Nigerians have been through a lot since the coming of President Muhammadu Buhari who made a lot of promises that made Nigerians to think that he is coming to make Nigeria to look like Dubai, it’s been seven years and counting since he took over the mantle of leadership of the country, what has changed since he assumed the leadership of the country? In this publication, we will look at the campaign promises he made before assuming power and let’s see if indeed he has fulfilled any of his promises. Below are the campaign promises:
- We will govern Nigeria Honestly in accordance with its constitution.
- We will strive to secure the country and efficiently manage the economy.
- We will strive to attack poverty through broadly shared economic growth and attacking corruption through impartial application of the law.
- We will turn Nigeria to a position of international respect through patriotic foreign policies.
- Preserving the nations’ future is a sacred public obligation to all of us in this great party.
- Shall we at home continue to live in a condition where the power holding company and its successors seem only to have power to hold us in darkness?
- Shall we continue in a situation where 250 of our daughters are being abducted and the government has been unable to rescue them?
- Shall we live in a nation where several people were trampled to death in search of jobs in a stadium and yet no one has taken responsibility for the tragedy?
- You are first and foremost a Nigerian before my very eyes; I shall treat you equally as my people, my national family, my brothers and sisters.
- We will be a compassionate government, for out of compassion arises the truest form of wealth and progress as a society can attain.
- Just a APC stands as a new party for a new Nigeria, our government will institute new policies to realize a new Nigeria.
- On corruption, the government will enhance EFCC’s power to investigate independently.
- Pregnant and poor women and children will be entitled to basic healthcare.
- When all is said and done, let it be known that Muhammadu Buhari gave his all for this nation and the concern for its present condition, and as a result made things better for Nigeria.
Now, let’s discuss the promises above especially as we are approaching another election year, and looking at the fact that so many of the aspirants are coming with promises, can we say he has fulfilled his promises? Let’s have your say.
IS THE NIGERIAN JUDICIARY COMPROMISED?
A lot has been going on in Nigeria lately that left Nigerians wondering what and how did we get here?
It has been said a number of times that “the Judiciary is the last hope of the common man”, but is this saying true? In this short article, we will examine these facts to see if indeed the Judiciary is the last hope of the common man and how can the judiciary exonerate itself from the many allegations.
I intend for this article to be somehow brief so I am not going to go into details but will just scratch the surface. I will do this by citing a few examples and may be in my next article I will be able to be detailed having gathered more information especially from Nigerians and my readers world over, over what how they feel concerning the judicial system in Nigeria.
The Nigerian judiciary system has been facing a lot of criticisms lately because Nigerians feel that it has aligned with the current government to disenfranchise the citizens. Citizens feel that today in Nigeria, Justice is for sale to the highest bidder. Whether this is true or not, it is left for Nigerians to say and for the judiciary to proof otherwise. Why do the citizens feel this way? Of course, the answer is obvious, from the various elections to other legal issues. Today in Nigeria, if you don’t have money or you are nt highly connected, you can’t get justice. There are certain cases for instance, you have a problem with someone and he reports you to the police station, the police picks you and lock you up without necessarily questioning you to ascertain the truth of the matter. This is just police station not to talk of our courts. Our courts are becoming notoriously scary because there has not been any system to checkmate what the judges are doing. And the pathetic thing about this whole thing is that, while the judiciary sold its right to the federal government, it has not been immune to the regime’s assault. The question is, to what end?
Now to the few examples: Politically if you are connected or you have resources in Nigeria, you can buy any judge of your choice. That being said however does not mean there are clean judges who cannot be bought over. There are a few of them and because they can’t be bought over, they are either removed under fallacious allegations or terrorized. Yes you heard me right! Terrorized. Few examples are Justice Walter Onnoghen who was removed under the disguise of corruption and other fallacious allegations which have not been proven until this day, and I challenge my readers, find out for yourself if Justice Onnoghen has been convicted of any of the allegations labelled against him. And if not, has the federal government apologized to him for the embarrassment? Not yet! And certainly they will never do that. Another example is that of the judges hunted in the dead of the night in Rivers State but for the intervention of Governor Nyesom Wike. Till this moment, nobody has been reprimanded for that rogue behaviour. We have also seen how the DSS entered the court with their weapons and even threaten a judge during the case of Omoyele Sowere. All these are examples that are in the public domain and people can find out for themselves.
Are the politicians not boasting about winning elections? You think it is in vain? No! An African adage says, “when a child challenges you for a fight, know that, his father is behind him.” Of course for some of these politicians to be boasting of winning elections or challenging others and saying even if people vote otherwise, they will go to court and claim the mandate, they definitely know that they can buy their way into the judges’ hearts with their big pockets and secure whatever they need to even though they can’t come close when it comes to pedigree. A case of Imo State is one good example, where someone that came third was announced by ‘THE SUPREME COURT!’ of Nigeria. Unbelievable! Can’t say no more.
Of recent, just day before yesterday the 10th of November 2021 Mazi Nnamdi Kanu was taken to court because of the charges the federal government has against him, but everything that happened in the court was just a sham. Some of his counsels were not even allowed into the court. In fact, one of his lawyers from America Bruce Feign was not allowed into the court, according to him, “Today was the fifth time I was told I could not enter the courtroom despite court’s previous order that Nnamdi could have access to any three persons he wants to.” I had the chance to talk briefly to him on my way to the courtroom. It is clear that I am the target in particular. That’s the reason why this proceeding did not transpire today.” These were the words of the American lawyer. And this is a national shame to this country. What do you think this man will say about Nigeria? Oh by the way, he said something about Nigeria and it’s notoriety and I am going to drop the comment soon.
