Ex-NPC chair and President Jonathan’s ally, Festus Odimegwu, endorses Buhari

Festus Odumegwu

A former Managing Director of Nigeria Breweries Plc and immediate past Chairman of the National Population Commission, Festus Odimegwu, has written a lengthy article endorsing the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Muhammadu Buhari, and explaining why he is the best man for the nation’s top job as Nigeria grapples with political, security and economic challenges.

Mr. Odimegwu was an appointee of President Goodluck Jonathan after he helped rally the organised private sector to support the enthronement of the Umaru Yar’Adua presidency in which Mr. Jonathan served as vice president.

He remained close to Mr. Jonathan, who appointed him chairman of the National Population Commission. He however left the position in controversial circumstances after he made comments considered critical of a section of the country.

He has kept a distance from the Presidency and the administration ever since.

In his endorsement of Mr. Buhari Saturday, Mr. Odimegwu said, “Countries without the likes of Buhari in power ultimately perishes. There are really no other options to greatness than through great leaders. Buhari has the qualities. And he has a date with destiny in the Nigerian presidency from 2015 – 2023. May God give him the right vision and guide him.”

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The topic of this intervention recommended itself as it is very evident that Nigerians want change. It is also very clear to the discerning that majority will vote for the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential candidate, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) to save Nigeria from bad leadership and an under-performing administration. The contrived postponement of the election also attests to this. And the international community supports this. This is good for our democracy in many ways and good for Nigerians.

President Goodluck Jonathan is therefore better advised to conduct a free and fair election. Any other planned election manipulation projects should be shelved, as the dark forces lurking even within the administration can hijack and truncate the nascent democracy and tip the current groundswell in the country into avoidable crisis. The inclination, alluded to in some quarters, to take the country down, than lose honourably, is not necessary. And any rigging that denies Nigerians their need for change, will have the same effect. The only sensible option is to allow the will of the people to prevail; support free and fair elections without further manipulations and let every vote count.

The second introductory issue worth raising in this intervention is the erroneous assumption that the unity of Nigeria is not negotiable even when all evidence show that Nigeria is never united. Has never had unity. How can one sustain what does not exist? A lot of people make a lot of noise about unity even while doing things that keep the country severely divided. Unity can never be achieved by rhetorics, or as a wishful thinking or by force but can only be a reality if we all work on it, with our political actors leading by example. It can be an outcome and not a given as some un-informed delusionists assume, claim and posture with.

My full name, for instance, is Eze‘kulie Festus Anthony Boniface Oha Odimegwu Okonkwo Nwa-Uboh Ikpendu Ndieze Umuozo Okanadiji UbiriElem…Nnemiriukwu-Chukwuabiama. This bloodline extends almost 1000 years ago, into perpetuity. Within its Obidigboness, the central issue here is that Odimegwu, who was born in 1868 and died in 1969 at the ripe age of 101 years, was born a proud Igbo man and not a Nigerian, as Nigeria did not exist then. My Ancestors into perpetuity from Odimegwu were Igbos. Never Nigerians. Nigerians is what the British want us to be from 1914, a mere 100 years ago.

I can be a Nigerian from proud Igbo extraction, but only under an agreed basis that is irreversibly committed to and maintained in reality. This Unity in Diversity with other nationalities is only possible under certain conditions. It is not as automatic or to be assumed as me being Igbo. And the basis of this, as enshrined in our Constitution, is that our Union must be built on Truth, Justice, Equity and Fairness to lead to unity, peace, and sustainable progress. This progress within Nigeria must be better than progress within the ethnic nationalities to make it attractive to all participating nations. It is only under such conditions precedent that it makes sense to become fully and happily a Nigerian. Otherwise it will be to your tents for every one irrespective of what anyone or any nationality thinks. And understanding this simple idea by all participating nationalities and persons, no matter who, is essential for progress.

The third introductory issue, another fallacy and delusion, shared by most of the predatory ruling cabals in Nigeria, is the wrong notion that they understand Nigerians as gullible and naive people who can always be divided along ethnic and religious lines and therefore incapable of rising up in revolt over predatory leaders. The insult of postponing the elections, with belief of no consequences, is the most recent example. The examples of impunity and massive looting of public treasury, without fear of consequences, is also ongoing. The emerging conspiracy to scuttle the election altogether is another: one reads of coups, interim governments, at least six weeks open ended postponement, and from the same characters of the June 12 annulment, the same dynamics that led to the death of MKO Abiola and even Sani Abacha, the possibilities of an unsigned press release that annulled June 12 etc.

The dark forces that have held Nigeria down over 100 years now are rearing their ugly heads again, double-speaking, contriving, unable to give clear answers to simple direct questions and all for personal and self-serving reasons, for continued exploitation of Nigeria and Nigerians that are already laying prostrate. The Arab Spring examples recommend themselves for all. Muammar Ghadafi of Libya was extracted from a waste pipe. Mubarak of Egypt, the lost Pharaoh, was put in a cage in Egyptian courts. The wise can learn from examples like these. The corrupt leaders of Nigeria should let Nigerians be!

And the Federal Government, as distinct from the ruling party, must take steps to secure the life of General Buhari as these intrigues thicken. Nothing should happen to him. He may not be a saint. Even the late Nelson Mandela rightly said he was not. No one is. But he now personifies the new hope for Nigeria. Nigerians need him. Nigerians need change. What happened to Shehu Musa Yar’Adua, MKO Abiola and even Sani Abacha must not happen to him. Nigeria may not survive if it does. And the Federal Government should keep on a straight and narrow path to avoid boxing itself into a corner that can be hijacked out of its control. Deductive reasoning and good sense of applied history recommend this caution, given in the overall interest of our country.

With these introductory advise, let us put the challenges before President Buhari in historical context. The important question here is: what is the unedited story of Nigeria to date? In summary the narrative is as follows: History and papers in the colonial archives have it that, Britain colonised Nigeria and ran it for their interest from 19th century to 1914 when they amalgamated the poor North with the rich South with an obnoxious concept of Northern husband and Southern wife of means in a new creation called Nigeria and held the colonised captives without their consultation or agreement. 1914 to 1960 represented 46 years of exploiting the amalgamated protectorates according to the wishes of the British Crown. And this, unfortunately, should be expected. On their exit at independence they found it wise to impose a fraudulent census data on Nigeria that enabled them to rig the elections and hand over power to the northern part of the union in preference to the troublesome (enlightened) southern part: in their continued self-interest.

The first republic was soon showing signs of un-informed leadership, with no clear national vision for the young nation and it is not surprising that the centre could not hold sooner than later. The regions were antagonising themselves in absence of a capable and independent leader at the Federal Government level; the prime minister reporting to the Northern Premier as it were, violating basic principles of organisation. And entrenching the interest of the Caliphate against pursuing a national vision of greatness.

Young crazy army officers struck in 1966 but killed political leaders of Northern origin more than from other regions but the coup was significantly quelled under an Igbo head of the army, who himself was also not particularly well educated. Northern officers labelled the coup an Igbo coup for convenience and butchered Igbos in their thousands including the Head of the army that had also become the Head of state for about six months. The savagery of this pogrom is not yet matched, even in modern terrorist enclaves. In self defence and to avoid genocide against them, the Igbos retreated to Eastern Nigeria and hastily declared the Republic of Biafra, where all Igbos could have a safe haven: A Home land since Northerners do not want them in the North and the seat of Federal Government, now managed by also uneducated northern army officers, was in Lagos, western Nigeria.

An accord was reached in Aburi between the antagonists, where the new nation of Biafra was led by its Oxford University trained Head of State with an upper-class mien and confidence that seem to have raised envy, hatred and the general Nigerian “let us deal with him” antagonism. On return, the Nigerian side was now educated by their supporters that what they agreed with the state of Biafra is not good for implementation as it will prevent continued exploitation of the rest of the country by the new northern overlords.

Biafra stood on Aburi: Nigeria stood on keeping Nigeria one: two positions that can be resolved at the level of creative synthesis, but the young hot heads on both sides, driven by idealism from the Biafra side and by regional domination from the Northern side and an avoidable war was started, first as a police action and later a full scale war against the Eastern part, now called Biafra and the rest of Nigeria.

The North procured Western support by releasing their leader from prison and later procured Eastern minority support, to sabotage the Biafra position with all sorts of promises that included taking over the real estate assets of their fellow easterners, Biafrans, at the end of the war. Almost two million lives were lost on both sides, but more on Igbo side; including the use of hunger and starvation as instruments of war, even if against women and children! After the war, no victor and no vanquished was declared and reconciliation, rehabilitation, and restoration announced. All have been observed in breach, with all rich Igbos reduced to twenty pounds, as the Igbo political marginalisation also continues till today, to the detriment of Nigeria.

The emerged, mostly Northern, army of occupation now operating as a full army of fortune, re-colonised Nigeria and established a corrupt political leadership class that rotates between the Northern military and civilian political wings. No thought was spared for Nigeria. The other Nigerians became onlookers as the Northern impunity held sway replacing one clueless government with another without even sharing with their collaborating western and conspiratorial eastern minority partners in the war against the Igbos, beyond the indigenisation timing and so called abandoned property execution.

Then a prominent and loved cosmopolitan Yoruba won the presidency, beating the north to their own game of deception. The election was mindlessly and thoughtlessly annulled and the Yorubas cried foul. The caliphate North said they were born to rule. The Yorubas refused. Brutality was deployed against the Yorubas by the North. Another Yoruba, a former military Head of State, was jailed. The military maximum leader from the North was himself cornered by colleagues he sidelined, inside his military Presidential fortress, and offered an unholy apple. And MKO then had to be honoured with an executive supervised tea service to return to ground zero.

Olusegun Obasanjo was preserved at this point as the North needed a trusted ally to calm things down before taking power over again, as their birth right. He was released from prison and taken to the presidency. The military continued in power by other means! The army of fortune that claimed to have fought to keep Nigeria one continued to exploit the country without let, united in sharing the oil money and the loot of war as they would have seen it. Learning nothing from recent happenings.

But Obasanjo was not quite like The Obasanjo before prison experience; he became his own man and grew into power as in office: The north refused and invented sharia to destabilise him. But he is a General and also experienced and well known internationally, having being a military Head of state that handed over to a northern civilian with an unbalanced mathematics. He even negotiated in desert tents and being who he is, that also made him survive in prison, he also survived these intrigues. He attended to the army wing of politics and executed a strategic handover that eventually enthroned a Minority in the Presidency. Jonathan emerged with a lot of goodwill and as a breath of fresh air: not from the Caliphate North, not an ex-military man, and not from any of the majority tribes. A younger man than the immediate past Presidents. And above all a University graduate. A PhD!

Nigerians were very hopeful that a new era that would be better than the British colonial era of exploitation from 1914 – 1960 and better than the caliphate North mis-rule from 1960 – 2010 effectively (Obj being a creation of the North) has started. A new era where an ordinary (qualified) Nigerian will truly enable Nigeria to practice democracy: a government of the people for the people by the people!

The President Goodluck Jonathan Presidency, is ultimately an Obj creation, even if not originally planned so. It is therefore very significant if this Presidency is rated low by its main promoter and its low performance rating then becomes comprehensive with the latest endorsement of Buhari by Obasanjo despite all the hedging. Other prominent Nigerians, with objective minds have also made direct calls that Buhari be supported and be voted for. From my detailed analysis and observations, I am aligned to that thinking.

However, I have not seen any one that truly captured why the Jonathan Presidency failed the hope of ordinary Nigerians. It is my conviction that all the failings of his Presidency emanated from one mortal leadership sin: the deliberate and sustained replacement of a presidential vision that should be good for Nigeria and Nigerians with a personal vision uncompromisingly focused on re-election! He sacrificed and was ready to sacrifice anything and everything, anyone and every one for re-election! He continuously saw himself as a politician instead of the President of Nigeria! This is really frightening and dangerous when the full ramification is internalised. Anything and everything that can lead to re-election is allowed no matter how wrong or unwholesome, and anything and everything that is good for Nigeria and Nigerians, but that has no immediate direct link to re-election can be traded for re-election! This is not leadership. This led to leadership failure including the Kano Governor taking over our Presidential villa to abort Nigeria having a credible and accurate census!

Analysing it further is not necessary for the initiated. Where there is no vision, the people suffer like we have also seen with the North currently at the receiving end of insurgency and displaced persons, including trafficking of children and heart-aching forceful slavery of about 300 Chibok young school girls. It is providential that APC provided an alternative platform. If not, a real crisis is possible, if the Jonathan Presidency, with PDP as a party, continued the current governance deception or charade.

And for APC to make change possible, like a done deal, Nigerians must thank the Jagaban of Nigeria, the last standing Governor of the 1999 class, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for unmatched vision and patriotic role in forming the APC. Nigerians must also thank General Buhari of CPC, Chief Ogbonnaya Onu of ANPP, Owelle Rochas Okorocha of an APGA faction and HE Atiku Abubakar, Turaki Adamawa for leading the New PDP team to reinforce APC. Special thanks to the Lion of the South South, HE Rt. Hon Rotimi Amaechi for being a man and a leader of character: committed to his people till death if necessary.

