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I Love Hearsay

Posted: February 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

By Prince Charles Dickson

He’s written some 20 plays thereabout, six novels and half a dozen collection of poems, and Africa’s first nobel laureate. His name is Wole Soyinka!

So sitting down as part of the audience watching the stage performance of Soyinka’s THE LION AND THE JEWEL, at the Alliance Francaise in Jos, Plateau State was a privilege.

As I watched the play, which was performed by the famed Jos Repertory Theatre, I reflected on the themes of the work: Bride Price/Child Bearing/Polygamy and Gender. These were issues interwoven between the conflict of modernity and tradition.

Very interesting play, though I am not talking about Wole Soyinka or the play but a line caught me by one of the characters–“I love hearsays…”

Nigeria is a nation that is hasty with denial; we do not know what the issues are. In the words of Theodore N. Vail, “Real difficulties can be overcome; it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable”. Our problems in Nigeria remain very imaginary.

We live in the land of hearsays, its stranger than fiction–Mr Efosa Idehen, the Head, Compliance, Monitoring and Enforcement of Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC), on Monday said some Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) card registration agents were using the pictures of goats and foodstuff instead of human beings.

I used the above to illustrate the absurdity of Nigeria, before I treat in few paragraphs, Mr. Sanusi, a topic with lot of hearsays.

Sanusi’s suspension on google, on an average 0.28secs gives you 11, 800, 000 entries. You will be shocked a bulk of that is a compendium of opinions, thoughts, and news items, commentaries laced with loads of hearsays.

So did you hearsay that “The FRC report says: It is important that quick and decisive action is taken so that opposition to the Federal Government does not take advantage of the information and use it to attack the government that your Excellency was aware of the lax in CBN and allowed it to stay for political reasons.

So I hearsay it was the Financial Reporting Council report that was the body under the Sanusi suspension saga.

Did you hearsay that The Nigerian Stock Market turned RED while majority of the global markets closed GREEN, as the NSE All-Share Index declined further by -1.34% to close at 38,295.74bpts, as against -1.47% loss recorded. 

Did you hearsay In the Foreign Exchange Market, the naira plunged to a record low against the dollar and the stock exchange fell to the weakest level in three months. The currency traded at N166.25 per dollar by 10:43 a.m. in Lagos, the lowest since at least 1999, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.  

In the interbank market, the naira also fell sharply from N162.9 to N170 to the dollar on the back of news of Sanusi’s suspension, but later closed at N163 as a result of the intervention of the central bank. 

I hope you hearsay all these was because of Sanusi.

Or did you hearsay that all these is to contribute to shifting the focus of government from the real issue, which is finding the alleged missing NNPC $20 billion oil money

I hope we all recall the Islamic Banking drama, all that hue and cry over the attempt by CBN to introduce 5.000 naira note into circulation by first quarter of 2013 and to redesign the existing N50, N100, N200, N500 and N1000 notes with new security features, while N20, N10 and N5 notes would be changed to coins sparked controversy in the country and was unsuccessful. 

I hearsay all that banks’ change of name, in first quarter of 2012 did little in change Nigeriana, Access Bank Plc and Intercontinental were fused into one entity, Ecobank acquired Oceanic Bank, Spring bank became Enterprise Bank Limited, First City Monument Bank acquired FinBank, Bank PHB became Keystone Bank Limited, Afribank became Mainstreet Bank Limited, Sterling Bank acquired Equitorial Trust Bank while Union Bank of Nigeria is now owned By African Capital Alliance Consortium.

I won’t bore us with the hearsays of Sanusi versus NNPC or the Federal Government versus Sanusi.

I hearsay forensic auditing, suspending Sanusi for financial recklessness is the turn of events, but trust me on this one too, it will all disappear, after a few knocks here and there, we will discover there was just too much drama, no substance.

Its tough separating the the facts from the fiction. But I know as many million Nigerians that whether its $40bn or just $20bn, its no use bothering, the money is gone–Simplista!

