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  • amazing2012

    Adamu, leave him Jonathan is the worst thief !

  • warry

    World Bank is missing in Nigeria

  • Uwadiegwu

    Today they shout “share it, share it, share the money now!” Tomorrow they shout “where is the money?” The day after, they shout “you should have saved the money for the rainy day.” Aggrieved Political Confusionists (APC)

  • Wilson Eseago

    Jonathan is not the worst thief every one of them since this so called democracy that started 1999 to date are thief during the military era even with the late abacha the country was never like this even though we have more money now than during those periods.

    • Wale

      Wilson, you lost me here brother; you said “Jonathan is not the worst thief every one of them since this so called democracy that started 1999” then you made a “U” turn and wrote ” the country was never like this even though we have more money now than during those periods”
      My conclusion, going by what you wrote is Jonathan is the worst.

  • Maria

    Thieves in charge!

  • mike offor

    God bless you Governor Oshiomhole for saying the truth. Lets assume Between 2013 and middle of 2014 oil price has hovered over 90 dollars and at a daily oil production rate of 2.5 million barrel per day will give 225,000,000 dollars pay day. With the production company taking their 40% and 60% going to the Federal Government, we now have 135,000,000 dollars pay. Multiplied this in year, it will give you a figure around 38,880,000,000 dollars equivalent to 6.22 trillion naira which is above Nigeria’s budget for a year. This is just income from one sector(oil and gas), what of income from taxes, Agriculture, sales of government assets, etc? As it stands now some Civil servants have not received their December Salary. Where is our Money?

  • mike offor

    Lets assume Between 2013 and middle of 2014 oil price has hovered over 90 dollars and at a daily oil production rate of 2.5 million barrel per day will give 225,000,000 dollars pay day. With the production company taking their 40% and 60% going to the Federal Government, we now have 135,000,000 dollars pay. Multiplied this in year, it will give you a figure around 38,880,000,000 dollars equivalent to 6.22 trillion naira which is above Nigeria’s budget for a year. This is just income from one sector(oil and gas), what of income from taxes, Agriculture, sales of government assets, recovered stolen funds etc? As it stands now some Civil servants have not received their December Salary. Where is our Money?

  • Ayelala

    Nigeria’s oil production is probably closer to 3 million despite all the vandalism.

  • concerned9ja

    There we go again. The more reason GEJ has to go is his handling of the economy. This country needs someone determined and strong to steer the economy. It is evident Jonathan is a weakling and a paddy paddy person. I am sure you don’t even handle your own business that way.
    Now, we have seen that Ngozi was only a superstar economics manager because OBJ was a strong and determined overseer. Now, under the same Ngozi the economy is facing southwards. Its a big shame.
    By voting GMB/Osinbajo we have a good chance of the country having ministers that can deliver, not the ‘na we own’ ones. One thing we cannot fault OBJ was his choice of cabinet. All what the economy needs is discipline not the ‘there is God o’ handling. It is evident that Ngozi could not cope with this laissez-faire fair leadership of the economy.

    • Wale

      brother-man, I think Ngozi can cope very well under this hands off GEJ, that’s where she becomes a very wealthy person, also, do not forget that she got fire by OBJ from the same ministry for a reason.

  • Roger

    The 2015 election is between a thief, and, an Sharia Mujahedeen. Nigeria is finished.

    • Lord Eddie

      @ Roger,

      Can’t you vote for another party? Are there no other candidates?
      Who is forcing you to choose between a thief and a Mujahedeen?

      • Mosaku 147

        I wonder o!

  • mike offor

    Excess crude Account depleted despite the fact there was a windfall in oil price between 2012 to middle of 2014, Nigeria’s debt has now risen to N10.5 trillion naira. Where are the income from other sectors such as taxes, Agriculture, sales of Government Assets, recovered stolen funds, etc. Most Civil Servants have not been paid their December salaries.

    • Wale

      Your question make lots sense; while Nigerians focus on (oyel). what happens to the income generated from departments mentioned above; also, allow me to add Customs, Port Authority, etc.

  • Truthometer

    Ask the five women controlling Dumbo in aso rock to untie their brassieres. That is where Nigerian missing money are kept. Don’t take my statement, literarily.

    • Nwokolo

      ”Bad boy” Loooooooollllllll

  • Niyi B.

    Why President Jonathan’s Government Failed

    “No president in the history of the country has suffered this much bashing in the media.
    Reuben Abati and Doyin Okupe are clueless about what to do to positively project the
    president (Jonathan). They are simply reactionaries. All they mainly do is wait
    for APC’s Lai Mohammed to say something and then respond with a press statement.

    When you call these guys (Reuben Abati and Doyin Okupe) they won’t pick their calls.
    They don’t respond to text messages. Abati and Okupe are simply doing overtime.
    I hope the president will not enter the new year with this excess luggage
    (of media and public affairs damagers).”

    ……….Yemi Adebowale

    (THISDAY Columnist; November 15, 2014)

    • dave

      Abati is overwhelmed,i guess he is regretting taking this job.He has lost his integrity and name.I really symphatised with him.Okupe the attack dog is barking aimlessly once in a while and you know he care less about his integrity and name.To work for this government is like plunging into a deep sea.

  • Wähala

    Dumbo’s Dirchy Democracy… Government of Crooks, by Crooks and for Crooks!
    Dr. NOI’s Economic Coordination… Harry Porter Magic of Disappearing Monies!

    Baba Iyabo left $60bn in our Foreign Reserves Account… today, na $36bn remain.
    Dumbo inherited a zero Debt Portfilio… today, na $10.8bn we dey owe (with more borrowings)
    According to our budget benchmark of $79/pb of crude, ECA should should be $30bn… today, na only $4bn left.

    So, where’s the money? The heist of $20bn from our NNPC leaves the ECA with $10bn. $1bn was used to given to Ifeanyi the other ‘Ubas’ of Anambra State to fund TAN and dance Atiliogu for Dumbo’s re-election fantasies in 2015. Another $1bn was illegally withdrawn (on orders from above) to fund the impeachment of xGov. Murtala Nyako of Adamawa. ECA down to $8bn. The West was won with another $1bn to fund Fayose’s “stomach infrastructure” politics of chop-n-quench in Ekiti State. Next, $2bn was stolen to fund PDP primaries for Legislators at NASS to buy-off delegates and muscle out perceived enemies of Dr. Dumbo thus, the fracas that has followed PDP in virtually all states. And finally, a discreet $1bn was recently withdrawn and shared among Dumbo’s cronies who turned around and “donated” it to the Presidential re-election of Dr. Crook at a fundraising banquet just days ago. So, the final figure of $4bn is in order since stealing is not corruption under this Govt. They simply stole our money… Shikena. Odeku joor!

  • basic

    Suspend him too. We ain’t need no whistleblowers in Nigeria.

  • mike offor

    I am not happy with the situation in this country. As it stands now, I have not received my salary and the same with some other civil servants in the country. But meanwhile those who have stolen have our funds are walking freely, some have traveled abroad for holidays with their families using stolen public funds and some are joking fainly how a great year it was for them, drinking and eating. Now who bears the burden? The poor Nigerians. LEADERS WITHOUT CONSCIENCE

  • Wähala

    Gov. Oshiomhole is actually a better economic guru than our Harvard-trained, overpaid, and pompous Dr. Ngz. Iweala. The economic ramifications of inflation is higher prices on a pauper population of 70% Nigerians already living under the UN benchmark of $2/day. Given the high unemployment rate in the country, urgent steps must be taken to first, protect the Naira. The easiest source is a freeze on jumbo-pay which accounts for over 55% of the bulk of Govt. expenditure on just a few thugs at the NASS. This CBN chap is not as smart as Sanusi, he should have set up a Hedge Fund using a percentage of the ECA specifically to absolve the shock of financial markets, with himself as the only controlling-manager of such funds. Even Saudi Arabia, with her better managed oil resources are reeling from their foolishness of deceiving other OPEC members into not cutting production to break the free fall or crude prices, but they have a healthy Foreign Reserves as cushion. Nigeria that spends our oil revenue when the ship sails pays more for petro-products because by the time the ship carrying refined crude returns to Apapa, oil prices have sunk lower meaning paying more (in dollars) for pms because none of our refineries are working… the only OPEC member that imports refined crude, and pays the highest pump prices. Shameless goons!

