Okonjo-Iweala confirms PREMIUM TIMES story on illegal disbursement of N61.4 billion Abacha loot

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

The immediate past minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has confirmed PREMIUM TIMES story on how she disbursed N61.4 billion Abacha loot based on the directive of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

The moneywas disbursed on the request of former National Security Adviser, NSA, Sambo Dasuki, for arms procurement without the statutory approval of the National Assembly.

On Wednesday, this newspaper revealed in an exclusive report how Ms. Okonjo-Iweala in a memo to Mr. Jonathan, approved the transfer of $300 million and £5.5 million (N61.4 million) to the Office of the NSA, shoving off accountability of the usage of the funds.

In a statement Wednesday by the media aide of the former minister, Paul Nwabuikwu, the minister confirmed that the money was part of $322 million recovered Abacha loot, and that a committee set up by the Mr. Jonathan had decided that the money be disbursed for urgent security issues and developmental programmes.

She was however silent on why she agreed to disburse the funds without the approval of the National Assembly, in clear violation of the provision of the constitution.

She said just before the money was disbursed, the military hierarchy had accused her of not disbursing enough money for the prosecution of the war.

“The central responsibility of the minister of Finance is to find sources of funding for the financing of approved national priorities such as security, job creation and infrastructure.

“It will be recalled that throughout 2014, there were public complaints by the military hierarchy to President Goodluck Jonathan about the inadequacy of funds to fight the anti-terror war in the North East, resulting in Boko Haram making gains and even taking territories.

“A lot of the criticism was directed at the Federal Ministry of Finance under Dr Okonjo-Iweala which was accused of not doing enough to find funds for the operations.

“In fact, the ministry, on several occasions, had to call press conferences to provide details of budgetary spending on the military, to show, against the background of limited resources and other urgent national priorities, that it was doing its best on funding security.

“It was about this time that some new Abacha funds of about $322m were returned with another $700m still expected to be returned.

“Former President Jonathan set up a committee, comprising the former minister of Justice, former NSA and the former minister of Finance to determine how best to use both the returned and expected funds for development,” the statement stated.

However, she failed to explain if her role as minister of finance gave her the power to lend money to another agency of government.

She also did not reveal the conditions under which the said loan was granted to the office of the NSA.

On why she abdicated the responsibility of ensuring the money was properly accounted for to the former president, Ms. Okonjo-Iweala curiously said the ministry of finance was not part of the security architecture.

“But, as captured in the memo, she insisted on three conditions: (a) only a part, not the entire Abacha funds would be spent on the arms; the rest would be invested in developmental projects as originally conceived. (b) the money was to be treated as borrowed funds which would be paid back as soon as possible. (c) the NSA’s office was to account for the spending to the president who was the Commander-in-Chief, given the fact that the minister of Finance is not part of the security architecture and does not participate in the Security Council,” she explained.

Despite agreeing with PREMIUM TIMES story, she however described it as “baseless” and part of a campaign of falsehood orchestrated by the “Edo State governor, Adams Oshiomhole, and other powerful and corrupt interests” to tarnish her name.


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  • Malik Isah

    Only in Nigeria

  • Idoni George

    Wailing wailer, over to you.

  • FreeNigeria

    In a sane society, NOI, GEJ, Dasuki and others who voraciously stole our commonwealth would be condemned to jail forever. Instead, they are celebrated in Nigeria. How can the country progress with this type of impunity?

    • Ogbunigwe

      You Yaribastard Piglet, has even condemn and Convict her without any evidence, But unfortunately for a never do well like you, she is flying above you and your Bababubu, the earlier you commit suicide the better for your worthless soul

    • Very Proud Oily IZON Redeemer

      U are a very insane Nigerian to believe this rubbish by Premium Times————–Nigerians cried to Jonathan–the army did same according to PT—–That our soldiers had no weapons–The USA refused to sell arms to us———————Amaechi shouted on top of his rotten thieving head and when Jonathan equipped the ARMY–u still cry–busy wailing in the wilderness-as it is usual with the buharimice in APC ..Why because u are are so emypty u do not know how to move Nigeria forward–the only solution to your troubles ati wahala! Is to play the blame game–play on the sentiments of Nigerians–via the propaganda network u have created in PT—ati sharia reporters–Very sad–that is why empty drums in APC make the most noise-in Nigeria—————yipeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee—-A bunch of noise makers that is what the Apes in APC are!Noise makers to c over up for their lazy unthinking Fulani ati Yoruba brains-often aided by the epople of South east—-in the night..yipeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

