I-GO-CHOP-MY-OWN SYNDROME

Just before you accuse me of being an un-proven and un-tested preacher who, like many of our leaders, would turn to dealers in power giving a chance,let me issue a disclaimer here that I’m not trying to portray a picture of  sainthood nor one without his baggage of inadequacies but a call to honest service for a common weal.

This piece is highly necessary given my recent experience discussing with some friends and their perceptions about private/public offices.The prevailing understanding among young Nigerians is that public office is a means to self-service,self-enrichment and self-aggrandizement.I was with a couple of friends who by all standards,were doing relatively better than myself presently.We got to discuss about Nigeria and the latest EFCC trial of fuel subsidy scam suspects.My friends were not hesitant in praising the very people whose actions led us into morass of under-development,poverty and backwardness over years.To them sleaze is smartness.I felt like I was living in another planet especially when one of them advised me”To sit down there”.

It is sad that our realities have been driven into the consciousness of young Nigerians who should be generation of nation-builders, that political appointments are occasions to revel in aggrandizement. Too many occupants of political space are simply out to occupy space. They come armed with no clue, talent or will for making a difference nor solutions to our myriad of challenges(sic).They thrive in Nigeria because the country is an address where ineptitude and mediocrity are often rewarded whilst the truly talented are often disdained,disempowered or disesteemed.In fact, the going precept and practice of the Nigerian state is to reward the most versed, versatile and unconscionable practitioners of the crime arts. The grander the crime committed in Nigeria, the higher the reward.(Apologies to Okey Ndibe)

Let us do analysis of I-go-chop-my-own syndrome and under-development that we experience everyday.First of all,this syndrome is borne out of greed,myopia and narrow-mindedness.It has stifled creativity,innovative minds and entreprenuerial spirits among young Nigerians.It has bred mediocrity,low-spiritedness and low morale.It has killed dreams and strangulated hopes.Most of the entreprenuers doing extremely well in the system are those benefiting from cronyism by virtue of their fathers’,mothers’,godfathers’ connects etc.There’s nothing bad in standing on one’s parents’ shoulders to get business connects that yield profits but when done on the basis of crony capitalism,it tilts wealth towards wrong hands without any value creations to the general well-being of the people.This accounts for official growth rate in GDP that creates next to zero jobs,hence; high rate of unemployment,high crime rate,unimaginative workforce and a host of others.

We should all remember that for every naira stolen wether in private or public office is a naira less for some public/societal needs: a school, a street lightbulb, a road, a library, a museum, a park, a sewer, hospital,food production,research,sporting activities,pension fund,strong security system,etc and if private sector,it’s the erosion of shareholders’ funds for expansions/investments,job creations,tax for government,standard of living,peace,progress and prosperity for the nation at large.Hence,these erosions complicate the existing unemployment problems.For example,the activities of the rogue bankers in the recent past led to job cuts,outright layoff of staff of taken-over banks like oceanic bank,intercontinental bank etc.

The bottomline is that for this nation to grow,we all need a change of mindset.There is enough in the land to satisfy common need but never sufficient to satisfy everyone’s greed.If it’s tatooed in the heart of your heart that you are out to ‘chop-your-own’ when you ‘get there’,as you are ‘chopping’,remember the armed robbers,militant,religious fanatics,tribal herendists,touts,urchins,assassins,prostitutes,avoidable deaths that your selfishness and greed are causing the nation.The bridge that could not be constructed,the homes that could not be built,the rail lines that could not be made available to decongest roads of heavy duty trucks,the drainage that could not be provided to avoid flood,the electric power that could not be provided to transform national economy,the Microsoft,Facebook,Twitter,Google,Internet inventors etc, that you kill.

May God of creation not only direct our noble cause but also guide us right and help us the truth to know.

So help us all O’God.