    • Giganto

      Point of correction: Dr Ngozi Iwela NEVER studied economics at Harvard. Yes, she has worked at World Bank for many years but that alone wouldn’t have adequately prepared/qualified her to manage a complex economy of a country like Nigeria. May be that’s why they have over-rated her so that she can assist local and international politicians/thieves in pulling the wool off Nigerians’ eyes

      • Wähala

        She’s more than capable of running a mugu-country like Nigeria. Name one past Nigerian President with her comparable track record “on the job” regardless what she studied. No gain asking you to name any past Naija corrupt presidents that ever set foot on the legendary campuses of Harvard-Radcliff University. Madame NOI not only left Harvard and climbed to top job at the WB, she left behind her children as Harvard students in various departments… did you go Harvard? How many people do you know with four family members there studying whatever? But that’s not even my grouse with your snotty self, she remains today on Forbes Most Influential persons of 2014 which none of your past Nigerian Presidents have attained and you’re comparing human with gorillas… does Dumbo look like a thinking man to you? Yet, you want to mention such corrupt creatures with the same breath as Dr. Ngozi, my Aunty… Christmas has just saved your black azz. Oloshi!

        • Giganto

          C’mon, hold your horses! The point is that NOI has all the credentials, on paper, to run any kind of economy but the reality of working among crooks has consumed and tarnished her credibility. She is truly powerful in this government but in terms of substance, she oversees one of the most corrupt economies in the the whole world. Is this part of her training at Harvard and world bank? She is the “coordinating Minister” for Jonothing’s economy, meaning that it was her mismanagement that result in poor state of Nigeria economy (devaluation of Naira, Kerosene subsidy etc). In world bank and Harvard, they train their students/employees on how to be ethical but it seems NOI missed those courses or may be they were introduced after she might have left. In one of your postings (incl. this one), you inferred that Oshiohmole is better economist than Dumbo, I thought that says a lot about our Harvard-educated coordinating Minister for Economy! On President Gbadluck Ebola Jonothing, I can assure you that I totally agree with you that he is an unmitigated disaster that needs to go!

          • Wähala

            Ibo lingua we say, “It is with tact that the tongue survives surrounded by sharp teeth in the mouth”…she’s caught between the devil and the blue seas of PDP criminality aided by an incompetently & corrupt President. Big difference now and her first stink under a different PDP Govt. is Dumbo provides, “enabling environment” for criminals. Nobody is perfect, I criticized her during the fuel-subsidy demonstrations, again after submitting her answers to the 50-knotty questions… point being, I worship her not, yet, I won’t tolerate urchins disparaging her for the love of it. Gov. Oshiomhole is not in this Govt- with her and his simple economic model is actually elementary if you know anything about Finacce, Economics of Mgmt. Sciences… Kapisch?

          • Giganto

            OK, now that you seem to appreciate my earlier posting, as a matter of courtesy, would you consider rescinding some of the words used in your reply?

          • Wähala

            Deep regrets and apologies tendered wherever you perceive as offensive… Happy Xmas?

          • Giganto

            This is a real class! I hail you. May your reservoir of knowledge never experience drought. In fact may it continue to remain full like Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Merry Xmas and Happy New Year, bros.

          • Wähala

            Merry Xmas o’jare! War of words get fine line wey man no suppose cross… and, May the Love of God, the Fellowship of His Holy Spirit Be with you and your loved ones in the coming year… Amioo!

    • Swagger

      Glad to know you finally dumped Ngozi as your icon. That she’s a crook is a safe bet any day…

      • Wähala

        I’m no sycophant for anyone, but believe whatever pleases you, she’s not even ever been investigated any where on account of competence in the delivery of her job. Can’t you understand what you read? I said, “on order from above” and she will comply, she’s not the President, just a minister. She remains iconic as long as you or anyone else for that matter cannot answer the question I’ve been posing on miscreant critics like yourself. It’s an IQ Test you should take… How many times has your mother been Finance Minister of Nigeria… or any organization for that matter? When, which, where, for how long… are freelance info you may submit to enhance your agidi-brain chances with me on Dr. Iweala. Go-siddon! If my mother is wrong trust me to tell her, that was how she raised us. Na your mama I dump for fear of making a mistake son like you… omo ita!

        • Swagger

          I know where your crisis comes from:your idol has been rebuked!!! Fact is, I gave up on you once I realized how much you adore this woman. So no need joining issues with your bile. It’s cheap rightly branding other ministers in Jonathan’s corrupt government “thieves”, but the character in charge of finances must be spared since she’s JUST A MINISTER!! A minister who cannot stand down ba? I’ve always known you for madcap and warped analysis, so again, I give up…

          • Wähala

            You have no choice but to give up…
            How many times has your mother been Finance Minister? Chump!

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        @Wahala is only living up to his Immigrant Chadian genes……..any Christian is a target,he is getting older and his real self is emerging from his cocoon !

  • Wale

    I’ve said it before, I’ll continue to say it to anybody who cares enough to listen.
    Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is an OVERRATED economist, She’s also a thief.
    Ngozi occupied the same position in Obasanjo’s administration, she got fired for a reason, Next, GEJ now turned around and put her back into the same office where she got caught stealing public’s money, what do you expect?
    When Sanusi raised hell about $20 Billion not remitted into Feds account, she came out and agreed and told the public it was $10.8 Billion, Gej administration hired an accounting firm to do a forensic audit, Nigerians are still waiting for the report or final conclusion of what happened.
    Now this Governor of an Oil rich State is pointing finger into another area that should be looked into. You bet Ngozi would have an answer for that too.
    At the end of the day, when rubber meet road, All the current (five ) presidents of Nigeria might end up in prison.

    • kammykazee

      Unfortunately, you are spot on, Iweala is a big fraud.

  • IS.JESUS.CHRIST.A.CHRISTIAN

    NO BOMB ATTACKS IN GOVERNMENT HOUSES, BUT THERE IS BOMBING IN PUBLIC TRANSPORT STATIONS. NO BOMBINGS IN ANY STATE OR FEDERAL MINISTRY, BUT THE MARKETS WERE BOMBED. NO BOMB IN ANY POLITICIAN OR GOVERNMENT VILLA BUT THERE IS BOMB IN CHURCHES BEFORE AND MOSQUES NOW. NO ANY BOMBING IN ANY PART OF SOUTHERN NIGERIA, BUT THERE IS RAMPANT BOMBINGS IN THE WHOLE OF THE NORTH. NO ANY SOUTHERN NIGERIA’S KING OR CHIEF OR OBA OR EZE UNDER THREAT OR KILLED, BUT THERE ARE MANY NORTHERN MUSLIMS EMIRS, CHIEFS, WARD HEADS, KILLED OR CHASED AWAY FROM HIS PALACE OR UNDER THREAT. QUESTIONS MUST BE RAISED AND ANSWERS CAN DEFINE AND ACCURATELY POINT THE SPONSORS, THE ESXECUTIVES AND FOOT SOLDIERS AND THE WHOLE MYSTERY OF BOKO HARAM INSURGENCY.

  • Del Roy

    Dear Madame,

    MRS. NGOZI OKONJO-IWEALA: WHERE IS THE PROOF OF EVIDENCE?

    The World Bank you’d worked in said about 500 billion dollars have so far been stolen out of Nigeria.
    But it’s not about those thefts (which might warrant death penalty as revolutionary presurres hike in Nigeria)
    that i write this letter, no, but about your confident failure to account for your breach of a publicly made promise.

    Without the courtesy of as much as an explanation you instead keep mum over the result of PriceWaterHouse’
    audit of NNPC crude oil sales and receipts. Whereas you’d told the public in September that the result would be
    ready and disclosed in November, which deadline has since passed, without event.

    Now, with barely five days left in the subsequent month (December) you are running a month behind; and,
    yet, you feel no compunction as a public official to account for your failure to disclose the audit result of NNPC.
    This is exactly the irresponsible audacity which under-develops of Nigeria. It borders on criminal negligence too.

  • Okoro Paul

    How would a right thinking Person be exporting crude oil that constitutes Gas, Petrol, Diesel, kerosene, bitumen and other petrochemicals. Only to bring in petrol and still pays SUBSIDY on it. The money one of the Cabinet Ministers uses in Servicing her Private jet is enough to build a mini refinery in this country. Nigerians keep allowing themselves to be fooled without any awakening to reality.

  • Chris1408

    GEJ administration of thieves

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      Tinubu and Atiku only have a record yet unequalled in that department !!

    • Tunsj

      GEJ administration of a**holes.

    • GEJisaDISASTER

      A president with leaking pockets keep spending money like a drunken sailor

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    This is the same cruel man Oshimole who threatened a poor widow with death on a public road.A man whose capacity for wickedness and juvenile mischief is limitless. This man cannot back up these wild assertions with facts or documents rather he makes blanket assertions without any empirical data just because elections are around the corner…..the man is a huge embarrassment for the Edo people whose interest he constantly undermines !!

    • Mike okoro

      Shut up your mouth, the Man is saying the truth, and even before He said this, some deep thinking Nigerians already knew this.