      • FreeNigeria

        You’re truly delusional, NOI just admitted transferring the money to Dasuki on the order from your Creek brother GEJ. Can’t you read? I forgot, you’re a product of creek education, where 10% is considered an “A+”

    • joe

      I know you are into tribal solidarity. I also know there are a lot of decent and honest Ibos and i personally know a lot of them. But why do so many Ibos celebrate and glorify the criminals among them and the decent ones are virtually irrelevant. In our own society (which you guys love to live in) we condemn criminals and extol the virtues of honest kinsmen. Folks like Gani Adams, Fani-kayode, Fayose etc are seen as miscreants in our society. That is why our societies are so pleasant to live in 🙂 Why do you defend a woman that was given everything in this world to be a non-thieving, honest and decent citizen – Wealthy parents, harvard education, World-bank exposure, fat salary in World bank, fat salary (in dollars) as minister in various ministries in Nigeria, Ms Iweala was not counting all her above-named blessing, but colluding with common jerry-can-carrying thief like Jonathan to loot the wealth of poverty-devastasted Nigerians(like yourself). Are you so mentally devastated that you don’t know your enemy from your friend? That it is possible your enemy can be from your tribe?

  • joe

    Fat-lipped thief!

    • Ogbunigwe

      Better than your Yariba incestuous whore mother!

      • sunny

        why is it that igbo always support criminality ? and being known for criminal act

        • Ogbunigwe

          You imbecile should carry that question to Tinubu? why don’t you ask your Miserable self, where did your Angel Baba bubu, Keep all his own loot, NOI is not guilty, Go and hug a nearest transformer,ever do well fools N

          • Chuks

            Evil endures for the night, joy comes in the morning. It is evidently you that is struggling, having a heart attack to prevent more revelations from coming out in the next days. Nigerias midnight of impunity, abuse of office and collaborative looting is gradually coming to an end. You hid in the darkness of the night to benefit from relooted funds, now you (darkness) can’t comprehend the light.

          • Ade Omowest

            NOI has not been found guilty yet. She was just careless and irresponsible by abdicating the responsibility of ensuring the money was properly accounted for to the former president.

        • ezedi

          Why is it that brainless idiots like you characterize a whole tribe as singular! Bigot!!!

      • joe

        I know you are into tribal solidarity. I also know there are a lot of
        decent and honest Ibos and i personally know a lot of them. But why do
        so many Ibos celebrate and glorify the criminals among them and the
        decent ones are virtually irrelevant?. In our own society (which you
        guys love to live in) we condemn criminals and extol the virtues of
        honest kinsmen. Folks like Gani Adams, Fani-kayode, Fayose etc are seen
        as miscreants in our society. That is why our societies are so pleasant
        to live in 🙂 Why do you guys worshipp Ibo-equivaence of Gani Adams,
        like Orubebe, Ebele Jonathan, Diezani, Ibori etc…??? Why do you defend
        a woman that was given everything in this world to be a non-thieving,
        honest and decent citizen – Wealthy parents, harvard education,
        World-bank exposure, fat salary in World bank, fat salary (in dollars), only to become a thief?
        Ms Iweala was not counting all her above-named blessings, but chose to collude with common
        jerry-can-carrying thief like Jonathan to loot the wealth of
        poverty-devastasted Nigerians(like yourself). Are you so mentally
        devastated that you don’t even know your enemy from your friend? That,
        it is possible your enemy is from your tribe?

