Why The Nigerian Presidency Is Not Respectable By Pius Adesanmi

Pius Adesanmi
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Ségolène Royal, arguably the most famous female politician in France at the moment, would have loved to run against the unpopular President Nicolas Sarkozy on the platform of the Socialist Party in this year’s presidential election. It would have been her second shot at the presidency of France after losing to the same Sarkozy five years ago. Alas, she didn’t make it. She lost the party primaries to her former lover and father of her children, François Hollande. However, Madame Royal is still very much in the news. And my daily foraging for global news usually starts with Le Monde, Le Figaro, and other French newspapers.

Thus it was that I recently read an interview in which Madame Royal talks about her painstaking preparations for the presidency in the last five years. She went back to the drawing board as soon as she lost the election in 2007. Five years of trying to sell your intellect to the French people; five years of criss-crossing France and retailing ideas to every strategic sector of the society; five years of strategic think-tanking; five years of University lectures, addressing students and their professors, taking their questions, debating them; five years of public intellection; five years of organising; five years of preparing strategic and visionary programs of action; five years of travelling to display her mettle on the world stage; five years of using your brain 24/7. All this before party primaries! Imagine what you then proceed to do after becoming your party’s official candidate.

You see, the highest office in the land, the most solemn expression of the sovereign will of the French people, is not what you wake up from an ogogoro-induced sleep to approach. That office is the sum total of the values and the worth of the people. It is who they are. It is the “we” in we, the people. It demands awe and absolute respect. Once the idea germinates in your head that you could be president or you’d love to be president, the first thing you need to understand – the system will eventually drive it into your head if you refuse to understand it – is that the manner and modes of actualisation, the quality of those who even dare to dream of becoming president, all go into the degree of respect that political actors have for the people in their indissoluble sovereignness.

This is why personal capital is the foundation of your ambition. Personal capital covers everything from your integrity, probity, moral and ethical soundness, record of accomplishment in service and leadership, personal discipline, cultivation, to vision and intellect. If your personal capital is not up to par, you have no business dreaming of janitorial work in the presidency. You would be insulting the people if you did that. Once you meet the fundamental benchmark of personal capital, you work your way through extant political structures and processes to convince the people.

That is what Ségolène Royal did. That is what those of us who witness elections in advance democracies see all the time. That is what is increasingly on display in more and more countries in Africa. In essence, a presidency acquires respect over time not just through the salience and pertinence of her vision or through the acuity of her performance but also, and perhaps most importantly, through the quality of the people who aspire to it and the quality of the electoral culture they must ford to the desired destination. Furthermore, you do not approach the White House or the Elysée just because you have a vision and it has been determined that your personal capital passes muster; you go there because you understand that the said office is one of the most, if not the most sacred institution in the land.
This is precisely where the tragedy of Nigeria lies. Our presidency may be the most powerful in the world – given the irrational concentration of powers in the hands of the president – it is also the most ridiculous and the most contemptible as far as institutions of state go. I have zilch regard for the Nigerian presidency. She does not command my respect. I see her as dominance without hegemony. The only value I have for her is that she serves as an endless inflatus for my satires. Sadly, I am not alone. Aso Rock is an institution without a people. Why is that?

We do not have to dwell on the most apparent reason: no occupant of the Nigerian presidency, including the present occupant, has ever passed muster in the personal capital department. Doubtless, the personal capital of successive occupants goes into the accumulation of respect over time for the institution that is the presidency. If we agree that those who, through our collective failures as a people and our generous dosage of tough luck, have always found themselves in the saddle of the Nigerian presidency would ordinarily not qualify to be janitors in saner and more respectable presidencies elsewhere in the world, we need to move beyond that and assess why the Nigerian presidency is so appallingly contemptible as an institution.

The road to that destination speaks of actors and processes that are not compelled at any point to respect the Nigerian people. In Nigeria, you could practically wake up on top of your concubine in a brothel and decide to be president. Next, the regular throng of criminals who have been around since 1960 gathers to anoint you as the latest protector-in-chief of their narrow interests as stakeholders, chieftains, and elder statesmen. Next, they mobilize funds, always the proceeds of corruption, to actualize your dream. Next, they kill a few people here and there to send a message that there is no vacancy in Aso Rock. Next, they mobilize all the necessary agencies of state – the police, INEC. Before you know it, you are in Aso Rock.

