MKO Abiola (sitting center) was the editor and Olusegun Obasanjo (standing right) was the deputy editor of their school paper (Baptist Boys High School Abeokuta) The Trumpeter.
President Goodluck Jonathan is trying to set a legal precedent by firing his ministers days before the end of his administration (May 28, 2015). Depending on how the new administration takes it, a public indictment or a hit list either way Jonathan has just called Buhari’s bluff.
There is a whole culture today driven by propaganda. Corporations and social media basically produce stories laced with elements of fear and dehumanization which naturally buys into people’s sense of religion were everyone believes God is out to get them for every mistake they make not understanding that God is a mistake.
Examples of widespread propaganda can be found printed on U.S. currency “In God We Trust” yet they manage to fool the people into believing there is a separation between church and state. Every death sentence ends with “May God Have Mercy On Your Soul”. Then you have a general population who believe in and are intimate with God and the Devil and have unanimously proclaimed Jesus as God through the Holy Trinity theory.
Southern Nigerians are known for our constant belly arching at the achievements of our Northern relatives, there is the “Hausa people have ruled us for 40years” there is the “Military are bad people” these are some of bias statements directed at Hausa/Fulani people.
Let me tell you a few facts about the Hausa/Fulani people in Nigeria. The Hausa/Fulani people are peaceful and trustworthy which is why the number one job given to the Hausa/Fulani man in Nigeria is as a security guard popularly known as “Meguard” in Nigeria.
When you step out of Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Ikeja Lagos and need to change your dollars into Naira you subconsciously seek out the Hausa man. It is a fact that activism known today as terrorism will always arise from situations where the people live in extreme poverty and injustice. We Southerners are happy and content to see the Hausa/Fulani living in extreme poverty. We are all too content to have them as our trusted “Meguards” at the same time accuse them and their leaders of terrorism, no doubt we Southerners play the hypocrites game rather well.
The Fulani are not only one of the most beautiful people on this planet they also feed Nigeria with organically raised cattle. Yet the Hausa/Fulani are some of the poorest people in Nigeria working menial and backbreaking jobs.
You see the Southerners believe the Hausa/Fulani people are uneducated and are only there to serve them working at menial jobs at the same time dehumanize their leaders, educated and successful population hence the propaganda against Buhari by the Jonathan reelection team regarding his High School Diploma or lack there of. This syndrome is very much like those Europeans who associate color with intelligence.
Now lets fact check that story about how the Hausas/Fulani have ruled Nigeria for over 40years. Nnamdi Azikiwe an Igbo was Governor General and Commander in Chief of Nigeria from 1960–63. President of the Republic of Nigeria from 1963–1966. He was Chairman and Presidential candidate of the (NPN) Nigeria People’s Party from 1978–83.
Obafemi Awolowo was a Presidential candidate under (UPN) United Party of Nigeria back the same period as Azikiwe then the Southerners did not belly ache about their age or about recycling past leaders. Azikiwe and Awolowo are enshrined in currency, streets, airports, universities and other governmental institutions all over Nigeria.
Major General Aguiyi-Ironsi an igbo was Head of State of Nigeria from January 16, 1966 – July 19, 1966. General Yakubu Gowon from Ngas Plateau was Head of State from August 1, 1966 – July 29, 1975. General Murtala Muhammed a Hausa/Fulani from Kano was the 4th Head of State of Nigeria from July 30, 1975 – February 13, 1976.
General Murtala Muhammed is one of the most charismatic and loved Head of States of Nigeria enshrined in the 20 naira note the highest denomination in Nigerian currency at the time. There is the Murtala Muhammed International Airport and Murtala Muhammed 2 Airport (MM2) in Lagos also named in his honor.
General Olusegun Obasanjo a Yoruba from Abeokuta succeed General Murtala Muhammed as Head of State of Nigeria from Friday February 13, 1976 – September 30, 1979. Shehu Shagari a Fulani from Sokoto was elected 6th President of Nigeria from October 1, 1979 – December 31, 1983. General Muhammadu Buhari a Hausa from Katsina was the 7th Head of State of Nigeria form December 31, 1983 – August 27, 1985. General Ibrahim Babangida a Gwari from Minna was the 8th Head of State of Nigeria from August 27, 1985 – August 27, 1993.
Ernest Shonekan a Yoruba from Lagos was the 9th President of Nigeria from August 27, 1985 – August 27, 1993. General Sani Abacha a Kanuri from the Borno tribe was the 10th Head of State of Nigeria from August 27, 1985 – August 27, 1993. General Abdulsalami Abubakar a Hausa was the 11th Head of State of Nigeria from June 9 1998 – May 29, 1999.
