MY TAKE ON THE PRESIDENTS OF NIGERIA – 1999 till date… By Bernard Ogbe.

I was with a group yesterday having political discussions… To my greatest supprise, some people where antagonizing themselves… Some said cash flowed in circulation during Goodluck and OBJ’s administration…

I looked at them and laughed at their notions kind of painted with ignorance…

But I couldn’t had let them live with that, so I asked them a question…

With all the money the PDP shared, why are people broke, does it mean they never invested??? To my aught most surprise, their response was cold such that one said at least he got up to #170,000.00…

It was then I realized some Nigerians are terrible people. And that the PDP in their administration enslaved the masses with pea nuts, giving them little to satisfy their immediate quest… Money that could be used for things that could last the taste of time, squandered…

I went further to ask, does it mean we can eat our cake and have it??? This time they became curious to know the reasons I asked… Then I quickly realized it’s time to talk some sense into them, and I believe you could learn from their experience…

The strong hold of the PDP on Nigerians is not far from a calculated attempt to do us the more you look, the less you see….

The only thing the PDP did that was commendable, was not returning democracy back to the military… Every other things they did was to satisfy their selfishness in building their wealth…..

From 1999 till they where smoked out of Aso rock, there was never a Federal road projects they started and finished, go check your records. To know the height of it, is their inability to completing their own multi million secretariats…

If we look deep into the Presidents that had served since 1999 and 2015, there was nothing they ever did right. If one of these Presidents is from your region, I challenge you to speak on any notable things they did to effect your life….

Let’s have a look at President Obasanjo…

The greatest mistake made by Nigerians, was allowing him be our President at the first instance…

He’s the deffinition of the word “Stinginess”…

He want everything to himself. Which affected his performance. If there was a way he could name Nigeria after him, he would have gladly done….

They asked me why???

I wasted no time to say, he portrayed that, when he openly called for a third tenure…. Who knows he could have immortalized his name after Nigeria…

What did OBJ do for Nigeria ?????

He created agencies to fight individuals such as the EFCC then.

You’re immediately his enemy the moment you challenged him and with the help of his tools, he shows no mercy but to bring you down….. There was never a significant projects his administration completed 100%… Do you want to talk of roads???? Of course if you be a traveller, you will understand with me my take on this….

I was beginning to talk more but got interrupted by one in the group that was getting more audience and his words tend to confirm my point, this gave me more spirit to talk, in doing this, I asked , bro, where’re you from?

At first, he said “Am a Nigerian”… This again struck my mind of the belief that when we keep ethnicity aside, Nigeria would be more better. However, to drive home my points, I hurriedly beckoned on him to tell me specifically where he originated from in Nigeria…

When he did tell us, I realized the reasons he never wanted to at first, he was protecting his own…. Guess what??? He’s from same state with the man in question OBJ…. I quickly rebuked him never to protect the interest of a man that means no good to his life… But his presence went a long way to convincing the growing listeners the points I had to share with them. Seeing my enthusiasm, he broke it open” the man no fit do the road when lead to his village self” I broke into laughter…. What a world!!! Then I asked, what does he need THIRD tenure for, is it to re write his wrong for his village???

If not for the likes of the efforts of President MKO Abiola from same state, It could be concluded the kind of breeds produced from that region…

There was no federal roads comeleted in his administration. However they where awarded and completed on paper…

OBJ has the record of the worst President Nigeria ever had since 1999 till date. I don’t want to link his inability to recognizing June 12, a circumstances he solely benefited from…. The back bone upon which he enjoys largely in the world today, the factor that magnets to him the forces that installed him Nigeria President….

And we fail to realize that, If he, was unable to declare June 12, something under his nerves then, what good could he be to the Nation???

Should I talk on the power sector under him??? They maybe no need because even the blind can tell the bad situations experienced with electricity in the country during his reign as President, forgetting that power is the first check of an economy in welcoming investors….

I refuse to talk so much on President Yar’Adua… He would have been a great performer but life became short. We knew his ability while a governor Katsina state… He declared his assets long before any… That is prudence in play… “May his soul rest in Peace”… Amen…

Now to the tall handsome man from the South-south…

Even though am stringed from this region, I bet to differ in my perspections on his personality, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan…

This was a man his name had always wished well… Starting from his days in the local to timeline…. With the kind of death and take over luck he had, one would have expected him to make the difference for Nigeria as death snatched his boss away…

On my opinion, GEJ would have completed just the first tenure of his Boss and hands over power back to the north, after all the title Presidency had already been tagged to his name which would have earned him more respect and also give the PDP a longer life span to perpetrate their evil, but thank God his greed and selfishness terminated their plots….