You need not be familiar with the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. In the unlikely event that your political party has a manifesto, you need not know how to spell the word manifesto. From the very moment you dreamt up your ambition till the usual suspects gather at the Eagle Square in Abuja to swear you in as president, you need not have expended a single minute seriously thinking about the Nigerian people. They do not matter. You need not have expended a single minute thinking seriously about the Nigerian presidency as a sacred, solemn institution that must be respected as an indication of your respect for the Nigerian people. After all, you are just there as a guarantor of the privileges of the 1 %; you are there as distributor-in-chief of prebends to the usual suspects.

If you are a Nigerian reading this, let me bring back the Ségolène Royal paragraph above in a modified form. Apply it to yourself and see what you get. Has it ever happened that a presidential aspirant spent: five years trying to sell his intellect to you; five years  criss-crossing Nigeria and retailing ideas to every strategic sector of the society; five years doing strategic think-tanking; five years doing the lecture rounds in Nigerian Universities, addressing students and their professors, taking their questions, debating them; five years doing public intellection; five years organising; five years preparing strategic and visionary programs of action; five years travelling to display his mettle on the world stage; and five years using his brain 24/7?

Think about it: when was the last time a member of the Nigerian political elite considered you important enough in the scheme of things to go through this kind of rigour just to convince you that they are worthy to serve as your president? When was the last time you, the people, counted for anything in the scheme of things? Perhaps, I should reframe the question: has it ever happened? Has the value of your civic importance ever been recognised in the processes guiding accession to the presidency of your country? You and I know the answers to these questions.

This leads to a conundrum: those who find themselves in the Presidency do not care about us because they did not need us to get there. In turn, we despise them and are unable to respect the presidency because the folks who strut their stuff in Aso Rock lack personal capital and the strategies they employed to get there do not command respect. Furthermore, the Nigerian presidency is not respectable because those who find themselves there and who should be the first respecters of that office and institution offer no credible examples to the people. The people cannot respect an office that you, the occupant, do not respect.

Take the case of Goodluck Jonathan. Presidential debates are one of the most important modes of assessing the viability of candidates. They are also by far the most important avenue that candidates have to show respect for the people. You take debates extremely seriously because it is the people’s proscenium. You are selling yourself to them. You are telling them that they matter. Look at the gruelling intra-party debates in the US presidential system which are then followed by even more serious debates after the parties have their primaries. Once I saw the debate between Ségolène Royal and candidate Nicolas Sarkozy in the 2007 presidential election in France, I knew it was over for Madame Royal. The debate enabled me to make that assessment. That is how important debates are. You do not disrespect the people by shunning debates for whatever reason. That is the worst form of disrespect for the people.

Such was Goodluck Jonathan’s rudeness to and disrespect for the Nigerian people and the Nigerian presidency he was aspiring to that he found spurious reasons to dodge the debate and later preferred to debate himself in one of the most remarkable shows of shame in the annals of presidential elections in Nigeria. True, Goodluck Jonathan will never not look dull, lost, clueless, and uninspiring in his public sorties. There is just no way to improve that stage presence cos he ain’t got it. But those embarrassing weaknesses are not enough to make you run away from the debates. After all, you were aware of those weaknesses before you put yourself forward for service. Can you imagine a candidate displaying such rudeness to and disrespect for the people in a genuine democracy and still “winning”?

If you showed so much disrespect for the presidential process, one would be right to expect you to make amends once you got to office. One way of making amends is to respect the office. The constitution stipulates that one of the cardinal ways to respect that office is to declare your asset. Has Goodluck Jonathan done this? You know the answer. We have a president who disrespected the electoral process by dodging the debate and who now disrespects the office by refusing to declare his asset. With such an embarrassing penury of the personal example, how can the disrespecter-in-chief of the Nigerian presidency mobilize the people to respect that office and institution? Yet, his band of odoriferous and rebarbative aides adds to the insult by teaching us the difference between metaphors and reality.

It is within the dynamic of the contemptible modes of competition for and access to the Nigerian presidency that President Jonathan’s recent warning to those already campaigning for 2015 makes sense. If we had a presidency and a presidential process that looks anything like what I described in the case of genuine and sophisticated democracies, then everybody would understand that the time to start preparing for 2015 was May 29, 2011. That was the time to return to the drawing board. That was the time to create your think-tanks and have them critically and empirically reflect on every sector of the Nigerian polity. That was the time to hit the pavement, crisscrossing Nigeria. That was when to go to the Universities, etc. That was the time for the opposition to start constructive and organic preparations and for the incumbent to make their life difficult with overwhelming performance.