These are the great Nigerians, with their teams, that gave a platform to save Nigeria. The Good Lord has forgiven all their shortcomings and prepared a special abode for them in paradise. As already well said elsewhere, General Buhari is educated enough. Experienced enough and meaning well enough to be our President. No more unnecessary distractions. And the only advice one can give APC at this point is to make Tinubu the Party Chairman (forget zoning) so that he can build APC into an ANC type party, with internal democracy and where the elected President cannot dictate to the Party, and the Party can discipline an erring President. Where the Leader of the Party is the Chairman of the Party and not the President to allow for separation of powers, for checks and balances. PDP was ruined doing the opposite as an evidence of this need.

This short historical excursion shows that all Regions of Nigeria have tasted what it feels like to be under a country where things are not done properly. Overall, Buhari has remained above the rot and now positioned to save Nigeria. And Buhari himself said: “My dear friends, this is very important to note: it doesn’t matter if you are Igbo, Yoruba, Ijaw,Hausa, Idoma, Efik, Ikwere, Urhobo, Igala and, no, it doesn’t matter if you are a Christian, Muslim, Animist or Atheist: we need a new direction under a new leadership. The task ahead will be very challenging and daunting, but it is surmountable. This is what leadership is about; my only desire is to prove to you that Nigeria can truly work. Allow me to prove to you that in your lifetime, you can be proud of this country. Let me make you this promise today: we will protect your children; we will protect your wealth. We will make this country work again. This is why i am running for the office of the President of Nigeria. This is my promise.”The pertinent question is: Why General Buhari? I believe him because he is believable. I believe him because he has a track record of being a serious leader. I believe that General Buhari will do well as President of Nigeria and that he needs the support of all for seven reasons:

He has the personal example of honesty and integrity. He will not steal with compulsion.

As Fulani he can relate better with the Caliphate to help redeem its image of misrule and establish once and for all that where a leader comes from is not important. What is important is that he performs well for Nigeria and all Nigerians.

As a General he will relate best to the Nigerian military to help redeem their image of mis-rule too and show that our military is a worthy national institution and not army of occupation with soldiers of fortune.

He is committed to fight corruption and compulsive stealing. This is key now, with 5 and 6 as well.

He is committed to fight insurgency and can handle it better.

He cares about ordinary Nigerians and will serve them wholeheartedly.

He is supported by many prominent objective Nigerians, international objective media and the civilized world. He is dreaded by many that have looted Nigeria dry. And I am happy in this worthy company of free citizens of the world and institutions that endorses General Buhari and recommends him to all Nigerians.

What General Buhari and APC owe Nigeria and Nigerians, during this extra and unnecessary six weeks delay to election day and even long after is to SECURE THE LIFE of General Buhari. It is imaginable, given the annulment of June 12 under unclear circumstances, that this six weeks delay can have more supporters than are known. President Jonathan himself can lose control as during the trying time of the 1993 election crisis. It is imaginable that some vested interests may not want both President Jonathan and General Buhari and may work alone or in cooperation with others to impose a contrived and orchestrated interim government that is now gaining traction. Or coups or coups baits that are being mentioned, worsened also by giving security agencies more roles over election matters than necessary.

The forces that aborted June 12 could still be alive. General Buhari in many ways reminds one of MKO. Nigerians must shine their eyes beyond the ordinary and the conventional. Things seem to me now like the more one looks, the less one sees. There is a logical need therefore, based on the history of MKO’s political struggle to have cause for concern. Similarities, comments, personalities, etc. are emerging and trending. APC as a priority should secure the life of General Buhari. It is important for Nigeria and Nigerians. And as said earlier, this is also the task for the Federal Government, specifically the President. This bulk must stop on this table: no relegation, no excuses.

Now, what are the key challenges before President Buhari when elected? Nigerians are hopeful that General Buhari will live for them and win the coming election. And I want him to be the best President Nigeria ever had after his two terms in 2023. But this will be based on his performance in office, for Nigeria and all Nigerians, and not on sentiments. For that to happen, he needs to meet the following seven challenges as an absolute minimum:

One Nigeria for All Nigerians: He must come with a Vision of One Nigeria for All Nigerians. Based onTruth, Justice, Equity and Fairness as the only basis for sustainable Unity, Peace and Progress. This progress must be bigger and greater than progress under ethnic, regional, religious or other identity platform.

Every thing he does must be driven by this Greater Nigeria, Greater Nigerian Vision. He must rally the Nation, the Nigerian Nation and all Nigerians with this inspiring leadership vision based on his continued honesty, integrity and personal example. Nigerians will believe and follow him. And that is what leadership is all about. This will ensure that the two million or so Nigerians who died during the Nigerian civil war will not die in vain and for their souls to finally rest in peace. Keeping Nigeria One is good but certainly not the current Nigeria. To keep Nigeria One for ALL NIGERIANS is a task that must be done!! On that vision we must all stand.

First Class Cabinet: He must establish a credible and competent cabinet and Presidency with only credible, honest and competent professionals with integrity and personal examples too: extending himself and his goodness into the total executive arm at the Federal level that will impact on executive arms at the Regional levels and the Legislative and Judiciary arms at all levels. This is the magic of honest leadership!! This Presidency can lift the entire nation, all sectors.

Assemble the best Team of Nigerians from anywhere in the world to give the best cabinet and Presidency ever designed and in placed in Nigeria. Really qualified persons may be begged to join the cabinet/Presidency. This Presidency under the President, should then develop the strategic Architecture to develop Nigeria in 8 years, even without a drop of oil and oil revenue!!!
This Presidency will, by example, provide leadership for the Legislature, Judiciary and all public servants/civil service at both the Federal and Regional Government levels, even with separation of powers.

This presidency, by absolute dedication to the well-being of Nigerians, and well-being of all Nigerians ALONE will have the moral suasion and audacious impact to mobilize all civil society organizations, media, academia, labour, youths, women and the international community to enforce what is right on all Nigerians and all institutions of state.

Strong and patriotic leadership precedes all strong institutional formulation, building and establishment. Strong institutions and maintenance culture are outcomes of strong leadership that also establishes good laws and enforce them no matter who is involved. Nigeria cannot be an exception. And the President and his Vice are not the first and second citizens by order of protocol for nothing. The President, can and should take the lead. And if doing the right things, all will follow. And all will be made to follow one way or the other. Leadership determines followership in our type of society. Leaders with integrity and personal example like Buhari are needed for progress. And their goodness cascade down and permeate the Nation.

Countries without the likes of Buhari in power ultimately perishes. There are really no other options to greatness than through great leaders. Buhari has the qualities. And he has a date with destiny in the Nigerian presidency from 2015 – 2023. May God give him the right vision and guide him.
Security for all Nigerians: Security has socio-economic and political inclusive, vision-driven and effective governance aspects that needs to be handle in conjunction. But directly he needs:

To degrade, destroy and eliminate Boko Haram insurgency in the North, including immediate arrest and prosecution of sponsors, financiers and hate religious preachers and severe punishment of those implicated in the abuse of IDPs.

To degrade, destroy and eliminate kidnapping and armed robbery kingpins and drug barons in the South East including removal of all criminals in traditional institutions and in political offices and parties through special courts for accelerated no nonsense hearing.

To continue to contain militancy in the South South including arresting and prosecuting all sponsors and leaders of massive oil thefts and collaborating security organizations – private and state.
To carry out a massive youth empowerment job creation and invest in education and vocational training targeting elimination of prostitution, human trafficking, modern day slavery and idleness of youths.
Restore sanctity in the military and security agencies including severe disciplinary actions, jail terms and court marshalls for those who perpetrate corruption in security matters and intelligence officers that collaborate with criminals, by sitting on their files, allowing them into political offices.

Eliminate Corruption (reduction will not do!): Corruption has killed Nigeria. People steal without consequences. The rule of law is in breach. Some Nigerians are more equal than others. Write your name in gold to stop this.

First work with the National Assembly and all Nigerians to close all office duplications that will reduce the 2000 + MDAs to just the Constitutional Bodies and maximum of 24 Ministries with eye to reduce recurrent expenditure to 30 % max and capital expenditure to 70% minimum by design / planning. And enforce the monetisation policy. This will be a good signal of serious leadership and no business as usual.

Take all Audit Reports on corruption cases since independence till date and set up a small body of 10 incorruptible Nigerians to vet it and sieve out all refunds needed. Work to set up special courts, with high integrity known judges with modern ICT-based court process and with international support and ask them to recover all stolen Nigerian funds in one year maximum. This will generate more funds than your Administration will ever be able to invest in Nigeria in eight years even without selling a drop of oil.

This is the best thing you can do for Nigeria with your integrity and honour. If it is not done, people will continue to steal turn by turn and kill themselves for political office. Public service must not be a route to material wealth. Public service should not be the best economy. It should only be an avenue for sacred service to fellow Nigerians. Once there is the political will to do this, you will be surprised how easy it is to execute. It is the criminals that should be afraid and not honourable Nigerians working on behalf of the Nation and on behalf of Nigerians. Stand firm on this.

The well-being of all Nigerians Imperative: The economy should be managed for 12% growth that creates Jobs, Jobs and Jobs.

Having a credible census for Accurate Demographic Data is key to professional management of the economy. The envelope system without data, without strategy and plan supports corruption.

Physical and Social Infrastructure (Education, Health, Transport, ICT etc) and Development strategy and plans coordinated by the CEO of Nigeria Plc / The President are all key. You cannot delegate this. Technocrats with performance track records abound to handle this area but under your supervision to benefit all Nigerians. Regulators and the regulated must never sleep in same beds, to avoid massive scams and absolute conflicts of interests as presently the case.

Sustained Re-orientation Policy, Projects and Programmes to convert ethnic nationalities with different religious orientations and economic backgrounds into PROUD NIGERIANS: This is key. A national education and re-education programme aimed at all levels for Nigerians.

The elite must be educated that their lives can only be better in a united and peaceful Nigeria. And that they will NOT be allowed to ruin Nigeria and run away.

Justice, Truth, Equity and Fairness must be entrenched in every public affairs for continued work towards Unity, Peace and Progress that will be sustained. Forced unity is not possible. And good peace for real progress will not be possible without sustainable unity. Experts abound to do this work for Nigeria and Nigerians but only the President will guarantee the foundation: that Truth, Justice, Equity, Fairness and Rule of ‘good’ law for sustainable Unity, Peace and Progress must never be violated with impunity as we march towards a Greater Nigeria and Proud to be Nigerians Vision.

Credible People-based Constitution: Above all, all these ingredients of greatness for our country and improved well-being of all Nigerians should be coded and encapsulated in a People-based Constitution, and the constitution that Nigeria needs and that should be put in place must enshrine the values of truth, justice, fairness and equity as organising principles to guide all our national actions. The route to it can be through the National Assembly that is willing or through other many possible routes. But it is a must have. It must abolish all obnoxious frauds in our constitution that keep us divided, removing ethnic, tribal, religious and unmerited advantages out of national limelight and the constitution into personal lives where they belong by establishing the following minimums:

True fiscal and cultural Federalism, with well demarcated 6 Regions. Each Region has potential for viability if well led. And, competition will be good for the regions and their people. Easy money, ultimately kills a soul that is housed by a lazy body. And the North has lagged behind the Southern Regions for this reason as evidence. Hardwork is part of a good life.

Specified directives for an accurate and credible census, with ethnic, religious and place of origin as part of data collected and collated, and executed as per international best practices as per the plans that we already developed and left behind in National Population Commission. This will have a comprehensive Vital Registration infrastructure to deliver, not just the Accurate and Credible demographic data for planning but for its updating on a continuous basis. 80% of our current problems in Nigeria will be cured by having ACCURATE DATA alone. It is the DATA stupid as the Americans say.

Management starts with it. Leadership without competent management will lead to no where and burns out.
We cannot plan or coordinate the economy or anything else without credible data. Celebrating the documentation of 4 million farmers is fool-hardiness given what is possible from a comprehensive National soft data infrastructure. Specifics should be put in the constitution that should enable National population commission to carry out its constitutional mandate without political interference. The political requirement that census result is subject to council of state acceptance is nonsensical and should be deleted.

All other bodies in the constitution, including security agencies, should be sharpened and protected from political interference. A functioning Council of State for instance cannot be there and certain things are happening. The constitution should specify directions and implementation imperatives and matrices.
Anti-corruption policies, practices and sanctions must be better specified and the body made independent of all arms of Government and immunity clause expunged. Plea bargain provision must not be extended to issues of corruption and stiffer jail terms and recoveries must be enunciated to serve as deterrents. Corruption should be made unprofitable from all dimensions.

