Beyond Oronto Douglas: Irresponsibility As Statecraft By Pius Adesanmi

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These are not the best of times to be an ordinary Nigerian citizen. Hardly a week passes these days without some half-witted douchebag in the rulership upbraiding us for expressing dissatisfaction with the way they are running and ruining our lives. We can ignore the habitual heehawing of ribalds like Doyin Okupe, Labaran Maku, and Reuben Abati and concentrate on some of the more interesting characters in the circles of rulership. There is the archi-corrupt Diezani Allison Madueke, who asked us to shove it with regard to our complaints about fuel subsidy before promptly jetting off to London on a medical safari at our expense. Then came the tragedy of Okoroba and insufferable presidential aides began to crawl out of the woodworks to upbraid Nigerians for asking questions. After tears, after mourning, after regrets, Nigerians began to ask those hard questions required of them by the civic imperative. Nigeria would be truly hopeless if no dissenting and dissentient voices were heard after a brazen, irresponsible privatization of the resources of the Nigerian state by a presidential aide led to the loss of the precious lives of a naval pilot, aides, and two members of the ruling class.

 

Okoroba has now morphed into its own afterlife of arrogant recrimination of Nigerians by woolly-headed Presidential aides and hangers-on, mostly truculent sidekicks of Oronto Douglas, the principal jamboreelizer and misuser of state resources and the current metaphor of everything that is wrong with the Nigerian presidency. Because of the continuous wetness of the geography behind his ears, Reno Omokri, the President’s Special Assistant for Facebook and Twitter, was the first to rush to town, sending his tongue on careless errands of recrimination. This young fellow, who lived in America and was exposed to the best traditions of civic questioning, has naturally forgotten that experience.

After reprimanding Nigerians for asking questions too soon, he was quick to remind us that the cavalcade of helicopters and other expensive modes of transportation to Okoroba were funded by the mourner and his family. If, down the road, Omokri ever manages to achieve the feat of getting dry behind the ears, he will have sufficient time to rue the silliness of inviting questions that are even more pertinent. With his $400,000 annual salary, President Obama is not in the league of those who could visit Nigeria and charter too many helicopters for his local commute. Nigeria is too damn expensive, way beyond Obama’s level. If he visits Nigeria and charters a harem of helicopters for a private jamboree (funeral, wedding, etc), he will face the dire prospect of returning to America to beg Senator Boehner and other obdurate Senate Republicans to approve an emergency salary increase for him. So, how much is Oronto Douglas’s annual salary that he is able to afford the orisirisi chartered air transportation scenario proposed by Omokri in his irresponsible social media outburst? Not to be outdone, one listserv twat, who claims to run “The Jonathan Project”, one of the numerous food-for-the-boys stunts of the Jonathan Presidency, is amok on Nigerian internet listservs, hounding patriotic citizens like Mr. Ibukunolu Alao Babajide and Dr. Valentine Ojo, while justifying the jejune and rationalizing the risible.

I do not mind the lies of these arrogant presidential aides. I mind the fact that outraged Nigerians in our community of conscience have plugged so deeply into their distraction that we are fast losing another occasion to reflect on the broader dimensions of Okoroba in terms of the tragedy’s implication for the struggle for meaning that is the Nigerian Presidency. The disgrace of Okoroba is the Jonathan Presidency – no, make that the Nigerian Presidency – writ large. Precisely because the Nigerian Presidency defines us all, we cannot abandon her meaning, the content of her character, and the stuff she’s made of to the latest group of buccaneers to hold her hostage under the chairmanship of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan. I emphasize the latest crop of buccaneers to underscore the fact that the current crop of irresponsible characters emptying the Nigerian Presidency of philosophical content in Aso Rock are merely the latest arrivistes in town. They are no originators of a culture of Presidential irresponsibility that has calcified throughout our postcolonial existence into the singular identity of the Nigerian Presidency.

I am saying in essence that irresponsibility is not just about the habitual demission of individual Presidency actors from the common good and the consequent privatization and diversion of the state and her resources to service their bacchanalian proclivities in any given presidential term in the life of the Nigerian state. I am saying that this has been the only building block of the Nigerian Presidency since her inception. I am saying that what every President and his team do is to strengthen the foundation before adding their own block to the edifice of Presidential irresponsibility. I am saying that irresponsibility is the singular framework from which the quotidian practices of the Nigerian state devolve. To the extent that the Presidency is the apex body of that state, irresponsibility is statecraft in the context of Nigeria’s political agency.