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        NO !! I cannot shut up,the man is a certified liar. Responsible reporting demands that the Finance Minister be allowed to rebut the baseless allegations of this obviously unstable and wicked governor !!

        • djay

          Shut up if you don’t have anything to say.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            Oshimole must be told to “Shut up”,I deserve to be praised for standing up for the truth and balanced reporting !

          • Olutola

            Which truth is liar like you telling? Do you know the worth of truth? If you do, you will not all the time face where people are backing!

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            What do you gain from being a conformer to falsehood ? it does not matter where one faces rather the truth ought to be upheld at all cost.

          • Supo

            You probably believe you’re telling the truth even in the face of contrary facts that you can dig out yourself. But you’re too blinded to think straight. That my friend is delusional.

          • Omoagunmate

            Praised? you must be kidding, you should be locked in prison and the keys thrown in the deep sea for defending corruption, spreading hate, division and lies in support of those ruining the lives of millions through corruption and theft of public funds. There are worst things that you deserve but we’ll leave that for now in the spirit of Christmas.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            You are a joke !! This is a democratic dispensation where the freedom of speech is held in it’s highest esteem.
            You and your likes in the extreme fascist and Jihadist APC cannot muzzle free speech like Dictator Buhari did in his days as a brutal totalitarian dictator nor can you rail-road Nigerians into extremism like the same brutal dictator Buhari did when he initiated moves to enrol Nigeria as member of the Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) without the consent of Nigerians.
            Like I said earlier,I deserve thanks and praises for my solid stance against the forces of extremism, Islamic fascism,violent Jihadism etc of which the Buhari-led APC represent !!

          • Jay

            i pity you mumu…you got freedon of speech but you safety after the speech is not guaranteed…you are definitely threading the path of destruction and you will definitely be destroy without remedy

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            Why threaten an innocent harmless citizen like me? You see,animal kingdom people like you often forget that what goes around comes around.
            Buhari and his draconian mind-set will mean a giant leap backwards for any village talk less of a multi-ethnic and secular country like Nigeria.I reject your uncivilised threats in all it’s ramifications and promise never to succumb to your excesses .

          • I Hate Sycophant Truly

            What made you thought you were telling the truth because in one of your comments you did mentioned that Osho Baba never backed his claims with fact and receipt but you’re quick to refute the claims without corresponding fact to back it to show ECA is intact and kept. Can you just pulse for a while and think deep with your God’s given brain and ask yourself why is it difficult for FG to pay the states with their statutory allocations for months which result to a resultant non-payment of salaries to workers in most of the states. As at the last count 22 states have not paid their workers salaries till December. But you take pleasure in defending the undefensable without thinking these people salary not paid have children and relatives. Come to think of it we complain that people are not patriotic to their country but we forget that these angry individuals are potential enemies of the state, ask Shekau, ask Asari, ask Tompolo. People don’t just unnecessarily unpatriotic some people somewhere sometime push them to be one. Be reasonable and balance your argument to reflect human face.

        • Chris1408

          How much is GEJ paying you for your online presence?

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            A patriot of my type has nothing to do with payments !! The truth is more important than money!!

          • Supo

            No truth had come out of mouth (should I say your hands) all day. And of course, patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels.

          • GEJisaDISASTER

            Fake patriot!! True patriots know that GEJ is a failed leader.

    • Mike okoro

      My friend I tell you shut up, if you don’t have facts, then don’t contribute here. Do know how much accrues to Nigeria from oil and gas, talk less from Agriculture, mineral sector, taxes, sales of Government Assets, example the recent privatization of PHCN, recovered stolen funds, etc. where are all these monies. Our excess crude account has depleted, no salaries, increase domestic and foreign debts, WHERE ARE THE MONIES.

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        Why should I shut up ?,is it not absolutely correct that this wicked liar threatened a struggling widow with sudden death in the full glare of other Nigerians? this was caught on camera,so why must I be compelled to take the unsubstantiated rubbish emanating from the ugly liars mouth?
        The Finance Ministry has the final word on such matters not this disgruntled monster of a governor !!

        • Supo

          You’re beyond help. Like someone said, the Gov apologised to the woman. When is your uncle going to apologise for all the stealing going on under his watch since has admitted stealing is going on and he has refused to prosecute anyone.

    • Guguru

      Tawanda,

      Oshomhele apologized to the woman. Has Jonathan apologized for his day light robbery of the Nigerian treasury?

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        What about using elder brother’s WASC/GCE to operate a state ?

        • Rommel

          Do you sincerely believe that president Jonathan passed his O’level exams

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            I evidently answer an unequivocal YES……and in flying colours as well !!

          • Rommel

            Can I have your reasons for believing please and evidence if any

        • Guguru

          Any evidence such a thing ever occurred?

    • tundemash

      Cl0wn …. what facts do you want ? Did oil not sell for $108 in the last 2 years ? Was the economy not based on $77 so are we not supposed to ask for the balance ?
      Is it not true that Nigeria’s oil production is less than when you and other terrorists were in the jungle ?
      Is it not true no one has been convicted oil theft ?

    • Smith Scott

      He is using is late brother’s SSCE as he does not even have one. He has not been able to tell us why he still using his late brother’s certificate.

    • Ibraheem Aruna

      After Samuel Osaigbovo Ogbemudia Mr Adams Oshiomole is the next best thing that ever happened to Edo State. Ask President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan what the Oba of Benin told him when he came on his official visit to the palace. The last PDP administration told us there was no money so they did not effect any infrastructural changes in the state not even the planting of flowers let alone construction of a road. Just as the Oba had asked who would you rather have?

  • Watchtower

    “I am of the firm belief and conviction that there will be no election in 2015.

    I am of the firm belief that this house of cards will collapse before 2015.

    Under Jonathan’s leadership, Nigeria as a whole has become a titanic ship

    on sail to hit the iceberg and sink”.

    ……Pastor Tunde Bakare

    (January 20, 2013)

  • Umar Dendi

    they’ve had their run! Now nemesis has it the black gold is not golden enough!! so they scramble for the leftovers

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      Mallam,
      now that the “black gold is not golden enough” will you accept fiscal federalism and possibly a confederation as this will clearly emancipate Nigerians in their natural elements and also unlock economic freedom,independence and progress ?

      • tundemash

        address the issues raised by Baba Osho or are those mere stealing too ?

  • taewo

    Mrs Okonjo-Iweala, the General Manager of the economy, should be prepared to explain many things to us post-Jonathan.

  • Screw-em

    Can anyone please explain how OBJ a Grammar school graduate/ “jackboot illiterate”, managed to save 9ja over $60billion dollars while two overrated so called “PhD” morons depleted our external reserves by half after riding so high
    on over $100.00/barrel oil price in the last 6years. Humpty Dumbo GEJ and madam “head Scarf” Iweala sure have alot to explain to 9ja electorate/”jackboot illiterate” Buhari come February 14th 2015 for sure.

    • the truth

      Lol continue your shoki dancing,do u have your pvc or do u even reside in nigeria.the average voter doesnt come to premium times to read this garbage,they see things first hand.ekiti should tell u that elections are not won on comment box of premium times

      • Screw-em

        The stench and albatross of deceptive politics that remains the signature of the Ekiti “victory” was signed with the left hand of crooked elements within our politics…aka 9ja Solja with koboko and Dane gun….go figure!!!

        • the truth

          In obj,s regime how many elections were won by the opposition.edo,osun,anambra, and ekiti elections were held,how many did the ruling pARTY win? Did u hear if any life lost? It was free and fair.if your assumptions are right that means all the elections won by the opposition was rigged too.I just feel sorry for people like u who even when faced with undeniable facts still run away from it

          • Screw-em

            Harping on what you presume is “Victory” is by no means a watershed of the outcome of the general elections come February 2015. That my friend, is an entirely different ball of wax that is glaringly obvious to discernible patriots. it is a fait accompli…..GEJ is already drowning, he knows the end is near. Watch the Airports and borders carefully as we approach the end of January 2015 and watch them scamper with donkeys and horses riding through NADECO escape routes…lol

      • Supo

        We have our PVC…and we are going to put it to very good use. Your uncle is toast.

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      Simple, the Ota dictator just sat on the petroleun industry,created oil blocks for his cronies and proxies,then left infrastructure to rot,left Agriculture to dogs,abandoned the aviation industry to rogues who created mediocre airlines,allowed the rail infrastructure in it’s comatose state. Made sure that health and education sectors only got salaries,abandoned the SS and SE in all aspects of national development.
      OBJ was busy deceiving the world with his re-branding 419 and 3rd term ambition sustained with heavy corruption ,he destroyed Odi and Zakibiam as he took Nigeria round in circles. At the end of the day,he is allegedly worth £3 billion today in stark contrast to the 25000 Naira in his bank account after prison………oh.I forgot,he left $60 billion to confuse the naive who fail to ask the price of crude in the world market on his watch !!