        • Ogbunigwe

          We don’t have bad people in our tribe like you People has, Incestuous Ota Baboon, Thiefnube and so on, are the Living devils, all are from your Moronic tribe, Jonathan will remain you people night mare, he will continue to grow from glory to glory and that’s is where I am even going to, so go and cure yourself of Ebola instead mocking another person suffering from ordinary Malaria

  • Very Proud Oily IZON Redeemer

    On Tuesday, December 23, the Rivers state governor had stated that “The soldiers have the right to protest for the Federal Government’s failure to fully equip them”. APC is at it again oooh¨

    The Nigerian army then released a statement, imploring politicians and activists to desist from using “the forum or medium of their political campaigns to incite or endorse acts of indiscipline in the military establishments”

    In the release signed by the Director of Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade, the army said it expected Amaechi and his party, All Progressives Congress, to have immediately retracted or “correct this fallacy or erroneous impression being propagated especially in view of the level of knowledge of his principal and candidate in forthcoming elections”.

    According to the statement, since no such move was made, “There is therefore the need to caution against the propagation of this dangerous idea before it causes more problems.”

    “For the avoidance of any doubt, the military institution rejects this declaration and its intention in all ramifications. The military law as recognized by the Constitution of the Federation is an appropriate legal document for the management of affairs of the military. The processes it outlines for handling military offences remain legal and will continue to be applied in the interest of the nation’s security and democracy.”

    “Individuals and interest groups seeking to play to the gallery by being meddlesome, sensational or mischievous in interpreting developments in the military are advised to moderate their activities with some decorum. It is clear that the false accusations that depend on unsubstantiated allegations being peddled on the military operations in Nigeria are intended to tarnish the reputation of Nigerian military and its leadership. The campaign apparently aimed at undermining constituted authority in the military must not be encouraged.”

    “It is obvious that most of the comments and sensational stories in the media have been oblivious of the fact that the processes are still ongoing and yet to be concluded. The war on terror is not all about equipment but mindset of both the military and the public. Inciting remarks can only compound the situation for all involved.”

    “The military is resolved to prosecute the counter terrorism campaign with all sense of commitment by the rank and file. The tendency to suggest or encourage dissention in the system will not yield any advantage to any well-meaning Nigerian citizen. Politicians are therefore requested to guide their utterances as the military remains a veritable institution of the state. Those who seek to undermine or destroy it should be prevailed upon to stop the mission considering the fact that the institution remains indispensable to government and its process under any dispensation.

    • Ade Omowest

      No decent person reads your trash. Please go back to the jetty and take some ogogoro (kaikai) to shine your eyes.

      • Burbank

        He is sad because after all those IPOB protests, all he got was being banned from Rivers state by Wike

  • Chuks

    Jonathan can hardly take his eyes off public money. The man no dey tire! Typical lazy type Ijaw mentality. Once Jona sees public money, he won’t read anti money laundering law, nor the constitution or the Fiscal Responsibility law, he will immediately set up a committee to disburse the fund and report back that it has been completely squandered. At oil price above $120 per barrel and budget benchmark of $70, leaving the thieving government $50 per barrel surplus to ‘play with’ coupled with foreign reserve and excess crude of $62 billion, Jonathan’s government still relooted recovered loot. Obasanjo was right in advising Jonathan to take time and repent. The man’s timidity and level of acceptance of corruption is simply abnormal. A combination of Nigerias renowned deliverance pastors will have a hell of a time to cast out this ‘deaf and dumb’ demon of corruption that afflicted Jonathan’s government from Bayelsa to Abuja. May the almighty God punish in equal measure the children, followers and generations of these heartless leaders who shared resources meant to secure the weak and helpless, to fuel their political propaganda and luxurious excitement. Amen. That a president had fun to see his soldiers humiliated, defeated, killed, and condemned to death through phantom tribunals due to his deliberate actions is the height of wickedness and abuse of power.

  • Wesley

    Following from NOI’s confirmation of disbursement of $322 million of Abacha loot to Dasuki, I have issues with Okonjo Iweala’s response vis-a-vis SERAP’s request for her to disclose the full use of Abacha’s loot and subsequent accusations of misuse of the recovered Abacha loot:

    1. NOI’s earlier statement on SERAP’s accusation (which her spokesperson issued just only last week) NEVER MENTIONED additional recoveries of Abacha loot in January 2015. The statement only alluded to Abacha loot recoveries and utilisations in 2005 – 2006. Why was this additional recovery not mentioned?

    2. Was the World Bank aware of this additional recoveries and subsequent disbursement to the ONSA? The World Bank was tasked with the responsibility of monitoring the utilization of Abacha loot. From the over 700 pages of information provided to SERAP by the World Bank, clearly the World Bank had no idea that additional recoveries had been made in 2015 and also may not have been aware of its utilisation.