One similarities between OBJ and GEJ is their hunger to exciding the stipulated 8 years in office…OBJ wanted 12 years while GEJ deserves 10 years… What a democracy !!!

He came during his first campaign to deceive Nigerians, telling us how he “had no shoes, books uniforms” we believed him thinking he could be our First President from the ghetto…..

At least he could feel our pains and probably re write the wrongs of his master OBJ…..

I lack adjectives to qualify this man GEJ….

-He quickly forgot how and when he had no shoes, the moment he started wearing BOOTs…

-Forgot when he was paddled in canoe across the river going to school, the moment he started flying Presidential jets. Forgetting he had bridges to build for those he left behind….

-He forgot the taste of our water the moment he started drinking portable water should I say Cway???

-He forgot the proposed airport in the era of his Boss President Yar’Adua, named after him in his state Bayelsa, as it was only good to fly and land in neighboring states airports and then chopper home for traditional duties….

Hmmmm, What a way to treat his people!!!….

Looting became the principle order of the day… Looting simultaneously to measure up with the masses, making it look like the economy is balanced not knowing their loots could result to a fall in our economy as the melt down waved in….

I commend his humility to embracing defeat by the Buhari’s administration though we knew there was nothing he could have done but to take a bow…. After all, you can never be wrong in all….

I maybe very young then, when Buhari took over in a coup…. But if it where to be an action movie, I would have loved to watch it over and over again to know the true nature of this man called Gen. Buhari….

As life transcends into what we now enjoy, “Democracy”, the choice of Buhari became a threat that brought him to loosing four times….

It began to get clearer what I conceived many years ago about him…

As the trends and lacuna that begot the down fall of a party PDP that held sway governance since inception of democracy 1999, it became obvious all fingers seem to point at one direction…

Behold it was that same man rejected, abused and almost driven to his political extinction. It became more clearer the kind of man he is that I percieved years ago….

He could be the only one that can smoke the PDP out of Aso rock.

I saw the integrity in him and those willing to match him up… I looked around and saw the greatest factors that had drawn our nation to it’s status “godfatherism” cut off…. I saw fears hovering around the nation at the rebirth of a greater Nigeria posed for change. The rich and poor alike…..

So much expectations from an administration that inherited the rots left behind by the PDP that led to their sweep off….

This time it was as if I was talking more than I should, I tried to excuse myself but seeing the eagerness within, I saw it as an opportunity to spite it out, I was encouraged…

But the fact remained, no mater how you look at President Buhari, his willingness to fight corruption as we all know had been the cause of all the wobbling and miss herps around the nation…

This shows self dignity and uniqueness to doing the right thing in the right manner and to the benefits of all…

They can’t take that away from him because they don’t have it…

I was trying to now find my way out of this deep discussions that has taken minds off the track but just had to drop something little in encouragement of my generation which had links with Buhari’s signing to law , “The Never Too Young To Run Bill”

We knew some people down played him for appending his signature, making jest on his plea

for young Nigerians to allow him run his second tenure and I asked, what is wrong if he pleaded??

Any youth of 35 years should know the time is not now to run for Presidency, you can’t spring from the blues and expect Nigerians put the country in your hands,in her conditions.

We should respect him for at least setting the stage. We can start from Assemblies, National / state to have a better political build ups…

For those that think the young once can’t match feats with the old, I clearly bet to differ here, the youths comprises over 70% of Nigeria electoral processes…. From INEC to electorates depends on the youths for a successive elections,

if it be rigging, the youths are employed by these big headed pliticians to run the rigging so you see, the moment the youths of our generation stand to wanting to take over, nothing foreseen could stop us… The old would simply come, cast their votes and go home.

…………..oh yes, we can do it !!!

I Commend the efforts of the young people that channeled their energy into positivity, the YIAGA and the likes of Mohammed Dauda Gombe, that stood to support the fighting, “Not Too Young To Run Bill”. Such efforts is what you can always expect from our generation….

As I begged to take my leave, had no options but to quickly note a sincere fact of all I had for Nigerians, I had to deposit in all sincerity the fact that,they was never a South east leadership in my analysis and I think it calls for questioning… Are they writing themselves out of leadership? Why are they cold about producing an Igbo President?… I don’t want to get deeper into this but I think it’s good I leave the South-east with this piece of advice….

When opportunity is made available, the failure to grabbing it, results to “had I known”….

2023 is open for South east Presidency, how prepared we are is determined by our take in the 2019 elections, wisdom is needed to sail through….

Bernard Ogbe

Political activist And Seasonal Writer

bernardogbe@gmail.com

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