      • Screw-em

        The price of oil was less than $100.00/barrel and yet the ‘Ota dictator” managed the impossible, We can’t say the same for the current “managers” slutty 2.3GPA “Architect Diezani and the chimp from otuoke ati madam Anthropologist/World bank “economist” can we? Sanusi was right all along …$20billiom remains unaccounted for……i’m not a psychic but i see a chain gang of thieves being led right into kirikiri after february 14th no doubt!!

        • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

          Albert Einstein was not even an average student in school but ended up as the most remarkable scientist of the 20th century so your rant about the Petroleum Minister smacks of hate. A Senate committee set up to look into the APC instigated allegation of a corrupt SLS have already declared that not even a Kobo is missing.
          But in line with a policy of transparency,the GEJ administration has hired the services of PRICEWATERHOUSE,the world’s most reputable auditing firm to carry out a forensic investigation with regards to the allegation of which SLS himself has downwardly reversed the amounts more than once.
          Naysayers,cynics and haters like you will be shamed !!

          • Screw-em

            We are still waiting for the so called doyen of accounting principles “PRICEWATERHOUSE” to submit their so called forensic investigation…..i was told it has once again ran into an accounting/ jelly bean counting cul-de-sac….bring in Arthur Andersen….the review was supposedly due in November…..em..emm…bohboh..na Dec 25th be today….now, wetin happen?….lol

      • Rommel

        I am a patriot and believer in the Nigerian project,I supported Jonathan until he became opaque,I can tell you that Obasanjo is 500yrs ahead of president Jonathan,tell me this,do you know that president Jonathan went to school when our O’levels could you anyone admission in UK colleges, and if you met anyone who did well in those exams,I am talking about those that stopped at O’level,you will still note the brilliance,but sincerely,have you not wondered if president Jonathan did not go to school using forged O’level certificate? can you defend his apparent failure at grasping issues and poor pronunciation of simple English words? haven’t you wondered what other people are saying about our educational system seeing that a Nigerian university was said to have awarded a Phd to president Jonathan? if you haven’t,it means your biases are immeasurable

        • halima

          Waohh, honestly i was thinking GEJs poor pronunciation was only noticed by me and i was careful not to comment in public because i know these days the 1st thing someone will say is that i am from the north and we hate GEJ. Have you heard how he pronounce culture, children, girls or funds. He holds a PhD from university of portharcout.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            Be honest,is Buhari’s any better ?

        • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

          Your position is untenable as far as this issue is concerned,it is based on probabilities,possibilities and speculations…..I say,put up or keep mute,the President’s academic records before he became a University lecturer is indisputable unlike the Tinubus and Oshi’group of opposition vandals !

          • Rommel

            I need to hear from his students and the person that supervised his Phd thesis,these things should not be hidden from us,he belongs to all of us as our president,I need it urgently so that I can shut some people up,the embarrassment is becoming too much and making us look funny among people whom we reside amongst

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            This phantom “embarrassment is just a figment of your imagination.This type of baseless mischief is indeed silly. President Obama’s certificates are not for the public nor are his school records and yet the USA is the most transparent presidential democracy on earth. One would wonder why President Jonathan’s academic records which have been severally officially verified by the Nigerian state should be made public property.

          • Rommel

            The academic records of George H W Bush were made public,same with Bill Clinton and George W Bush,Obama’s own are even worse, his birth certificate had to be fished out when the need arose so what are you saying? you did ask someone if they have not heard about using a senior brothers documents and it occurred to me that this could be the case with Mr Jonathan because there is no reason to believe that his academic appendages were genuinely obtained

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            The important thing is that GEJs qualifications are authentic beyond any doubt unlike many in the APC’s top echelon .President Jonathan has been serially vetted during the course of his political career !!

          • Rommel

            These are mere rhetorics,the man should do more to convince us that his appendages are not dubiously obtained,have I doubted your own credentials? I have no reason to because I can fathom that your understanding and expression are cohesive so GEJ should give us confidence by displaying for public view his academic accolades so that those who have doubts would divest their interests

          • Rommel

            Again,I will refer you to first ever public speech made by “Dr” Goodluck Jonathan as president and commander in chief of Nigeria on the same day president Yar’dua passed on, this man could not pronounce the word DEMISE, he stumbled,examined,reexamined before pronouncing it as DEMIS after two attempts and since then,I had paid particular attention to him and realizes sadly that these mistakes were too primary for a Phd holder,mind you,my problem is not his accent but his grasp of primary pronounciations,do you remember the Oshimole episode of a teacher who could not read her own sworn affidavit,that goes thus “I solemnly”swear and the woman read instead, “1 Solomon” swear,can you blame that on accent?

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            Well it is clear that Oshimole’s misogynist antics is a direct reflection of the fascist credentials of the APC,the public bullying and humiliation of the female gender by this grotesque monster of a governor is nothing to write home about and the fact that you gloat over such deplorable actions does put your state of mind in question. Could it be that you derive sadistic pleasures from such acts…just like Oshi !!
            Now going down to nitty-gritty,every public speaker may stumble one in a while,that does not mean that he or she cannot command the language,in fact I would rather have Jonathan than Buhari whose accent makes it quite impossible to make any sense of his speeches….for instance “government” is pronounced “GWAFMINT”,”colour” is “quarlar”,it is worse . There is no doubt that you are making mischief because the President communicates well !!

          • Rommel

            HahahahahahahLol! this is why I said,I am not talking about accent but seriously you should try comedy,am sure you have some skill there

    • GEJisaDISASTER

      The combination of Diezani Alison-Madueke, Benard Otti and Reinald Stanley are the culprits in this grand theft looting

    • Ray Effiom

      You too must be as illiterate as they. Was Obasanjo the finance minister? Ngozi was the same person and when she refused to join them stealing left. Obasanjo was a roadside mechanic he has done well for himself. Am told he can’t even count his fingers. So why do you attribute such high skills to him?

      • Rommel

        If she could do it under a roadside mechanic as you said,why couldn’t she repeat same under a ‘Phd’ holder? was it because there was no madam due process this time? or are you suffering from selective amnesia?

  • the truth

    No comment.most of these allegations dont deserve a response.I think most nigerians know this president is working.detractors will continue to pour out false claims.most neutral followers are watching closely when the right time comes we will pitch our tent with the right candidate

    • Oranlola Babatunde

      Yeah! You right… working indeed. Infact, I can see transformation Agenda 2020 going on smoothly. GEJ has tried his best and it’s obvious but he should leave it for someone else to finish bcos Nigerian want change.

    • tundemash

      Mr. Career Liar …. which one is false ? Is it false oil has been selling, in the last 4 years, for $108/barrel and Nigerian economy has been based on $77/barrel ? Is it false oil theft is more rampant than it was when you were in the bush terrorising the country ? Is it false no on has been prosecuted for oil theft.

      Keep mortgaging the future of your children for stove and a bag of rice !!!

      • the truth

        I have adviced you to save money and travel back home to vote. All this your everyday online spat won’t do anything. The average voter does not come to apc times to dissect propaganda and lies. It is amazing that people like you have been brainwashed to toe the path of apc times and can’t see this paper has sold its soul for money. This is not the premium times i used to know and like, they have sold out. I think it is rather unfortunate and it shows your level of decorum to involve my kids in a discussion we are having. If you are man enough you would address me and not my kids.

  • Garden-City Boy

    Ole! How does know about the finances of the NNPC? Snooping around and talking rubbish.

    • Supo

      The Ole resides in Aso Rock.

    • Oranlola Babatunde

      It’s obvious that you are so dumb to process the simple mathematical equation he did. Do you have to the finances of NNPC to do that?

      • Garden-City Boy

        AhaaaH! I hear some jackass got so very busy processing 30 billion tons of garbage churned out by a shameless, half-awusa motor park tout. We have nor forgotten that it was this hero of yours who went flapping his sorry gums at a poor, intimidated market woman in Benin, at whom he barked “GO AND DIE” like an angry dog. Was it not this same awusa nyansh-licking hypocritic who goes around spotting a dirty, creepy baseball-cap on his butt-head that tried to scuttle the proceedings of Nation Conference Committee Panel in his Benin kingdom?
        Okay, you may carry on with processing the shit from that bat. It is your democracy dividend earning.

  • Concerned Citizen

    I don’t know whether to cry or shout. How can anybody be so wicked? You steal our money and you cant even leave the little you met there. Ultimately nigerians are to blame, we let these politicians get away with it. We elect them back when they should be shamed out of office. No problem we will all suffer together na.