But President Jonathan knew that he was talking to his people. He is one of them. He understands what they are doing when they say they are already prepapring. He knows that they are not constructively selling themselves to the Nigerian people. He knows that they are holding nocturnal meetings, stealing huge sums of money, stockpiling arms, identifying future victims of political assassinations, deciding on how to better use Boko Haram, MEND, OPC, Massob, deciding on which prosperity Pentecostal pastors to recruit, activating agbaya stakeholders and elder statesmen who do not know when to quit. President Jonathan knows all these things because he is one of them. That is how he got to office. That is how he intends to remain in office. He just doesn’t want anyone to get a head start over him in launching a disrespectable campaign for a disrespectable office.
 

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A dishonored hegemony

Not only in sane and decent democracy of the world but in viable and honored society, you hardly found a justification having a bunch of distrespecters and notorious individuals manning people's affairs and yet expect reciprocation in deeds and actions. I don't know how Nigerian representative from wards councillors to all-mighty president would ever expect me to accord or honor them by a pinch? When he oppressed my manhood, depressed my aspiration, demeaned my hope, devalued my present and dimmed my future. I will never and shall never wish any of our existing representative a successive posterity until they craved out of godless nudity to righteous statesmen.

@Ifeanyi-Democracy4ever: Re: ,are you a respectable JOURNALISTS?

@Ifeanyi-Democracy4ever

Prof. Pius Adesanmi is not a journalist. Not everyone that writes a column is a journalist, daft man. And to think you claim to be a doctor in Enugu still baffles me because your level of reasoning isn't different from that of a tout !
I will advise you to concentrate on your abortion trade and leave comments on this forum to those who can think !

@Ifeanyi-Democracy4ever: Re: ,are you a respectable JOURNALISTS?

@Ifeanyi-Democracy4ever

Prof. Pius Adesanmi is not a journalist. Not everyone that writes a column is a journalist, daft man. And to think you claim to be a doctor in Enugu still baffles me because your level of reasoning isn't different from that of a tout !
I will advise you to concentrate on your abortion trade and leave comments on this forum to those who can think !

Pee u are 100% spot on.

Pee u are 100% spot on. Nigerians are just follow follow mumus. Take for instance the way the wsy they adopt words, every one around town tend to say 'let me assure you' typical phrase by our current politicians. Similarly every street in the street wants to dress like a delta man even in sokoto.

Pius, there is a dilemna.

Pius, there is a dilemna. Mumu leaders co-existing with mumu followers. We expect good governance but are not prepared to 'force' our leaders to give us good governance. I have a personal experience last weekend. The President of an Association l belong to was accused of mis-management of funds. A panel was set up. Meanwhile his first tenor expired and he made to dissolve his executive. A few of us demanded for financial report which was the least to be expected from elected leaders. He smartly dodged to give the report on the excuse that the financial secretary could not submit the report, and promised that if re-elected he will provide the report later. Some mumu members bought into this crap 'to allow peace to reign and move the association forward'. How can we demand accountability from our leaders when a deri, for instance will defend GEJ even if the man's hand is caught in the pot of soup? And it is not a laughing matter when you have many deri's.

Pius is right....

The level of uneducate people and the reqiured level of education you need before you can aspire to be d command-in- chief of this our beautiful country Nigeria, make is hard for that can of level of preparation for someone aspiring for the presidency. How do you want a Bsc holder(who can't defend it) to respect a secondry school holder? For the president of our country to command respect in the comity of nation we need to change the said reqiurment to be the president... To some exten Mr. Pius is right because most our president don't have the capacity to aspire for that office

U are an animal

If u no ucan respect ur leader ?what kind of human u are , u better get out of nigeria and go to animal kingdom.

Unbelievable!

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Deficit personal capital of our President

Pius does not respect Nigerian presidency because the occupants have deficit personal capital defined as integrity, moral and ethical orientation and so on. The reason for electing presidents with such deficits in Nigeria is according to him found in the electoral process that throw such persons to preside over us. Elsewhere in France for instance the process is better and presidents with above par personal capital are elected. I disagree. His definition of personal capital does not show that our presidents are inferior. Clinton need not wake up in a brothel he does his BJ right there in the oval office ask Lewinsky. Those familiar with American grammar confess Bush Jnr does mix tenses like GEJ. The institutions in western democracies compel their occupants irrespective any deficits to seemingly work for the 99%. Ours work opening for the 1% and corruptly so. The deficits are common no saints in that field.