    3. Following from the above, it can be inferred that after the initial recoveries of N61 billion in 2004 – 2006, more recoveries may have possibly been made to the Nigerian government, which the World Bank may not be aware of. Keep in mind Abacha loot is estimated to be USD5 billion.

    4. Did the National Assembly appropriate the recovery of Abacha loot for arms procurement? The Executive cannot sit down and decide on how monies belonging to the Federation is to be appropriated!

    5. Did this $322million provided as “loan” to the ONSA form part of the $1billion appropriation approved by the National Assembly for arms procurement? Or was it in addition to the $1billion? While NOI’s memo states that the amount was a loan to the ONSA, it clearly did not state how the loan would be repaid by the ONSA nor the timeframe for repayment. Keep in mind the MoF clearly stated 3 conditions to apply for the funds, thus leaving out the details of the “loan” repayment couldn’t have been an oversight.

    6. The US$1 billion approved by the National Assembly for arms procurement, how was it funded? I recall Nigeria was supposed to “borrow” this amount from external sources.

    Reading the statements from NOI issued by her spokesperson, either NOI has been economical with the truth so far or her spokesperson is incompetent. I chose to believe her spokesperson is incompetent and uncouth, resulting to cheap insults all the time to make NOI’s points on simple issues.

    Without stating in clear details how much of Abacha loot has been recovered from 2005 to date, and also its utilisation (no reliance on info from World Bank), there will always be doubts as to her complicity in this arms saga.

    Meanwhile, before I get “eaten up”, I know Okonjo Iweala DID NOT STEAL MONEY. What is simply being asked of her is to provide a report on her stewardship of our finances as a nation in line with extant laws.

    • sunny

      okonjo, the money was illegally disbursed , this is claiming to be clever, sbut only being clever by half.

      • Sword of Damocles

        Sunny abeg school dis people. Na the same USA I dey with dis woman. Can she do what she did with Nigeria, with the Multi-national that just hired her. ITs funny because they (her new employer) reads this stuff, which goes to professionalism, competence, and most importantly transparency/honesty. Why wasn’t security/NSA mentioned when Abacha loot story was responded to a few weeks ago. I want Nigerians to think about the REPUTATION of us as a people, when this story is read worldwide. These people cannot do the right thing UNLESS you put a gun to their heads & the heads of their families? what kind species is this? na wa!!!

    • Chuks

      Nigerians have not said Okonjo Iweala stole these monies. It is nonetheless heart wrenching that a woman with her pedigree would be coordinating the level of squandering and abuse of public wealth and trust that took place under her watch. Couldn’t she have advised against the procedure of transferring money to NSA without appropriation. Granted that Jonathan is seriously challenged in administrative capacity and leadership, Okonjo should have let him know what the law says. Okonjo Iweala was only dubiously clever to know that the day of reckoning will come, so she structured her memo to absolve herself of the illegality while piling the onus on the thoughtless president and his collaborator NSA. Where has Okonjo reflected best practice and prudence in all these? Does her actions represent good conduct from someone who attaches World Bank to her CV? The best the government can do to unravel her roles and flippant denials is to request the US government to thoroughly investigate her, while initiating a charge against her for negligence of duty and as conspirator to illegality. Don’t forget she was at the meeting that decided to utilise these monies unlawfully.

      • Very Proud Oily IZON Redeemer

        rubbish put on your thinking cap at least b4 u pèost comments

        • Burbank

          rubbish put on nothing at least b4 u post comments

    • Very Proud Oily IZON Redeemer

      Monkey when were the moneis recovered–One was under Obj—and the other Jonathan–which one are u talking about the ones recovered under Jonathan abi and not Obj–animals