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TURN THESE NECESSITIES TO LUXURIES

Nigeria is a blessed country because she has humans like you and me.A nation blessed with abundance of talents,skills and creativity as well as natural endowments should have no business with poverty.God has made Nigerians to be persevering,hardworking and ‘smart-working’.That Nigeria’s economy is not doing well is a pointer that so many Nigerians are not doing well.So why would a blessed people go round-and-round,rigmarole in poverty?

The goodnews for all Nigerians is that God blessed us each with everything(NECESSITIES) we need to be successful and that we are here at this time is a pointer that God has loaded us for the fulfilment of His PURPOSE concerning Nigeria.So why are we not a prosperous nation in real terms?Because we have not turned these talents,skills and creativities with all the natural endowments(NENCESSITIES) into wealth(LUXURIES) for our nation.

Our talents,skills and creativities are the necessities which God has placed in our hands to create a beautiful world for ourselves and the surrounding societies in terms of contributions through values we add to our inborn talents in such ways as to benefit our environments.

Nigeria will continue to be what she is until we all change who we are.The prosperity of Nigeria does not truly depend on the visionless,clueless and corrupt PDP national government nor on the disasters calling themself, leaders at the state and local government levels.Nigeria’s prosperity depends on her populace’s prosperities.The call now is for each of us to search out again what’s truly deposited in us by God and that’s what we find ourselves passionate about.Go out now,close your eyes to the doors conceived by your minds but not there in reality.Forget the giants you perceive for they are just mirage.Focus on how to discover and live your PURPOSE and above all,ignore your present state regardless of what your neighbour(s) think(s) or say(s) about you for whatever they know about you is just a portion of your life and not your entire story.Turn your necessities to luxury and your story will mesmerize them.Above all,pray hard as you work hard.

Nigeria is calling on the true patriots in business,civil service,politics,sports,entertainment,engineering,science,technology,art,finance,accounting,auditing,banking,academics,manufacturing,insurance,aviation,real estate,trading,mining,farming,fishing,transportation,telecoms,security,leadership,governance,civil societies,law,jounalism,fashion,etc to turn their necessities(talents,skills,creativities,natural resources) into luxuries(wealth) for her to be truly prosperous.Nigeria is not beseeching us to use our necessities to rape her.She’s not calling us to turn her blessings to curse on her inhabitants,she’s only saying let the generations of your children live in PEACE,PROGRESS AND PROSPERITY.Then her glory would exalt God her maker among the comity of nations.So Arise O’compatriots,Nigeria’s call Obey…

So help us dear God.

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Arise O’compatriots

ARISE O’COMPATRIOTS

Gird up your loins like visionary patriots

Time to walk the talk is here,let’s stop dropping just like parrots

The time is here to put an end to these PDP rots

 

We daily pray to God to direct our noble cause

But we,per second;behave like a nation that’s cursed

Our collective actions,consciously or unconsciously;derail the ship of our state from its course

For we daily refuse to walk and work towards the needed change; of course

 

We daily pledge to Nigeria our country

But we,per minute,shy away from our responsibilities to be part of that great history

Of generation that strive successfully in putting an end to national miseries

Caused by clueless party(PDP) without socio-economic cum political nor technological masteries

 

Our politicians are all almost the same in content but let’s end this PDP rule in Particular

To Save our children and future generations from corruption dwelling under PDP’s umbrella

TRIBALISM,NEPOTISM,CRONYISM AND GENERAL POVERTY

Nigeria is, in all definitions,a nation destined for greatness.God graciously blessed this nation with everything needed by any nation to be prosperous and progressive in terms of human and material resources.Nature blessed Nigeria with good weather,good soil for agriculture,solid mineral is just like MTN(everywhere you go),oil and gas in abudance, rivers and seas with their own potentials.That Nigeria is where she is presently beats all right thinking persons’ imaginations.But Nigeria is just a mere political expression with no life of her own without Nigerians.So it would be correct to submit that Nigeria is what Nigerians make her to be.