Notice that I called the Presidency the apex “body” of our state. If I were talking about other responsible presidencies, say in America, France, South Africa or Ghana, I would have used the word “institution”. The culture of irresponsibility has never allowed the Nigerian presidency to develop into an institution in the real sense of that word. When, for instance, we speak of the Kennedy White House, the Carter White House, the Bush White House, the Clinton White House, the Obama White House, we know that beyond party affiliation and deep-seated political differences, all of these ‘White Houses’ are connected by their subscription to certain transcendental attributes of American self-fashioning, reducible to the philosophical core of buzzwords like “freedom”, “promise”, “values”, “enterprise”, “can-do”, and the sacrosanct “American dream”. In over two hundred years of existence, the American Presidency has evolved as the first institution of state which immediately embodies these immutable attributes of the American being. The state evolves and behaves in such a way as to project and protect these transcendental values of American-ness. And the American Presidency is an institution because these values are greater and grander than any incumbent President and his team – cabinet and aides.

Contrary to these normative attributes of responsible presidencies, the Nigerian Presidency is a transient, ephemeral embodiment of the egomaniacal idiosyncrasies of the incumbent, his cabinet, his aides, and the political jobbers and hangers-on who constitute the President’s bubble. No philosophical core, no transcendental attribute of Nigerian self-fashioning links the Obasanjo Aso Rock, the Yar’Adua Aso Rock, and the Jonathan Aso Rock in the sense in which I have sketched out what connects successive American White Houses. In the absence of an enduring deontology of responsibility, every Nigerian President and his team approaches Aso Rock not from the perspective of being custodians of the sacred, great, and grand values of the Nigerian people but as guarantors of the immediate prebendal moment of their ilk and political benefactors – even if such benefactors are convicted criminals.

Once they invest the Presidency with this narrow vision, this baser instinct, the President and his aides become greater and grander than the collective will, vision, and aspirations of the Nigerian people. From here, it is open sesame to irresponsibility as statecraft and to crass personalization of the state and her resources. From here, it’s only a matter of time before we get to Okoroba. This is not just pure theoretical talk. When a Presidency is a genuine institution, she recognizes the power and value of symbolism. Presidential symbolism devolves mainly from the personal example of the incumbent. His style, his preferments, his priorities, when collectively adopted and projected by his team, become symbolic expressions of the character of the state. What sort of symbolism have President Jonathan and his team been sending out to the Nigerian people?

The answer is simple. It is the symbolism of galling irresponsibility. You wonder in whose brain the idea of a new Presidential banquet hall – with the attendant metaphors or gorging and bacchanals amidst and impoverished populace – germinated and how a President could have approved such an irresponsible project at this material time; you wonder in whose brain the idea of a brand new N16 billion mansion for the Vice President germinated and how a President could have approved such an irresponsible project at this material time; you wonder how a president comfortably lives with the idea of his weekly Federal Executive Council meetings being a “contract bazaar” (apologies to Sonala Olumhense) where mind-boggling contracts are irresponsibly parceled out to cronies week after week; you wonder what message, what symbolism the Vice President imagines he is putting out there when he marries off two daughters and allows flat screen television sets and laptops to be distributed as souvenirs to wedding guests.

Only yesterday, jamboree weddings of President Yar’Adua’s daughters were the talk of the town. Where are they today? Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher. Is Vice President Namadi Sambo aware of the transience of these things? Is he aware of the message of crass and repugnant materialism he is sending to our youth? Does he know that his wedding guests are the same people who were all groveling before Turai Yar’Adua at her daughters’ weddings but will not even greet the same Turai today? Does he know that these same wedding guests will consign those TV sets and laptops to the dustbin whenever they rush to the embrace of the next President and his Vice President? Does he remember that Ojo Maduekwe, an avowed Yar’Adua loyalist who, one could have sworn, would plead to be buried with his principal as the king’s horseman, was screaming and describing himself as a “little Jonathan” even before Yar’Adua’s bones had cooled down sufficiently in the grave? Does Vice President Sambo understand these things? Does he think?