The 2000 or so MDAs under the Federal Structure should be reduced to a level where recurrent expenditure is maximum of 30% with capital expenditure minimum of 70%. All extra constitutional bodies like EFCC, ICPC etc etc should be abolished and absorbed in their constitution most relevant bodies or MDAs. The assignment of responsibilities to Federal and Regional governments should be aligned, including security agencies.

A two-party system should be enshrined into the constitution with ideological orientation and broad socio-economic development directives specified.

Job creation growth routes should be favoured given our huge population. Party primaries to sieve out criminals and any one with criminal records should be specified. The minimum qualification for political office should be aligned to weight of office (Buhari is qualified under current specification that ask for up to secondary school which is really JSS 1, even for one day. But Buhari with his military training and on the job experience up to former Head of State, GCFR, is more than qualified.

A provision should be added that the NSA should be prosecuted and sent to jail if his agency withholds the criminal records of criminals and refuse to give them to political parties and INEC to sieve out useless people from aspiring to political office. And if the occupant of that office becomes a threat to national security with inappropriate conducts that are corruption or politically motivated, like scuttling planned elections, he should be prosecuted and sent to jail. It is more dangerous when those that should protect us become the threats to national security.

INEC should have powers to disqualify at the last minute without replacement option by political parties. This will make the parties to be more careful and for Nigeria to start the process of evolving credible and competent political leadership. Given the numerous problems in the land, our brightest and the best should be attracted to public service in place of corrupt scums and economic predators, criminals, professional thugs and uneducated jesters. In matters that determine national security and well-being of the nation, only the very best will do.

Conclusion: Size matters. So, I believe that progress within Nigeria will be better than progress as ethnic champions. Nigeria has had a chequered history from colonial times through the years of the locusts, years of occupation army of fortune to the recent years of the Jonathan failed Presidency. Upcoming democratic election gives Nigeria another chance and all signs point to Change, as a popular choice of most Nigerians and nothing should be allowed to derail that.

General Buhari needs to be secured. Nigeria needs him. Nigerians want him. When his party wins the Presidency, Buhari should continue to provide integrity-based leadership. He should then lead the Presidency, as the first citizen, doing the right things for all Nigerians at all times. Leadership by example is the best way to lead. The best way to think. The best way to speak without words. And the best way to act. It will be there for all to see, feel and honour. Leadership to secure Nigeria and improve the well-being of all Nigerians.

Leadership by example, will be a product that does not need propaganda or display of obscene advertisement to sell. It will sell itself. It has sold itself without making effort as it can be perceived and felt. Truth is self-evident. Facts do not need debates. All the propaganda in the world cannot make a lie true. What is Right, like Goodness, uplifts. Evil depresses, even to one who pretends they are hardened.

With a continued personal example, a Greater Vision for Nigeria and all Nigerians and with an honest hard work towards the seven key challenges identified here as the basic minimum, the Golden Era of Nigeria will start and the life of Nigerians will be properly rebased in reality. For now, all should do whatever is in their power to support the election of Buhari and ignore all campaign propaganda and mis-information and even assassination threats from panic-stricken political thugs. It is too late in the day for PDP. The party needs to take stock after losing and reform to become an effective opposition party. It will be good for its soul. And good for Nigeria. Above all, it will be good for Democracy: to keep the ruling party then, APC, in check. No condition is permanent, says the visionary Zik of Africa.

And may God continue to bless Nigeria, our HomeLand, and all Nigerians!!!

Eze Festus Odimegwu, CON, is former MD/CEO NB Plc and immediate past Chairman of the National Population Commission


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  • amazing2012

    Good one !

  • Depreiye Adrian

    GEJ is Mr. Capable.
    He is committed to fight corruption and compulsive stealing. This is key now, with 5 and 6 as well.
    He is committed to fight insurgency and can handle it better.
    He cares about ordinary Nigerians and will serve them wholeheartedly.
    He is supported by many prominent objective Nigerians, international objective media and the civilized world. He is dreaded by many that have looted Nigeria dry. And I am happy in this worthy company of free citizens of the world and institutions that endorses General Buhari and recommends him to all Nigerians.

    What General Buhari and APC owe Nigeria and Nigerians, during this extra and unnecessary six weeks delay to election day and even long after is to SECURE THE LIFE of General Buhari. It is imaginable, given the annulment of June 12 under unclear circumstances, that this six weeks delay can have more supporters than are known. President Jonathan himself can lose control as during the trying time of the 1993 election crisis. It is imaginable that some vested interests may not want both President Jonathan and General Buhari and may work alone or in cooperation with others to impose a contrived and orchestrated interim government that is now gaining traction. Or coups or coups baits that are being mentioned, worsened also by giving security agencies more roles over election matters than necessary.

  • Debekeme

    May the God of Abraham and Isaac Bless you Odimegwu.

    To all the young men and women who come online and write rubbish in support of GEJ because of religious and ethnic hated of the North, understand that you are on the wrong side of history.

    You are deceived If you truly believe that GEJ and PDP will change this country because they campaign on revamped railways , re-tarred roads and improved agric sector that are mediocre at best.

    Youth have been robbed of the experience of what a true leader is. to you, GEJ is a good leader because he is Christian from the South and represents the fight against Northern domination.

    No, GEJ doesn’t represent the fight against the North, GEJ represents the fight of a group of thieves to continue to steal from us for another 16 years, GEH doesn’t care about your religion or tribe or ethnicity. He cares about power and Aso Rock.

    If GEJ was a true leader Nigeria would not be this divided and so charged. GEJ has not brought us together as a people but exploited our differences to further his own personal gain. His own personal gain is just to hold on to power AT ALL COST to me and you!

    Why Buhari? I support Buhari not because i dont have issues with his past. I support Buhari because i have a full understanding of the key challenges facing Nigeria at this moment. And between GEJ and Buhari, Buhari is the man who can face and address these challenges.

    My prayer to God my father is that he shows mercy on Nigeria and lets Nigerians, in great numbers, bury hatred for Muslims, bury hatred for Northerners and bury biases and prejudices. I pray God leads Buhari to Aso Rock.

    I’m extremely happy at the Buhari campaign that took him to all different parts of Nigeria to see people of all tribes, all ages all religions cheering him and showing support.

    I believe even now more than before, Buhari understands that he must work for ALL Nigerians and that AA Nigeria looks to him to do the right thing. A leader for ALL nigeria and not a group of thieves.

    By the Grace of God and with the intercession of all the Saints; Buhari will be our president. God Bless Nigeria.

    • igboham

      Bingo – You are in love with the concept of one united Nigeria. Now I get it.

      • Debekeme

        Chief, do you run any business or are in position of leadership in your organisation? Do you make critical decsions on a daily basis that affects your life and that of your staff/dependants and their family members?

        If so, do you make long term decisions based on hypothetical situations that have zero chance of materializing? Thereby potentially jeopardizing all the hard work of your team, organization?

        Why do you talk and behave as if Nigeria is breaking up tomorrow? Do you think Nigeria is breaking up soon?

        This must explain why you find it normal to come online and abuse to high heavens other tribes, religion and ethic nationalities.

        You do that because you feel CERTAIN there is no chance of a future together and whatever you say or do has no consequence on anything.

        You are entitled to you opinion.

        For me; I don’t think Nigeria is ever going to break up. I think (by God’s Grace) my children and their own children will live in Nigeria and be called Nigerians wherever they may travel to in the world.

        The logical thing for me to do, is to talk and behavein ways that show that i expect my children will live in a country full of , Fulani, Yoruba Ibo, Hausa, Kanuri, Ibibio, Ijaw, Christians, Muslims, animists etc.

        If my children will live with these people in future, WHY should i talk to those other people as if they are inferior to my children or not worthy of respect? I will work to create friendships between my people and all other ethnic nationalities of Nigeria. I will work to ensure there is mutual respect and trust between all the different peoples.

        I will not come online and create hate between all tribes and religions as if the country is breaking up tomorrow and my children will only live in a county populated by their kind and their faith.

        Thats not the way.

        • tundemash

          The only thing that miscreant understand is the context of yam and goat. Your explanation is too high level for him !

          • igboham

            All the name calling is reserved for people who disagree with you or is it your nature?

        • igboham

          Sir I do not know where you read anything I have written that is hateful,insulting or hurtful against anybody but if that is your understanding, so be it. Yes I hate Nigeria as an entity for various reasons does not mean I hate the people – thats the difference. You have a right to build Nigeria foe your children just as I have my right to remove my people from Nigeria for my own children’s sake. An intelligent solution for the conflicting ideas in a civilized society would be a clean referendum in the absence of which will definitely be another bout of violence. You may believe that you can force unity – goodluck. Thanks for writing.

          • SAM .A

            Yaa, you have the right to your opinion,just like Debekeme & Festus Odimegwu are entitled to theirs.but their opinion stands out in the court of public opinion. Debekeme has the right to raise his children with Hausa , Yoruba, Ibo, Efik , Ijaw etc in the same geographical area called Nigeria. He is both entitled to his opinion & the geography . You are only entitle to your opinion but not the geography, except u declare a 2nd Biafra with your dwindling population. The majority will win. Therefore Igboham you are entitle to the 2nd alternative , take your family and friends ,plus like minds and check out of Nigeria . We shall not miss you & your cohorts.
            God bless you Eze Festus Odimegwu . I have discovered that you arising star during your short stay in population commission.Your stay was aborted for speaking the truth to those who feared it.

          • igboham

            Sam – Thank you, My family and I are already temporarily out of Nigeria for one thing. I am curious as to why you believe that I should leave my geography that my ancestors left for me and embrace your Nigeria(geography) that the British forced on me. Part of the answer may be in your name Sam. If you refuse to limit your activity to your geography but want mine by force then you will find out that I will defend it with my life like i tried before and failed. The arrogance of power that you exhibited in your post knows no bounds. You do not want me but you want my land. We shall see soon. I have learned a lot from you – thanks

  • tundemash

    Eze Festus Odimegwu, Sir, may God bless you for this brilliant piece. Where have you been ? You allowed miscreants take over the leadership and voice of the Igbos? Where have u been that the face of Igbos have been some tired Ghana-must-go politicians calling themselves Ohaneze and thugs like Uba have been allowed to act as the face and voice of Igbos?

    Definitely the CHANGE train is moving and will crush any looter and their crumb-catchers that stand in its way ! Once again Sir, thank you !

  • igboham

    I followed the analysis the best that I can but reached a different conclusion. I can only hope that selfishness was not part of odimegwu’s decision.

    • tundemash

      hmmmm … very typical ….
      what selfishness ? Expatiate
      And what drives your own decision/conclusion …. stomach infrastructure ?

    • eddy

      And I can only pray that common sense doesn’t continue to elude u.

      • igboham

        He was a terrible person as NPC chair – today he is a saint. go figure before looking for adjectives for my person.

    • Debekeme

      exactly the comment i expected. Didnt even take you one minute. Well, your entitled to your point of view. Goodluck to YOU and God Bless NIGERIA!

  • Debekeme

    Come to America and see how great ibo men are. Doctors, scientists, great professionals. Even in Nigeria, some of the greatest achievers i know are Ibo men. But im shocked by Ibo political leadership. The men who speak for the Ibo are men who are making money for themselves under the guise of representing Ibo interest.

    I hope more and more Ibo will detach themselves from this narrow vision of its leaders and start to fight for real ibo interests.

    Give it some time, some Ibo people will come online and start abusing all other tribes and religions. That is not the road to leadership. Alliances must be forged and friendships must be made. Not allowing charlatans grow rich in the name of Ibo interests!

    God bless Odimegwu. Brave, intelligent and long term thinker!

    • Maria

      Great Ibo men like Andy Uba, Chris Uba etc…lol!

    • glo

      True talk!

    • babatope

      God bless you too my brother! We shall move this country forward together

    • terry

      When you say Igbos are represented everywhere,i will agree with you,but making noise about it is their trade make.Yorubas are the most educated in Nigeria and represented in world institutions world wide,but the are always humble.
      But i agree with you igbos are still lead by people who are fighting for their interest a phenomenon that arose after the civil war for personal survival which has still not left them.

      • NamesAre4Tombstones

        Yorubas are the most educated in Nigeria my foot. 1 billion “professors” than cannot speak english, that have contributed nothing to world body of knowledge. What have your so-called scientists discovered? What have your so called engineers built? what have your so called entrepreneurs invented? You think that forcing yourself through a decrepit polytechnic is education? You make me laugh.

        Second to the Hausa/fulanis (al majaris), the yoruba have the highest number of good for nothing layabouts (Area boys) in Nigeria. All your so called educated people require government appointments. Your primary schools and secondary schools instruct students in yoruba language, what kind of useless education is that? Go to Anambra, or Delta, or Akwa Ibom and show me a secondary school or primary school where children are taught in vernacular instead of english, show me a single child who cannot read and write in english, but go to yoruba land you find millions of them.