The Nigerian journey from sublime to ridiculous started in that era when Nigerians refused to see the big picture of national patriotism and instead embraced the evil of TRIBALISM.The truth is that the monster of CORRUPTION that is snuffing life out of Nigeria today was given life and nurtured in this era.Tribalism gave the unpatriotic Nigerians a safe refuge from lawful punishment for violating the laws of the land.All the scoundrels in the country found escape route from the law by whipping up tribal sentiment using press.National best practices were sacrificed on the altar of tribal or ethnic sentiments.Competence,capacity and patriotic characters were jettisoned  and our national system paved way for all sorts of practices depending on the tribe you belonged to and which tribe was at the helm of affairs.National causes were no more about national pride but about which tribe/ethnic benefited more in terms of financial loots or political patronages.Nigerian system was then unconsciously structured along this line that everyone in Nigeria was more conscious of his/her tribal identity than national identity.Patriotism was totally sentenced to death in this era.This went across our national activities including sport.This day,tribalism has taken another nomenclature.It’s now refered to as ZONING.

 

With increasing education(formal or informal process),our tribal lords found it increasingly difficult to keep feeding just on tribal sentiments.So the system graduated from tribalism to NEPOTISM.In fact,tribalism gave birth to nepotism.With nepotism,’me-and-my-family-only syndrome became the order of the day.What should go round in the economy will only be cornered by an insignificant percentage of the populace and their family members.The foundation for horrifying POVERTY was laid in this era.This is the reason why only privileged families dominated our societies in the recent past because the political and economic fortunes were structured for them only.Does anyone remember the era when certain families with no known economic means were the ones dominating(oppressing) your neighbourhood in those days?This was and still common a practice in the civil service till date.It’s the director’s wife’company that get the job/contract/land allocation(you know now).

 

With the increasing national challenges,our elites needed  safer means of accummulating wealth(without sweath of course) and so we graduated from nepotism to cronyism.Cronyism is the reigning practice at all levels of governance now.From local government to the federal level.Commonwealth is now being shared among the few that are very close to power.They are the friends of power and you always find them in the National Economic Management Team or its equivalent at the state and local government level(s).Has anyone questioned why just a handful few would donate tonnes of millions of naira to Presidential Library project of a sitting President or a PDP secretariat building project and at one time or the other,these unduly favoured few have had their names in major financial scandals that rocked our nation in recent past?If I may wake up your consciousness,FSR scandal or stock market price manipulation are the examples that come to mind.

 

Even judiciary that should be the last hope of the masses has lost its forthrightness,integrity and objectivity to political cronyism.Judgements are given out not on the basis of natural justice nor dictates of the constitution but on the basis of who you know(political and financial network) and how much your network is able to produce for settlement.The effect of cronyism came to its head in judiciary when people like James Ibori escaped justice in Nigeria and became so powerful in the system that would have seen him cooling off in jail instead.Thank goodness,justice came eventually in far away United Kingdom where cronyism is a great crime. Also,scandals like Harlliburton,Siemen, Pension Reform Task Team,banking frauds,parastatals/agenacy like NPA etc would forever escapeadequate justice as a result of cronyism.

 

The implications of tribalism,nepotism and cronyism are immense on our socio-economic cum political development.Tribalism singularly stunted our political development and stagnated our economic prosperity.It succeeded in fragmenting our national unity and gave us impression that our nation didn’t need the best-hand-for-the-job neither was competence nor capacity for proferring solutions to national challenges the required qualities to public offices(Any wonder why our leaders now depend on serenpidity to succeed rather than working hard for collective greatness).The most important thing was ‘our-brother-is-in-charge’.Unfortunately,it’s only the crooked elites that benefit from this arrangement.Nepotism and Cronyism have succeeded in channelling the commonwealth into the hands of very few citizens in the system.Check all the concessions being given by PDP government since 1999,all the licences granted and of late revelations from oil and gas sector(both upstream and downstream).Where majority is languishing in extreme poverty,and middle-class is being eroded by the day and yet very countable citizens are daily being announced as belonging to the richest persons in the world club,that system is bound to be guilty of cronyism.