This is what you get when the Presidency is no institution. It becomes a hollow bubble of baser instincts, effete materialism, and outsized egos elevated above the common good. Think of it this way: when was the last time you heard the name of any of President Obama’s immediate White House staff in the public domain? Hardly anything in French politics and culture escapes my radar. Yet, I don’t believe that I know the names of President Hollande’s immediate Elysée staff. I am not sure that any of my friends currently living in France - Yommi Oni, Tunde Biade, Dominic Okutue – can name President Holland’s immediate aides at the Elysée.  At the White House, at the Elysée, the President’s aides are just regular, self-effacing civil servants toiling quietly for the people of America and France at the behest of the President. It is highly unlikely that any of them would organize a wedding or a funeral for which the American state or the French state would stand still. It is not imaginable that any of them would organize a personal jamboree that would have State Governors, Ministers, Parliamentarians, etc, abandon their duty posts for the roll call at the venue of the jamboree. And it is absolutely impossible that the resources of the American or French military would be irresponsibly diverted for private purposes because a civilian, a mere aide in the Presidency, is throwing a party. Above all, it is not imaginable that presidential aides in France and America can become overnight billionaires dragooning the state into their private affairs.

Why has this happened in Nigeria? Our presidency not being an institution is only half of the explanation. The other half of the explanation is that once the private bubble of egos is consolidated around the president, the incumbent and those within that bubble become the most powerful custodians of the prebendal system we operate. In this sort of system, even an aide in the presidency becomes the custodian and guarantor of access to the ultimate spoils of office, to be courted like a demi-god by political office holders way beyond his level. This crazy system explains why Governors, Senators, and Ministers abandoned the Nigerian state and outpaced Usain Bolt to Okoroba at the behest of a mere aide of the president. It was never about the funeral of the faithful departed. It was all about nurturing their continuous access to the Presidency-as-guarantor of prebends. Before Oronto Douglas, there were Yar’Adua’s Tanimu Yakubu and Obasanjo’s Andy Uba.

So long as we, the people, fail to sustain the struggle for a redefinition of the Presidency and a constitutional redesigning of her role – she is currently too powerful, so absurdly powerful – Aso Rock will continue to throw up irresponsible presidential houseboys with whom Governors, Ministers, and Senators will have to play footsie in order to guarantee strategic access to the cookie jar. But for the fact that it would amount to asking him to entertain Abu with Abu’s money, I would have joined the calls for Oronto Douglas to be made to cough out the cost of replacing the naval helicopter that we lost before being summarily dismissed from office. But we know that he cannot afford this from his honest salary. It will only provide him with another opportunity to send his hands on an errand into the cookie jar.

All stakeholders in Nigeria’s community of conscience have an urgent struggle at hand. I hope Pastor Tunde Bakare and the Odumakins are listening to the need to place this struggle at the forefront of the preoccupations of the SNG; I hope CACOL, Campaign for Democracy and other genuine civil society groups are listening; I hope the collective children of anger are listening and are prepared to sustain the struggle to redefine the Nigerian presidency in their social media spheres; I hope Nigeria’s progressive columnists are listening; I hope Sahara Reporters, Premium Times, the Nigerian Village Square, and Punch are all listening. They must all listen and act because this phenomenon of irresponsibility as statecraft gives us a jamboree state which profoundly insults all of us in our sovereign Nigerian-ness. The time is now to make it clear to these misbehaving boys and girls in the political class that we are no longer going to tolerate the jamboree instinct which collectively holds them hostage like cocaine addiction insofar as they privatize the Nigerian state to service that instinct.

It’s just that they have no capacity for critical thought. Otherwise, they would be able to see the holistic picture of the Nigerian state which emerges from the following scenarios. When they travel abroad – as is always the case with President Jonathan – it’s a jamboree. When one of them returns from a medical safari abroad as was the case with David Mark, they all abandon their duty posts and troop to the airport for a reception jamboree. One week, they are in Uyo for Akpabio’s 50th birthday jamboree. The following week, they mass-migrated to Kaduna for Namadi Sambo’s TV and laptop wedding jamboree. One week later, they are all in Okoroba for Oronto Douglas’s jamboree. Next week, one of them could wake up and decide to “turn the back” of his great grandfather who died just after the second World War and the same set of characters will use the resources of state to charter helicopters and private jets, abandon the work of the Nigerian people, and head out to Ibadan or Abeokuta for yet another jamboree. It is time for us to make it clear that we’ve had enough of the jamboree state that is Abuja.