  • emmanuel

    Congrats Osbiomole has been handed Amaechi’s role, now that he has to arrange private jets to fly APC people around for campaign at the cost of River State.

    Someone should tell the mumu that most of the time Nigeria could not meet monthly average allocation due to revenue shortfall from inability to reach OPEc quota.

    We all know in this country how ECA was consistently used to augment allocations

    Is Oshiomole sensible at all? Do leaders do emotional Arithmetic calculation to make damming allegations without verification and consulting relevant agencies? Must all APC become serial liars and deceivers?

    No wonder Tinubu never considered him for a VP candidate – short brain!

    • Supo

      Is that all you’re going to say to the weighty allegations that were made in this news story? You need serious help. Your uncle is no longer running a government but a criminal enterprise. Not to worry. We shall soon be delivered.

      • emmanuel

        We will meet at the polls.

        They have even employ a Christmas tree Pastor VP candidate to launder their lies.

        More Nigerians daily get disolutioned with APC lies when they confirm the truth about your lies and that is helping voters get resolute.

        Ijave met over fifteen people during the break who have not voted for a while, but have resolved to vote Jonathan in because of the seeming frustration from his detractors

    • Matthew keyh

      you are sick

      • emmanuel

        I dey sick? If I dey sick and I am million times beta than you am I not worth celebrating? Mumu

  • Thepeople

    Organised Crime syndicate headed by the President.GEJ

  • Abia_Man

    Adam ‘Go and Die’ Oshiomhole you are a liar and slave. No self respect ing newspaper should put on this junk. God bless and protect GEJ.

    • Matthew keyh

      Abia man iam sorry for you ,you should not live among humans ,you are a despicable human being

    • timi

      May God punish you and your likes.

    • Rommel

      its no wonder a man like Theodore A Orji is the governor of your state

    • Tonnero

      An Edo man is never a slave unlike some people we know. On the contrary, they have an illustrious history where their kingdom was one of the most powerful in West Africa. Their cultural influence can be seen far beyond their current borders. It is also not for nothing that the history of Labour is replete with Edo indigenes who are not afraid to say what they think no matter who you are. They are not like some who put their mouth where they see money and always support any government in power no matter how bad.

      • Abia_Man

        Stop making a mockery of yourself. This clown Oshiomhole is not Edo. The Edo will recover more of their dignity and values under GEJ than an oil obßsessed Buhari. This is the same Oshiomhole that wanted to be IBB’s running mate in 2011. The governor that told a widow to go and die. An NLC president running anti-corruption campaign, with Amaechi and Tinubu. Biggest joke of the year.

  • emmanuel

    There is too much evil in the land from those who want to be president by all means.

    We all know how the clamour to halt Oil thieving has been heightened in the last two years consequent on our inability to meet up with OPEC quota.

    Which production figures did Oshiomole use for his Arithmetic? Has he forgotten how. Most of the time the FAAC always augmented allocations with ECA when they protest they will not collect less?

    Has Oshiomole become a motor park tout? Anyway, his wayward ways has turned Edo State into the home of secret cult battles and killings. The face of good governance indeed. Does the killings in Edo state not reflect the BH killings in the NE?

    • Tonnero

      Your explanations seem reasonable. However, they raise their own issues. How can oil thieving increase when the militants are being paid fat sums as Amnesty? How can oil stealing be increasing when the king pins, Asari Dokubo, Ateke Tom, Tompolo etc. are all fat cats being paid millions of dollars with sweetheart contracts and still unable to stop the stealing? In fact, Tompolo almost SINGLEHANDEDLY runs NIMASA having hand picked the DG and having gotten all the contracts for logistics support. These are some of the reasons why some say this oil stealing is being supported from above and serves to provide cash for elections and for the militants against 2015. Even if what you are saying is true, does it not mean that some transparency is required? In the past NOI used to publish allocations to states and local governments. Why did she stop? What would happen if, every month, NOI publishes crude production, revenues received, amounts disbursed and inflows and outflows to the ECA and Foreign reserves?

  • #concernnigerian

    I am surprise at this guy’s ignorance of petroleum economics, with all his experience as a labor leader.
    Besides was he not part of the governors who pressurized the fed govt to share funds from the ECA despite all expert advise? They didn’t see the need to save then, so why is he shading the truth now with these empty blabs…must everything always be about your personal or political gains? These guys are just jokers

    • Matthew keyh

      this is simple mathematics please explain the petroleum Economics here ,all he was asking his accountability Let the government put the records on the table for every Nigerian to see ,it is pure corruption if the government can not explain how the money was spent ,If you are concernigerian as you claimed you must ask questions ,you are one of the corruptnigerian ,you a disgrace for thumbing up for corruption ,You really daft and disgusting what is your problem

    • AF

      @Concernednigerian – I was hoping someone would make this comment and had hoped I didn’t need to go too far to see it. You are absolutely spot with your remark, I strongly commend your insight. Just for further clarity, the Federal Government also has a proportion of ECA allocated to it alongside state and local governments in their monthly sharing formula. This is because the constitution does not recognise the ECA and therefore all excess income accrued from oil sales ‘had’ to be shared. This was the governors standpoint to which even in OBJ’s time, the request had to be granted. He however still managed to keep $22Bn for the next administration. Perhaps more effort should have had gone into protecting the ECA by enshrining it in law, as to how to operate the account. That’s another subject of course.

      Question really is, what did any tier of the 3 tiers of government have to show for this excess monthly inflow? There was an obscure remark from Madam Ngozi a couple of years ago on how the ECA acted as a buffer during the global recession of 2008-2011. This means monies in the ECA (at least allocations to the FG) would’ve been used for running government i.e. salaries, expenditures etc. as expected inflows would’ve been much lower than budgeted for in this period. However, this may not fully explain how the country went from $22Bn in the ECA at the end of OBJ’s tenure to the current $3Bn. I suggest salaries would only be a part of it and not the full picture. Be aware also that the $22Bn does not take into account what was made in the period preceding OBJ’s exit. so the total is much higher (Oshiomole also mentions this in paragraph 4 above).

      A comparative analysis of how ECA/SWF was successfully initiated and properly managed by Norway back in the first gulf war (same as Nigeria’s original Gulf war windfall) in 1991 shows that country has been able to save its excess income over the years and built a wealth fund that is now the largest in the world at $860bn. Be aware a couple of years ago, it was $500Bn, second only to the Qataris. Point is, the collective will of the administrators of our collective commonwealth to think strategically and further down the road is embarrassingly lacking.

      Unfortunately for us as a country, we will rue this mistake for a long time to come as oil is destined never to reach the giddy heights of $100 per barrel, due to shale oil and tar sands production in North America. The only exception is if America decides not to pursue self sufficiency in oil production due to the cost of production which is currently 3x the cost to Saudi Arabia at the moment. Technology will get better and this cost of production will reduce in time. Something that is more of a when than an if. OPEC’s decision (really Saudi Arabia’s) not to cut production is predicated on this reasoning. Oil receipts will continue to be lower for Nigeria and without the ECA buffer and dwindling External Reserves, CBN cannot defend the Naira. Natural tendency will be for exchange rate to go up further still. its going to be a difficult time for the nation for the next few years. Whoever wins the elections will inherit (or not, if GEJ wins), an economy that requires drastic measures to pull it back into pre-2014 levels.

      However, I digress. You’re quite right at the governor being disingenuous. They’ve all had their noses at the trough with little to show for it.

      • Mr Wise

        How much were you paid for this write up

        • AF

          @ Mr Wise – I can assure you I am not being paid by anyone. If you read my post carefully, you will see comments made are not partisan in any way. I’m merely responding to what I perceive as a ‘hands off’ comment being made by a sitting governor, no more. I’ve also gone further to suggest current governments could’ve done better given the circumstances.

      • Tonnero

        My friend, you are not entirely correct. The rules for operating the ECA are very clear: excess earnings over and above the budget benchmark go into an excess crude account. No one is allowed to touch ONE KOBO of that money until all stakeholders sit and agree to it at the FAAC meeting. The minister of finance has no right to disburse that money UNILATERALLY even if it is to the governors. Finally, any disbursements will be over and above the budget so the governor’s will know when they are getting money over their budget. This is CLEARLY not the case since all states have been struggling to pay salaries since mid 2013. Which is why I laugh when you say states have been receiving excess inflow. They are not even getting their base budget talk less of an excess. The only mistake Oshiomole made is basing his calculation on the full production of 2.3m barrels per day since IOCs normally take their share. uou are also not correct about using the ECA to pay salaries. The fact of the matter was that GEJ shared the money to the governor’s in 2010-2011 in exchange for their support for the 2011 elections.