        Which world institution? They are only represented when government “nominates” them.

        This your so called education is a myth for your own consumption.

        • terry

          at least people can judge your brain from what you wrote…….truly ignorance is a very bad disease.

          • NamesAre4Tombstones

            I am not the one that came here to crow that I am “the most educated in Nigeria”. When you make such farcical claims, you should be prepared to be slapped down with the truth.

          • terry

            You are free to write whatever you feel,its a public forum….we cannot engage in a debate because we are not intellectually in same class,despite your careful use of the dictionary to seem otherwise……..Ignorance is truly a deadly disease.

        • terry

          i am neither yoruba nor Igbo,from your comments my explaination was not for your type,but in case i am wrong the latest ranking by webometrics of Nigerian Universities of the top ten,8 are from the western region,the other two are UNN and ABU..that tells you must of the intellectual publications from Nigeria are from Yorubas.

  • Strong System

    Six weeks delay will bring more supporters to GMB……Hmmm,Festus!!

  • Ugo

    “All the failings of Jonathan’s Presidency emanated from one mortal
    leadership sin: the deliberate and sustained replacement of a presidential vision
    that should be good for Nigeria and Nigerians with a personal vision
    uncompromisingly focused on re-election. He sacrificed and was ready to
    sacrifice anything and everything, anyone and every one for re-election! ”

    ……………………Festus Odimegwu
    (February 14th, 2015)

    • igboham

      Yes Jonathan cowardly removed him as chair to satisfy his masters. Now the chickens have come home.

  • Naira

    God bless you sir. I have already mobilised my people in Enugu for GMB. We are just waiting for March4BuhariOsinbanjo. I have also hired some tauts who will help Jonadaft to pack his waste and Mama Peace pants to Utuoke.

    • Weydem

      @Naira:

      I will also like to support Buhari but only if he can do the needful.
      This nonsense talk by General Obasanjo and Festus Odimegwu
      that “Buhari is educated enough” is idle talk of two crooks,
      since nobody can be educated enough without a school certificate.
      Therefore, we the people demand as follows:

    • Give thanks to God

      May God forgive you

  • Maria

    Uncle Joe should know his time is up by now…Terrorists Tompolo and Mujahideen Bin Asari Dokubo will lead him to his untimely grave if he allows them to continue to push him .

  • Cypo

    Well, this is what you hear from bitter men and losers. He lost out in the power-chase because Jonathan refused to shield him. He should be reminded that he is supporting those who made it possible to be sacked from his position as NPC Chairman. He should be reminded that Kwankwaso is now a power-house in APC. So, he should not think of having any relevant position in the case of APC government. Meanwhile, he should also note that APC is losing out in his own state. This is a man who cannot even win his own electoral polling booth not to talk of his electoral Ward. Who is Festus Odimegwu in Imo state Politics? He is actually nobody and politically non-existing.

  • This can pass for a PhD thesis. But all these grammar could not say the simple difference between stealing and corruption.

  • Riot50000

    YOU sound like Political endorsement as opposed to a free thinking Nationalist.
    How does Buhari bring forth the dreaded National Conference as opposed to mandating more Sharia in Nigeria?
    Was Buhari not the one who overthrew a Democratic Government just to make sure an Igbo vice President, Alex Ekwueme never had a chance to become President? Buhari has no love for Igbos, and I pitty those FOOLS who are drinking his Cool Aid to try and see if some drops will be offered them after the show is over
    This is your Man, and for some reason, Igbos are so Politically DUMB and SELFISH that their collective input will never be used as a force, while everyone is after his own personal aggrandizement agenda.
    why not give boko haram their Caliphate and let Biafrans have thier Biafra?
    Yoruba is busy hating Biafra, and have no agenda to determine their own fate if Nigeria fails.
    To hell with Nigeria, let my people go

    • glo

      Nwaokem, isi adiru kwa gi nma O!

      • Riot50000

        COWARD, a DISGRACE to Igbo Men. How much BRIBE did he give you? Otu gbawaakwa nne gi, anu ohia.

    • babatope

      Mumu, we know ur type. Omo ale

    • st

      GMB DID NOT OVERTHROW BUT WAS CALLED TO LEAD AS A GOOD MAN AFTER THE COUP. WILL YOU ACCEPT YOUR FAMILY TO BE THE WAY GEJ IS RUNNING NIGERIA?

      • Riot50000

        BOKO HARAM will have seats in the parliament of Buhari government. NIGERIANS ARE POLITICAL IDIOTS and that is why they keep voting fellow Idiots into office

  • John Akeredolu

    The goons should pls pipe down and allow free and fair elections so Nigeria can work and become a great nation

  • burning spear

    Another Rev Father Mbaka in the making from the south-east—-again?—-It’s really very funny if not sad when we examine the selfish and unpatriotic way some think in Nigeria-Life is a choice–sha—-An APC sponsored letter from a man who was removed from power by the Fulani MAFIA-is no different from the endorsement or no endorsement of booooooooohari by Obj—-who was sentenced to death under the Nose and eyes of Booooooooohari-who was with Abacha when Obj was being prepared to be executed for planning a coup-Besides-this very man was removed because he said there was no way the population of the Fulani North will be greater than the South–For that the Fulanis called for his sack———–The Ibos have real problem in Nigeria—-When the said incident took place instead of having the Ibo intelligentsia- stand firm with their man–they quickly recoiled into their regional shell–the same happened to General Ihejirika——-it is often in pursuit of these thoughts—–that i recently described the government of Jonathan as a government of appeasement—————Jonathan had to beg–coerce—allow himself to be humiliated in other to satisfy the desires of the Fulanis–Yorubas and Ibos—in 9ja—————Hence the need for us to grant autonomy to the 6 geo-political zones–Because we cannot continue to have one region hold the entire Nation to ransom————–since 1914————–except them and their turbans—no other person matters—in Nigeria—–A situation which led to the murder of Abiola and his wife Kudirat-ati the cancellation of June 12—Including the assassination of Pa Rewane–Bola Ige –Funsho Willaims———Dikibo——–ati Marshal Harry–Because the certificate less custodians of my thoughts claim they were born to rule my soul-in d creeks of the niger delta–with the aid of their surrogates from the core South–what a shame ——-what a country–what a people————

    • Titi

      the saddest and unpatriotic thing is for someone to think that a car without an engine will take him to jerusalem, and that it must by all means…The fortress u built for your selves is too small to accomodate all of u

  • Unanimous

    This talk by Festus Odimegwu is another TALK that shuld make us beleiv dat With Gen Buhari and a competent TEAM,
    NIGERIA can be BETTER again.Thank you sir

  • warry

    Now let us show another moronic campaign promise of Buhari and his APC. He said he was going to pay #5,000 or is it #10,000 monthly to 25,000,000 Nigerians. Now for #5000, that is #125 billion monthly giving a total of #1.50 trillion for the year or #3 trillion for the year for #10,000 monthly.This is out of a total budget of #4.3 trillion and recurrent expenditure is about #3trillion. Nothing for capital budget. This what you are likely to get when people disguise power must come to the North now as ‘change; What type of change? Definitely negative as positive change started in 2011

    • Yusuf

      N4.3tr budget and N3tr recurrent is what Jonathan does, but not what is expected. A reasonable govt will not spend more than 30% on recurrent exp, that is what we have in Kano presently and we are still asking for more. No one could have believed the governor that he could declare free education at all level, sponsor about 2000 youth to study abroad and still build one of the largest infrastructure ever built by a state government in Nigeria. Oil bunkering alone can pay more than N1.5tr

    • babaT

      This will be funded comfortably from savings made by stopping corruption.

  • Oladele

    You see what we have been saying? anybody with common sense knows the current situation is not sustainable. The presidency of Mr Goodluck Jonathan is ended from 29th May 2015 inspite of his wishes. I agree with this article wholeheartedly. God bless you! Even if we have to form a human shield around Gen. Muhammadu Buhari please count on my support, I will volunteer. God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria!

  • Deacon Olamide Olaolu

    BAD BELLE JOURNALISM

    The “intelligence” of Premium Times, its management, reporters and entire staff is nauseating and irritatingly provocative to say the least.

    Afenifere endorses Jonathan. It is never reported. But when a splinter group within Afenifere dissociates self from that endorsement, it is then Premium Times will learn of the news and rush to report it as ‘BREAKING NEWS’…

    Ohaneze Ndigbo also endorsed Jonathan. Premium Times never reported it. But when a useless splinter group dissociated itself from the endorsement for personal reasons, Premium Times finds the info news worthy for publication. This is your own interpretation of ‘investigative’ journalism. Nonsense!

    This kind of ‘akara’ journalism no be work o! Those who practice & encourage Bad belle journalism are liable to go to heeeeell.—-So keep looking for news to favour Duncee. The only news you are not telling us is that Shekau has long declared for Duncee.

    • babatope

      Check ur brain.. it’s likely that ur brain is dead

    • Jika

      The endorsement of Jonathan by Afenifere and the refuttal by Afenfere Renewal Group(ARG) were both reported by Premium times.May be you missed it.In any case,I think people should be free to support whoever they want and,may the best emerge the winner.

  • Maitama Tambari.

    Dearyee you do well. There are thousand and one Nigerians who are descendants of pri-British amalgamation of Nigeria in 1914. My father was born in 1891 in the North East, worked with Lord Lugaurd in Lagos before coming to Zungeru with Lugaurd and finally settled in Kaduna with Lord Lugaurd where he died in 1976. That is all history, part of Nigeria. I have shared your sentiment that Mr. Jonathan should conduct a free and fair election in which all the embarrassment caused to Nigeria might be a processing of development in the making for Nigeria. God bless Nigeria. CHANGE! YES WE CAN.

  • obinnna77

    Igbo: A people tailor made for slavery. Eze actually thinks that Buhari will be anything other than a Fulani jingoist? I don’t think he’s that naive though, this is , in all likelihood, a tendering of a Cv.

  • burning spear

    The altar was desecrated yesterday as some clergymen from the North tricked their unsuspecting colleagues into a meeting in Abuja to endorse All Progressives Congress, APC presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari for the March 28 presidential election. Signs that all was not well in the camp of the organisers started emerging at the venue of the meeting when some of the invited pastors complained that they were not told that the forum was called to endorse Buhari and his running mate, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo. A group, which identified itself as Northern Christian Leaders Eagle-Eye Forum, spearheaded the meeting at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, where Buhari and Osinbajo were in attendance. Some of the Christian leaders who openly protested the action of the patrons of the group, alleged that they were deceived into… attending the meeting. They alleged that the organisers told them that the meeting was put in place to enable the clergymen take up Buhari on some topical issues but lamented that it “turned out to be total declaration of support for Buhari.” While some of the aggrieved pastors stormed out of the meeting, others stayed till the end. They were however shocked when contrary to the organisers’ promise to give each participant either N50,000 or N100,000 (depending on the locations from whence they came), the funds released by a governor who bankrolled the meeting, was between N3,000 and N5,000. Some of the pastors said that the money given to them was not bribe but welfare package and insisted on collecting it. It was learnt that the governor, whose identity was not disclosed, bankrolled the meeting with N500million – yes APC can if the party can work to deceive pastors –why not Nigerians–what a shame

  • King Carlos

    Odimegwu na Obasanjo boy. Jonathan doesn’t know that when you fight Obasanjo, you fight a lot of people. Obasanjo is a political strategist that knows how to out flank his opponents. Trust me, jonathan will not gain anything from this postponement because they have exhausted every arsenal they have against Buhari, but there will forever be issues against Jonathan.

    • Yusuf

      with the economy falling on our faces, each day will further expose them. They are going down which ever way but the issue is whether they will honorably go down alone or they will stick and go down with the country

  • Chris1408

    GEJ tree don fall, all the birds dey fly commot. Na Buhari tree stand tall for the forest

    • Dazmillion

      Very funny

      • IS.JESUS.CHRIST.A.CHRISTIAN

        SHUT UP CRIMINAL!

    • Chinonso

      Very senseless.

  • Yusuf

    very challenging write up with the usual ethnic abuses and sentiments of an igbo man; but meanwhile every well thinking person must agree with most of the write up if not all. The man is a great material for national reconciliation and rebuilding, i wish most Nigerians will see things from both angles as he did

  • Intrepid

    He is just but an Igbo political jobber. The Igbos are 100% for Jonathan.

  • jomo

    This is a badly written piece – full of baseless assumptions. In fact, based on his analysis of the problem of Nigeria, the writer failed to show why Buhari should be president.

  • Burning spear

    The Igbos are mercenaries; they are there for sale. If the devil were to come today to say, I am the devil about whom the Bible and the Quran have spoken, I am prepared to give money, the Igbo will take the money and vote for him. Quote me!

    This is the verdict of a Kano State delegate to the just concluded National Conference and convener of the Coalition of Northern Politicians, Academics, Professionals and Businessmen, Dr. Junaid Mohammed when he spoke in an interview with The Punch’–WHAT A SHAME.

