By Elempe Dele, Edo.
I can’t seem able to get out of the nagging feelings of pains that assail me each time I recall to mind the faces of some of those 43 rice farmers that were killed, necks slit, days ago in Borno State. The gruesome and gory details indicts my conscience and it brings me to heavy emotions.
It would be more than sufficient for me if our collective voice today achieve nothing more than a call on African leaders on the plight of our brothers and sisters trapped in Nigeria under the leadership of General Buhari.
I am optimistic, against all odds, that with a union of minds against this evil, an opening up of channels of interrogation to determine what necessary actions that need to be taken against this modern day evil where a sleeping man, a supposed general, pretends to be awake while his people are slaughtered during the day trying to earn their legitimate livelihood.
It would remain deeply satisfying if we shout, with human impulses, towards this savagery, rather than remain silent, in carving holes into this despicable acts of unjust killings emanating from that country known for pampering acts of terrorism. It would also be sufficient to celebrate that moment when African people would rise against those holding our brothers and sisters in death there in the North East with the aim to demolishing the scriptural doctrine of killings, the scriptures of human marketing, the atrocities that commercialize killings by religious fiats.
Reflections from us must take over this very sad moment in our history as a people as our tears shall certainly dry on their own. We must task our minds that have been disturbed of its peace with this horrifying videos coming from Borno State. We must summon occasions to begin to replace complacency with dedication. The dedication should be to excuse Buhari from power as UNFIT.
We must provoke our minds to the direction of this recent symbolically reality that exhibit in its entirety, inhumanity. Let this arouse a need for a collective response, over and beyond mere wishes on social media. (Some are already planning protests in high commissions and embassies around the world)
As we speak, some of our sisters are still trapped with the terrorists under inhuman conditions. A project of slavery is thriving in Nigeria, with passive complexities of Mr. president; General Buhari, who mostly sleep at war.
How we humanists and writers react towards the perversion is key to unlocking this sad puzzle. I mean how we react to the Nigerian state, the rogue nation should be the anchor of our debate.
It is shameful that Africa Union, AU, has suddenly become impotent in the face of this reenactment of our colonial history of death and slave trade.
I feel deep pains in the abandonment of our people in the North East, in the hands of notorious gangs and terrorists who could wipe off over 40 people in a day trying to make food available to us all. Is there need for the Africa Union to wait for protocols before it goes to rescue its own people from Nigeria since Nigeria is now so docile? It’s people that are already sold to slavery, abused, violated, killed and certainly dehumanized.
What exactly is AU doing in the face of this human pandemic here in Nigeria?
I find it unbelievable for actions against this act were not invoked immediately, and still not yet invoked till now. What would it take for an intervention to rescue this humanity by AU and UN from this murderous gangs and terrorists in Nigeria? Do we need mercenaries? Should we declare total war against Boko Haram?
As of today, the Africa Union has not challenged, in physical terms, the pain and shame of the continent, a pathetic inadequacy in providing rescue channels for the thousands of victims in Nigeria since General Buhari cannot do it.
What has been achieved so far is to give cold comfort through the social media to those victims that have been killed or sold as cheap as $400, some who would be used to work in farms in the hot winds with rags of shame on their backs and those girls who are sold into sex slavery.
Where is Leah Shaiubu today? The pain of a missing young girl that keeps nagging in our minds.
How do we feel? Some are being slaughtered, raped, throat slit, bodies mutilated and robbed of the last drop of dignity left in them, naked!
Yet, we shall continue to talk from Benin City to Senegal to Yaoundé to Niger…in impotence and argue from futile positions in sterility because our children are not involved directly – because General Buhari’s children who study in the UK are not involved directly. I appreciate, however, the social media campaigns and indictments by millions of people against these deaths to many, but they can’t replace the honour of physical actions against the killers or against the docile Buhari’s administration.
African states can commence expelling Nigerian diplomats from their countries to show their collective disgust against this criminal impunity which General Buhari has allowed to prosper for too long. Let them go free their country of the swelling mutilated deaths and victims of slavery. Let these diplomats go to join the army to fight these insurgents.
