Initially, Tinubu has the likes of Femi Pedro from the corporate sector, Moses Opeyemi Bamidele, Segun Maiyegun and a host of young students unionists around him but they asked too many questions and had aspirations.
He chucked them all off and rebuilt with MC Oluomo types.
Those ones won’t question him or have aspirations.
K1 wanted to be a Senator before 2015 and Tinubu asked rhetorically “se igbe ni won nke mbe ni?” - is it noise (music) they make there?
Those are the people he surrounds himself with and subservient half-intellectuals.
If @inecnigeria thinks that vote-buying is facilitated with smartphones, then I will urge @OfficialPDPNig to device its own methods of curbing this deadly malaise perpetuated and perpetrated by the @OfficialAPCNg.
Does anyone really think it’s smartphones APC used in Ekiti??
The people who sell their votes are usually quite very poor and sometimes don’t even have smartphones.
The process of vote-buying doesn’t require smartphones to be transacted - it only requires the voter to show the party agent how he or she voted, from a distance.
APC and PDP are usually the main contenders in Nigerian elections (both parties combined garnered 98% of the votes in Ekiti).
APC is close to the top, PDP is closer to the bottom with usual ballot papers, although Ekiti was different.
Yea so: since Ambode is most likely to vacate his position, Lagos State will be paying equal salaries of Governor of the State to 4 individuals, and equal salaries as the Deputy Governor to 6 or 7 individuals.
No other state in Nigeria has such crazy numbers since 1999.
Lagos Ex-Govs receive 100% annual basic salaries as the incumbent Governor for life, get 6 new cars every three years (5 for ex Deputies), a House in Lagos And Abuja (one in Lagos only for ex Deputies), 300% of annual salaries for furniture every 2 years plus free medicals.
House maintenance for ex-Governors in Lagos State is 10% of their basic salary yearly as well as entertainment allowance, 2 SSS and 8 police officers, their PA gets 25% of their annual basic salary and all their domestic staff (steward, gardener, cook, driver) get paid by Govt.
The Aje symbol of seashells were from trading points of the past, close to the sea.
Marketers believe that anyone who comes to bathe in their market is drawing their collective good fortune to themselves alone - this is why they resist people who do such, like the man did.
Unfortunately for him though and perhaps not being versed himself in the traditional religion, he fell into the hands of blackmailers and the only thing he attracted were spirits of shame and ill-will.
Nothing against traditional religion, just do it with your chest.
That @GarShehu press release is @MBuhari’s betrayal of the @NGRPresident office which they’ve used in the past to cover criminality and now, rather than respond logically to a factual position by HSBC, they responded politically - putting Nigeria at risk of losing FDI.
What HSBC wrote was read more by foreign investors than by voters in Nigeria.
A proper response would be to allay the fears of those foreign investors rather than to give Buharists reasons to doubt HSBC - which is what @GarShehu was trying to do: putting Buhari’s ambition first.
We can therefore conclude that Buhari’s ambition has directly put Nigeria in jeopardy already with the political mindset of the likes of @GarShehu and @FemAdesina.
The proper response should be from the Economic Adviser, not political hirelings - Buhari has betrayed his office.
Took a call very early this morning from @AriyoAristotle but I didn’t remember any details of it until now when I thought to call him and vaguely remembered we had spoken, I’d sent a text and then another in reply again.
Let me thread a bit on The Genius of the Human Spirit.
First heard it described in those terms from a Master I’ve listened to for over 18 years now but I’ve sort of understood the concept long before then.
That humans operate on three levels based on three human components - body, soul and spirit.
Humans are capable of doing many things without almost knowing it. Many stumble on deep truths that produce great results and it appears seemingly without effort.
But truth is that the human spirit that performs it must be trained or exercised to do those things.
The default response of the @MBuhari Govt to criticism is “You’re Corrupt” - and this betrays it’s dangerous mindset:
They never for once think “is this person saying the truth?” and “How can we change the outcome?”
This mentality is not only a failure but will always fail.
If the best response the Buhari Govt can muster to a factual analysis by a reputable bank is “they’re corrupt” - then you can understand why Nigeria under Buhari is the way it is and why it will always be this way even if you vote them from 2019 till infinity.
Buhari is locked in what is called “tunnel vision” where everything else is filtered away, focus is placed on a spot and blindness to every other thing is engaged.