 

The essence of this piece is to call to question our conscience for us to exorcise ourselves wherever we are guilty of any of these three evil and father of poverty,underdevelopment and disunity in our country.If we can go beyond tribalism(ZONING),nepotism and cronyism,our nation will achieve reasonable progress in so short a time.

So help us O Lord.

 

By Olatona Olabode

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Yar’adua, Jonathan have destroyed Obasanjo’s legacies – El Rufai

 

Former Minister of Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, yesterday criticized the late President Umaru Yar’Adua and President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, for failing to consolidate on the gains recorded by Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s government in salvaging the nation’s economy.

El-Rufai said Obasanjo’s regime had laid a foundation which other incoming administration should build upon for the betterment of the poor masses.

He regretted that the Yar’Adua and Jonathan administrations squandered the inheritance from Obasanjo’s government.

He spoke while delivering a keynote address entitled; “13 years of civil rule: Few gains, many pains,” which he delivered yesterday at the opening of the 2012 Law Week of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Warri branch.

The former minister stated that achievements recorded in the advent of the present democratic dispensation from 1999 to 2007, particularly the lib-eralisation of the telecom-munication sector, which, according to him, brought in foreign investment, spurred ancillary business-es and put telephone in the hands of virtually every adult resident in the coun-try, could not be sustained and consolidated upon by successive governments.

The address of the former minister was presented by Chief Ayuba Giwa.

He said: “We saw the beginnings of a credible system, and even a skeletal mortgage scheme that as-sisted many of the buyers of Federal Government houses in Abuja. Nigeria won debt relief, consoli-dated its banking system and witnessed economic growth, no doubt assisted also by high oil prices.

“By 2007, the new govern-ment inherited vast reserve ($47bn) and ongoing series of power projects (NIPP), new rail system from Lagos to Kano ($8.3bn), Abuja metro ($800m) and vast ex-cess crude account ($23bn).

“In short, a basis to hit the ground running, com-plete ongoing projects, initiates new ones and continues the work of solving Nigeria’s problem was created. Alas, that did not happen.” El-Rufai also warned the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, against rigging the 2015 general elections.

The chieftain of the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, vowed that Nigerians would be mobilized to resist any attempt by the ruling party to “impose itself on the country once again in 2015”.

Warning that rigging portends dire consequences for the country in 2015, he asked the PDP to allow the wishes of Nigerians to prevail in the elections.

He lamented that party had truncated the wishes of Nigerians in the previous elections.

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Yar’adua, Jonathan have destroyed Obasanjo’s legacies – El Rufai

 

Former Minister of Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, yesterday criticized the late President Umaru Yar’Adua and President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, for failing to consolidate on the gains recorded by Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s government in salvaging the nation’s economy.

El-Rufai said Obasanjo’s regime had laid a foundation which other incoming administration should build upon for the betterment of the poor masses.

He regretted that the Yar’Adua and Jonathan administrations squandered the inheritance from Obasanjo’s government.

He spoke while delivering a keynote address entitled; “13 years of civil rule: Few gains, many pains,” which he delivered yesterday at the opening of the 2012 Law Week of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Warri branch.

The former minister stated that achievements recorded in the advent of the present democratic dispensation from 1999 to 2007, particularly the lib-eralisation of the telecom-munication sector, which, according to him, brought in foreign investment, spurred ancillary business-es and put telephone in the hands of virtually every adult resident in the coun-try, could not be sustained and consolidated upon by successive governments.

The address of the former minister was presented by Chief Ayuba Giwa.

He said: “We saw the beginnings of a credible system, and even a skeletal mortgage scheme that as-sisted many of the buyers of Federal Government houses in Abuja. Nigeria won debt relief, consoli-dated its banking system and witnessed economic growth, no doubt assisted also by high oil prices.

