worthy to lead an association of astute people like Nigerian editors.  It is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in my eyes.  Elders of the journalism profession, Fellows of the NGE, members in hundreds, all turned up at the Lagos Airport Hotel, Ikeja, to give me another two years mandate.  Quite sobering.  I thank you all.

News of the re-election has also elicited flurry of congratulatory messages from all walks of life.  My phone lines are still jammed, as calls and text messages come in hundreds. Sincere appreciation.

Along with other members of the executive, we pledge nothing but sincere service to the NGE.  What we started in the first tenure, we would complete by the grace of God, and go forth to break new grounds.  God forbid that we should disappoint!

Re:  Igbo heroes of change



Olive branch to Igbo

Yes, the Igbo nation did not vote Buhari to the presidency, but they are Nigerians. We don’t enjoy the dividends of democracy because of the voting pattern but because we are Nigerians. The APC will be wise to extend the olive branch to the Igbo nation for the future, as against what the PDP did to Southwest. Another election will soon be here. Let’s start new alliances, and win the hearts of the opposition. To reap votes tomorrow, sow love today. Igbo kwenu. Dr R.S Olarewaju, Lagos


There must be two sides

Your piece is indeed a timely one. If the coming government decides not to include or carry Igbos along, then it will be a disservice to those heroes who doggedly fought for the APC. Besides, in every election there must be two sides; the side that won and the other side. Chidi Solomon,


I am Igbo hero

May God bless you for keeping the records clear. I am also an Igbo man from Nkpologu in Uzo-Uwani LGA of Enugu State, a strong supporter of Gen Muhammadu Buhari, a member of APC in the nation’s capital, Abuja. I am also one of the heroes of change. Thanks. Emmanuel O, Mbah,, 08034474210


Restore our unity

I equally join you in congratulating the few Nigerians of Igbo extraction who saw what their kinsmen did not see in Buhari to have warranted their undiluted support for the change he represents. I don’t think the incoming government would marginalize any region based on their opposition to its emergence at the polls. Doing so would defeat the primary aim of the movement. The incoming government has a duty to restore our unity. Abdulwahid Amzat,


I differ

I appreciate your conviction to hold opinion for ‘change’ as preached by Buhari and APC. That’s your inalienable right. And in the sane manner, I have the right also to differ. My political conviction is that Nigeria as it is today needs restructuring before any meaningful and sustainable progress is achieved. This was what Jonathan and PDP preached, and I’m an incurable believer in that. But as a democrat, I pledge my unalloyed support for the success of the new team. Engr. Obiadi Ikechukwu,, 08037236197


You can trust him

I commend your spirit of patriotism. I’m an ardent Buharist, and I really appreciate this write up on behalf of my Southeast people. I will say to my Igbo brothers and sisters; yes you can entrust your future into the hand of the incoming government. Your culture and belief will be highly respected by the APC government and we all will be joyful together once again. Ajayi Ige,, 2348148172186


A lesson for the country

We thought that you people say that Igbos do not have one voice, but this election should be a lesson to North and Southwest. With all the local and international conspiracy, including the massive rigging and under-aged voting, the press has turned a blind eye.


I live for the truth

We know that of all the governments that have ruled us, the Jonathan government stood out. The fact that the Igbo nation stood solidly behind Jonathan is predicated on the fact that it was this government that ever recognised the Igbo as a people. Ojukwu was given a state burial, Justice Chukwudifu Oputa was given a state burial, Innoson Motors was encouraged as it became Nigeria’s first vehicle manufacturing company, the second Niger bridge is in the works. We the Igbos are not interested in being the senate president or whatever, what we want is the presidency; but presently, we are satisfied with what we are, the followers of Goodluck Jonathan, the second great Zik of Africa. I will continue to speak the truth because that is what I live for.

Rev. Monye J Gold, National Coordinator, The Mass Movement for Responsible Leadership,, 0705 888 2573


No election in Southeast

I am delighted to be among the list of Igbo heroes of change. It was not easy to be in opposition in Igbo land. I was molested, abused, some even called me Hausa man, (as if we are better than them) but I was undismayed and unrepentant over my support for Buhari, though I have never met him one to one. But today, he is the President-elect, he will be our President for four years and if he performs well (which am sure he will), we will vote him again.

Buhari did not lose election in Igbo land, because there was no election in Southeast. For anybody to say Buhari scored just 200,000 in the whole Southeast is a sham. They used everything within their reach to make sure they won that election in Southeast, but thank God the people’s choice prevailed. Mazi Ogbona,


To avoid political doom

Thank you for this inspiring piece. If the Igbos fail to learn their lessons now, then, God forbid, they are doomed politically. Keep on with your unambiguous sensitization mission. This again has reminded me how you straightened the records when some unguarded persons did criticize W. F Kumuyi for remarrying. May our Almighty father who deliberately positioned you to do what you are presently doing, bless and honour the works of your hands in Jesus name. Amen. Ambassador Nwameme Joel,


You too, take a bow

You greeted Igbo change agents and forgot yourself. Do you not know that you are Nwannedinamba of Ndi Igbo? Please, can you rise and take a bow, because you were consistent in your support for Buhari and have not been biased in your column in writing things that concern Ndi Igbo? Please, may Prof Tam David-West rise and take a bow, because from his writings he made most of us to like Buhari more. The truth of the matter is that all Nigerians cannot vote for Buhari, most of us that supported him were called names by attack dogs, but even in the Good Book, when God wanted to destroy Sodom, he agreed to spare the city if some righteous people were found, no matter how small. Ekene O,, 08037108010, Lagos 


Not true reflection

I can bet my life that the about 200,000 votes recorded for the people’s General is not the truth or true reflection of the choice of Ndigbo for GMB and APC in the entire Southeast. But like Dr. Kayode Fayemi said during his acceptance of the loss of the Ekiti State election last year, time and God will again expose those that conspired to suppress the true wishes of the Igbo nation for a brighter and a rewarding future for our dear country under the leadership of General Buhari. Yusuf Umaru,


Not the first to do so

The Igbos are not the first to vote against the mainstream. In fact we are learning from the Yorubas who seem to prosper more when they are in opposition than the mainstream!  Throughout the post-civil war history of Nigeria, this is the first time our Yoruba compatriots are not in the opposition. They even voted against their own son, Chief Aremu Olusegun Obasanjo in 1999 when he dared to contest on the  ‘wrong’ platform.

As for the Igbos not surviving in opposition, I think they will. They will survive and learn from it. Anybody on the Biafran side who survived that war and its after effects will survive anything. I think the people who will find it uncomfortable are those ‘vote contractors’ who had been selling their people short. Rowl Ibecheozor,, Owerri


True heroes

Those tagged as Igbo heroes of change in your column truly deserve it. What makes people to be outstanding and to be recognised and appreciated in whatever/wherever they find themselves is that they define themselves, define what they believe in and resolve to stand by their resolutions, come whatsoever. I am also an Igbo hero of change and so are other thousands out there who were resolved to swim or sink with Buhari and never to tread the path of lies, hatred and deception. Emeghebo, Anthony Ebuka,, 08033927370


The other heroes

Just like you always do, you hit the bull’s eye on this exposition. But you missed out on some of us who not only cast our votes for the People’s General but also made sure that the unused ballot papers were not just signed off at the back as cancelled, but insisted that they got torn so as not find their way magically into the ballot boxes. Any surprise that Abia State struggled to churn out just 25% of the votes it gave to GEJ four years ago? The same thing happened in all the Southeast states. They all struggled to reproduce the same ‘feat’ of 2011 in the just concluded elections. Imagine what would have been the case if they churned out over six million votes as they did in 2011. Me and thousands of others in the Southeast should step out and take a bow. The change has come!

Ugoo Ezenwaka,


Why we followed Jonathan

You have taken time to list Igbos of note that you are convinced played a major role in APC’s victory. If APC considered the Southeast worthy of inclusion, why was none of this considered as Buhari’s running mate? I remember your piece in 2011 where you questioned the refusal of Buhari, then of CPC to pick a running mate from the Southeast. The truth is that whether ACN, CPC and now APC, the leaders of these parties do not see anything good in the Igbo. So is it better to align with Goodluck Jonathan the Ijaw and Goodluck Ebele Jonathan the Igbo. Moreover, if General Buhari wants to be fair to all and sundry as President Jonathan has been, I suggest that he appoints one of these names you have so eulogized as Secretary to Government of the Federation. By so doing, he will be fulfilling his promise of being President both to those who voted for him and those who did not, as well as making the Igbo to be numbered in the national order of protocol. Maurice Ogbonnaya,, University of Uyo


I celebrate them

This article is from a generous heart. I join in saluting the over 200,000 Ndigbos that stood by Buhari. For Jonathan’s supporters from Ndigbo, they are also celebrated. Dr Olayinka Oladosu,


Yes, we did it!

You have always advanced the Igbo cause. Your cartoonist, Albert Ohams, from my village in Imo State told us how the entire Sun staff rejoiced on your appointment as MD/Editor-in-Chief. We also saw as heaven, not only all Nigerian journalists, rejoiced on your first election and your latest unopposed re-election as President of Nigeria Guild of Editors. Your latest piece is still characteristic of Femi Adesina as a person and journalist. It further attests to your good nature.

Yes, as you told me in your office the first time I visited you (on GMB Project mission) in 2010, anyone working for GMB deserves garlands because such one is not targeting GMB’s pocket as he has no (deep) pocket, but rather deploys own pocket. Yes, we did it, because we believed in it. We remain grateful to you for giving us a voice. Ka Chineke mezie okwu (Zebrudaya). Barr. Festus Nwanosike, President, Movement for The Survival of Nigeria (MOSON).


You are also a hero

The list of Igbo heroes of change cannot be complete without mentioning the arrowhead of the heroes. Though a Yoruba by birth, Femi Adesina is to me by all rights and privileges an Igbo man. Ezigbote onye Igbo, even though some who do not understand or who have eyes but cannot see may argue against this. By association, by conduct, by his writings about Ndi Igbo and Nigerian politics, and indeed, by every account, Femi is Igbo. He showed compassion and passion about the place and future of Ndi Igbo in the polity of Nigeria, though our people did not heed his advice on the issue of the presidential election and whom they should support. Femi Adesina is rightly one of the 2015 Igbo heroes of change. I thank him immensely for acknowledging my unrepentant, relentless and tenacious support for General Buhari and my steady campaigns for his presidency through my contributions every week in his column, as well as through my other articles, despite threats to my life. Femi risked his job and life. Between his exalted job and support for Buhari, he chose the latter, just like me. We stood on principle and belief. I thank former governor Orji Uzor Kalu for his open heart and free hand. Mmili lili enyi (the water that drowned the elephant), as Kalu is fondly called, did not act like the typical onye Igbo whose business and personal political interest comes first, especially when his business and political interests were put at risk. Kalu preferred to respect his employee’s personal interest. It is quite unusua   l that an employer in our clime will risk his own business at the instance of his employee, but OUK did in the case of Femi’s open support for Buhari, an opposition leader then. It portrays OUK as not a self-centred politician but rather as a patriotic and an altruistic one; a benevolent, kind and generous oga who could stake his business and political interest for another man and country. It is a big lesson to other politicians and businessmen in Nigeria Sir Abuchi Anueyiagu, independent veteran journalist/public affairs commentator,, 08080242128.


I was called ugly names

There was an Igbo man you forgot, and his support for Buhari dates as far back as 2003. This support remained firm in 2015 when with the trillions of naira wasteful campaigns of the opposing side, many took their landslide victory for granted. They even called him ugly names for supporting Buhari.  This Igbo man is Sir Joseph Ogoegbunam Anthony Okolo (KSM) (Foremost Hero of Change) from Jos. Away with uncaring regimes! (Never Again). Long live Buhari regime! (New Dawn)

Long live New Nigeria! Joseph O. A. Okolo, Jos. 08057452745


Prof Ike heard from God

Professor Donald Ike is a hero of change. In one of the papers he published, which we could not believe, he said the APC is the new majority party. He scored APC 70% and PDP 30%. We could not believe it but the results of the gubernatorial and House of Representatives elections show that the professor was very accurate. He wrote of Buhari as if he heard from God. Odubanjo Oladapo, Lagos

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2015 polls: Igbo heroes of change Fri, 24 Apr 2015 02:07:06 +0000 What sticks in the consciousness of the public is that the Igbo did not vote for the change that we have on the political scene in the country today. But that may not be entirely true. That is why I want to pay ]]>

What sticks in the consciousness of the public is that the Igbo did not vote for the change that we have on the political scene in the country today. But that may not be entirely true. That is why I want to pay tribute to some people I know from the Southeast, who both overtly and covertly contributed to the current reality. And if you ask me, it was a change our country needed very urgently, as we were fast on the road to somewhere unpleasant.

What prevails in public mind is the voting pattern in the five Southeast states, where Gen Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) did not score 20 percent of votes anywhere. See the picture of what happened on March 28: Abia State, PDP 368,303, APC 13,394, which is 3.3 percent of the votes. Anambra State, PDP 660,762, APC 17,926, which is 2.5 percent of the votes. Ebonyi State, PDP 323,653, APC 19,518, which is 5.0 percent of the votes. Enugu State, PDP 553,003, APC 14,157, which translates to 2.2 percent of the votes. And in Imo State, PDP 559,185, APC 133,253, which is 18.2 percent of the votes, the highest won by the then opposition party anywhere in the Southeast.

Apart from the scenario above, because the region was resolved to swim or sink with President Goodluck Jonathan, it rendered itself completely impervious to change, and did not elect any federal lawmaker on the APC platform. For instance, if election had truly been allowed to hold in Anambra, Senator Chris Ngige had a fair chance of winning, and it would have been cinch that the Southeast would produce the Senate president. But as it is, the region has no ranking senator or member of the House of Representatives on APC platform, so the Igbo can’t be either Senate president or Speaker of the House of Representatives. Where then will the Southeast be in the national order of protocol? Search me. That is what they got for themselves with their votes, some people say.

But I say it will not be fair to put all South-easterners in the same boat that capsized in the sea of national politics, in which the APC bested PDP with over 2.5 million votes nationwide. There were some Igbo sons (and maybe daughters) who warned the region not to put its eggs in one basket, and to be broad minded in the way they cast their votes. Some were members of APC, and worked for the party openly, while others were not, but still contributed to the process of change, and tried to rally the Igbo nation for that possible eventuality.

Let me make an apology at this point. There is no way I would be able to mention all the Igbo who worked for change. APC scored over 200,000 votes in the Southeast, so all those voters are change agents. Some Igbo also voted for change in other parts of the country. My salute goes to them all, even as I begin to mention some of the heroes.

Chief Ralph Obioha is chairman caretaker committee of Ohanaeze Ndigbo. I do not know if he is a full member of APC, but I know that he almost shouted himself hoarse, warning the Igbo nation not to all sleep, and face the same direction. He issued press releases, wrote articles under his own name, begged, pleaded and cajoled his kinsmen and women not to vote with sentiment. The other wing of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, led by Chief Gary Enwo-Igariwey, had endorsed Jonathan lock, stock and barrel, but the Obioha wing appealed to reason. How could the Igbo endorse a man without negotiating, they asked. What would be in it for the Igbo nation, if they decided to go with Jonathan again? At the end of it all, few days to election, Obioha in his private capacity, endorsed Buhari. He also appealed to the Igbo to vote for him and the APC. With the benefit of hindsight, Obioha was prescient, and saw into the future. Please, can he rise and take a bow?

This tribute is in no particular order, but let us take Dr Chris Ngige next. This former Anambra State governor, and serving senator, has paid a big price for his political conviction. For teaming up with the APC, his people have been instigated against him by those who play parochial politics. Oh, he has teamed up with Hausa-Fulani party. Oh, he is in bed with Yoruba people who deported Igbo from Lagos. Blah blah blah. And when he ran to be governor in Anambra in 2013, they virtually made free voting impossible. They did the same on March 28, this year. And the man popularly called Onwa is left holding the very short end of the stick. He has paid a heavy price for being in APC. But Ngige saw what his people did not see. Today, the APC is on the road to being the governing party at the centre, and in many states of the federation. APC has become a tornado that has swept PDP off its perch. Rise and take a bow, Dr Ngige. You are the man who saw tomorrow.

Let’s garland Eze Festus Odimegwu, the former chief executive officer of Nigeria Breweries Plc. He made two critical interventions, which went a long way to determine how the March 28 election ended. A couple of months before the polls, Odimegwu, who had headed the National Population Commission under Jonathan, and left in very controversial circumstances, came out to say Muhammadu Buhari was the next president. Shocking! But that was not where majority of his people stood. However, it did not matter to Odimegwu. One with God is a majority. Jonathan did not merit being re-elected, simple. He wrote a lengthy epistle on why Jonathan should not return, a feat he repeated once again few days to election. Now he has been proved right. Please, let Eze Odimegwu get 40 hurrahs.

Professor Charles Soludo, former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, is also not known to be a member of APC. But weeks to election, he made critical interventions, which showed Nigerians that they could not continue to entrust their fates in the hands of Jonathan, and his Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy. Soludo faulted the fiscal policies of the government, and actually alleged that not less than 30 trillion off-budget revenue could not be accounted for. Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala made some spirited defence, but Soludo continued firing from the hips. His fusillades helped to knock the PDP from power. Soludo is Igbo, yet he worked for change. He is a hero of the change that has come.

Ignatius Olisemeka is a retired Ambassador. He is from the Igbo speaking part of Delta State. How did this grand old man contribute to change? The PDP had released a most bilious, virulent documentary, which was running on major television stations against Gen Buhari. The intention was to damage the man beyond repair, so that no one would buy him for even ten kobo, not to talk of electing him president. It was at the peak of that hate campaign that Olisemeka struck. And he hit the bull’s eye. He recounted how Buhari was fair and humane to him and others in the diplomatic service as military head of state, though he did not know them in person. It was a blow to the solar plexus of the hate preachers. That piece by Olisemeka was published widely in the traditional media, and also went viral online. Through it, millions of people knew the real Buhari, and today, the retired Ambassador enters the pantheon of heroes of change. He spoke out when it mattered.

Governor Rochas Okorocha. Of course, he put his neck on the guillotine because of the Igbo nation. Seeing the bigger picture for the future, he led a faction of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) out of the largely provincial party, to join the APC. He was threatened and visited with plenty malediction. But Rochas, the Owelle, stood his ground. He maintained that the Igbo nation would be better off in APC. Today, he has been proved right. Tomorrow would determine whether he continues to be governor of Imo State, as the supplementary election holds. He has my endorsement, and I pray that Imo people in the voting areas would do the right thing. It is in the overall interest of Ndigbo to have an APC governor, in the light of political realities in the country.

Dr Ezekiel Izuogu. Treat him like the hero that he is. When it was not fashionable to belong to APC, he threw in his lot with the party. Today, ‘vindicated’ is his middle name. Hail a man who has the courage of conviction.

How about Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, former Abia State governor? Bring forth the royal diadem, and enthrone him. He was one of those who envisioned APC, and led the former All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP) to consummate the coalition. Without that deal, there may not have been change today. Onu stayed the course, even when majority of his people did not follow him to APC.  Hail the hero of change.

How about Osita Okechukwu? As constant as the northern star! He had been with Buhari since Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) days. He’s a hero, and a very steadfast one at that. And his namesake, Osita Izunaso, the man who retired Arthur Nzeribe from the Senate? The fashionable thing would have been for Izunaso to find his way back to PDP, but he remained true to APC, and is today a hero of change.

Chief Victor Ngozi Mbadiwe is the Osuohia II of Arondizuogu, in Imo State. He is son of Chief J. Green Mbadiwe, elder brother of the colourful K.O Mbadiwe. I know the Mbadiwe family fairly well, having been acquainted with the Osuohia for about 25 years. I know the passion he has for Buhari, and how he rooted for him during the campaigns. Chief Victor Mbadiwe was not treading a popular path, even within the Mbadiwe family, as most others like Chief Greg Mbadiwe, and Dr Eddie Mbadiwe, were rooting for Jonathan. Today, the Osuohia has seen farther into the future than other Mbadiwes. He’s among the heroes of change. Somebody, please bring a bouquet of flowers for the Osuohia.

What do I say of the irrepressible Publisher of The Sun titles, and former two-term governor of Abia State, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu? He’s a veritable hero of change. But he’s a dyed-in-the-wool PDP man, some people may say. Even the party he formed, the Progressives Peoples Alliance (PPA) was in alliance with PDP at the centre. Well, but Kalu is an unusual newspaper publisher. Though a staunch supporter of Jonathan, he did not muzzle us, nor did he coral us to support his party or candidate. He would often tell us, “you are the professionals, just do me a balanced newspaper.” That was how it was that a lot of columnists wrote to support PDP in The Sun, while former presidential spokesman, Chief Duro Onabule, and myself, wrote consistently for change. I know the pressure exerted on Kalu from very high quarters to stop us, but the man soaked in all the pressure, including being denied a senatorial ticket on PDP platform. He’s a hero of change, and a veritable one too. Please garland him.

Like I said at the beginning, space would not permit me to list all the heroes. But I cannot end without giving space to the Igbo pen heroes. One of them is C. Don Adinuba, who in his writings had even pronounced Buhari president before the election. A prophet and hero this C. Don!

Peter Claver Oparah is the one I call “one man battalion.” You needed to see what he did both online and in the traditional media to advance the cause of Buhari. Yet, he is Igbo. Kudos.

What of Sir Abuchi Anueyiagu? Every week, he would contribute to this column, extolling Buhari’s virtues, and recommending him for president. It got to a point that his life was being threatened, and even his in-laws begged him to stop supporting Buhari openly (do you blame them? They don’t want their daughter to become a widow) but Abuchi stuck to his guns. Right was Sir Walter Scott when he wrote: “Other people’s resolutions may fluctuate on the wild and changeful billows of human opinion. Ours, now and forever, is anchored on the Rock of Ages.” The writer probably had Abuchi in mind. His opinion was steadfast, anchored on the Rock of Ages.

The same I will say of Ichie Tiko Okoye, who maintains a regular column in Daily Independent, and also contributes to The Sun. A fervent Buharist he is, and no mistake.

How about other Igbo respondents to this column? Dr Kelechi Nwagwu, Dr Okeychukwu, Chief J.J Ibeka, Barrister Festus Nwanosike, High Chief Maduike from Imo, Unjoerated Onwukeme from Enugu, Mazi Ogbona, and many others? You are all heroes of change. Please, rise up to be appreciated.

Yes, the Igbo nation as a body contributed just about 200,000 votes to Buhari and the APC from the Southeast region. But we have the concept of kinsman-redeemer. All the Igbo people mentioned above, and many others we can’t mention, have redeemed their other kinsmen. Therefore, in the incoming government, the Igbo should have nothing to fear. Gen Buhari and his party would give them their dues, whether they voted overwhelmingly for or against APC. This is surely a new breed without greed. Igbo kwenu.

Re: 2015 polls, prophecies that hit the crossbar

Mystery of God

Man should avoid imposing his mind’s construction on God. Some men of God make carnal pronouncements and expect God to confirm such. God is not mocked. The greatest mystery of God, as an omnipotent and omniscient authority, is His immense potential to hide the future from man’s knowledge. If God, out of his infinite compassion for man reveals infinitesimal portion of the future to any man, he should not arrogate to himself the divine authority. It is the flagrant abuse of this divine revelation that exposes some men of God to ridicule. Dr Duru Ugbor,


What the prophets really saw

The fact is that the prophets saw naira and dollars before the prophecies. A true man of God does not have fat bank accounts for himself and family at the expense of the poor and the downtrodden. How do you differentiate between him and the corrupt politician? The earlier they realised this, the better for Nigeria. Muhammad Rabiu Ada,,  08054748244 or 08035322484


No guesswork with God

There is no ‘if’ with God. There is no ‘may’ with God. There is no ‘might’ with God. He does not speak in probable terms. There is no guesswork with Him. He does not mince words neither does He speak in uncertain terms. He speaks in clear, definite, specific terms.

For most of these men, all that they did was predict the 2015 elections based on the prevailing political conditions of the time. They were projections made purely on their personal political analysis of the political circumstances prevailing at the time. Pastor Idris E. Umar,


No one knows tomorrow

In Igbo language, it is said that Mmadu abu chi, that is, no one can ever be God, or Mmadu aburo chi, that is no one is God. What we have seen since May 29, 1999 in the politics and governance of Nigeria, especially since May 6, 2010 when Jonathan became Nigeria’s substantive President and Commander-in-Chief following the death of his boss, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, is a situation where people in government act like gods and goddesses, without remembering that onweghi onye ma echi (no one knows tomorrow) and that onweghi onye nwe uwa ka ma so Chineke (no one owns the world except God the Creator). They conducted themselves as if only them could determine what will happen tomorrow, acting as if they had a meeting with God and He told them, “go ahead my children and do unto Nigeria according to your wish and you have my blessings.” Foolery and self delusion, which was why they played into the hands of cash and carry and emergency prophets, pastors and prelates that are also desperately looking for means of economic survival and sustenance of their business.

Our dear President preferred to pander to the words of un-spiritual mortals whose covert motive was money, money, money. God’s wrath became so hot against the rot in our polity that He made ‘our man’ not to see the writing on the wall when four political parties successfully merged and formed a major party. Certain priests merely re-echoed what many of us, including the author of this column, had said in the past about Buhari and about the failed social infrastructure and failed government we have today. Nothing can be as dangerous as relying on false prophecies, especially those driven by pecuniary or material gains. Our President is as a victim of self delusion, sycophancy and desperation, hence the false prophets and questionable men of God saw the loophole, cashed in on it, moved in and got their false prophecy heeded to, otherwise President Jonathan ought to have resisted any pressure,                         even if it was from his household, to run for another term, given the mood of the country. And he would have had his honour and integrity if he had left when the ovation was loudest. Actually, as the writer puts it, “No man has the final say over anything.  Only God does” because as we say in Igbo, onweghi onye ma echi (no one knows tomorrow) and onweghi onye nwe uwaa kama Chineke (no one owns this world except God the Creator). Sir Abuchi Anueyiagu, independent veteran journalist/public affairs commentator, 08080242128.


Not author of confusion

After reading your piece on the prophecies that hit the crrossbar, what I found out is that 99% of the prophecies of 2015 election failed, and we all know that God is not author of confusion.

But Femi, I will sue you for not publishing my own prophecies. I made five on 16 January 2015 that have come true. My prophecy number one was: Nigeria will not break up, that we will unite as one. It came to pass.

Number two: General Muhammadu Buhari will win 2015 election.

Number three; APC will lose Rivers State but PDP will lose Kebbi, Adamawa, Abia and Katsina. It all came to pass.

My prophecy number four was that Senator David Mark will win in Benue State, but he will not win the Senate President seat. Hmmm, Prophet Mazi Ogbona!

Number five. Boko-Haram leaders will divide and fight against themselves. But you know what? This last prophecy will come to pass before this year ends. But am I a pr… (Not completed) Mazi Ogbona,


Over the bar

I congratulate Fr Mbaka and the other men of God that delivered God’s messages the way they received them. I thank God for them. Those who presented their analysis and opinions as God’s revelations, I hope they embrace change, after all we’re in the season of change. For me, I think those ‘prophecies’ went over the bar, because they didn’t come close. The ball must come very close to the goalpost for it to hit the bar. These didn’t come close, but rather went way off the mark. Dr Kelechi Nwagwu,


Far from God

Nigeria is so much a religious nation, yet godless. If a minister, senator or big office executive opens his mouth, what comes out is ‘God knows, God bears me witness, God willing…’ even when he himself is not willing. Their hearts are so far from God. They don’t only cheat, they rob us of our allocations and public treasury.

Several godly messages, several godless acts. Nothing is wrong with Jonathan’s government, as far as these pastors are concerned: Several billions of dollars didn’t even miss! Kehinde Balogun,, 08038112518.


They should fear God

What a great topic you have discussed. I have also said it for more than two times on this our great column that Gen Buhari will win the election, but I did not said that God told me. I know that God gives some people the power of seeing the future but majority only arrogate the power of prophecy to themselves, even when they are not seeing anything. My advice is that people should have fear of God and stop blasphemy of any kind. Emmanuel O, Mbah Abuja, 08034474210.


Ultimate decision

I agree with you on your submission.  The ultimate decision to make things happen rests with Almighty Allah. He is the omnipotent and omniscient. He doesn’t make mistakes. Abdulwahid Amzat,


He remains God

Your submission will serve as a reminder that not all that call the name of the Lord will enter into His kingdom. But in spite of all these, God is and will always remain God and He alone has the final say. Emeghebo, Anthony Ebuka,, 08033927370.


Predictions, not prophecies

If ordinary Nigerians can be so certain of Jonathan’s defeat at the polls, I wonder why prophets could not see the handwriting on the wall and predict aright. They should just call what they do ‘predictions,’ to be on the safer side. Sylvester Ugwuanyi,


Man proposes

The truth is most Christian clerics have either lost focus or their calling.

Those prophets that prophesied openly that Jonathan will be re-elected as president should tear their clothes and put on sack clothes and pray forgiveness for prophesying falsely with the name of the Lord.

GMB’s emergence is a great lesson to us Christians, ways of God are not the way of man, man will always propose but it’s in God’s capacity to dispose. Unjoerated Onwukeme,  Enugu,


Special gift of God

I too ceaselessly declared, announced and prophesied (at great risks) –and it hit the net – that GMB would be President of Nigeria come May 29 2015. Now, my latest prophecy and bet is that GMB shall succeed and shall make Nigeria and Nigerians to be envied in the world. I say this because the latest wish of PDP and all anti-Buharis is that the man will never succeed in the murky waters of Nigeria. But my prophecies have always been informed by my belief that GMB is one of the special gifts of God to Nigeria because God really loves Nigeria and is set to liberate his people. Barr. Festus Nwanosike, President, Movement for the Survival of Nigeria (MOSON)


Dishonouring the Lord

Thank you for the recap of the many empty words, many utterances of human beings that were ascribed to the Almighty God. “God is not a man that he should lie, neither son of man that he should repent. Has he said and shall he not do it, has he spoken and shall he not make it good?” Numbers 23:19.

I pray we will stop dishonouring the name of the Lord with fake prophecies. Dr Olayinka Oladosu,



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2015 polls: Prophecies that hit the crossbar Fri, 17 Apr 2015 00:32:35 +0000 Can Rev Father Ejike Mbaka of the Adoration Ministry, Enugu, rise and take a bow? When many other prophets went the way of Balaam, making predictions for filthy ]]>

Can Rev Father Ejike Mbaka of the Adoration Ministry, Enugu, rise and take a bow?  When many other prophets went the way of Balaam, making predictions for filthy lucre and falling over themselves to foretell a second term in office for President Goodluck Jonathan, Father Mbaka trod an unbeaten and unpopular path.  At the risk of his life, he said Gen Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) would win the 2015 presidential election.

Before then, Father Mbaka had been an ardent Jonathan supporter.  He had said good things about the President and his aspirations for 2015, but obviously, he spoke like a man that he was.  When the Spirit of God chose to speak through him, even the Catholic priest had no choice. He became like clay in the hands of the potter: yielded and still.  Today, we have a true prophet to the nations in Father Mbaka.

Also, can Prophet Joseph Kehinde Oladipupo of Faith and Victory Church, Akure, Ondo State, stand up and be recognized?  In March this year, he had predicted a Buhari victory, saying: “Jonathan will lose hands down.  If he wins the election, then God didn’t send me as His servant…  He told me while interceding for Nigeria that Jonathan is not the next president.  Gen. Muhammadu Buhari will win the presidential election, and he will rule this country democratically.”

How about Ibadan, Oyo State based prophet, Wale Olagunju of The Seed of God Chapel?  Garland him, please.  This was what he said early this year: “Buhari is the next president of Nigeria…  His votes will supersede the votes Abiola got in 1993.  Jonathan’s days as President of Nigeria are numbered.”  Word for word, the prophecy came to pass.  M.K.O. Abiola won over eight million votes in 1993, Buhari has now won over 15 million, to become our President-elect.  Prophet Olagunju, you have every reason to walk tall, and rejoice, even boast, in the Lord your God.  Yes, how else is a true prophet known?  The Good Book says when a man prophesies, and what he says comes to pass, then know that the man has been sent by God.  But when a man says, “Thus says the Lord,” when the Lord has not spoken, such man is setting himself up for shame and disgrace.

However, we only started this piece with a digression.  We are not talking today about men (and possibly women) who saw the future correctly, but those who really did not see anything, or saw partly through a glass, and could not properly decipher the message they got.  A caveat, however:  our intention is not to mock or deride anybody.  The purpose is simple.  We want to establish that only God has the final say in the affairs of men, and no man can pontifically declare what will happen in future, to the exclusion of the divine powers.  God is the ultimate.  He has the final say at any given time, and He has not ceded that authority to man.  Repeat: Not to any man, whether he’s a prophet, diviner or futurologist. Jehovah has the final say.

You can’t mention top three prophets in the country before his name pops up.  Primate Theophilus Oluwasaanu Olabayo is Founder of Evangelical Church of Yahweh, based in Lagos.  He has name and reputation in the rank of top seers in Nigeria.  But in respect of 2015 elections, he hit the crossbar, not once, but twice.  Olabayo, an ardent follower of the soccer game, failed to find the back of the net on who wins the presidential race, and who becomes Lagos State governor.  Hear the man: “God has revealed to me that if at all there is going to be presidential election, it will be inconclusive just like the June 12 (1993 election) that we had during the time of the late Chief M.K.O. Abiola.”

Well, the elections held.  And despite the potentially disruptive antics of Elder Godsday Orubebe during the announcement of the results, the process was not truncated, so the election was not rendered inconclusive.  Primate Olabayo missed it. He hit the crossbar.

And on Lagos State governor, hear the prophet: “Jimi Agbaje will have more support of the people, and this is what will cause uproar in some circles if at all there is going to be election.  Jimi Agbaje will have the upper hand because the candidate that should have won the election for APC was not given the chance to be presented as the party’s governorship candidate in Lagos. APC should have presented Ganiyu Solomon, he was God’s anointed candidate.”

Well, Solomon lost at the party primaries, but like a great sportsman, he threw his weight behind Akinwunmi Ambode. He campaigned for him vigorously.  And the latter is governor-elect today.  Agbaje did not win, and Olabayo hit the crossbar again.

Another Grade A prophet is Primate Babatunde Elijah Ayodele, Founder of the INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Oke-Afa, Isolo, Lagos.  Ayodele looks into the seeds of time, and can tell you which one will grow, and which will not. The man is also given to much philanthropy, a thing I admire highly about him.  But what is his report card on 2015 elections?  Let’s listen to the man, since the Good Book says: “by your words, ye shall be justified, and by your words, ye shall be condemned.”

Hear Ayodele: “Kaduna is going to be very bloody.  PDP may take Kaduna, but it’s going to be by narrow margin.  Yobe, Gombe, Benue, Delta, Akwa Ibom, all those states will be won by PDP.”

April 11 has come and gone.  Mercifully, Kaduna was not bloody, and  PDP did not take the state, APC did. Again, it was not by narrow margin.  Rather Nasir El-Rufai beat Ramalan Yero by a landslide.  The incumbent became so punch drunk that he threw in the towel from his corner, and congratulated his opponent before the entire results were released. He needed to save himself from further blows to the solar plexus.

Yet again, PDP did not win Yobe and Benue as Primate Ayodele predicted.  Dear prophet, what happened?  I can hear the ball hit the crossbar with a loud bang, followed by a ricochet, and bouncing back into the field of play.

Hear Ayodele on the presidential race, talking about Jonathan: “This election is a lesson for him and there are still lessons for him to learn if he now gets it back.  He still needs a lot of prayers.  But in the midst of all these ups and downs, he may still have a very slim chance of winning the election.  I don’t see any landslide victory at all between him and Buhari.  At the end of the day, PDP will win the federal, but the party will crash after the elections.”

PDP will win the federalReally?  The last time I checked, the party lost by about 2.5 million votes, and is currently in disarray, winning only seven out of 26 state governorship seats so far declared from last weekend’s election.

Primate Ayodele owes us explanations on Lagos, particularly.  He had said the APC would lose, if it fielded Ambode.  And when confronted later on that prediction, he hinged everything on God. “Let the Lord justify His words for He exalts His words above His name,” the prophet declared.  Now that Ambode has won Lagos, did God change His mind?  Over to you, Primate!