      • Burbank

        wow…you attempt to think, Very Proud Oily IZON Redeemer

  • Very Proud Oily IZON Redeemer

    Nigerians cried to Jonathan–the army did same according to PT–ati the story below!—That our soldiers had no weapons–The USA refused to sell arms to us———————Amaechi shouted on top of his rotten thieving head –Even asked our soldiers to mutiny against Jonathan! And when Jonathan equipped the ARMY–u still cry–foul –Busy wailing in the wilderness-as it is usual with the buharimice in APC ..Why because u are are so emypty, u do not know how to move Nigeria forward–The only solution to your troubles ati wahala! is to play the blame game–Design methods of playing on the sentiments of Nigerians–via the propaganda network u have created in PT—ati sharia reporters–Very sad–that is why empty drums in APC make the most noise-in Nigeria—————yipeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!—-A bunch of noise makers that is what the Apes in APC are!Noise makers with songs tailored to cover up for their lazy unthinking Fulani ati Yoruba brains-often aided by the political almajiris from South east—-at night.singing——————yipeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee—–yaya foolishly instead of their liberation songs for Biafra!

    • Very Proud Oily IZON Redeemer

      Two decades ago Nigeria’s military was seen as a force for stability across West Africa. Now it struggles to keep security within its own borders as an Islamist insurgency in the northeast kills thousands.

      A lack of investment in training, failure to maintain equipment and dwindling cooperation with Western forces has damaged Nigeria’s armed services, while in Boko Haram they face an increasingly well-armed, determined foe.

      A foe that abducted more than 200 secondary school girls in Chibok, northeastern Nigeria, nearly a month ago. The military still appears to have no idea exactly where they are, but denies it lacks the capacity to get them back.

      President Goodluck Jonathan has said that Boko Haram has “infiltrated … the armed forces and police”, sometimes giving the militants a headstart, but the problems go much deeper.

      “The Nigerian military is a shadow of what it’s reputed to have once been,” said James Hall, a retired colonel and former British military attaché to Nigeria. “They’ve fallen apart.”

      Unlike Nigerian peacekeepers in the 1990s, who were effective in curbing ethnic bloodshed in Sierra Leone and Liberia, those in Mali last year lacked the equipment and training needed to be of much use in the fight against al Qaeda-linked forces, sources involved in that mission say.

      Hall said the Nigerian peacekeepers had to buy pick-up trucks and their armor kept breaking down. They spent a lot of time on base or manning checkpoints.

      Military education is still taken very seriously, he said, but equipment and training to use it have been neglected, with radio equipment in particularly short supply.

      • aisha ani

        Moderator, please stop this guy from spamming us. He keeps posting the same message all over the place and it is very distracting. Thanks

    • Agba Akin

      Now the bunch of noise makers the lazy unthinking Fulanis and the Yorubas will determine the faith of your tribes men and women. Jonathan is gone for good, you can cry me a river for all I care.

      • Burbank

        An ocean, you mean.

  • luvnaija

    In a nut shell, the Abacha loot was re-looted

    • lakande1

      Luvnaija three gbosa for u. You nearly remove my teeth

    • Ade Omowest

      You got it right Luvnaija. Re-looting is a normal thing in a govt headed by a clueless president whose philosophy is ‘Stealing is not Corruption’.

    • Holy truth

      Exactly!!

  • deji

    But this evil woman and born liar, lied to the World Bank and international community that the Abacha loot was used in providing infrastructure… It is only a matter of time before she is arrested

  • Rommel

    The world said yesterday that Nigeria has spent $35 billion dollars in the last 5 years on fuel subsidy,$35 billion! and I ask,who and who received this money?

    • Lenz

      “The world said”…

      Who exactly is “the world”, sir? Can you explain?.

      Thanks so much…

      • Burbank

        “The $35 billion cost of fuel subsidy during 2010 – 2014 was one of the reasons Nigeria was unable to accumulate a fiscal reserve in the Excess Crude Account that could have protected the country from the recent oil price shock.” John Litwack, Lead Economist, World Bank

        “Remove oil subsidy now, World Bank tells Buhari”
        Vanguard Dec 9, 2015

  • Spectre echo’s

    She should be sentenced to life imprisonment for this grievous offence…

  • Spectre echo’s

    That Jonathan man is going down…….! what guts, who do they think they are? its just a pity it took this long for all the dirt under the carpet to come out…

    • Very Proud Oily IZON Redeemer

      Two decades ago Nigeria’s military was seen as a force for stability across West Africa. Now it struggles to keep security within its own borders as an Islamist insurgency in the northeast kills thousands.