 

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hmmmmm!

hmmmmm! Gr8 write up but totally overblown.

akpos1, I have been noticing

akpos1, I have been noticing your comments and is heart rendering. I believe you need your head examined. Gosh you are really sick upstairs.

Beyond Oronto Douglas

Nice piece but next time use simple English so that we the less educated can have full comprehension of it.

The incoherent ramblings of pius adesanmi? 5

P5. You spent the whole paragraph rehashing the same running thesis in 4. Surely half of 4 and 5 can be wiped off as they are empty sentences devoid of any new ideas.
P6: throw in ghana amongst the us and france to soften the criticisms of comparing nigeria to countries who took hundreds of years to get their act together. You failed to talk about the second amendment and how many us presidents have been assassinated and attempted assassinations. What about education and political ideologies? Do we have all these and the presidency is still corrupt?
Other paragraphs: don’t have the time or patience…dry, boring and redundant.
We need people like you to help in education. You don’t like to sacrifice? We all like comfort of western nations where we sit and pen down criticism to make a living instead of pen down solutions to move the country forward. You stoke the embers of division with your subjective ranting.

The incoherent ramblings of pius adesanmi? 4

P4. “The disgrace of Okoroba is the Jonathan Presidency – no, make that the Nigerian Presidency – writ large. Precisely because the Nigerian Presidency defines us all, we cannot abandon her meaning, the content of her character, and the stuff she’s made of to the latest group of buccaneers to hold her hostage under the chairmanship of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan.*******************************Are you serious? How can okoroba be the disgrace of the nigerian presidency when the presidency, in your own words “emptied of its philosophical content” way before GEJ. There was corruption in the presidency be GEJ and okoroba. The presidency “made” okoroba, okoroba did not make the presidency. Okoroba cannot be disgraced, the presidency is. The tail don’t wag the dog…the dog does… if, in your words, “the presidency defines us all”, then we are all failures just like okoroba RIGHT??? .clarification needed, get rid of the verbosity and clarity reigns.

The incoherent ramblings of pius adesanmi? 3

P3. “With his $400,000 annual salary, President Obama is not in the league of those who could visit Nigeria and charter too many helicopters for his local commute. Nigeria is too damn expensive, way beyond Obama’s level. If he visits Nigeria and charters a harem of helicopters for a private jamboree (funeral, wedding, etc), he will face the dire prospect of returning to America to beg Senator Boehner and other obdurate Senate Republicans to approve an emergency salary increase for him”*************************fucking irrelevant in this story.’

The incoherent ramblings of pius adesanmi? 2

P2. “If, down the road, Omokri ever manages to achieve the feat of getting dry behind the ears, he will have sufficient time to rue the silliness of inviting questions that are even more pertinent”**********************personal attacks! aren’t you supposed to be objective? exposed to the best tradition of civic questioning, then NATURALLY FORGOTTEN that experience (meaning he had that experience), then wet in the ears meaning he is inexperienced and NOW, it is a FEAT for him to get dry behind the ears: you are rambling…get to the point…YOU ARE RAMBLING…

incoherent ramblings of pius adesanmi 1

P1. “Because of the continuous wetness of the geography behind his ears, Reno Omokri, the President’s Special Assistant for Facebook and Twitter, was the first to rush to town, sending his tongue on careless errands of recrimination. This young fellow, who lived in America and was exposed to the best traditions of civic questioning, has naturally forgotten that experience”.---what are you talking about? How can he be exposed to the best traditions of civic questioning and yet be continuously wet behind the ears?

Nigeria isn't a Country but a Continent. Break up now!

Corruption or irresponsibility exists because we chose to run a continent as a country. Pure and simple!

Nigeria is NOT a country and when you coerce people to live together or pretend that we have something in common, then you are fools indeed. Writing about the rot or perceived rot is nonsense. What is more rot, is the fact that I as a South South citizen find myself in what is called a country with people from Sokoto & Zamfara. This is weird. What does a Warri man hav in common with a Hausa Fulani man who squats to urinate?

