Tomorrow, Monday, August 24, 2020, is another date with destiny at Lagos Talks 91.3 FM, from 09:30 – 11am, when review of topical issues comes on air, live. As usual, there are many topical issues that shall come under the hammer of Sadiq & The Guru.
Before previewing the leading topics, let us quickly take a look over the two most devastating challenges that have eroded the serenity of Nigeria – which are corruption and insecurity.
I need to make a point very clear on these two items l mentioned, albeit corruption and insecurity, before government apologists shall attempt taking me to the gutters, “for daring to speaking so disrespectfully like that against the administration of President Buhari”.
This elucidation is not out of fear of being criticized. Anyone who had spent the number of years l have spent in this business of combatting and confronting governments’ erroneous actions, would have known the ways and means of developing thick skins to unjust criticism. What is being said therefore is tantamount to admitting that there have always been corruption and insecurity in Nigeria. Yes, l cannot say, in all honesty, if l am a regular student/observer of Nigeria’s historical development, that Nigeria has been corruption/insecurity free at any time. But what l am saying is that; in the words of an elder statesman and the spokesman of the Northern Elders Forum, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, “we never had it this bad in Nigerian history”. He added that what we now have “is failure of leadership”, before concluding the blow, when he announced that “President Buhari is failing the country”.
It is like the President has no answer to the monster-like insecurity that is ravaging Nigeria, mostly the North-East, North-West and North-Central. It has become so pronounced that the President’s home State of Katsina is now dead-end. That’s on insecurity.
And for corruption, the reports we receive on daily basis from all sectors of the Nigerian economy speak volumes of uncontrollable stealing, only in billions of Naira. President Buhari; with his style of not “knowing” and not “talking”, is obviously overwhelmed by what corruption has translated to in his era.
Where is Nigeria heading from this point? Your guessed answer may just be as good as mine. But the dark ally is becoming darker as apparatus of State management is becoming more desperate – albeit in tampering with the freedom and liberty of the citizenry. Sad period for Nigeria and it’s people indeed!
Let us shift our focus to issues of the moment, as Fela Anikulapo Kuti put it, by going through some of the teasers.
Poll: there may be state of emergency in Edo State, says INEC. The state of emergency being talked about by INEC is not carrying the same connotation with what many Nigerians think it is. INEC’s state of emergency has to do with “inability to conduct end-of-tenure election” because there shall be “constitutional closure on tenure” by November 10, 2020, according to some constitutional requirements. Edo State must be very careful, ipso facto.
While still in Edo State matter, listen to Comrade Adams Oshiomhole lamentation: “I fought godfathers for Obaseki”. Huh? Did you hear that? You fought godfathers and you thereafter turned around in creating another godfather of yourself? Urhobo people would say “shu o”.
Adams – Adams, why are you acting like you have returned to the original Garden of Eden? Or are you there already? Through which route? That of Sodom and Gomorrah?
Aisha Buhari opens up on alleged ill health, near air-crash, so reported the The Nation Newspaper. Why did the First Lady travel to the United Arab Emirate (UAE) – was it for ill health or shopping for her daughter’s incoming wedding? One major thing she said while talking to Nigerians was the fact of the Nigerian health sector, which remains comatose, in spite of all the billion put there, by both past governments and her husband’s. Can all of us ask Madam one pertinent question? Madam, on this issue of the Nigerian Health Sector, are you on the same page with your husband? We want to hear more from you on this very crucial question please.
Innocent Ifediaso Chukwuma is the Chairman and Chief Executive of Innoson Motors. He is the vehicle manufacturer, based in the East. Sometimes ago, The Guru discussed this man in the studio of Lagos Talks 91.3 FM, when the Nigerian National Assembly refused to buy cars manufactured by his company, but instead, transferred the money across the sea to import Toyota and BMW products. You know our legislators, with their greedy antics. The more Nigerians protested against that wicked act the more they inclined themselves to their chosen way of perfidy. Thank God for Innoson Motors, because immediately our own National Assembly rejected those motors, S/Leone government ordered and paid the sum of $4.7m for what was not good enough for our legislators. Can that be described as a shameful act on our own National Assembly?
The Guru is bringing Innoson’s Chief Executive to the studio tomorrow to discuss the matter.
Of course, there are more for discussion and review tomorrow, in addition to the Historical Perspective and Knowledge Dropbox. We are expecting you to join the conversation tomorrow through phone call-in and other social media platforms. It is all happening live at your only radio station of golden value – Lagos Talks 91.3 FM.
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Godwin Etakibuebu (The Guru).