Prophet Joshua Iginla.  He’s a big tree in the forest of prophets.  He sees great things, many of which have come to pass.  But on who will be president from May 29, this year, he missed it big time.  Loud bang!  The crossbar shook, and almost fell.

“I am not a politician nor belong to any political party.  I am just speaking God’s mind,” Iginla had declared in a January 2015 interview.  “The person sitting on the seat might not be perfect but he will retain the seat.  It’s not guesswork…  President Jonathan will win, but he has to pray about his health and so many political blows.”

President Jonathan will win, said Iginla.  But the man did not win.  So, what says the prophet now?

During the ground breaking ceremony of the 80,000-seater City of Wonder tabernacle of his Champions Royal Assembly in Abuja last December, Iginla had again affirmed:  “The President should pray very well because he will win the election but will suffer political blows that he might live to nurse for the rest of his life.  I saw political blows, which entail you might be in power but nursing political injuries that refused to heal.”

Brother Joshuaaa!  What happened?  We’re all ears.

He’s not very long on the national scene, but Apostle Joshua Suleman has shot himself into reckoning in a very short time.  There are many predictions he made that have come to pass, but since we’re talking of only those that hit the crossbar today, let’s consider these ones from the Auchi, Edo State based prophet.

“Presidential ticket will split APC.”  No, it did not.  It even rather united the party.  “Jonathan will manipulate second term.  He may rig himself to power, but will not complete the tenure the tenure.”  No, Jonathan did not even get a second term.  “APC will claim victory in 2015 but the court will give it to Jonathan.”  APC is not claiming government, rather it has been declared victor at the polls.  “Oyo and Ogun state governors, I don’t see them coming back.  If they can pray hard, mercy may smile at them, but I see them go home.”  Well, the two governors are home – in their respective government houses.

Nobody can tell me that Archbishop John Obiokeke of God Pentecostal Mission Churches Worldwide does not see things.  He sees.  One day in 2006, he had visited us at The Sun Newspapers. After the courtesy visit, he began to reel out prophecies concerning some of us that hosted him.  Most of them have come to pass.  He even named one of our staff that was not in the reception team.  He said we should tell him to be careful about his health.  Sadly, that one died not long after.  So, Obiokeke sees.

But on 2015 election, he saw amiss, and has hit the crossbar again, just as he did in 2007, when he said former military ruler, Ibrahim Babangida, would be president.  In January, this year, Obiokeke had declared:  “God is saying that there is no vacancy in Aso Rock.  For reasons best known to Him, Jonathan, even though will rig, is still going to be the President… The election is going to be tight, but Jonathan will return.”

Smack, on the crossbar.  Somebody, please find me the prophet’s phone number.  He owes us an explanation.

Dr Success Ibeakanma, Senior Pastor of Royal Choice Ministries, Lagos:  “In the presidential election of 2015, APC will try but PDP will win.”  Verdict?  Crossbar.

Rev. Saviour Efe Awusi, Founder and General Overseer of God’s Divine Favour Evangelical Church, Okota, Lagos:  “Thus says the Lord.  By my mercy, President Jonathan would surely win this year’s (February 14) presidential election.  And all those who are against him shall be put to shame.” Verdict?  Crossbar, with the upright shaking vigorously!

Pastor Dr Emeka Agwu, Organizer/Host, Diaspora Prayers for Dr Jonathan’s Victory, is also the General Overseer of Voice of Evangelism International, Houston, Texas, USA.  Magisterially, he had declared before the elections:  “They want Jonathan resigned or changed, but God has given Jonathan the 2015 election key of victory.”  True? The key we see Jonathan holding is that of his home in Otuoke, Bayelsa State. Verdict?  Dr Agwu hit the crossbar.  And a miss is as good as a mile.

Let me end this piece with the way I always end my interventions on prophecies that miss, which I do at the beginning of every New Year:

“No man has the final say over anything.  Only God does. Times and seasons are in His hands.  Prophecies are for our edification, for our encouragement and blessing. But God never reveals everything to finite man. If He reveals everything, then He would not be God again.  No wonder the Good Book says the things that are revealed are for men, while the ones that are hidden are for God.  If God has hidden something in His superior knowledge, why should I go and poke my nose into it, trying to sniff it out?  ‘He that pries into every cloud shall be struck by thunderbolt,’ so goes the saying.  So, I take the things God has revealed, and respect His decision on the ones He keeps to Himself – lest I hit the crossbar.”

Rev Moses Iloh writes Gen Buhari

On the historical issue of the likely destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, it is written: “Peradventure there be 50 righteous within the city; will thou also destroy and not spare the place for 50 righteous that are therein?”

Mr President-elect, there are 50 righteous in Nigeria. The Lord has commanded peace over Nigeria. Take full advantage of that blessing.

I am suggesting some issues that should be on your priority agenda.

•The 50 righteous people in Nigeria are among those who may never have the opportunity of being recognized for their integrity, honesty, humility and dignity. They will never be able to lobby nor be lobbied for.  The unrighteous will inadvertently be placed in positions of trust where they will defraud Nigeria. Doubtless, there is some hot lobbying and falsification of integrity going on.

My suggestion in this regard is that you set up a Special Bureau for purpose of vetting and authenticating the integrity of such distinct, special and unknown persons; confirming their sterling and outstanding qualities; and their impeachable credentials and letting Nigeria benefit from their services.  This is one sure way of inhibiting the fraudulent infiltration of the chronically corrupt bunch into your government.

•Doubtless, Nigerians have earmarked some states as having assiduously worked against your election to the position of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. I suggest that your urgent developmental actions start from those states, no matter how minimal they may be; to show your broadmindedness and determination to be a blessing to Nigeria and Nigerians by way of giving equal attention to all and sundry.

•Pensions: Nothing morally justifies the granting of pension to governors for serving Nigeria extravagantly for two or four years. What qualifies an ex-governor of a state in Nigeria to earn a pension – no matter under what guise?  Hard working and dedicated Nigerians do serve Nigeria faithfully and are led to death at old age by the wickedness of our government who grudge them pittance as pension. Most senior citizens are told that they do not qualify for any pension. Some die painfully waiting for the pittance known as pension.

Suggestion: All ex-governors who already earn such pension should be compelled to return all they have so far earned.

•There is this incredible flaw in our constitution. It is the granting of ludicrous immunity to the President and serving governors.

Suggestion: That you encourage the removal of such incredible criminal temptation that energetically entrenches and sustains the reprehensible culture of impunity.

•Accountability: Presently a president and serving governors are compelled to defraud the nation in the name of being assigned the responsibility of Chief Security Officers and therefore exempted from accounting for security funds. Security funds to such officials should not be made to serve as deliberate temptation to uphold the tradition of impunity and dishonesty.

Suggestion: Deliver our President and Governors from this temptation and evil by making them fully accountable.

•Official forms: Presently, tribe and religion feature prominently on all official forms to be completed by Nigerians.

Suggestion: Could Mr. President kindly consider influencing the expunging of tribe and religion from all official forms to be completed by Nigerian citizens?

•Official designation of elected, appointed government functionaries and lawmakers. Presently the designations of these office holders are as follows: Excellency; Distinguished Senators, Honourable members and Ministers.

Suggestion: These should be outright done away with and the pattern of just “Mr. President” emulated.

Electricity supply:  Mr President-elect: needless delving into this painful issue as I know that you are also a victim of the cruelty of lack of adequate supply of electricity to all and sundry in Nigeria.

Suggestion:  Refuse being hoodwinked into the criminal myth of impossibility engendered by some supposedly very powerful and invincible cartel – surrounding the provision of electricity to Nigerians. Please go ahead in this regard, break this myth with every official you can muster and do to us as you would it be done unto you.

Rev. Dr. Moses Iloh, Senior Citizen.

Re: Oba of Lagos didn’t speak for me


Forgive and forget

Thanks for this write up. My appeal is to the Ibos to forgive and forget,

Yes, by the time this piece is published, the election would have been won and lost, but what happens to years of sojourning in Lagos? A Yoruba proverb says Oba mewa, igba mewa. (Ten kings, ten hegemonies). Nothing lasts forever. What happens today becomes history tomorrow. Dr Olayinka Oladosu,


Human frailty

Oba Rilwan Akiolu has just shown that he is human and frail. His humanity simply took over him, and forgetting that he is the Oba of Lagos (father to all Lagosians), he put on the toga of an ‘apostle’ of do-or-die politics. And as every human does, he has erred. To err is human and to forgive is divine. Let’s forgive him and move on. I am an Igbo but first and foremost, a Nigerian. Kaduru Uche,


Not what we need now

Your write up is very correct. The fact is that with the APC in power at the federal level, Lagos will be better served and it will be for the good off all Lagosians, including Ndiigbo. The threat of the Oba is not what Nigerians need at this point in time. What we need now is peace and nothing more. Emmanuel O, Mbah Abuja, 08034474210.


It’s a royal advice

I see Oba Akiolu’s charge to the Igbos as a father’s counselling of his child who has failed due to parochial considerations. The Igbos missed it in 2011 and 2015 presidential elections,  and to allow them commit such mistakes again in Lagos State where they command a good majority among the non-indigenes would be suicidal! Hence the Obas’s wise and fatherly advice. Muhammad Rabiu Ada, Gwagwalada Abuja,, 08054748244 or 08035322484


Not bothered

Why are we angry with the Oba about his tirade? It doesn’t bother me, but it bothers a lot of people. He deserves to be pitied for all the things he said, including being partisan.  It is really such a terrible abuse of royal stool. Moses Sunday Ajehson,


Enormous benefits

I commend your wisdom and maturity in trying to douse tension and apprehension generated by the outbursts of Oba Rilwan Akiolu. The benefits that will accrue to Lagos with an APC controlled federal government will be enormous. But methinks the best way to go about it would have been through vigorous campaign and appealing to the sensibilities of all and not by threats and curses. Abdulwahid Amzat,


I can testify

Thank you for the write-up. As I speak, I am a staff of Lagos State government, and I have not been discriminated against for once, yet I am not from Lagos. I was not even born in Lagos. I am from Imo State and I hold an important position in my office. Joseph Anosike,


A spade is a spade

Your submission on the sad vituperations of the Oba of Lagos is a clear demonstration of calling a spade a spade, not a working tool. Only if fellow Nigerians will imbibe such values, our country will never miss the path leading to great destiny. Once again, thank you. Emeghebo Anthony,, 08033927370


So soothing

I want to compliment you on your very nice write up in Daily Sun. Very soothing! Reuben O Egbunonu,


He went too far

Those who live in glasshouses should avoid throwing stones. The Oba actually went too far in that outburst. But your words in this write up have actually calmed us Igbos. Ben,


Most accommodating

I really wonder why the Igbos get carried away by sentiments instead of strategic thinking. This was same reason we lost out at the centre in the soon to be formed APC governing party.

Ambode and Agbaje are brothers from Lagos State, so the sentiment of one being our son cannot come in. Now Ambode has finally won, he may have forgiven the Igbos in Lagos but the truth remains that our open support for the PDP candidate before the election will remain a reference point. Let us all sheathe our swords. No matter our views on this issue, South West remains the most accommodating region in Nigeria. Unjoerated Onwukeme, Enug.


Retraction needed

Certainly, the outburst of Oba Rilwan Akiolu of Lagos at his Igbo guests is not royal. And if he is to apologize, the apology should go to all Lagosians (aborigines and non-aborigines) and not just to Ndi Igbo alone. There are male Igbos that are married to female indigenes of Lagos and are resident in Lagos, and such male Lagosians though Igbo, are certainly Lagosians, and sons-in-law to the Oba of Lagos. If anything bad happens to such persons, has it not affected Lagos indigenes? So, my king, it is better to retract the curse and apologize to all, including me because I was once a Lagosian and still see myself as one. Sir Abuchi Anueyiagu, independent veteran journalist/public affairs commentator, 08080242128.


The Eze Ndigbos didn’t represent me

The Oba of Lagos and the Eze Ndigbos that went to visit him on the eventful day were friends, so he could as well ask for their allegiance in whatever means, even with an oath. The Eze Ndigbos did not go there to represent me.

PDP as a party is now in the opposition; we have the good the bad and the ugly in the party, it was a reflection of the society but if the party had served Nigerians well in the past 16 years, by now they won’t be in this position. Rev. Monye J Gold. National Coordinator, Mass Movement for Responsible Leadership,, 0705 888 2573

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Oba of Lagos didn’t speak for me Fri, 10 Apr 2015 00:59:31 +0000 I have lived in Lagos for 30 unbroken years. Though it doesn’t make me a native of Lagos State (I remain proudly from Osun), I guess I can call myself a Lagosian. I am, therefore, one of the subjects of Oba Rilwan Akiolu of Lagos.]]>

I have lived in Lagos for 30 unbroken years.  Though it doesn’t make me a native of Lagos State (I remain proudly from Osun), I guess I can call myself a Lagosian.  I am, therefore, one of the subjects of Oba Rilwan Akiolu of Lagos.

There is, however, a saying in Yoruba language: Ilu da si meji.  Ti Oba la’wa o se.  (The town is polarised into two factions.  We’ll be on the Oba’s side.)  But should we queue behind Oba Akiolu in his recent tirade against Igbos living in Lagos?  No, we won’t.

Hear the monarch, a lawyer and retired Assistant Inspector-General of Police, at a meeting with leaders of the Igbo community earlier this week:

“On Saturday, if anyone of you goes against Ambode, who I picked, that is your end. If it doesn’t happen within seven days, just know that I am a bastard and it is not my father who gave birth to me.

“By the grace of God, I am the owner of Lagos for the time being. This is an undivided chair. The palace belongs to the dead and those coming in the future. On Saturday, if anyone of you, I swear in the name of God, goes against my wish that Ambode will be the next governor of Lagos State, the person is going to die inside this water.”

By “inside this water,” Oba Akiolu meant the Lagos Lagoon.  And the animus arose because in the March 28 presidential poll, Igbos, who are quite large in number in Lagos, had voted for President Goodluck Jonathan, and also won two House of Representatives seats in Oshodi/Isolo, and Ajeromi/Ifelodun federal constituencies.  If they repeat the same voting pattern tomorrow in the gubernatorial election between Jimi Agbaje of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and Akinwunmi Ambode of the All Progressives Congress (APC), then victory can swing to any side.  And we know that Ambode is Oba Akiolu’s candidate.

Igbos round the country, and even beyond, have spat in the sky, and collected the spittle with their faces.  They are enraged, and rightly so. It is human and natural.  Nobody likes to be visited with malediction, threatened, damned and cursed.  That was what the Oba did to Igbos, and that is why millions of Lagosians are not with the monarch on this issue.

Hear a press statement from Joe Igbokwe, Publicity Secretary of the APC in Lagos: “Oba Rilwan Akiolu is not a card-carrying member of APC.  He is not a leader in the APC.  He does not speak for the APC.  He did not speak for Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State.  He did not speak for our National Leader, Bola Tinubu.  He did not speak for the incoming governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode…His Royal Highness spoke for himself only.”

True.  Oba Akiolu did not speak for any of the people mentioned above, but Igbokwe forgot somebody: the Oba also did not speak for Femi Adesina.  Yes, Oba Akiolu did not speak for me, and I can never agree with his declarations against the Igbo.

In his earnestness for an Ambode victory, Oba Akiolu went too far, and created a scenario that could gravely hurt the chances of his candidate.  Many Igbos, by the threat and in a fit of pique, resolved to vote against Ambode and the APC tomorrow.  But would that also be right?  I think it won’t.

As said by Joe Igbokwe, Oba Akiolu spoke in his personal capacity, perhaps out of his frustration with the Igbo voting pattern on March 28.  But should Ambode carry the can?  Should the fathers eat sour grapes, and the children’s teeth be set on edge?  Even the Good Book disagrees.

“In those days they shall say no more, the fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge.

“But every one shall die for his own iniquity: every man that eateth the sour grape, his teeth shall be set on edge.”  (Jeremiah 31:29, 30).

So, why should Ambode’s teeth be set on edge, simply because Oba Akiolu decided to eat sour grapes?  The monarch is not a member of APC, he does not speak for the party, why then should potential voters punish him by giving their votes to an opposing candidate?

Between the time Oba Akiolu spoke, and now, different sentiments have been expressed.  All are legitimate.  But I align with those who have sued for peace and understanding.  The Igbos in Lagos have never been overtly discriminated against, and this is not the time to open an unpalatable vista.  Hear Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Tuesday:

“The Oba is not a politician…To you Igbo, don’t we pay your children’s school fees like others?  Or is it the palace that pays for it?  When we conducted an exam and a spelling competition, an Igbo boy, Ebuka, from Anambra, came first and he became the governor for one day.

“Those that won the competition three times in a row were Igbo.  Ebuka was sent to Switzerland computer school and then Obafemi Awolowo University.  We did not say he was an Igbo boy and he would not enjoy.  He became an executive in Oando, and he is now in Canada.

“Another boy, Felix, won and went to Switzerland and OAU.  We paid his scholarship, we did not deny him because he is Igbo.”

Tinubu articulated it well.  The Igbos are not discriminated against in Lagos.  Ben Akabueze has been Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget for over 10 years.  Joe Igbokwe not only speaks for APC in the state, he is also General Manager of Lagos State Infrastructure Maintenance and Regulation Agency (LASIMRA).  Should the Igbos then, because an Oba spoke out of turn inflict wounds that may never heal?  It is not in their interest, nor in the interest of their hosts.

The Ohanaeze Caretaker Committee led by Chief Ralph Obioha has sued for peace.  Gov Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has even sent a delegation to meet with the Oba of Lagos.  The Concerned Imo State Professionals in Lagos, led by Vitus Okwara, has also asked Igbos to calm down, and not vote vengefully tomorrow.  I think these are voices of reason that should be listened to.  Igbos should vote freely.  Those that want Jimi Agbaje should vote for him, and not because they are exacting revenge against Ambode, because of what Oba Akiolu said.  Forget not the words of the American poet, Maya Angelou:  “Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet.”  There are many problems in the country begging for resolution.  A new theatre of war should not be opened between Igbos and their hosts in Lagos.

Looking at it practically, wasn’t the Oba of Lagos just grandstanding?  Can any man cause a whole ethnic group to rise as a body, and perish in the lagoon?  How would he do it, by magic or voodoo?  It will never happen.  Does the Oba have the power of life and death? No man has.  Therefore, Oba Akiolu’s threat should be seen in the very impracticality of it all, and nobody should vent any spleen because of it.

An Igbo reader sent me a text message on Tuesday, cursing the Oba, and telling me that he would specifically vote against Ambode to show his anger.  I replied that with the expletive he used, he has put himself in the same position as the monarch being vilified.  He was penitent, and replied that he was sorry.  I think that should be the attitude to this issue.  Oba Akiolu was wrong.  If voters then react to that stimulus tomorrow, and vote against their own good sense and conscience, then two wrongs can never make a right.

Jimi Agbaje, by my estimation, is a very good candidate. But you know I don’t like his party.  PDP has not served Nigeria well in 16 years, and I do not wish to see them take over Lagos.  On the contrary, APC, from Bola Tinubu (of the then Alliance for Democracy, and later Action Congress of Nigeria) to Raji Fashola, has made Lagos a showpiece of good governance in Nigeria.  Are those men perfect? No.  But I’ll rather opt for an Ambode who will definitely continue the good work they started.  With APC in power at the federal level, Lagos can only be better served.

And that is why majority should vote right tomorrow–Igbos included.

Re: Lessons from Buhari’s victory 

When God turns to you

I have learnt a lot of lessons from Buhari`s victory.  Now I know that when God turns to you, it’s your turn, and nobody can change it. I also learnt that human resource is the greatest resource available. Buhari`s victory is one of the best things that have happened to Nigeria in recent times. As for Dr Orji Uzor Kalu, he shall remain blessed. Emmanuel O, Mbah.,  08034474210


Why it took long

The factors that worked against Buhari’s election since 2003 are hate campaigns, a dependent INEC, use of state resources by the incumbent to achieve political ends, the corrupt elites who are dreadful of his anti-corruption stance, and most importantly, gullibility of innocent young Nigerians who did not experience Buhari’ s rule as military head of state.

If an average Nigerian is conscious of the fact that governance is about service delivery, he or she will not be bothered about the origin of who becomes the president. Muhammad Rabiu Ada, Gwagwalada Abuja, 08054748244, 08035322484


God rules

The lessons from General Buhari’s victory as you outlined are very clear. Now I know that God is not a respecter of persons, but in every nation all men who fear Him and do righteously He honours (Acts 10:34-36). Gen Buhari deserves the honour God has bestowed on him and Nigeria.

However, my candidate President Jonathan has received the highest honour from God and the world. He has done something no Nigerian leader has done before, by conceding loss even before the final results were announced officially. Nigeria is on her path to greatness. Col RN Oputa Rtd,


For our good

You’ve said it all. I hope and wish that all the good people in the South East read this wonderful piece. May God continue to increase you in wisdom, knowledge and understanding. I can see everything turning around for our good. Ajayi Ige Kayode,, 08148172186


Fantastic Prophet Femi

Hearty congratulations to you on the sweet and divine victory of General Buhari. I hail you for your very resolute, unflinching and consistent support for GMB and his aspirations over the years. Honestly, you hit the nail on the head. The God of FeBuhari is also God of March. GMB trounced Jonathan convincingly and I’m very glad. I join you to jubilate. You’re indeed a true prophet who foresaw this divine victory earlier. Congratulations! Jackson Nwadike,


I almost got killed

I almost lost my life just because I was supporting Muhammadu Buhari. My brothers from the East called me all kinds of names, some threatened to end my life if I didn’t stop my write-ups against PDP, but now I am happy and celebrating. My greatest joy is that the unity of our nation can now be restored. Mazi Ogbona,


Delay not denial

A lot of your essays touch me deeply, but none has ever touched me as deeply as this. Watching Gen Buhari’s frustration after losing his election appeal at the Supreme Court following his controversial loss of the 2011 election, I practically broke down in tears myself, because I felt Nigeria had lost forever the opportunity of having Mr Integrity lead her out of the woods. Thank God, his presidency was only delayed but not denied. To Dr Orji Uzor Kalu, I join you in saying kudos. I equally benefited from his magnanimity in allowing views contrary to his on issues including politics. Dr Kelechi Nwagwu,


Mmaduabuchi – Man is not God

Let me congratulate three illustrious Nigerians who are people of integrity on this sweet, long desired victory. They are; General Muhammadu Buhari for his endurance, calmness, simplicity and modesty in the midst of irresponsible verbal attacks. The second person is my brother Ogbuagu Femi Adesina, for his tenacity with Buhari, despite all the odds he faced and also putting his exalted job at risk because of the pressure by powerful external and internal forces on Orji Kalu                            to sack him. The third person I congratulate, without being immodest but with greatest gratitude to God and respect to the readers, is my humble self, who despite several odds, threats to my life, intimidations, insults, abuses, blackmail, name calling and discouragement, remained not only consistent and steadfast but firmly maintained that Buhari is the best candidate for President.

They accused him of nepotism; I said it was a lie because in his days in PTF he did verifiable major works in the southeast zone. They talked about his age, but I said that even Mugabe in his 90s is President of Zimbabwe; and that Tunisia had just preferred an 88-year old veteran politician as their President. So, I congratulate myself for being vindicated in my noble cause because, out fear for my life, even my in-laws became worried and implored me to desist from writing Buhari, Buhari every time. I give glory to God, and thank nwannem nwoke Femi for magnanimously providing me the opportunity of having my opinions published by Daily Sun both in his column and in the newspaper’s opinion page.

For all that he has gone through, I’ll rather call General Muhammadu Buhari Mmaduabuchi (no person is God).

Sir Abuchi Anueyiagu, independent veteran journalist/public affairs commentator, 08080242128.


We made history!

As one of the Nigerians who believed in this change from day one and built this dream to reality from ground zero, I want to personally congratulate you and over 15million majority that stood up to be counted. We made history! Andrew Aondosoo Labe,, 08099208880


The heartbroken ones

Thank you for sharing these lessons you noted  from Buhari’s emergence, which very much resonate with mine. But then, I will like to add that people should be more liberal in their convictions. The manner in which some Nigerians were one-dimensional in their belief that Jonathan would win has left many of them heartbroken about Buhari’s victory. I just pray they don’t allow their disbelief in Buhari restrain them from according the President-elect the much-needed support to make the incoming administration favour Nigeria and all Nigerians. Sylvester Ugwuanyi,


Act of God

The success of GMB at the polls on 28/3/2015 is an act of God. Trust Nigerians, this calculation was put on the social media:


Election was held on 28 of March

While PDP=12,853,162=1+2+8+5+3+1+6+2=28

Election held on 28 of March.

This was said to indicate that God ordained the election of GMB.

Your passion for Buhari and the tolerance of Dr Orji Kalu for permitting you to have free hands should be commended, knowing fully well that the proprietor is a staunch and foundation member of PDP. I am one of your convert GMBites, a term coined for followers of GMB. Dr Olayinka Oladosu,


On mistake of Igbo nation

I want to make some clarifications on your worthy digression on what you termed the “mistake of the Igbo nation.” Really, it wouldn’t make sense to an outsider why the Igbo should continue to cling to the minorities of the Niger Delta, even when they could easily dump them and seek “better” coalitions outside. You will need to understand the Igbo world-view or psyche before you can make meaningful deductions. You see, many of our compatriots in Nigeria seem only to see the entrepreneurial side of the Igbo man. In addition to being traders, the real Igbo man is a true noble being. He believes that your goodness starts from your own home, otherwise you are “o ka mma na ama” (derogatorily only good abroad). He therefore believes that he must first of all repair the broken little bridge between himself and his Niger Delta brothers before building long far-fetched bridges across the Niger and Benue.

Secondly, the true Igbo does not abandon his brother or friends in their hours of need. He considers it noble to stick to his brother or friend to the last moments. That is embedded in the concept of “onye aghala nwanne ya.” (don’t abandon your kin, or be your brother’s keeper). If you will recall, this is the motto of APGA. So, once the Igbos identified President Jonathan as their own, you will need crowbars to prize him (Jonathan) out of their protective hands! No matter the adverse consequences.

Finally, let me inform you that the Igbo man is not really after capturing the Presidency for the sake of being President: an ephemeral thing that will last only for 4 to 8 years. What real Igbos clamour for is the restructuring of Nigeria so that they can be on equal footing with others, a country that will assure them safety, equal opportunity, fairness, justice and strong enduring state institutions (not strong men). On this, I reiterate their eternal slogan: On Aburi we stand! Rowl Ibecheozor, Esq, Owerri,, Imo State.


Best sermon

Surely, our Friday Sermon was as usual beyond comment. However, when God turns to you, it’s your turn was very instructive. Equally so is ‘if at first you don’t succeed, try, try and try again.’ Very good lessons from Pa Adesina! May his soul continue to rest in peace. To sum up the discussion, you gave us the best sermon. Ibrahim Bala,


Very spiritual

Your write up on the above was just straight to the point and spiritual.  My prayer is for God to guide the president-elect to make right choices in selecting his team. We also must be patient and contribute our quota in making Nigeria a nation of our dreams. Abdulwahid Amzat,


Kalu, a great mind

I read your piece with keen interest and salute your boldness and appreciate the courage of Dr Orji Kalu, the Publisher of Sun Newspapers to accommodate your personal belief.

Dr Kalu is an enlightened mind, and most importantly, I think he has known you as a great philosopher and prophet who can look into the past, appraise the present and also peep into the future. Dr Kalu knows what material he has in his corporation. Great minds like him value people who are not zombies, therefore, I salute him as the hero of change. Apostle Olusegun Oyewole, Prayer Director, The Presidential Prayer Team [TPPT]


Dogged supporter

Sow good seed, and reap bountifully. Buhari’s honesty has yielded positive dividends. I have been his dogged supporter since the military era, before Babangida terminated the regime abruptly. I have voted for him four times. We thank God today that his patience, perseverance and doggedness paid off at last. Bro K. Odubogun, 


Good deeds found him out

GMB, your good deeds have found you out. I am particularly happy that Nigerians have with one voice declared that you are indeed not a “foolish man” who came and saw and watched over wealth but chose to be poor as you were derided by some Nigerians including a serving Northern governor. Barr. Festus Nwanosike, President, Movement For The Survival of Nigeria (MOSON)


Greatest lesson

The greatest lesson I learnt is to always stay on the side of truth no matter the opposition, provocation and humiliation from men and women who hold temporal power and patronage. God Bless Nigeria! Yusuf Umaru,


They should repent

Christians are given the mandate to preach the Good News. Inside this Good News, you find love, joy, peace, kindness, gentleness, forgiveness and so on. It is rather unfortunate that some Christians aided the propagandists during the campaigns to preach hatred. Now that the presidential election is over, what will be their message? They need to repent.


Friendships lost

Now the presidential election is over, the pain right now is not who won or lost, but the friendships and relationships that were damaged while the campaigns lasted. The same politicians we supported that made us sever our friendships may defect soon to the governing party and it will be business as usual. It’s not worth the stress. I may have had the last laugh in supporting GMB but the truth remains that friendships lost may never be regained again. Unjoerated Onwukeme,


Recover the loot

Nigeria as country is in transit as shown in the historic transfer from a democratic leader to another democratic leader without trouble. To advanced nations it is nothing, but to us Africans it is a great feat judging from where we are coming from.

The slogan was ‘change’ from corruption to good governance and the symbol of this change became a retired army general who had a track record of no nonsense. I have no problems with the change mantra owing to the fact that any country whose leaders are thieves can never make a headway; so what will the new man do? Arrest all the past leaders, probe and jail them? Including all serving and past governors and local council administrators? Should this happen, would it be done to all the members of the opposition parties leaving the members of the ruling party out of it? Then I think we should all decamp to the new party before it is too late, maybe tear our membership cards in public glare in order to show our solidarity with the new man on board.

If I were in the new leader’s shoes, I would do a friendly probe by calling them silently and asking them to return their loots. But I will start with those closer to me first, before I reach out to others. After all, charity or retribution should start at home. But if I decide not to probe, then I will immediately pick the pieces of what is left and embark on the remaking of Nigeria. Nigerians want to have uninterrupted electricity and even pay for what they consume and not estimates.

A good leader is as a result of a good society. Great countries of the world get their greatness from two sources: The pulpit (church) and the classroom (school).  If any of this is polluted, then a generation is wasted. The question now is: how are the classrooms and the pulpits of Nigeria? What is being preached and what is being taught in schools? What are the philosophical doctrines of the preachers and teachers? These questions must be answered before we diagnose the causes of our problems. And as well forecast our future. Rev. Monye J Gold, National Coordinator, The Mass Movement for Responsible Leadership, 0705 888 2573


On Kalu as hero of change

I had waited, as usual, for your column following the victory of GMB whom you unmistakably supported. I however got excited when I saw that one of the talking points is the above subject matter. To be candid, at some point I got confused, and then feared what was going to happen to you with your open campaign for the retired General in a newspaper owned by Kalu. But his disposition to all of this no doubt presents him as an astute and tolerant man, pan-Nigerianist who refused to see from the usual opaque spectrum even when they are fully involved in the political fray. One other Nigerian and a media owner, politician-from-the other side and a contestant in the just concluded elections who also allowed free rein of ideas is now Senator Ben Murray-Bruce of Silverbird Group who never for once censored or raised an eyebrow over our coverage of the electioneering process on both STV and Rhythm 93.7 Radio, even when he was a partisan participant. These men deserve the accolades of Nigerians and advocates of the free press. That’s the stuff men of democratic culture are made. Kanmi Olatoye,


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Lessons from Buhari’s victory Fri, 03 Apr 2015 00:04:37 +0000 When God turns to you, it’s your turn. Nothing can change or reverse it. Not any power on earth, underneath the earth, or even from hell can alter it. That was what happened to former military head of state, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, last weekend, when over 15 million Nigerians trooped out to elect him as the next president from May 29, this year.]]>

When God turns to you, it’s your turn.  Nothing can change or reverse it. Not any power on earth, underneath the earth, or even from hell can alter it.  That was what happened to former military head of state, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, last weekend, when over 15 million Nigerians trooped out to elect him as the next president from May 29, this year.

Buhari, our next president?  What happened to the health certificate allegedly procured by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), showing that he had a terminal illness?  What happened to the claim that he has no secondary school leaving certificate?  What of his alleged extremist religious views, or his draconian inclinations, as alleged by opponents?  Is he not supposed to be brain-dead?  What of the many other virulent and venomous accusations?   They were all like water off a duck’s back.  They didn’t stick.  And lo and behold, Mr President has emerged, waiting for inauguration in about eight weeks.

The emergence of Muhammadu Okechukwu Buhari as President in-waiting holds many vital lessons for Nigerians, and indeed, humanity.

I am the son of a teacher (and later school principal) in the old Western State.  And before I learnt to crawl, I had been subjected to memorisation of quotations.  Pa J. O. Adesina did not differentiate between the home and the school. Everywhere was his classroom.  So, from infancy, I learnt to recite: “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, and try again.”  It was like a singsong in our home.  And that truism has been given flesh and blood by Gen. Buhari.  “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, and try again.”  He ran for president in 2003, 2007, and 2011, after which he wrote himself off.  On the eve of the presidential race that year, he announced that it would be his last outing.  He didn’t win.  And the man retired to his modest homes in Daura and Kaduna.  However, fate and fortune were not done with him yet.  He had reckoned that by 2015, he would be 72 years, and might be too old for the soapbox.  But that was the time ordained for him to be president by God.  Those of us who had always believed in him asked him to join the race again.  He did.  And won.  “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, and try again.”  That is the lesson from Abraham Lincoln, the American president popularly called Honest Abe, who had lost elections many times, before fortune smiled at him.  And that is also the lesson from our own Honest Abe, Muhammadu Buhari.  Please join me in that boyhood chant: “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, and try again.”

Another lesson.  Integrity may seem not to pay at the beginning, but it will eventually bear the right fruits.  Let’s invoke Pa J. O. Adesina’s memory once again, as he always told his seven children: “Honesty is the best policy.”  It was a staple we grew up on.  If you lose every other thing, remain honest.  “Honesty is the best policy,” he would say, till it began to ring in our ears.

Buhari has been almost everything that can be called something in this country: military governor, petroleum minister, head of state, chairman of Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF), everything.  Yet he remains a man of modest means.  In his last public position as chairman of PTF, he could not afford to send his daughter to school abroad.  So, what did he do?  He sold his house in Lagos.  Mama mia!  He sat atop billions of naira in PTF, why not simply take money from the till?  Or call some PTF contractors, and tell them his need?  They would fall over themselves to meet such need, and even more.  But not our own Honest Abe.  He rather sold his house in Lagos.

But what goes round comes round.  Sow good seed, and reap bountiful harvest!  Buhari’s honesty has now yielded positive dividends.  When corruption became stifling, almost asphyxiating Nigerians, the people looked for a man of good report to rescue the situation.  And they found one in Muhammadu Buhari.  They gave him their overwhelming votes last Saturday, urging him; please come and restore probity and accountability to our country.  We know you can do it.  Come to Macedonia and help us.  Please do.  And the lesson?  At the risk of disturbing Pa Adesina in his eternal sleep of 20 years, let’s quote one of his favourite sayings again.  “Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be.  Be one!” (Marcus Aurelius, in his work, Meditations).  When you are a good man, goodness returns to you.  So it is with our Honest Abe.  Integrity is beyond cash, and it is worth its weight in gold.

Another lesson, this time political.  Pragmatism demands that if you would ever be President of Nigeria, you need a coalition that is national in outlook.  That was what Buhari lacked in 2003 and 2007, when he ran on the platform of All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP).  The party was largely circumscribed in the Northeast of the country, and in some parts of the Northwest.  It was not formidable enough to win him the presidency.

In 2011, Buhari ran on the platform of newly formed Congress for Progressive Change (CPC).  He ran a good race, but I kept emphasizing that he needed an alliance with the then Action Congress of Nigeria.  The latter was very strong in the West, while CPC was strong in the North.  I almost shouted myself hoarse, saying the two parties needed an accord if they would upstage the PDP.  The alliance was not consummated before the polls, and the two parties lost out.

But they learnt their lessons.  In 2013, a rainbow coalition, comprising of ANPP, CPC, ACN, and a part of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), formed the All Progressives Congress (APC).  They kindled the fire that has now cooked the goose of the PDP.  Lesson: you need a national platform to win the presidency in Nigeria.  That is what APC has proven.

