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Ngozi Okonjo - Iweala Will Step On Big Toes By Sunday Njokede

July 11, 2011

“The Mighty And The Almighty” is the title of a book written by onetime USA Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.  Former US President Bill Clinton, while commenting on the preface of Madeleine’s book wrote: “... the only way not to step on toes is to stop walking.”

“The Mighty And The Almighty” is the title of a book written by onetime USA Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.  Former US President Bill Clinton, while commenting on the preface of Madeleine’s book wrote: “... the only way not to step on toes is to stop walking.”

Ngozi Okonjo – Iweala is a forward moving person who’s not use to stopping or slacking once she set herself or mind on motion – whether for good or for bad. Her constant moving and shaking is no doubt one of the reasons she’s one of the women sitting not just on top of the World Bank – but on top of this world.

And there’s no signal to show or reason to believe that she’s going to stop walking now that she is a more determined two-time minister.
Her forthcoming wanderlust through high places of power will lead to stepping on, and crushing of plenty toes of big movers, hustlers and shakers in Nigeria.

It’d not be cakewalk as she journey along Nigeria’s political terrain that’s richly mined with corruption and jolly hedonism of the cabal class. There’ll be collisions, accidental discharges and plenty of injured players as she moves through the open doors of corridor of power.

For now and very briefly I shall pump my break and make a beeline to advice Ngozi on two things.

First and foremost, I’ll advice her to make proper arrangement with her World Bank employer on how to be reinstated in the event that the Election Tribunal finally sacks Jonathan. I mayn’t know what her instinct is telling her.  But my crystal ball tells me that Jonathan would soon be sent to the job market by election tribunal. And I hope Emeka Wogu the Labour minster is already looking for work for Jonathan his boss. Mr Wogu had recently, during ministerial screening opined that work is more plentiful in Nigeria than USA. He shamelessly and ignorantly said that America has more unemployed people than Nigeria. Despite his brazen mad statements – our hopeless and conniving senators declared him minster.

Secondly, I know that madam Ngozi love and cherish to tie wrapper all year round and 24 hours a day. But for good measure, I’ll advice her to go and take tutorial on how to wear trousers. In that very soon, she and omnipotent Nigerian Governors Forum and its governors would be putting all their legs in one trouser. The Nigerian political space is filthily a warlike zone. No one ever wears or ties wrapper to war trenches like Nigeria political arena.
Not even the French people who invented Trench Warfare and have lost all wars even with Algeria have done that. Except in Indian, Bangladesh and Fuji Island where men tie wrapper and be down for whatever.

So, madam should be very prepared. In fact, she has to be battle-ready because politicians would dare her and bring the fight to her door step. I hate that she’s caught unawares by unfriendly fires from criminals in Abuja who’re faking as trustworthy leaders. Nigerian politicians can fight dirtier than pop singers Christian Aguilera and Britney Spears doing celebrity ‘death match’ on MTV.

My advices to Ngozi may sound comically unprofessional and make you laugh but however. I do hope I have been able to alert her to brace up so longer she’ll mixing and mingling, wining and dining with Satanists in Abuja.

As I was saying before, Ngozi is a moving train of activities which crushes anything that stays on her way to success. Ministering in Nigeria as office holder would be one of the hardest job in life. She would be faced with so much hurdles and she knew it too well. Among her frontal enemies is her employer president Jonathan Goodluck. The Governors Forum, PDP  and sundry other people, institutions and interests would be arm-bushing and taking aim at her as she spell out  her economic manifesto that’d make Nigeria an equalitarian society of sort.

Ngozi seems to be the only one who can fly and touch the sky in this present administration. But I fear that the meddlesome behemoth PDP wouldn’t give her the legroom to make thriving policies and run with it to the Nigeria ghettoes to ease suffering peoples’ pains. PDP people have always resisted positive programs and changes aimed at spreading love and equity in Nigeria.

The looming conflict of interest battles will be between the Amazon reformer Ngozi and the freaky PDP change-resisters.

And troubles have already started brewing after Ngozi drew the battle line in the Senate while she was answering questions. She had pooh-poohed suggestion by governors for removal of petrol subsidy. In supporting fuel subsidy, she said it is a good policy capable of bridging the
gaps between the rich and poor. While regretting that the subsidy thing has been misused, she swore to pursue program which will up the stake of the poor in society.

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The governors would’ve felt challenged and provoked by her statements in Senate – more so her damnation of their fuel subsidy removal craze. In no time, the governors would aim and fire back at Ngozi from their double barrel. Already, governors have started moving their troops in Senate to resist and torpedo anything Ngozi from root to branch. It’s in the news lately that lower chamber of senate has made u-turn from their promise to help the poor but instead have pitched their tents with the governors in removing petrol subsidy as only way they could pay minimum wage.

The governors who helped rigged Jonathan to power massively wouldn’t tolerate Ngozi rubbing shoulders with them or standing in their ways as they enslave the rest of us. Very soon, they’ll march their troops to meet Ngozi in Abuja. And a full-blown war would ensue surpassing the Boko Harem palaver that’s already rocking Aso Rock. The cabal would threaten her to step back from bringing sanity and equitable order to society or face their atomic bomb.

Ngozi would refuse to stop pursuing pro-people’s policies which would provoke the governors and the establishment class. The matter would be taken to PDP inner circle for deliberation where governors and PDP would direct President Jonathan to do away with Ngozi. And Jonathan without batting an eye or thinking twice would ask Ngozi to go away. The president has no say-so of his own; PDP plies him and he tags along timidly. He’ll not have problem leaving her cold and stranded when there’s conflict of interest between Ngozi and PDP as she does her motherland duty.

To be continued...

Sunday Njokede writes from The European Union
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