What do you expect.

Glance through the comments then what do you expect from a leader who rules these people?

Look at the points raised, look at how Jonathan emerged from no where to become president, look at some of the words that come of Jonathan then you will come to the conclusion, we can't have it better than this with this kind of people.

HUH? finale

Part 3 of 3

EUROPE HAS DEVELOPED THE SKILL AND CREATED AN ART OF TRICKERY AND DECEIT AND BECAUSE THEY DO IT WITH PRESTIGE AND FALSE INDIGNATION EVERYONE ELSE SWALLOWS IT BY FORCE. THERE ARE A LOT OF HIDDEN THINGS THAT PEOPLE DON'T SEE AND THESE VERY THINGS SPAWN OTHER THINGS AND THEN FINALLY LEAD TO OPEN DECEPTION. WHAT YOU ARE WITNESSING IS A ULTRA DERIVATIVE THAT NOBODY WILL UNDERSTAND AS DIAMOND PRESSURE INDUCED AND BECAUSE OF THIS WE MAY NEVER FIX THE PROBLEMS. INDEPENDANCE WAS THE ACCEPTANCE OF THIS FORCED MEAL THAT WE'RE FINDING DIFFICULT TO SETTLE THEREFORE USING VARIOUS REMEDIES TO ALIEVE. DON'T THINK BOMB AND THINK TRUTH. BE BLESSED AND HAVE A BLESSED LIKE. YOU WILL PROSPER AND YOU WILL SEE THAT GOT CAN PUT MONEY EVEN IN THE MOUTH OF A FISH.

HUH? continued

Part 2 of 3

AFRICA DOESN'T EVEN CLEAVE ON TO NUCLEAR WEAPONS LIKE COUNTRIES IN OTHER CONTINENTS AND YOU'RE WHILE FACED WITH THE NEED TO FURTHER DEVELOP AND EMERGE, READY TO DESTROY EVERYTHING. I CANNOT ATTACK YOU AS I HAVE HAD SIMILAR OUTRAGES FOR EVEN LESS THEN THIS BUT UNDERSTAND THAT WHEN THINGS GO WRONG IT IS USUALLY ENCOURAGED BY OUTSIDE PRESSURES. NOBODY QUITE KNOWS CORRUPTION LIKE EUROPE AND TO THINK THAT YOU'RE READY TO SEE NIGERIA GO TO NOTHING OFF OF WHAT EUROPEANS WOULD TITLE FOOLISH ELUDES ME. AFRICA HAS YET TO MASTER THE ART OF LEGALIZING THEFT PRACTICES THROUGH MEANS OF CONFUSION AND INTENTIONAL CHAOS.

HUH?

Part 1 of 3

HAVE YOU LOST YOUR SENSES? YOU GO INTO DETAIL ABOUT HOW EUROCENTRIC BELIEFS SHOULD BE IDOLIZED INSTEAD OF SHUNNED AND THEN TURN ON YOUR COUNTRY THUS TURNING ON YOUR CONTINENT. PRACTICES LIKE THIS ARE ALL OVER THE GLOBE AND SOME OF THE PEOPLE THAT PERPETUATED THIS WAVE OF ACTIONS HAILED FROM THAT PARTICULAR CONTINENT YOU MILDLY BERATED BUT FAILED TO FULLY DO SO, EUROPE. ASIA AND NORTH AMERICA ARE VERY MUCH GUILTY OF SOME OF THE THINGS YOU WANTED TO USE TO GALVANIZE MASS SUICIDE BOMBINGS. IT WAS AMBIGUOUSLY DONE IN YOUR SPEECH BUT ABSOLUTELY THIS IS THE RAMIFICATION OF YOUR THOUGHTS.

Nigerian and low expectations of themselves.

I can see many contributors here throwing the sling mud at the writer for drawing comparisons between Nigerian ideas of Democracy & Institutions & that of the French. Nigerians believe that if the World is heading North, they can head East and still achieve the same outcome in the name of 'The Nigerian way'. Our ways of looking at the World is flawed & the World has no patience for us anymore. Not even our poorer neighbors as we have suddenly become a burden and dissapointment to all. Pius, next time compare Nigeria to the Congos & please the readers!

THE OPENING PARAGRAPH SAYS IT ALL.

