As the reader can see I have devoted virtually the whole of today’s column to reactions to my last two columns; the first on the need for the new opposition party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), to get its act together if it is to have any chance of unseating the ruling PDP in next year’s election, and the second on the spat between President Goodluck Jonathan and the sacked governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Malam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, ostensibly on his alleged “reckless” management of the CBN, but in reality over Sanusi’s whistle blowing on the apparent grand thefts of the country’s oil and its revenues.
The first article elicited only 18 text messages and a few emails while the second got 69 and a couple of emails. One of the texts on the second piece expressed great disappointment that I wrote on the GEJ/SLS spat when I should’ve done so on the blood curdling middle-of-the-night massacre of pupils of Federal Government College, Bunu Yadi, Yobe State, the day before, allegedly by elements of Boko Haram.
“I,” the reader who texted from +2347067280114 but did not give his name said, “was expecting to read from you a lamentation on the killing of innocent students of so-called unity college. Haba mallam!”
The reader’s disappointment, possibly even anger, is understandable. The problem, however, is that we’ve had too many lamentations and condemnations by just about everybody but little or no sign that President Jonathan, on whose table the buck stops, is sincerely willing and/or capable of dealing with the terrible insurgency.
Of all the things that raise doubts about his commitment and capacity to end the insurgency none has been as revealing as his angry retort at the remark, no doubt dead on target, by a tearful Governor Ibrahim Kashim Shettima of Borno State, following Boko Haram’s sacking of Kauri, Idzge and Konduga villages in the state, that the insurgents “are better armed and better motivated” than our military and are therefore not about to be routed anytime soon by the military.
Next week, God willing, Shettima’s remarks and the president’s reaction will be the subject of this column.
For today I leave you with some of the mixed reactions to my last two pieces.
Re: “GEJ versus Sanusi, the whistleblower”
One of my favourite topics in my O’ Level School Certificate Government, is the Principle of Collective Responsibility. The Central Bank governor cannot be a whistleblower in a government he is part of. The honourable thing to do is resign and blow the whistle from outside.
When Eze Festus Odimegwu opened his mouth wide about goings-on at National Population Commission, as regard Census figures in Nigeria, Gov. Kwankwaso and company went to Presidential villa, and prevailed on President Jonathan to sack him. Odimegwu was eventually sacked and heaven did not fall.
So Sanusi deserves his sack because no employee ever dictates the terms and conditions of his employment.
Sanusi’s behaviour lately reminds me of late Chinua Achebe’s story of the bird, Nza, which dared his CHI (personal god) to a wrestling bout after enjoying a sumptuous meal. Of course, we have now seen the outcome of the wrestling match. Sanusi’s sack is good riddance!
Chukwuma Dioka. +2348166933115
He who comes to equity must come with clean hands. Sanusi is guilty of what he accused Jonathan of. The kettle cannot call the pot black. They are all thieves.
Sanusi lives in glass house and was dropping stones in the president’s ATM machine, the NNPC.
If you were the president will you allow Sanusi to remain on seat fighting you directly?
Engr. Anolue. +2348037114167
In your write up you failed to take note of the fact that Sanusi said he saw the allegations against him on the day he was suspended. This is critical and touches on principles of fair hearing.
Jonathan and his government have been a terrible disappointment, a ‘Badluck’ and a curse on Nigerians. The man is busy picking fights against his betters like Amaechi and now Sanusi while Boko Haram continues to slaughter innocent Nigerians right under his nose and he remains criminally clueless and helpless. This impunity, corruption, social injustices, security ineptitude and economic malversation characteristic of his government must stop.
Police were on trail of armed robbers, a prostitute informed of their whereabouts. Please let’s arrest the armed robbers first, collect our 20 billion Dollars then face the lesser offender. The government waited for months after Lamido’s request and realizing that the man is determined, dusted up a report that will not stand in law court but gain popularity in beer parlours in Bayelsa.
Cardinal O.C. Arogundade. +2348055567777
Please tell them, in case they don’t know, that even if they acquire the whole world they will leave everything behind on their deaths.
I agree with you that Sanusi has won the hearts of the poverty-stricken Nigerians, while the position of the president remains unenviable. What I want to add to your incisive piece is this: the eyes of the poor have opened. They now know that the present suffering did not fall from the sky but flows from corruption in high quarters.
Amos Ejimonye, Kaduna. +2347085284103
Under section 11 (1) (b) of the interpretation act, the power to hire includes the power to suspend.
Barrister Abubakar Sani, Abuja/Kano. +2348034533892
Whenever a father uses hammer to kill mosquito when a wild snake is left roaming around in the house, the child standing by is put in a state of confusion. May we see Nigerian army strike again to handle the mega thieves in the oil cartel.
Ondas Nas. +2348032399800.
Re: For APC, time is ticking
The opposition APC using paid loyalists like you in their employ is engaging in subjective and destructive criticism against Africa’s biggest party. Cure yourself of deliberate blindness and discover that APC is too desperate, immature and unprepared to rule Nigeria. I wish you both good luck. You need it.
Dr. Ifeanyi Nwaeboh. +2348163295663.
I am an Igbo man and the problem with people of my tribe is lack of knowledge and blind sentiment. Each time I make comments about GEJ and his corrupt government both on radio and in our gathering they accuse me of being an agent of Boko Haram. By God’s grace PDP mis-rule will end come 2015.
Collins, Abuja. +2348059876387
The APC appears to rely so much on propaganda. It is stretching the capabilities of its talented Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed. But Lai alone cannot win the 2015 elections. The APC needs to encourage and nurture a formidable structure in all the 36 states of the federation to stand a good chance of occupying Aso Rock in 2015.
For example, in most of the South East, apart from Imo state and to lesser degree Anambra state, the APC is in the hands of charlatans who cannot even deliver their wards. They are just after the crumbs they are expecting from the national secretariat or other APC controlled states. And after the elections, they will drift back to their PDP pay-masters. You will recall how the South East CPC disowned General Muhammadu Buhari after the 2011 elections.
Azunna Nnamani, Enugu State.
Your piece on For APC, Time is Ticking is a free consultancy for the APC which you should also extend to the PDP. Perhaps, because of your interest in APC, you are too soft on their current leaders as to point out their incompetence. Since the APC got five PDP governors to join them, they have not ceased celebrating to the extent that they appear to have forgotten that the main purpose of all the manoeuvring is the 2015 elections. Their congresses are supposed to be a few days or few weeks away and yet they have not come out with the modalities for the congresses. This is where PDP is better. Kindly give PDP some credits next time.
James Onoriode, Sapele
Usually it is not in my character to reply to publications like your article on the back page of The Nation of 18/02/2014 but I have to make an exemption to the rule for correction purpose only and only to set the record straight.
The party All Progressives Congress came as a result of the merger between the now defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), a group from All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) led by Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State and Senator Annie Okonkwo, and a group from the Democratic Peoples Party (DPP) led by late Senator Pius Ewherido and my humble self.
I represented DPP throughout the process leading to the merger. Two positions, National Auditor and Deputy National Organizing Secretary were allocated to the DPP. Today I am the Interim National Auditor while the former state chairman of DPP in Imo State Chief Romanus Egbuladike is the Deputy National Organizing Secretary.
Sir Olisaemeka Akamukali.