    • Tonnero

      Petroleum economics? WTF are you talking about? This is simple arithmetic and book keeping. So what part are you surprised about? Did they share the money over the last 18 months and left his state out? Or is it that he received his share and is complaining for nothing? Or are you saying there was no price differential between the budget benchmark and the actual oil price? People like you seem to enjoy making poorly thought through comments. These guys are struggling to pay salaries because they are no longer getting allocations due to them and all you can do is open that wide mouth and make assinine comments in defense of your paymaster. Clueless like Dumbo.

      • craig

        Sometimes, that simple arithmetic may be difficult for some cloned minds.

    • Femi

      Can you share your knowledge of petroleum economics with us? Can you tell us how said ” petroleum economics” explains the missing $30b in the excess crude account?

  • Okey

    Adams Oshiomole had engaged Amaechi in a contest of “Who will outdo the other in abusing Jonathan” so as to “qualify” to be selected Buhari’s VP. Miserably, none of them was considered of any use in moving Nigeria forward and so were all ignored ignominiously, thereby bringing their vaulting selfish ambition to a hard-to-come-to-terms end. Since then, Oshiomole has become highly frustrated to the point that no distinction can be made of him from motor park agberos, but he should direct his frustration to the appropriate quarters.

    • Rommel

      A person in the know has made allegations concerning what every right thinking Nigerian has been wondering and this is all you can say?

    • Tonnero

      Igbo man who takes GEJ as God: Oshiomole’s question is simple. Every year, we do a budget benchmark. When the price of oil is higher than the benchmark, the surplus is put in the excess crude account. That is how OBJ saved $20b. For over 18months, oil has been over $100 per barrel while the budget is in the $70 range. Where is the surplus since there has been no sharing from the ECA? It is a very simple, sensible question that does not call for your foul mouth. I will even add that even the budget never gets executed fully so there is also unspent monies from there. What happens to that money? GEJ apologists like you who think a governor has no right to ask the President these questions will, of course, seek to obfuscate the issue.

      • Okey

        Were you not the same and only Tonnero who posted the other time that the two political parties are birds of the same feather ? I did agree with you but went further to add that that’s why an entirely new group should come up to replace Jonathan, not Oshiomole and his fellow agberos since by your conclusion, we now have a case of pot calling kettle “black.” I stand by that. If it is “worshiping Jonathan,” so be it !

        • Tonnero

          No be me talk that one o. I can never agree that. Only PDP people say that so they can then say it does not matter who you vote for so why not let PDP continue? True, people have crossed from both parties but the key difference is that the APC clearly have a guiding philosophy. You can see it from the state’s they run from Lagos to Osun, Edo to Rivers, Kano….they actually try to do something for the people whether it is support for the elderly, support for education and health, infrastructure etc. while the PDP may have one or two governors doing well like Chime, Lamido and Akpabio, they are largely incoherent and not people focused. The worst is that at the national level, the PDP is simply a bunch of rogues. GEJ has brought governance to its lowest. We are now a nation run by crooks and militants. Accountability is at its lowest. Separation of powers has disappeared. National institutions have become partisan, security (or the lack of it) is a different story and the CinC prefers to blame everyone anyone rather than take responsibility and corruption, our biggest national challenge at all levels, is galloping around gleefully. While the APC cannot solve all our problems overnight, we cannot reward a government such as Jonathan’s with another 4 years. I would vote for ANYONE rather than Jonathan.

          • Okey

            Seems we are engaged in the dialogue of the deaf. Let the master speak to he/her who is not incorrigibly deaf:

            THE CRIMES OF GENERAL BUHARI

            By Wole SOYINKA
            Sahara Reporters

            Jan 14, 2007

            This intervention has been provoked, not so much by the ambitions of General Buhari to return to power at the head of a democratic Nigeria, as by declarations of support from directions that leave one totally dumbfounded. It would appear that some, myself among them, had been overcomplacent about the magnitude of an ambition that seemed as
            preposterous as the late effort of General Ibrahim Babangida to aspire yet again to the honour of presiding over a society that truly seeks a democratic future. What one had dismissed was a rash of illusions, brought about by other political improbabilities that
            surround us, however, is being given an air of plausibility by individuals and groupings to which one had earlier attributed a sense of relevance of historic actualities. Recently, I published an article in the media, invoking the possible recourse to psychiatric explanation for some of the incongruities in conduct within national leadership. Now, to tell the truth, I have begun to seriously address the issue of which section of society requires the services of a psychiatrist. The contest for a seizure of rationality is now so polarized that I am quite
            reconciled to the fact it could be those of us on this side, not the opposing school of thought that ought to declare ourselves candidates for a lunatic asylum. So be it. While that decision hangs in the balance however, the forum is open. Let both sides continue to address our cases to the electorate, but also prepare to submit ourselves for
            psychiatric examination.

            The time being so close to electoral decision, we can understand the haste of some to resort to shortcuts. In the process however, we should not commit the error of opening the political space to any alternative whose curative touch to national afflictions have proven more deadly than the disease. In order to reduce the clutter in our options towards the forthcoming elections, we urge a beginning from what we do know, what we have undergone, what millions can verify, what can be sustained by evidence accessible even to the school pupil, the street hawker or a just-come visitor from outer space. Leaving Buhari aside for now, I propose a commencing exercise that should guide us along the path of elimination as we examine the existing register of would-be president. That initial exercise can be summed up in the following speculation: “If it were possible for Olusegun Obasanjo, the actual incumbent, to stand again for election, would you vote for him?”

            If the answer is “yes”, then of course all discussion is at an end. If the answer is ‘No’ however, then it follows that a choice of a successor made by Obasanjo should be assessed as hovering between extremely dangerous and an outright kiss of death. The degree of acceptability of such a candidate should also be inversely proportionate to the passion with which he or she is promoted by the would-be ‘godfather’. We do not lack for open evidence about Obasanjo’s passion in this respect. From Lagos to the USA, he has taken great pains to assure the nation and the world that the anointed NPN presidential flag bearer is guaranteed, in his judgment, to carry out his policies. Such an endorsement/anointment is more than sufficient, in my view, for public acceptance or rejection. Yar’Adua’s candidature amounts to a terminal kiss from a moribund regime. Nothing against the person of this – I am informed – personable governor, but let him understand that in addition to the direct source of his emergence, the PDP, on whose platform he stands, represents the most harrowing of this nation’s nightmares over and beyond even the horrors of the Abacha regime. If he wishes to be considered on his own
            merit, now is time for him, as well as others similarly enmeshed, to exercise the moral courage that goes with his repudiation of that party, a dissociation from its past, and a pledge to reverse its menacing future. We shall find him an alternative platform on which to stand, and then have him present his credentials along those of other candidates
            engaged in forging a credible opposition alliance. Until then, let us bury this particular proposition and move on to a far graver, looming danger, personified in the history of General Buhari.

            The grounds on which General Buhari is being promoted as the alternative choice are not only shaky, but pitifully naive. History matters. Records are not kept simply to assist the weakness of memory, but to operate as guides to the future. Of course, we know that human beings change. What the claims of personality change or transformation
            impose on us is a rigorous inspection of the evidence, not wishful speculation or behind-the-scenes assurances. Public offence, crimes against a polity, must be answered in the public space, not in caucuses of bargaining. In Buhari, we have been offered no evidence of the sheerest prospect of change. On the contrary, all evident suggests that this is one individual who remains convinced that this is one ex-ruler that the nation cannot call to order.

            Buhari – need one remind anyone – was one of the generals who treated a Commission of Enquiry, the Oputa Panel, with unconcealed disdain. Like Babangida and Abdusalami, he refused to put in appearance even though complaints that were tabled against him
            involved a career of gross abuses of power and blatant assault on the fundamental human rights of the Nigerian citizenry.

            Prominent against these charges was an act that amounted to nothing less than judicial murder, the execution of a citizen under a retroactive decree. Does Decree 20 ring a bell? If not, then, perhaps the names of three youths – Lawal Ojuolape (30), Bernard Ogedengbe (29) and Bartholomew Owoh (26) do. To put it quite plainly, one of those three – Ogedengbe – was executed for a crime that did not carry a capital forfeit at the time it was committed. This was an unconscionable crime, carried out in defiance of the pleas and protests of nearly every sector of the Nigerian and international community – religious, civil rights, political, trade unions etc. Buhari and his sidekick and his partner-in-crime, Tunde Idiagbon persisted in this inhuman act for one reason and one reason only: to place Nigerians on notice that they were now under an iron, inflexible rule, under governance by fear.