The Sanusi era best reminds me of this riddle– 

A wife is sleeping in the middle of the night, she suddenly shouts: “Get up quickly my husband is here!” 

The man gets up from the bed, jumps out the window, hurts himself and then realizes “Damn, I am the husband!” 

Who’s guilty in the situation?

The hearsays will continue, everyone is saint and equally guilty.

The affairs of Nigeria like a baby requiring change of diapers and toys at each cry, remains a hearsay, missing monies, financial recklessness, suspensions, and little progress: but for how long–only time would tell.
with compliments

 

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By Prince Charles Dickson

The smell of stockfish being cooked is one of the most powerful and recognizable aromas that mankind has ever encountered. Max Siollun

Last week I heard this dream of a great Nigeria, the dream that Nigeria could be great, but we needed to wake up, sadly as usual events have woken me to our reality as Nigerians

When I opened my mail, and it was the usual United States White House Weekly Brief (If only Nigeria had such, our own Aso Rock Weekly Brief).

Not to worry, there are at least two briefs, the Federal Executive Council Wednesday ‘Contract’ Brief and the conflict brief which could come from anywhere.

Back to the White House Brief, which read in part “When President Obama took the stage to deliver this year’s State of the Union, he told the American people that he intends for 2014 to be a year of action. He said:

“…What I offer tonight is a set of concrete, practical proposals to speed up growth, strengthen the middle class, and build new ladders of opportunity into the middle class. Some require Congressional action, and I’m eager to work with all of you.

But America does not stand still — and neither will I. So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that’s what I’m going to do.”

Those weren’t just lines in a speech. It’s been just 11 days since the State of the Union.

In that time, the President has:
∙ Directed the Department of the Treasury to create starter “myRA” accounts that will make it easier for Americans to save for retirement.∙

∙ Ordered a government-wide review of federal training programs to make sure Americans get in-demand skills for good jobs.

∙Taken executive action to assist millions of long-term unemployed Americans — and more than 300 companies have already committed to the Administration’s best practices for hiring and recruiting the long-term unemployed.

∙Announced a major new commitment that will connect more than 20 million students to high-speed Internet — and the private sector stepped up to the plate with more than $750 million in commitments to help make it happen.

With the above let me treat this week’s admonition, I listened to Mr. Labaran Maku, Minister for Information, at the Wednesday weekly after FEC brief say “…Some Ministers who have elected to seek higher office or pursue their political ambition and be useful to the nation in other aspects of the economy have been relieved to do so. Council is grateful to them for their service to the nation and wishes them success.”

Half the polity  was agog with analysis, arguments, commentary and it ranged from the nimbly foolish to the usual suspects of hate speech.

In many locales away from the hustle and bustle of beer parlors and social media; the mai doya, the akara seller, and water hawker that only sees a plane as the big bird up in the sky was unaware of an aviation minister’s fall.

Citizen Idowu Awosika exclaimed “This is good news. Our president is gradually developing the ‘testicular’ fortitude to do away with the cantankerous, stubborn plant (Itakun), drawing him down. He should take a further look at other people around him with odious smell of corruption and get rid of them ASAP.”   ‪

And Citizen Danjuma Abdullahi gave it a better sum, “So, of what consequence is that to under-privileged Nigerians? There are many like her in the cabinet who have insulted our sensibilities as Nigerians. Change must be affected with genuine intention in a proactive manner no matter who is involved. Not selecting a few in order to pacify an outraged public near election. In all honesty, things have gone beyond Stella Oduah.”

But really when I look at our steps as a nation I conclude that we are a people stuck in our political higi haga, and indecisive crankum cranko in the lexicon of Hon. Patrick O.

I ask was Stella Oduah and others fired, relieved of their duties and office, or sacked, resigned?

If we follow public perception, both Stella and Orubebe were allegedly corrupt or abused their offices but as you read this, Orubebe has gone ahead to declare his intention to run for the No. 1 seat in Delta State.