    • jomo

      What is wrong with you people??? Is Odimegwu not free to make a choice
      as a Nigerian citizen? Do you think the Igbos are fools?? Who told you
      he was speaking for the Igbos???

  • Ismail Ibrahim Bakori

    The same forces of darkness he spoke about are the very people surrounding Buhari eg Ango Abdullahi, Sani Zango Daura and Col Hameed Ali, the judge advocate of the military tribunal that sentenced Ken Saro Wiwa to death. The very cabal that masterminded the removal of Odumegwu by blackmailing Jonathan with every ethnic motivated sentiments at their disposal. Let Odumegwu and his and other self serving individuals continue to behave like stray cats. They have a price tag on his head regarding past census utterances in Nigeria. Part of the problem Jonathan is having with my people in the core north is because gave access to people like Odumegwu to head the population commission instead of someone from the northern establishment. It is unfortunate even Patricia Etteh the disgraced former Speaker of the House is now in the same supremacists boat with Farouk Adamu Aliyu, a disciple of Buhari who opposed her emergence as Speaker on the that since the Senate President is a Christian the Speaker must be a muslim.

    • SAM .A

      Talk sense , why did your man Friday with his executive power not stand down his foot that this goodman will stay despite all pressure, but he chicken out and abort his stay. Don’t blame Festus Odimegwu .

  • Rotimi Lawanson

    Festus Odimegwu, the typical Igbo man for sale. It is shame. Join Soludo and Oby Ezekwesili to praise a man that represents everything you have just described is wrong with Nigeria. Buhari is surrounded by the same people and yet you expect a change? Honestly, I am not surprised since you are Baba’s boot licker. It was only a matter of time before you came out in the same vain. Why are you Igbos falling over yourselves to endorse Buhari and to fight your brothers and sisters in government? Have you seen others do that? I cannot even believe you graduated with a First Class but when I remember how you were a champion of Third term and even carried it on your head, I will say I am not surprised. I hope your people can see why other groups are always wary of Igbos. Some of your people are so desperate for power they are willing to sell their mothers just for power and money. What a shame!

    • jomo

      What is wrong with you people??? Is Odimegwu not free to make a choice as a Nigerian citizen? Do you think the Igbos are fools?? Who told you he speaks for the Igbos???

  • ROHCNAWN

    GEJ DOES NOT WANT TRUTH THAT WAS WHY HE REMOVED YOU. I LEARNT YOU EVEN USED YOUR OWN MONEY IN NPC. I AM PROUD OF YOU NSUKKA FIRST CLASS BRAIN.

    • Ammed Abu

      For even calling Nsukka,what has he done in that town?Hes nothing but an ambitious old man.He was retired because he was not contributing anything towards the development of this country.If he was dilevering there will be no need for him to be removed.GEJ is the best we have had since nigerian came into being #GEJ2015

  • ROHCNAWN

    FESTUS IS RICH, NOT HUNGRY BUT A MAN WHO MAKES THINGS WORK WHICH CAN BE SEEN IN BLUE PRINT FOR NPC AND WHAT NIGERIA BREWERY IS TODAY

  • Olalere Yusuf

    Odumegwu you are right.

  • ROHCNAWN

    I AM IGBO MAN, ANY BODY WHO BRINGS IN SENTIMENT, TRIBALISM AND RELIGION IN LEADERSHIP OR WHAT HE DOES SHOWS HOW INCONPEPENT HE OR SHE IS

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    Sour grapes !! The same guys in the APC are the ones who put pressure for him to be fired . The man is still bitter for losing his job.

  • Give thanks to God

    Sir,I respect you a lot for who you are.but remember we Nigerians have suffered in hands of this born to rule mentality of the north leaders rigth from the the beginning.. more especially the igbos.. I for instance I have been suffering all my life because I belong to ethnic group called igbo, all that belongs to my family was taking away from us because my father was a BIAFRA soldier.. I went to kano state to struggle for my life.Sir i which you where there present to see the lifeless bodies of my igbo brothers that was slortterd by some group of arogant youth that is promoting SHARIA ..all my goods and property where taking away from me with my body like an old 504 peugeot that was seriously beaten by a panel beater..With marks of daga (knife) all over my body and head..it was GOD that kept me alive among the dead..i walked from kano to niger in other to save my life.. with dry blood all over my body..as I’m writing now my eyes is full of tears.. I have been living as an imigrant in Europe for the past ten years even when my died few years back from the gun wound he sustain from the civil war I could not come home..Sir Jonathan has tried.truth is truth..the only problem Jonathan has is that he wants every body to be happy which is impossible. …I have been following up..sir calling for buhari to lead Nigeria after his bad past is like waking abacha from death to come and lead Nigeria..no diffrents ..UNTIL THE MENTALITY OF NIGERIA BELONG TO US IS REMOVED FROM THEIR HEAD AND THE ISUE OF INFIDEL (NORTHERNS)THERE CAN NEVER BE PEACE IN NIGERIA..

  • SAM .A

    God bless you Eze Festus Odimegwu . I have discovered that you are a rising star during your short stay in population commission.Your stay was aborted for speaking the truth to those who feared it.

  • CousinBrother

    “Eze Festus Odimegwu, CON”. Does anybody knows the meaning of CON or CON man?

  • terry

    Amechi and okorocha are true patriots,this man is just an opportunist seeking for political appointment.
    Apart from Soludo because of his vast knowlege i dont want people like this in GMB’S gov’t.

  • Alcindo Satori

    Hahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!! Heheheheheheheheheheheeeeeeeeeeee! I really dey laugh ooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhj!!!! So this political liability don join APC too. Hahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!! Heheheheheheheheheheheeeeeeeeeeee!!!! This one na real “New Masquerade”. I dey laugh ooohhhhh!!!!

  • Okey

    The dilemma of every political shenanigan who has come forward to point to ills of society under Jonathan as his/her sole reason for shifting camp is their inability to locate solution outside the founders of the ills they have “suddenly” discovered.

    Take Festus Odimegwu who Governor Kwankwanso of Kano State had informed us that he, Odimegwu, is a man much affected and controlled by the alcohol he brewed for many years. Now why did President Jonathan demand that Festus Odimegwu turned in his letter of resignation as NPC chairman ? Prominent members amongst founders of APC had accused Odimegwu of discrediting the last census exercise and figures whilst assuring to ensure that census indices such as “tribe” and “religion” were reflected in the upcoming 2016 census exercise. Of course, Odimegwu’s postulation is the surest way of coming to the knowledge of the actual population of migrant tribes like the Igbo. For if Odimegwu’s principle is followed, everybody will be able to know how many Igbos are in Kwankwaso’s Kano, Kaduna and Abuja who are now ascribed to, and appropriated for, the Northern population; and, every body will come to know how many Igbos are in Lagos and Ibadan who are now accounted for the Western population. As a result, forces who are opposed to true census and who want to perpetuate the existing order pressed for and got Festus Odumegwu removed. Now Odumegwu is writing that these retrogrades are out for a better
    Nigeria. What a shame ! What a fraud of an inebriate sozzler !

    Has Festus Odimegwu’s new visionists accepted his concept of a true census ? Has Festus Odimegwu secured an assurance from them that they are they going to allow “tribe and religion” reflect in 2016 census ? Or, is Festus Odimegwu joining forces because ‘My enemy’s enemies are my friends ? I enjoin Festus Odimegwu to inquire and tell Nigerians the name of that privileged Nigerian who refused to attend the National Council of State meetings under President but had to attend only when the issues to be featured in the last census exercise was to be discused and who moved the suggestion that “tribe and religion be not disclosed in the census statistics” because, according to him, knowledge of that statistics “will divide us.” If Festus Odimegwu makes this inquiry, he will know those who removed and why they removed him from NPC, whether their reason for removing him was progressive or retrogressive of Nigeria.

    Otherwise I will take Odimegwu for whom Kwankwaso told us he is: an inebriate sozzler, highly destabilized by alcohol consumption.

    • terry

      okey you can appoint him chair of igbo population commision then.Igbos see ethnicity is everything.
      The man is certainly an alcoholic,even this write up is full of contradiction.
      As an APC supporter i totally reject any consideration of this man in any place within the APC or its government.

      • Okey

        If you benefit by the ascription of my population to yours there is every reason for you to hold yourself a “patriot” and myself a “tribalist.”

        • emmanuel

          There cannot be a people more tribalistic than terrys people in this nation. They sound your ethnic group out within the first two minutes of meeting anyone.

          That enable them decide wether they would betray or support you in the course of your interaction.

        • terry

          i beleive you hold such tribalistic veiws without any evidence.I was a student at UNN when the 2006 census was done and i can clearly remember Ndigbos refused to be counted.They claimed the bible said Gods people should not be counted.
          Blame only yourselfs and the action of your leaders,not other sections of Nigeria for your problems.

          • Okey

            You are being extremely dishonest even to yourself.

            Once the National Council of State took the decision that “trbe” be not disclosed, of course, participation in census became an unjustifiable exercise for the many Igbo. For if live in Kano and participate in census, you will count me as a Hausa/Fulani of Kano – a loss to Igbo. If I did not not participate, still a loss to Igbo. In this scenario, participation and non-participation are of the same consequence.

          • terry

            A census is to count Nigerians not tribes.
            If you live in Kano you are a Nigerian and have the right to participate in anything there……….in other countries are people also counted based on tribes like USA,UK,FRANCE ETC.

            NPC should foster unity not division.

          • Okey

            Again, you are burying yourself deeper into the dept of deceit, even though confusedly.

            All over the world, census is conducted to enable the government plan and the inhabitants know themselves better. That’s why census in these countries you mentioned discloses everything including the blond, the mulatto, the gay, the lesbian, disabled men, disabled women, their place or birth, their race, etc. That’s why in America, number of the blacks, the Jews, Hispanics, the Catholic, the Anglican, etc are disclosed. On tab of the computer you get these information. But in a highly unfair nation like Nigeria “leaders” tell us that disclosure of these “will divide us.” Why, because the fraud enables you to use my population to attract higher revenue from the Federal Allocation but when you pay bursaries or award scholarships from the revenue so attracted, you exclude my children as “non-indigenes.” Who is fooling who ? Who is the dishonest ?

            How will the knowledge of the Ijaws, Yourubas, Igbos and Hausas in your midst divide our nation ? That a fraud perpetuated by ethnic hegemonist pretending to be “leaders.” Please, to yourself, be honest.

          • betanaija

            Which UNN? How in earth can you fabricate such a thing.
            God help us in this nation

      • igboham

        That a Yoruba man writing – I can tell

        • terry

          sorry,so you think everybody is tribal like you guys?

          • igboham

            no I do not think everyone is tribal, I know that I am tribal – no apologies necessary. I also know that some yorubas have some blood.

    • Abdul

      I dont think you need to be too sentimental about this, festus like other eminent Nigerians have taken stand, pls respect his stand, you need not insult him if you can see the revolution that is about to sweep across Nigeria.

      • Okey

        “revolution” ? Idi Amin once took over government of Uganda, was that a revolution ?

        • Bibi

          okey, okay, will you okay the fraudulent JonaTAN?

          • Okey

            You mean the “Jonathan” contesting with fraudulent “oluwole” WASC ?

    • igboham

      The irony is that Jonathan removed him to make kwakwaso and his cohorts happy as he did others – Jonathan cannot be described as smart. Therefore boycott the election as one of my heroes used to say.

      • Okey

        I cannot, that will mean surrendering to the fraud of alcoholics like Festus Odimegwu.

  • terry

    GEJ appointed this main as chair of NPC without any records except the fact that he managed Nigerian Breweries.But alcohol business is not the same as state business as the man was a failure and started running his mouth carelessly.
    Even this write up if full of contradiction.GMB is a natural leader and i know he will not makes same mistakes like GEJ by appointing some one like you.

  • emmanuel

    Odimegwu was booted out of Nigeria Breweries for his role in promoting Obasanjo’s third Term.

    Today it is Buhari. This same man accused the Fulanis (Buhari’s ethnic group) of bandiying false population figures since independence which he was bent on changing

    The same man is endorsing Buhari to conduct 2016 population census to conti.ue with the same falsehood?

    My conclusion, Jonathan did well to have eased him out!

  • One more personality in the kitty of the Nigerian masses for March4Buhari, few more to go. Would rather not join the wagon to stop the stealing of our National patrimony.

    • igboham

      your national patrimony from whom?

      • emmanuel

        Ask me o. Which national patrimony?

        Do we have the same fore fathers with animals?

      • Abdul

        Join the train pls, this train is unstoppable now, write you name in the sand of time as one of those who supported the man that laid the foundation that shot Nigeria from the 3rd world country to the the first world country.

        Pls join the moving train, change is coming.

        • igboham

          there is an english phrase called Mass Hysteria please do not be afflicted.