Let me digress a little, and talk about the mistake of the Igbo nation.  I love their sense of enterprise, and regret that they have not produced the president of this country, beyond the six months done by Gen Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi, as military head of state. Inevitably, a time should come when the Igbo must be president.  But how do they do it, without a national alliance?  In 2011, when the power sharing agreement of the PDP was being subverted, I counselled that it paid them to queue behind a northerner, who would rule till 2015.  The North would then ally with the East in an expression of one good turn deserving another.  But no.  Out of questionable sentiment I can’t fathom till tomorrow, the Igbo allied with the South South, and Goodluck Jonathan became President.  But that was also because the Southwest was in the picture.  Now that the region has gone with the North in 2015, they have elected a President from the North, and the Igbos are left with the very short end of the stick.  Not even an APC senator.  If Chris Ngige had been re-elected last weekend, he could have emerged Senate President, as a ranking senator.  But the scenario now is that the Igbo cannot even have Number 3 position, since they don’t have a returning APC senator.  This is self-immolation, if you ask me.  A Southeast / South South alliance can never produce the president.  What then is the future of the Igbo nation politically?  Big question. They need political re-alignment, and fast too.

But we return to the lessons.  Pastor Tunde Bakare, Overseer of The Latter Rain Assembly, who ran as vice presidential candidate with Buhari in 2011, has spoken about the men who supported the former head of state to now become president-elect.  He says he believes in “contact without contamination,” so he can’t stand some men who are now around Buhari.  Well, as a preacher, Bakare has a point.  But as a politician, unless you work with all sorts, power would just be like a pie in the sky.  You would just look at it longingly forever, but it would never drop in your mouth.  Just like the saying that a roasted partridge would never land in your mouth just by wishing, you would never gain power unless you ally with those who have the levers of power in their hands.  Does it necessarily mean you get contaminated?  Only if you are not your own man!  Gen. Buhari sure knows where to draw the line, and the alliance he formed to get power does not mean he would cede the national treasury to anybody.  And by the way, none of the people who worked with Buhari has been convicted of corruption.  Suspicions or allegations are not the same thing as conviction.  We would never get a Buhari if he had continued playing holier-than-thou.  If the men who supported him are corrupt, let the security agencies do the needful. At least, some of them have been out of office for about eight years, and have no immunity from prosecution.

Oh, can I forget this lesson?  I dare not.  Hubris.  Pride.  Arrogance.  God hates it.  The Good Book says pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.  PDP became haughty.  Insufferable.  Conceited.  Disdainful of Nigerians.  It had not even ruled for 20 years, it was already talking of being in power for a minimum of 60 years.  Now, after 16 years, it has kissed the dust.  Who is that person that ever has tomorrow in his hands?  The Good Book says when we are making plans for tomorrow, we should add the caveat: by the grace of God.  Because we are not even assured of tomorrow!  But PDP was talking of 60 years.  Never abuse the alligator till you have safely crossed the river.  But PDP was midstream, and it was cursing the father and mother of the alligator.  And today, it is resting (in pieces?) in the stomach of the alligator.  Pride goes before a fall.

We cannot exhaust the lessons in one piece.  But some people actually did Jonathan in, by the very words of their mouths.  By your words, you shall be justified, and by your words, you shall be condemned.  How can the former Niger Delta militants threaten war if Jonathan loses in a free and fair election?  It was a huge disservice to the President.   And how can campaign spokesman, Femi Fani-Kayode, spew out those hate speeches continually, and think it would not boomerang against his principal?  It did, and mightily too.  And first lady Patience Jonathan,  how could she utter those bilious things against Buhari and the North, and expect to get votes for her husband in that region?  The people were rather mobilised against Jonathan in the process.

The last lesson, for today: human resource is the greatest resource available.  How can a party lose five seating governors in one day, and still pretend that everything was okay?  How can such party lose its national secretary, a former acting national chairman, many former governors and other bigwigs to the main opposition party, yet everything remained okay?  It couldn’t be okay. They even lost a two-term former president, who directed that his PDP membership card be torn openly.  They are the ones that have now done PDP in, and Buhari has reaped the advantage.  Hold the people you have tight.  They are your greatest resource.  Don’t shrug your shoulders in indifference if they leave, or it would come back to haunt you.  Ask the PDP. That party, for the first time, now has to learn how to be in opposition. How are the mighty fallen!

Last week, I promised to sing one of two songs after the presidential election, depending on which side victory swung.  I thank hundreds of people who have phoned in to sing the song with me after the results were announced in the wee hours of Wednesday.  My phones were virtually jammed, and I have hundreds of text messages that I am yet to reply.  Surely, I would reply all in due course.  Things are turning around for Nigeria’s good, as Buhari would surely perform, taking us through the straight and narrow path.  If he does not, you know I won’t keep quiet.  Change has come, and you need not stone anybody as somebody had counselled. It is change for good, and our eyes would see it. Our hands would touch it, and our mouths would sing:

I can see everything turning around

Turning around 

Turning around for my good.

This change is for the good of all Nigerians.  I can bet on it.

Kalu as hero of change 

This is not yet the tribute I intend to pay to those who made themselves agents, heroes and heroines of change in Nigeria.  As God gives grace, I still intend to do a full piece on that topic later.

But I should single out a man for honourable mention today.  He is Dr Orji Uzor Kalu, former Abia State governor, and publisher of this newspaper, The Sun.

In the run up to the presidential election, Kalu minced no words about his support for President Goodluck Jonathan to get a second term in office.  But there I was, Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief of his newspaper, writing and advocating for change.  Muhammadu Buhari had always been my man since his days as military head of state, and I said so unmistakably.

But in his liberality and large-heartedness, Kalu allowed me to express my opinion freely.  When I wrote a piece with the headline, ‘We need Buhari more than he needs us,’ all hell was let loose from the highest quarters in the country.  Kalu was told to sack me.  And he would have been justified if he did.  But he did not.  What did he do?  He merely wrote in his column in Saturday Sun that I was entitled to my opinion, but my opinion does not equate the opinion of the paper.

What Kalu has done is very, very rare.  Even strange.  Do you sit in Pope and kick at the Pope?  The Pope can then kick you out of Rome, since he rules the Vatican.  Kalu could have given me a kick so hard, that I would have landed in my Osun State homestead, jobless and licking my wounds.  But he did not.  I salute his free spirit, his sense of fairness, which I believe the world may never have seen before in newspaper proprietorship.  I remain thankful to him.

Also in The Sun, you would have noticed that the regular columnists that stood with Gen. Buhari were former presidential spokesman, Chief Duro Onabule, and myself.  We were the ‘two-men-battalion’ against anti-Buhari writers like Lewis Obi, Steve Nwosu, Dan Onwukwe, Ebere Wabara, Amanze Obi, Robert Obioha, Onuoha Ukeh, Clem Aguiyi, and many others.  Because Kalu gave me liberty, I also censored no opinion article, except just one that crossed the boundary of decency, filled with hate and bile.  As Editor-in-Chief, you really could stop anything you didn’t want published, and nobody can hold you, except the publisher of the newspaper.

On Tuesday evening, as the victory of Buhari became apparent, I went round the offices of the anti-Buhari troops, greeting and laughing with them, promising that I would be magnanimous in victory.  And so I have been.  When you are a recipient of grace, as I’ve received from Dr Kalu, why shouldn’t I also extend the grace to others? The robust commentaries continue, even in victory, and in defeat.

Re: God of FeBuhari is also God of March


Thank God for Buhari

Thank God that Buhari won and thank God that President Jonathan conceded defeat. Nigeria will not disintegrate. President Jonathan did very well to concede. He must be a good man.

The mandate given to Buhari is to fight corruption, win the war of insecurity and propel economic development. These were the issues he adequately and eloquently discussed. He abused nobody. But the jackals were busy abusing him. Whenever he replied, he did it constructively.

I saw this victory many years ago and I followed it bumper to bumper until its present realization. I congratulate General Buhari for this sweet victory. I congratulate the great Asiwaju and Prof. Osinbajo for their roles in bringing this about. I congratulate also Professor Jega for his unbiased officiating of the election. I will call him a great umpire.

With Femi Adesina I sing:  ‘I can see everything turning around, turning around for the good of Nigeria.’ Prof Donald Nnemeka Ike,



I want to describe your write up with one word. Excellent. I agree with you totally that the God of FeBuhari is also the God of March. For that is what the bible says in the book of Hebrews 13v8. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. Emmanuel O. Mbah, 08034474210.


Divine court

I was extremely happy and contented that you took the case of who wins the presidential election to the divine court of justice. This rare quality is what clearly distinguishes you as a writer. Muhammad Rabiu Ada, Gwagwalada Abuja, 08054748244, 08035322484.


Why I love him

Ever since his emergence in January 1984 as Nigeria’s military head of state, Muhammadu Buhari’s sterling attributes of integrity, honesty, selflessness, simplicity, discipline, accountability, have endeared him so much to my heart. I have not only been his consistent supporter, but a resilient adherent, despite insults and threats to my life.

When mischief makers and propagandists labelled Buhari a religious bigot, I wasted no time in replying that if he was truly one, he would have taken Nigeria into the membership of the Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC), when he had absolute powers as a military head of state. The last time the Onitsha-Enugu dual carriageway and the Enugu-Okigwe-Umuahia-Aba-Port Harcourt highway were in good order was when Buhari used the PTF to reconstruct them. It was Buhari’s PTF that established the Greater Oji River water scheme. The scheme draws water from far away Oji River to Enugu metropolis, which the present state government is now reticulating to all nooks and crannies of the Coal City.

Have we so soon forgotten the intervention of Buhari’s PTF in the health and education sectors? PTF reconstructed (not rehabilitated) some major urban roads like in Enugu where I live, Edinburgh, Edozie, Obioma, Zik Avenue, etc? How can we be so easily swayed that Buhari is Igbo hater when he did all this in the southeast zone? The two dual carriageways earlier mentioned are today death traps, yet we have federal and state governments in place and our people are not talking.

General Buhari is a unique and quality brand that any person that cherishes integrity would like to associate with; and for me, no amount of threats, blackmail and castigation or name calling will wane, vitiate or remove my support for him to lead Nigeria again.  Sir Abuchi Anueyiagu, veteran independent journalist/public affairs commentator,, 08080242128.


Best president

I think there is need to study General Buhari, how he became so popular among Nigerians despite being modest. If you add all the former heads of state plus ex-presidents together, none can command the crowd of GMB. He will be the best president we ever had.

Wise march

A critical analysis of the views held and expressed by Buhari’s supporters show how blunt they are in assessing reality without necessary hurling invectives on GEJ or disparaging him. But that is not the case on the flipside. The march for GMB remains the wise one. Emeghebo, Anthony Ebuka, 08033927370,


I’ll join you

I can’t wait to join you sing everything is turning around in our land.  God bless you richly. Odofin Oluwaseyi,


The final say

Just like a number of your write-ups in the past, ‘God of FeBuhari is also God of March’ moved me almost to tears. Your deep commitment to the principles of the General makes me check how I form my own impression about people. ‘Who has the final say?’ was the exact song I led my family to sing on Saturday evening when indications of hope began to emerge when we remembered how ineffective all the calumny against GMB seemed to have turned out after all. Indeed it is God that has the final say, even if all the Nollywood stars and comedians are mobilized against the man from Daura. Femi Balogun,


God be praised

Our God has done it. I am happy and celebrating. My greatest joy is that the unity of our nation can now be restored. Sai Buhari. Emmanuel O. Mbah,


My prayer for him

I must congratulate you for standing with the man Buhari to the end. I am a regular reader of your Friday columns and have seen that and even in the midst of stiff opposition, even at the risk of your job and life, you supported the man. Our prayer now is for the president-elect to succeed, and I know our good God will give him the wisdom, strength and everything he will ever need for that exalted office. Samuel Idowu Alade, Dubai UAE,


At last we won!

I remember during the announcement of 2011 polls, I reached you with tears, but today with joy. Shalom shalom. Uko,


Flight APC OO1

Congrats and welcome to APC flight 001 taking off from Daura to Aso Rock. We shall be flying over Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara, Niger, Benue, Yobe, Bauchi, Gombe, Adamawa, Borno, and Lagos states. We will, however, experience some turbulence over Taraba, Ebonyi, Bayelsa, Cross River, and much heavier turbulence over Delta and Rivers states. Just fasten your seat belts and be assured that your pilot has many years of flying experience dating back to 2003. Just as the co-pilot is super experienced too. This is a flight you have waited so many years to take off. Congratulations. Ibrahim Bala,


Pop the champagne

Let me send you a congratulatory message on the victory of GMB. You really championed his cause and stood by him all this while. Pop your champagne because you deserve it. Ben,


Words for my Igbo brothers

When I declared my support for the people’s general, it was as if the world was against me. I lost friends, made more enemies amongst my Igbo brothers but never gave up my support for the People’s General, Oguefi Muhammadu Okechukwu Buhari.

Anyway, now GMB has won the presidential seat, what will my Igbo brothers do with the delusions of Islamisation and the civil war hatred? As for me, the civil war ended 45 years ago. Am neither ruled by hate or fear, and I advise my Igbo brothers to do the same. Congratulations GMB. Unjoerated Onwukeme, Enugu.


The lesson

When the opposition parties were coming together, PDP dismissed them as strange bedfellows. When they succeeded in becoming one, PDP told us they would soon scatter when it comes to sharing positions. When the opposition shared their positions gracefully, PDP had no Plan B.

Lesson: Do not underrate your opponent. Revd Canon Kayode Abegunde,


Sweet victory

Mummy has been singing your Buhari victory song: I can see everything turning around… You deserve to be congratulated for your loyalty to Buhari and APC no matter what. Keep up the good work. Dr John Odiase,


We have spoken

Congratulations. Nigerians have spoken. I am the Okoro who said I am from Nsukka not Daura, a Christian Muslim but I will vote Buhari again and again. My Nsukka and Igbo brothers almost killed me. Now that both north and south have made their choice, I don’t know what to say but hallelujah. Okoro Christopher, Nnewi,  cokoro54@yahoo.com07062466361

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God of FeBuhari is also God of March Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:11:45 +0000 Since he emerged on the national scene in January 1984, I have been a supporter of Gen Muhammadu Buhari. Why? His lifestyle just resonates with what I love: simplicity, discipline, probity, accountability, passion for motherland, and many others. Am I saying he’s a saint? No. Every human being has shortcomings, and we are not looking for an angel to come and rule us. That is not the divine order of things.]]>

Since he emerged on the national scene in January 1984, I have been a supporter of Gen Muhammadu Buhari.  Why? His lifestyle just resonates with what I love: simplicity, discipline, probity, accountability, passion for motherland, and many others.  Am I saying he’s a saint?  No.  Every human being has shortcomings, and we are not looking for an angel to come and rule us. That is not the divine order of things.

Win or lose tomorrow in the presidential election, I remain a Muhammadu Buhari man.  That Spartan lifestyle he has chosen for himself is the stuff of great leaders, legends, who build nations, and turn round the fortunes of countries.

When the election was to originally hold on February 14, before a postponement of six weeks was stuffed down our throats, some people had creatively expressed their love for Buhari as FeBuhari.  The poll was to hold on February 14, known globally as Lovers’ Day, and it was a day to express love for a man who could change our country.  FeBuhari 14 was thus the chant that filled the air.

That mantra sent dread running down the spine of anti-Buharists, however.  They saw that the people were poised to effect a change in the leadership of the country.  The momentum was highly in favour of that simple, self-effacing, unobtrusive man from Daura. So, what did they do?  Hiding under the smokescreen of insecurity, they postponed the elections by six weeks.

Last week, founder of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), Dr Frederick Fasehun, confessed that he was one of those who pressed and pressured for a shift, because Buhari would have won the election.  And he would rather die than see a Buhari victory.

Now, the six weeks are over, and Nigerians are on the march again.  The new chant is MarchforBuhari.  Some people even say PVC means ‘Please Vote Change,’ instead of Permanent Voters’ Card.  And tomorrow, they are resolved to vote for change, while the supporters of President Goodluck Jonathan will vote for continuity and transformation.  Who wins?  The normal life of a pregnancy is nine months.  Childbirth is here.  The expectant mother is in labour pains.  Her water bag has burst, and the baby will soon pop out.

Fasehun’s confession of working for postponement reminded me of an account in the Good Book, as told in I Kings Chapter 20.  The Syrians, under their king, Benhadad, had arrayed themselves to fight Israel.  In the first battle, they had lost woefully, and the king of Syria had been told: “Their gods are gods of the hills; therefore they were stronger than we.  But let us fight against them in the plain, and surely we shall be stronger than they.”

So, Syria attacked Israel in the plain, believing that their god was helpless in such terrain.  And what happened?  Let’s hear the Good Book again: “And they pitched one over against the other seven days.  And so it was, that in the seventh day, the battle was joined; and the children of Israel slew of the Syrians an hundred thousand footmen in one day.”

The Syrians were beaten black and blue again. And what is the moral of the story?  The God of the mountains is also the God of the valleys.  The God of FeBuhari is also the God of March. MarchforBuhari.  If He had ordained Muhammadu Buhari to win in February, not six weeks, six months, or six years can change it.  His will is immutable.  Constant.  Enduring.  Sacrosanct.  The truth is that if God has ordained Buhari to be President from May 29, 2015, nothing can change it.  And if Goodluck Jonathan is the chosen one, nothing also will change it.  God is sovereign, and as human beings, we can only pray.  And you know what my prayers have been?  That God will give us a change of direction in Nigeria.   Change from the road to perdition!   Change from bribery and corruption. Change from mindless looting of the treasury!  Change from bombings and insecurity.  Change from bile and hate!  And the man that can effect that change, in my estimation, is Muhammadu Buhari.

Between when the elections were postponed by six weeks, and now, what has changed?  Well, the security situation in the Northeast is better.  Boko Haram has been routed to a large extent by the military.  The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is also better prepared.  Many more millions of Nigerians have secured their PVCs.  But will the change redound to Jonathan’s favour?  People are asking questions, particularly on the victories over Boko Haram.  If this could be achieved in six weeks, why did we have to wait for six years, with almost 20,000 people dead?  Did the government leave the insurgency issue as a political trump card?  That is a big question.  But if the answer is in the affirmative, then it is unconscionable, even amoral. Almost 20,000 souls dead, just to gain political advantage?  I choose not to believe it, for my own peace of mind.

Another thing that has changed in six weeks is that it has enabled Jonathan to launch an onslaught on the Southwest, the swing region of the election.  Since after the postponement, the President virtually relocated to the Southwest, meeting with nearly all the stakeholders – traditional rulers, opinion leaders, leaders of militia groups, religious leaders, youths, entertainers, everybody.  And many reports say the President did not come empty-handed, and that many of those he met went away happy, very happy (you know what I’m labouring to say).  Well, will that translate to votes tomorrow from the Southwest? We wait.  Despite the visitations, and the ‘happiness’ spread round, do the people of the region now have better supply of electricity?  Do they have their share of the estimated 40 million unemployed youths in the country now gainfully engaged?  Has the pervading poverty vanished?  Is the public treasury now safer from pillage?  Is the region more secure, and as Boko Haram begins to hit soft targets with bombs, is there an assurance that they won’t come one day into Lagos, Ibadan, Ogbomoso, Oyo or Ile-Ife?  What has really changed to swing the position from what obtained in February?  Tomorrow will show.  When an improvident person owes you, and he promises to pay at the end of the month, that time will surely come.  The month has now ended; the six weeks window is closed.  And he that will come will come, and will not delay.  Is it Buhari?  Is it Jonathan?  The vision will no longer tarry.

Earlier this week, Lee Kuan Yew, the man who took Singapore from zero to hero, from third world to first world, passed away.  He had ruled his country for 31 years, and turned the country right side up.  But it was not a tea party.  While it lasted, his people called him all sorts of names.  Despot was one of the prominent epithets they gave him.  But by sheer grit and single-mindedness, he achieved his goals.  Singapore is a haven of discipline, peace and prosperity today.  The people are happier, and in death, Lee Kuan Yew is described in superlatives.  That was where Buhari was taking Nigeria to as a military leader.  But Nigerians could not stand it, and screamed from the rooftops.  Ibrahim Babangida came, and torpedoed the process.  And Nigeria is where she is today.  Cabined, cribbed, consigned to pedestrianism and humdrum!

Buhari is back again.  For the fourth time, he wants to take Nigeria to her rightful place in the comity of nations.  From the despot people called him 32 years ago, he has transformed into the country’s most colourful politician.  He draws the largest unsolicited, un-induced crowed round the country.  When would we have such again in future?  It would surely take time.  But would Nigerians make the best of this opportunity?  Would they lay aside ethnicity, religious bigotry, and all other sentiments that easily beset them, and vote in a man who can avert the country’s descent into social, economic and political perdition?

“As far as I am concerned, four short phrases summarize my overall impression and opinion of Buhari.  An incorruptible man!  A patriotic Nigerian devoid of any trace of ethnicism and parochialism!  A deeply religious man.  Above all a stern disciplinarian.”  (Ambassador Ignatius Olisemeka).

“He is committed to fight corruption and compulsive stealing.  He is committed to fight insurgency and can handle it better.  He cares about ordinary Nigerians and will serve them whole-heartedly.  He is supported by many prominent, objective Nigerians, international objective media, and the civilized world! He is dreaded by many that have looted Nigeria dry.”  (Chief Festus Odimegwu, former chairman, National Population Commission).

“The man is so straightforward.  This is a man who was Minister of Petroleum.  He doesn’t have oil block; he doesn’t even have a filling station.  We have been shouting about corruption for a long time and people will tell you corruption has always been there; but this is the best opportunity we have to change things.”  (Hon Juventus Ojukwu).

You find this type of comments from all parts of the country.  Will it translate to victory for Buhari tomorrow?  I pray it does – for the sake of this fast vanishing country.  A blessed but badly blighted land!

I have two songs ready for Sunday, Monday, or whatever day the result of the election comes.  If Jonathan wins, I’ll declare:

Who has the final say?

Jehovah has the final say

Jehovah turns my life around (2ce)

He makes a way where there’s no way,

Jehovah has the final say

But if Buhari wins, I’ll open a bottle of fruit wine with a resounding pop, do a jig, then a waltz, and sing:

I can see everything turning around

Turning around

Turning around for my good

And for the good of Nigeria, our own dear native land.

Whatever way it goes, however, we remain Nigerians. Though tribe and tongues may differ, in brotherhood we stand.  Our country should not die just because we held elections.

How PDP did me in


It is really sad to observe that President Goodluck Jonathan has mistaken his position as the president of Nigeria to mean the President/Holder of every position possible in the country.

Jonathan snatched my ticket! Nigeria had seen how Dr Jonathan wanted to be President of Nigeria and Governor of Bayelsa State (he still does). He has also added Speaker, House of Representatives to his portfolio, and is now gunning not only for the governorship of Akwa Ibom State, but also to be the senator of the largest Senatorial District in Akwa Ibom – Uyo Senatorial District.

It has been distressing to watch Jonathan’s series of political miscalculations with all attendant consequences, but it has been heart wrenching to see him stretch forth his hands to snatch my senatorial ticket. Uyo senatorial ticket was zoned to Uruan and Ibesikpo Asutan. Uruan declined, also went wholesale into the APC after the PDP state primary election that never was.

I was to represent Uyo at the senate with the full backing and support of all my people.

Shockingly, Dr Jonathan suddenly sent for one of the PDP governorship candidates in the last quarter of last year. Point blank, he told the contestant in the presence of Governor Godswill Akpabio and the party national chairman that there was zoning in Akwa Ibom, so he should hands-off the governorship race and accept the ticket for Uyo senatorial. Greedily, the candidate said yes. But in so doing, Jonathan trampled on the existing zoning formula in the state, and even hid under the curious umbrella of zoning only in Akwa Ibom to justify his deeds. Indeed, his disruptive incursion into Akwa Ibom politics violates PDP constitution, party guidelines and extant party policy.

Even the state leader, Governor Godswill Akpabio has publicly expressed his displeasure at candidates coming for party tickets “through the back door.” By party guidelines, Dr Jonathan’s proxy is not even eligible. But Jonathan just carries on.

Like a sick joke, in a matter of days from then, a doctored list of delegates was prepared for the primaries, and my name, which was previously on the list, was unceremoniously dropped. Thereafter, two committees were set up by the PDP and both times I was assured that I had a good case, which would be looked into. But a few weeks ago, the flag was handed to Jonathan’s proxy.

I have reached out to the state chairman of PDP. Governor Godswill Akpabio has relocated to Abuja and has been inaccessible for a long time now. Having spoken to the state chairman of PDP to no avail, I then sent repeated text messages to the National Chairman, which went unacknowledged. I have even sent elder statesmen and party chieftains to President Jonathan, including Chief E.K Clark, and Senator Emmanuel Paulkner, among others, but he has remained adamant. I have shown exemplary maturity and sense of responsibility towards peaceful restitution, but Dr. Jonathan wants to be president of everything. All of his power-grabbing demonstrations have had dire consequences on the fortunes of the party and I can assure that the singular act of snatching my ticket will have its consequences. Uyo Senatorial is not only the largest in Akwa Ibom, but the single bloc to constitute the determinant factor in the state voting pattern.

Once you have gotten Uyo Senatorial District aggrieved, mark my words, you have practically kissed Akwa Ibom goodbye.

After the horrendous treatment of the aggrieved governorship contenders (the G-22) and the blunt refusal by Dr. Jonathan, the designated leader of the PDP, to even meet with them, snatching my ticket is the last slap on the sensibilities of the good people of Akwa Ibom State.

Jonathan’s power show is going to cost the party dear. I am sorry to say that by the time one individual goes to put a whole political party in his pocket, that pocket will tear so terribly, it will finally strip him naked.

•Chief Attah is the Obongawan Uforo of Uyo

Buhari:  From villain to hero


Thirty-one years ago, the then military Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari was a villain in my world.  He shared that unflattering distinction with his military soul mate, Tunde Idiagbon. But from 2013 to date, the same Buhari has turned from villain to hero in my new world. The transformation is so complete that I had become a GMB activist earlier than most APC chieftains (who were sitting on the fence) and I have committed to his election more than any presidential contest.

As an electoral officer at the National Convention of the All Progressives Congress (APC), I endured a 30-hour vigil to witness the emergence of  GMB  as the party’s presidential flag bearer. I was an elected National delegate from Kwara State, and was actually accredited to vote.  But when at the convention venue an assignment came as an electoral officer, I accepted it as an opportunity to have a ringside seat at the convention and be a witness to history.

Flash back: 1984, University of Lagos, Akoka.  Although I was not a student activist, I was, as a final year student, in the forefront of a protest against the military regime of Gen. Buhari. “Idiagon na goat o, Omo eran” (Idiagbon is a goat, real goat), we chanted in front of the university gate with soldiers stationed in armoured vehicles.

GMB was the head of state, all right, but Major General Tunde Idiagbon, the then Chief of Staff, Supreme Headquarters, was seen as the real iron-ruler. Mercifully, there was no violent supression of the protest.  But I still wonder today what manner of foolish bravery that was – confronting soldiers in armoured vehicles.

In retrospect, I believe the soldiers did not pull the trigger because the Almighty God wanted me to witness the transformation of yesterday’s villain into today’s hero.

Ideally for the APC presidential ticket, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, a dogged fighter and a democrat per excellence was my favourite.  Atiku is a formidable politician, generous and certainly ready for the presidential job.  As a former National Officer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in President Olusegun Obasanjo’s first term, I had first hand knowledge of Atiku’s political sagacity and unrivalled generosity.  He is a great friend of Kwara State too.

My knowledge of Atiku’s strong democratic credentials and electoral prowess dates back to 1993 when he ran for the presidential ticket of the defunct Social Democratic party (SDP). I was at the head of The Guardian newspaper’s coverage team, at the SDP National Convention in Jos. I witnessed and reported the intrigues and the horse-trading that took place and I took notice of Atiku who made the first ballot inconclusive, and later made an MKO Abiola victory at the second ballot possible.

Since the historic outing in Jos, I have followed Atiku’s trajectory and he remains a political enigma in Nigeria.  However, in the choice of the flag bearer of APC, I was convinced that GMB was more electable and would more easily rouse the ‘Change’ base. Nigeria, not just APC activists or chieftains, yearn for change. Buhari, incorruptible, graceful and competent, is the face, the poster boy of that change.

Kwara is lucky to have a foresighted leader, Sen. Abubakar Bukola Saraki (CON). He saw long ago Nigeria’s decaying economy; he saw early that the leaking umbrella of PDP is a disaster for the country’s raining day. When ABS took us out of our comfort zone in the ruling PDP, there was some disquiet as to the propriety of his move. But today, Kwarans have seen the wisdom in his action. We have caught the change bug. Buhari phenomenon and the change mantra have galvanized the populace and the question now is not who will win the Kwara vote in the presidential election but by what margin would Buhari coast home to victory. A tight race the national elections could be but a Buhari victory is what Nigeria needs and what Nigerians awaits.

Goodbye, the old villain; welcome, the new hero.

•Adedoyin is Special Adviser, Communication Strategy, to Kwara State governor

Re: Expedition to Ephesus

Let’s think sensibly

Talking about Nigeria and Turkey in comparative terms, one would rightly say that there is better life or a better living condition in Turkey than in Nigeria today because Nigeria’s successive and present governments have failed to provide the desired good governance to improve quality of life. Nigeria is a country richly endowed with human and natural resources to put it ahead of Turkey and many parts of Europe, Southeast Asia and South Africa, or put it at par with a country like Brazil. But bad governance, especially graft, has been putting its growth and development down. Turkey is better than Nigeria in terms of social infrastructural provision, economic and general development because the country’s government chose to do the right thing, unlike in our case where our government regales in intimidation, sophistry, blackmail and making of false claims.

There is no doubt that the Goodluck Ebelemi Jonathan regime has rather turned out not to have improved or bettered the fortunes of the country because of failure to provide good governance. For instance, a good leader like the late Singaporean leader, Lee Kuan Yew, was able to assemble the right men and material to transform his country from a downtrodden to an economically great country, but in our case, our leader could only recycle failed people as functionaries and aides, giving himself out as one that lacks the capacity to lead Nigeria aright. The recent case of re-appointing somebody whose integrity is being widely put to question and trailed by controversy and alleged case of abuse of office as a Minister is not only a show of impudence and insult to our sensibility but an eloquent testimony of the President’s inability to gather quality Nigerians and the right team of men and women to truly transform the country to greatness. Is it not worrisome that while the Turkish lira is growing in strength and rating, our own naira is going through devaluation, when it ought not to have been?

Lest I forget, what is the concern of MASSOB and Nigeria, when its leaders Ralph Uwazurike claim they are not Nigerians, which account for the roughhandling of his adherents by a federal government that he is supporting for re-election? Or do we take it that it is pecuniary consideration that is driving the group’s leadership? Of course, I pity my Igbo friends who are very much aware that no Ijaw man will ever support onye Igbo to become Nigeria’s President. My brothers and sisters, let’s act sensibly too and go for change, for our own good and betterment.

Sir Abuchi Anueyiagu, veteran independent journalist/public affairs commentator,08080242128.       


Expedition to Ephesus

What a wonderful expedition you people made in Turkey. But I never imagine that even in Turkey government is also intimidating the media. Well, I know that the media will always outlive any government either here in Nigeria or any other part of the world. You’re welcome from Ephesus, the city paved with marble.  

Emmanuel O, Mbah, Abuja 08034474210.


I don’t believe

Media must be given free hands to operate in the whole wide world. No country succeeds without the help of media. In this sector, I give President Jonathan 85%. To some extent, he has given media free hands to operate, if not the recent clampdown on some newspapers by Nigerian Army.

Femi, you always have excuses anytime you travel. Last time you visited Florida, USA you didn’t bring python meat to us. Now you visited Turkey without bringing turkey meat to us. I know that even if you visit Benue State, you will still come back without bush meat, since Fulani herdsmen are on rampage in that state.  Five days in Turkey, and no turkey to eat! Who will believe you?

Mazi Ogbonna, 08069165559


You took me there

I honestly thought I was with you throughout your tour around the cities in Turkey, only for me to realize I was merely hypnotised by your usual creative and elegant style of writing. I hope and pray that The Sun remains the pacesetter it has always been in terms of coverage. But since I was carried along on this expedition, I won’t bother asking for turkey because I also know that  turkey is not that common in Turkey.

Anthony Emeghebo,


We want GMB

The key issue I understand from this article about the economy of Turkey in contrast to our own is in General Buhari’s mantra on 2015 campaign: ‘If Nigeria does not do all that is necessary to kill corruption, corruption will ultimately kill Nigeria’. May God give us GMB now!




This piece has further revealed how well you know your art! It’s a superb, educative and informative write-up, from a prolific reporter, journalist, and writer of the highest order. You are highly welcome back to the 8th wonder of the world, Nigeria our country.

Ibrahim Bala,


A challenge to us

Welcome back from Turkey, it was like a pilgrimage. It was quite surprising that there was no turkey meat in Turkey. However, the dollar exchange rate in Turkey should be a challenge to us. Our economy and governance have always been an emergency situation, other economies are planned but ours is always on emergency diagnosis, which leads us nowhere. Every new administration overturns the policies of another, every new CBN governor has his own naira policy, yet none benefits the masses but only serves the interest of privileged few. Industrialization would have saved Nigeria but where are the industries?

As for the sales of newspapers, it will be difficult for any print media in Nigeria to sell as in Turkey because the price of newsprint is exorbitant. I was glad to see the last place where Mary the mother of Jesus lived, though in print. Once again, welcome back my great friend. 

Rev. Monye J Gold, National Coordinator, The Mass Movement for Responsible Leadership,,  0705 888 2573


Work and fun

I am salivating already. This is one of the trips that can extend one’s life by almost a decade. Welcome back. Now that you are back in the land of plenty of turkey, we totally reject your apology. Hahahahah…

Arinze Emmanuel,


You need to go back

That was really a wonderful and educational trip. Welcome back from Turkey (for that is what we call that country). Although without turkey meat, I think you may have to go back and get it.

Ali Kingsley,

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Expedition to Ephesus Fri, 20 Mar 2015 00:42:49 +0000 The Airbus 300-200/300 is always a pleasure to fly. It knifes through the sky effortlessly, and makes air travel a delight. Even when the flight runs into inclement weather, the aircraft has the majesty and muscle to rock it. ]]>

•But no turkey to eat in Turkey

The Airbus 300-200/300 is always a pleasure to fly.  It knifes through the sky effortlessly, and makes air travel a delight. Even when the flight runs into inclement weather, the aircraft has the majesty and muscle to rock it.  Plus the Everlasting Arms underneath you, there is really no need to worry. No shaking, even when the aircraft shakes.

When I quietly slipped out of the country recently, headed to Turkey on a leisure/educative trip, I flew on the wings of an Airbus operated by Turkish Airlines.  It was next to Nirvana.  Pleasurable.

Except when we ran into occasional rocking caused by turbulence, I slept all the way, since it was a night flight.  After about six hours and thirty-five minutes, I woke into the cold embrace (normally, you hear of warm embrace) of Istanbul, a major city in Turkey.  Winter was just receding, having snowed heavily two weeks earlier, and the weather was still very cold.  The kind of cold in which the wind slaps your face with impunity, and the chill buries itself in your bones, in your vital organs, and if you are not wary, it knocks you out with pneumonia.  I had been pre-warned by the organisers of the trip.  So I was ready.

The luxurious Istanbul Gonen Hotel was to be home for the next five days, and from there, we sallied forth to other parts of the city, and to other provinces of Turkey.

Turkey, the beautiful country that straddles two continents, with a leg in Asia, and the other in Europe!  The capital is Ankara, and the president is Recep Tayyip Erdogan.  The country became a republic in 1923, and the official language is Turkish. The father of the nation is a man named Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. The last name is honorific, meaning ‘Father of the Turks.’

When you travel in Istanbul, from the side in which my hotel was located, you were in Europe.  But once you crossed the bridge over the Bosphorus River, you were in Asia.  Many days, along with our hosts, we shuttled between Europe and Asia, depending on what we had to do for the day.

Who are the ‘we’?  I’ll tell you.  Five media people were on the trip. Mr Gbenga Adefaye, General Manager/Editor-in-Chief, Vanguard Newspapers, Suleiman Uba Gaya, Managing Editor of New Telegraph, Abdulkareem Baba Ahmed, Editor, Weekly Trust, Catherine Agbo, Editor of Leadership on Sunday, and myself.  The facilitator of the trip was Cemail Yigit of Inci Production/Ebru TVAfrica.  He is based in Abuja, and travelled with us.  He is Turkish.

