Thank God that tomorrow, March 15, 2021, is another Monday, and another date with The Guru at Lagos Talks 91.3 FM, when review of topical issues come under scintillating analysis. Starting time, as usual, is 09:30am and shall be running till 11:00am.
I have my lamentations about my beloved country Nigeria. It is not only lamentations but more of horrible frustrations. For those that are in my class of spending sleepless nights in searching for solutions to Nigeria’s numerous problems; and there are many Nigerians in this class, l have come to one inevitable conclusion that the glorious and fantastic Nigeria, many of us sincerely wishing for, may not come too soon.
That is not to say that a greater and brighter Nigeria; adequately prepared to take place of leadership in the world community, will not emerge, even if it is not during my lifetime. It will surely come but not with the type of leadership that occupy the stage currently.
There is no way leadership loaded with deceit and lies, leadership that seems entirely confused and leadership that is comprehensively waxen in corruption can take a country to the neighborhood of desired dreamland.
My frustrations emanated from facts of daily revelations that Nigeria is unlucky, sad enough, to have been saddled over the years with no purposeful leadership. Let’s take events of this past week as a benchmark of evaluation. We shall only talk about two for purposes of brevity.
One, the Petroluem Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) announced new price of N212.6 per litre of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), popularly called Petrol mid last week. In an attempt to justify the increase; an act that Nigerians’ ancestors will never forgive our leaders for, a template of all the components that justify the new price was put on the federal government’s website – http://pppra.gov.ng/pms-guiding-price-for-March-2021/.
The NNPC went to town immediately after this, saying there was no price increase for Petrol, and within 24 hours of this balderdash, the same PPPRA pulled the template of increase off the government website, leaving enough confusion for sustenance of fuel increase across the country.
The irony of this wicked and confused leadership’s show of shame in the market place of insanity, is that the same federal government has made different pronouncements at different times about the petroleum products.
The Minister for State at the Petroluem Resources ministry; Timipre Sylva, told Nigerians recently that Petroluem products, mostly fuel have be deregulated. Yet, PPPRA; a full federal government enterprise still fixing price for PMS, thereby making Nigeria the only country in recent memory that “deregulates and regulates”. What would you call this act – confusion, wickedness or display of corruption’s supremacy – or combination of all?
On the NNPC continuous scamming of Nigerians, with 4 Refineries (built with refining capacity for 425,000 barrels per day) without capacity to refine a barrel, we must hold Muhammadu Buhari responsible.
He was a Colonel in the Nigerian Army when his boss then, General Olusegun Obasanjo made him Chairman of NNPC, with mandate to build refineries. How will Buhari tell the world that he did not understand the mechanical functionalities of the NNPC and the moribund refineries they built for Nigeria?
God, for sure, will call all these leaders to question and pay them appropriately at the fullness of time.
Two, retired Major General Babagana Monguno is the National Security Adviser. A two star General, his military colleagues told me that he is very intelligent, and as an officer-gentleman, he should be a man of his words, or so it should have been. In his capacity as NSA, everything around purchase of weapons for the Nigerian Military might not be entirely his decision, but those things cannot pass without his input. Yes, l am aware that such leeway of info was closed against him (Monguno) when Abba Kyari; the Supremo, was alive and Chief of staff to the President. But with Professor Gambari as Chief of Staff, “totalitarian acquisition of power” is no more the rule at the Villa. Ipso facto, General Babagana Monguno should be seen as remaining a man of honour.
But his voluntary utterances a few days ago on how weapons purchased to prosecute the war against Boko Haram, Banditry and Kidnapping, in most parts of Northern Nigeria are nowhere to be found, and his sudden denial of the statement is casting doubt on the character of this gentleman.
One thing which stands taller here is that Monguno was never misquoted because his interview in Hausa language, which he granted voluntarily to the BBC Hausa Services, has been interpreted by excelling linguistics.
All the interpreters returned the same verdict – albeit he said what he said.
The retired General must therefore have reasons hidden on the fear factor; because in that “industry”, life is the “IOU of the looser or over-speaking”.
Above two examples are more than enough for any patriotic Nigerian to slumber into depression within the captivity of lamentations and frustrations. And when confronted with such challenges, one has no other option but to identify that very essential product which has been taken away from the head of the Nigerian leadership, because something very crucial is actually missing somewhere. A friend of mine called the missing object as “removal of a bolt and nut from the brain”.
These are the major two issues that Periscope will dig into when we come on air tomorrow, by the grace of God, in addition to few others.
Amongst some other things that shall come under review will be what has now become known as Ibori loot from the UK which Abubakar Malami is illegally diverting to Second Onitsha Bridge, Abuja-Kano and Lagos-Ibadan roads. Some people will help us tomorrow to reveal some dirty intrigues about this agenda of humans’calamity against man.
Oh, it is like Nigeria is not finished yet with the Sheikh Ahmad Abubakar Gumi’s trajectory in his incursion into the world of Banditry. The cleric has let some big cats out of the Nigerian hidden bag of secrecy. “Government officials always present whenever l meet bandits”, is the bombshell Abubakar Gumi has just dropped – this is more than the Atomic bomb that dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9 of 1945. Keep a date with us at Lagos Talks 91.3 FM tomorrow for fuller details, but l can assure you of one thing, by the time you have details of this Gumi narration, and that thing is that you will be shocked.
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Godwin Etakibuebu (The Guru).