The struggle to keep Nigeria as a country is the struggle to continue to benefit & steal the resources of the SS&SE peoples. We pay 99.9% of the bills of every region. Is that democracy or equity?

Break up continent Nigeria today into its component countries & corruption ends the next day.

Long live the United States of the SS&SE.

tribal identity@ogbonnaya@chidi

@chidi ... what makes you think the post was made by a Yoruba man using an Igbo moniker ? I never cease to be amazed at the sensibilities ( or utter lack of it ) of some of our Igbo brothers in the diaspora.

@ Constant comments from Akpos, Deri and their likes

I feel extremely sad anytime I read comments from chaps like Akpos, Deri and a couple other "Niger Deltans" of their ilk. Whether paid or not, the fact that these men (very likely young people) cannot see beyond the crumbs thrown at them, to the bigger picture of a Nigeria that they and their children would be proud of, is indicative of the fact that they are irredeemable. BUT KNOW THIS: A NEW NIGERIA WILL EMERGE, BUT WHETHER YOU WILL BE ALIVE TO PARTAKE OF THAT GLORIOUS PERIOD, ONLY YOU CAN DECIDE - NOW IS THE TIME. Please change your ways and begin to fear God!

And this warning is also to all the pretenders in positions of authority in Nigeria - Government, Religion, Civil Service etc.

@ Chidi

Chidi will you be kind enough to highlight what Ogbonnaya wrote that gave him up as a typical Youruba boy? Maybe I read something different from what you did.

If Oronto cannot use choppers who can-oiless buhari or Pius

Since 9JA started generating revenue from crude oil in 1958, she has earned about N55.696 trillion or N1 trillion a year, according to oil revenue watchers. Yet the zone that Oronto Douglas hails from in Okoloba has no road! Given a situation where his state contributes over 38 percent of our revenue-whereas the zone that Pius comes from in Kogi state, has not added one kobo to the federal coffers. Soon they will start to blame Ibru, Ibori and Alams for the thievery of our resources during the 40 yrs rule of 9ja by his tribes men from the fulani North! However, of this princely sum, which accounts for about 80 per cent of the country’s federal revenue, only N6.577 trillion or less has been paid to the oil producing areas as derivation. In 1954 it was 100% 4 d 3 old regions. But had to be jettisoned when crude oil became the chief revenue earner. oil producing states like Alaska pay tax to Obama-In 9ja its the centre under the fulani north that collects-animals

where is d 55 trillion buhari and pius stole from d SS

No sane writer, in d USA, will lower himself to level of penning these nonsense for the reading public! The question agents of boko haram like Pius should ask themselves is, whether the USA, would have allowed a retired General and ex head of the army, to be buried kilometers away from his village because the areae where Azazi hails from can only be reached by boat and choppers? What vultures like Pius, often forget to tell us when using material glimpsed from the relics of the historical achieves in the white house is that, the oil producing states in the USA where we borrowed our constitution from, has resource control-they practice fiscal federalism over there-they dont rob Oronto Douglas at gun point, to pay alhaji buhari. They would never steal the master plan of the Niger delta as envisaged by the Brits and replace it with the one Buhari, designed for the fulani North and abuja-see the difference between institutions in the USA and 9ja? animals

donkey from kogi is on d loose again in bakare and buhari town

Our mad Garbage Bag in Pius is back to express his dry Kogi state sentiments here again- cause he was born into a land where camels and donkeys are used to ferry dead bodies into ancestral caves for burial. So pretends not to know what the oil bearing communities are going through in the ND. Obama, would have done more for Oronto Douglas! to enable him pay his last respect to his father-Pius cannot throw his smelly vomit at us without critically examining issues concerning the use of the chopper by Azazi in d flood prone plains of the Niger Delta. If Azazi and Yakowa cannot be air lifted into an area which can only be reached by boats or choppers to enable dem attend the funeral of father of Oronto, whose resources were used to provide Pius with an education, then who can? The question pigs like Pius should ask the parasites from his region is, what happened to the development plan the Brits left with us in 1960-later turned into an abuja master plan?

the mad kogi state garbage bag is back with his smelly vomit

Our mad Garbage Bag in Pius is back to express his dry Kogi state sentiments here again- cause he was born into a land where camels and donkeys are used to ferry dead bodies into ancestral caves for burial. So pretends not to know what the oil bearing communities are going through in the ND. Obama, would have done more for Oronto Douglas! to enable him pay his last respect to his father-Pius cannot throw his smelly vomit at us without critically examining issues concerning the use of the chopper by Azazi in d flood prone plains of the Niger Delta. If Azazi and Yakowa cannot be air lifted into an area which can only be reached by boats or choppers to enable dem attend the funeral of father of Oronto, whose resources were used to provide Pius with an education, then who can? The question pigs like Pius should ask the parasites from his region is, what happened to the development plan the Brits left with us in 1960-later turned into an abuja master plan?