How did we get here in the first place? How can the judiciary allow itself to be a pawn in the hands of the executive despite it’s powers? I thought as learned people who understands the knitty gritty of the law can stand it’s grounds and protect it’s image? How on earth did we end up like this? Even in military juntas, we have not seen this cowardly behavior nor this level longer throat according to Nigerian parlance. This is so unfortunate.
While all these are going on, terrorists are allowed to go about their normal business, some are even integrated into the security system but citizens demanding for good governance are being criminalized while the judges are the pawns used to achieved are these ungodly aims.
This is what Mr. Bruce feign said about Nigerian system his words, “I have not seen a country with so much open to notorious lawlessness like Nigeria.
Nigerian courts are highly compromised”
To call this a national shame is an understatement, it is an international shame, and this is happening under the so called, “Mai Gaskiya”. Now, whether this is true or not, it is left for the judiciary to salvage whatever is left of its image but for now, Nigerians are holding their lenses and watching them.
Please kindly help us give your feedback in the comment section, let us know in order to give a balanced reporting.
FIX OUR ROADS
I was travelling from Abuja to Adamawa State; I left Abuja on Wednesday 25th 2021 in a bid to catch up with a lot of programmes ahead of me. It was a journey that was supposed to last for 12 hours, that’s like travelling a whole day, crazy isn’t it? Yeah crazy you would say. For those traveling along that road knows that it has not always been easy plying the road.
What bothers me on that road is the bad state of the roads. Despite the huge funds government purportedly claims to spend on infrastructure, when you see that road you would wonder whether road is not part of the infrastructure. Agreed over the years, the road has witnessed some rehabilitation; but the usual Nigeria that has no maintenance culture of course it appears we are going back to the old ways where a journey of one hour translates to four hours.
The said road is estimated to take about 12 hours plus about 794 kilometers almost close to 1000 kilometers. That tells you how far the road is, but with the distance, if the road is good the length of journey would be drastically reduced. Also, the poor nature of the road contributes to the length of time it takes to travel that route. We journeyed from Jos down to Bauchi and from Bauchi, we headed to Gombe. Before reaching Gombe at a place called “Tasham Turmi” the road was blocked and we had to come down from the vehicle and walk down. What caused the blockage? The road was already eroding and I remember very well that January I noticed that the road was getting bad, yet it was abandoned until now that they are trying to do damage control. I trailer nearly fell there. This leaves me with a question, Where are the funds for the roads? With all the billions the administration is borrowing and yet these roads are so bad? I remember asking a fellow passenger and he told me, “they always go by flight, how are they supposed to care about the state of the roads?” And I couldn’t help but agree with him.
One thing I notice about Nigeria is that, when it comes to maintenance, we are zero. Nobody will care until the situation is very bad to the point that it is involving souls then we will hypocritically show that we are doing something. How can we be this callous? How could we not have cared? A country that has so nourished us and all we could do is to abandon it and fail to rehabilitate the few infrastructures we have left? This is not fair. It is important that we cultivate the habit of maintaining the infrastructure that we have: Of course, if we don’t, who do we expect to do for us?
The situation of that road is so bad and becoming very dangerous to commuters and therefore very pertinent for the government to pay attention to all these roads to avert impending destruction of lives and property which is very shameful and disgraceful. Whatever it takes, government should channel their energy in rehabilitating those roads as they are not looking good at all. As if that was not enough, the road from Lafiya to Savannah sugar Company is another eye sore, and these are federal roads which need to be attended to. In this 21st century, I think we have gone past the level of bad roads being the giant of Africa. It is such a crying shame! The most shameful of this is the fact that, for the past 20 years or so, Numan – Gombe road has been under repairs and that seems to be unending repairs. The question is, when are we ever going to do things right? It is high time someone is held to account for funds spent on such projects that yields no result.
I therefore call on the federal ministry of works and housing to look into the plight of commuters with a view to fixing the bad roads not only that of Gombe to Bauchi, but across the country.
The future of Nigeria is at the State of Decay
On the state of the nation, a concerned citizen has bared his mind on what is going on in the country and proferred solutions to the on-going crises in order to avoid a total collapse of the nation at a whole. Whether the state actors will take this seriously swallowing their pride and accept the fact that they are complicit in the evils happening in the country is a matter for them to decide, but citizens will keep on airing their views on the issues as it concerns them.
By: Comrade Musa Ali Maishanu.
Since the state has resorted to terrorism through State terrorism while, the citizens have become agents of Vigilante and religious terrorisms. Unfortunately, the State of terror activity in Nigeria especially on the issue of reactionary terrorism or extreme insurgency is/are not the only problems stabbing our country to death rather, there are many social problems. But at present, I will make an emphasis on the following menaces:
- State Terrorism. Whereby a government applies violence against its own citizens (e.g., Federal Government and Kaduna State government against Shiites, Federal Government of Nigeria against #EndSars Protesters, agitators of Biafra in Nigeria and Nazis against Jews during World War II).
- Vigilante Terrorism. Involves Citizens victimizing other citizens (e.g., KKK, Muslims travelers’ massacre in Jos and other cases of killings of Christians in Nigeria by Muslims or by any tribal group against other group for hostilities in Nigeria).
- Religious Terrorism: That acts in the name of God (i.e., Taliban in Afghanistan, Boko-haram and other reactionary groups in Nigeria)
Finally, even if we tackle the second item and the last item. Still, we have a major problem to deal with. Because the first item is another social problem confronting our country. Our opportunity to conquer with the problems on ground is heavily dependent on the day we have a government that doesn’t benefit from terrorism and insurgency. Because a government that believes in State Terrorism can never play any role in addressing the forms of insurgency and terrorism.
Disclaimer! Views expressed here are the exclusive opinion of the writer, please take note!