This is a pain we writers cannot easily forget. Part of the writer’s mission is to testify by laying ambush for dysfunctional minds. We must lay legitimate ambush against the docility of General Buhari and his administration. We that are living today witnessing this human horrors must save something for the yet unborn to ponder about.
We must act securely to make our written words, at least, be used to mobilise our government towards taking responsibilities of protecting our people in their own lands – the disadvantaged. We shall continue to say to the world, those holding controls of directions of Nigeria, General Buhari expecially, that the future will never forget these atrocities nor shall it forgive.
The Cacophony of the Rabbit Media Team: Obaseki’s Administration, Shameful, Disastrous To Edo People – Group Lament
Isaiah Jesuobo, Benin.
I read through the boring, dishonest and disassociate response by one media team that calls itself THE BULLETS OF THE HARMLESS RABBIT MEDIA TEAM (BHR), it was out of sheered determination I was able gloss through the response.
This is before election media team that nobody longer reads as it’s content are not only far flung from our present political reality in Edo State, the writer suffers much of Disassociative Disorder, a disorders that involve experiencing a disconnection and lack of continuity between thoughts, memories, surroundings, actions and identity.
People with dissociative disorders escape reality in ways that are involuntary and unhealthy and cause problems with functioning in everyday life.
Let Akemokue Lukman and his group who are having hangover from their dis-orientations and disassociation as members of OSM go to Oba Market in Benin and mention Obaseki to see the reaction of the common people who voted for him last year.
They should go to Akoko-Edo where there are no teachers in schools or Esan where security and all the ills of the society have been left unattended to.
Let me dismiss his fallacies contained in his response to my article. First, Lukman said PDP needs Obaseki more than Obaseki needs PDP.
That’s a lie; Obaseki has become to PDP the type of liability he was to APC before he was thrown out.
He came and wanted the executive of the party dissolved with deceitful synonym of harmonization.
He was rebuked and sent to see what the constitution says about party elections since he is not used to being lawful.
Mai Mala Buni, the APC carebtaker chairman can poach him for all we care, he is no longer a factor to winning election for PDP as his failure has reached feverish point.
Lukman should point to what significant project (s) can be tired to Obaseki’s name in Etsako where him and Shuaibu are from.
Some PDP governors around who supported him are hugely disappointed in him.
“Call Governors like Okowa, Wike, Udom.., they will tell you they are disappointed in him”. They wish the way other governors go to each other states to commission projects, some will will be invited to do the same in Edo State. Lukman, there is no project to commission here! Open your eyes!
Secondly, PDP gave him ticket, that fact is not in doubt. Since Lukman is a political nitwit, there is no way he can understand what measure of favour the party did for these two who had shown ingratitude to the party.
Thirdly, if Lukman is a political strategist as he claim he is with the irresponsible Rabbit Hole Media Team, he would have known that first, APC was not defeated based on Obaseki’s performance, but based hugely on sentiments that Oshiomhole cannot dictate who wins and who looses in Edo State, which became the greatest undoing of the electorates today.
There is no single Edo voter who is not regretting his decision of voting Obaseki except the Lukman’s dishonest likes.
Obaseki and Shuaibu couldn’t have won the election without a structure like PDP, which was a very viable option to APC that tossed him out.
Lukman should know what time it takes to build a political party structure from unit level to state.
Perhaps he should have advised them to take up tickets from APGA then to see if they could win, not now that they have won with PDP.
If Lukman says he is not aware that the Obaseki, and Shuaibu (who is now a relegated deputy) have become godfathers unto themselves, I wonder what kind of monster he is awaiting to emerge as a godfather.
He runs a one man show and Lukman calls it mere delay, for one year? He demolished houses of perceived opponents, he revokes lands of those who opposed him during elections, he has sole administrators at LGA levels, he want to enforce and forced vaccination without backing it by law, civil servants were locked outside because of this vaccination that is optional worldwide.
This is the same governor that kept palliatives to rot in store rooms when people needed food the most during the lockdown. He should be ready for showdown with civil societies in the state as his tyrannical nature will come to an end with this illegal forced vaccination.
What other ways does Lukman want to understand what Godfatherism is all about?
