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El Rufai is in the news for directly threatening international interests bent on influencing the upcoming elections

There was an expected uproar against El Rufai

Following today's surprising BBC Africa piece in support of @atiku, I will clarify a few things

Students of colonial history will readily agree that European colonial adventurism in Africa & beyond came as a result of trade between both parties

In a bid to protect either a market or a vital source of commodities, was why the colonial authorities were coopted by merchants
Signature corporations in Nigeria such as UTC, Leventis, Kingsway, UAC, Shell, etc (mostly headquartered in London) predate an independent Nigeria and in many cases see themselves as a greater stakeholder in the Nigerian experiment, than the Nigerian population themselves.
Post colonisation, the Nigerian manufacturing backbone has been built on imported components.

Today's corporate giants in Nigeria do their business by basically taking out raw materials and bringing back semi-finished goods, which they merely polish before sale to the market.
P&g, coca cola, NESTLE, CADBURY, etc. They all import their most vital components and then sell to us Nigerians.

They have used this method to keep the proprietary information on their entrepreneurial know how to themselves, while leaving us content with oil royalties.
Unfortunately, 2 main factors have served to render this model patently unworkable.

The first is our out-of-control population explosion. This has served to foment an existential crisis for Nigeria that is impossible to ignore and equally impossible to continue to passify.
The second is globalisation, which has resulted in a race for economic superiority between Europe (and its Euro American siblings) and the rest of the world

This phenomenon coupled with capitalism's inexorable demand for profit, has meant that basic industrial knowhow cannot
stay hidden indefinitely.

Therefore we discover a plethora of counterweights to the European economic hegemony over Africa, who are serving to democratize the access to infrastructure & industrial knowhow.

Nigeria has been changing slowly for over a decade now due to the forces
explained above, and this is why several economically inefficient, but colonially influential companies have seen their businesses in Nigeria die slowly, but surely.

Recent news about p&g and nestle closing down factories, and PZ also reducing its Nigerian exposure, are clear
indicators that business isn't going on as usual.

Enter Obasanjo.

This character (arguably @atiku's biggest asset) has finally been able to convince the colonial masters that @MBuhari and his APC regime are bad news for their long term interests in Nigeria.

I would call such
actions treasonable due to their long term negative effects on a majority of Nigerians.

Nigeria has ample capacity to lift itself out of the economic morass which she funds herself today.

Cutting the apron strings of Western economic oxygen will help us stand on our own feet
The newfound recognition, prominence and support being given to @atiku by the west (in spite of the glaring and internationally acknowledged cases of corruption against him) is a clear signal that it doesn't have the best interests of this country at heart.

Nigeria should start
note who it's friends and foes are as events unfold.

The destiny, toil and aspirations of 200 million people will not be surrendered to the rapacious and prebendal predatory interests of a few (multinational backed) international powerbrokers and their lackeys in Nigeria.
Nigerian voters must make their voices heard and must resist this attempt to steal their prosperity and future by this assembly of bandits and their international enablers.

Enough is enough.

O to ge!

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