      A lack of investment in training, failure to maintain equipment and dwindling cooperation with Western forces has damaged Nigeria’s armed services, while in Boko Haram they face an increasingly well-armed, determined foe.

      A foe that abducted more than 200 secondary school girls in Chibok, northeastern Nigeria, nearly a month ago. The military still appears to have no idea exactly where they are, but denies it lacks the capacity to get them back.

      President Goodluck Jonathan has said that Boko Haram has “infiltrated … the armed forces and police”, sometimes giving the militants a headstart, but the problems go much deeper.

      “The Nigerian military is a shadow of what it’s reputed to have once been,” said James Hall, a retired colonel and former British military attaché to Nigeria. “They’ve fallen apart.”

      Unlike Nigerian peacekeepers in the 1990s, who were effective in curbing ethnic bloodshed in Sierra Leone and Liberia, those in Mali last year lacked the equipment and training needed to be of much use in the fight against al Qaeda-linked forces, sources involved in that mission say.

      Hall said the Nigerian peacekeepers had to buy pick-up trucks and their armor kept breaking down. They spent a lot of time on base or manning checkpoints.

      Military education is still taken very seriously, he said, but equipment and training to use it have been neglected, with radio equipment in particularly short supply…..

      • Burbank

        Sure… next?

  • favourtalk

    The big thieves that suppose not to be in the world working free again. Change is here and she will face the law. The useless woman who didn’t even do anything for the people he comes from

  • Very Proud Oily IZON Redeemer

    Two decades ago Nigeria’s military was seen as a force for stability across West Africa. Now it struggles to keep security within its own borders as an Islamist insurgency in the northeast kills thousands.

    A lack of investment in training, failure to maintain equipment and dwindling cooperation with Western forces has damaged Nigeria’s armed services, while in Boko Haram they face an increasingly well-armed, determined foe.

    A foe that abducted more than 200 secondary school girls in Chibok, northeastern Nigeria, nearly a month ago. The military still appears to have no idea exactly where they are, but denies it lacks the capacity to get them back.

    President Goodluck Jonathan has said that Boko Haram has “infiltrated … the armed forces and police”, sometimes giving the militants a headstart, but the problems go much deeper.

    “The Nigerian military is a shadow of what it’s reputed to have once been,” said James Hall, a retired colonel and former British military attaché to Nigeria. “They’ve fallen apart.”

    Unlike Nigerian peacekeepers in the 1990s, who were effective in curbing ethnic bloodshed in Sierra Leone and Liberia, those in Mali last year lacked the equipment and training needed to be of much use in the fight against al Qaeda-linked forces, sources involved in that mission say.

    Hall said the Nigerian peacekeepers had to buy pick-up trucks and their armor kept breaking down. They spent a lot of time on base or manning checkpoints.

    Military education is still taken very seriously, he said, but equipment and training to use it have been neglected, with radio equipment in particularly short supply.

    • Agba Akin

      What is you point?

      • Holy truth

        He is under influence of ogogoro laced with weeds.

      • Burbank

        He’s trying his second-hand keyboard, just bought with money from the amnesty program..

  • Truth Sayer

    The number one mistake of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was to have accepted to work with a clueless person like Goodluck Jonathan.

    • band olu

      Not only clueless but to work for a very corrupt govt like Jonathan’s….She had two options, to beat them by walking away or by joining them in what they were doing…..She decided to do d latter…

  • Abdulazeez Oyibo

    What a shame. If heads don’t roll with all these revelations then Nigeria as a country might as well cease to exist.

  • Very Proud Oily IZON Redeemer

    Premium Times,pls tell us if Buhari secure the approval of the National Aseembly before he took two loans from the World Bank–worth over 5b–Did Jonathan have to seek the approval of the National Assembly to negotiate for the release of the Abacha-loot?

    • Burbank

      Did you secure NASS approval to climb that palm tree?

      • Sword of Damocles

        lol

  • Very Proud Oily IZON Redeemer

    It is from an elderly woman in Katsina still in shock that in the last 6 months of hardship, skyrocketing food prices, unpaid salaries, fuel queues and suicide attacks, the ordained “Moses” of “Change” from her home town has been in the saddle.