Olusegun Obasanjo a Yoruba was President of Nigeria from May 29, 1999 – May 29, 2007. Umaru Musa Yar’ Adua a Fulani from Katsina was President of Nigeria from 29 May 2007 – 5 May 2010. Goodluck Jonathan an Ijaw the incumbent President of Nigeria assumed office on May 6, 2010.
Through Nigeria’s 54year history a Hausa/Fulani man was Head of State or President for 10.8years. You see way back when these leaders made a flawed deal amongst themselves based on tribal and religious lines known as “Turn by turn” a deal that rotated the Presidency of Nigeria from North to South, in a sense making Nigerians participate in staged elections where the outcomes are already determined also created a thriving population of tribal, ethnic and religious bigots. Ogbeni Ayotunde
“The President came here to ask for my support. I had only 15 minutes prior notice before his arrival. When he came, I took him to my bedroom and had a chat with him. When he left his people said I have endorsed him. What am I supposed to do, deny it? No. For me, that is not a problem because I am a leader and what I say or don’t say will give mileage to any party.
When he came here I told him that he made two political mistakes: first was to lose Rotimi, the Governor of Rivers State. When the crisis was going on, Governor Rotimi was here to pay me a visit. I confronted him and he spoke to me very honestly. Despite the problems, he was not ready to leave the PDP then. Gen. Obasanjo, myself and a few others intervened in the matter as leaders of the party but the president did not foresee the current situation and didn’t take our advice seriously. Rotimi is one young man I like so much for his honesty. He is very bold and always committed to his conviction.
I told president Jonathan that the second mistake he made was to call Obasanjo a motor park tout. What an insult. That was wrong and the beginning of his problems. How many times had he seen Obasanjo insult Gowon. I told him that supporting him would mean to endorse the insult on Gen Obasanjo. I won’t.
I advised him to go make peace with Governor Rotimi and Gen. Obasanjo. I told him it is almost getting late. I said to him, you must visit Obasanjo to apologize to him. I don’t think that the outcome was favourable because it was already late.
A lot of persons have been calling me to raise concern that the President would use the Military to rig the election and I say to them that it is not likely. There is esprit de corps. Most of the soldiers you see today are boys to our boys. President Jonathan has no option than to allow the election hold and to declare the winner. I advised him on this. Several other persons, both local and international, have also advised him on the consequences of using soldiers to influence the election. I am sure, he won’t.” Gen. Ibrahim Babangida Rtd, former Head of State of Nigeria
“The truth of the matter is that Jonathan is aware that Buhari is qualified to contest for President Election but some hawks with Jonathan, do not want him to contest because they believed that he will win and come for them. The issue came up in 2007, and we investigated and found out that his WASEC is with the military and that was why he was allowed to contest in 2007. Buhari cannot listen to anyone about his certificates because as a General of Nigeria Army, he will speak when he chooses not by Femi Fani Kayode and Okupe asking him. Fayose and other corrupt people including Kashamu do not want Buhari because of his anti-corruption slogan. Even Jonathan did not finish his PhD course but when it was presented we stated that, it does not matter but many people do not know because it was PDP thing. I see Buhari as the next President and Jonathan is aware of that, and that is the reason they are hitting him everywhere to put confusion in his camp. But a General is always a General” Olusegun Obasanjo
APC Spokesperson Lai Mohammed narrated how he was arrested and bullied by Nigerian federal security forces on Friday 08-08-2014, the night before the gubernatorial elections in Osun State Nigeria. He was shocked and there was some orchestrated public outcry at the way a group of “drunken & masked” security forces took him.
You see frankly this is what the average Nigerian goes through without any public or media outcry. Anyone who has being arrested, jailed or imprisoned in Nigeria knows it is never pretty. I have being arrested and jailed in Nigeria on multiple occasions. The most recent incident happened when 6 operatives of the NDLEA suddenly appeared in my house and took me from my upstairs bedroom without a search or arrest warrant.
I was jailed in a cell with about 30 other prisoners some in hand and leg chains sleeping on the concrete floor like sardines in a can. I was jailed six days under the most deplorable and dehumanizing conditions you cannot begin to imagine. My arrest was based on a kite flown by someone who had something against me. You see this is how it works in Nigeria, someone who believes you have money would finger you to the authorities with some trumped up charge like you are a drug lord. The authorities then kidnap and extort you.
In 1997 Maj. General Musa Bamayi Chairman of the NDLEA ordered a raid on the Africa Shrine and Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s home, I was arrested in that raid and jailed along with dozens of people including my sister in-law Clara “C J” Kuboye. I was charged with smuggling drugs from America for Fela. The fact is I was at Fela’s home with C J working on a film documentary on the legend called Fela.