“By 2007, the new govern-ment inherited vast reserve ($47bn) and ongoing series of power projects (NIPP), new rail system from Lagos to Kano ($8.3bn), Abuja metro ($800m) and vast ex-cess crude account ($23bn).

“In short, a basis to hit the ground running, com-plete ongoing projects, initiates new ones and continues the work of solving Nigeria’s problem was created. Alas, that did not happen.” El-Rufai also warned the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, against rigging the 2015 general elections.

The chieftain of the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, vowed that Nigerians would be mobilized to resist any attempt by the ruling party to “impose itself on the country once again in 2015”.

Warning that rigging portends dire consequences for the country in 2015, he asked the PDP to allow the wishes of Nigerians to prevail in the elections.

He lamented that party had truncated the wishes of Nigerians in the previous elections.

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DERIVATION AND DEPRIVATION II: THE ILL GOTTEN WEALTH OF OBASANJO By Muhammad Sageer

 

I found out one astonishing thing about most of our influential politicians in Nigeria,they are all bunch of looters united for a single cause. All they care about is money. Their interest is on how to dip their hands and loot from our treasury till there is no more left so the life of the people they govern will be miserable. The life of Obasanjo of today is an echo of his life after retirement 1st october 1979. Obasanjo whom one of his ministers said could not boast of more than twenty thousand naira in his bank account in 1999, today is one of the richest former presidents in the world. Obasanjo’s stupendous wealth is inversely proportional to the abject poverty that ravages Nigerians. Squalor swaggers on two legs in the country while the likes of obasanjo make millions everyday. Obasanjo’s investment ranges from oil,ethanol,hospitality business,farming,education and other businesses. The big question is: HOW DID HE ACQUIRE ALL THESE WEALTH? OBASANJO’S FARM: Established since 1978,Obasanjo farm has been producing fresh agricultural products for almost 30 years. According to Chief Fani-kayode, a former special assistant to obasanjo on public communications and one time minister of Aviation, Obasanjo’s farm makes an average of 30 million a month or 360 million per year. While in power, Obasanjo was so selfish that he wanted to be the richest farmer in Nigeria. He banned the importation of “GRANDPARENT STOCKS” (a variety of chickens), only his farm has the sole franchise for them. Obasanjo was the only one with authority to import and sell them to other poultry farmers in the country. When Obasanjo became president in 1999, he could boast of only one farm in Ota and in mambilla. By 2007,Obasanjo has developed farms in Ibadan, Iseyin, Lanlate, Igbo ora and Ibogun. Each of these farms boast of chinese experts. Obasanjo was busy flying presidential jets to foreign countries in the guise of scouring for foreign investment not for Nigeria but for his own selfish self. He has the biggest cattle ranch and hatchery in Africa located at Igbo ora(Oyo state). He has big fish farms in Lanlate,Ota and a big poultry in Ibogun. He procured appropriate medical facilities to insulate his chickens from the influenza pandemic that ravaged many poultry farmers years back. Other poultry farmers,however lost almost all their chickens. Their president was so selfish he only procured medical facilities for his chickens. Just like GEJ, Obasanjo also don’t give a damn about the people he govern or their welfare. Obasanjo made good for himself and his chickens while the masses he was governing as president have been wallowing at the lowest level of the global human development index. The chickens on his farm don’t feed on raw corn rather they feed on highly concentrated mineral fortified feeds. The ordinary man on the street of Tafawa-Balewa, Tilden-Fulani, Ningi, katagum, Zaki,(Bauchi state), Ajegunle, ketu, Agege,(Lagos state), Yelwa-shendam, Farin-gada, unguwar-rogo, unguwar-rimi, Gangare, Gada-Biu, Riyom,(Plateau state) find it hardly to afford a roasted corn or cooked corn. There is no chicken in Obasanjo’s farm that can be in want of water but the ordinary man in the street of Yemetu, Elekuro, Gege, Bere, Oje,(Oyo State), Tudun-wada, Zangon-kataf, panteka,Rigachuku,Soba, Gidan-waya,Jema’a, (Kaduna State) scoop water from gutters and brooks.