          • Abdul

            Please i am begging you give Buhari a chance, this man is not just called “Mai Gaskiya” by his supporters for the fun of it, the meaning of that is “The man of truth” he wont promise you what he cannot do. He is also not called the “Champion of the poor” by his followers. WE BELIEVE THAT HE IS FRIENDLY TO COMMON PEOPLE.

            Pls, I PROMISE YOU THAT I WILL JOIN YOU TO CHASE HIM OUT IF HE DOES ANYTHING THAT WILL NOT PROMOTE THE FUTURE OF ALL NIGERIANS.

  • Abdul

    I am truly touched. From now henceforth i will forgive the few igbos that harass and insult APC on this forum because of Jonathan, I shall forgive them for the sake of Okorocha, Ngige, Oby, Soludo and festus.

    And i promise on my honour that i will attack Buhari and co with ALL the energy in me IF at anytime they do things that do not promote the security and prosperity of ALL Nigerians.

    • igboham

      You forgot Ifeajuna.

      • Abdul

        Is it the one that Tafawa Balewa trained and ended up killing him? if he is the one then he is one of the bad ones, i forgive him too for the sake of the people i mentioned above.

        Buhari will do the right thing and i can feel it, he will shock the igbos with his love for ALL Nigerians particularly the common people. pls i beg all the igbos to give him a chance, pls you all should forgive him for his past mistake because we all human. Please people, he will provide purposeful leadership.

        Pleaseeeeeeee igbos. Vote Buhari, YOUR VOTE WILL NEVER BE A MISTAKE. PLEASE PEOPLE.

        • igboham

          Ok Sai Buhari because he is unable to raise the people he killed at owerre even if he wanted as the army commander in that sector of the war. You must understand that I was physically part of that war that did not have to happen. It is not easy ut ok.

          • Abdul

            Pls forgive, i beg you and all the other ones,i know its painful but pls just forgive. We can be great together and i am sure Buhari will make this happen in our life time.

            I PROMISE YOU THAT I WILL LEAD THE FIGHT AGAINST HIM IF HE DOES THINGS THAT DO NOT PROMOTE THE GOOD OF ALL NIGERIANS IRRESPECTIVE OF TRIBE, RELIGION AND GENDER.

    • atobatele

      i will join you to forgive them too, just because of this sensible, passionate, developed minded IGBOS. Infact they are full blooded nigerians, and i am proud of them, they should keep it up

    • David Adeniran

      My friend WAHALA, an authentic and intelligent Igbo man has said that those Igbos supporting Jonathan and shouting Hosanna Hosanna behind him, are really few but they make the best noise in the world because they are empty barrels thus leaving outsiders with the impression that they are the majority! He even said that most of them are from Anambra State.

      • orosun

        Most of the Igbos supporting GEJ are the ones referred to by Odimegwu as the criminal ones to degraded and destroyed by Buhari includi g the criminal traditional rulers who are the barons of armed robbery, drug trafficking and kidnapping. They support GEJ because he is their patron and they hate Buhari because they know that once he is power, they are finished.

    • Democrat M

      And where will that land you? In the wilderness of zinc I suppose

      • Abdul

        Lets leave that till then, the mobilization for Buhari presidency did not start today and i am proud to tell you that i am part of it from the start in the same vain, i will mobilize against him if he does things that do not further the interest of ALL Nigerians.

        Pls just keep in touch via this medium.

  • Weydem

    @Festus Odimegwu:

    I will also like to support Buhari but only if he’ll agree to do the needful.
    This nonsense talk by General Obasanjo and yourself – Festus Odimegwu,
    that “Buhari is educated enough” is more or less idle talk of two crooks,
    since nobody can be educated enough without having a school certificate.
    Therefore, we the honest people of Nigeria earnestly demand as follows:

  • McAlfred Uta

    Odimegwu is an undischarged alcoholic according to the gospel of Kwankwaso. Who knows how many pints he took before penning this article. Just get ready to save your Igbos from Kwankwaso’s Kano from being slaughtered from the ones you described as overlords and born to rule. Lazy jobber you will never smell federal appointment under GMB regime so save your breath.

    • Thepeople

      Discuss the issues raised by Mr Odimegwu, not his under pants, or what he eats or drinks. Try some intellectual exercise!!!. Not insults. insults shows you are loosing the debate.

      • Democrat M

        Jonathanians don’t discuss issues because their principal created what today are the issues bedevilling this country.

  • Thepeople

    The schizophrenia of re-election caused the failure of Jonathan’s presidency, absolutely correct. All he needed to do was to do the right thing by Nigerians and would be re-elected. History would definitely judge him harshly.

  • jomo

    THE REAL PEOPLE DON’T READ THIS KIND OF CONCOCTION BY ODIMEGWU!

  • evi

    I am sure if the devil himself came out to endorse buhari,the devil will become a saint to apc and if Jesus endorses Jonathan, Jesus will be called the devil.Premium times, how come you didn’t elaborate on the ‘controversial circumstances ‘ that lead to Festus’s removal? Is it because it won’t fit into the narrative of apc propanganda? Apc is so desperate that it is looking for endorsements anyway it can get it, from criminals, bitter old men like Festus who lost out in Jonathan’s administration and are looking for payback.If buhari is a man of integrity, how come it is taking him forever to show us his certs? Whether from secondary school or Army?The only date buhari has with destiny is in prison, for gross human rights abuses when he was head of state and inciting his supporters to kill youth corpers in 2011 because they refused to allow children and illegals to vote and for supporting boko haram and sharia.

    • Democrat M

      Well nothing is farther from the truth. It’s only looters or their relations that are left with GEJ. Anyone who wish this country well cannot wish the man GEJ return as President. If he (GEJ) there may not be a nation call Nigerian again.

  • Adegoke

    Yoruba Victims Of Buhari’s Tyrannical Reign.—————-

    Victim 1 – Pa Awolowo
    Had his house ransacked, passport seized he could not go abroad for medical treatment. His home in Ikenne was also surrounded by soldiers.

    Victim 2 – Pa Adekunle Ajasin, former Gov, Ondo State.
    Arrested, sentenced to over 100 years. Pa Ajasin is known not to have spent one kobo of his security vote and had only one house to his name in his native Owo till his death.

    Victim 3 – Pa Lateef Jakande, former Gov, Lagos State.
    Same as Pa Ajasin. Tried in kangaroo Court and sentenced to over 100 years imprisonment.

    Victim 4 – Cicero, Bola Ige. former Gov, Oyo State.
    Sentenced to over 100 years on corruption charges.

    Victim 5 – Papa Bisi Onabanjo former Gov, Ogun State.
    Jailed for over 100 years. Pa Onabanjo was whisked away from hospital where he was receiving treatment straight to prison on Buhari’s instructions.

    Victim 6 – Bisi Akande, former Gov
    Jailed on corruption charges. Now, Akande and Buhari are together in the APC. Is Akande no longer corrupt, Buhari?

    Victim 7 – Fela Anikulapo Kuti.
    Fela received 10 years for being vocal against Buhari’s regime. Buhari said then, he has resolved to deal with the “fela problem”

    Victim 8 – Ooni of Ife
    Seized his passport and prevented him from travelling abroad.

    Victim 9 – Tunde Thompson.
    Journalist jailed for reporting against government.

    Victim 10 – Tai Solarin.
    Jailed for speaking against thegovt.

    Victim 11 – Ayo Ojewunmi
    Became blind in jail after Buhari blatantly refused to release him to get medical attention. He died soon after he was eventually released

    Victim 12 – Busari Adelakun
    Suffered same fate as Ojewunmi. His ailment though was ulcer which killed him.

    Victim 13 – The many many Yoruba youth slaughtered in the north in 2011 because Buhari lost the election. Buhari could have curbed the violence but waited for days before public opinion forced him to make a statement on radio condemning the violence.

    He has prepared us now for 2015 by saying “their dogs and baboons will be soaked in blood” if he does not win the election in 2015.

    • chris12_1

      Really?

    • Tayelolu

      Reno Omokri na Adegoke, why are you so angry and crying more than the “bereaved”? Dont you think it is better for you to deal with your sinking Ijaw President-Goodluck Jonathan as he moves his things back to Otuoke? Nothing again will make your Ijaw President recover. He is gone. Nigerians are only waiting for March to officially give him his result as President Jonathan leaves for Otuoke. With this desperation and tribal talk you are only eating your jaw and teeth Reno Omokri na Adegoke.

    • ErnestNnagbo

      What an analysis. . They are all planning to go abroad for medicals so dem don kill our medical institutions long ago abi? Nonsence analysis. He did what he needs to do At that point in our history. Let all you mentioned above come and swear they did not steal a kobo for our coffers now. Why did he not come and arrest my blacksmith father in my village in Asaba?

    • Riot50000

      In that case, I will vote for Buhari. He is an equal opportunity offender, willing to get his sharia Caliphate renamed Nigeria.
      BTW, is Obasanjo not rooting for Buhari?

  • Anyasa Umuigbo

    This is another victim of Stockholm Syndrome endorsing his own hostage takers. Kwankwaso was right when he asked that Festus Odimegwu be removed as head of NPC. He is unreasonable. I have just removed him from another post – as my LinkedIn connection.

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    Jonathan, all those who gather against you will gather in vain. Odumegwu is fighting back because he was sacked as NPC chair.

    • Tunsj

      In reverse, all those who gather against Buhari will gather in vain. How do you like that?

  • Oluwole

    Sour grapes. Odimegwu was also sacked by his employers, the Nigerian Bottling company for being an embarrassment to the company and messing around with young girls

    • TonyUdekwe

      Get your info right.. His package at retirement is worth ‘killing for’. Lol!

  • David Adeniran

    Anytime I read highly passionate and intelligent contribution of this nature from any Igbo, I am very excited and greatly moved; believing once again that there is indeed hope for Nigeria!
    I love the way this man has written. He is very sincere in his write-up. He did not spare the British nor the North. He even lambasted the Kano State Governor for his role in his controversial exit! Yet after examining the whole circumstances and he found Buhari a better and credible candidate. That shows a man who is objective, rational, reasonable and truly analytical.
    This is exactly what I expect my brethren from the South East to have done with APC; I expected them to present the history of Nigeria before APC and the deprivations suffered by the Igbos and then bargained for a better deal and guarantee of a better system of Government which will favour an average Igbo in the Nigerian project. It so childish and short-sighted to think that it is only somebody from your ethnic group as President who can secure that for you! Rather, most of them have chosen to follow Jonathan so blindly simply because of his ethnic nationality!!! It is really sickening and disgraceful. Even the South South indigenes have not presented themselves that gullible!

    • ErnestNnagbo

      Thanks and God bless your good thinking. the wrong side of your impression is that Jonathan is Igbo he is not, remember that majority of the Igbo population wanted him until they realized just like Festus realized that he is really clueless and the global rating that he has failed is evidence in our national life, Buhari no doubt presents a very credible and nationally loved alternative. He has my vote and I am igbo and millions of Ndi igbo (igbo people) also loved him. See the votes he will get from the south east and you will marvel

      • David Adeniran

        Thank you my brother. I have amended my comment to reflect my intention.