Turkey is a country of about 76 million people, with 99.8% of them being Muslims.  But it is not an Islamic state.  It shares borders with countries like Bulgaria to the northwest, Greece to the west, Georgia to the northeast, Armenia, Iran and Azerbaijan to the east, and Iraq and Syria to the south.  Because of the war by ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) in neighbouring Syria, Istanbul is swarming with Syrian refugees, most of them women and children.  They approached us a number of times, soliciting for alms.  It was a stark reminder of the Boko Haram problems in our own country, and the millions of internally displaced people (IDPs).  The world and its troubles!

Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey, and it is the country’s economic and historical hub.  It has a lot of similarities with Lagos.  The population, for instance, is 15 million, just about the number of people credited to Lagos in the last national census exercise.  About one-third of the population lives on the Asian side, while the rest lives on the European side.  Istanbul was imperial capital for the Roman, Byzantine, Latin and the Ottoman empires.  It was the seat of Christianity before the Ottomans conquered the city in 1453, and transformed it to an Islamic stronghold.

Close yours eyes for a minute, and visualize the traffic gridlock in Lagos at peak hours.  Then, you are in Istanbul!  The traffic there is as heavy as in Lagos, but without the indiscipline of Lagos drivers.  And when you are in that traffic at night, as we were most of the time, you didn’t feel the overpowering sense of insecurity you could feel in Lagos.  Nobody tapped on your window, and told you to wind down, or you get blasted to kingdom come.  Surely, Istanbul would have its criminal elements, but we did not see any in the five days we spent in the city.

There are places you can’t afford not to visit, if you are in Istanbul.  The Aquarium, which houses thousands of species of fishes, and other sea creatures, the Panorama, which is museum of Turkish history, or the Sultan Ahmed Mosque.  There is also Hagia Sophia, which was first a church, then turned to a mosque, and is now a museum, and many other historical places.

Of course, as newspaper people, we got to the Zaman Newspapers, a 30- year-old publication that sells about 1.1 million copies daily.  Can Nigeria ever achieve that sales level?  The Sunday Times sold over half a million copies here at a time.  I was also a reporter in the Weekend Concord team, under the editorship of Mike Awoyinfa, which sold about the same number of copies in the early 1990s.  But after then, Nigeria crashed.  The economy tumbled.  And everything went topsy-turvy.  Will newspapers get back to that half a million mark daily sales in Nigeria?  The Sun is on the topmost rung of the sales ladder, but if you ask me, I want to sell what Zaman sells daily, 1.1 million copies!  Holy Moses!  But Nigeria first has to be fixed, the economy rescued, the country delivered, before that change can come.

Talking of economy, some Turks grumbled about how things were not quite looking up under President Erdogan.  They said the economy was not as robust as it used to be.  By then, I had not changed the U.S dollars bills I had to the Turkish lira, so I asked what the exchange rate was.  The Turkish exclaimed:

“It is 2.6 lira to the dollar.  Can you imagine!”

My eyes almost popped out of their sockets.  2.6 lira to one dollar.  That is heaven.  How much did I purchase dollar before I travelled?  Two hundred and twenty-four naira to one dollar!  Yet, the Turkish economy is going down.  They need to come and see Nigeria.  He that is down, needs fear no fall, he that is low, no pride.

It was a pleasure touring Zaman Newspapers, and talking with Abdulhamit Bilici, the General Manager, who is also a columnist.  He told us the newspaper started 30 years ago with a print run of 10,000 copies daily, and has now grown to 1.1 million copies.  Apart from the Turkish edition, it also publishes English edition in U.S, U.K, and other European countries.  There are over 5 million Turks in Germany, so Zaman publishes a Turkish edition in that country too.

Zaman is not just a newspaper, mind you.  It is what you may call a media company (which is what The Sun aspires to be, by the grace of God).  They run Cihan News Agency, established in 1992, and which has reporters in 80 countries, and in every province of Turkey. They run a newsmagazine established in 1994, and which publishes 50,000 copies weekly.  The group also runs a television channel for family, with emphasis on culture and religion.

The media in Turkey is divided into loyal (to President Erdogan) and the opposition.  Where does Zaman belong?

“Obviously, we are in the opposition,”  Bilici disclosed.  “We are Progressives-Conservatives.  That is what we are.  We support democracy, rule of law, media freedom, and such other values.”

But Zaman is paying a heavy price for being in the opposition.

Recently, the police raided its offices, and arrested the Editor-in-Chief.  He was detained for six days, and has now been barred from travelling abroad.

Is the newspaper cowed?  Do they intend to chart a less combative path?  Hear Bilici:

“Government is becoming highly authoritarian.  But despite pressures, we continue with our position.  We are a private company.  We are not given government advertisements, private companies who patronise us are threatened, the tax inspection mechanism is used heavily against us, people are encouraged not to buy us, and it is very unfortunate.  We supported this government when it was democratic.  But unfortunately, it turned against democracy.  Ironically, our copy sales went up when they cracked down on us.  It shows support from our readers.”

Turkey has a population of 76 million people, and about 4 million copies of newspapers are sold daily.  Will Nigeria, with over 160 million people sell one million copies daily?  Food for thought!  In Turkey, the only inputs imported for newspaper business are newsprint and the printing machines.  Consumables like plates and ink are produced locally.  In Nigeria, everything is imported, and nobody gives a damn!  The burden is, therefore, passed to the consumer in terms of cover price, and with declining purchasing power, print runs continue to dwindle.

The crackdown on opposition media in Turkey is no picnic.  We got to the TV network called Samanyolu, which has 14 broadcast channels in Turkey, English, Arabic and Kurdish, and dozen of radio stations and popular news portals.  But there was not much gaiety in the offices.  Why?  Their general manager, Hidayet Karaca, had been in prison without conviction for many months.  From his No 6, Cell Block A5, Silviri Prison, he had smuggled out a letter, which reads partly:

“It is clear that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his allies in the government have declared a total war on the independent media against the background of massive corruption investigations that incriminated senior government officials between 17-25 December, 2013.

“Since then, the government has resorted to all sorts of intimidation tactics to muzzle the media and get rid of the corruption scandal.

“First, the government tried to force our network into bankruptcy by intimidating our advertisers, which has taken a toll on our revenues. Then the regulatory bodies, dominated by government loyalists, blatantly abused their power to levy financial penalties on our network and to stop our programming, which covers newsworthy developments.

“While we only had one or two fines levied on us by the regulatory body in our 21 years of broadcasting history prior to December 2013, fines started to rain down on our network since then because we covered news concerning corruption files. In total, we are facing some $2m in financial penalties.

“In the meantime, the repression and pressure in general has gone from bad to worse, resulting in raids on journalists’ homes and offices, and the arrest of teenagers for allegedly insulting the president.

“The government has pushed anti-democratic bills through a rubberstamping Parliament, subordinating the judiciary to the executive branch and created special courts to prosecute — or rather persecute — critics and opponents.

“On 14 December, 2014, police raided media outlets and detained dozens of individuals, including me. The prosecutor, citing an episode that was aired five years ago as part of a now-discontinued fictional TV series, detained not only me but also the producer, director and scriptwriters of the series as well as even an assistant who only worked as an intern for some time.

“We are all charged with ‘forming and leading a terrorist organisation’ based on this episode, which featured Turkey’s fight against terrorist groups, including al-Qaida. The whole investigation, as we understand it, is based on a complaint filed by a senior leader of a Turkish pro-al-Qaida group who claimed the fictional episode smeared his name.”

We see who wins the war between President Erdogan and the media in Turkey. Doesn’t the media always survive to write the obituary of all repressive governments?

Ever heard of Kimse Yok Mu?  Possibly.  Or possibly not!  Well, we were at the office of the group, which is into humanitarian aid, providing food, clothing, healthcare, education, and even search and rescue, to people in distress.

Kimse Yok Mu means; “Is there anybody out there?” And it operates in more than 103 countries of the world.  It got its name from question being asked by somebody trapped under the rubble, after the 1999 Marmara earthquake. Is there anybody out there?  Big question.  The group has 40 branches in Turkey alone, with over 2,000 volunteers.  They take donations from about 5.3 million people online, which they use to help people in distress all over the world.

“There was a mine disaster last year in Turkey, we were there.  Anywhere there is flooding, earthquake, or any other natural disaster in the world, we get there within 72 hours,” an official told us.

Do they get any direct aid from government?  “No.  But we don’t pay taxes.  We are exempted,”  the official said.

Kimse Yok Mu runs what it calls Kindness Centres, where people can get help.  They spend about 150 million Turkey liras yearly (approximately 100 million dollars), to help people in need.

What drives them?  “Our collective humanity, coming from our religion, which is Islam,” we were told.

Please join me on an expedition, as we head to Ephesus, that famous city of the Holy Bible. Fasten your seat belt, please.

It happened on a Sunday morning.  What was called Ephesus then in bible times is now named Izmir.  And it took 45 minutes by air to reach the city from Istanbul.  Flight was also aboard an Airbus 300-200/300.  Can our airlines use such aircraft on local routes in future?  Why not, if change comes to our country.  But without change, it will remain a pie in the sky, which we can only eat in our dreams.

On the flight, I scanned my head for the things I had read over the years about Ephesus.  Paul, the apostle, had done great work in that city, as recorded in the Acts of Apostles.

Ephesus was known as Luman Asiae (The Light of Asia), and had a population of about 300,000.  It was the fourth greatest city after Rome, Alexandria in Egypt, and Antioch of Syria.  The people were deeply involved in mother goddess worship before the advent of Paul.

Ephesus was filled with wizards, sorcerers, witches, astrologers, and diviners.  It was the seat of Diana and Artemis worship.

According to the Good Book in Acts of Apostles chapters 18 and 19, Paul “entered the synagogue in Ephesus, and reasoned with the Jews.”  After he had lived there for two years, preaching the gospel day and night, followed by signs and wonders, “many of them that believed came, and confessed, and showed their deeds.

“Many of them also which used curious acts brought their books together, and burned them before all men; and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver.

“So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.”  (Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 19:18 – 20).

We landed at Izmir, into the warm welcome of our tour guide, Sarkan.  He told us that he was born and raised in the city, and how well he knows his art!  By the time Sarkan had taken you round the historical city, you began to wish you were a tour guide yourself.

There are seven churches of Asia in the book of Revelation, which Jesus gave divine messages.  The one called Church of Smyrna is actually the church at Ephesus, Sarkan informed.  He added: “Early Christian communities lived here till the Muslims came in the 11th Century.”

There are 81 provinces in Turkey, Sarkan disclosed, and one of them is Izmir.  It has a population of 4,100,000 people, making it the third biggest city in the country.  About 3,000 Christians still live in the city.

For many hours, Sarkan led us through the site of biblical Ephesus, which has been excavated and preserved for tourists.  It draws about 40 million people a year.

Incidentally, only 18% of Ephesus has been yet excavated. The work continues.  It was awesome seeing what was the amphitheatre of Ephesus, temple of Diana, the market, homes, marbled streets, and many others.

The main street of the city was called the Arcadian Way, and it led from the harbour to the theatre.  Over 100 feet wide, it was paved with marble slabs, which are still evident. By the way, Turkey is the greatest exporter of marble in the world.

The great theatre was begun during the reign of Claudies (AD 41 – 54), and completed during the reign of Trajan (AD 98 – 117).  The massive structure measured 495 feet in diameter, and reportedly sat an estimated 25,000 people.

There is also the Library of Celsus, built in A.D 135 by Julies Aguila in memory of his father, Celsus, who was a Roman Senator and governor-general of the province of Asia.

After leaving the excavated ruins of Ephesus, we drove to what is called Mother Mary’s House.  It is a Catholic and Muslim holy site located on Mt. Koressos.  It is believed that Mary lived her last days in the stone house built by Saint John, whom Jesus had handed her over to at the crucifixion in Golgotha.

From there, we drove to the beach of the Aegean Sea.  It was a breathtaking sight, seeing the sea as the sun was going back home after a full day’s business.  It was a sight for sore eyes.  It showed the wonders of our God in arresting wonderment.

Later that evening, we flew back to Istanbul aboard Air Pegasus, on a Boeing 737/800.

After five days in Turkey, we had eaten everything served us.  In fact, we were almost overfed, with special dinners hosted in our honour by wealthy people on different nights.  On the eve of our return, one item had been conspicuously missing from the menu.  Turkey.  How could we come to Turkey, and not eat turkey?  What do we tell people back home, most of whom had told us to bring plenty of turkey?  So, I took Cemail Yigit to task.  How come we have not been served turkey here all along?  He laughed, and explained:

“The name of this country is Tu:rkiye, but it was changed to Turkey by the English in 14th Century.  It is not the bird, turkey.  Of course, we eat turkey, but it is not very popular in our menu.”

And that was why I didn’t come with turkey from Turkey.  My apologies.



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The chatterboxes of Chatham House Fri, 06 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0000 The great American poet, Maya Angelou says hate “has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet.” Some people, however, do not know that. ]]>

The great American poet, Maya Angelou says hate “has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet.” Some people, however, do not know that.  Or rather, they have closed their minds to it.  So, what did they do on Thursday last week, when Gen. Muhammadu Buhari was to speak at Chatham House, in London?  They also carried their bags of hate, and hired protesters who were to heckle, harass and pester the former military leader.

A leaked memo from official circles showed that the Nigerian government was behind the despicable action.  The Assistant Director, Civil Society and Support Group (Diaspora) had asked for the sum of $20,000 (over N4 million at current exchange rate), noting: “Nigerians in the Diaspora will converge at Chatham House, United Kingdom on Thursday, 26th of February, 2015 to show solidarity and support for President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and his transformation agenda in Nigeria as a surprise to the august visitor, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress.”

The memo was copied to Professor Rufai Ahmed Alkali, Special Adviser on Political Affairs to President Jonathan.

Apparently, the money was released, as what the memo said would happen at Chatham House played out to the letter.  Some Nigerian youths in Diaspora were on hand to attempt a verbal lynching of Gen. Buhari as he arrived at the event.  But they made such a poor showing of it, obviously because there was no conviction behind their actions.  They were mere hirelings who did not even have a grasp of why they were there, nor an understanding of the person they were supposed to protest against.  Of course, most of them were either not born, or were too young to know Gen. Buhari as military head of state 32 years ago.

It was a comedy of errors, as a journalist tried to interview the emergency protesters.  Hear the journalist:

“They are Nigerians who are struggling here.  Some of them, actually (I’m talking about the ladies), are from the red light districts here.  Some of the youths are unkempt… and they are obviously struggling.”

And truly, the youths struggled to defend what they were out there to do.  One was asked why he was part of the protest, and he responded: “Because we don’t want dictatorship in Nigeria anymore.”  Asked further what he knew about Gen. Buhari, he retorted: “I just heard about him from people I saw earlier on.”

Have you done your homework, the reporter wanted to know.

“Not at all.”

So, how did you come about this protest?

“I don’t know what to say.  I’m not prepared for this interview,” the young man said.

A female protester was asked why she was on the march, and she said: “I don’t really know much about politics,” adding that she was there to support President Goodluck Jonathan.

But what do you really have against Buhari, she was asked.

“I’m not against anyone,” she responded.

That was the trend that ran through the interviews with the hirelings.  Hapless Nigerian youths, possibly forced out of their motherland by poor and uninspiring governance, and who were ready to be recruited for crumbs falling from the tables of their oppressors.  What I felt for those young people was actually pity, and a bit of compassion.  Are these not supposed to be future leaders?  Cry, the beloved country!

But the chatterboxes at Chatham House were not done.  The queen of them all was a female caught by an undercover reporter in what you can call a sting operation.  She was the one who organised the protest, and her leaking mouth gave out so much information.

She first identified herself as Abi, and later as Adijatu.  She boasted that she mobilised the young Nigerians by bus from Manchester to London, and that most of them were graduates, while some others were about to get higher degrees.

The reporter, who obviously used a secret camera, asked if she could set up a similar protest for him possibly in New York.  The basket mouth said it could be done in Maryland, Dublin, anywhere.

When asked how much it would cost, she promised to give her phone number and other details to the reporter.  And on why she was on the side of Goodluck Jonathan, she said he was a heavy spender, while Buhari was a low spender.  Of course, no romance without finance!  So, she went with the deep pocket.

Privileged information later revealed that the protesting youths were paid about 80 pounds each.  Eighty pounds!  That is the worth of the Nigerian youth.  For that amount, he could be ferried by bus from Manchester to London, to take part in a protest he does not even understand.  Those youths, who should be getting ready to assume leadership positions, were selling their birthrights for a mess of porridge.  And in future they would want that birthright back, just like the biblical Esau, and it would be too late.  They would weep and wail, but it would amount to nothing.  Unscrupulous leaders have bought their birthright for thirty pieces of silver, the price of a slave. Youths are the glory of any country. But the glory of Nigeria is slain at Chatham House.  How are the mighty fallen! Tell it not in London, publish it not in the streets of Manchester.

Hatred is at full steam in Nigeria.  Hate campaigns.  Hate documentaries.  Hate advertisements.  Boko Haram is hate.  Threat of war from former Niger Delta militants is hate.  Hate at Chatham House, in Okrika where campaign rallies are bombed, in Bauchi and Katsina, where the convoy of the president is pelted with stones.  Hate everywhere. Saying a presidential candidate is brain-dead is hate. When you say a man has no academic  qualification, and his illustrious classmates come out to vouch for him, and his old school also releases his result, yet you refuse to still believe, it is hate. The onus then is on you to prove what you claim. Finish!  Hate almost killed Rwanda.  It turned Kigali to killing fields, where hundreds of thousands of people were slain in fits of fury.  Is Nigeria on the road to Kigali?  It is hate that is the fuel of that journey.  There’s no petrol in filling stations in some parts of the country now.  But Nigerians have plenty hate in their tanks.  And it is enough to take them to Kigali.  One religion against the other, ethnic groups against one another.  Deep seated animosities, narrow mindedness, politics of vendetta.  All these will kill Nigeria, unless a stop can be put to the bile, the hatred, and the spleen.  Nigeria is dying, and we don’t seem to know it.  Must campaigns be so churlish and ill tempered?  Must there be downright lies, concocted stories, ill will and evil machinations as we see around us?  “I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.”  (Booker T. Washington).  But our leaders and politicians have spawned so much hate, and those who bought it have had their souls narrowed and degraded.  They can maim, kill and destroy at the drop of a hat.  Nigeria is dying, and we don’t seem to take it to heart.

“Hatred is the coward’s revenge for being intimidated.” (George Bernard Shaw). Some people are so intimidated, terrified about how the elections may go, so they are sowing hate and bile in the people.  Must a country die because it held elections?  Think, Nigeria, think.

Let’s look at the brighter side of Chatham, apart from the chatterboxes.  Didn’t you like Buhari’s poise and calm?  Wasn’t the speech he read so well put together?  Didn’t you see sincerity oozing out of his ever pore?

“I have heard and read references to me as a former dictator in many respected British newspapers including the well regarded Economist.  Let me say without sounding defensive that dictatorship goes with military rule, though some might be less dictatorial than others.  I take responsibility for whatever happened under my watch.

“I cannot change the past.  But I can change the present and the future.  So, before you is a former military ruler and a converted democrat who is ready to operate under democratic norms and is subjecting himself to the rigours of democratic elections for the fourth time.”

Beautiful!  Splendid.  O pari.  Shikena.  Okwu agwu.  Finito.  Buhari’s metamorphosis is complete, except for those who are in the grip of relentless hatred, consumed by paroxysms of bitterness, grudge and acidity.  To such, I will recommend the words of William Shakespeare in Richard III, when he wrote about hatred, and declared: “Out of my sight!  Thou dost infect mine eyes!”


Re: Buhari; Gen Paul Tarfa’s testimony 

Pure motive I am one of those who don’t like missing The Sun on Fridays, primarily because of your column, even though I don’t share most of your views on APC versus PDP.  I thought you were APC, but after seeing how you spread the opposing views of Gen Paul Tarfa and Engineer Ekpe Ita on Gen. Buhari for everyone to judge, I now understand that your motive is higher than partisan politics.  God keep and increase your wisdom. Dr Emeka Wesley, Lagos 



He won’t rule again

I salute your courage in the way you present issues.  But I need to inform Nigerians, and you in particular, that Gen. Buhari will never rule again.  He committed sin against the country by plotting a coup, now he wants to become a democratic president.  What a shame!  Coup is punishable by death, or long jail term. Chief J. Nwafor, Agunta the 5th 


Tarfa missed it 

Why did Gen Tarfa not dismiss the 48 defaulting cadets, as the rule states?  Rather, he went to seek Buhari’s opinion.  The reason is simple, and at the root of this country’s problem.  The cadets were from an area that believes they are born to rule. George Ibecheozor, Owerri 


The will of God 

Gen. Tarfa has said it all about Buhari.  Let the will of God be done in Nigeria. Gordon Chika Nnorom, Umukabia, Abia State 


Buhari my choice 

Many people are threatening my life, calling me all kinds of names, just because I’m supporting Buhari.  Even when I remind them that it is the right of every Nigerian to hold different political views, they still won’t listen to my points, though I’m not afraid.  Chinua Achebe said; “if you don’t like what I wrote, write your own.”  Buhari is my choice, and I will vote for him. Mazi Ogbona, Abuja, 08069165559


Very noble 

You published my rejoinder on Buhari last week.  Isn’t that noble?  Thanks.  I’ll continue to read The Sun.  You have demonstrated broadmindedness in allowing readers to air their views.  For instance, when I browsed the political headlines of last Friday, they were mostly in support of Jonathan.  Well done. Engr Ekpe Ita 


Ignore the lies 

I have deeply looked at this country and arrived at the conclusion that no matter how good a person is, there is nothing, absolutely nothing, you can do to change the prejudices and negative mindsets of those that have become irreversibly paranoid about you. Otherwise, with the honest accounts of people like Gen. Paul Tarfa, Rev. Moses Iloh, Pastor Yemi Osinbajo, Pastor Tunder Bakare, Femi Adesina, and even Mike Ahamba, to mention a few people of honour and integrity, about the character and personality of the quintessential General Muhammadu Buhari, the politics of hatred against him by certain hardliners since this particular campaigns oughtn’t have been.

There is no doubt that General Buhari is a good man, and I still say, is the man to beat in the coming elections if the real balloting will count. But certain people are deliberately assassinating his character for flimsy reasons, and desperation to stop him from cruising home to victory in the election. By consistently offering himself to be elected as Nigeria’s President for four times now, Buhari must have something good to offer Nigeria, especially the poor masses that have over the years desired the improvement of their lives, which has remained illusory. It is only people of low character and minds that abhor forthright and modest persons like Buhari, not that they do not know that he is not a religious bigot, does not have anything to do with insurgency, does not practice nepotism, is fit in health and mind to govern Nigeria, is upright and modest in public life, is not wicked, is principled and disciplined, is a person of honour and integrity, is trustworthy, is just a good man and the best candidate between him and his main opponent President Jonathan. I urge the Nigeria electorate to ignore and disregard the tantrums and wicked lies being dished out against Buhari by some of his political enemies and self-seeking people that want to sustain the status quo for their own individual and personal gains. Sir Abuchi Anueyiagu, independent veteran journalist/public affairs commentator, 08080242128.       


Buhari is born again 

Every good thinking Nigeria knows that a vote for Buhari is a vote for change, and for our good.  Born again is not only for Christians, Buhari is a born again Muslim.  No two ways about it. Celestine Ameze, Abakaliki 


Good mind 

There are very few people with good mind like yours.  Keep up the good work.  I pray God will keep you alive. Alhaji Ismaila Bello 



Icing on the cake

I feel this testimonial by Gen Tarfa is the final icing on the cake pertaining to Buhari’s alleged religious fundamentalism. My take is this: for those who understand, no more explanation is necessary, but for those who do not or willingly fail to understand, then no explanation could be possible. Ibrahim Bala,


Only criminals hate Buhari

The hard decision with which Gen. Paul Tarfa and Prof. Ukpabi were faced reminds me of one interview granted by Maj. Gen. Tunde Idiagbon (of blessed memory) not long before he died. On the insinuation that Gen. Buhari was weak and that he (Idiagbon) was the real strength/leader of their government, he laughed and said Nigerians did not really understand. He said what gave rise to that false notion was Buhari’s dislike for publicity. That when time came for “hard decisions” (his words) only Buhari could muster the guts (even if his own wife or child is involved) to call a spade by its name. That thereafter he (Buhari) does not jump to take any ensuing glory or aggrandizement. That Buhari as a leader gives you assignment and gives you all the free hand to go about it. He ended up by saying that if Buhari was not averse to publicity, Nigerians would probably not be talking or hearing of Tunde Idiagbon. He said Buhari was a natural leader.

In agreeing with Idiagbon, I remember that the Tam David-Wests, Chike Ofodiles, all other ministers and government officials of 1983-1985 had all the free hand in their various assignments, and all left with individual glories and fanfare. Yes, we continue to yearn for a leader who can take hard decisions, and patriotically and honestly. A leader who leaves out irrelevant, illegal, ethnic, and mundane considerations but applies relevant and legal matters in taking decisions of state. Thus when Gen. Paul Tarfa and Prof. Ukpabi were swayed by mundane considerations, Buhari in the national interest did not care whose ox was gored. That is Buhari for you.

The taming of corruption involves taking hard decisions. This is why Buhari can simply (repeat, simply) kill corruption when he enters Aso Rock. I tell you, only vampires and criminals hate Buhari, the rest of Nigerians love that man. This time, the hurricane is unstoppable because God still loves Nigeria and wants to liberate His people. Barr. Festus Nwanosike, President, Movement For The Survival Of Nigeria (MOSON),


The deciding factor

Gen. Paul Tarfa’s revelation on Gen. Buhari was quite an eye opener. But the account of Mr. Ekpe Ita was thought provoking because we have had so many military administrators in Nigeria and some of them were able to write their names in gold. We have had Col. Buba Marwa in Lagos and we saw his works and that of others. But in the past, Gen. Buhari was a Military Governor but we didn’t hear much of him; even as head of state, we didn’t see a track record of performance neither did he refer to it during his campaigns just as the incumbent has been doing. Nigerians are too educated, while some are streetwise and will not vote a politician based on promises. Therefore, illusion won’t be the deciding factor for the coming elections but reality. Rev. Monye J Gold, National Coordinator, The Mass Movement for Responsible Leadership,


Buhari on the move

The continual campaign of calumny and under-the-microscope scrutiny of the APC’s presidential candidate has given more publicity to his election campaign.

Gen. Buhari is an illiterate. He will Islamise Nigeria. He is an extremist and a tyrant. Too old, he belongs to the past. Buhari is sick, he should be treated in a Saudi Arabian hospital. All these highlight not only political rivalry, but obsession towards one man, who, according to many opinion polls may become Nigeria’s next president.

Buhari is omnipresent (this might sound sacrilegious to my fellow Christians). You see him on front pages of newspapers. You switch on TV- he is there. In offices, they talk about him and so do commuters in buses, trains and auto rickshaws. Even in foreign land – would you believe it – there are discussions on Buhari. The calumny and aspersions are initiated by those who hate the General.

Like him or hate him, praise him or vilify him, one can’t discount Buhari till the election results are declared. Till then, let us express our love/hate for a particular personality by casting our precious vote. Moses Sunday Ajehson, 


Extra time

We have assessed both GEJ and GMB for the presidential election, it is now left to us the electorate to decide if we want a continuity or a change of government. Just as it is done in football, we have been caught in the web of extra time, and March 28, the most anticipated day of the year is the day the extra time will be played. Will the defending champions PDP defeat the rising opposition party APC and win the trophy back to back? March 28 will tell. UnJoerated Onwukeme, Enugu


Credible and humbling

General Tarfa’s testimony is very credible and humbling. Many people; Nigerians and foreigners alike, have realised the gift of General Muhammadu Buhari to Africans in general after the demise of Madiba, Dr. Nelson Mandela.

General Buhari is a man that has been fair and just to everyone he has related with. It doesn’t matter to him whether you are a Muslim, a Christian, an Hausa,Yoruba, Fulani, Igbo, Kanuri, Kalabari, Igala, Ibibio, atheist or a foreigner.

I think its time we vote for and support leaders that will conscientiously and transparently promote fairness and justice amongst our diverse peoples to achieve God’s purpose for the most populous black nation on earth. Yusuf Umaru,


Change we need

You have proved to every man who hates corruption that Buhari is the change this nation needs. Tears virtually dropped from my eyes when I read a testimony from one Dr. Noble Abe. I have always known that Buhari is an honest man, but I didn’t know it was to that extent. How can a man be at the head of PTF at that time and still didn’t have enough money to send his kids to a school in UK, till he resorted to selling his only property at Victoria Island? Nigeria will vote for Buhari. That is the only way to save this nation from going down. Ugoo Ezenwaka, Aba, Abia State,


Point blank

The General has said it all. Many sincere and responsible statesmen have spoken in the same vein. The choice is ours to uphold the truth, and set  ourselves free like the bible says in John 8:32 or continue our false allegations on Buhari. Muhammad Rabiu Ada,

 08054748244 or 08035322484


Converted democrat

The testimony captures the personality of GMB. Yes, this man had a past, which was shaped by his military training and interwoven with his real man, a man of principle, purpose and discipline.

GMB is a converted democrat, but if men were God, no one would receive pardon from sins and transgressions, as some are hanging the military style of ruling on his neck even now.

GMB has vision for a country where law and order reigns. At 72 years of age, what could be driving this man of moderation, with no controversy of indulging himself with female species other than his spouse, nor did he allow lust of the flesh and pride of life, alcohol or other vices to get hold of him, and for that reason he is labelled Islamic fundamentalist.

Some of the rejoinders asked if the columnist believed in God factor in choosing leaders and that Mr President must have had God’s backing. Of course why not? But it should be remembered that King Saul in the bible was picked from modest background, but failure to obey God through his actions earned him the left foot of fellowship. A word is enough for the wise. Dr Olayinka Oladosu,


Sweet taste

Any commentary on General Buhari always leaves sweet taste in my  mouth,  and General Paul Tarfa simply added spice to it. Nigeria needs him now. Anthony Emeghebo,    , 08033927370


March for Buhari

I read your piece and as usual, it was very instructive. Of particular interest is the fact that General Buhari has zero tolerance for indiscipline. This is what is lacking today in our country. That’s why those who are benefiting from the rot we have found ourselves will do anything including character assassination of the people’s General for the status quo to remain. One thing is sure, truth is constant and it’s the only thing that can set us free from the bondage we have found ourselves. Come 28th March, the patriots shall march for Buhari. Abdulwahid Amzat,

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Buhari: Gen Paul Tarfa’s testimony Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:21:46 +0000 Let me dedicate the column this week to the opinions of two people from different sides of the divide. One is Major General Paul Tarfa (retd), who was military administrator of Lagos State in the late 1970s, and later, Commandant of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Kaduna. ]]>

Let me dedicate the column this week to the opinions of two people from different sides of the divide.  One is Major General Paul Tarfa (retd), who was military administrator of Lagos State in the late 1970s, and later, Commandant of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Kaduna.  He spoke recently about the Muhammadu Buhari he knew in their military days, and how it is an egregious blunder to dub the man a Muslim fanatic.  It is quite insightful how Buhari told Tarfa to dismiss scores of cadets at the NDA, who ran foul of the law. About three quarters of them were Muslims.

On the flipside, we also take a rejoinder from Ekpe Ita, an engineer, who has very strong views about Gen. Buhari and the Christain community.

First is Gen. Paul Tarfa:

“I had the same Principal with General Buhari in person of Mr. West. We met in 1963 as cadets and we shared one thing–discipline, punctuality and purposefulness. Like him, I heard erroneously that I am a fanatical Christian. I don’t know if I am, but I am a Christian to the letter.

“I remember that Buhari used to say that following the tenets of Islam does not make one a fanatic.  If I read my bible before I sleep, does it make me a fanatical Christian?

“In addition to what has been said, I want to say that in 1984 when he was the head of state, I was posted to the Nigerian Army Ordnance Corps in Lagos from the Command and Staff College in Jaji. The Nigeria Defence Academy was on its way to becoming a degree awarding institution. I was in Lagos for only three months and there was a reshuffle, and I was asked to go back to Kaduna.

“I reported to him that I had just come here and so, let me stay here. He said no, in the first place, your posting to the Ordnance Corps is wrong. I want you to go to the Defence Academy because I want our future officers to take after your character. So, I took my wife and family and returned to Kaduna.

“On my first week in the academy, I blew what we called the tattoo. Tattoo means blowing horn at 12 midnight or after, to make sure you catch those who are not in their dormitory.  Before then, Gen. Buhari had heard that our cadets were sleeping in surrounding villages. Some were going to Zaria to come back early in the morning, looking sleepy and not concentrating.  When we blew the tattoo, everybody had to come out, even if you were sick and you had to be carried to the parade ground. When we counted, there were about 48 cadets absent that night. They were in the villages with prostitutes.

“I was with Prof. Ukpabi, who was then the Academy Provost. I said the number was too much for me to dismiss even though they were supposed to be dismissed.  Out of the 48 errant cadets, about 32 were from the North, and out of these 32, the majority were from the far North. In other words, they were Muslim cadets.  I flew to Lagos and met General Buhari and told him, ‘this is what you said we should do, but look at the number.’  Even though majority of them were Muslims, he said, ‘dismiss them all.’ I told him that the number was too much and that if I did that, our Muslim brothers in Kaduna would kill me. He said, ‘They won’t. If these people become officers, they will not be good for us. There was no such thing as this during our time. We will not have half-baked officers, whether they are Christians or Muslims. If they are not good, it does not matter. So, dismiss them all.’

“When I came back, Prof. Ukpabi and I decided to dismiss the very bad ones and keep the good ones. That was how we restored discipline in the academy.

“What I am trying to say is this. Where is the fanaticism here?  He didn’t say because they were Muslims, we should leave them.  This has been the character of General Buhari. If it is right, it is right.

“I am not trying to praise him, but to bring out the qualities in this man. A vote for General Buhari is a vote for change.  People are thinking whether it is a do or die. To him, it is Nigeria first and not Buhari first. So, I believe a vote for Buhari is a vote for change; change for good.”



… Still on Buhari and the Christian community


I felt so disappointed by the piece with the above title in Daily Sun of February 13, 2015 because Muhammadu Buhari is not the messiah this country has been waiting for. Jonathan is not a charismatic/revolutionary leader, but he has not shied from tackling the problems of this country as much as possible and has results to show. The question is, which leader has Nigeria so far had who was superb?

Buhari was Nigeria’s head of state and commander-in-chief from 1983-1985. Before then he was military governor of the then North Eastern State from 1975-1976. If he possesses the attributes of a charismatic/revolutionary leader, these were excellent opportunities for him to have etched himself in the hearts of the people. Is it now that he is 72 that his acts have become so right to lead Nigeria? Nigerians should not be hoodwinked to accept Buhari as the saviour who would fix the country, after falling below the mark when he was Head of State before. It is incorrect for Femi Adesina to state that ‘unfair fundamentalist’ label is what has three times deprived Buhari of winning at the polls. Rather, it is a combination of several potent factors, the summary of it being that he is unsuitable. A man who has failed election three times and still persists is a desperate man. Let’s forget the Abraham Lincoln example – that was a man of destiny, who was truly motivated by service.

GEJ is a silent performer whose administration has achieved major strides in developing many areas of our economy – transport, infrastructure, agriculture, education, power, petroleum etc. It is only those with foreclosed minds, who have further been brainwashed by opposition propaganda, who refuse to see these achievements.

I belong to the school   of thought that believes that religion should not be mixed with politics, in the strict sense. This is not to say that a politician should not be free to interact with religious leaders and congregations. Both GEJ and GMB are doing this and there is no problem at all with that. It is therefore mischievous for Adesina to insinuate and indeed discredit Jonathan’s interactions with the Christian community. Furthermore, he went on to conjecture what the reaction of the Christian community would be if Buhari went about visiting mosques. The Christian community has absolutely no reason to frown at Jonathan visiting churches or Buhari visiting mosques because they are at liberty to do so, as long as their purposes are kept wholesome.