How about the other two, we just never will know, read four newspapers and there will be four different versions. The APC side, or the PDP flick, the pro-Igbo defence for Stella, or Yoruba stand, even religion is not left out.

Citizen Kúnlé Adégboyè’s theory is better; “let us all go against corrupt public officials, no matter where they come from. If other ethnic groups seem to be targeting only the Igbo in government, what stops the Igbo from targeting corrupt officials from other ethnic groups? That’s the way it should be.”

Even the usually raucously but little purposed house found reason to love Jonathan ” *Oduah’s sack: Reps back Jonathan”

Dino Meleya the ‘ex-boxer’ of the last legislative era turned anti-corruption activist says he was vindicated and said his group of ‘anti’ corrupt gang were going to seek prosecution of Stella and Orubebe or something that sounded like that.

In far way Anambra, south east of the nation “*Oduah’s sack splits Assembly”.

On many occasion I am saddened by the quality of Nigeria’s intellectual reasoning, our interpretation of events and our self-serving purpose.

Do we really think Mr. President is in a battle for his political life and so he will get rid of those in the way.

So when wilI  Deziani go too, how about Ngozi. Better still Oduah is gone, there are no more worries, all that ails Nigeria has been solved.

As we journey towards 2015, the recipe for a better Nigeria is increasingly being muddled up. In the words of my young friend Dare, our problem is “If I expose the mis-management and corruption of PDP, then I am tagged as the APC agent but if I lampoon the foibles of APC, then PDP sponsored me?‪”

Some just hate Mr. President, and sure the man is not helping himself. While others think it is their right to rule, a few others don’t care. National conference/dialogue/confab/…from South to North issues aplenty, the smell of stockfish being cooked is everywhere: Is Nigeria ready to forge ahead as an entity or component states, with all these higi haga–only time will tell.

Awo & the Creation of States

Posted: February 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

ken saro By Ken Saro Wiwa

I am a Khana. The Khana along with their cousins, the Gokana, Tai and Eleme have, since 1947, been grouped as Ogonis, in the Ogoni Division. Today, the Khana and Gokana are in the Bori Local Government Area, the Tai and Eleme are part of something called Otelga, a hybrid Local Government consisting of the Okrika Ijaws, the Ndoki Igbos and the Tai and Eleme. We belong to Rivers State.

The Ogoni number about 500,000, which makes me an extreme minority in a Nigeria of one hundred million people. The first secondary school in Ogoni country was established one hundred years after the first secondary school in Yorubaland, the CMS Grammar School in Lagos (1858). These two facts alone, in the first instance, establish my pitiable plight.

I am unfortunate to be a Nigerian. I would rather not be, but I am doing my level best to be one, and a good one at that. Being a Nigerian means that my brother Nigerian of the Bura ethnic group in Borno State has been told that I am a “Southerner,” equal to the Yoruba or Igbos who are numerous, well-educated and are after the jobs which the “northerner” ought to have. I wander, therefore, through the Federal Civil Service and am lost in the competition between “northern” and “Southern” Nigerians, between the Igbo and the Yoruba, between the various clans and religions of the various peoples of Nigeria, between personal ambition and greed. I am lost. I cannot truly answer the name Nigerian. […]

I was a graduate student when the cataclysmic events of 1966 happened. Apart from my revulsion at the needless murders of the innocent, nothing upset me more than Ojukwu’s dishonest formulations and his attempt to kidnap the Ogoni, among others, into his Igbo empire called “biafra.” I knew that he pinned his hopes of the economic viability of “biafra” on the oil of the Ogoni and the Ijaw. I rebelled. I became Secretary of a small committee which met nights in Port Harcourt and issued a communique calling on Gowon to create a Rivers State by decree.

