Saturday, 11 January 2014

Politics of Their Belly

This bad song has been playing from a distance for so long a time, but today it is fully here with us: And so all of a sudden, as long as you are in the opposition, you are a progressive, but for so long as you are on the other side, you are a non-progressive element; you are corrupt, and you are the one to be booted out of office. This is politicking a la Nigeriana.
Now the ACN or its off shoot - the APC have always touted themselves as the progressives. And so anything that is not on this side of the opposition is condemned to the dust bin of non-progressives and a bunch of no-goods.  My disappointment is that politics in Nigeria and by extension, Nigerian politicians and their parties completely lack structure, and are also completely bereft of philosophy, and most importantly – ideological leanings of any sort.

It is rather befuddling to see the level of political ‘prostituting’ going on lately in the political landscape in the nation where politicians cross-carpet at will without the slightest remorse. It is indeed shameful and I dare say a huge betrayal of trust on the hapless electorates that voted these people into power. Why would somebody ‘win’ an election under a political platform only to cross over to another without being voted for; Why are we surprised at all that it is happening today, even unabatedly?  When this immoral phenomenon first reared its ugly head (just like in the case of Boko Haram) some decade or so ago in our ever ‘nascent’ democracy, nothing was done to check it, probably because it favoured those who were in power then, etc. I strongly think a law should be passed to make such behaviours illegal.

And so, for the APC to be constantly wooing members of the PDP to come join the party absolutely leaves a sour taste in the mouth. The PDP or its members that are supposedly ‘anti progressive, corrupt and, destroyers of the people’, are suddenly finding willing suitors in the blossoming APC! But this is nothing more than politics of the belly. These people are just after their own selfish gains – get power and of course wealth which ever way. It is all about them and not us. By the way, I am neither a fan of President Goodluck Jonathan nor the PDP because they have failed all of us. But for these so called progressives to even pay a visit to Obasanjo in his Otta farm settlement in the same bid to woo him to their side, leaves a lot to be desired.  I mean, if you are inviting everybody to join you, is it not the same as going to join everybody in the first place?

Like one columnist – Calistus Oke once asked recently – please I want to reiterate, “Where are the Nnamdi Azikiwes, Obafemi Awolowos, and the Ahmadu Bellos” of today; Is there nobody  out there with a vision, or a dream for the future generation? Like-minded patriots with vision must come together to rescue this nation. And I must remind us – like a wise man once said: “The evil persists because good people do nothing.

By: Morgan Nwanguma

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Leadership by Example - The Joyce Banda Example

Have you not heard it that president (Mrs.) Joyce Banda of Malawi came into power and decided to tackle the problems of the country by cutting costs and all manner of wastes in governance. This is exactly the opposite of what happens here in Nigeria. What did she do? She sold her only presidential jet and cut down on personal expenses including her salary and emoluments. Now tell me, why will every other person not sit up and work with a common vision for the progress of the country; why will it ever be difficult to enforce law and order or rule of law? Surely it will be much easier to tackle any form of corruption in that environment as she is already practically doing.
President Joyce Banda of Malawi

But in our own outlandish display of big brotherliness, when recently this exemplary and self effacing president visited Nigeria in one of her numerous visits (though some have been strictly private and/or religious), the government having known her antecedents, still decided to attempt ‘spoiling her a little’: A presidential jet from the Goodluck Jonathan presidential fleet was dispatched to convey the dignified states woman back to her home country – Malawi. 

You may ask – why did she accept such a lavish treatment? But why should she refuse? After all, it was to cost her nothing; moreover, it was not going to cost her countrymen and women a dime. And so it made a lot of sense. This is how to weigh your priorities as an honest leader. My worry: Is anybody here in Nigeria learning anything from all of these; why does big brother keep behaving like kid brother?

By: Morgan Nwanguma

Thursday, 2 January 2014

Presidential Madness

When recently our high flying President Jonathan visited Kenya on their Independence anniversary, he did something to attract a mockery from a Kenyan commentator: 'Your president visited our country and we have never seen this number of private jets before all at once; I mean this is Nigeria, and everybody came with their own private jet - wow!'   
Leading by example?

Well, one thing they don't know is that in this year's budget, N1.52 billion has been earmarked for the maintenance of the presidential fleet of ten aircraft. My question is: When will this madness be cured? I mean - these rulers are certainly possessed. Otherwise how else can anyone describe this?

By: Morgan Nwanguma