  • Garden-City Boy

    Everybody knows about Festus Odimegwu. He is at best, an Igbo loudmouth, who like a junky bulldozer, spews hot, smokey hot gas that chokes the environment. I am told that “EZE” in the Igbo parlance stands for kingship and nobility. That he reels out a title stretching from here to Kaura Namoda does not make him an “EZE”. He is not only unworthy of ezeship of his home community. By his gutter conduct, he shows every sign that he also lacks the nobility of the institution he claims to represent. Igbo communities and clans have Ezes you don;t hear about. It is not that they are powerless. They focus on their role as custodians of culture and heritage, make pronouncements based on community consensus and perpetuate the purity of community values. They don’t go blowing hot gas in people’s faces ot flaunt their supreme relevance in society. I am also told that the sacredness of Igbo Ezeship is such that an EZE must not even eat or drink in public view.
    But here we go again with an uncouth, cantankerous chain-saw, a renegade to his people, who bought his way to kingship with slush funds from shady his shady deals while in the NIGERIAN BREWERIES. Festus Odimegwu, epitomizes the bastardization of the Igbo kingship. An Igbo “EZE” does not talk from both sides of one mouth. The embarrassed community whose “eze” Festus is must be fuming with anger and frustration by the quixotic brigandage of a compulsive loose-cannon called Festus Odimegwu.
    Renegades are both opportunistic and ubiquitous; they rear their monstrous heads both in peace and war times. Festus Odimegwu is a classic opportunistic renegade. One corner of his mouth reels out the less than unfair deal which the awusa establishment Buhari represents, inflicted on his people. He was honest enough to acknowledge the Igbo Pogrom of 1996 when Northerners murdered over 50,000 Igbos. And that was in peace time; we weren’t even fighting a BIarfa war. He also admits that millions of Igbos lay dead after an unprovoked Nigeria’s genocidal war against Igbos after a Nigerian state back on a peace accord reached at ABURI, Ghana in 1967. But Festus Odimeguwu’s memory went blank of the mounting toll of Igbo death caused by murderous Northern establishment, the most recent being Boko Haram.
    Festus Odimegwu tlks about the “justice, equity and fairness”, but shies away at the conduct of the self-proclaimed born-to-rule apex predator, the who undermine those principles. It is stupendous for this man to sing the praises of a man whose opposition to the war against Boko Haram terror is well known. Buhari says that “WAR AGAIST BOKO HARAM IS WAR AGAINST THE NORTH”…the same Biko Haran that murdered hundreds of Igbo people who made the North-East.enclave home. This justice- and equity-loving Odimegwu does not see justice to mean that awusa murderers of his kinsmen be fished out and punished. He does not see injustice to mean the state conspiracy to bar the presidency to any man of Igbo extraction for 100 years following the end of the Biafra war in 1970.
    The Festus Odimegwu gaffe is a re-enactment of the the Pontius Pilate screenplay. He falls in the league of the the Junaid Mohameds who are all noise and noise alone. Juast as Junaid , Festus shamelessly flaunts his “immediate past Chairman of the National Population Commission” degree. It is too early in the day to predict that certificate that one is “equivalent” to. But we know it doomed whatever reputation claimed for himself. The same awusa he whose tail he dies to kiss insisted on his ouster as the census commission boss. Why? He reiterated the farce and fraud of an inflated population figure of the North. That is Odimegwus idea of “justice, fairness and equity”. His cantankerous disposition will continue to be his Achilles heel. He was forthright, granted with the truth many shy away from. His mandate was to conduct a census…no more no less. Like an upstart, Odumegwu got carried away by the smell of power, just as a shark smelling blood. The bum went to town, shooting his loud mouth. The way he went about it portrays Festus as deficit in personal discipline and as a tactless man who shoots before he takes an aim. We all saw how awusa people took him out like jigger, as they say. His community needs to disrobe the absolute simpleton that bought his way to the ezeship.

    • Aliu

      You need to grow up, garden boy. How long did this incoherent epistle take you to conjure up? Abeg, learn to summaries your thoughts next time and spare us the needless jargon.

      • Garden-City Boy

        ….Never invited your dumb ass to read. Learn to deal with your misery.

  • Tanko Abdulrahman

    These people should stop lying about this endorsement thing. The last time it’s OBJ who was said to have endorsed him. OBJ came out to deny endorsing anybody. Rad Daily Sun of 13th Feb., 2015. They are simply afraid of the “TRANSFORMER”. Goodluck all the way. #GEJ4Naija

    • Wizard

      A real Tanko can never support cluelessness!

  • Wise Head

    Festus Odimegwu has suddenly become credible because he supported Buhari. All his pro-THIRD TERM activities for Obasanjo has been forgiven and forgotten. And who is he working for now? No doubt, Obasanjo who has been lining up his disciples against GEJ since Oby Ezekwesili fell silent and went underground following the infamous “boisterous” kiss by OBJ at his book lunch which has perennially damaged her credibility. It is like Soludo’s recent attacks have not been very effective, so other hands had to be recruited. But all of them would be disgraced since Buhari is a hard sell

  • georgy

    Everybody is taking position. who knows what Festus wants? The truth is that another PDP victory would mean he won’t get any where close to relevance, so why not show public support now and hope buhari wins. it is the same strategy Soludo is using.
    but most importantly, Festus odimegwu is an avowed atheist, so i wonder why he is praying for ‘God’ to give guidance and vision to Buhari. this is simply not Festus!

    • Tunsj

      What has an avowed atheist got to do with endorsing the next President of Nigeria, BUHARI?

  • richkid

    Haha people self. Because the table turned around and couldn’t accommodate you like most of Apc guys, so Ypu joined them too. Besides who this man to say he endorses somebody. He has onl his vote! After handling various offices in Nigeria, he couldn’t make a well for his villagers to get water talk more of employing them. GEJ all the way. He is just biting back. PM please stop this type of news, or tell us the people that endorsed GEJ don’t be one sided in this game. GEJ all the way!!

  • Okey

    The dilemma of every political shenanigan who has come forward to point to ills of society under Jonathan as his/her sole reason for shifting camp is their inability to locate solution outside the founders of the ills they have “suddenly” discovered.

    Take Festus Odimegwu who Governor Kwankwanso of Kano State had informed us that he, Odimegwu, is a man much affected and controlled by the alcohol he brewed for many years. Now why did President Jonathan demand that Festus Odimegwu turned in his letter of resignation as NPC chairman ? Prominent members amongst founders of APC had accused Odimegwu of discrediting the last census exercise and figures whilst assuring to ensure that census indices such as “tribe” and “religion” were reflected in the upcoming 2016 census exercise. Of course, Odimegwu’s postulation is the surest way of coming to the knowledge of the actual population of migrant tribes like the Igbo. For if Odimegwu’s principle is followed, everybody will be able to know how many Igbos are in Kwankwaso’s Kano, Kaduna and Abuja who are now ascribed to, and appropriated for, the Northern population; and, every body will come to know how many Igbos are in Lagos and Ibadan who are now accounted for the Western population. As a result, forces who are opposed to true census and who want to perpetuate the existing order pressed for and got Festus Odumegwu removed. Now Odumegwu is writing that these retrogrades are out for a better Nigeria. What a shame ! What a fraud of an inebriate sozzler !

    Has Festus Odimegwu’s new visionists accepted his concept of a true census ? Has Festus Odimegwu secured an assurance from them that they are they going to allow “tribe and religion” reflect in 2016 census ? Or, is Festus Odimegwu joining forces because ‘My enemy’s enemies are my friends ? I enjoin Festus Odimegwu to inquire and tell Nigerians the name of that privileged Nigerian who refused to attend the National Council of State meetings under President but had to attend only when the issues to be featured in the last census exercise was to be discused and who moved the suggestion that “tribe and religion be not disclosed in the census statistics” because, according to him, knowledge of that statistics “will divide us.” If Festus Odimegwu makes this inquiry, he will know those who removed and why they removed him from NPC, whether their reason for removing him was progressive or retrogressive of Nigeria.

    Otherwise I will take Odimegwu for whom Kwankwaso told us he is: an inebriate sozzler, highly destabilized by alcohol consumption.

  • ddodododo

    I was enjoying this so call intervention until Festus Odimegwu came up with this silly and border line suggestion with regard to Tinubu as party chairman. Are you kidding me? Tinubu was/is a drug pusher and user. Tinubu is a traitor (ask Ribadu). I can go on and on and on. Please edit your intervention and remove this naughty suggestion about Tinubu. – And the only advice one can give APC at this point is to make Tinubu the Party Chairman (forget zoning) so that he can build APC into an ANC type party, with internal democracy and where the elected President cannot dictate to the Party, and the Party can discipline an erring President. –

    • Olu.

      Whether you like it of not, Tinubu is a leader with a lot of followership. Without people like Tinubu, there will be no APC. Your “bad belle” can never change who Tinubu is.

  • Okey

    The dilemma of every political shenanigan who has come forward to point to ills of society under Jonathan as his/her sole reason for shifting camp is their inability to locate solution outside the founders of the ills they have “suddenly” discovered. Any person who has read Festus OdImegwu online today would readily recall what El Rufai wrote in his book that Odimegwu is one of those usually sought out and engaged for the scuttling of democratic process (such as by means of Third Term). Those who engaged Festus Odimegwu for Third Term have set him on the loose right now preparatory for Interim Government. But God in heaven will never allow them have their evil way.

    Festus Odimegwu it was whom Governor Kwankwanso of Kano State had informed us that he, Odimegwu, is a man much affected and controlled by the alcohol he brewed for many years. Now why did President Jonathan demand that Festus Odimegwu turned in his letter of resignation as NPC chairman ? Prominent members amongst founders of APC had accused Odimegwu of discrediting the last census exercise and figures whilst assuring to ensure that census indices such as “tribe” and “religion” were reflected in the upcoming 2016 census exercise. Of course, Odimegwu’s postulation is the surest way of coming to the knowledge of the actual population of migrant tribes like the Igbo. For if Odimegwu’s principle is followed, everybody will be able to know how many Igbos are in Kwankwaso’s Kano, Kaduna and Abuja who are now ascribed to, and appropriated for, the Northern population; and, every body will come to know how many Igbos are in Lagos and Ibadan who are now accounted for the Western population. As a result, forces who are opposed to true census and who want to perpetuate the existing order pressed for and got Festus Odumegwu removed. Now Odumegwu is writing that these retrogrades are out for a better Nigeria. What a shame ! What a fraud of an inebriate sozzler !

    Has Festus Odimegwu’s new visionists accepted his concept of a true census ? Has Festus Odimegwu secured an assurance from them that they are they going to allow “tribe and religion” reflect in 2016 census ? Or, is Festus Odimegwu joining forces because ‘My enemy’s enemies are my friends ? I enjoin Festus Odimegwu to inquire and tell Nigerians the name of that privileged Nigerian who refused to attend the National Council of State meetings under President but had to attend only when the issues to be featured in the last census exercise was to be discused and who moved the suggestion that “tribe and religion be not disclosed in the census statistics” because, according to him, knowledge of that statistics “will divide us.” If Festus Odimegwu makes this inquiry, he will know those who removed and why they removed him from NPC, whether their reason for removing him was progressive or retrogressive of Nigeria.

    Otherwise I will take Odimegwu for whom Kwankwaso told us he is: an inebriate sozzler, highly destabilized by alcohol consumption.

    • Mike

      My God, I could accuse you of plagiarising my thoughts! You wrote exactly what I think. Odimegwu is obviously disappointed (like most of us are) that Jonathan has not been able to effect true changes in the structure of Nigeria. However, should that disappointment make us turn to the initiators and entrenchers of that defective structure we complain Jonathan hasn’t been able to change? My answer is a definite and resounding NO!!!

      I like Odimegwu’s historical recollection of how we, as a nation, got to where we are today. It is largely correct.

      A few posers and answers…
      1. Is Nigeria defective as it is today? Yes it is
      2. Does Nigeria need a fundamental and structural restructuring, the type Odimegwu is advocating? Definitely she does
      3. In 2011, did true progressives expect Jonathan to undertake those fundamental restructuring? Yes they did
      4. Has Jonathan fully undertaken them? No he hasn’t
      5. Are the true progressives, thus, disappointed with Jonathan for this? Yes they are

      “True progressives” as used above means all those who want the Nigerian system to be changed from the current where mediocrity thrives, to one where excellence thrives, so as to allow the people effectively maximise their potentials

      Now, ordinarily, my answers to the above should make all true progressives not to support Jonathan in the coming elections, because he hasn’t been as urgent as we would have liked in the restructuring of Nigeria for progress and prosperity. However, a careful analysis (bearing in mind Nigeria’s complex socio-political make-up) would reveal that Jonathan is trying to change that defective structure. Odimegwu’s appointment to the NPC itself is proof of that (being that Odimegwu is someone who was willing to solve a critical National Question of census). The convocation of the National Conference (which, if nothing else, helped to remind true progressives of the people blocking Nigeria’s progress) is also another proof. The National ID card scheme with emphasis on biometrics (with MasterCard as partner) is yet another. The Presidential scholarship scheme, the one where first class graduates irrespective of where they come from are granted scholarship for PG studies abroad (and for which the NASS was querying Prof. Julius Okolie), is yet another.

      Who are the people who have frustrated and scuttled every attempt to fundamentally restructure Nigeria from the suffocating system she has been under since 1966? Does Odimegwu think that because Jonathan is so slow to effect these changes, then we should turn to the very people who instituted the current system? Who is more likely to carry out the restructuring? Is it Buhari, with Kwankwaso (Odimegwu’s nemesis) amongst other feudalists behind him? Your comment alluded to Buhari saying something to the effect that Ethnicity and Religion should not be used during the 2006 Census, at the Council of State meeting. I had no prior knowledge of that. I will find out. But, because of other public statements and posturing of Buhari, & bearing in mind his background, I am inclined to believe he said so.

      I agree with Odimegwu that Jonathan kowtowed to the Northern establishment all because he wanted reelection. I am as disappointed with Jonathan for that as Odimegwu is. However, the difference between Odimegwu and I is that I do not kid myself that the struggle to change Nigeria can be done that easily and brazenly like Odimegwu expects. The hurdles Jonathan has faced in itself is proof that the beneficiaries of the current system would not take restructuring lying down. And they ARE powerful enough, having been in charge of the country’s military and intelligence services for decades!

      Let it be borne in mind that without the restructuring true progressives crave, Nigeria will NEVER make progress. Jonathan has made some attempt, howsoever feeble, at this. I only support Jonathan in this election because the alternative is an embodiment of that defective structure. Buhari will do NOTHING to fundamentally change Nigeria. He is, in fact, part of the problem – a beneficiary & entrencher of the old system.