 Mr Adesanmi, why should your day start with Le Monde and Figaro two newspapers that have nothing in connection with Nigeria as we are not Francophone .

I can only see that you in a round about way exalted your self for being able to read french and maybe speak french.

I know our country is sick and populated by Morons but we should never forget history and a good black journalist must have self pride and support the constant fight against neo colonialism.

Nobody outside Nigeria has the vision and Intelligence that Azikiwe, J.Tarka, Soyinka, Kutis,Ojukwu and Idiagbon had for Nigeria and their failure to constuct a Nigeria we all would have been proud of, had France etc involved .

So though you write up is right in its assertion, your context is poor.

Decolonize your mind

You have willingly sold your mind to the French. Through acculturation the French educated African turn into a praise singer for their values.
An ex president of France was recently given a suspended sentence. The sex life of French public officers is certainly not better than what we have here but their journalists deliberately choose to ignore this angle which was why the former IMF boss was coasting to the French presidency before American press busted him & he too, admitted he was a sex addict. Your role model in this essay is a divorce so is Sarkozy.

French presidents are saints

The contemporary history does prove your thesis that French Presidency is a for saints. The acculturation educational ideology of France for her colonies certainly has caught up with you. One ex-president of France was given suspended sentence recently even when French journalists looked they other way to the numerous sexual liaisons of their presidents and presidential office seekers alike.
Our presidents may not be the best because they use popular votes to protect minority and curiously foreign interests.

COMMON SENSE

THANK YOU FOR SUCH AN ARTICULATE WRITE UP, IT IS A PITY THAT THE WHITE MAN SAYS "IF YOU WANT TO HIDE SOMETHING FROM A BLACK MAN, PUT IT IN WRITING" BECAUSE I STILL SEE PEOPLE SHAMELESS INSULTING AND ARGUING WITH THE WRITER WHO HAS ACTUALLY STATED PLAIN FACTS THAT EXISTS IN EVERY DEMOCRACY. IT IS A SHAME THAT PEOPLE STAND UP AND DEFEND EVIL IN THIS COUNTRY. THEY HAD THE OPTION OF BUHARI, BUT THEY SIMPLY HATE HIM BECAUSE HE IS HAUSA, NO OTHER REASON, WHILE THE HAUSAS HATE HIM BECAUSE HE IS NOT CORRUPT. MUST A MAN STEAL IN THIS COUNTRY TO BE RESPECTED? I AM ASHAMED TO BE NIGERIAN, I DON'T WANT THE SOUTH, EAST OR EVEN NORTH. I PRAY THAT NIGERIA IS HIT BY A NATURAL DISASTER THAT WIPES OUT EVERYONE INCLUDING MYSELF. THIS COUNTRY DOESN'T DESERVE TO EXIST

Ifeanyi shut up Pius is

Ifeanyi shut up Pius is saying the truth his write is not an insult. We would like to invite you to our debate in Damaturu in April. You can pick up an invitation at Bauchi Hotel btwn 20/3/12 - 23/3/2012. We shall be waiting for you.

@ I WONDER, By Ibrahim Saad

NOW WE HAVE A NON RULING CLASS PRESIDENT COMPLETE WITH A NON RULING CLASS CABINET AND ADVISERS, YET THINGS ARE RAPIDLY GOING OUT OF CONTROL. MAKES ME WONDER ARE THEY RIGHT AND WE ARE WRONG?

Mr. Ibrahim Saad, will never change. He will can never overcome his deep rooted ethnic bigotry mindset and subliminal messages.

PDP is an offshoot of NPN. NPN was a relic of NPC. The successive military governments are part and parcel of that party.

Invariably, President Jonathan is a part and parcel of that ruling class. He is not a southern President, but a creation of that ruling class who happened to be a southerner, like Obasanjo.

If you and your feudal uncles are really sincere, why did you not allow Abiola to rule. Why was Awo a threat to your feudal uncles?

Don't twist the story, Mr. Bigot; birds of the same feathers flock together. Tell me your friends and I will tell you who you are. Obasanjo was the making of your feudal uncles, same with GEJ.

@Pius Adesanmi..,are you a respectable JOURNALISTS?