To hell with the Corrupticians and Militricians!

Holiness without which No Man shall see the Lord says Pastor Kumuyi. Nigerians should seek first the kingdom of God and its righteousness. The rest na jara! I must say candidly without any fear or favour that i feel no sympathy for the lost in the jamboree that has pervaded the corrupt landscape of the Nigeria strata. They all got what they deserved. I dont care whose ox is gured!

The Cabals Called Militricians and Corrupticians!

This is an incitive, informative, educative and a surgical analysis of the profond rutteness of all that is called a Nigerian State. The fact is Corruption has become an acceptable norm within the general fabric of the Nigerian culture! We worship money in the name of God, We worship money via nepotism, godfatherism, we worship and adore money and materialism at every opportuned moment. Everyone in Nigeria is CORRUPT. I mean EVERYONE. No more dignity in labour, people are rampantly looking for free meals and the moral values that has held our cultural morality intact has been shredded a long time ago. I salute the writer of this articule but i must confess that Nigeria, its so called leaders and its citizens are all one and the same. A leopard they say will never change its spots. May God Almighty deliver the oppressed from the oppressors. Amen!

Who can bell the cat?

Well written excursion in semantics and rhetorics! In the past we read fiery articles by Reuben Abati and such like firebrand public commentators; to what purpose? If Jonathan offers you a job now as one of his aides, you'll arrive Aso Rock before they finish typing the letter! What we need now is the man that will rise to the occasion to liberate Nigerians from this warped rulership which was created by our past colonial masters and military opportunists, fed by a cancerous culture that is descending daily into a hydra headed conflagration that will soon consume all of us! Or is it Bola Tinubu that will save us?

Beyond Oronto Douglas

This well expressed and complete write-up only helped to stoke the anger in me more than anything else. I have said this before and will repeat it again. Nigerian masses are the greatest mugus on the face of this planet for succumbing to this mass rape this long. The quickest way to end this charade is to rub out these s. o. bs. one after the other. That is what transpired as well in those sane climes you compared us to.

@akpos1: Inferiority complex is your problem

@akpos1
Inferiority complex is your problem. The worst of the Yoruba, Tinubu, is far smarter than your best, moron Jonathan. The Otuoke drunk is even advised by a Yoruba outcast, Doyin Okupe!
You ve got a 'breakup' response to every article while your drunk President is even timid to raise the Resource Control issue. He preferred to settle your fellow hoodlums (Asari and Tompolo) with money and they also have kept quiet. 13% allocation and a Ministry of Niger Delta, was created for the development of Niger Delta yet you are all still uneducated because your brothers(Jonathan, Oruebe, Oronto) kept stealing the money to build mansions in Abuja while poor you come here to talk rubbish !
My advice to you:
I hope you have not resigned that your house-boy job in Lagos. 2015 is around the corner and the Otuoke animal would be returned back to the zoo and it's another lamentation for your generation and your children unborn. It's the price you pay for being unintelligent !

@akpos1: Inferiority complex is your problem

@akpos1
Inferiority complex is your problem. The worst of the Yoruba, Tinubu, is far smarter than your best, moron Jonathan. The Otuoke drunk is even advised by a Yoruba outcast, Doyin Okupe!
You ve got a 'breakup' response to every article while your drunk President is even timid to raise the Resource Control issue. He preferred to settle your fellow hoodlums (Asari and Tompolo) with money and they also have kept quiet. 13% allocation and a Ministry of Niger Delta, was created for the development of Niger Delta yet you are all still uneducated because your brothers(Jonathan, Oruebe, Oronto) kept stealing the money to build mansions in Abuja while poor you come here to talk rubbish !
My advice to you:
I hope you have not resigned that your house-boy job in Lagos. 2015 is around the corner and the Otuoke animal would be returned back to the zoo and it's another lamentation for your generation and your children unborn. It's the price you pay for being unintelligent !