When, by sheer quirk of fortune, this happened in 1967, I abandoned family and caution, crossed the fighting lines and found myself in Lagos. There I became a member of something called the Interim Advisory Council of Rivers State and, subsequently, Administrator for Bonny. I returned to the war front and struck up friendships with gentlemen like Sani Bello who comes from Kontagora, Akinrinade from Ife, Obasanjo from Abeokuta, Yakumu Danjuma from Takum, Dan Ato, now deceased, from Bida. I had reason to hope that my nightmare as an Ogoni in Nigeria was about to end.

With the war ended, and as a Commissioner in Rivers State, I soon found that the Rivers State for which I had fought did not end my nightmare. In the first place, oil money from Ogoni country (as well as Ijaw country) was being carted away to Lagos, leaving the Ogoni illiterate and backward. This is anti-federalism. Worse still, the Ijaws were taking their frustrations out on the non-Ijaws of the State. For the Ijaws along number more than the eight other ethnic groups in Rivers State put together. Though historically disunited, the Ijaws find unity when it comes to lording if over the non-Ijaws. The Ijaws will want to perpetuate this. Today, there is not even a Commission from my Local Government Area in the Rivers State Cabinet such as it is. My dilemma as an Ogoni is not about to end.

Lost in this dreadful nightmare, I went in 1971 to see Chief Awolowo at the Federal Ministry of Finance. There was nothing I told the sage that he was not aware of. He showed me his writings on the issue and bade me seek the mid-Southern State he had proposed in 1966. Thus was the quest for a Port Harcourt State begun. In 1974. When we started, there was no shortage of opponents. To the Ijaws, I became a traitor. […] The creation of this State would alleviate my nightmare and show Nigeria how much it has robbed and neglected the Ijaws of the oil-bearing Delta.

So, what do I really want? I want a place where my children can regain the independence which was the Ogoni patrimony before the advent of colonial rule and before Nigeria’s independence consigned them to slavery at the hands of their neighbours. I want the option of CHOICE. And I am not begging for it. I DEMAND it. And I also want that option for Hauwa Madugu, the 21-year-old Youth Corper in my office. She is a Jenju from Gongola State. So that we can both be better citizens of Nigeria and end our collective nightmare.

MID-WEEK ESSAY:  And How Shall We Credibly Choose the 558 National Conference DelegateMobolaji  E. Aluko, PhD

alukome@gmail.com 

By Mobolaji  E. Aluko, PhD

 

Introduction

In the recently announced Federal Government count of delegates for the upcoming National Conference, a total number of 492 delegates was outlined, broken up into about twenty-seven different constituencies that can be grouped as follows:

(Group 1) Civil Societies  (12 Constituencies) – 120 delegates

(Group 2) Ethnic Nationalities  (1 Constituency) – 90 delegates

(Group 3) President/Federal/State Government-Appointed Delegates (7 Constituencies) – 184 delegates

(Group 4) Political Parties  (1 Constituency) – 25 delegates

(Group 5) Others (6 Constituencies of Retireds & Formers + Traditional Rulers)  –  73 delegates

TOTAL – (27 Constituencies) – 492 delegates

A Few Observations

We will notice that the Government-appointed delegates constitute the largest single block (184 or 37.4% of total delegate count).  Furthermore,  there is in fact scope for serious government intervention in choosing a total of 282  (or 57.3%) of the delegates (Groups 3 – 5).  More worrying is the fact that there is apparently NO specific room for ORDINARY Nigerians, unattached to any elite groups, to make an input.

In this essay, therefore, I urge a re-organization of the blocks of delegates into sharper ones to correct these anomalies.  Furthermore in a departure from less to more, but  for mathematically and politically-pragmatic reasons given below – I suggest five-hundred and fifty-eight delegates: no more, no less.

Why Five-Hundred and Fifty Eight Delegates?