Adesina said Rev Moses Iloh posed a question that he considered profound, namely: “Why can’t 80 million Christians raise one Buhari”? The Christian community would not raise a Buhari (a candidate for political power) for the good reason I have stated above, that religion should not be mixed with politics. Politics should be left at a secular level. Or are we to believe that it was the Muslims who raised Buhari and gave him the mandate for his candidacy? If so, then there is actually something to worry about. Christianity worth its salt will not purpose to draft a person for political contest. But there are certainly many competent, purpose-driven, sincere and incorruptible (anti-corruption) Christians who can lead this nation, just as there are Muslims. Such should present themselves in future when they are prepared and should not be drafted by any religion so as to keep our governance secular.

In another vein, Adesina states as though it was the Christian community alone that voted massively for Jonathan in 2011. His votes also came from a good proportion of Muslims, otherwise his margin of victory would not have been so wide, after all the population of Nigeria is approximately equally distributed between Christians and Muslims. This voting pattern will repeat itself notwithstanding the virulent opposition propaganda.

I agree that what Cardinal Okogie said, as quoted by Femi Adesina, is quite profound. We must indeed “rise to save Nigeria from the brink of irredeemable destruction.”

•Ekpe Ita is an Engineering Consultant.




Re: Amaechi’s treatise on Nigeria’s political map

APC is the new majority

Thanks for your delineation of a political map of Nigeria following from Mr. Chibuike Amechi’s treatise on the matter. The political map of Nigeria has changed principally from the merger of four large political parties to form the APC. From a static point of view in terms of number of states controlled by the parties, the PDP still has an upper hand, but when we capture the dynamic realignment of those yearning for change after the election, we would see that the change is in favour of the APC. The vote will be like 70% APC to 30% PDP. Any other ratio will reflect the hand of man, not the hand of God. Donald Ike,


The last time we had elections

The last election we had was in June 1993. Unfortunately, General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida (IBB) annulled it and the winner (MKO Abiola) was put behind bars, where he later died. The other exercises were selection (not election), though Nigerians went out to vote.

This election won’t solve our problems irrespective of who will be selected (sorry elected). We have been on the wrong way for a long time. We need to stop and change course – bring the nation together and chart a new course. Kingsley,


The God factor

What a masterpiece from our own one and only Femi Adesina. May God bless you for always saying the truth. We shall surely pop champagne.  Truly the current political map favours Gen. Muhammadu Buhari and he shall certainly win the election. I also believe totally in the God factor and that is why I will join you to sing, ‘who has the final say, Jehovah has the final say.’ May God bless Nigeria! Emmanuel O. Mbah, 08034474210.


Not boastful

When a man is honest, sincere, objective and God-conscious, he speaks like a prophet. This exactly fits Gov. Rotimi Amaechi. And it is for this main reason that God has saved him from his enemy’s traps.

Amaechi believes and shows that God is the final decider and arbiter, no matter the efforts invested by humans. He does not count on APC’s popularity and boast that they will in 2015. This is unlike the PDP who have boasted to remain in office for 60 years without the humble clause of ‘by the will of God.’ Muhammad Rabiu Ada, Gwagwalada, Abuja, 08035322484 /08054748244


Times no longer the same 

Certainly, the times are not the same again for President Goodluck Ebelemi Jonathan as they were in 2011. You can fool the people some of the time, but not all the time. Nigerians, especially the youths, are wiser now. They trusted Jonathan so much as younger contestant then, believing he had something good to offer the country in terms of quality leadership. But he is a huge disappointment. Security is near zero with insecurity and insurgency. In education, the teachers are still threatening strike. The financial sector is just a disease, seemingly incurable by the present regime. Is it the power sector? Ah!, full of excuses and rising electricity tariff regimes that are meant to stifle industrial growth, particularly in the southeast where the manufacturers are not only lamenting but groaning. The health sector is in a horrible state. So, with the total failure in all segments, it is not possible that Jonathan still enjoys the support he had before in 2011.

And I do not think that God wants him to continue, otherwise Buhari would not be having the kind of widespread and overwhelming support he has today. People simply want to make a bold statement that no one can fool them again with any form of sentiment, sophistry and semantics.

The times have certainly changed. Industrialists in the southeast are groaning, simply because of Jonathan’s policies in the power sector. And you think the Aba business community for instance will listen to any rubbish about supporting him again? No way! The change mood is sweeping, and could be consuming, with General Buhari as the catalyst for the change. Let us try Buhari. He gave us good leadership before and he will do it again, having been tested and trusted. Sir Abuchi Anueyiagu, independent veteran journalist/public affairs commentator,08080242128.  


Only God can give it to PDP

The greatest mistake PDP made was to let Amaechi join APC. PDP got it wrong, as you can’t go to war without your warriors. Where are the Obasanjos, the Amaechis, the Kwankwasos that helped PDP to win 2011 election? In fact only God can help PDP now. Mazi Ogbona, Abuja,, O8069165559


Flexible political map

Your analysis of Amaechi’s treatise is on point as usual. It’s a good thing we now have a flexible political map that flows from the ink of the mood of Nigerians. He who is affected by the political map at any point in time should not bank on the divine map, as the Supreme being may even be the artiste drawing the political map. Sylvester Ugwuanyi,


Jonathan is lesser evil

I will forever disagree with every page of your write up in defence of Muhammadu Buhari. In every ramification, between Jonathan and Buhari, Jonathan is a lesser evil. No human is without a weakness. Jonathan’s presidency is in the hands of God. No matter the weight of evil forces, God’s will must prevail. Skido Sylvester,


Is Amaechi John the Baptist?

Is Amaechi now a tool in God’s hand? Has he now turned into the ark of the ‘Nigerian covenant?’ These are questions I can hardly answer. Is he John the Baptist, to bear witness to the advent of Buhari in Aso Rock? Hmmm.

Anthony Emeghebo,, 08033927370


Not qualified

Can Amaechi win any election in today’s Rivers state? Forget about rented crowd, Amaechi is not qualified to make such postulation about our president. Uzor Angus-Okoro, Enugu


Let Buhari sanitise the system

I read you with smiles as usual. You stated it all why we need Buhari. These days, before vacancies in federal establishments are announced, employment slots for same vacancies are already given to politicians. When they are advertised, it’s to fulfil all righteousness. It’s bad enough for those without senator or minister fathers or uncles. Is this the country we dream to live? Certainly not! Let Buhari come and sanitise the system. Ode Idoko,


God will not let us down

If the powers that be allow free, fair and transparent elections, then the political map will change for good. But with the ways things are going, the desperation to hold on to power at all cost, it will take God’s miracle to effect the change we desire. I see a situation whereby the ruling party will attempt to scuttle the whole process in order to justify tenure extension. I believe God loves Nigeria and Nigerians, He will not let us down. Everything God does is good. Abdulwahid Amzat,


Those God uses

I read you like a ritual every Friday. From your articles, I perceive that the hand of the Lord is upon you. Please let the people know that God does not use a political leader because he bears a Christian name or belongs to an ethnic group.

Cyrus was a Persian king, not a Jew or Hebrew, and he did not belong to God’s chosen People but God referred to him as ‘my anointed, whose right hand I have upheld, to subdue nations (people) before him.’ (Isaiah 45v1).

God can anoint anyone to lead a nation, Christian or Muslim, as long as his ways pleases the Lord. Rotimi Akinyemi,, Lagos


Reality, not promises

No one fights a battle without a cause. A warmonger that fights for nothing is a fool. Amaechi is fighting for the oil well that was given back to the Bayelsa people, a decision backed by law during the Obasanjo administration. So his joining the APC is with the hope that with Buhari, he could get back the oil. Even in Cross River State, some oil wells were ceded to Aqua Ibom State, but Liyel Imoke is still loyal to his party.

It is only a fool that will rely on a cripple to win a 100 meters race. If I vote a Jonathan for the second time, it is because I have seen some things on ground. At least I can see the train, the power stations still undergoing activation, universities, housing, pensions, armed forces re-equipping, fight against terror, to mention but few. Therefore I refuse to vote for promises but reality. I must admit the fact that now we have political tolerance. If it were before, men like Amaechi would have been constant guest of the EFCC; but we thank God for the man we have on seat. Monye J Gold, National Co-ordinator, The Mass Movement for Responsible Leadership,, 0705 888 2573


Why millions love Buhari

Thank you for the write up, it is like good music to the ears. Mr President undoubtedly has had God’s favour upon him. But the ease of the super rich, and the quietness of the people who are waiting to show the president that they should not be taken for granted, is the reason for the adoption of GMB by millions of Nigerians, not minding the negative propaganda against his personality by PDP.

Except the equation of God swings in the direction of Mr President one more time, the remaining is history, irrespective of human efforts in returning GEJ to power. Dr Olayinka Oladosu,


Convinced already

At this stage, I think convincing Nigerians why they should vote for change is like trying to convert the pope. Unjoerated Onwukeme, Sir Abuchi Anueyiagu, Chief J.J Ibeka, Barr Ngozi Ogbomo, Sylvester Ugwuanyi, Dr. Olayinka Oladosu, Abdulwahid Amzat and millions of your parliamentarians have all made up their minds, likewise millions of dissenting Nigerians on voting for the man of change, General Muhammadu Buhari. What an elder sees sitting down, a young man cannot see standing up. Unjoerated Onwukeme,, Enugu


‘Prophet’ Amaechi 

This treatise on Nigeria’s political map by ‘Prophet’ Amaechi is not only a reality, but also an affirmation that the good God, whose ways are supreme, is ready to liberate us from the shackles of the oppressors. Ayo Moses, Ibadan


Pride goes before a fall 

The implosion of PDP brought smiles to sane minds.  It shocked me hollow when they arrogantly boasted that they would rule for 60 years.  Now, their days are numbered.  Pride goes before a fall.  Oscar Okhifo, Abuja 


Perfectly in order 

Rotimi Amaechi’s treatise on Nigeria’s political map is perfectly in order.  My only fear about the forthcoming election is; can the PDP cabal abdicate when Muhammadu Okechukwu Buhari wins?  I fear. Chief J. J. Ibeka, Lagos 


I’m a Catholic, but I love Buhari 

I do not belong to any party, but I love Buhari, especially for his honesty and uncompromising stance against corruption.  I’m a Catholic, we are praying fervently.  The God of hosts is with us. Fabian 


History will repeat itself

We shall see the map after March 28, not the one drawn by Amaechi.  In 1983, Shagari defeated the NPP coalition.  History will repeat itself. Chris Onwudiegwu Esq, Owerri


Not the fanatic I thought

I love the way you ended your column.  It finally tells me that you are not the fanatic I thought you were, but an unrepentant optimist that is ready to stand by his belief.  And for that, I doff my hat for you. Dave Egbele 

From me to Amaechi 

Governor Amaechi’s political cum algebraic arithmetic is 100% right for the chance of Buhari in the coming election.  But many Nigerians are uncomfortable with his statement that APC will form a parallel government if election is rigged.  The courts are there for redress. O.Z. Nwamadu, Umudioka Ancient Kingdom, Orlu, Imo State 


Am already singing 

Vox populi, vox Dei.  Which other divine equation are you looking for than the emergence of APC?  That makes two of us.  I am already singing Credo, and you know why. Son of Man, Lagos 


Right judgment 

You’ve judged the situation correctly.  There is a God in Heaven, the miracle worker who rules in all human affaires.  The church in Nigeria is praying. Tony 


Divine power 

Gov. Amaechi says only God can return Jonathan to power.  Thank God he knows there is divine power in Jonathan’s presidency. Emeka Aniakor, Jos 


How did we get here? 

The situation in which we have found ourselves as a country is so embarrassing.  How did we get here?  Another four years of clueless government will be the funeral of this great country. Ntachiobi Ikeri, Abuja 


The person I’ll vote for

I’m a Christian but I want good government for the country.  If it’s a Muslim, Bhuddist or herbalist that can give it, that is the person I’ll vote for.  As for me and my household, the cap fits Muhammadu Buhari.  Let’s shine our eyes. Osita Dozie 


The map doesn’t matter 

The spiritual controls the physical.  It does not matter what the political map of Nigeria looks like, if the matter is settled in the spiritual world, Jonathan would win.  The truth is that God has favoured Jonathan to win this election.

Pastor Tony 


Diminishing returns 

PDP has reached a point of diminishing returns, so nemesis has caught up with them. Egwim Ifeanyichukwu, Aba 


Just on point 

Thanks for your insight on the current electoral map.  Just on point!  You made my day. Tairu Momoh, Anyigba, Kogi State 


My victory party 

I will invite you to a victory party when the result of the election is announced in favour of Jonathan. Ichie Emma Ezeh, FCE, Eha-Amufu 


Only God can stop him 

If Buhari can win more than 12 million votes in 2011 with a new regional party, nothing can stop him now, except God’s equation. Uzor Anuforo, ASPAMDA, Lagos 


Voice of the people

Kudos for your courageous piece on Buhari!  It will definitely put all his enemies to shame.  The voice of the people is the voice of God. Somnazu Francis, Asaba 


The right man 

You are right on Gen. Buhari.  He is the right man for the job.  The whole world has testified that he is not corrupt, and he is competent to lead the country.  The political map has changed, and Nigerians want change too.

Chris, Warri, 08167125518


Love him to the core 

All those accusations against Muhammadu Okechukwu Segun Buhari are hogwash, and Tales from Arabian Nights.  They are only popularising him more and more.  I love Buhari to the core. Okeke Eleodichukwu Emmanuel, Onitsha 


Buhari and Rochas 

We need good hospitals, good roads, monorails.  Our economy is only working on pages of newspapers.  God bless Buhari.  God bless Rochas.

Alex Ogwo 

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Amaechi’s treatise on Nigeria’s political map Fri, 20 Feb 2015 00:24:53 +0000 The first time he spoke about it late last year, I pondered deeply on it. And when he made reference to it again last weekend, I felt the time was ripe to do an appraisal of it. So, let’s go.]]>

The first time he spoke about it late last year, I pondered deeply on it.  And when he made reference to it again last weekend, I felt the time was ripe to do an appraisal of it. So, let’s go.

Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, Rivers State governor and Director-General of the campaign of All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Gen Muhammadu Buhari, says the current political map of the country does not favour the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan.  These were his words late last year:

“The current political map in the country does not favour President Jonathan’s re-election bid, unlike what happened in 2011 when he had the support of the majority of the country, and there was unity in PDP.

“Before, the President had South-south 100 percent, but now there is problem for PDP in Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Bayelsa and Delta states.  It wasn’t like that before.  By this time, PDP ought to be dancing, but they are not.  Everywhere, it appears there is trouble.  There is problem within PDP in Enugu, Ebonyi, and Abia states.  So, it is no longer the same.  The electoral map appears to have changed.”

There is a lot of truth in what we can call Amaechi’s treatise.  Yes, the political map of the country has changed, and it makes next month’s presidential race very unpredictable. The only thing certain about the election is the uncertainty of who will win.  Since PDP got to power in 1999, before any other election, you always knew they would win, by hook or crook.  The strength of the opposition was never enough to torpedo the party, which made it begin to boast that it would rule us for a minimum of 60 years.  And the PDP appeared to mean it.  Till the APC burst on the scene in 2013, and powerfully too!

Hear Amaechi further expand his postulation last week, saying the equation that put Jonathan in power in 2011 was no longer in place. He submitted: “The only equation I can’t account for is that of God.  If God puts him back in power, glory be to Him, but if you take away the equation of God, the rest has changed.”

Food for thought!  If you take away the equation of God, the rest has changed. Very profound!  So, it means we have two equations to consider: the equation of man, as represented by the current political map, and then the equation of God.  Let’s go again.

To become President in Nigeria, you need to build a coalition that is bigger than that of your opponents.  Fortuitously, God has structured this uneasy amalgamation called Nigeria in a way that no single part of the country can win the presidency on its own steam.  Our constitution has further reinforced it, prescribing not only majority of popular votes, but also a national spread, before anybody can become President in a democracy.

In 2011, Jonathan built a bigger coalition, which resulted in about 22 million votes (don’t mind the electoral shenanigans in some parts of the country).  He garnered the votes from Southwest, South-south, Southeast, North-central, and only needed 25 per cent in certain states of Northwest and Northeast.  Muhammadu Buhari, running on the platform of the then newly formed Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), got about 12 million votes.

What emerged after the 2011 election was described by a northern state governor in a conversation I had with him as “this ugly map of Nigeria.” Truly, the country was neatly divided into two, with the larger portion downward, and the smaller in the upper part. Jonathan lost in all far northern states, and except for Osun State, he won in all the southern states.  Nigeria was neatly polarized, and the south was effectively pitched against what is usually called the core or far North.

But now, the electoral map is radically different.  It has been dramatically re-drawn in the last four years.  What do we currently have?

I have always maintained that Nigeria needed a rainbow coalition of political parties, and a coalition of the people, if it was ever going to dislodge the PDP from its stranglehold on power.  Despite the strides the new CPC was taking in 2011, I said it needed an alliance with the then Action Congress of Nigeria, if it wanted victory.  It did not happen.  But when APC emerged out of Action Congress of Nigeria, CPC, All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), and a splinter of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), I knew the goose of PDP was gradually being cooked.  Now, in general elections by the corner, anything can happen.

How did the PDP and Jonathan blow it?  How did they make a mess of eating an egg? Insecurity in the land, with bombs going off daily like firecrackers!  Abduction of the Chibok girls, and government’s treatment of the matter with initial levity!  Spiralling corruption, and allegations of graft, with nothing done to the alleged culprits! Mass unemployment, with over 40 million youths, most of them university graduates, not having anything to do!  Weak leadership, with the President perceived as having flabby biceps!  Serious rift within PDP, with five governors decamping in one day, and now Olusegun Obasanjo, a former two-term president quitting the party and getting his membership card torn in public!  Promises not kept.  I will do only one term.  Now the President struggles tooth and nail for another term!  I will fix electricity!  The only thing fixed is darkness.  I will do this, I will do that!  They all remained in the realm of promises and intentions.

Then came APC like a thundering typhoon, with Muhammadu Buhari as presidential candidate, after a very transparent primary election.  The same could not be said of the PDP, where all dissent was stifled, and Jonathan was rammed down the throats of the party members.  While democracy was burgeoning in APC, it was declining badly in PDP.  Nigerians saw it, and took judicial notice.  And how does the political map look today?  Northwest and Northeast are in the bag for APC.  The party may share North-central with PDP, and most likely win a chunk of Southwest.  Even Ekiti and Ondo states, that are governed by PDP will see the APC recording large number of votes for its presidential candidate, if the rallies held in those states are anything to go by.  And the South-south, which Jonathan had wholesale in 2011, is splintered.  PDP cannot guarantee victory in Edo, Rivers and Akwa Ibom states, as the challenges there are very strong.  In Southeast, Jonathan will win good votes, except maybe in Imo.  With this scenario, how then can the PDP win? Dicey.  The political map is redrawn, and Amaechi is completely right.  Things are not looking good for President Jonathan, except the miraculous happens.

Then to the second variable:  “The only equation I can’t account for is that of God.  If God puts him (Jonathan) back in power, glory to Him, but if you take away the equation of God, the rest has changed,” says Amaechi.

I believe implicitly in the sovereignty of God.  He sits in Heaven and the earth is His footstool. In sovereignty, He rules in the affairs of men.  Heaven is His throne, and the clouds of the sky are the dust of His feet.  He rides the waves of the ocean like a horse, and He is a man of war.  He does everything according to His perfect counsel, and His ways are not our ways.  Kabiyesi ooooooo…

Without rigging or electoral foul play, only God can return Jonathan to power for another term.  And if He does that, like Amaechi has said, “glory to Him.”  What can anybody do about it?  But the truth again is, if you take away the equation of God, the rest has changed in the country. The political map does not favour the sitting President, in a free and fair exercise.

Vox populi, Vox Dei.  The voice of men is the voice of God.  A large chunk of Nigerians want security in our country.  They want accountability of public funds.  They want a strong leader, who can build strong institutions.   They want a leader we can trust, who will not divide us with religion, and pander to other primordial fault lines.  They want a leader they can trust, a man who will not take them for granted.  For me, Muhammadu Buhari is that man.  Am I right?  Maybe.  But I could also be wrong.  The elections will show. Political map and divine equation are not necessarily in opposition to each other.  In fact, the two may actually mesh, and make victory a landslide.  But also, no matter how overwhelming a political map is, if the divine equation is against it, then no upset can be recorded.

Former American Ambassador to Nigeria, John Campbell, says: “Despite the strength of the opposition, Jonathan remains the likely – but not certain – winner.” Yes, the only thing certain is the uncertainty of who wins the election.

The momentum behind Buhari and the APC is quite strong, and no doubt, PDP is running scared.  That momentum may yet give us new leadership by May 29.  I’ll then pop champagne, and do a waltz.  But should it go the other way, I’ll simply raise my hands, and give the glory to God who does things according to His own will.  I’ll then sing:

“Who has the final say?

Jehovah has the final say.  

Jehovah turns my life around,

Jehovah turns my life around

He makes a way, where there’s no way

Jehovah has the final say.”

Whichever way it goes, Nigeria would remain our own dear native land. Though tribes and tongues may differ, in brotherhood we stand.


Re: Buhari and the Christian community 


A rare phenomenon

It is true as Rev. Iloh posited that Nigerian Christians have not produced a Buhari. Nigerian Christians have not produced a Buhari at the presidential level but we have produced an Osinbajo at the Vice Presidential level. Prof. Osinbajo is a man of great integrity.

He graduated a lawyer at 21 and built his house at 51, a whole 30 years of making legitimate earnings as a lawyer. He was Attorney General of Lagos State for eight years during which time he signed all the certificates of occupancy for the myriad of house owners in Lagos. This could have turned him into a billionaire if he collected money from the people but he collected none and has no ambition to collect any illegitimate money in future.

The able hands of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu brought him out to the public. Osinbajo, as Vice president in waiting, will complement fully General Buhari as the winning president.

Our sitting president has been hopping from one Pentecostal crowd to the other. As Archbishop Chukwuma of Enugu has shown, he (the president) has alienated the orthodox churches who would protest by denying him their votes. A man with many spiritual crowds may risk losing all. Prof. Donald Nnaemeka Ike,, Caleb University, Lagos, Nigeria


My greatest fear 

I have said it times without number.  If it was Buhari that went to Mecca and Medina, and maybe visited Ayatollah of Iran, just like Jonathan went to Jerusalem and other places of Christian faith, the nation would have been in tremor, with shouts of Islamisation.  My greatest fear is not about the forthcoming election, but how the present government has elevated religious and ethnic sentiments against the country. Chief J. J. Ibeka, Lagos 


Very disturbing 

I took time to read and ponder on the points raised in your article.  Sincerely, I find it very disturbing the way President Jonathan has been taking undue advantage of the pulpit to deliver political jobs at his opponents.  The allegation of N6 billion bribe offered to some Pentecostal pastors credited to Gov Rotimi Amaechi should also be investigated to unravel the truth.  The whole political terrain is getting messier by the day. Gbemiga Olakunle JP, Gen Sec, National Prayer Movement 


Bubble set to burst 

Sixty years they boasted they would rule Nigeria, but in less than 16 years, the bubble is set to burst right in their faces.  I am not partisan, but seriously mobilising 10,000 votes for Buhari in Lagos, Onitsha, and 100% in my hometown, at my own cost.  I am a Christian, but nation building is not about religion.  Dr Okeychukwu 


Even if it’s a herbalist… 

Is Christianity or Islamic background criterion to be a good leader?  All we need now is a leader that will end corruption, insecurity and other vices.  Even if he is a herbalist or Indian trained adahunse, we are ready to vote for him. Ayo Moses, Ibadan 


Don’t crucify him 

There is nothing unusual about a Christian, Muslim, Pastor or Alfa, supporting any presidential candidate, because it is his inalienable right.  He also has a right of expression, as long as it is not defamatory.  So, why crucify Jonathan for asking for prayers from as many churches as he chooses to visit? Lai Ashadele, Lagos 


We now understand

We thank God for people like you who tell Nigerians to stop playing politics with religion and ethnic sentiment.  The people now understand.  Thanks for the good job. Alhaji Danladi Yaro, Sabo, Ibadan 


The change we need 

Let them make noise.  Let them even say he was the one that caused Biafran war.  Let them also say he would turn Igbo land to Gaza, as Israel did.  The truth I know is that Buhari is the only honest Nigerian I have seen in my life.  Obinna Ukaeze, filmmaker 


Why I support Buhari 

It is a shameless government that will be in power for almost a decade and still have the effrontery to accuse failure of past regimes (some 30 years ago) as the reason for its own present incompetence.

What is actually working in Nigeria today? From high quarters, we are deceived to believe ours is the best economy in the whole region, yet there is growing hunger, unemployment, melancholy, alienation and other tales of sorrow all over the land.

My staunch and unshakable support for Buhari is borne out of the fact that (1) your president does not have the will or the ability and courage to face the problems of Nigeria and (2) Buhari is a foremost nationalist with a burning desire to lift this nation up. The wool over people’s eyes about Buhari being bloodthirsty, a jihadist, wicked etc, is over.

As for the clowns, court jesters and other parasites who chorus the nauseating refrain of support for perpetuation of the status quo, they are looking for what to eat. Staunch support for Buhari is beyond election victory or loss. It is support for a cause, for principles, for a greater Nigeria.

The literary icon, the late Prof. Chinua Achebe did not support PRP in the 2nd Republic because of victory at polls. With the armada called the NPN all over the place, like today’s PDP, Aminu Kano’s PRP stood no chance at all. Achebe knew. But the highly principled man he was, he rooted for PRP. We will without looking back back Buhari anyday. Joseph Okolo, 08057452745


Bigotry, a disease 

If all the Christians in Nigeria watch and see God descend and hand the key to the progress of Nigeria to Buhari, many of them won’t still vote for him.  Religious bigotry is a disease that beclouds one’s sense of objectivity. Barrister N. J. Ogbomo


Those who can think 

This article is another masterpiece.  Those who have sense of thinking would understand and treasure your words of wisdom.  Only fools won’t value and appreciate what you are doing for our fatherland. Mafe A. J.


Let Buhari be  

When someone hates you, no matter how good you are, the person will not speak good about you. So it is with General Muhammadu Buhari (GMB) in the minds of certain individuals that have bought hook, line and sinker the garbage of religious bigotry being unjustly heaped upon him by certain elements in the country. But let me say it clearly again that Buhari is not a religious bigot, as there is no evidence against him to that effect. Politics of hate and sadism is what they practice in Nigeria today, simply because of the desperation to cling on to power.

Certain people are deliberately rubbing GMB with coal tar to destroy his personality and cheaply achieve their political purpose. I had thought that the campaigns should have been based on integrity, honour, good character and the competence to provide good governance that Nigerians have been yearning for. It is a common saying that the hood does not make the monk. That one is a member of the Catholic Church, for instance, does not imply that the person is a good Catholic faithful or of good character and reliable. In the same vein, that one is a Muslim should not mean that he is a person of good and responsible behaviour or should be labelled a bigot without proof.

People call the dog a bad name in order to hang it.  That is the fate of Buhari today in the hands of his detractors. But I tell you, if God has destined that General Muhammadu Buhari will become Nigeria’s next President, nothing will ever stop him, hence people should rather allow things to take their natural course.

Aside, but still relevant to the issue of the moment, why is it that the Geometric Power Plant built by Prof. Bart Nnaji at Aba, Abia State, has not been commissioned by the Federal Government since the completion of the project in 2013? Mr. President should have the zeal to put that plant on, since Prof Nnaji borrowed heavily to finance the project in answer to the clarion call of his people. It is said that the southeast zone if provided with the enabling environment is the potential industrial hub of the country to compete with the industrial Southeast Asia. When will the Prof Nnaji power plant be commissioned? Or has the personal business interest of certain very powerful individuals taken its toll on the power plant? Sir Abuchi Anueyiagu, Independent veteran journalist/Public Affairs Commentator, 08080242128.


Fake pastors 

Buhari was given a bible.  The pastors have shown that they are fake because no imam can give a Christian leader Quran as gift. Engr Ernest Nweze, Kaduna 


We have decided 

We Christians and Muslims in Nigeria have decided to continue with Jonathan for the next four years. Ojobo 


Why haven’t we raised one Buhari?

Thank you for your article. The best question for our brethren and ‘fathers in the Lord’ is: “why haven’t we Christians raised one Buhari?” As for me, I will not only sensitise but will also ‘supervise’ my friends and family members to vote for Buhari, and I will be humble enough to also take responsibility if he fails us. Dr. Bayo Asolo,, United Kingdom


Tears and hope

I read your column weekly with tears and hope for this country. Tears,

because of what our country is becoming daily, and hope because with people like you, the future is bright. It pricks my heart when Christianity is merchandized for profit by leaders when our beloved country wallows in the abyss of corruption. Ogabo Adah,, Gboko, Benue State


‘March’ for Buhari

The bible says when the righteous is in power, the people rejoice. The Good Book did not say when a Christian is in power! For the past five years, under Jonathan’s government, have Nigerians been rejoicing or regretting and mourning? Buhari is the symbol of change, having been tested, and trusted. I believe no matter how evil flourishes, the truth will surely overtake it one day and that day is now 28 March 2015! Rabiu Muhammad,


No business in politics

This is a wonderful piece as usual, not because it is in support of GMB, but salient truths are brought up. I was just wondering why an ass (donkey), was given an insight by God to see the angel carrying the sword of fire, while the prophet Balaam was so blind and couldn’t see beyond his nose. This story is found in Numbers 22.

The antecedent of this story was the greed of the prophet who for the love of gifts offered by a wicked king (Balak) agreed to curse the children of Israel. If God could use the donkey to checkmate the owner by a wonderful incidence of the donkey speaking with human voice, then if it pleases God, He could raise up Buhari to correct the ills of the nation.

The church has no business in direct involvement with politics. Jesus would have been involved in the politics of his nation, but he made it plain that his kingdom was not of this world. The church is to occupy by winning souls of men and women for Christ. Dr Olayinka Oladosu,


A spiritual thing

Let me start by congratulating Rev. Moses Iloh. I met him at a function long time ago during the time of Chief Obasanjo. I can’t believe that he has clocked 85 years. He does not look his age.

My support for Brother Jonathan is simply because he is a member of the body of Christ. He humbles himself before God by kneeling down for prayers, not like others that could hardly get up from their seat because of arrogance.

As for Gen. Buhari islamising Nigeria, it is a spiritual thing that only the Christian community can explain, it will be difficult for non-initiates to understand. Monye J Gold,, National Coordinator, The Mass Movement for Responsible Leadership,  07058882573


What matters most

Nigerians know what they really want in a leader and they have found one in Buhari. The religion he professes is immaterial, neither is his tribe or geopolitical zone. What is important to us is how to defeat the twin monsters called corruption and impunity. Abdulwahid Amzat,


Okogie said it all

Thank you for your article. I hope the Christian community reads between the lines to know what the nation needs at this hour. Cardinal Okogie said it all: “All must rise to save Nigeria from the brink of irredeemable destruction.  This is the time we must play politics of the best, for the best position, in order to guarantee the best for our nation.” Edet Godwin N,


I’ve made up my mind

What does it profit Nigerian Christians if someone who professes Christianity is in authority and corruption is getting worse and people are suffering? Is it not denigration of Christian faith or rather crucifying Christ the second time? It is rather appalling that out of 80 million Christians in Nigeria we could not produce a man of Buhari’s pedigree that would confront this pernicious monster called corruption. I have made up my mind, just like many Christians, to vote for that man that I am convinced will kill corruption in Nigeria.  Dr Duru Ugbor,


It won’t happen

Nobody can Islamise/Christianise Nigeria as things are today. ‘Smart’ General Babangida (rtd) registered Nigeria in O.I.C. But that is where it ended. Gen. Buhari (rtd) during his brief rule did not do anything to promote Islam, using his position. Same Buhari is seeking to be president of Nigeria. If he wins, he cannot Islamise Nigeria because he must send a Bill to Parliament. But we all know it will never be passed. Buhari is no threat to Christianity. O.N. Chukwukere, Abuja,


Sketched in his heart

As a Christian, my joy is that the 28th of next month is a day Nigerians must make a decision between staying down with PDP, or rising up with APC. I trust Buhari, not because he’s a saint, but because the true picture of the Nigeria I have hoped for is sketched in his heart. Anthony Emeghebo,, 08033927370


A run for their money

General Muhammadu Ikechukwu Buhari, the Ogbu Agu 1 of Igbo land, is the next President of Nigeria. Even if they like, let them visit Vatican city, Buhari is our choice. In Buhari we trust. PDP has failed Nigerians and we will give them a run of their money with our votes. Mazi Ogbona, Abuja. 08069165559


A clean slate

The level of corruption we are witnessing now is carryover from the day Nigeria became independent. Buhari is not the saviour we need, not even Jonathan, for we have seen his capability. We need a clean slate from a new breed. Collins Onyeulo, Publisher Igbolife magazine,


Me and my household

I read your article like Baba wa ti nbe lorun (The Lord’s Prayer) every Friday. If anybody likes, he can visit anywhere, Buhari is the man. I have been very strong supporter of the General since 1983, and since 2003, I have always voted for him. For me and my household in 2015, Buhari is it!  Sola Fakeye,

•To be continued

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Buhari and the Christian community Thu, 12 Feb 2015 23:49:04 +0000 Congratulations are in order as one of the fathers of the Christian faith in Nigeria turns 85 years old today. Rev. Moses Iloh, the General Overseer of Soul Winning Chapel, Ebute-Meta, Lagos, is not only an accomplished sportsman, but also a preacher of righteousness, probity and accountability.]]>

Congratulations are in order as one of the fathers of the Christian faith in Nigeria turns 85 years old today.  Rev. Moses Iloh, the General Overseer of Soul Winning Chapel, Ebute-Meta, Lagos, is not only an accomplished sportsman, but also a preacher of righteousness, probity and accountability.

The Christian community in Nigeria has been polarized right down the middle by the politics of 2015 elections, and who to vote for, and not vote for.  The principal bodies, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), and Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), are not out of the fray.  In fact, they are deeply steeped in the politics of subtle and direct endorsements, going by the pronouncements and body language of the key officials.

Rev Iloh’s position is clear.  He believes that corruption is a major problem in the country, and before Nigeria can realize her potentials, the evil must be tamed.  Who does he believe can do it?  Hear him, in a recent interview with Sunday Sun:

“What Nigeria needs is the taming of corruption and this country would become like Garden of Eden or Canaan.  All we need is to tame corruption, there is corruption in every facet of the Nigerian polity and the most urgent thing is to tame it.  We have been praying and not doing anything; then God selected a Muslim, who has a very severe commitment to tame corruption.  He is not a Christian, but God has seen his inside.  God sees the innermost of men’s hearts and He sees that this man has an aversion for corruption, he wants to deal with corruption, then he chooses Buhari to go and be president for four years to tame corruption.”

It was at that point in the interview that Rev Iloh threw a bombshell, which I think should be food for thought to all Christians: “Why can’t Christians raise a Buhari?  Why can’t Christians raise someone who comes up bold and we can identify him as being anti-corruption?  And we say to him, we beg you, we are sending you; we don’t need your money.  We will send you there, we will vote for you, we will give you the money, we will give you the crowd, we will give you the support, and we will give you the prayer.  Why can’t 80 million people raise one Buhari?”

Deep.  Profound.  Food for thought!  Those statements from Rev Iloh sent me into deep introspection.  If it’s all about religion and the sentiment that goes with it, why can’t Christians raise their own Buhari?  Why have we not been able to identify one Christian in public life, who has deep aversion to corruption as Buhari does, and then queue behind him?  Why?  Why?  The answer blows in the wind.

Last Friday night, President Goodluck Jonathan was at the Holy Ghost Service of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) at the Redemption Camp, along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.  By Saturday evening, he was at the Lord’s Chosen Charismatic Church, along Apapa-Oshodi Expressway, in Lagos.  A fortnight earlier, he had been at the Living Faith Church, popularly known as Winners Chapel, in Ota, Ogun State.  All these churches are known for their mega status, with membership running into many millions.

In an election season, it is not difficult to understand what is happening.  At every stop, President Jonathan says he’s not there to campaign, that he’s only around to greet the church members, and ask for their prayers for Nigeria.