Buhari’s ability to see a big picture is non-existent and Buhari is locked into a permanent cycle of failure.
Agents of EFCC just woke up and went to invade the head office a whole bank - who do you think they’re copying and imitating with impunity?
Of course it’s the President who has turned Nigeria into a gestapo state - he’s the example they’re all copying, including SARS.
When we criticise the President for impunity, it’s always not because of him but because we know that there are many armed officers of the law who draw their inspiration and example from the President and they will also engage in impunity if the President is not checked.
Many things being done wrong under this Buhari Govt upon which if you comment all the time, you run three risks:
1) Being called a hater for political reasons, 2) Becoming a perpetual critic, 3) Becoming negative about the future of a country you love so much.
It is a thankless task made worse by the army of unthinking fellows who seem to have sworn a covenant with foolishness - enforced by blood oaths: to see or hear no evil concerning their god Buhari.
And then on some level you know that the man himself is a relic of a lost age.
You know that your criticism may never help him to become better - but one continues to raise the voice on crucial issues mainly for the sake of a future generation of leaders to understand that what Buhari is doing is not how things should ever be done in a multi-ethnic country.
Everybody that has come out to aspire for Presidency is better than Buhari who sends Nigerian troops to the warfront and doesn’t acknowledge them when they die there, who is unaware of when his own appointed IGP disobeys him and doesn’t fire him even when aware.
The plethora of aspirants in fact is an indictment of Buhari - for someone like that Subomi Okeowo to believe he can run Nigeria better than Buhari is because Buhari is an incentive to mediocrity: if he can do it, anybody can do it.
The day I started to lose my fear for adversity from ‘enemies’ is the day I read about political detainees who find extreme sympathy from their jailers - because their jailers themselves knew the truth but had to do what they had to do.
Truth, backed with facts is constant.
There’s a reason guard-dogs that bark are more feared than lapdogs kept inside the house - aren’t they all dogs?
But some are trusted with certain duties because they don’t tolerate intruders - the others are kept merely as entertainment or to fill the quota of symbolism.
Their fathers respect us more than they respect them - they’re closer only in the sense of a lapdog being closer to the owner: when their fathers need to battle, they know those who will stand by truth and never waver for favours nor compromise for temporary gains.
The thing with being privileged to hear stuff in politics is that you know what might happen before it actually plays out (or not) but when it does, you can stay detached and analyse the events a bit fairly and accurately.
There are two contradictory public opinions on the chances that Buhari/APC won’t rig elections shamelessly next year or simply refuse to concede even if he loses:
Some think he’ll sit-tight, others think he’ll go away meekly - one is manufactured, the other is closer to reality.
The idea that Buhari will not step down even if defeated or handover is a BNMC manufactured propaganda which is quite far from the reality.
Truth is: Buhari is tired of Govt, his family is tired of abuse and he is a reluctant aspirant being egged on by some, especially Amaechi.
One thing we often see during political season is the high influx of opinions expressed by people who haven’t followed the polity closely enough - and this is fertile ground for a lot of propaganda to be spread and believed.
The threat is understood but it is really minimal.
This is a disgraceful denial without investigation and at the very least shows that @MBuhari doesn’t take accusations of corruption against his inner cabal seriously - just as the Presidency denied Babachir Lawal’s Corruption as far back as 2016, despite @NGRSenate indictment.
Historical events have now proven that indeed Babachir Lawal was guilty of misappropriation and embezzlement - the twin sons of corruption - despite @NGRPresident’s denial.
At the very worst, this directly indicts the entire Presidency as covering up what it participated in.
Because if Abba Kyari is the only one involved in this corruption, then he should be issuing denials personally - not hiding behind @NGRPresident and @GarShehu under the guise of collective responsibility - except it’s a case of collective corruption, as this indicates.
People should be under no illusion as to the extent of corruption under this Govt - it as deep and stinking as anything ever perpetuated before in our history - and all the signs of it are there: a President @MBuhari who conveniently feigns ignorance and a cabal of megalomaniacs.
Other signs include an IG of Police whose office was likely earned by an act of evil in the presidential election in Kano 2015, a Media that has had to choose between compromise or brutal intimidation and a band of loony supporters whose brains have gone on vacation.