The number 558 can be considered the sum of several blocks of  numbers:

558  =  {520} + {38} = {(130*4) + (38} = {[504] + [16]}  + {[2] + [36]}   = {[(4)*(6)*(6)*(3.5)]   +   [(4)*(4)]} + {[2] + [36]}

First,  all the delegates will be divided equally (130 each) among four GROUPS of delegates, with a Convener designated for each to start the ball rolling, first for DISCUSSIONS within each group, followed by selection or election of delegates: 

(1) Sub-Conference of Civil Societies  SCSS- 130 delegates (4 from FCT + 126 from 6 geopolitical zones (21 each) ; or 2 each from 65 groups, or 5 each from 26 groups, etc.) Convener: Presidents of NBA, NLC and NCWS

(2) Sub-conference of Ethnic Nationalities SCEN – 130 delegates ([2 each from 65 groups], or [4 from 32 groups + 2 from FCT], 5 each from 26 groups, etc.] Convener: Presidents of Afenifere, ACF, SSA and Ohanaeze

(3)  Sub-conference of Elected Legislators SCEL – 130 delegates [4 from Abuja,  + 14 delegates per state  (from Senate (3)  to House of Assembly (6)  to State Assembly (3) to Local Government (2)).]  This is by nature a partisan group. Convener:  Senate President, Speaker of House of Representative

(4) Sub-conference of Nigerian Masses SCNM – 130 delegates (14 delegates per state + 4 from Abuja, selected or elected by the participants themselves from ward level through state level.]   Convener: Campaign for Democracy. SNG, 

Finally, we would have 38 individuals from the following group:

(5) Sub-conference of Government Delegates – 38 delegates [Chairman chosen by President, Secretary chosen by FGN, and one Elder Statesman each chosen by each State Governor]

Thus, the number 520 was carefully chosen so that each group can decide within itself whether it wishes to choose its equally membership  by state (36 states), or by geo-political zone (6 geo-zones), or even by numbers, always including Abuja (FCT) – even if un-equally –  in the mix wherever possible.   Furthermore, if the President/FGN/States insist on choosing some delegates, then the President can confine itself to choosing the Chairman, the FGN to choose the Secretary, and the Governors choose one Elder Statesman each – to bring the total delegate count to 558. Finally, if we presume that the quorum for the conference is one-third, then with five groups less than about 25% each, no one group can by itself form a quorum and/or dominate the Conference. 

Tenure of the National Conference 

After being convened,

(1) each Sub-Conference should meet for two months at various venues around the country to deliberate on issues (no No-Go areas) and choose their delegates for the Abuja-based National  Conference;  then

(2)  the NC should meet in Abuja for two months and come out with an outline of the Peoples’ Constitution;  

(3) the NBA should meet for one month in Lagos to hammer out legal language for the new Constitution, and

(4)  within a month, a Referendum for a Peoples Constitution should be organized and the Constitution voted upon line-by-line, followed by

(5) FORMAL approval by the National Assembly/assent by the President.

This should all be done in good time before the 2015 Presidential Elections PRIMARIES.  If we start this process in April 2014 – before when LEGISLATIVE backing for the NC should be obtained by the President in the National Assembly, otherwise the process may turn out to be a farce – we can wrap it all up in September 2014, and get the new Constitution signed on October 1,  2014

 A great Centenary gift that would be, and there we would have it.

 

Wake Up Nigeria!

Posted: February 10, 2014 in Uncategorized
Prince Charles Dickson

“When will the goat be strong enough to kill a leopard”

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, my fellow Nigerians: Today in Nigeria, a teacher spent extra time with a student who needed it, and did her part to lift Nigeria’s graduation rate to its highest level in more than three decades. An entrepreneur flipped on the lights in her tech startup, and did her part to add to the more than 8 million new jobs our businesses have created over the past four years. An auto worker fine-tuned some of the best, most fuel-efficient cars in the world, and did his part to help Nigeria wean itself off oil.

A farmer prepared for the spring after the strongest five-year stretch of farm exports in our history. A rural doctor gave a young child the first prescription to treat asthma that his mother could afford.

A man took the bus home from the graveyard shift, bone-tired, but dreaming big dreams for his son. And in tight-knit communities all across Nigeria, fathers and mothers will tuck in their kids, put an arm around their spouse, remember fallen comrades, and give thanks for being home from wars called Boko Haram, Kidnapping, robbery and some of the meanest form of crimes against humanity.