Believe that, and you’ll believe anything.  This is campaign, pure and simple.  Right within the church, which the Good Book calls “the ground and pillar of truth.”  Partisan politics is well and alive in the tabernacle, to the point that Rivers State governor, Rotimi Amaechi, says some preachers of the Pentecostal stock have received a bribe of N6 billion to sell the Jonathan candidacy to their congregations, and run down Buhari.  Shocking!

Gen. Muhammadu Buhari is a Muslim, and a very committed one at that.  And he has been slapped with the label of ‘fundamentalist,’ a bigot, who would Islamize the country if voted into office.  The unfair label had worked against him in his previous three bids to be president.

Now, imagine this scenario: Buhari is seen at a mosque of the Sunnis today, and at another one of the Shiites tomorrow, and next day with the Ahmadiyya movement.  Yet another day, he is with the Hanafi, the coming week, he is found with the Maliki, Shafii, Hambali or Zahiri, what do you think would happen? Deafening uproar in the country!  Islamization!  We said it!  Sharia!  We are all dead o!  He’s going to conscript us all into the Muslim religion.  He’s sectional, a jihadist! He is hopping from one Islamic group to the other, plotting against us!  But when a supposedly Christian leader does his church-hopping, the Christian community keeps quiet. Yet, there shouldn’t be different standards of morality for different people.  It would not only be unfair, but insular.  Parochial and prejudiced!

In 2011, the Christian community voted massively for Jonathan because they believed that he was one of their own.  Not even when Buhari ran with a Pentecostal preacher, Pastor Tunde Bakare of the Latter Rain Assembly.  This time round, the realities seem to have changed.  Buhari is running with another pastor, Professor Yemi Osinbajo of the RCCG.  And the sentiments are not the same as in 2011.  After six years of Jonathan, Nigerians have seen what he can do, and what he cannot do, and the Christians, in the local lingo, are “shining their eyes well well.”  Yes, sentiment is still there, fuelled by some key members of CAN and PFN, but it will not likely be a wholesale adoption of Jonathan as in 2011.

I have followed the life and ministry of Rev Iloh for many decades.  He is not just a supporter of Buhari today, but has been for many years.  He is an apostle of righteousness and uprightness, and he knows that God can use anybody to fulfil His purpose on earth.  And Pa Iloh is also grounded in the Holy Scriptures, and knows that God often uses the most unlikely people to achieve His purpose.  Wasn’t even Jesus linked in genealogy to Rahab the harlot?  Did God not empower Cyrus the Great, to establish the Persian Empire?  Was Cyrus a Jew?  No.  Yet, he respected the customs and religions of the lands he conquered, and the Jews even referred to him as a redeemer, the only non-Jew to be called so.  God, through the prophet Isaiah, said of Cyrus: “He is my shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasure.” (Isaiah 44:28).  So, who is that person still saying it is only a Christian that God can use to redeem a land?  Tell it to the marines!

What really does God look for in leadership?  We get a glimpse from what Jethro, the father-in-law of Moses told him in Exodus 18 verse 21: “But select capable men from all the people – men who fear God; trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain – and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens.”

Simple.  For leadership, you need fear of God, trustworthiness, and hatred of corruption (dishonest gain).  That is why Daddy Iloh loves Buhari, that is why I love him, and that is why millions of other people, Christians and non-Christians love him. To think only someone who goes by the appellation of Christian can be used by God is blinkered, narrow minded and bigoted.

I am glad that from within and outside the country, Christian preachers speak up for Buhari now, though they pay a heavy price for it.  Ask Pastor Sunday Adelaja, the Nigerian who runs the largest church in Ukraine what Buhari-phobics did to him online, after that one expressed his support for the former military ruler. They virtually opened fire on him.  Ask also Father Ejike Mbaka of the Catholic Church, and many others.  But all the attacks do not change the truth. “Truth, like cork, cannot sink.  It cannot be sunk.  It always floats.”  (Prof Tam David-West).

At a meeting with Catholic bishops on Wednesday in Abuja, Buhari said if elected president, he would “not condone any initiative that seeks to promote one religion over the other.”  That is the spirit!  And I have no fear that anybody can Islamize Nigeria, neither can anybody Christianize the country.  It will not happen.  God did not make a mistake when He made us a country of diverse religions, and nobody will change it.  The bogey of somebody coming to impose his religion on the country has run out of steam.  It will no longer fly.  The bugaboo has fully run its course, and honest Nigerians won’t be deceived again.  Those who have prepared hate speeches in audio, video, and leaflets, which they are currently circulating, are simply beating a dead horse.  Sheer waste of energy.

I hear of the N6 billion bribe, allegedly given to preachers, and I feel sad.  It may be true, it may not be true, but such is what the Good Book says “must not be once named among you, as becometh saints.” Sad.  Painful.

Former Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Anthony Cardinal Okogie, recently enunciated what the position of Nigerians should be at a time like this, while speaking at the 11th edition of the Gani Fawehinmi Annual Lecture/Symposium.  It just reflects my opinion:

“There is extra urgency to rescue Nigeria.  This is the time when every right thinking Nigerian must pray to hate the present situation strong enough so as to desire the fortitude to act right.

“This time does not allow for indifference.  All must rise to save Nigeria from the brink of irredeemable destruction.  This is the time we must play politics of the best, for the best position, in order to guarantee the best for our nation.



Re: 2015 polls and positive anger

My father’s testimony 

My father worked with Gen Buhari when he was the G.O.C of 3rd Division of the Nigerian Army.  He told us that Buhari so much believed in the welfare of his staff, and ate what the junior ranks did.  He stopped the diversion of allowances by clerks, warning them not to try it anymore.

Omalaji S., Lagos 


Change will come 

Edwin Clark and his compatriots are making threatening comments, and they say they are campaigning for Jonathan.  They are the problems of this government, and by the grace of God, change will come to this country.  Our children will not forgive us if we don’t act now. Kingsley Ezikeoha 


Not the messiah 

Angry or not, Buhari does not have what it takes to be our messiah.  He is surrounded by corrupt people.  Where do we go from here?  Amadi Kalu, 08033596567 


It’s about our country 

Read and confirm from Ambassador Ignatius Olisemeka, former Minister of Foreign Affairs, on his experience with Buhari, and what Nigerians stand to benefit. A. J. Khalid, Lafia, Nasarawa State 


Let’s do it 

We must carry our positive anger and vote out bad leaders.  Buhari is the answer.  Let’s vote for change.  I’ve got my PVC. Cele, Abakaliki 


We’ve decided 

Let PDP and those who support corruption bring more documentaries.  Majority of Nigerians have decided. Collins 


God will remember us 

I’ll vote for Buhari because Jonathan and the PDP have failed Nigerians, especially the youths.  God has ordained it.  Sixteen years is enough to bring transformation if you are sincere.  God will remember Nigeria through Buhari. Comrade Arthur Madumere 


Our corporate existence 

May all Nigerians turn their anger into a positive and holy one, so that the corporate existence of Nigeria will no longer be a subject for debate.

O. Z. Nwamadu, Umudioka Ancient Kingdom, Orlu, Imo State 


I recall Buhari days 

I can still vividly recall an incident that happened during my university days in Benin.  In the course of assisting my cousin in his business, I was arrested alongside others by WAI operatives for contravening sanitation laws.  We were taken to a Magistrate’s Court for arraignment.  After a long wait for the Magistrate, information came to us that he is facing trial before another Magistrate for wrong parking.  With Buhari, no criminal will be allowed to go free. Barrister Ngozi Ogbomor 


Why I wept

I was shedding tears for this great country when I was reading your piece.  They should know that a lot of people are dying daily of hunger, joblessness, avoidable and excruciating poverty and lack of medical facilities.  Why are they afraid of Buhari?  It’s just a matter of time.  The faithful God is set to liberate us. Ayo Moses, Ibadan 


Angrier than Buhari 

Many Nigerians are even angrier than Gen Buhari is.  Many did not like Buhari before, because of his military background, and our recent experience with Obasanjo.  Now, because of the blunders of this government, people do not just like Buhari, they love him.  Who knows, maybe God Himself is angry the way Nigerians are needlessly suffering and dying.  Vote we must. Dr Wilson, Ikoyi, Lagos 


Righteous anger 

The President and PDP are only afraid of the ballot.  But the more they leave the messy issues they have plunged this nation into, the more they endear people to the Buhari persona.  All we are waiting for is righteous anger that will change this country. Charles Otu, Abakaliki 


Very well said! 

“Who is that person not angry at the condition of Nigeria, and I’ll show you somebody who has been benefiting from the rotten system.”  Very well said, my brother! Ibrahim Bala, Lagos 


Next president 

Gen Buhari is our next president.  The people talking rubbish about him are the main problems we are facing as a nation.  The game is up. Chief J. J. Ibeka, Lagos 


I’m floating 

I am one of the floating voters who have not made up their minds on who to vote for.  They must come to the debate ground to tell us what they have in store for us. Ikechukwu Okonkwo, Onitsha 


Let’s wait and see 

What are Buhari’s antecedents?  Do you think under him, you will enjoy the freedom of expression you enjoy today?  Let’s wait and see. Osagie, 08033466899 


Short of words 

I am simply short of words to explain my feelings, I will only say, God shall keep, bless and prosper you, and all that’s yours.  May He grant you the grace to continue in the path of justice and righteousness. Barrister Chukwuma Onyezubelu 


Very welcome 

For me, anger is welcome now.  I need a man who will get angry at the pitiable status quo ante.  The time to repackage and re-focus Nigeria is now. Oscar Okhifo, Abuja 



Thank you for defending a profession that is sinking under the hate brook of some television stations.  Keep the good work.  Bravo!  Isaac, Kogi State 


The imminent light of God 

One thing is sacrosanct.  Whenever light appears, darkness finds it totally incomprehensible.  For sure, all the mischief makers and forces of darkness who abhor honest leaders/leadership in this country will soon have to contend with the imminent light of God about to shine over Nigeria.  Our destiny will soon change.  People will show their anger positively. Pastor Kayode Alabi, Lagos 


If I were President Jonathan…

It is only an undiscerning observer or one who wouldn’t want to tell the truth about the current situation of things in Nigeria today that does not feel the total discontent among Nigerians at the failure to provide good governance, security, and improvement of the general well being of the people. The government claims it has provided millions of jobs, yet the population of unemployed and despondent youths is and startling. They make claims of improving the social amenities, yet the correct situation about the claimed reactivation of railway transport is a far cry from what is claimed. So is the claim about federal roads rehabilitation or construction. Of course, the much-vaunted second Niger Bridge, which has rather become an object of insulting the intelligence of ndi Igbo, is a fluke. Is it the national economy that is better? Of course, talking about the state of security is just irritable.

Frankly, if I were the President Jonathan I will honourably opt out of contesting in the coming election because of the failure of his economic team in managing the country’s economy well. The power supply state now is worse than the situation few months ago. Nothing to write home about! As Sonala Olumhense said in his Sunday column, “Unless you are wearing damaged ethnic or regional blinkers, the only reason for any passionate support of Jonathan is because he upholds a lootocracy to which you belong.  There is nothing about his public voyage that fills a normal man with anything but contempt.”

If I were Mr. President who said in 2011 he was not going to run in 2015, and that whatever one could not do in four years the person would never be able to do in 100 years, I will keep my word, honour and integrity and pull out from running in this 2015 presidential election. Sir Abuchi Anueyiagu, Independent veteran journalist/Public Affairs Commentator, 08080242128.


Loads of angry people

You are very correct. We seriously need many angry men and women to lead us from 2015 and beyond. We need lots of men and women who are tired and angry at how our country is. We sure need many more angry leaders that can inspire the common sense revolution in all of us, so we can peacefully use the power of our Permanent Voter Cards to effect changes at all levels of our governments as at when due without bitterness. Yusuf Umaru,


Let them continue

Thank you for treating us to this very exciting intervention that is at the same time thought provoking. You succinctly captured what has informed my unflinching support for General Buhari’s candidacy.

What Jonathan’s handlers don’t know is that their tasteless and fallacious commercials are actually welling up the positive anger, which Nigerians can’t wait to pour on their principal at the polls. Please, let them continue deceiving themselves thinking that the documentaries and advertorials will be able to save Jonathan at the end of the day. Sylvester Ugwuanyi


Comical and malicious

The documentary on GMB is very comical and malicious, indeed. Yes, some misfortunes happened to this man called Buhari, and must one rejoice over that?

There exist some evils so terrible and some misfortunes so horrible that we dare not think of them, but if they happen to fall on us, we find ourselves stronger than we imagined. I just wonder if men were God?

An ancient philosopher once said, “The rulers of the state are the only ones who should have the privilege of lying, either at home or abroad, they may be allowed to lie for the good of the state.” Dr Olayinka Oladosu,


Suffered enough

You correctly captured the feelings among most Nigerians in your write up. No right thinking person wouldn’t be angry seeing the rot Nigeria has found itself.

The persecution of Buhari will not deter those who yearn for positive change from voting massively for the man many have seen as a symbol of that which we desire. We have suffered enough from the hands of those who would not want to bridge the gap between the rich and the poor, the haves and the have not. Abdulwahid Amzat,


We must grow up

Politics is a dirty game and those who must go into it must develop a thick skin. But despite the schisms and setups, one must remain resolute in pursuit of his dreams. Every man deserves the right of political ideology, which must be respected; he or she must not be hated, injured or killed for simply belonging to a political party or supporting a candidate. Sir Abuchi Anueyiagu, one of our parliamentarians in this our people’s parliament, complained of how he was being threatened through telephone calls everyday because of his belief in Gen. Buhari, but in my own case, despite abusive calls from desperate supporters, I was elbowed by a political thug in a supermarket. One caller said to me: “Oga shey you wan die?  Why you talk say Jona go win?” I replied: “Am already dead.” “Na God save you,” he replied.

We must grow up as a people, we must see the political office as service and not do or die affair. We must educate our supporters to conduct themselves wisely, and not to kill or molest anybody. Monye J Gold, National Coordinator, The Mass Movement for Responsible Leadership,, 0705 888 2573


Most important lesson

Strategy is the single most important factor in a political campaign. This is the most important lesson I have learned in 16 years of our democracy. The right strategy can survive a mediocre campaign. But even a brilliant campaign is likely to fail if the strategy is wrong. So PDP got it wrong. 

Mazi Ogbona,, Abuja. 08069165559.


Who would you choose?

I have realized that this ‘anger’ is not resident in me alone. I am so happy now that I can now relate with others that are tired of the way our great country is being run (ruined). Let’s assume we have only two banks in Nigeria, and the managers are Buhari and Jonathan. Buhari’s staff are Fashola, Rochas Okorocha, Osibajo, Tinubu, Amaechi, Fayemi, Ajimobi, Aregbesola, Amosun, Ngige, and Lai Mohammed. Jonathan’s staff are Fayose, Obanikoro, Akpabio, Asari Dokubo, Buruji Kashamu, Tompolo, Bode George, and Ali Modu Sheriff. Who would you bank your money with? Anthony Emeghebo,


Anger and change

If you are not positively angry about where you are, you may not have the drive to go up. Nigerians are angry and they need change. Change is the only thing that is permanent in life. Nigeria is at the brink of disaster, but we may also be at the verge of a breakthrough if we can give Buhari a chance. Ekene Obeleagu,, 08037108010, Lagos 


Let him prove it

All the shortfalls in governance you catalogued against the current government are carry-overs from previous governments and some of them have received prompt action from the current government. So, what is the hue about?

Your General is merely claiming incorruptibility. Let him prove it with facts and figures. A man who harbours corrupt people around him stands a good chance of using some of them as fronts to cover his filth.

If your General does not know what to do on the documentary against him, and his acolytes are equally bereft of ideas on what to do, let him seek legal advice on it. Shikena! Lai Ashadele,, 07067677806


Round the country

I concur. Positive anger it should be during the next polls.  Governor Godswill Akpabio once said he tackled the development of Akwa Ibom State with anger, and we are all witnesses to the result of that positive anger. If truth must be told, it will not be out of place to say that Governors Fashola of Lagos, Kwankwaso of Kano, Okorocha of Imo, Ibrahim Shema of Katsina, have one way or the other shown positive anger in their call of duty, and we need such anger replicated all over the country. Royal Johnny,, Abia


Wicked and barbaric

What you observed going on in two television houses is the most wicked and barbaric way of hanging onto power in Africa and Nigeria in particular. A nation where people, especially the highly placed, glory on the death of a child of another person, when every living soul prays not to see the grave of his/her child? It’s unfortunate. God is watching. Obiwuru Jude,


Our minds made up

The documentary has only succeeded in making Gen Muhammadu Buhari more popular than ever, and it has not changed anything for those of us who have made up our mind to vote for Buhari. That is just the fact. Emmanuel O, Mbah, Abuja,  08034474210.

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2015 polls and positive anger Thu, 05 Feb 2015 23:59:17 +0000 Let me start with a digression. A most distasteful and divisive documentary has been running for about two weeks on two major television stations in the country. It is a hatchet job against Gen Muhammadu Buhari, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).]]>

Let me start with a digression.  A most distasteful and divisive documentary has been running for about two weeks on two major television stations in the country.  It is a hatchet job against Gen Muhammadu Buhari, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Each time the documentary runs, it reportedly costs about N5 million.  And it runs at least twice a day.  I have run into it many times, with all the lies, the bile, and the hatred oozing from all pores.  Why would one man do this against another man, all in the name of winning votes? It baffles me.

Thankfully, I was a third year student in the university when Buhari ruled as military leader.  So I have an independent assessment of that regime.  All the twists and fabrications in the so-called documentary are then apparent to me.  He deported Ghanaians (Shehu Shagari did).  Gloria Okon, an alleged drug courier disappeared under his watch (She did under Babangida).  He has been losing elections since 1999 (Buhari did not run for any position before 2003).  And many more.  In fact, the creators of the documentary (read Peoples Democratic Party, PDP), went sickly and ghoulish, when they began to talk about Buhari’s family, saying his first wife died of diabetes, and his daughter died of sickle cell anaemia.  Good grief!  Is this campaign, or what?  I remember when Barack Obama, in his first outing, had the opportunity to capitalize on certain indiscretions about the family life of his main opponent, John McCain.  He refused to.  And when asked why not, he said: “I think families are off limits. I would never consider making Cindy McCain a campaign issue, and if I saw people doing that, I would speak out against it.”  But not with PDP!  Nothing is too big or small to throw at your opponent, including the kitchen sink.   It is rather nauseous.  Repulsive.  Disgusting.

Now, to the original issue for the day.  The 2015 elections (whichever time it holds, February or any other month) is all about anger, positive anger.  It is about revolt and exasperation against the current condition of our country.

In a piece he did last December, my colleague, Steve Nwosu, said one thing he had against Buhari was that he was “too angry” to be Nigeria’s president.  He added: “He is too angry with everything and everybody…  The Buhari persona is the reason for my fear.  He’d be too busy giving the looters of today and yesterday their day in court, that nothing else would happen.”

Steve has a right to his opinion, but I laugh.  Buhari too angry to be Nigeria’s president?  What else does Nigeria need now, other than anger?  Positive anger!  To clean the Augean Stables, which Nigeria has today      become, you need anger.  To clear the temple of people who have turned the hallowed precinct into a place for merchandising, you need whips and holy anger, just like Jesus manifested!  Anger is not always wrong, not always negative.  No wonder the Good Book tells you: “Be ye angry, and sin not: let the sun not go down on your wrath” (Ephesians 4:26).

Who is that person not angry at the condition of Nigeria, and I’ll show you somebody who has been benefiting from the rotten system.  Today, it is 49 billion dollars missing, tomorrow it is 20 billion, day after it is 12 billion, and again, another day, it is over N30 trillion missing in four years.  All these may be true, or not really true.  But when your body language tends towards something, then you could easily be accused of that thing, whether exaggerated or not.  Corruption is well and alive in Nigeria, and it is a cause for anger.  National anger.

What of insecurity?  One hundred killed today, 250 tomorrow, 300 the next day.  Chickens?  No, human beings.  Even when you slaughter 300 chickens in a heap, it will attract more than casual attention, not to talk of 300 human beings, the crown of God’s creation.  Nobody knows how many are actually dead since 2009, when the Boko Haram insurgency began full blast.  Some say 12,000.  Others claim it is 20,000.  Some others believe it is as high as between 30,000 and 50,000.  Chickens, I ask again?  No. Human beings!  Yet our constitution says the primary responsibility of government is the protection of lives and property.  And you say Nigerians should not be angry?  Tell it to the Marines! I’ll get angry, and stop just short of causing a riot.

What of unemployment?  Mind boggling and frightening.  In most of his campaign stops, the president has been talking directly to youths, asking them to vote for the PDP.  But are the angry youths listening, or capable of listening at all? The “pestle-wielding critics, the unrelenting, self-appointed activists, the idle and idling, twittering collective children of anger” (apologies to Reuben Abati) are furious, and up in arms, because at least 40 million of them are jobless, majority university graduates.  That is why they can’t wait to express their anger with their PVCs (Permanent Voters’ Cards).  And their will must matter, because democracy is the will of the people.  If the overriding will is for Buhari, let it be, and if it is for Jonathan, let it also be.  But the undeniable truth is; there is anger in the land, particularly among youths.

Have you read an article by Lola Shoneyin, a poet and novelist? It is titled, ‘Yes, Buhari jailed my father, but he can give Nigeria a fresh start.’  In that piece, the lady submits:  “Unlike many Nigerian past presidents, Major General Buhari does not have a huge mansion.  You won’t hear about him owning a bank or sitting on the board of banks…  Overwhelmingly, his lack of greed and personal venality means people trust him.  Within a democratic dispensation, whatever excesses Buhari’s singlemindedness at tackling corruption might have shown 30 years ago can and will be curbed.”  Now, that’s a child of anger.  Positive anger.  Under Buhari’s military regime, the writer’s father was arrested and jailed.  Lola should be bitter.  It’s natural. Just human.  But instead of bitterness, she’s showing positive anger against the prevailing system in the land.  And some people are saying Buhari is too angry to effect the change we really need?  Pump up the anger.  Nigeria needs it!

You know about Phinehas?  If you don’t, I’ll tell you about him.  Please pick up the Good Book, and open to Numbers 25: 1 – 9.  Israel began to commit adultery and fornication with daughters of Moab, which was contrary to God’s instructions.  They also began to worship the gods of Moab, which made Jehovah very angry.  He commanded Moses to kill all the men who had gone into whoredom.

As the cleansing was going on, an Israelite man, in absolute defiance, brought in a Midianite woman into his tent. They were in the middle of ‘action’ when Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, took a javelin, went to the tent, “and thrust both of them through, the man of Israel, and the woman,  through her belly.”

The wrath of God against Israel was not only assuaged by the display of positive anger by Phinehas, that grandson of Aaron became the third High Priest of Israel, and is today considered a saint by the Eastern Orthodox Church.  Yes, there’s something called righteous indignation, and that is what Nigerians must have, if we want our country to change.  Like somebody has written, “The truth will set you free.  But first, it will piss you off.”  Unless we are pissed off by the spectre of corruption, insurgency, unemployment, and all others ills plaguing our country, then we are not ready for change.

From a most unlikely source, that truth was brought home in bold relief recently.  Alhaji Yusuf Dingyadi is the Zonal Coordinator of PDP Youth Frontier, North-west.  Hear him:  “The truth of the matter is that these politicians lack strategies and moral ground to convince people on the need to vote for Jonathan due to the fact that they abandoned the same people when they needed them most.

“In fact, some of them while in power keep the people at arm’s length, yet they want the same people to treat them with dignity and respect.  It is a day of reckoning for them and the people they neglected in the past are watching and ready to teach them a lesson.”

Yes, it’s all about anger.  Positive anger through the electoral process.  Nigeria needs it at this time, so that the way we do things can change.  It reminds me of the play, ‘Look Back in Anger,’ written by John Osborne, which was a huge success on London stage in 1956.  The play spawned the term “angry young men.”

Researchers say positive anger can be a motivating force, can make you more assertive, can be an energiser, and send a signal to people that it would no longer be business as usual. Until Nigeria’s angry young men, women, and the old men and women team up in anger, this country won’t change.



Re: Win or lose, heavens won’t fall


Practical jokers 

The ex-militants are just practical jokers who can only declare war against themselves, as they did prior to the amnesty.  They were in the creeks committing all sorts of atrocities against their own people under the pretext of fighting for resource control.  Nigerians should disregard their empty threats. Barrister NJO 


Very unfortunate 

The threat of war by the ex-militants turned billionaires is very unfortunate.  Nigeria as a country is bigger than Buhari and Jonathan.  It’s high time we began to see ourselves as one, otherwise our unity and sovereignty as a country will be eroded. Ayo Moses, Ibadan 


If I were Orji Kalu… 

You are the luckiest Editor-in-Chief in Nigeria today.  You have a very tolerant Publisher in Dr Orji Uzor Kalu.  Do you know at all that he is a PDP chieftain?  How then do you support another candidate?  If I were Orji Kalu, I would have fired you. Ken, 07088545933 


What the army does to you 

If two boys left secondary school together in one year, one goes to the university, and the other joins the army.  After seven years, the former would be a graduate and probably be a teacher in a local school, while the latter could be a Major in the army, and would have attended courses in India, Pakistan, UK, and US.  You can compare the level between the two. S. W. Fatoye, Ibadan


Born to rule?

Nobody prays for war, but if some people think that Nigeria must burn because they are born to rule, and an obscure Otuoke man has taken their right, many more Dokubos and Tompolos will rise. Ichie Emma Ezeh, 08061149491


Empty cans 

The former militants are empty cans capable of being flattened, and burnt to their raw state very easily.  Buhari will win his election this time round. Vince Ekweremadu, Owerri 


Made my day 

God bless you for such an objective analysis.  It shows you belong to that negligible few who wish Nigeria well, and whose memory of honesty, hard work and justice has not been thrown to the dogs.  You made my day with the piece. Dr M. C. Dike, Gregory University, Uturu, Abia State 


Calling our security agencies 

Your piece is highly readable, thought provoking, and serious lesson to learn, judging by the underlining missiles from both sides.  There should be no sacred cows.  The relevant security agencies should instantly act, not minding positions or personalities.  Toyin Adifa Umar, Owerri 


Barking dogs 

Barking dogs don’t bite.  This election will come and go peacefully, and the expectation of those who wish Nigeria evil will not come to pass.

Uzomba Kanu J. Aba 


What we need 

A million thanks for yet another great piece.  What Nigeria needs most is an honest, mature, calm and balanced leader.  PDP has told us where to find him.  We do not need a soothsayer to do that.  PDP is terribly afraid.

Dr Wilson, Ikoyi, Lagos 


Our last chance 

Buhari is telling us what he will do when he becomes president, but PDP is singing, dancing and abusing.  We want change.  This is our last chance.  Buhari must win. Alhaji Danlandi Yaro, Sabo, Ibadan 


Baseless threat

Win or lose, the heavens won’t fall. A very good analysis you made. For the ex-warlords to threaten that if President Jonathan loses election, they will go to war, is an empty threat and a baseless one. Well, let God’s will be done and let us have peace. God bless Nigeria.

Emmanuel O, Mbah. Abuja, 08034474210


Nothing will happen

Our democracy is advancing rapidly, which is further accentuated by appropriate adoption of advanced democratic philosophy called ‘Jonathanisation of Nigerian politics’ or if you like, abolition or denial of rotation of power between the North and the South as proposed by PDP. If we all agreed on ‘Jonathanisation,’ which of course is the hallmark of advanced democracy, why should anybody declare fire and brimstone on Nigeria if any candidate loses the election? As long as the election is free and fair, nothing will happen. Duru Ugbor,


Please, live and let live!

The writing is clear on the wall that this is the time for General Muhammadu Buhari to rise to power again after 30 years. If it is simply losing a contest under free, fair polls, I do not think it will warrant any sane person to begin to issue threats of mayhem and killings, like a barbarian. They say we are in a democracy where there ought to be freedom of expression, movement, association, worship and even free access to certain classified information of public interest, as the laws of the land and international human rights statute provide. But sadly and unfortunately, I do not feel such provisions are actually observed. It is not hidden that some writers, myself among, are receiving threats for expressing their opinion as it concerns the elections. For expressing positive opinions about General Muhammdau Buhari, certain threats come about, unfortunately from people that are from the same ethnicity or geo-political zone. For instance, two came separately few days back from subscribers of the following two different GSM lines: 09098798371 and 08064842866. When they make such threats, one wonders whether such provisions as freedom of expression are no longer guaranteed by the country’s constitution. Those who kill others certainly will shamefully die by killing or have their beloved relations (children, siblings, parents, etc) die one day too by killing.

I think people have a right to support whoever they like without qualms, but when threats go with it, it then becomes madness and hooliganism. However anyone may feel, people have the right to say that their preferred candidate is the best and will win, just as people see General Muhammadu Buhari as the best between the main contenders to the presidency, which shouldn’t warrant threats and desperate actions. He is the topmost in popularity and preference by the electorate, as indications on ground show.

I would not know why some of my people are acting more Catholic than the Pope, or crying more than the bereaved in this case. When our hero, the late Chief Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu ran for presidential election in 2003 and 2007, did our people not prefer outsiders to him? In 2003 he lost to Obasanjo in Anambra State, yet the so called Ohanaeze and Igbo Leaders of Thought did not endorse him as they have done today to an outsider that has not given us any meaningful return for the total support the southeast gave him in 2011. Sir Abuchi Anueyiagu, Independent veteran journalist/public affairs commentator, 08080242128.


No need to fear

I learnt with card readers, multiple thumbprinting of ballots both at the polling booths and in the homes of party chieftains, can’t happen anymore. If manipulation of figures at the collation centres can be prevented, then we’re going to likely have clean election this year. If the elections are clean, free, fair and credible, Nigerians have nothing to fear. If Asari Dokubo and co want to foist their man on us win or lose, they should as well stop the elections because we can’t be intimidated. Let INEC give us free and fair elections, every other thing will be sorted out after. Dr Kelechi Nwagwu,, Lagos


No monopoly

No doubt the coming election is bringing in lots of tension, fears and anxiety. This is result of ethnic hatred, lack of trust and tribalism. The Niger Delta warriors are only responding to the rhythm played northern hawks because nobody has the monopoly of threats and violence. They are protecting and defending their own son of which everybody will do.

Uzoma Angus-Okoro,, Enugu


A word for the wise

No power, threat or war cries from anywhere will dampen this democratic spirit that is on the prowl. There is still space and time for anyone who so desires, to join the campaign train and canvass for votes. Anything short of this norm in the pursuit of determining who will be sworn in as the next president of Nigeria will be met with stiff resistance. Those who refuse to heed well-meaning advice will ultimately bring catastrophic consequences on themselves. A word is enough for the wise.

Royal Johnny,, Abia


Hurting Jonathan

Thank you for telling the ex-warlords that the defeat of their preferred candidate at the polls cannot make them hijack the peace and stability of the country. It is actually to them and their likes that President Jonathan should be telling that Nigeria is nobody’s personal estate, not Amaechi who issued a conditional threat. It’s very embarrassing how the officialdom conveniently forgot to call the former militants to order for issuing that threat on the Nigerian State. Jonathan should know that they are only hurting his chances, as many Nigerians would want to call the bluff of Asari Dokubo and co. Sylvester Ugwuanyi,


Home to roost

When Mr Tompolo was given the right to police Nigerian waterways, a civilian promoted over professionals such as navy, police, military, etc, the opprobrium that resulted is justified. The chicks have now come home to roost.

Alhaji Dokubo is doing what he knows best, threatening fire and brimstones.

Anyone that frequently campaigns for war is either childish, naive or both. If one witnesses the effects of war, especially on children and women, such person will be circumspect of canvassing for war.

My belief is that the man that puts on a white robe should be careful with rough waters. But all said and done, God’s will shall prevail. Some shakeable will be shaken, and taken out of the way by the power of the Almighty. Peace will prevail over the land, I am sure. Dr Olayinka Oladosu,


They should learn

Where were the so-called warlords when the courageous members of the Save Nigeria Group and other patriotic people compelled the National Assembly to fashion out what is now known as ‘doctrine of necessity’ in order for President Jonathan to assume the position of acting president in 2009? Where were they when all sections of this country voted for Jonathan in April 2011? The ex-militants should realize that whoever has seen real war will never pray for one. They should take lessons from those who were old enough to tell the story of 1967-1970. Abdulwahid Amzat,



For Asari Dokubo and Tompolo to threaten fire and brimstone if Jonathan loses in free and fair election is very bad and must be condemned. I will vote Buhari of APC for President and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of PDP for Enugu State, and I will not fight, lose sleep or support any parallel government if any of my candidates lose. I will advice anybody that feels rigged out to go to court. Peter Obi, Mimiko, Fayemi, Oshiomhole felt cheated, they didn’t form parallel government, they went to court and they got justice. Mazi Ogbonna,


Where I stand

I am neither pro-Jonathan nor pro-Buhari. I am for one united and prosperous Nigeria. Therefore, I stand with Dr. Tunde Bakare of the Latter Rain Assembly, who has called for the postponement of the elections and for an interim government to be put in place. There is a whole lot of sense in his proposal. Kaduru Uche,


God of the minority

Those who predicted that Nigeria could cease to exist from 2015 had seen what we couldn’t see, because we chose not to see it. So let us read the handwriting on the wall. Here is the calculation: the APC picked Buhari as their flag bearer and could not pick anyone from the south south as his running mate; rather, they went for the southwest so as to use the majority factor, knowing fully well that the president is from the minority tribe. And this is why the angels will turn the tide on Election Day because God is God of the minority.

My advice to the ruling party is that they must understand that to succeed in anything, you must break odds and obstacles. If saboteurs are bursting the pipelines that carry gas to the power stations thereby causing epileptic power supply and rendering their government irresponsible, I think they should look for other means of transporting gas to the stations. If the fight against Boko Haram is being financed and supported by the unseen, then they should form a think tank to figure out what to do. Battles are no longer won only on the field but in the boardroom. Monye J. Gold, The Mass Movement for Responsible Leadership, 0705 888 2573


Different ball game

Dokubo is taking the leverage that his kinsman is the president to say all sorts of things. In saner climes, he will be behind bars as a militant who sabotaged the government.

Jonathan’s chances? By the special grace of God, Buhari will win this election. His stand against corruption will surely earn him victory. Certainly, he is the man whom the cap fits. Ifechukwu Chiagoziem Oragui,, 08063348151


I’m satisfied

I agree with you totally. If Jonathan wins or loses, heavens won’t fall. The same if Buhari wins or loses. Enlightened Nigerians should always educate our people wherever we may find ourselves. Thanks for making me satisfied with the balanced write-up. Kudos Omoluabi. Barrister Onyekoro


We declare peace

Nigeria belongs to all of us. If Jonathan wins, so be it. If he loses, he goes back to Otuoke. If Buhari wins, he forms a government. If he loses, he retires to Daura. We declare peace in Jesus name. Amen. Pastor Ambrose, Beni, Edo State


Let them be ready

Let the scoundrels prepare for war. Between them and the people, we shall see who will win. It’s nauseating. We wait for change. O.R Kalu, Isashi, Lagos


Playing god

I agree with you. The heavens won’t fall, no matter who wins or loses. Those making threats are playing god. Are elections won on such mundane threats? Let the exercise be free and fair, and whoever wins gets our congratulations. Ejiks Uchegbulam, Port Harcourt


Use the power

If our militant brothers command such powers to bring down the heavens, let them use the power to attract votes for their candidate, and not expend it on war mongering. Eronini Nwankwo, Port Harcourt


Change shall come

The Dokubos and Tompolos should be told that the bird (Elulu) that’s calling for rain would be the first to get wet. Change shall come, and Nigeria will remain. IbrahimKing


Don’t blame then

If you are corrupt, fear Buhari. If you are a selfish politician, fear him. If you live on fuel subsidy, fear him. So, don’t blame those who have Buhari-phobia. They are sore afraid, and will do anything to stop Mai Gaskiya (the honest man). Dr Okeychukwu, Lagos


God bless

I read your piece. May God bless your understanding. Mr Edwin Okoye

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Win or lose, the heavens won’t fall Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:52:47 +0000 The country was served a notice of cataclysm, hell and high waters, last weekend by former Niger Delta warlords. They said if President Goodluck Jonathan loses the forthcoming presidential election, they would go to war.]]>

The country was served a notice of cataclysm, hell and high waters, last weekend by former Niger Delta warlords. They said if President Goodluck Jonathan loses the forthcoming presidential election, they would go to war.