@Pius.., since we'r comparing French politicians with Nigerian politicians in terms of RESPECTABILITY, we can also compare the French JOURNALISTS with Nigerian JOURNALISTS with the same yardstick. I cant imagine a RESPECTABLE French journalist using his column to INSULT and ATTACK the president of France or even ATTACK any other person for that matter. Even a DISrespectable French journalist will not SINK this low. Where then do we classify you @Mr Pius Adesanmi...? You look more like a GUTTER journalist. What do you aim to achieve by insulting our president? Cant you pass you message CONSTRUCTIVELY without insulting any person let alone our president? What happened to the ETHICS of journalism? Does it not apply to online media organisation? May be you feel you can through stones anyhow because you'r far away in US. This alone shows that persons like you if given opportunity with political power will do WORSE things. Shame!! I visit SR only to see how LOW journalism will sink further

@Pius Adesanmi..,are you a respectable JOURNALISTS?

@Pius.., since we'r comparing French politicians with Nigerian politicians in terms of RESPECTABILITY, we can also compare the French JOURNALISTS with Nigerian JOURNALISTS with the same yardstick. I cant imagine a RESPECTABLE French journalist using his column to INSULT and ATTACK the president of France or even ATTACK any other person for that matter. Even a DISrespectable French journalist will not SINK this low. Where then do we classify you @Mr Pius Adesanmi...? You look more like a GUTTER journalist. What do you aim to achieve by insulting our president? Cant you pass you message CONSTRUCTIVELY without insulting any person let alone our president? What happened to the ETHICS of journalism? Does it not apply to online media organisation? May be you feel you can through stones anyhow because you'r far away in US. This alone shows that persons like you if given opportunity with political power will do WORSE things. Shame!! I visit SR only to see how LOW journalism will sink further

A Misfit

Jonathan holds the record of Nigeria's worst president. He's just an uninspiring idiot. I mute my TV whenever he speaks. Listening to him depresses me. But Nigerians are bigger fools for voting this dunce.

I WONDER!

WE HAVE STRUGGLED UP NORTH FOR CENTURIES AGAINST A FEUDAL SYSTEM WHOS CLAIM TO POWER IS THEIR BLOODLINE. THEY TELL US THAT CERTAIN PEOPLE ARE NOT FIT FOR LEADERSHIP. WHEN THE OPPORTUNITY COMES FOR US TO SHOW THIS THEORY IS WRONG WE PRODUCED JONATHAN. THAT IS NOT ALL THIS FEUDAL ORLIGACHY HAS RAMMED IT INTO OUR HEADS THAT IF THEY ARE NOT DIRECT RULERS, THEY MUST BE ADVISERS. NOW WE HAVE A NON RULING CLASS PRESIDENT COMPLETE WITH A NON RULING CLASS CABINET AND ADVISERS, YET THINGS ARE RAPIDLY GOING OUT OF CONTROL. MAKES ME WONDER ARE THEY RIGHT AND WE ARE WRONG?!

So you reckon if we gaze

So you reckon if we gaze properly at our problems, then maybe they will just go away by themselve. Very funny clown!!

GEJ don suffer for Naija

No be say GEJ dey try o, but the matter be say na who go take over after him. Better wey Buhari and Tunde Bakare go near aso rock make GEJ turn to life president. Make I go drink beer

WELL WRTTEN.

Pius you too dey try! This is the sum total of our dilenma as a nation. The worse always represent us. However, I wonder why you are aligning with Tinumbu to call Jonathan a drunken ijaw man always. Come to think of it, the iragbiji eko too seems to be inpiring greed amongst oppurtunistic iagbiji men and thats why they are taking over Lagos taxation and sufering Lagosians with toll gates. As for you, because you go Ilorin, I leave your yabis for another day.

Deri please pick up your

Deri please pick up your invitation for April debate from Bauchi Hotel, Bauchi the hotel reception will have it waiting by 7/3/2011-15/3/2012. Many thanks.

Hmmmmmmmmm!

Hmmmmmmmmm!

We know you

To the Deris & Konkolos of this world, we know you (typically you are one and the same) are manufactured to perpetuate the status quo. Professional propaganda agents who for kuli kuli will sell your mothers. And how do we know you? You attack the person making a constructive argument while deliberately avoiding the substance of the of the article.

So Deri (lous) answer the question:

Did GEJ declare his assets?
Did he engage in intellectual discourse with the people to explain his vision (or lack of)?
In office, what has your master done to chart a credible course for the country?

The thing is, people like you get paid a lousy pittance to support corrupt governments and then see your family suffering, then blame the witches in your village when they get robbed or have accidents and no good hospitals to treat you.

Grow up!

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