            The execution of that youthful innocent – for so he was, since the punishment did not exist at the time of commission – was nothing short of premeditated murder, for which the perpetrators should normally stand trial upon their loss of immunity. Are we truly expected to forget this violation of our entitlement to security as provided under existing laws? And even if our sensibilities have become blunted by succeeding seasons of cruelty and brutality, if power itself had so coarsened the sensibilities also of rulers and corrupted their judgment, what should one rightly expect after they have been rescued from the snare of power” At the very least, a revaluation, leading hopefully to remorse, and its expression to a wronged society. At the very least, such a revaluation should engender reticence, silence. In the case of Buhari, it was the opposite. Since leaving office he has declared in the most categorical terms that he had no regrets over this murder and would do so again.

            Human life is inviolate. The right to life is the uniquely fundamental right on which all other rights are based. The crime that General Buhari committed against the entire nation went further however, inconceivable as it might first appear. That crime is one of the most profound negations of civic being. Not content with hammering down the freedom of expression in general terms, Buhari specifically forbade all public discussion of a return to
            civilian, democratic rule. Let us constantly applaud our media – those battle scarred professionals did not completely knuckle down. They resorted to cartoons and oblique, elliptical references to sustain the people’s campaign for a time-table to democratic rule. Overt agitation for a democratic time table however remained rigorously suppressed – military dictatorship, and a specifically incorporated in Buhari and Idiagbon was here to stay. To deprive a people of volition in their own political direction is to turn a nation into a colony of slaves. Buhari enslaved the nation. He gloated and gloried in a master-slave relation to the millions of its inhabitants. It is astonishing to find that the same former slaves, now free of their chains, should clamour to be ruled by one who not only
            turned their nation into a slave plantation, but forbade them any discussion of their condition.

            SoTai Solarin is already forgotten? Tai who stood at street corners, fearlessly distributing leaflets that took up the gauntlet where the media had dropped it. Tai who was incarcerated by that regime and denied even the medication for his asthmatic condition? Tai did not ask to be sent for treatment overseas; all he asked was his traditional medicine
            that had proved so effective after years of struggle with asthma!

            Nor must we omit the manner of Buhari coming to power and the pattern of his ‘corrective’ rule. Shagari’s NPN had already run out of steam and was near universally detested – except of course by the handful that still benefited from that regime of profligacy and rabid fascism. Responsibility for the national condition lay squarely at the door of
            the ruling party, obviously, but against whom was Buhari’s coup staged? Judging by the conduct of that regime, it was not against Shagari’s government but against the opposition. The head of government, on whom primary responsibility lay, was Shehu Shagari. Yet that individual was kept in cozy house detention in Ikoyi while his powerless deputy, Alex Ekwueme, was locked up in Kiri-kiri prisons. Such was the Buhari notion of equitable apportionment of guilt and/or responsibility.

            And then the cascade of escapes of the wanted, and culpable politicians. Manhunts across the length and breadth of the nation, roadblocks everywhere and borders tight as steel zip locks. Lo and behold, the chairman of the party, Chief Akinloye, strolled out coolly across the border. Richard Akinjide, Legal Protector of the ruling party, slipped out with equal ease. The Rice Minister, Umaru Dikko, who declared that Nigerians were yet to eat from dustbins – escaped through the same airtight dragnet. The clumsy attempt to crate him home was punishment for his ingratitude, since he went berserk when, after waiting in vain, he concluded that the coup had not been staged, after all, for the immediate consolidation of the party of extreme right-wing vultures, but for the military hyenas.

            The case of the overbearing Secretary-General of the party, Uba Ahmed, was even more noxious. Uba Ahmed was out of the country at the time. Despite the closure of the Nigerian airspace, he compelled the pilot of his plane to demand special landing permission, since his passenger load included the almighty Uba Ahmed. Of course, he had not known of the
            change in his status since he was airborne. The delighted airport commandant, realizing that he had a much valued fish swimming willingly into a waiting net, approved the request. Uba Ahmed disembarked into the arms of a military guard and was promptly clamped in detention. Incredibly, he vanished a few days after and reappeared in safety overseas. Those whose memories have become calcified should explore the media coverage
            of that saga. Buhari was asked to explain the vanished act of this much Coming from one who had shot his way into power on the slogan of ‘dis’pline’, it was nothing short of impudent.

            Shall we revisit the tragicomic series of trials that landed several politicians several lifetimes in prison? Recall, if you please, the ‘judicial’ processes undergone by the
            septuagenarian Chief Adekunle Ajasin. He was arraigned and tried before Buhari’s punitive tribunal but acquitted. Dissatisfied, Buhari ordered his re-trial. Again, the Tribunal could not find this man guilty of a single crime, so once again he was returned for trial,
            only to be acquitted of all charges of corruption or abuse of office. Was Chief Ajasin thereby released? No! He was ordered detained indefinitely, simply for the crime of winning an election and refusing to knuckle under Shagari’s reign of terror.

            The conduct of the Buhari regime after his coup was not merely one of double, triple, multiple standards but a cynical travesty of justice. Audu Ogbeh, currently chairman of the Action Congress was one of the few figures of rectitude within the NPN. Just as he has done in recent times with the PDP, he played the role of an internal critic and reformer, warning, dissenting, and setting an example of probity within his ministry. For that crime
            he spent months in unjust incarceration. Guilty by association? Well, if that was the motivating yardstick of the administration of the Buhari justice, then it was most selectively applied. The utmost severity of the Buhari-Idiagbon justice was especially reserved either
            for the opposition in general, or for those within the ruling party who had showed the sheerest sense of responsibility and patriotism.

            Shall I remind this nation of Buhari’s deliberate humiliating treatment of the Emir of Kano and the Oni of Ife over their visit to the state of Israel? I hold no brief for traditional rulers and their relationship with governments, but insist on regarding them as entitled to all the rights, privileges and responsibilities of any Nigerian citizen. This royal duo went to Israel on their private steam and private business. Simply because the Buhari regime was pursuing some antagonistic foreign policy towards Israel, a policy of which these
            traditional rulers were not a part, they were subjected on their return to a treatment that could only be described as a head masterly chastisement of errant pupils. Since when, may one ask, did a free citizen of the Nigerian nation require the permission of a head of state to visit a foreign nation that was willing to offer that tourist a visa.?

            One is only too aware that some Nigerians love to point to Buhari’s agenda of discipline as the shining jewel in his scrap-iron crown. To inculcate discipline however, one must lead by example, obeying laws set down as guides to public probity. Example speaks louder
            than declarations, and rulers cannot exempt themselves from the disciplinary strictures imposed on the overall polity, especially on any issue that seeks to establish a policy for public well-being. The story of the thirty something suitcases – it would appear that they
            were even closer to fifty – found unavoidable mention in my recent memoirs, YOU MUST SET FORTH AT DOWN, written long before Buhari became spoken of as a credible candidate. For the exercise of a changeover of the national currency, the Nigerian borders – air, sea and land – had been shut tight. Nothing was supposed to move in or out, not
            even cattle egrets.

            Yet a prominent camel was allowed through that needle’s eye. Not only did Buhari dispatch his aide-de-camp, Jokolo – later to become an emir – to facilitate the entry of those cases, he ordered the redeployment – as I later discovered – of the Customs Officer who stood firmly against the entry of the contravening baggage. That officer, the incumbent Vice-president is now a rival candidate to Buhari, but has somehow, in the meantime, earned a reputation that totally contradicts his conduct at the time. Wherever the truth lies, it does not redound to the credibility of the dictator of that time, General Buhari whose word was law, but whose allegiances were clearly negotiable.

          • Tonnero

            you guys make me laugh. You quote Wole Soyinka when it suits you but excoriate him when he says something you do not like. How much more two-faced can we be? I understand the respected profs views. Buhari is no saint. He has his flaws. However, the main difference between Buhari and Jonathan is that Buhari is a decent fellow who makes mistakes while Jonathan is a bad, deceptive fellow. Full stop. One has integrity, the other is a corrupt,divisive, capricious, duplicitous person whose word cannot be trusted. No wahala. Go and vote your GEJ for 4 more years of what we have seen to date. The rest of us will vote the way we want.

          • Okey

            from the PUBLIC LIBRARY OF U.S. DIPLOMACY

            “6. (C) Turning to the presidential contest, Tinubu disclosed that he does not like President Obasanjo because he contributed to the end of democracy in Nigeria during his tenure as a military president and is now benefiting from that history. That said, Tinubu admitted that he and his party, the Alliance for Democracy, must support Obasanjo. Southwest Nigeria is Yoruba land and the President is Yoruba. Tinubu”s party had no choice since it has not fielded a presidential candidate. Moreover, Obasanjo is the only candidate who stands a chance of blocking his rival, General Muhammadu Buhari, whose ethnocentrism would jeopardize Nigeria”s national unity. Buhari and his ilk are agents of destabilization who would be far worse than Obasanjo. Tinubu
            and many other governors are therefore implementing a strategy to re-elect Obasanjo, partly in an effort to prevent Sharia from spreading. Tinubu predicted that the President will follow his own course, if re-elected, since he will not need as many friends the second time around.”