According to reports, which had not been rebutted till the time of writing this piece, the former warlords met at Government House, Yenagoa, with Gov Seriake Dickson in attendance.  People at the meeting included Mujahid Asari Dokubo, Victor Ben Ebikabowei (Boy Loaf) and Government Ekpudomenowei (Tompolo).  Also there were President General, Ijaw Youth Council, Udengs Eradiri, and Kingsley Kuku, Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs.

Asari Dokubo was quoted as saying at the meeting: “For every Goliath, God created a David.  For every Pharaoh, there is a Moses.  We are going to war.  Everyone of you should go and fortify yourself.”

Let’s go back briefly in time to November 2014, to a declaration made by Gov Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State, who is also Director-General of Gen Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign:

“If you rig us out, we would rig ourselves in, which means if you think you can rig us out in 2015, we will form our own government.  We have met on that and we have agreed on that.  We will install our own government and there would be two governments.”

The two scenarios above point in one direction: anarchy.  Confusion. Disorder.  And that is not what Nigerians want.

But there is also some difference in the two positions.  Amaechi predicated his own on if the elections were rigged.  Is rigging part of good electoral practice?  No. But even if the elections were rigged, the civilized thing would not be a descent into anarchy.  Only ordinary Nigerians would be maimed and killed in the process, while the true malefactors would hop into their private jets, and flee abroad.

But in the case of the former warlords, there is no caveat. None.  Whether President Jonathan loses the election fairly or not, there would be war.

What kind of nonsense is that? Where then is the need for election in the first place?  We may as well then cancel the polls and ask President Jonathan to continue merrily in office, even till forever, if he wishes.  Are elections not the lifeblood of democracy again?  And in every contest, there must be a winner and a loser.  The winner must only be magnanimous in victory, while the loser should be gracious in defeat.  Finish!  For the ex-warlords to threaten fire and brimstone if Jonathan loses in a free and fair election, is simply vexatious, deliberate aggravation and sheer irksomeness.

When Amaechi made his own remarks on parallel government late last year, a lot of people descended on him, calling him to order.  Even President Jonathan joined the fray.  Speaking during the Christmas Service at the St. Matthew’s Anglican Church, in Abuja, he declared: “As a politician, you want people to elect you, to perform a responsibility.  If you mean well for the country, the country is nobody’s personal estate but you want to serve.  If people want you to serve, you serve, and if they say no, you leave.

“Nigeria is nobody’s personal estate, Nigeria is nobody’s business enterprise. Nigeria is nobody’s father’s property.

“For a politician to stand up, who is even a Christian to say that if he fails to win election, he will form a parallel government.  What makes him feel that he must win the election?  Even me as a serving president, what makes me feel I must win the election, no matter what I think I am.

“Nigerians will decide who will govern them at the state level, or federal level, state assemblies or the National Assembly in terms of the federal constituencies and the senatorial districts.”

Good deduction by the president.  But it seems it applied only to the opposition.  Between what Amaechi said and what the former warlords said, which is worse?  Why haven’t we then heard any remonstration from the Presidency, the security agencies, Defence Headquarters, or even the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)?  Is it that they are in tacit support of war if Jonathan loses the election?  The security agencies had vowed to pull in anybody who beat the drums of war.  But there was the drum sounding to bursting point from Yenagoa, and mum is the word from the police, army, the State Security Services (SSS), and every other agency.  This is unconscionable.  Duplicitous. There cannot be one standard for the opposition, and another one for the ruling party.

The truth of the matter is that Nigerians do not want violence of any form, no matter who wins the election, or who loses.  It could be Muhammadu Buhari,  Goodluck Jonathan,  or even Martin Onovo of the National Conscience Party (NCP). Why should the country go into a tailspin, because one person wins or loses the presidential election?  Elections are meant to grow democracy, and contribute to national development, but in Nigeria, they have become doomsday.  This cannot be right.

But there was violence, with hundreds of lives lost in 2011, after Buhari lost the election, some people may say.  Yes, it happened, and there was a panel set up to probe the development, headed by Sheikh Ahmed Lemu.  What were its findings?  The violence broke out mainly because the PDP mishandled and mismanaged its own zoning formula, which raised tension in the land, the panel said. That was why there was spontaneous flare of violence in the north, as the people felt short-changed that a political party did not keep faith with its own internal power rotation arrangement, which gave them the shorter end of the stick.

This is 2015, and zoning is no longer an issue.  In fact, for me, zoning might as well be dead.  The two major candidates are not running on the platform of any zone, rather, they are both on pan-Nigerian platforms.

The truth has become crystal clear that you can never win a presidential election in Nigeria, unless you build a truly national coalition.  That is why a candidate is not only expected to win majority number of votes, but he or she must also have national spread, securing the endorsement of minimum of 24 states in the country.  So, then, why must war break out, if either Jonathan or Buhari is rejected at free and fair polls?  I think the ex-warlords are not being reasonable, and it is sad that Gov Seriake Dickson offered the sanctuary of a Government House for such toxic and obnoxious decision to be taken.  It is an injustice against the entire country.

My position is this.  Elections should hold, Nigerians should cast their ballots freely, and the results should be fairly computed, and announced.  If it is Buhari, millions of Nigerians, including myself, a Buhari supporter since his days as a military ruler, will rejoice, and welcome a new dawn of probity, accountability and genuine service, in the country.  And if it is Jonathan that wins, millions of his supporters would also rejoice, and he gets my congratulations and best wishes too. Oh bladi, oh blada, life goes on.  It is all about our country, and we have no other.  Should there then be riots, killings, disorder and war, simply because somebody lost election?  No.  It is blinkered. Narrow minded. Parochial.  This country should move beyond such primordial considerations, which have hobbled and shackled us for decades.  The heavens won’t fall if Jonathan loses, nor would it, if Buhari loses.  We just want free and fair polls that reflect the wishes of the people. C’est finis.



Re: But they said he couldn’t remember his phone number

The honest man and the devil

General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), an honest statesman and a presidential hopeful in the coming elections, prides himself very justly upon his uncompromising love of truth. But one day, he woke up at about three o’clock in the morning to see the Devil standing by his bedside. The Devil begged him that he (Buhari, the Honest Man) should sell him his soul.

“I will do nothing of the kind,” said Buhari in mixture of sleepiness and alarm.

“Very well,” said the Devil, who added: “You shall go your own way; but I warn you, if you will have nothing to do with me I will have nothing to do with you too.”

Buhari was sure rattled by certain events concerning his secondary school certificate that could have eroded his integrity, if he had not been careful and he did not make amends without the knowledge of the Devil.

When next the Devil visited him again, Buhari was sleeping soundly, to the consternation of Devil who woke him up rudely. “Now,” said the Devil. “Have I brought you to your senses?”

“No,” said Buhari. “You should have remembered that I have a God.”

President Jonathan had at various times used dubious words to cajole helpless millions of people, and made promises that were never kept, but not Buhari who refused to sell his soul to the Devil. He is surely God-sent. Akin Malaolu,


GMB is the answer

When the landlord of my late uncle’s wife at Owerri used impudence to engage her in a minor issue, in which the landlord came one day and unilaterally removed a part of the roof covering my uncle’s rented apartment without any legal instrument backing the action and it eventually became a matter of litigation, my late uncle’s wife boldly smiled and told their landlord that she would teach him the lesson of his life. The landlord was a retired primary school head teacher, but my late uncle’s wife was illiterate. She not only won the case with her native intelligence, but got the landlord to replace the roof and openly apologise. So, it is a matter of capability and not education.

In Zimbabwe, a nonagenarian is their President, and still counting. Recently in Tunisia, the country with much younger candidates rather preferred an octogenarian, 88 years old veteran politician, to be their president, and Nigeria cannot claim to be a more socio-politically aware society than Tunisia with its proximity to Europe.

I have said it many times that leadership, quality leadership and good governance delivery or performance have nothing to do with age, and even the height of one’s formal education, but the ability to deliver or perform.

What Nigeria needs now is good governance, quality service delivery in public service. And whoever it is that will competently do this is what they want, and not onye oke obobo akwukwo (one with too many certificates) that may not be meaningful to them in terms of their well- being. From every indication at the moment, Nigerians have generally looked around and found that between the two main contenders, Buhari is the answer, as a tested and trusted leader, with good pedigree, competence, honour and integrity. No wonder the panic in certain quarters and the desperation to either disqualify him by all means, or to use cheap blackmail to run him down.

Buhari is the mood of the nation now, and as the younger Jonathan has failed us, we have the right to seek rescue from the good elder in the house. Sir Abuchi Anueyiagu, Independent veteran journalist/Public Affairs Commentator, 08080242128,


I remember Haman and Mordecai

All the adversaries of GMB will never see anything good in him. They have tried everything possible to nail him but have not succeeded. I hope their case will not be like that of Haman in the Holy Bible, who was looking for the downfall of Mordecai. Haman had even prepared where Mordecai would be hanged, but he was hanged there himself. They say GMB had no wife, he showed us his wife, and all other allegations against him have been proved wrong. I hope they are not going the way of Haman, because God says He will have mercy on whom He will have mercy, and compassion on whom He will have compassion. Maybe it is God at work for GMB and Nigeria. Those peddling ugly rumours about him should stop, so that they do not come under the wrath of God.

The Revd. S. A. Adetayo, St. Michael and All Angels Anglican Church,


The man we need

I say a loud amen to your prayer. Buhari is the man we need most now.

Whatever his sins may have been, they are not enough to warrant staying one more day in the hands of a clueless administration. Thanks for being a balanced man.


Saving Nigeria is the issue

All these aspersions and venom against our beautiful bride (Buhari) is nothing but cock and bull stories, only people with little minds will listen to them. Indeed, Buhari is like  round leather, the harder you hit him, the higher he rises. PDP deserves pity because they are only giving Nigerians crumbs as dividends of democracy. But Buhari will give us the full menu. Abdoulaye Wade, ex-president of Senegal was in opposition for two decades but he won an election when he was 74 years old and he did well.

For 16 years, PDP has given Nigerians broken promises, shattered dreams, incessant power failure, bomb explosions, terrifying hunger and joblessness. I want to inform Buhari’s accusers that the vital issue now is saving our great country from the hands of the pillagers of our common wealth.  I plead with fellow Nigerians to remember that our destinies are in our hands, let us put on our thinking caps, and say yes to Buhari.

Ifechukwu Chiagoziem Oragui,,                                             08063348151


My word for them

Femi, you are saying that the only thing his political opponents have not thrown at Buhari is the kitchen sink. But they have done worse than that by wishing him death if he emerges victorious on FeBuhari 14, which is what the advert by Gov Fayose implies. But the only word I have for them is that surely they shall gather but because their gathering is not of God, they shall scatter. No weapon fashioned against him or you and we his followers shall prosper. But the irony of the whole thing is the harder they come, the more popular the Buhari movement is becoming. God is great. Ekene Obeleagu,, Lagos, 08037108010


Jonathan will win

When the sons of Jesse lined up before the prophet, they all looked good and intimidating but God chose David. Buhari is honest, tall and even handsome. God does not choose people based on that, but according to His will. Jonathan wanted to be the Governor of Bayelsa State, providence took him to the presidency. No matter the scheming and the crowd that the APC is pulling now, come February the angels will turn the tide and you will see Jonathan coast to victory. I am not supporting Jonathan because he has not asked for my support, but this is the spiritual angle to it. It is clear like crystal and all men that are led by the spirit cannot fault my vision. Monye J Gold, National Coordinator, The Mass Movement for Responsible Leadership,

0705 888 2573


May God keep you

There are two people I dare not miss their weekly columns, due to the gravity of their messages. They are  Femi Adesina and Duro Onabule. Your columns stand for truth, justice, fairness and are mainly for nation building. May God Almighty Allah (swt) continue to keep you two in good and sound health and may you two live long to see the Nigeria of your dreams. Snr Nasiru Saadu,, 08037052201


Day of Judgment

NSA Sambo Dasuki wants the election postponed. Here is my opening sermon. From now till Election Day, Nigerians should tolerate whatever provocation, and move to voting booths on election day to choose their new President.

These people are scheming for every excuse to postpone this election and install their interim government. We must not allow them. If anybody slaps you, turn the other cheek to deny them any opportunity of escaping their Day of Judgment, FeBuhari14. Mazi Ogbonna,


Chasing shadows

Let the detractors say whatever they want, it will not diminish Muhammadu Buhari, rather it will attract more supporters to him. Whoever Allah has lifted, no man can bring him down. No weapon fashioned against the anointed shall succeed. The PDP has left the real issues and are now chasing shadows. I am sure many Nigerians are eagerly waiting for FeBuhari 14, 2015, to effect positive change through the ballot box, which Nigeria and Nigerians are in dire need of. It is not about Buhari alone, but about movement for change. Abdulwahid Amzat,


He won’t win

You are really doing a nice job trying to launder the image of GMB. Funny enough, the dirt keeps getting worse. It is not only remembering his phone number that is the issue. Those of us who were privileged to listen to his broadcast on the issue and tried to juxtapose same with the submissions from the military observed some gaps yearning for answers. Personally, I want him to contest because I believe he will not win. I am still your fan, Femi despite our different opinions here. Ben,


The best form of education

All I need is a free, fair and transparent election to determine our president in 2015. The lawyers and the courts will interpret the constitution, if the need arises. However, I want to state that in this case of General Buhari, it is a waste of time. Let me explain: I had a six months training in Nigerian Army School of Infantry (NASI), now renamed Infantry School and Centre (ICS); six months training in Command and Staff College (CSC); all in Jaji, Kaduna State.

I want to say that the best form of education and training are found in these military institutions. You are taught everything; including English, politics, logistics, the phases of war, sports, just name it.

I have a bachelor of Medicine and Surgery degree (MBBS). I have a Master of Science degree and Fellowship of the West African College of Physicians (FWACP).

To get our fellowship either national or West Africa, you must pass through a training of between 6 to 10 years depending on your specialty and sub-specialization. I am saying all these to make my points clear. The training in the military is super. In Israel, everybody goes through a 2- year compulsory military training, females inclusive. No nation can defeat Israel in war. We need something similar, so that we can consolidate our nation. Col RN Oputa Rtd,


Join active politics, please

Thank you very much, bros. People like you need to come together to salvage our dear future. I don’t know what you are doing writing columns sef!  You need to be on the frontline of our campaign.


God’s way

Thanks for your in-depth analysis and enlightenment about GMB. May God continue to keep you and your likes, who have chosen to speak and write the truth about the man Buhari. There is one thing these agents of calumny against GMB fail to know, that his coming this time is God’s way of stepping in to halt the drifting of this country into abyss. So, nobody can stop it because it is divine. Elder Joe Okereke,, 08034149507.


God’s purpose

Why is GMB being attacked left and right? Some few days ago, a man said, “GMB can not be trusted with power because he has no son, an heir apparent.” Some other person said his wife is not a Nigerian, so he should be disqualified. Even someone put a question mark of death on his picture. It’s a pity that man at best is like a beast. Why will a man whose breath is so temporary be acting and talking as God over another person?

A man is like a plant and its glory like flower, both plant and flower blossom in the morning but soon get uprooted and in the evening withers.

Why then so much malice? Then, I remember: “a sinner will run when no one is pursuing.” But if the sinner remembers jail term from monumental corruption and other vices, then he will pick race. No matter the plans of man, God’s purpose shall be established. Dr Olayinka Oladosu,


Buhari’s time

They had always succeeded in destroying our best in the past, but God Almighty won’t let them succeed this time. It’s General Buhari’s time, it’s Nigerians’ time, it’s freedom time. It’s FeBuhari. It’s our Long Walk To Freedom. It’s a project for which time has come. Nobody can stop it. I say a big amen to your prayer. Dr Kelechi Nwagwu,, Lagos.


The Titanic will sink again

What do you expect should be the relationship between a criminal gang and an armed task force? Friendly and cordial? Never! For the criminal gang to continue to thrive in its nefarious activities, it has to device all means of crushing the police, if it can. This is exactly what the enemies of Nigeria,  nay Buhari are currently doing.

But my mind tells me something I strongly hope will come to pass: the Titanic PDP will sink on February 14, 2015 no matter how they struggle to maintain the status quo. Rabiu Muhammad,



Buhari might not be an angel, no man is. But he is a man whose pedigree in decency is acknowledged to be well above board and unquestionable, so, no amount of falsehood and vexatious connotations heaped on him can change this established fact.

Buhari is nationally and globally attested as not corrupt. Even though human, he has remained incorruptible, with empirical evidences of inspiring performances credited to him in and outside government where he had opportunity to serve in the past. He should not worry much when surrogates and apologists try to throw mud at him. Johnny, Abia,


Reality will soon dawn

It is extremely difficult to fathom the desperation of PDP in this forthcoming election. A drowning man in his desperation to save his life holds onto any conceivable object within his reach, including ordinary grass! The criticism is more like ranting of a drowning party. The second dictum is that of a man desperately pursuing a tortoise, which suddenly hopped into a hole near a tree. The desperate pursuer dipped his hand into the hole and grabbed the root of the tree and burst into ecstasy that he had caught the leg of the elusive tortoise. As the man was busy shouting for everybody to hear, the tortoise was busy crawling deeper and deeper into the hole! It was only when his neighbours reminded him not to dissipate energy shouting but to bring out the tortoise for all to see that he discovered that he had been deluded into believing that he was holding the proverbial tortoise. PDP should stop chasing shadows. The reality will soon dawn on them. Duru Ugbor,


I envy you

You always know the right piece to share with me. I get to argue with my elder brother everyday on who is best between GEJ and GMB. He wins every other day, except Fridays.

I wrote my own WAEC about five years ago and can hardly remember my examination centre number and GMB can quote his? He is a genius. They said he couldn’t remember his phone number, really? Buhari’s character, confidential report and testimonial, are obviously that of a genuine leader.

I envy your steadfast, consistent and undying support for Buhari. You rekindle my unending love for him. May our expectation never be cut off. Amen. Solomon,, Benin City




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But they said he couldn’t remember his phone number Fri, 23 Jan 2015 00:11:58 +0000 Perhaps the only thing that hasn’t been thrown at Gen Muhammadu Buhari, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), is the kitchen sink. Every other missile has been hurled in his direction, either to incapacitate, damage him morally and physically, and get him out of next month’s election. Why are they so afraid of this man? Mortally afraid.]]>

Perhaps the only thing that hasn’t been thrown at Gen Muhammadu Buhari, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), is the kitchen sink.  Every other missile has been hurled in his direction, either to incapacitate, damage him morally and physically, and get him out of next month’s election.  Why are they so afraid of this man? Mortally afraid.

He is sick. He has prostate cancer. Really?  Who is wholly sound and 100% healthy in this world?  Let the person step forward.  And then, who is not sick in Nigeria today?  Only the enemies of the country are not.  I am sick and tired of news coming from Baga, Mubi, Gwoza, Chibok, Bunin Yadi, Yobe, Nyanya, Madalla, Abuja, Gombe, Kano, Kaduna, and many others.  And I am tired of being sick and tired.  I want another kind of music.  Not the booms of bombs, and the rat-tat-tat and ricochets of bullets.  Each time the death toll is announced, I get sick and tired. For how long?

He is 72 years old, and too near to his grave.  He does not have what it takes to rule a country like Nigeria, because he’s too old. Who says it is only old people that must die before the young?  Well, radical lawyer, Festus Keyamo has put the answer in perspective.  Did you read that angry but insightful press statement he issued earlier this week?  Well, here’s what he said on the politics of age:

“The orchestration of the age of Buhari is just another mischief, symptomatic of the weaker side the president’s team find themselves in the argument. Agility and strength and good health is not exactly a function of age. Yar’Adua did not die in power because he was an old man. Abacha did not die in power because he was an old man. Obasanjo ruled until he was seventy (70) years and it is the same set of PDP big wigs that are now criticizing the age of Buhari that were promoting and supporting the third-term bid of Obasanjo that would have taken him to, perhaps, seventy-eight (78) years as President. Today, Obasanjo still jumps about at nearly eighty (80) years, or perhaps more. Professor Wole Soyinka, at over eighty (80) years, still travels everywhere, delivering lectures. The relevant question here is that, is the age more important than the character or the character more important than the age? For those who are Christians, remember that the Bible says in Proverbs 16:31 that grey-headedness is a crown of beauty if found in the ways of righteousness. It is idiotic to deride an elderly person who is still agile and upright in character, instead of us praying that we live up to that age and we are blessed with such strength at such an age. During the Second Republic, the South-West and South-East massively voted for Awolowo and Azikiwe respectively who were both over seventy (70) years old, yet nobody raised an eyebrow.”

The sum of N25 billion was misappropriated under his watch at the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF), they also allege.  Well, Olusegun Obasanjo, the man who set up the probe panel that came up with the report says the findings are fake, false, and not worth the paper on which it was written.  Knowing Obasanjo as we do in this country, do you think he could have got a report worth its weight in gold against Buhari, and he would not uphold it?  He would have done so with relish!  But for me, I trust the ramrod straight General from Daura any day, because he has earned that trust. I don’t know about you.  Hear the confidential report written about his character and personality as far back as 1975, when he attended the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington.  The report was signed by HW Kulkarni, Chief Instructor of the College:

“Tall, slim and well turned-out, Buhari is a quiet, unassuming and honest individual, with a mature and balanced outlook.  Subdued by nature, he is not assertive.  A friendly and co-operative individual.  He does his best for his team.  Accepts criticism willingly.  He is polite and somewhat shy.  However, he mixes quite well.  Physically, he is quite fit.”

Quiet, unassuming and honest individual!  My head swells to bursting point when I read things like this about any individual. Even in 1975, exactly 40 years ago, Buhari was declared as honest, from a foreign land.  And that is the testimony that trails him wherever he has served: governor, oil minister, head of state, PTF chairman.  I feel like shouting in joy.  Why won’t I believe in someone like this?  That is who Nigeria has been looking for since the beginning of creation!

Oh, he is anachronistic, a man of yesterday, who doesn’t even know the number of his cell phone.  Really?  Did you watch Buhari on Wednesday, when he addressed the press on the phantom certificate saga, which his political adversaries had whipped up simply because they are both idle and afraid?  “We sat for the University of Cambridge/WASCE examination in 1961, the year we graduated.  My examination number was 8200002, and I passed the examination in the Second Division.”  Oh-la-la.  That was an exam taken 53 years ago!  And the man can recall his number.  I took the same exam 35 years ago.  Please, don’t ask for my examination number, except you want to mock me. I don’t have the foggiest recollection of it.  Yet they say Buhari doesn’t even remember his telephone number.  Now, we know the truth.

He is a tyrant, who ruled Nigeria with an iron fist as military head of state.  He will do it again, if voted into office.  Hear this testimonial by the man’s school principal in 1961:

“A fine boy of honest and open disposition.  A trifle gentle in dealing with his juniors.  Loyal.  Polite.  Well mannered.”  Is this the same person some Nigerians have demonized as Dracula?  They have called him every negative name under the sun!  I tell you, some people will not get to Heaven, unless they repent.

Hear SP Malhotra, a Major General and Commandant of Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, when Buhari attended from January 22 to November 24, 1975:

“Of average intelligence, Buhari is sober and balanced.  Straight, forward, simple and mature.  He expresses his views freely when asked.  Keen to learn.  Sociable, though somewhat shy.  Pleasant and cordial.”

And here in Nigeria, the only thing his political opponents have not thrown at him yet is the kitchen sink.  Weep, weep for a land that consumes its best hands, and elevates mediocrities.

Now that the storm in a teacup called certificate scandal has blown over, how do the anti-Buhari people feel?  Are they contrite, ashamed, humbled, and sober?  I wish they were.  But knowing them, they won’t retreat or surrender.  Till the elections are concluded next month, (on FeBuhari 14), they will continue to rake muck, throw mud, trying to see whether it would stick on the white robe of the Mai Gaskiya (the honest man).  Old sins, they say, have long shadows.  Will any old sin come from the past to cast any shadow on Buhari’s reputation?  I doubt.  While the certificate issue lasted, somebody said if all that he could produce were his NEPA bills, he would still vote for him.  Another said if all that Buhari brought was the label of Agege bread, he has his vote. What confidence!  May God give us leaders we can fully trust in this country.  Amen, somebody!



Re: FeBuhari; Tunde Thompson shows the way

A new fans clubMy brother, Femi, I greet you for all your articles on Fridays in the Daily Sun newspaper. The recent ones on the APC presidential candidate, Gen Muhammadu Buhari, have being causing wahala in offices and homes. My boss in the office where I work is disagreeing with many of the staff. In my home, my wife has bluntly disagreed with me. Let us form a new fans club now. The name is going be ‘FeBuhari 14.’ We will sing and shout it at the rooftops: ‘FeBuhari 14’ Club. Riebelle

Amono V,, Ikeja 


Enemies within

Nigerians are grateful to God and to Tunde Thompson for having the grace to forgo his traumatic experience under Buhari’s regime as military head of state. Most Nigerians did not know then that the human rights violations were perpetrated by enemies within, who needed alibis to justify the unfortunate overthrow of the Buhari/Idiagbon regime.

Truly, forgiveness is best medicine for anger and bitterness.

Yusuf Umaru, 


Buhari’s time has come 

The sudden love for Buhari, which is like a wild fire or hurricane sweeping across the land, seems unquenchable now. Little wonder the resort to cheap blackmail, lies and finding of technical grounds to knock him out of the race by all means, such as the school certificate saga.

The APC presidential candidate obtained WASC but the military said they are not in possession of the certificate. Could it have been a case of perhaps some unknown persons, for whatever reasons, tampered with his file for purposes of mischief? At times, information of alleged missing of filings in court comes up just to hamper certain cases.

Buhari is obviously the man to beat in the forthcoming presidential election, and like the great attacker Lionel Messi, opponents strive to stop him from leading his team to victory against them. The need and love for Buhari is so widespread now that even some of the people that would have ordinarily sought vengeance, such as Tunde Thompson, are not working against his winning the election. Buhari is like the elder to whom a beaten child runs for protection or succour. Just like the Tunisians were sick and tired of the political class that had over the years failed their country and therefore opted for the elderly, with the emergence of an 88-year old veteran politician to lead them, the greater number of Nigerians are today yearning for Buhari, regardless of his age.

Tunde Thompson has by his rare and exemplary spirit of patriotism showed those trying to ridicule Buhari with the sentencing of corrupt politicians by his military regime that the actions were for the common good.

Certainly, if God has decided that this is the time for Major General Muhammadu Buhari to lead Nigeria again, no one, no matter whom or what the person is, can stop it. Abuchi Anueyiagu, Independent Journalist/Public Affairs Commentator.



Path to long life

Forgiveness is one of the most powerful paths to attain long life. He who harbours grudge shortens his life. We Nigerians must forgive our leaders who intentionally failed in leadership by making themselves rich and made us poor.

I cannot support any politician because they are yet to buy a newspaper page and tell me what they intend to do and how they would do them, rather they are busy telling us why we should not vote for their opponents. I can’t vote for Jonathan simply because he is my brother from the South. He has to prove to me that my vote won’t be a waste. Same for Buhari. I can’t vote for him simply because he is honest. I can only vote him because he can deliver, but he is yet to tell me how he would deliver, neither has he asked for my support.

Rev. Monye J Gold, National Coordinator, Mass Movement for Responsible Leadership, 0705 888 2573


Ndigbo should be forgiven too

Your above subject on Friday January 16, 2015 was as usual pleasing to read and the analysis on forgiveness is the truth and nothing but the truth. But may I ask why Ndigbo has not been forgiven for the civil war, even if they were wrong in fighting for self-determination? Since after the war, there’s no Federal Government presence in the Southeast. The two major players in the orchestrated marginalization of Ndigbo, the Yoruba and Hausa/Fulani, do not want any infrastructural and economic development in the area not to talk about a Nigerian president of Igbo extraction. This can be seen in the merger of ACN and CPC to form APC, in order to fight a Nigerian president perceived to be Igbo when in actual he is not.

We have said it times without number, that except Nigeria atones for the injustices to not only Ndigbo but to all aggrieved sectors of this nation, it will remain comatose.

Collins Onyeulo, Publisher Igbolife magazine,


Let’s toe the path

This is a food for thought especially the Igbos. Lately, they have been talking so much about most of the things the People’s General did in 1984 as a military head of state. On Facebook, some Igbos have carried hate and religious campaign to another level, and you will be wondering if Buhari jailed the whole Igbo race, and these are the same people who will keep asking God for forgiveness every Sunday.

Now that Tunde Thompson has shown us the way, I pray all Nigerians will toe that path. Together, we can support the General because we need him more than he needs us. Only him can save this nation from the vultures that have been feeding from its carcass.

Ugoo Ezenwaka, “”, Aba, Abia State 


I’m not surprised

God will continue to bless journalists like you who wouldn’t call a spade by another name. Whatever ‘sins’ (if any) deemed to have been committed by Buhari have surely been overtaking by events. Besides, every right thinking Nigerian knows that all is not well with our country and decisive action is required to rescue it from collapse. Promises made to us by the present government have largely not been kept. Where then is the trust? I am not surprised that General Muhammadu Buhari’s popularity is growing by the day. His records of performance are there for everybody to see. No matter what negative things anybody might say about the General, majority of Nigerians know the truth. And truth will always prevail over falsehood, just like light over darkness.

Abdulwahid Amzat,


We need change

Thanks for keeping the Buhari flag flying.  This is a man some people love to hate, and even those who hate him respect him. For me, I have not seen any bad thing done by this man. Like Father Mbaka said, we need a change.  If you are doing the same thing, the same way for six good years, and getting the same result, you need a change, and that is what will happen on FeBuhari 14. May the Lord help us.

Ekene Obeleagu, “”, 08037108010, Lagos


Free minds

As you postulated, Nigerians need to free their minds of all the lies that have been woven around Gen Buhari. Even where he is found guilty, we should let bygones be bygones, and trust our democratic structures to check whatever inadequacies and dictatorial tendencies we presume him to have. The present condition of our country makes a case for a president like him to take over. Nigeria should indeed be placed above sentiments.

Sylvester Ugwuanyi, “”


Key to freedom

I must say that I admire your steadfastness, consistency, and unquantifiable support for Buhari. You have never shied away from that fact. Your support for him has been total even when it is evident you are working at cross-purposes with your publisher, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu. This is a rare courage and this is what makes a great man, and one of the many reasons your readership keep increasing. You might not know it, but you have convinced many to join this crusade.

Forgiveness is key to freedom of mind.  Indeed, it elevates our spiritual being in the spiritual realm, frees us from bondage of sin and hate, turpitude and perfidy.

Tunde Thompson has edified God by his show of forgiveness of Buhari. It is exceptional dynamism and a good lesson to learn in order to purge ourselves from living perpetually in the past.

Johnny, Abia, 


Fear of prison

The fear of prison is the beginning of change. I have taken time to hear from many people in PDP campaign group. I have observed that they are not campaigning based on issues bothering the masses. They are simply asking us, do you want to go to jail? President Jonathan asked us the question. My mentor, Governor Akpabio also asked the same question. Now, I am wondering why they are so much worried about prison. Why the sudden fear of prison? The answer is, when dry bones are mentioned in a story, an old woman becomes very uncomfortable. If they are not corrupt, why are they not fighting corruption? Now I understand why former Governor of Bayelsa State was pardoned. Now, I understand why they say corruption is not stealing, and I understand why the audit report of $20billion won’t be released.

Mazi Ogbonnaya, 


Amazing piece

You’ve got a great style and you keep adding more glamour to your writing. The thought provoking humour embedded in your ever-delightful piece keeps people spellbound. This particular one, FeBuhari, is amazing. Even those opposed to your views would be excited reading your beautiful message of love spiced with words of wisdom. Nigerians know that the greatest impediments to our development presently are the twin monster, corruption and insecurity in the North East. Sentiment apart, if these pernicious twins have remained intractable to the man in the saddle for over five years, for how long should we wait? Nigerians are being suffocated by the ravages of pervasive corruption, in the foggy climate of insecurity! Innocent souls, mostly women and children, are being slaughtered in the North East on daily basis and someone wants us to wait for yet another four years? Never! All we hear is that the security agents are on top of the situation! That is mere delusion! They are far below the situation! Enough of gory sights of slaughtered human beings that litter the streets of North East, which greet us on television screens everyday! We need a change, real change. With Buhari in the saddle, it can never be business as usual. The long awaited time for this elusive change has finally come, 14th day of FeBuhari.

Dr Duru Ugbor, 


Join to show the way

I must commend your rare delivery of facts in a way that epitomizes the recent happenings in the polity. I think every reasonable Nigerian should also join Tunde Thompson to show the way, next FeBuhari given the following points:

• 20 billion dollars was declared missing and till today no reasonable point was proven.

• Immigration officials collected money from Nigerians just to write aptitude test where people died, and nothing was done to the Immigration ‘top-ogas.’

• Till today, Boko Haram proves to be stronger than our very own Nigerian Army.

• Why hasn’t the much talked about, fund-wasting, white elephant National Conference debates that lasted for months been implemented?

Pages will fail me if I go on.   What is wrong if we change the system? We have nothing to lose if we change.

Ubong Inyang, “”, Uyo


Our expectation

Truly, Tunde Thompson has shown us the way, and you have said it all. By God’s grace come February 16 after the election on 14th, most of the headline news should be something like FeBuhari, Hurricane Buhari, Sai Buhari, for that is the expectation of most Nigerians, and the Bible said in Proverbs 23 verse 18 that the expectations of the righteous shall not be cut off. We also know that the voice of the masses is the voice of God. So all the propaganda against GMB shall all fall like the pack of cards. Sai Buhari and God bless Nigeria.

Emmanuel O, Mbah. Abuja,  08034474210. 


Fallibility of man

A certain pastor’s son was murdered by a teenager who came from a broken home some years ago in America. What was the offence of the preacher’s son? Spreading the word of God.

Yes, the killer was apprehended and sentenced to years of imprisonment, but what the father of the slain boy did was totally strange. He asked for a pardon for the assailant on one condition: if the teenager accepted to be adopted as his own child and be entitled to all things in the family and also his acceptance to spread the gospel, as was the practice of his child while alive.

The criminal accepted this offer with tears in his eyes and asked for forgiveness from the preacher, which was given immediately. Tunde Thompson truly understands the fallibility of man. Anybody that keeps hate in the heart is playing god. Nelson Mandela showed the way and his end was glorious. I believe when Tunde Thompson grows old and passes on, his remembrance will also be sweet.

Dr Olayinka Oladosu, 


Selflessness on display 

Mr Thompson’s support for Buhari is borne out of selflessness and the need to salvage Nigeria from imminent collapse. Those that are vehemently against Buhari despite Jonathan’s indisputable failures do so out of selfish sentiments that can never benefit the ordinary Nigerian.

Buhari may not be a saint, but in today’s Nigeria, where trust, accountability and efficient leadership are in short supply, Buhari looks like one.

Muhammad Rabiu Ada in Gwagwalada, Abuja, 08054748244 or 08035322484


It’s FeJonathan

FeBuhari, where is FeJonathan? Mr Thompson forgave Buhari because he is practicing Christian and a professional journalist. Please, Nigerians don’t want to pass through Mr Thompson’s experience again, that’s why we will vote for Jonathan again in 2015 polls. A soldier is always a soldier. FeJonathan shall narrowly triumph over FeBuhari, and surely it will have bandwagon on governorship/state assembly polls.

Hon Okwu Epuechi,  “”


Food is ready

I can still recollect the topic of your write up about Buhari on 10th December 2010, ‘’Buhari; I can smell the cooking.’ Now, you have come up with FeBuhari, another reality on ground. I want remind you that the much-awaited cooking has been done, ready to serve too. I must commend Tunde for toeing the part of the strong, and this has shown that without forgiveness, there is no future.

Furthermore, Buhari remains the only option to salvage this great country. Just as the night watchman is waiting painstakingly for the dawn, that is how Nigerians are cautiously waiting for 14th FeBuhari 2015 to do the needful to the man who has the courage to perform.

Ifechukwu Oragui,

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FeBuhari: Tunde Thompson shows the way Fri, 16 Jan 2015 01:06:07 +0000 Have you heard the new coinage in town? February has been turned to FeBuhari by lovers of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Gen Muhammadu Buhari. And what does it mean in Yoruba language? ‘Fe’ is love, or deep affection. ]]>

Have you heard the new coinage in town?  February has been turned to FeBuhari by lovers of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Gen Muhammadu Buhari.  And what does it mean in Yoruba language?  ‘Fe’ is love, or deep affection.  Therefore, in that neologism, what the people are saying is that they love Buhari, and in February, they would show that love.  Also, rather coincidentally, the presidential election holds on February 14, which is Saint Valentine’s Day, a day set aside to celebrate love.  So, it is love all the way on February 14, (oh, sorry, FeBuhari 14).