Lukman is the individual that need to look for what he ought to be doing with his time instead of writing BULLETS OF RABBITS in praise worship of the governor that people are no longer reading.
Lukman should go to the governor’s Facebook page to see the amount of darts in their hundreds Edo State citizens pour at hi, they insult him whenever he posts anything. Obaseki has squandered the goodwill of the entire people of Edo State; Lukman does not need a seance to tell him this.
5 years down the line, nothing to show for his administration that is so visionless and without direction.
We can’t wait for him to go back to APC or whichever party he wish to; PDP was better off in the opposition than this.
Edo State Deputy Governor’s Political Socialization In PDP.
By Elempe Dele, Edo.
Two days ago, the news of Comrade Philip Shaibu, the Edo State Deputy Governor, decamping from PDP to yet to be known party filtered in unexpectedly. I was quick to dismiss it as one of the handiworks of the opposition party even when it was retailed through Vanguard online news. Before we could be weaned off the numerous hearsay analysis concerning the news, the deputy governor granted an interview to Channels TV.
Speaking on Channels TV’s Politics Today, the Deputy Governor Philip Shaibu who was not heard during the interview denying plans to leave PDP, only dismissed the notion that he was having issues with the Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki. He said, “I am happy with my Governor, I don’t have any problem with my Governor, the issue of not being happy with my Governor is not there, I remain absolutely loyal to my Governor. But there are issues that we need to resolve over PDP.”
Immediately my mind cast back to the sophisticated but superstitious omen where the owl hoots at night on the rooftop of a house then a child dies the next day in the same house.
“I can vouch that the Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, won’t be decamping to any party soon – that much I know. He was courted before the 2020 gubernatorial election as one of the most loyal deputies around because he stuck to the governor during the period of implosion in the Edo State APC that eventually saw them move to PDP. And they were both offered the joint ticket without much disputes because of this uncommon reputation. However, I was taken aback by part of the Channels TV interview where he mentioned that there are issues he need to resolve with the governor over PDP.
Although this is ambiguous to some an extend, I think in my own opinion, it is too early for ‘issues’ to be resolved over PDP – just over a year they both left APC and were received into PDP with open arms and without pre-conditions. I say this to avert the likelihood, which is even being peddled by the opposition; “we nor tell una?”
Comrade Philip Shaibu is no doubt a very sophisticated political individual and we party members have a duty not to allow him to score an own goal just about a year into this unexpected political socialization with PDP. Going into a new party, one must expect to learn the processes of ideologies, conducts, attitudes of members of the new party. It is not always easy, it takes time to understudy. For the benefit of scholarship, Political Socialization can be seen as the process by which individuals learn and customarily incorporate a political lens defining their perceptions of how power is arranged and organized; those perceptions, in turn, shape and define individuals’ definitions of who they are and how they should behave in the political and economic institutions in which they live(in this instance after moving from one party to the other) It has to do with the ways in which people obtain values and opinions that shape their political stance and ideology: it is a study of the developmental processes by which people acquire political cognition, attitudes, and behaviours.
It refers to a learning process by which norms and behaviours acceptable to a well running political system are transmitted. It is through the performance of this function that individuals are inducted into the political culture and their orientations towards political focus are formed.
It must be retailed without mincing words therefore that PDP has a self-oiled hydrolic internal mechanism in operation whereby issues are resolved without the glitz of the social media.
This is so because apart from excesses of the forewarned notification, the media cannot afford to settle internal disputes or issues, as the case may be. Rather, it will inflame them to unbelievable proportions. “But there are issues that we need to resolve over PDP,” is a hugely ambiguous statement.
At least, it will lead to suppositions, disinformation, misinformation, outright falsehood, lies, propaganda from section of the harmful public who are waiting on the sidewalks to help peddle anything at their disposals.
“I have raised objective logic on the issue no matter how fallacious some individuals might view it. PDP is not a living soul, if there are issues the Deputy Governor is having, they must be associated with individual (s) within the party, especially now that the state executive of the party has been emasculated, deprived of power, vitality and vigour.”
To continue to pursue the ‘where and what’ has gone wrong will be an academic journey into futility. However, we must not look away from the Deputy Governor’s unhappiness with the intention of facing the consequences. Politics is about numbers, it’s about building structures, and not destroying bridges. He is a very important part of the party and the ‘issues’ cannot be wished away with levity.