      This, I suspect, is the rationale for the support of Jonathan by the real Afenifere, the Middle Belt dialogue group and some others I cannot now remember. This is also why i support Jonathan in this election.

      The prospects for a fundamental change under Buhari is zero, under Jonathan it is higher than zero, even if annoyingly, it is not high enough. But what do they say about half-bread and none?

      My hope is that Jonathan has learnt his lesson, especially from this campaign season. By now, he should know exactly what he needs to do. We don’t need roads or hospitals or housing etc from a benevolent President. We need a system that guarantees these things inspite of an idiotic President.

      Having said that, I really hope Jonathan wins, but if Buhari’s truly more popular (which i doubt though, because his supporters are merely more vocal), then let him win. At least then, a majority of us would have taken the decision to retrogress (in my opinion).

      • Okey

        I confess you’ve done better. Thanks in the service of fatherland.

  • hummm

    Moto mouth FFK will soon go on a rampage to attack Odimegwu .

  • Garden-City Boy

    Everybody knows about Festus Odimegwu. He is at best, an
    Igbo loudmouth who likes a junky bulldozer, spews hot, smokey suffocating gas
    that chokes everything in the environment. I am told that “EZE” in
    the Igbo parlance stands for kingship and nobility. That fake EZE Festus reels
    out a convoluted title that stretches from Abeokuta to Kaura Namoda or from the
    Garden City to Talata Mafara does not make him an authentic “EZE” in
    Igboland. Simply put, not only is he unworthy of ezeship of his home community,
    he, by his gutter conduct, shows all the signs of the pig-headed brat that
    lacks the nobility of an institution he claims to represent. Igbo
    communities/clans have highly revered Ezes you never hear about. Brashness is
    never an element in the dynamics of their power-authority interplay. Ezes in Igboland focus on their role as
    custodians of culture and heritage; they base their pronouncements on community
    consensus and perpetuate the purity of shared values. Ezes don’t go blowing hot
    gas from every orifice of the human anatomy as Festus Odimegwu would want to
    do, or flaunt their supreme relevance in the face of society. The myth about the
    sacredness of Igbo Ezeship has it that an EZE must not even eat or drink in
    public view.

    But here we go again with an uncouth, cantankerous chain-saw-turned renegade,
    who bought his way to kingship with slush funds made from shady shady deals ‘rocked’
    while he was head of the NIGERIAN BREWERIES. Chief Eleyinmi has a name for
    this: AKOKO NAIRA EZE. Clearly, Festus Odimegwu
    epitomizes the bastardization of the Igbo kingship. An Igbo “EZE”
    does not talk from both sides of one mouth. An embarrassed community whose
    “eze” Festus is must be fuming with anger and frustration by the
    quixotic brigandage of a compulsive loose-cannon called Festus Odimegwu. Renegades
    are both opportunistic and ubiquitous; they rear their monstrous heads both in
    peace and war times. Festus Odimegwu is a classic opportunistic renegade. One
    corner of his mouth reels out the less than unfair deal the awusa establishment
    (which Buhari represents) inflicted on his Igbo people and continued to do so
    till this day. He was honest enough to acknowledge the Igbo Pogrom of 1996,
    when barbaric Northerners murdered over 50,000 Igbos people. And that was in
    peace time; we weren’t even fighting a Biafra war. He also admits that millions
    of Igbos lay dead after an unprovoked Nigeria’s genocidal war against Biafra,
    after a Nigerian state ditched compliance with a peace accord reached at ABURI,
    Ghana in 1967. But Festus Odimeguwu’s memory went blank of the mounting toll of
    Igbo death caused by murderous Northern establishment, the most recent being
    Boko Haram.

    Festus Odimegwu talks about “justice, equity and fairness”, but
    disingenuously skips mention of the condescending conduct of the
    self-proclaimed born-to-rule apex predators, who have no regard for those
    principles. It is stupendous how, from the other corner of his foul mouth, this
    man Festus Odimegwu, sings the praises of a man whose opposition to the war
    against Boko Haram terror is well known like a lark….or could be like the
    mocking bird? Buhari says that “WAR AGAINST BOKO HARAM IS WAR AGAINST THE
    NORTH”…the same Boko Haram that murdered hundreds of Igbo people who
    made the North-East enclave home. Our justice- and equity-loving Festus Odimegwu
    does not see justice to mean fishing out awusa murderers of his kinsmen and
    punish them according to law. He does not see injustice to mean the state
    conspiracy to bar any man of Igbo extraction from the presidency for 100 years
    following the end of the Biafra war in 1970.

    The Festus Odimegwu gaffe is a re-enactment of the Pontius Pilate screenplay.
    He falls in the league of the Junaid Mohameds who are all noise and noise
    alone. Just as Junaid , Festus shamelessly flaunts his “immediate past
    Chairman of the National Population Commission” degree. It is too early in
    the day to predict the WASC that degree is “equivalent” to. But we do
    know it doomed whatever reputation a blundering Festus Odimegwu claimed for
    himself. The same awusa he whose tail he dies to kiss insisted on his ouster from
    the Census Commission Chair. Why? He reiterated the farce and fraud of an
    inflated population figure of the North. That humiliation will trail him like a
    bad smell for the rest of his sorry life. Odimegwu’s obnoxious disposition and
    garrulousness is an irritant to even those that tolerate his brashness which
    continues to be his Achilles heel. Granted
    he was forthright with the truth many shy away from, he had a clear mandate to
    conduct a census…no more, no less. Like the upstart, Odumegwu got carried
    away by the smell of power, just as a shark smelling blood. The bum quickly see
    himself as the Sherriff-in-town, went to town shooting his loud mouth. The way
    he went about it portrays Festus as deficit in personal discipline and as a
    tactless pinhead who talks before he thinks and shoots before he takes aim. And
    we all saw how awusa people took him out like jigger, and the jeers that
    followed him the day he evacuated his stuff Commission’s premises. His
    community needs to disrobe this absolute simpleton that bought his way to the Ezeship.

    • Frank Ayokunle Okuwobi

      I think you can state of our position or opposition with civility without attacking the persin of the writer. These are unnecessary distraction from issues raised.

    • TRUTH MASTER

      The moment an Igboman shows any support for the opposition APC, he becomes a traitor, a loudmouth or whatever that is negative.

      Anyway, those who have eyes, let them see. Those who have ears, let them hear. It is too late in the day to turn back the hands of the clock.

    • True Nigerian

      Say whatever you like about Festus. He belongs to the best that this country has to offer. Nothing he said above is untrue.

  • anneedu

    He can endorse him, reason it will be difficult for an Igbo man to be president of nigeria. They can sell their own brother for any penny. U endorse him and he will dust u later. Soon u will become his cattle rearer

    • abuasmau

      Read what the man said calmly.

  • Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu

    Odimegwu’s historical excursion couldn’t have been packaged better. Succintly put yet loaded with facts especially how the actions and in actions of the major ethnic groups undermined the Nigerian state. For my generation that is part and parcel of his reflection, if truth must be told, Nigeria has never been united and it is no use mouthing One Nigeria without addressing the injustices and heinous crimes committed against fellow Nigerians. Therefore to foster a sense of “Nigerianess” or putting the country first, our political actors MUST lead by example.This is the No 1 task before Buhari when he becomes President.

    • buring spear

      How can a man who refused to obey simple INEC law–concerning his certificate–lead the nation by example–how can a man who lied that he borrowed 27m to pay for his nomination form in APC-only for the same person to–have his wife later donate items worth 137m to IDPs–Can such be trusted AGAIN?–what Buhari gave out as his certificate which was a clear forgery–was an expired statement of result—we CANNOT have a president with questionable credentials in Aso Rocks— Those who yearn to remain in denial to satisfy their regional ambitions are free to do so———

  • burning spear

    How can a man who refused to obey simple INEC law–concerning his certificate–lead the nation by example–how can a man who lied that he borrowed 27m to pay for his nomination form in APC-only for the same person to–have his wife later donate items worth 137m to IDPs–Can such be trusted AGAIN?–what Buhari gave out as his certificate which was a clear forgery–was an expired statement of result—we CANNOT have a president with questionable credentials in Aso Rocks— Those who yearn to remain in denial to satisfy their regional ambitions are free to do so———is it by urging Nigerians Muslims not to vote for Christians that will foster our unity–or the introduction of Sharia law—in the North-Aware of the secular nature of things in the country–The era of some ethnic groups assuming falsely that they hold the key to my tomorrow-should be done away with—–The core North has created more trouble for the Nation state of Nigeria than any ethnic group–from the murder of kudirat abiola and abiola himself—to -the civil war-the cancellation of the June 12 elections–their refusal to allow us introduce resource control–not to talk of the hanging of kensarowiwa–there has never been any productive idea from there–its either they are quarrelling with the spirit of Awo–ati Bola Ige–or using Obj to scuttle our nascent democracy–after relying on the ppl of the Niger delta to fight their wars-and stealing their oil blocks—at night—-separation is the key–to the struggle-

    • Lemmuel Odjay

      Cast the first stone if you are without sin. Those of you in that coven you refer to as political party, who are hypocritically sinless, have led us from somewhere to nowhere in the past 16 harrowing years. We do not seek a saint to lead Nigeria at this critical stage you created for us all. We’ve been through that before. See where it has led us. We are aggrieved, please respect our silence…

    • MB

      Do you really think people discussing in this forum are insane? Do you know self moderation so that you don’t give yourself away when you talk?

      • JustFairness

        Posting post election. With may be your favorite candidate as the winner, you’re free to disregard my comments. However, I’ll write it still: People voted for Buhari (if there was really vote actually) because Jonathan was no longer an alternative. Let’s just hope and pray that Buhari is half a saint he is portrayed to be. But I tell you, until the North no, let me be specific: until the Hausa and Yoruba acknowledge that the Igbo and other minorities have equal rights as they do, Nigeria will never exist. Odimegwu has written well. But he carefully danced around the sensitive CENSUS hot button issue which he clearly premised albeit failed to land on a clear conclusion. I would have been very happy if he had shared with us why he was removed as the Minister for Population Commission. Was it not this same Hausa-Oligarch-self-interest thing–the same evil idea that they are burn to rule? And they rule through falsified census data. How on earth do you think anyone from South-south/South-East will ever have any chance of becoming a president when the entire region is less or equal to two or three states in the North-Central alone? The journey is still far away. Only God will save us. Let me also commend Odimegwu for identifying why Jonathan’s government seemed to have failed. Again, he intelligently avoided critical specificity. Until we learn to stand for the truth, embracing the Change might be more difficult than bringing the change.

  • betanaija

    Fetus Odimegwu again?!!!!
    We have not forgotten so soon how you wanted to help your master actual his third term ambition. You can never change from being his errand boy, can you?!!! Such a pity, we are lacking patriotic Nigerians.
    #Godhelpthisnation

    • Lemmuel Odjay

      Did you read the statement? Did you underline the points he made? Are those points right or wrong? If they are wrong, then relax. We would not need to bother ourselves. But if right, then no amount of Odimegwu-bashing could swing anything. It would only worsen our situation. As for the man’s past sins, if any, there is always Psalm 51 to fall back to. It is down to God, not man, to decide if he should be forgiven or not.

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  • Lemmuel Odjay

    These are additions to what others have been saying from the start. The PDP should not make things worse for themselves by continuing to nurse the idea that, by hook or by crook, they could hang on to power even when they know it’s relegation time. That would attract the wrath of the majority of Nigerians and the result could well be suicidal for all. PDP, like the Conservative Party in Britain, is a great political party that got it wrong by under-estimating and over-tasking the will of Nigerians. This is not the end of the road. When Tony Blair of the Labour Party swept away the Conservatives from power in a landslide victory, they (Conservatives) did not insist in staying put “by fire or by force.” Some of the reasons adduced for their fall were impunity and a visible lack of imagination which gave rise to ineptitude. Any political set up anywhere could suffer the same fate if it has been in office for too long. As society must keep evolving, no thought is given to a leadership that has become stale or one that had “lost touch.” It is almost impossible to rectify it while still in government and in the eyes of the storm. PDP should retreat and reinvent itself by first coming up with real programmes that would touch the lives of every Nigerian, not just a few party members. They should start by apologising to Nigerians for taking us through a period of plenty yet with almost nothing yo show for it. Without repentance, there cannot be forgiveness and healing. This “share” mentality must be discarded by purging out the reactionary group within the party. The idea is no lo,ger current, that a group of politicians could perpetually shackle its people by robbing them of their commonwealth. To attempt to hang on to power by hook or by crook WOULD tip our nation into the abyss. Yes indeed, NO CONDITION IS PERMANENT… See you again in 2023, dear PDP. If you manage to beat the path of rectitude, that is.

  • Segun

    Shame on Obj. Since he tore his membership card, he should torebuhari’s take certificate.