And from a most unlikely person, ineffable love was shown to Gen. Buhari earlier this week.  If anybody should nurse a giant-sized grudge, indeed, an ocean of gall and bitterness against the former military head of state, it should be Tunde Ozemoya Thompson, the Nigerian journalist jailed under the infamous Decree 4, promulgated by the Buhari regime in 1984.

Tunde Thompson and Nduka Irabor worked with The Guardian Newspapers, and in February (that month again!) 1984, had filed an exclusive story on impending diplomatic postings, which involved some top military brass.  The report also included some foreign missions that were to be closed down, and those who would be retired.

The government took offence.  Thompson was the first to be arrested by the Nigerian Security Organisation (NSO), precursor to the State Security Service (SSS), and Irabor was later brought to join him.  The ordeal lasted for months, and ended in a one-year jail term handed to the duo.  They served it.

Now, about 31 years later, how does Thompson feel about the man who kept him out of circulation in Kirikiri prisons for more than a year?  One would have expected Thompson to spew bile and vitriol on the man from Daura, in an interview he granted Sunday Sun, this week. If he did that, it would just be natural, and quite human.  The hen has upturned my medicine pot, I must break her eggs too.  An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth!  God no go vex.

But Thompson disarmed me, sent me into deep reflection and meditation, with his response:

“I do not see why at this time people are trying to make political capital out of what happened in 1984.   Apart from that, it was an issue in 2011 election.  Between 2010 and 2011, people kept saying this over and over again.  I think it is now over 30 years, people should learn to be charitable; they should learn to be forgiving; they should learn to let bygone be bygone.”

Jumping Jehosaphat!  Is Thompson actually saying he has forgiven his jailer?  Will he then endorse the man’s aspiration to rule the country again?  Hear the veteran journalist:

“The fear of a few people who have plundered the treasuries of this country should not be allowed to hinder our economic progress and political transformation.  I think Buhari has shown humility…  I will not like people to use Decree 4 as an excuse to deny somebody, who can help bring discipline through democratic means to Nigeria, another opportunity of getting to the position of president of this country.  I think God is getting tired of the injustice in this country, that is why some of us are seeing the reason we have to rally round the man and support him… I am very happy that you raised the issue about what my position is on somebody who put me in jail.  I think 30 years is long enough, we should forgive and forget.”

Holy Moses!  What golden words from a golden heart.  It is akin to a woman falling in love with a man who had raped her brutally, and agreeing to marry him.  “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”  I thought it was only Jesus that was capable of this kind of forgiveness.  Oh, I remember Stephen.  He was being stoned to death for being a disciple of Jesus, and before his last breath left his nostrils, he prayed: “Lay it not to their charge, oh Lord.”  That is also what Tunde Thompson has done.  He has taught us a vital lesson, a divine one, something completely out of this world.  It is unnatural, almost aberrant and anomalous.  But isn’t this what God actually expects of all His creation?  To err is human, to forgive divine.

When Nelson Mandela left prison after 28 years behind the bars, you would expect that the Whites in South Africa would be in trouble.  This was how I captured it in December 2013, after the man passed away at 95: “You would expect him (Mandela) to come out of prison with guns blazing, exacting vengeance on every white skin in his path.  You would think he should belch smoke from the nose, the ears, and every other orifice in his body, consuming any white man with the heat of anger, malice and indignation.  Not so.” Rather, Mandela told himself:  “As I walked out the door toward the gate that could lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.”

True.  You can actually be as free as a bird of the air, physically, but be in prison.  When you lock people in your heart in malice and bitterness, plotting revenge, or nursing ill will, you are in prison.  Mandela got out of that prison without walls.  Tunde Thompson has got out of it too.  Why then do some people choose to remain perpetually behind those spiritual bars?

“Resentment is like drinking poison, and then hoping it will kill your enemies,” Mandela had said on another occasion.  Like the writer, Joen Lunden, also says;  “Holding on to anger, resentment and hurt only gives you tense muscles, a headache and a sore jaw from clenching your teeth.  Forgiveness gives you back the laughter and the lightness in your life.”

Hear Alen Stewart, another writer:  “Bitterness and resentment only hurt one person, and it’s not the person we’re resenting – It’s us.”

What is the sum total of what I’m saying?  You can keep yourself wilfully in prison, wreak untold havoc on your physical and spiritual health, through resentment.  While there’s a massive movement behind Buhari today (FeBuhari) as somebody that God can use to re-direct the course of our country towards probity, accountability and true service to the people, I see some others holding on to primordial sentiments and decades old resentment.  He truncated democratic rule in 1983, why does he want to be president through democracy?  He is behind the insurgency in the country (without a shred, not even a scintilla of evidence). He cancelled the metroline project in Lagos.  He has no certificates (I love the man who called a radio station during a phone-in programme, and said even if all that Buhari can provide are just his NEPA bills, he would still vote for him).  He misappropriated money when he headed the Petroleum Trust Fund under Sani Abacha (now, former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, has put a lie to that).  He killed hard drug pushers through a retroactive decree (should he have rather garlanded them?)  53 suitcases!  N2.8 billion missing in NNPC during his tenure as oil minister!  All hogwash.  Unproven, apocryphal tales, all debunked by Prof Tam David-West in his book titled ‘The Sixteen Sins of Gen Muhammadu Buhari.’  But the opposers have made themselves deliberately impervious to reason, while the rest of the country is moving on.  Change, men, change!  Mandela has shown the way.  Tunde Thompson has blazed the same trail.  Chief Audu Ogbeh was a stalwart of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) in the Second Republic.  He was among those jailed by Buhari.  But today, he is one of the directors of Buhari’s campaign.  Forgiveness is sweet, truly divine.

Some other accusations:  He jailed Jim Nwobodo for 301 years.  He kept Shehu Shagari under house arrest, but locked Alex Ekwueme in prison.  He hates people from a particular part of the country.  He favoured the North under PTF.  He will Islamize Nigeria.  Change, men, change!  Saul of Tarsus can become Paul the Apostle.  Even if all the allegations were true, the man has now been named Muhammadu Okechukwu Buhari by Gov Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, and he is also now a chief of Aba, the Ogbuagu 1, a title conferred on him by the traditional ruler of Eziama Aba Autonomous Community, Eze Isaac Ajumu Ikonne.  So, why the fuss?  Change, men, change!  Take heed to the admonition of the Catholic Bishop of Awka, The Most Rev Paulinus Ezeokafor, during the symbolic burial of the victims of the Nigerian Civil War, which held on Monday in Anambra.  The cleric, in his homily, said people should let God be the centre of their lives, adding that the history of the country would not be complete without mentioning the civil war.  Then, the clincher: Forgiveness should be uppermost in the minds of the people, so as to foster love and unity, the priest said. Finito.  O pari. Okwu agwuShikena.  Nothing more to add!

While paying tribute to Mandela at the 95,000 capacity stadium in Soweto, Ban ki-Moon of the United Nations, said:  “Mandela showed us the way with a heart larger than this stadium.”

Thompson has also shown the way. FeBuhari.  Let more Nigerians follow the path of forgiveness.  Like Isaac Newton, we should all be able to say, “Plato is my friend, Aristotle is my friend, but my best friend is truth.” That is what will save Nigeria from her current travails.


For Sani Zorro, the lawmaker-in-waiting

Former president of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Mallam Sani Zorro, is an aspirant to the House of Representatives in next month’s elections.  He is bidding to represent his federal constituency in Jigawa State at the lower chamber of the National Assembly for this reason:

“It is the more vibrant of the two chambers in the National Assembly.  This is in tune with my own contribution as a trade unionist, a freedom fighter and a journalist.”

Zorro’s membership will no doubt add colour and quality to the House of Representatives.  With one of our own, Abike Dabiri, not running again from Lagos, the tribe of journalists will have another worthy ambassador in Zorro.  He will represent us well, and represent his people well.  He has my total endorsement.

It is not Sani Zorro’s first outing.  In 2011, he had run for the same position, but the election was allegedly manipulated against him.  This time, on the platform of high-flying All Progressives Congress (APC), his chances are good, very good. Let the people rally round him, and give overwhelming mandate.  He has paid his dues, and has a lot to give in terms of service.

“I am pro-poor,” he said in a recent interview.  “My father was a NEPU activist.  He was also a member of Kano State House of Assembly – then we were with Kano under PRP.  I was a member of PRP youth wing while in school.”

Now is the time for Zorro to go a higher notch in his service to society.  Jigawa people would be proud of him as a lawmaker.  And so would Nigerian journalists too.


Re: 2014 prophecies that hit the crossbar

Not author of confusionAfter reading your piece on the prophecies that hit the crossbar, what I found out is that 80% of the prophecies of 2014 failed, and we all know that God is not the author of confusion. I am not permitted to judge anybody but my advice is; let nobody speak when the Lord has not spoken, no matter who you are, for God is not a respecter of anybody. I also believe in prophecies and in the prophets of God as commanded in the Holy Bible (2 Chronicles 20 verse 20), but when it is becoming blasphemy, count me out. Emmanuel O, Mbah.  Abuja,, 08034474210


More than you can imagine

I can’t stop being your fan. You trigger us with your qualitative and well-articulated write-ups.

You can rest assured that your fans all over the world are more than you can imagine. May God continue to expand your coast. You are not lacking in any field of study.


Very interesting piece

I will like to point out that the annual practise of giving prophecies on a large scale is not biblical. Yes, prophecy is one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit for the church, (New Testament believers), but the way prophecies are being used is no longer in vogue. The old order of communication by God to the Jews on a national level was through prophets,  but in the New Testament, this method has been abolished…Heb 1-4: “God who at sundry times and in divers manners spoke in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son who he hath appointed heir of all things by whom he also made the worlds.”

Any attempt to bring back what God had closed will meet with disappointment and loss of face. Dr Olayinka Oladosu,


My own prophecy

I am not a prophet, but a businessman. And I do not lead any congregation. However, I am impressed to also prophesy what will happen and what will not happen this year.

Prophecy number one: Nigeria will not break up. We will unite as one.

My prophecy Number Two: General Muhammadu Buhari will win 2015 election. I see President Goodluck Jonathan transfer power to APC.  What I see is that next month presidential election will be tight, as PDP is not only strong but has a strong candidate. However, I see the election going the way of Buhari.  I see Buhari defeating Jonathan with a close margin, in first ballot.

My prophecy Number Three: APC will lose Rivers State. Wike will win Dakuku Peterside. But PDP will lose Kebi, Adamawa, Abia, and Katsina states.

My prophecy Number Four: Senator David Mark will win in Benue State but he will not win the Senate President seat as Buhari will not want PDP to produce next senate president.

My prophecy Number Five: Boko Haram leaders will divide and fight against themselves.


Reasons prophecies fail!

Definitely, you are in ministry. This is obvious by the depth of your questions, answers and scriptures. I salute your understanding and discourse. Permit me to bring more insight and examples to why prophecies fail. God sent Jonah to Nineveh with a message of judgment, but he ran away. God took him by force and sent him to Nineveh: he gave the message, the people repented with prayer and fasting, and God relented. Jonah was angry that God did not perform his prophecy (Jonah 4:1-11). God does want He likes – He is Omnipotent, He is Omniscient, He is Omnipresent – He is a merciful God. This is one of the reasons why prophecies fail – God is merciful – He reverses His terse judgment when He sees true repentance.

Another example is the case of King Hezekiah. God sent His servant, prophet Isaiah to tell Hezekiah to put his house in order because he will die. The king immediately prayed and before the prophet left the middle court of the palace, God sent Isaiah back to reverse the judgment and added 15 more years to his sojourn on earth, 2 Kings 20:1-11. That is God for you – so merciful, always abounding in love and favour. Those who understand God and His ways, always go away with many benefits, such as King David – who despite his iniquities was accepted by God as a man after His heart. It appears to me that OBJ is the king David of our time.

Finally, in 1 Corinthians 13:8-9, it is clear that prophecies do fail, tongues do cease, and knowledge does vanish. It is only Charity (Love) that does not fail (1Corinthians 13:8). I doff my cap for men of God who give some prophecies that come to pass. The ones that hit the crossbar are products of God’s mercies, love, favour and sovereignty. God bless our prophets in the land: they have helped us to avert so much evil. My Head Prophet is Jesus – The Way, The Truth, and The Life – no one goes to God except through Him (John 14:6). Col RN Oputa Rtd,



Mysteries and revelations are real, people encounter them almost on daily basis, so, me too, I believe in prophecies. Through prayers, negative prophecies can be cancelled, and that could be the reason why some of these prophecies  you mentioned hit the crossbar. In 2 Kings 20:1-11, Prophet Isaiah was sent by God to tell Hezekiah who was ill and at the point of death to put his house in order,  because he was going to die; and would not recover.  Hezekiah prayed and wept bitterly to God, he was heard and 15  years was added to his life.

There is no doubt that we have littered all over the place,  men and women who are self- serving bunch of opportunists and religious sharks, who have no integrity. These are the sort that will tell you if your wife does not give birth to a girl, that she will be delivered of a bouncing baby boy. These ones make atheists happy because the shallowness and fraud of their messages are too obvious. They are the ones we should be mindful of.

The solution to these scavengers is to always think aright about God and no doubt, real prophecies will be revealed to us from even unexpected quarters. Royal Johnny,, Abia


God’s glory

Well said, master word craftsman, if there is any word like that. I believe that’s the way God wants it to be. Knowing man and his boastful nature, if all of their prophecies were to come true, most of them will be playing god and taking God’s glory. Believe me, all of them, no matter how clear they ‘see,’ will continue to hit the crossbar. Ugoo Ezenwaka,, Aba. Abia State.

Role of prayer and faith

I want to believe you know that prayer and faith can stop some prophecies from taking place. Remember Jonah in the Good Book. Ebuka Ezeuchegbu (Ebuka Himself),


There will always be false prophets

Ever since you started keeping tabs on them, the number of prophesies have reduced drastically. The only daring ones are those operating with the spirit of witchcraft and sorcery.  Believe it or not, so many of them are in the church today and Jesus Christ our Lord had said that there shall surely be false prophets coming in his name, but in the end, he will surely put them where they belong.

However when God-inspired  prophecies refuse to crystallize, it equally means that the church made intercessory prayers and God heard and changed the plan of the Devil, but it will also be revealed to the person who prophesied it, so that he or she could easily tell the church about the new development.

As for me, I can’t “Prophe-lie” but these are my wish for Nigerians, that from the year 2015, whoever wins the presidential election  would embark on the following projects: ensure good railway transport from Lagos to Port Harcourt through Benin-Onitsha – Owerri –Aba. We already have Lagos to Kano, there should be Lagos to Abuja. We should have 24 hours uninterrupted power supply, and gradually phase out the exportation of crude oil and start the exportation of already refined products by building refineries. Nigerians should have good  jobs based on open and buoyant economy, stop corruption by passing strong laws to eradicate it. The new National Assembly should speedily implement the recommendations of the national conference. Boko Haram should be defeated and Nigerians will rise again from their doldrums. God bless Nigeria. Rev. Monye J Gold. National Coordinator, Mass Movement for Responsible Leadership. 0705 888 2573,


Belief of true prophets

Your last paragraph summed up the creed and true belief of the real prophets (Muhammad, Jesus, Moses, Abraham, Noah) etc., in the old and new testaments of the bible, and even the last testament to mankind (the Quran). Thus their messages were divine and cannot be interfered with by any satanic force. This is why their predictions and prophecies must always come to pass.

Any other person’s prophecy could fail. The future teller himself cannot predict correctly the outcome of his /her prophecy and should never claim divinity, otherwise he/she becomes blasphemous to the almighty God.

Muhammad Rabiu Ada Gwagwalada,,

Abuja, 08054748244 or 08035322484

To be continued



Re: Buhari, Jonathan, and 2015 elections (2)

Why The Sun is king

Take a poll of newspapers in the country, and you would see that The Sun is king.  The simple reason for this is what your publisher said: The newspaper belongs to all Nigerians.  As long as the paper does not compromise its principles, till my last breath, I remain a Sun reader. Ade Paul


We’re in trouble

If Buhari does not get in, we’re in trouble in Nigeria.  God will surely help him.  Even at 150 years, he will be better than Jonathan. Titus, Benue State



The Sun balances the equation of giving the candidates equal publicity.  We keep our fingers crossed, and may the will of God be done. Gordon Chika Nnorom, Umukabia, Abia State


Men of courage

I totally commend your huge courage to write what you believe, and stand by it.  PDP at the federal level is not doing well.  It could be better.  We need men of courage in this country.  Dr William, Ikoyi, Lagos


Our next president

For 15 years now, I have followed Buhari, and am in love with him.  By God’s grace, come February 14, Buhari will be the next president of Nigeria.  Alex Ogwo


Now I know

Before now, I used to think everything you wrote was the opinion of The Sun.  Don’t blame us, because we are not learned in journalism.  Now, I know that facts are sacred, and comments are free.  Thanks. åEngr Enn Anolue, Aguata Agulezechukwu


I salute Kalu

You have spoken the minds of many Nigerians through your write-ups on Buhari.  Thank God for the courage to call a spade a spade.  I salute the disposition of your publisher, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu, a man of immense wealth and unassailable character.  I assure you that if you are the last man following Gen. Buhari, I will be at your back.  Mr Kamen U.


Between gold and bronze

I am an Ibo, and  Buhari cannot Islamize the country.  Between Buhari and Jonathan, no contest.  Can you compare gold and bronze?  Buhari is the only one that can save this country from PDP.  Uche Ezem


Speak for yourself

You should say ‘I need Buhari,’ not ‘We need Buhari.’  I can’t even imagine what Nigerians will expect from a citizen who goes about beating the drums of war.  Pastor Idemuda I. J, Edo State


God bless Kalu

May God bless Orji Uzor Kalu, the quintessential publisher of our time for his uncommon liberal mind.  And God bless ‘Baba Femo’ for his unwavering conviction on the kind of personality desirable for the country of our dreams.  To mischief-makers, it is in their own interest to hold their peace, and not try to hinder the smooth operations of a moving train.  Pastor Kayode Alabi, Lagos

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2014 prophecies that hit the crossbar Thu, 08 Jan 2015 23:48:00 +0000 This troublemaker has come again this year, some prophets would say, after seeing the headline of this piece. Yes, I have come again, because it is the duty of journalists to serve as the watchdogs of society. ]]>

This troublemaker has come again this year, some prophets would say, after seeing the headline of this piece.  Yes, I have come again, because it is the duty of journalists to serve as the watchdogs of society.  And if a prophet says something definite would happen in a specific year, it is the duty of journalists to keep tabs.  If the prophecy does not come to pass, journalists should then ask questions.

This time last year, when I wrote on 2013 prophecies that hit the crossbar, one of the prophets I mentioned reached me on phone.  His question was; “why did you focus on only one prophecy that did not come to pass?  Why not focus on the other 99% that were accomplished?”

I explained to him that my motive was not to ridicule prophets, but since the Good Book says you know a true prophet when his prophecies hit the bull’s eye, and a false one when his predictions hit the crossbar, one is then at liberty to determine the side of the divide in which any foreteller falls.  But we are by no means judging them, as the Good Book charges us: “Who are you that judges another man’s servant?   To his own master, he stands or falls.” (Romans 14:4).

Do I believe in prophecies?  I do.  The ability to foretell the future is one of the nine major gifts of the Holy Spirit, as listed in the Holy Bible.  And in I Thessalonians 5:2, we are specifically told not to despise or treat prophecies with contempt.  Prophets are important vessels in the hands of God.  “By a prophet the Lord brought Israel out of Egypt, and by a prophet was he preserved.” (Hosea 12:13).  I dare not look down on the prophetic ministry, or try to drag it through the mud.

But the same Holy Book says when a man prophesies, other people should judge (I Corinthians 14:29).  That is simply what I am doing today. We are looking at the prophecies that came out for 2014, with emphasis on the ones that missed the mark.

Apostle Johnson Suleman is the General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministry in Auchi, Edo State.  The man ‘sees’ things, a lot of people can testify.  In 2014, he said a Rivers State lawmaker would be arrested and charged with murder.  It happened.  He said Bamanga Tukur would be removed and disgraced as National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).  It came to pass.  But did all Suleman’s ball enter the net?  No.  Some of them hit the crossbar.  For example: “Presidential ticket will split the All Progressives Congress (APC).”  Did it happen?  No.  Right before our eyes last December, the APC held a very transparent presidential primary election, and all the losers congratulated the winner.  They are all still working together for ‘change’ in the country today.  Apostle Suleman; what happened?

Hear him also about the national conference held last year:  “The national dialogue will be the worst Nigeria has ever had.  It will end up with fights and accusation of embezzlement.”  Did it happen that way?  Over the bar!  The national conference went fairly well, and ended quite peacefully, though nothing has been made of its resolutions.

“Another plane crash.  Eminent personalities will be involved,” said Suleman.  Mercifully, it did not happen.  “Oba of Benin, oh we need to pray, ” he also said.  The Oba still reigns.  “The Northern candidates against President Jonathan will be two.”  There is only one.  “I saw a colonel in the military trying to stage a coup, but he will fail.”  Coup? In 2014?  We did not hear of any.

At another time, Apostle Suleman said Gov Rotimi Amaechi would return to the PDP in 2014.  Another year is here, and Amaechi is even the Director-General of Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign on the platform of the APC.

Bro Joshua Iginla is pastor of Champion Royal Assembly (Inc.), based at the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.  Great things happen in his church, and he ‘sees’ a lot of things, many of which come to pass.  But does he hit the crossbar?  Yes, he does.  Just like these ones in 2014:

“I see two more governors defecting from PDP to APC, and many more people following them to the new party.”  The last defection (of five governors) was in late 2013.  No governor came into the APC in 2014.  Bro Joshua, what happened?

Iginla predicted that the PDP chairman would lose his seat.  Yes, Bamanga Tukur was removed.  But on this other one, he hit the crossbar: “I see female governors.  I see one coming and taking root, and I see the second like a deputy governor taking over from the governor.”  It did not happen in 2014, as no female governor emerged. Except maybe in future.

“Pray for the Vice President, that after this dispensation, he should not be saying goodbye to politics.”  Well, VP Namadi Sambo is still running with his principal for a second term in office.

Bishop Emma Isong is a big name in the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN).  Based in Calabar, the capital of Cross River State, he does big things at the Christian Central Chapel International, where he is the General Overseer.  Annually, he prophesies, just as he did for 2014.  A good number came to pass, but the crossbar was also not spared.  Hear this:

“Another adjustment in the petroleum pump price will encounter massive reaction and public resistance, especially by the marketers.”  In 2014?  Yes, there was a year we occupied Nigeria over hike in fuel prices, but definitely, it was not last year.

Primate Theophilus Olabayo, founder of the Evangelical Church of Yahweh, is a big name among prophets.  There was a time he was the hottest foreteller in the country.  He is still there, like the old soldier that never dies.  I remember long ago, over 20 years actually, when we were in Concord Press, and we went to interview him.  He told us that his wife initially refused to marry him.  And what was her fear?  “You always see everything,” she had told him.  True, Olabayo ‘sees’ a lot.  But in 2014, not everything he saw came to pass.

“Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State has to be watchful so that they will not kidnap and kill him in the New Year.  He has to be very careful so that he can survive the year.” Verdict: Crossbar.

Primate Olabayo equally predicted many other things that can only be judged after the general elections next month.  But hear this:

“If Buhari comes up (as APC presidential candidate) Asiwaju Bola Tinubu will be his running mate.  But it is going to spell doom for Nigeria because it is going to be a Muslim/Muslim ticket, and some people won’t agree.  That is their joker.” Is Tinubu Buhari’s running mate today? Crossbar!

Prophetess Dupe Oluwayemi is said to be very popular in Ondo and Ekiti states.  She is the visioner and founder of Christ Glory Breakthrough Covenant Mission.  But did all her prophecies break through in 2014?  You decide, after hearing this:

“The coming election in Ekiti State will bring shedding of blood, because there will be problems to the point of killing one another through hired killers.  This is the result of the election, says the Lord. Fayemi will win the coming election, but if prayer is not thoroughly observed, the election will be run twice.”

Thus says the Lord?  No.  The Lord didn’t say, because the Lord never misses.  He is ever faithful and true.  So, it is Prophetess Oluwayemi who hit the crossbar, because Ayo Fayose, not Fayemi won the Ekiti election.

Primate Elijah Babatunde Ayodele?  A lot of his predictions are tied to the 2015 elections.  So, we can wait till the end of next month to see if he hits target, or the crossbar. The day will come, by the grace of God.

T.B Joshua of The Synagogue of All Nations? These are not very happy times for him, after his guest house collapsed last September, and more than 100 people perished. Never kick a man that is down. So, we let him be. For now!

Let me end this piece the same way I ended last year:

No man has the final say over anything.  Only God does. Times and seasons are in His hands.  Prophecies are for our edification, for our encouragement and blessing. But God never reveals everything to finite man. If He reveals everything, then He would not be God again.  No wonder the Good Book says the things that are revealed are for men, while the ones that are hidden are for God.  If God has hidden something in His superior knowledge, why should I go and poke my nose into it, trying to sniff it out?  “He that pries into every cloud shall be struck by thunderbolt,” so goes the saying.  So, I take the things God has revealed, and respect His decision on the ones He keeps to Himself – lest I hit the crossbar.



Re: Buhari, Jonathan, Kalu and 2015 elections


Truly unbiased 

After reading your piece on ‘Buhari, Jonathan, Kalu and 2015 election,’ I became convinced that you and your publisher are truly unbiased in your publication.

My take is, yes, Buhari is honest and transparent, but my question is what can he do about supplying electricity to Nigerians when he has a generator baron next to him in APC?  Remember that few years ago, this same generator baron was expelled from Ghana in order for Ghana to have and celebrate stable supply of electricity till date.  Remember again that this same generator baron while in PDP succeeded in frustrating Obasanjo’s regime in spite of the huge financial inputs of that regime.  This same baron is always in the ruling party so as to ensure the protection of his generator company that often frustrates or sabotages any government effort at getting electricity right for its people.

Nigerians should know by now that with such barons in a ruling party, our craving for stable electricity shall remain a tall dream.  So my question remains – what shall Buhari do when faced with sabotage and resistance by generator barons?

As for Jonathan of the PDP – yes he is a simple-minded democrat with lofty plans for his country, but the PDP as a party, does not know how to propagate and trumpet their ordinary and half-baked achievements.

W. I. Imaralu, Magodo, Isheri, Lagos 


God bless Kalu

I want to assure you that The Sun shall continue to shine forever and nobody can stop it, and nobody can do you any mischief, because God is by your side for standing by the truth and nothing but the truth. As for Dr Orji Uzor Kalu, God will continue to bless him for his liberal mindedness and courage. Just like you, most Nigerians do not have any personal issue against President Goodluck Jonathan, but we have many issues about how the country is now. Let us put an end to corruption, insecurity and all other evils that are trying to bring this nation down. Sai Buhari. God bless Nigeria. Emmanuel O. Mbah, Abuja, 08034474210


The Kalu I know

Dr Orji Uzor Kalu is no doubt a large-hearted and much admired businessman, politician and socialite. Right from his student days in Maiduguri, he freely associated and did business with top military leaders. Although he was sent out for his radical activities, he went on to excel in business.

However, he bequeathed on Abia State his former Chief of Staff, who’s almost eight years tenure is ending up in fiasco.

Happy New Year to the all achieving Sun Newspaper Group. Please do more. Col RN Oputa rtd,


We are no zombies

In Nigeria of today, it is regarded as abomination or being audacious for one to have the temerity to express a different opinion from that of one’s employer. Our docility has become a tradition, and anyone raising any eyebrow over the bad government of the country, state or local government, is viewed as enemy of government and easily branded an opposition that must be reproached or crushed.  Series of cheap blackmail, falsehood and propaganda are heavily mounted against the person in order to justify the actions, simply because one has a different opinion about the style of leadership of the head of government or organisation. That is the situation we find ourselves in the country today: see something and say nothing, or close your eyes, nostrils, ears and mouth to bad state of public affairs. And of course, fold your arms and do nothing to change the situation. Instead, you are expected like a moron or zombie to become docile and quiet over the bad state of things. That is our Nigeria today, where facts are no longer sacred and comments free; where a reporter can no longer report the facts about the way things are, and where the Press/Media are no longer the watchdog of the society.

But thank God for a free and independent-minded person like Orji Uzor Kalu, who established a newspaper, and being an astute businessman, knows it is wrong to mix personal issues with business, hence as a business enterprise he allows the managers of the newspaper the free hand to run the paper as a purely business organisation without interference. Otherwise, probably today, our dear Presido Femi Adesina would have long been sent home, even before assuming the headship of the management of the newspaper, simply because he expresses his personal opinion over our national affairs. But thank God OUK is no zombie. In newspaper business, it is only the editorial comment that is the opinion of the paper, while a column is purely the personal opinion of the author (the columnist). Kudos to OUK for not succumbing to cheap threats, blackmail and fear that his business interests in Nigeria could be stifled or jeopardised for allowing free comments in his newspaper.

But people forget that it is the free hand of operation of the newspaper that has earned The Sun enviable position of being the most popular, most read and patronised paper in terms of circulation and purchase. Just like Femi, I am a Muhammadu Buhari adherent, and I have so ever been since 2003 when he began his quest to rescue Nigeria. His pedigree in public office as head of state, even head of PTF, endears him to me that I see him as the right man to rescue Nigeria from the doldrums of bad governance, corruption, embezzlements and other forms of rot in government. We are no zombies and the constitution guarantees us freedom of choice and expression. Even priests and judges have same freedom to vote for the candidate of their choice in general elections.

Sir Abuchi Anueyiagu, Independent Journalist/Public Affairs Commentator, 08080242128,


What Kalu knows

You are a great and invaluable asset to The Sun Publishing Company, and Uzor Kalu knows that as an experienced businessman. Your support for Buhari is borne out of patriotism for Nigeria and its people, especially the downtrodden. From 2015 henceforth, leaders at all levels are no longer going to be elected on primordial sentiments but based on pure, honest and reliable qualities of incorruptibility and the zeal to serve the masses of Nigeria. Muhammad Rabiu,, Abuja 08054748244 or 08035322484.


Beauty of The Sun

I have no apologies for being an unrepentant Jonathanian. As you said, we are contributing our quota on the 2015 elections’ debate. Whoever wins will still get our support. Our OUK and The Sun should be commended for allowing freedom of expression in the workplace. That is the beauty of the paper and that is why it is a beautiful brand and market leader. Robert Obioha,


You’ve done your part

Let me take from your write up: “But what if Jonathan wins the February 14, 2015 election? So be it.” I was listening to Ebenezer Obey’s lyrics of yesteryears recently. The song says: “Commander Ebenezer, do your best and leave the rest.” I know you do not have malice against GEJ but you have travelled far and wide, and you see how people live. The basic things that make life comfortable are not begged for. Some people were commending the availability of electricity for a period of 16 hours in a day over the festivity period as huge achievement. What a pity! What do we say of Ghana where electricity supply is taken for granted?

I have no doubt that corruption is the number one enemy of this administration. If the leader could not handle this after four full years, I wonder what we should expect if he’s given another four years.

Thank God for your publisher for having an open mind, to allow the journalists in his employment to give free opinion. There is need for change in the centre. You have done your best, and you need to leave the rest to Nigerians on February 14. Dr Olayinka Oladosu,


For sure

I don’t miss Friday Sun because of your column. Nigeria needs Buhari for sure. Abayomi Okanlawon, 


Best form of management

Orji Uzor Kalu is a man that believes in delegated authority with responsibility. It is the best form of management model because it brings out the best in the employees. He has remained faithful to this approach despite his betrayal by the PDP and Theodore Orji, his anointed successor in Abia State. It takes a man of sterling vision to know that the success of any business lies with the people who are the intended end users and buyers.

The GMB phenomenon is an idea whose time has come. You were only amplifying the truth of the moment. Honestly, I wish to work with OUK as I cherish his beliefs in management and trust in his staff and followers.

God Bless OUK! God Bless Nigeria!! Yusuf Umaru,


Sustained by God

Let me start by saying happy New Year to all my friends/fans on Femi Adesina’s column. This column has made me very famous and one of the most controversial clergymen in Nigeria. In my last rejoinder to this page, I got over 300 calls and text messages from people who wish to know where Jesus asked his disciples to buy sword, and I had to give them assignment to search it out themselves in the Holy Bible. I also had a group who wish to join the Mass Movement for Responsible Leadership as treasurers! Haba! We don’t have money oh! It is just a movement of nation builders and like minds.

My friend, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, is a great man. The Sun is being sustained by God, and I know He will continue to do it. But we as citizens must be able to say the truth about our nation, though we still have to do it constructively without causing malicious damage. We should be able to tell our leaders what they are not doing right, but we must do it with love so that we will be able to capture the inner part of the problems and proffer solution. Remember, we only have one country, we must salvage it but with wisdom like that of a serpent and the gentility of a dove as Jesus said.  Long live Nigeria.

Rev. Monye J Gold, National Coordinator, Mass Movement for Responsible Leadership, 0705 888 2573


Need for change

“Even if General Muhammadu Buhari is 120 years old, blind in one eye, bent double on his walking stick and with two teeth left in his mouth, as long as he is mentally sound, I would support him for the leadership of our country.” The above postulation by you is where millions of Nigerian youths stand. Nigeria is truly in short supply of leaders with integrity, and General Muhammadu Buhari is over-qualified. The country is in dire need of a change of government, yet many are still comfortable with the below average performance we are getting presently and can do the unimaginable to make sure this abysmal failure continue. Please don’t relent, stand for the truth, those in support of you are greater than those against you. Unjoerated Onwukeme,  HYPERLINK “”, Enugu


Kalu, a wise man

Let PDP government come out and tell us their plans, and what they have done in their 16 years in power. Not to ask Kalu to call Femi to order. Kalu and Rochas Okorocha are my mentors, and I love them with all my heart. Kalu is a wise man he will not renege on his promises. He was the only man that stood up and told Obasanjo the truth, not minding what it cost him and his business.

For me, in this present PDP crisis, two issues are involved: (1) Survival and freedom of Nigerians. (2) Survival of interests of PDP leaders. The two are as distinct as life and death. Elijah Anuoluwapo, 


Reeling in ignorance

What a very wonderful piece you wrote. Great kudos. It is such writings that endeared you to me more. In fact, I’ll say you are one of my persons of the year 2014, even among other greats like Muhammadu Buhari, Bring Back our Girls, Civilian JTF, Tambuwal, Sanusi Lamido, etc. You are part of those the Good Book described as correctly handling the word of truth. I’m happy the Publisher – Orji Uzor Kalu remains unbiased. Those who accuse you of being pro-APC surely haven’t been reading your past articles. Neither have they been following you. If they have, they won’t be reeling in ignorance. In a field where there is less conscience from journalists and publishers, I wish more journalists and publishers/owners of print and electronic media will emulate you and Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu on need for unbiased reporting and independent, conscientious media.

Dr. Michael ‘Dr.Biggie’ Adeyemi, Lagos


No ethnic colour

I was quite attracted by your piece.  I hail Dr Orji Uzor Kalu, who has set up a newspaper without ethnic colours.  A lot of newspapers are woven around the moods of their respective publishers, but Kalu cuts the picture of a great man who fully understands what newspapering is all about.  Don’t mind those calling for your head, they’re hollow thinkers.

Anthony Willims Offor, Lagos 


Let them hear 

When Gen Buhari was military head of state, he tried to sanitize the rot caused by Shagari government.  Unfortunately, the power mongers did not allow him.  Whether Buhari is old or not, he is our person.  Let them hear. Chris, Warri, Delta State.  08167125518 


Political zombies 

Never mind those greedy and conscienceless zombies, whose stock-in-trade stops at the door of money sharing.  You are dead right about the PDP, especially at the centre.  If not for people like Orji Kalu, Ike Ekwremadu, and a few others, the party is a sinking house.  If free and fair elections are organised this year, it will not be business as usual.

Rev Father Evans Offor


To be continued





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