Tonight, today I speak with one voice to the people we represent: It is you, our citizens, who make the state of our Nigeria strong.

And here are the results of your efforts: The lowest unemployment rate in over five years. A new housing market and a manufacturing sector that’s adding jobs for the first time since the 1990s. More oil refined at home than we buy from the rest of the world — the first time that’s happened in nearly 20 years. Our deficits — cut by more than half. And for the first time in over a decade, business leaders around the world have declared that China is no longer the world’s number one place to invest; Nigeria is.

That’s why I believe this can be a breakthrough year for Nigeria. After five years of grit and determined effort, the Nigeria is better positioned for the 21st century than any other nation on Earth.

The question for everyone around me, the Labarans, Ngozis, Dizeanis, Sanusis, is whether we are going to help or hinder this progress. For several years now, we have been consumed by a rancorous argument over the proper size of the federal government/subsidy/missing funds and more. These are important debates — one that dates back… But when debates prevent us from carrying out even the most basic functions of our democracy — when our differences shut down government or threaten the full faith and credit of Nigeria — then we are not doing right by the Nigerian people.

Now, as president, I’m committed to making Abuja work better, and rebuilding the trust of the people who sent us here. And I believe most of you are, too.

Last month, thanks to the work of my party the PDP and opposition APC, Congress finally produced a budget that undoes some of last year’s severe cuts to priorities like education. Nobody got everything they wanted, and we can still do more to invest in this country’s future while bringing down our deficit in a balanced way, but the budget compromise should leave us freer to focus on creating new jobs, not creating new crises.

In the coming months, let’s see where else we can make progress together. Let’s make this a year of action. That’s what most Nigerians want: for all of us in this executive to focus on their lives, their hopes, and their aspirations. What I believe unites the people of this nation — regardless of race or region or party, young or old, rich or poor — is the simple, profound belief in opportunity for all — the notion that if you work hard and take responsibility, you can get ahead in Nigeria.

Let’s face it: That belief has suffered some serious blows. We have lost lots of good, middle-class jobs, and weakened the economic foundations that families depend on.

Today, after four years of economic growth, corporate profits and stock prices have rarely been higher, and those at the top have never done better. But average wages have barely budged. Inequality has deepened. Upward mobility has stalled. The cold, hard fact is that even in the midst of recovery, too many Nigerians are working more than ever just to get by, let alone to get ahead. And too many still aren’t working at all.

So our job is to reverse these trends. It won’t happen right away, and we won’t agree on everything. But what I offer tonight is a set of concrete, practical proposals to speed up growth, strengthen the middle class, and build new ladders of opportunity into the middle class.

Nigeria does not stand still — and neither will I. So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more Nigerian families, that’s what I’m going to do.

As usual, our first lady Dame Faka Patience my love sets a good example, through her ‘Let’s Move’ partnership with schools, businesses, local leaders and it has helped bring down childhood obesity rates for the first time in 30 years. And that’s an achievement that will improve lives and reduce health care costs for decades to come.

Postscript
‘Mallam, mallam’, my wife yelled as she poured cold water on me, I woke up shivering, I was talking in my dream and clapping: was that Jonathan talking, was it Buhari, which party was ruling, which year was it, was the man I saw in the dream a Nigerian, can we get this close, just a little close, I mean can we get just slightly close to this state of union address by President Obama of the United States.

Is there hope that with the present crop of leaders we would witness anything close to this speech.

There’s so much hate speech, everyone is an economic expert, political clashes, accusations and counter, we are not going forward and backwards is no choice, will we get there and when or how—Only time will tell.

By Prince Charles Dickson

A Nigerian governor is Nigerian, he often than not is an indigene of the State he governs/rules/ or controls.