HOW DID A FARM WHICH WAS MORIBUND BEFORE OBASANJO CAME TO POWER BECAME SO RICH?  Obasanjo claimed that he secured a 2 billion naira loan. How on earth did a man who one of his closest minister said couldn’t boast of 20,000 naira in 1999 transformed to someone with a collateral of 6 billion naira to take a 2 billion naira loan? (Anyone conversant with the banking system knows that you need collateral of about 6 billion naira to raise a 2 billion naira loan.) The truth of the matter is obasanjo took or should i say stole from the 50 billion naira agriculture fund approved by his corrupt government when there are millions of farmers all across the country who should have been given that loan but were denied access to the loan. They wept and cried but the government as usual didn’t give a damn about them.

Obasanjo took advantage of the Land use decree law of 1978 which he promulgated(The law stipulates that all rights to land were vested in the governor of a state who has the sole authority to issue certificates of occupancy to those who want to secure land for residential, business and agricultural purposes). He didn’t just stop at Ota, his agenda was to expand to all geo-political zones of Nigeria.

The people of Gembu village in mambilla were harassed by obasanjo using force to acquire their land. They were disposed off their farmland by their commander-in-chief who doesn’t give a damn about them. The people of lekitaba were not left also. The people of Ishasi-Akute in Ogun state and Ayetoro in Lagos state were also disposed off their farms.

Obasanjo in 2001, acquired 10,000 hectares of land from Donald Duke of Cross River for his oil palm estate. Due to his selfishness, he wasn’t satisfied with Duke’s gesture. He grabbed an additional 5,000 hectares at Kwa plantation and took over the government oil palm nursery in Ochong(Cross River state). Obasanjo tricked the people of Cross River that he was into Cross River for what he called”AGRO-FORESTRY”(a scheme that allows the growth of forest friendly crops to restore virginity into degraded lands) before the people of that community knew it, a signboard was erected that read “OBASANJO FARMS,MFAMOSONG”. The people of that council protested but it was all in vain. Their leader, chief Daniel Asuquo who was the chairman of Akampa council was allegedly victimised. He lost his re-election bid and was detained for 18 months for alleged involvement in murder. It was only when the court ruled in his favor in 2004 that he regained his freedom. To show that he meant business, Obasanjo fixed the revival of a moribund dam in oyo state for the benefit of his farm. He also influenced the construction of a road from his Mfamosong farm to Calabar-Oban highway. Obasanjo’s oil palm mill on his plantation has been producing 10 tonnes of palm oil per day since 2000. The factory is under the supervision of a Malaysian. Majority of his oil mill staffs where recruited from Nigerian Institute for Oil Palm Reasearch(NIFOR), Evborneka in Edo state. The staff quarters are located at Kwa Housing Estate. He also built a farm house on a former property of calabar sports club on Ekorenium road. Obasanjo also has an Oil palm estate in Ehuagie, Rivers state. He also owns two fish farms in Ota Ahoada and Ogbo communities. And other choice lands at Omuotude all in Rivers state.

EDUCATION: Obasanjo gave himself licence to establish a private university, the BELLS UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY. Obasanjo has always shown that he hates the poor. He dislikes the masses. Over 70 percent of students in our universities are from poor homes, students whose parents sell dry fish, leaves, vegetables, fruits, fairly used cloth(Gwanjo or Okrika). He killed our universities, he only wants private universities where fees range between 250,000 naira to 1 million naira per session.