    “Wata tsohuwa taji matsin rayuwa, kuma sai taji ance bom ya tashi acan da can, ga wahalar mai, Abinci ya na neman gagarar talaka, malamai na kukan ba albashi, don haka yaran ma sai dai suje makaranta suyi wa sa su dawo. “Sai ta kirawo babban danta (Auwalu) tace, nasan baza kamin karya ba, Auwalu ka fadamin tsakaninka da Allah, Wai Jonathan ya ba Buhari mulkinna kuwa?”

    The foregoing text message narrates the story of the old woman when she summoned her first son, Auwalu, and said “I know you would not lie to me, Auwalu, so answer me truthfully. Has Jonathan handed over the government to Buhari, or is he still holding on to it?”

    For the old woman, the symptoms of the promised “change” are yet to be felt, hence her disappointment in finding out that Jonathan had handed over to Buhari in the last 6 months of unprecedented sufferings.

    She crucified Jonathan for the litany of Nigeria’s problems and she embraced “change” as the best antidote, so now that Buhari come into power, the problem should have been nipped by now, 6 months into power isn’t it? She must have lost all sense of hope when Auwalu confirmed that Baba Buhari having come into power has lost touch with the masses. Hmm, it must be very painful for the old woman.

    This reminds me of Professor Sheldon Wolin, the Harvard Professor, when he announced that elections can easily be an illusion after an era of change is ushered in. He said democracy can be what he termed “inverted totalitarianism” in which a powerful few or cabal lose touch with the masses and still use the concept of popular sovereignty to hold on to the reins of power.

    The Naira is in free fall, manufacturers have downsized their labour force, leading to high levels unemployment, the CBN chief once warned we are on the cusp of recession and recent reports in the international media about the economy of our country are, to put it mildly, not flattering. Blame Buhari’s tacit economic direction. Suicide attacks have refused to plummet; we are all waiting for the Almighty December deadline too.

    Fuel queues have refused to disappear and power supply has dipped. What happed to body language? Some say these problems were not created by this administration, but fail to remember that Buhari promised to fix them once elected.

    It is therefore not unreasonable to expect that he would act with a sense of urgency. The old woman has called for courage from Buhari to rise above his illusions to overcome the problem of the day.

    • Burbank

      Told you to stop waving that flag in Senegal stadium.

  • 车前草和花生

    Who sang that song, Ngozi? Was it Felix Lebarty? He needs to sing another one called: Ngozi, you no dey shame?

  • JJ

    The woman is a hypocrite and an opportunist. She a witch that sucked the nation dry. She was part of the whole game, merely tried to play safe

  • Very Proud Oily IZON Redeemer

    The cloud over the fate of the 105 soldiers has continued to agitate the minds of Nigerians. Two critical issues have popped up from the cloud. (1) Are the soldiers actually dead while the military continues to claim they merely went on a mission, or got missing for a period, and have since returned to base? (2) Did the military conduct any secret burial for some fallen soldiers at its cemetery in Maiduguri after the Gudunbali face off with the Boko Haram terrorists, and if it did happen that some soldiers were buried at the time, whose bodies were they?

    It may be of crucial interest to clear the cloud over the fate of the Gudunbali troops, but more crucial is the need for the military, and indeed Nigeria as a nation, to acknowledge at all times, and in all situations, the sacrifices of our soldiers who are at the battlefield fighting to keep the peace and security of the country. And not for dictators like Buhari to become the spin doctor of the nation-enough of these Jonathan bashing by the Apes in APC

    • Burbank

      And PDP Wike ban Biafra from Rivers state.

      • PolyGon2013

        Ibos are too scared to form Biafra under SE alone. This is the reason they have been running around merging their agitation with that of SS. As you can see, once any of them is being prosecuted for fraud, they will be saying it is marginalization or witch-hunting. If the person being accused now is from somewhere else other than being an ibo, you will see them joining other people to condemn her. This is why they should not be allowed to become president in Nigeria. They need to go away from Nigeria!

  • Burbank

    NOI will soon be fighting an extradition hearing in a US court, against Nigeria.

  • Gwazy

    Hmm I’d like to hear Wahala’s point of view

  • Mephistoheles

    Can you imagine what these people would have done with 4 more years of Jonathan’s rule?
    Malu ti o ni iru, oluwa……….