In rare cases, we know a state governor has actually hailed from another state, and in those cases we have kept the matter under the realm of gossip and conjectures, like one of the governors in the North whom we know originally hails from ‘agenebode’ or so in the Niger Delta.

Well, is my admonition about where governors come from? Certainly not! But let’s share this learning together in the next few paragraphs.

Now, in the case that the best man for the job is from another state, he simply is disqualified, as he is not an indigene, the only caveat is, in the case of the governor of the Central Bank, and even on that count, the man must be ethnically/regionally and religiously correct.

To the grouse then, what do these men do, what really is the job of a governor…Nigeria has 36 of them, split into the Nigeria Governors Forum (Jang faction and Rotimi Faction), PDP Governors Forum, Progressive cum Opposition Governors Forum, Northern Governors Forum, South-South Governors Forum, South East Governors Forum, South West Governors Forum, and recently I heard of the former PDP Governors Forum composed of ex-governors.

What do these men contribute to nation building or even state building.

On a personal note, these men are entitled to a four wives if muslim, and a wife if a christian, but scores of then keep a convent/harem of concubines, girlfriends and mistresses, at least not any has been caught ‘gaying’. In other words, as a governor in Nigeria you cannot/should not be faithful at home, by extension you owe those you govern very little and owe much to your harem/party and godfathers.

It is not so much about what these governors do, as in also what they do not do.  These governors have dozens of commissioners ranging from 30-45, they are entitled to senior special assistants/special assistants/advisers (both senior and junior)/countless aides and yes consultants on various subject matters.

This allows for governors to spend an average of 7 days only in a month at the office and in the state. The rest is spent gallivanting, wedding, naming ceremony, birthday, and death-day, they attend meetings in abuja, and flex in caucus meetings of how to remove Jonathan, or how to deceive him and make more money.

Off course all these happen when they are not in Kosovo, Kabul or Khazastan seeking investors.

There is no governor in Nigeria that has in the last four years spent an average of 4 hours everyday, 15 days a month and 9months a year in the office, taking his leave as at when due and handing over to the right person temporarily. But trust me, these ‘guys’ are working so HARD, indeed very HARD.

Have you visited a state without big billboards with one motto or the other attached to a life size photo of the governor, state mass transit buses with his picture on them, soccer clubs like Plateau United christened (the Jang Boys) which was once Dariye Boys and briefly Botmang Boys. If there’s a state similar things don’t occur, then the state has no governor, even the chief servant in the power state is top of the swagger in these art of self-worship by our governors-general.

Our governors tell us how difficult the art of state governance is, and you sure would agree, contending with the opposition, with political enemies from different camps, and sure spending billions unaccounted for must be one hell of a job.

Recently I asked how much do our governors earn for all the hard work? And very few could say. No wonder every one of them tell us how they were all millionaires before they became governors.

Millionaire state CEOs that don’t have factories yet they speak and act in millions and billions, they tell you to go and die, and if you don’t they give you N2M.

I watch people say governor X,Y,Z is doing well, and I ask where else do people praise a governor for using your money to give you utilities that are not priorities, but our beloved Nigeria.

Is there any Nigerian governor with just two cars, with kids in public schools, and less than N100M, then I will show you a lazy governor. Today in assets and cash there is no governor who is not a billionaire, and that’s 36 hardworking billionaires.

These hardworking governors spend millions on healthcare, and yet the hospitals are not good enough to check their health. In one of the progressive South West States, all of the governor’s kids are schooling in London and the governor flaunts his hardwork in the educational sector.

Have you had ‘Rochanomics’ or Kwakwasiya or Redemption, or tar ze che, the tags are countless yet all these are nothing but empty shells.

I am using these governors as guinea pigs, but it is really about our leaders, what do our councilor men/women do, how about the chairmen, legislators, how has our minister impacted our lives?

We need to start asking questions, we need to demand answers to issues of governance.

An old axiom speaks of not touching a blind man’s hand while eating with him…for how long our leaders will continue to touch our hands while the eat–only time will tell.