BELLS UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY is among the seven private universities approved by Obasanjo to himself and his friends in 2005. It has two campuses, one  in Ota, Ogun state and one in Badagry, Lagos. BELLS UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY has a board of trustees which is the highest ruling body of the university. Professor Isaac Adeyemi is the vice-Chancellor; Mrs Oluyemi Gbadebo is the registrar; Adegoke Omotosho is the Bursar; Clement Omagbeni is the principal librarian.

TRANSCORP: A company emerged called Transcorp. Very few people know about Transcorp. Transcorp is Obasanjo’s other treasure box which was launched 17th November 2004. Transcorp emerged from the bowel of Aso rock, founded with the collaboration and connivance of Obasanjo. General Obasanjo alone owns 200 million shares. According to late Gani fawehinmi(may his soul Rest in peace),” there is no difference between Transcorp and obasanjo, except that a few friends like Ndi Okereke-Onyiuke was brought in to run transcorp”.

I was ashamed when i saw Ndi Okereke-Onyiuke on channels TV during the capital market probe saying rubbish. In October 2005, Transcorp bought 51 percent stake in NICON hilton hotel and changed it to TRANSCORP HILTON for 13 billion naira. It bought NITEL in july 2006. Transcorp acquired not one but FOUR OIL BLOCS. They are OPL 218, 219, 209 and 220 on july 2005 under the leadership of Ndi Okereke-Onyiuke.

Obasanjo was giving his company Transcorp a preferential treatment while he was president. Transcorp got approval from Obasanjo to build a 33.25 billion naira refinery in the lekki free trade zone in lagos. Obasanjo also gave Transcorp licence to build an independent power facility. Obasanjo’s hands are in different oil deals, some of which cut across countries. He has a friend called CARL MASTERS who is his go between for his shady oil deals abroad.

To me, obasanjo is the most corrupt Nigerian ever and i will never agree with anyone who says Obasanjo is not corrupt.  A man who went Bankrupt before 1999 is now the richest former head of state in africa and one of the richest former presidents in the world all in a space of 8 years he governed Nigeria.

Obasanjo has an ethanol factory at Akodo in Ibeju Lekki LGA of Lagos state. The foundation stone of the factory was laid on 5th october 2005. Very few Nigerians know of Obasanjo’s 7 billion naira presidential library. National and state’s library are dilapidated, most of the shelves are empty and the books found in few of the shelves are outdated. Obasanjo’s 7 billion naira presidential library was launched on 14th may,2005. The library have facilities like guest houses,cyber cafe,publishing resources,souvenir/gift shops,auditorium,(for seminars,exhibition,social events), amphitheatre and a museum. Others are artificial lake/stream/waterfall,garden/park,zoo,restaurant and a park.

The launch of the project was one of a kind. Mike Adenuga(Globacom/Con oil chairman) donated 350 million naira, Aliko Dangote(president Dangote Group) donated 220 million naira, Femi Otedola(chairman Zenon oil/AP) donated 250 million, Sunny Odogwu(chairman of Odogwu Group of companies) gave 200 million.

State governments were not left out in the rain of our common wealth. Each governor of our 36 states poured 100 million naira. Private sector chipped in 622 million naira, NPA gave 1 million dollars, Michael Ibru donated 50 million naira, Arisekola Alao donated 100 million naira, Sam Nwake 20 million naira, Dapo Abiodun 10 million naira, Oba sijuwade 10 million naira, Bayo kuku 5 million naira, Ernest Shonekan 1 million naira, Ogun state Obas 5 million naira, All aides of OBJ 2 million naira Obasanjo Holdings poured 100 million naira and the PDP donated 25 million naira.

All the donors of the gifts of money at the launch of the library were involved in all the scams and fraud that took place during Obasanjo’s years in office. Obasanjo connived and collaborated with them to loot our common wealth.

Follow me on twitter @muhammadsageer let’s unite and strategize on how to oust PDP out of power come 2015. GOD BLESS NIGERIA.