"Goody bag" containing flat screen tv & laptops!

when he married off two daughters AND ALLOWS flat screen television sets and laptops to be distributed as souvenirs to wedding guests is good b4 we are told the VP was not aware of the act. N16 billion (around $100m) for a VP mansion shd make the irresponsibility, the impunity ... more galling. These people set the standard for the wastefulness by even those with no access to limitless funds. TVs, etc will now dominate souvenirs in SW Nigeria.

revisit

it will be worthy to revisit the previous air clashes that has taken place in the last decade in other to stop any further occurrence.

Pius Adesnmi a good point But you are same camp

Pius you are one of those nigerian writers that I do like reading but always there would be a slant that betrays the same spirit you seek to condenm in those in leadership,
All you have writtien about its simple the case of the damaged and corrupted reasoning prevalent in our leaders. But read through your write-up exhibits the same psirt in your as a writer a campigner of conscience Did you observe how selective the names you picked as examples of bad presidential errand boys? Did you observe how your reoogntiion of campiagners of conscience is limited to just a section that you have some affinity with? Let me just assume its an oversight on your side.
Damaged thinking and reasoning runs through all nigerians leading to irreponsiblity in everyone. Even the recent Occupy nigeria was very limited in its militancy ... eamine its acitivites it was effective only against ministers from a particualr sextion of the nation. Perhaps it was all coincidence

@Ogbonnaya (UK) .....Why not use your real Yoruba name

This your self deception & crook laden behaviour will never cease. Every word & sentence you have written in ur comment gives you out as a typical Yoruba man.

An Ibo will never think or write that way.

Stupid boy. This is the underground system in your lives.

Corruption exists bcos we chose 2 run a continent as a country

Pius, you can write whatever you like. Great Jona does not give a damn.

Corruption or irresponsibility exists because we chose to run a continent as a country. Pure and simple!

Nigeria is NOT a country and when you coerce people to live together or pretend that we have something in common, then you are fools indeed. Writing about the rot or perceived rot is nonsense. What is more rot, is the fact that I as a South South citizen find myself in what is called a country with people from Sokoto & Zamfara. This is weird. What does a Warri man hav in common with a Hausa Fulani man who squats to urinate?

The struggle to keep Nigeria as a country is the struggle to continue to benefit & steal the resources of the SS&SE peoples. We pay 99.9% of the bills of every region. Is that democracy or equity?

Break up continent Nigeria today into its component countries & corruption ends the next day.

Long live the United States of the SS&SE.

Pius, it is a cultural thing

Pius, it is a cultural thing but then Daniel Patrick Moynihan, former U.S. senator, once observed “The central conservative truth is that it is culture, not politics, which determines the success [or failure] of a society. The central liberal truth is that politics can change culture and save it from itself.”

Will the present crop save Nigeria from herself?

Powerful, powerful article, Pius, GEJ is a lost case!

Powerful article, Pius. Thanks.
"What sort of symbolism have President Jonathan and his team been sending out to the Nigerian people?

The answer is simple. It is the symbolism of galling irresponsibility. You wonder in whose brain the idea of a new Presidential banquet hall... germinated and how a President could have approved such an irresponsible project at this material time; you wonder in whose brain the idea of a brand new N16 billion mansion for the Vice President germinated and how a President could have approved such an irresponsible project at this material time;.."

I went on a recess as GEJ is a lost case.

GEJ does not and has never had the moral right or courage to lead this country ARIGHT. Preparation for 2015 is drawing nearer with Annenih as the new NPA Chairman.

Nigerians, Merry Christmas with whatever you can buy with your $2 a day income!

Beyond Oronto Douglas

A truly penetrating critique of the tottering to the abyss of a failed state.Thanks Pius for your verbal darts at at a regime that is already completely out of touch with the bleak reality of the lives of Nigerians.So,a Presidential aide,Oronto Douglas's late Okoroba fisherman dad departs since Feb, and, he, the 'activist' in government waits till Dec to 'honor' him by grounding the Nigerian state. With the no aides in this inglorious cabinet,one prays that no other aide gets bereaved, o!

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