            The above has not been denied by he to whom it is credited. From it “sincere,” “honest” and “divisive” characters to the Nigerian project are made obvious. Still, being hard of hearing, sure, will worsen your already visually impaired sight.

          • Tonnero

            You are wasting my time and yours. You can dredge up opinions of a million people on what they think Buhari “might” do while ignoring what Jonathan IS doing. It should be instructive to you that the person you are quoting now is fully backing Buhari. So if you put your thinking cap on, it is either the quote was wrong, or Tinubu was not telling the truth or he thought he was but has now found out he was wrong. And I will let you know that I worked for Jonathan for 18 months and saw him for what he was before now. I may be hard of hearing but it is clear that you are blind. The transgressions of Jonathan are everywhere visible. I will not enumerate them here. It is clear from your posts that you are backing Jonathan because you are afraid of Buhari and not because Jonathan has done anything to earn your vote. However, if you choose to retain a security man that is robbing you blind and threatening you with death because you are afraid a new one might be the same or worse, be my guest. YOUR COUNTRY IS GOING DOWN THE DRAIN. YOUR CHOICE TO DO NOTHING OR TAKE A RISK AND TRY SOMETHING.

          • Okey

            Please, give me another person who will replace Jonathan and I will follow you. But certainly not the one so described by these two national leaders.

    • Femi

      Stay on message. Where are the funds in the excess crude account? If they have been invested, show us where?

  • favourtalk

    They should just bring our money back before they are voted out comes 2015 which will be a week of judgement for all PDP Whom had destroyed our country for years, we will remain resolute and peace feel to win the race because nigeria is for all of us not just some money eaters and clueless fellows. We need a change

  • Mr. Abdin

    Ahh Nigeria is in trouble.

  • MushinSpeaks

    They keep looting our treasury to satisfy their personal gain. Shame on them all. We can put a stop to this continous looting by voting the duo of Buhari/Osibajo. With them in power, we can be assured of transparency and accountability and effective use of resources.

  • By popular demand

    Dear Madame,

    MRS. NGOZI OKONJO-IWEALA: WHERE IS THE PROOF OF EVIDENCE?

    The World Bank you’d worked in said about 500 billion dollars have so far been stolen out of Nigeria.
    But it’s not about those thefts (which might warrant death penalty as revolutionary presurres hike in Nigeria)
    that i write this letter, no, but about your confident failure to account for your breach of a publicly made promise.

    Without the courtesy of as much as an explanation you instead keep mum over the result of PriceWaterHouse’
    audit of NNPC crude oil sales and receipts. Whereas you’d told the public in September that the result would be
    ready and disclosed in November, which deadline has since passed, without event.

    Now, with barely five days left in the subsequent month (December) you are running a month behind; and,
    yet, you feel no compunction as a public official to account for your failure to disclose the audit result of NNPC.
    This is exactly the irresponsible audacity which under-develops of Nigeria. It borders on criminal negligence too.

  • Rommel

    The loquacious finance minister should answer the questions raised,why Nigeria did not make any savings during the unprecedented oil boom years of 2011-August 2014,they inherited with low production and oil price at maximum $75 over $49 billion in forex accounts in 2010 and with high oil price and increased production,we are having only $39 billion today,can Mrs Okonjo Iweala give us explanations please,I am interested in knowing why it is only Nigeria that does not make profit from crude oil sales and refining

  • Okiemute

    Oshiomhole should keep his mouth shut before I slap his brown teeth. I will ask him a few questions:
    1. Has MKO Abiola & OBJ accounted for the N500bn missing or misappropriated at ITT? See Fela’s song.
    2. Has IBB accounted for his $12.7b Gulf war windfall from excess crude oil account?
    3. Has Gowon been able to account for the oil boom period of the early 7s?
    4. Has All Abacha’s loot & property been recovered? Has his family accounted for my stolen oil monies?

    Why then do you want Jonathan to account for just $30bn? Na now you realize say dem dey account for money?

    …over 80% of those mentioned above are still alive. Shouldn’t they be arrested and made to account for those monies?…after all, money is physical & the property they must have invested in should be tangible and therefore can always be recovered/confiscated. While those of them guilty of gross mismanagement can be hung and their useless bodies given to vultures. The dead can be exhumed and their bones tried, if guilty, the useless stinking bones of theirs should be shot by firing squad and fed to dogs….then, and then only, can we move to the present Govt and give the guilty exactly the same treatment. This is the only way out. It is called the Jerry Rawlings formular. To forget about the thieves of yesterday and want to punish the thieves of today will not work at all. Never!

    • tundemash

      You said “…over 80% of those mentioned above are still alive. Shouldn’t they be arrested and made to account for those monies?…after all, money is physical & the property they must have invested in should be tangible and therefore can always be recovered/confiscated.”

      So can you borrow your timid Otuoke cl0wn your balls to do the needful or what exactly is he scared of with Presidential powers ?

      • minor slip up

        @Wahala – “So can you borrow your timid Otuoke cl0wn your balls………………..” It should read – so you can lend your timid Otuoke cl0wn your balls….

        • Okiemute

          Dont bother to draw their attention to errors. They are unteachable. The only language they understand is threats. Didnt you notice the statement of his other brother who also attacked me? He refers to me as ‘an illiterate’. Is there anything like ‘an illiterate’? …This is the kind of English they learn from one crook called wahala. I still dont understand why they will not kukuma post their comments in Yoruba.

          • Tonnero

            You are an Id!ot. I am ashamed that you and I used to share the same state. Your idiocy is really beyond redemption. Calling you an illiterate is an insult to illiterates. They may not be able to read or write because they did not go to school but you are a retarded, brain-dead buffoon. Sad excuse for a human being.

          • emmanuel

            Fools call people idiots for their differing opinions!

            Everyone cannot hold your godless and selfish position.

      • Okiemute

        He will threaten you and your people with blood of Rats and Ducks on the streets….and all of you will cross over en mass from APC back to PDP…or maybe he should borrow some balls from ‘Generals’ Diya and/or Bamaiyi.

        • tundemash

          so is Dumbo Jo scared ? No one needs a timid cl0wn in a hat as President !!!!

          • craig

            Plz ignore the smelly. He is doing his job, u don’t expect him to be reasonable. They have bn programmed and chipped to act and react like that. So stop wasting ur time.

        • martins

          Buhari ll do the work for him

    • ige folorunsho

      Why do you comment like an illiterate? Even if past leaders stole does it make stealing right and justified for the present government? If goodluck is above board what stops him from prosecuting others if he has the proof. Please stop posting annoying and sentimental comments.

    • objective

      The fact that others did it wrongly should not make it an acceptable culture. There must be a turning-point. Also if the figures you mentioned was true at the time, and if indeed the personalities involved committed the atrocities alleged, they were during the dark age of military ruler in Nigeria. In 2014, the explanation is outstandingly simple – you projected to sell at $77, you sold at $108, there was an account opened to put the excess, rules were made to govern the spending; all rules were violated and the amounts saved was squandered; now see where the Naira is. Should we continue to reason like this? Something drastic needs to be done.

      • objective

        Let me quickly add that corruption is also very high in Ghana now, and it is returned during the life time of the same Jerry Rawlings. Killing without laying a sustainable foundation thereafter, will not serve any purpose.

  • emmanuel

    Why would Oshomole not talk like an unschooled person, when his looks and person looks like a wild life ranger somewhere in Kenya?

    Please let us have the basis of your calculation so that you can be told how ignorat ot satanic you are in trying to create problem in the polity for peddling falsehood.

    • staaaaaaaaaaa

      this man are you this daft? the basis as he explained was that even with oil being sold at over 110 USD per barrel for over 3 years, the budget as based at 77USD. Meaning approximately 30 USD was being saved in the ECA. That must mean about 30 billion USD which is yet to be accounted for! People like u turn newspaper upside down while reading!

      • emmanuel

        Let him read out units sold on monthly basis for the period and multiply with relevant cost, then deduct production cost, JV Partners takings and your stupidity will become clear.

        Yam head

    • martins

      I ll advise u to change ur name. Cause u are so blind

  • olotito

    Nigerians shld not forget so soon…what about out national conference report…we are yet to receive them after which billions of dollars are used..Wake Nigeria….lets chase this clueless folks come 2015

  • dotado unus

    May we never have the privilege of dealing with such people.
    Chioma.