The ‘issues’ must be addressed and a common ground must be agreed upon, and this burden basically rest on the shoulders of the Governor, who no doubt, is the closest person to Comrade Philip Shaibu in relative terms and the leader of the party in Edo State.
But the sacrosanct of the PDP brand must be kept. Election and electioneering are over, at least, for the time being, so also should be politicking. What should be uppermost in our minds should be governance, and I wish the Comrade to focus on this. He is the leader of the party in Edo North Senatorial District by the virtue of his position.
He should drive the proposed airport to the region and other trademark developments that can be seen, that would be sustainable, that would engineer growth and development of the region. The common people, like me, would rather want us to be doing appraisals by now about human capital development in Edo North Senatorial District a year after election than relapse back into the expected narratives concerning politicking.
By now, we should be talking about the Deputy Governor using his position to weaponize scholarship through the educational sector that needs total overhaul in that area. The people will be more listening and enchanted if the discussion on Channels TV was centered around how government can assist in adding value(value chain) to their agricultural products as they are basically into agrarian economy rather than the habitual discussion of politics that have become monotonous to the ear.
Three years is left for the government to be able to meet with it’s promises to the people. And three years is enough to achieve so much but won’t be enough if the focus is not on the marching orders for performance rather than armchair glitz discussion on politics.
The actualization of the Gelegele Sea Port, with interface between the state government and NDDC, is possible to enhance our local economy and the economies of South South States.
This should be on the banner as it is still achievable. The Edo State Government has made it its mission to make the state the industrial hub of the South-South through the development of industrial clusters and free trade zones. This can be achieved within the next three years.
The proposed Edo North airport by the State Governor would open up economic activities in that region.
The region is blessed with mineral resources, and agricultural potentials. All these and others that the people can basically point at before 2024 should be the redirected focus going forward.
RE: NNPC In Procurement Fraud: Two Highest Bidders In Slop Oil Sale Are The Same People
By Muhammad Sani, Abuja.
I read with dismay and growing alarm a news report of the above heading in the Premium Times of 11th September, 2021. Dismay because over the years the online medium has carved a niche for itself for serious and professional reportage, and alarmed because its treatment of this particular issue falls far short of expectations and requirements of investigative journalism. This does not bode well for its reputation and rating.
It particularly rankles that there is a complete disconnect between the headline and the main story. While the former promotes an alleged fraud or irregularity in two companies with same directors emerging as highest bidders in a slop oil sale, the story itself delves into and harps on local companies being muscled out of a bid to export a kind of petroleum product that should not have been sold abroad in the first place!
Also, the story is punctuated by and riddled with sweeping statements, over generalizations, unsubstantiated claims and speculations dressed up as facts and scoop. Attributions were largely vague and sometimes dripping with mischief, leading one to an inevitable conclusion that the whole thing was a hatchet job.
For instance, the main meat of the story was that there were “behind-the-scene manoeuvres in which three bid-winning companies possibly took cues from NNPC insiders and decision makers,” in contravention of the Procurement Act. Surprisingly, there was no shred of evidence to support the allegation. Interestingly, the first and second bid winners, who seem to have two directors in common (Premium Times failed to state what law this violates even though that is what its headline is all about) ended up not paying for the allocation and lost the bid, notwithstanding that they are export companies which Premium Times laboured to suggest that they have enormous financial and technical capacities.
Premium Times equally claimed that the sale of slop oil was “taboo transaction” and injurious to the economy, but did not so much as bother to find out who really authorized it and what benefits the country stands to gain from it.
Must we always insist on seeing things only from the negative lenses? Is it professional for a news medium to base its argument and arrive at a conclusion purely and exclusively on antecedent (as if things must always remain the way they are) and self-serving, skewed opinions of unnamed “industry stakeholders,” “industry watchers” and such nebulous individuals?
On the whole, the Premium Times treatment of this issue is yet another pointer to how vested interests can use the media to fight their own war. But much more than that, Premium Times really ought to have done better!
Muhammad Sani, writes from Guzape, Abuja
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