The beatings and shooting live rounds to arrest an unarmed citizenry, the ride of uncertainty in the dark in the back of a Black Maria heading to an unknown destination. Fear was never in my thought process. It was dark inside the Black Maria so I closed my eyes and channeled my sense of hearing listening to the cries, wailings and speculations of my fellow captives. I listened to every voice as some prayed and others speculated on our faith as we were whisked through the Lagos night traffic, sirens blaring.
There was the constant speculation that we were been led to slaughter, taking us someplace to summarily execute us as armed robbers. This is what the Nigerian military is famously known to do. The beatings on young men and women who where at the Africa Shrine or at Fela’s home I figured was part of a system of abuse perpetrated on the young who seek truth, knowledge and freedom. The brutality is based on religious, ethnic, and cultural bias mixed with a sense of misapplied authority.
I was taken to meet with Maj. General Musa Bamayi in his office a couple of days later. I explained to him while he patiently listened that I was in Fela’s home to work on a film documentary about him and was not there to supply him with drugs. The only items I had brought Fela was a T Shirt and a bottle of Hennessy which I believe he gave to his daughter Yeni since he did not drink.
I tried to read Maj. General Musa Bamayi’s face as I spoke but he held the same facial expression, I had no idea what he was thinking. When I was done he told me he did not believe my claim, he genuinely could not believe that Fela had such international appeal and I had flown in from America just to do a documentary about him.
Two times Nigerian president General Olusegun Obasanjo was implicated in a coup plot against the government of General Sani Abacha. He was subsequently arrested, tried and imprisoned. He entered prison with a fat stomach and came out with a flat one. After experiencing the deplorable conditions in the Nigerian prison system he flew a kite about it from prison.
There are many young souls lost in Nigeria everyday, victims of a war no Nigerian is safe from. (Extreme Corrupt Politicians = Extreme Poverty = Extreme Violence). Nigerians should train their fury at the one person responsible for the mess Nigeria is in today. Olusegun Obasanjo has the bad habit of handing power to incredible boobs and an ego that stretches from Abeokuta to Abuja.
Olusegun Obasanjo’s handpicked contestants Shehu Shagari and Goodluck Jonathan, two people who have absolutely no business running the executive office of Nigeria. They trumpet their humble beginnings, and their virtual lack of governing experience on their resumes. This as if Goodluck Jonathan walking to school without shoes now qualifies him to run the executive office of Nigeria.
Mr. President there is still large numbers of children in Nigeria walking to school, and playing soccer without shoes. There are also hundreds of young girls kidnapped, raped, and killed in Nigerian schools everyday. You see the change in Nigeria since you were a schoolboy is that there are more boys and girls walking barefoot to school at the risk to their lives.
When Shehu Shagari became president of Nigeria, the level of corruption in government grew in gross proportions. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari briefly rescued Nigeria from the excesses of the corrupt politicians of the day.
Olusegun Obasanjo back then outsourced the pillaging of Nigeria to his crony and partner in crime MKO Abiola. For word to your ear, listen to “Beast Of No Nation” and “ITT” by the Chief Priest Fela Anikulapo Kuti.
The National Arts Theatre is one of the prominent venues for the performing arts in Nigeria located in Iganmu, Lagos State. Construction was completed in 1976 in preparation for the Festival of Arts & Culture (FESTAC) in 1977.
The National Arts Theatre was built during the military regime of General Olusegun Obasanjo, Its facade is shaped in the form of a military hat. It has a 5000 seater Main Hall with a collapsible stage, and two 700-800 capacity cinema halls all of which are equipped with facilities for simultaneous translation of 8 languages.
In 2001, President Olusegun Obasanjo announced plans to privatise the National Arts Theatre. This sparked controversy amongst Nigerian entertainers and playwrights including Professor Wole Soyinka. #JujuFilms
Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari, born February 25, 1925 served as the President of Nigeria’s Second Republic 1979–1983, after the handover of power by General Olusegun Obasanjo’s military government. He worked as a teacher for a brief period before entering politics in 1954.
The Shagari administration was plagued by allegations of corruption and Nigeria saw a level of corruption never experienced in its history, including allegations of electoral fraud in the 1983 elections. A decline in world oil prices, deterioration in the national finances, and endemic religious and political violence lead to the regime becoming deeply unpopular with Nigerian citizens. General Muhammadu Buhari overthrew Shagari on New Year’s Eve in 1983.
Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan, born 20 November 1957 is the 14th Head of State and current President of Nigeria. Prior to his role as President, he served as Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, Governor of Bayelsa State and Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Jonathan was born in what is now Bayelsa State to a family of canoe makers. Before he entered politics in 1998, he worked as an education inspector and lecturer.
The Jonathan administration is plagued by allegations of corruption and Nigeria is experiencing a level of corruption never experienced since the Shagari administration.