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Can Nigeria's Woes Be Strictly Laid At The Feet Of Pdp And Yar Adua Alone?

Nigerians are a bunch of confused people. They shout loudly here, YarAdua is not doing anything or has not done anything, this is a man who has been in power for two years or there about. I ask myself often, what is it Nigerians realy want this man to do? They want him to solve the problem in the Niger Delta - OBJ had eight years, he failed, the agitations actually didnt start from OBJ's time, it started from time immemorial, their state governors looted money meant for the development of the area, the community leaders looted money meant for them from the oil companies, yet they looked on - Abacha killed Saro Wiwa, MEND looked on, why is it now that MEND now wants to paralyse activities nationwide just because they want to prove a point? What point, I ask myself - points they couldnt prove to Alams, Ibori, etc? Are these not the people MEND should be fighting? why are they such forgetful or dull and of less ability to think?

Back to Nigeria - Abacha looted $3billion dollars - abandoned all the refineries, no turn around maintenance was done on all the refineries, no maintenace or money was voted in the power sector for NEPA, a single man looted $3billion naira, yet, people dont refer to him anymore when they talk of problems of Nigeria, OBJ came, even if he looted, could he have looted up to $3billion Abacha looted? OBJ touched Nigeria, if you like agree or dont, so many reforms, again, if you like agree or dont, spent effort, money, and time on the refineries, on the power sector, on the health sector, communication, transportation, banking, corruption and many more, he brought back what Abacha took away from Nigeria, Abdul Salam, the man who spent less than a year, looted and awarded contracts that noone could be seen executed, but people dont call for the heads of these people, they are calling for the headof a man who has only spent two years in office.

They say he hasnt done anything- ok, anything like what? If government announces they want to build roads, Nigerians says, no, we dont need roads, government announces they want to build airports, many people here say, airports are already enough, establish the health scheme for Nigerians, no, they say, it wont work, so, bingo, what is it you are saying the man hasnt done? For the Niger Delta, a problem that spanned years, you say, the man hasnt done anything to solve it, in just two years? It is quite easy to destroy, but it is extremely hard to re build that which has been destroyed.

Which one of you if given the opportunity to rule Nigeria for two years will even life a finger or move a pin? I ask, people seem to forget so easily, it is easy to criticise when you are far away from the hot seat, there is dwindling oil income, there is MEND shutting down oil stations, all these issues to contend with, yet, people say, he isint doing a thing, what is the thing thou want to see done?

Who could have done something better? Atiku, Buhari or which party could have done it better? AC, ANPP, Kris Okotie or who, please point me in the right direction. The problem of Nigeria can be laid at the feet of all of us, me and you, everyone, we only have mouth to talk without any corresponding brain to act or even think properly, the citizens abroad give the country a bad name, the country is ot seen well amongst the committee of nations, all they know about Nigeria is fraud, 419, drug peddling, are these things committed by YarAdua or by PDP, are these perpetrators not Nigerians? What is it all about then?

I am tired of sit tight critics who can only pull down without contributing anything, they are suddenly all over the place, thanks to the internet - different manner of blogs, different manner of newspapers, different manner of fora and people who know nothing about governance and who knows nothing about Nigeria spend hours beleiving what they read in there. The problem goes back to us all, if you like call me names, it is not a new thing here, but, when you cant contribute to anything in Nigeria, it is at best to keep shut or what is the point pointing out the problems and issues which we all know about?

How will you contribute to make things better, that is the point.

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@AjaraEwuro

You make some interesting points here. These include how easily Nigerians forget what they suffered under Abacha, such that a couple of years after Obasanjo took over he was being told that Abacha was better.

However, it should not be a question of whether to lay Nigeria's woes at the feet of PDP and Yar Adua? It is essentially what the PDP and Yaradu'a accepted when they nominated him for President. An election is essentially about a people looking to HIRE a LEADER to address problems that they could not deal with by themselves. The oath of office is a statement that while you are not necessarily responsible for our collective problems, you are assuming the responsibility to deal with them. These requires three things of those vying for office:

1) They must be familiar with those problems, not merely in an academic way. The best ones must have felt, touched, smelled, inspected and thoroughly understand the various dimensions of our problems.

2) They need to have a deep involvement in the available options.

3) They must be capable of judging those options, implementing them and carrying along the populace.

The winner of an HONEST election should be, but is rarely the one possessing the best combination of these attributes, but for a country to make progress that person that CANNOT be the one described by characteristics opposite or even almost opposite to the above.

In the above lies Nigeria's dilemma. How do we get our office-seekers to fulfill the first requirement talk less of (2) and (3). The vast Nigerian populace certainly are too immersed in dealing with the day-to-day hardships from those problems to give any real thought to how to address them. They can only complain loudly about what affects them directly, but it is difficult to proceed to a deep probing and analysis that is necessary to even begin to understand the problems. That puts the onus on those who want to lead. Yaradu'a as well as most of our past leaders and most of those roaming the landscape continue to show they have no clue.

Using the above and judging from the reforms Obasanjo left in place (after his own 4-year of fumbling admittedly) Yaradu'a's two years is almost a complete waste. Instead of quickly moving to consolidate what his PARTY had achieved he proceeded to tear them all down one-by-one. Now he is picking the same things up. The list is long:

1. The sale of refineries were reversed and $742 million (yes that is right $742 million) returned to the buyers - guess who is looking for investments in refineries now. Suppose there was some justifiable reason to take the refineries back, a President who can see the depth of Nigeria's fuel crisis would not have allowed that money to go away. What is wrong with calling those investors and offering them juicy concessions to build a new refinery? Work on that new refinery would be wrapping up by now. Imagine the petroleum minister saying a couple of days ago that Nigeria is going to stop exports of crude oil - can you imagine something more cynical or ignorant or both coming out of the mouth of people who are supposed to be the best in these areas. This is the same way the Yaradu'a's appointed NNPC CEO promised to have the refineries all working in 5 months.

2. Think about Yaradu'a's promise to declare a power emergency within 100 days. That declaration is now scheduled for next month. Look at how much the national assembly spent writing a bogus report on Obasanjo's power program only to find out that the leader of that report was actually greasing his own palms massively. The same 6000MW target set by Obasanjo is now Yaradu'a's objective too.

3. Look at how EFCC was almost dismantled. Yes, there have lately been some arrests, but I can tell you that no thief is being scared by Waziri. Look at Halliburton, Siemens, etc.

4. Look at Ekiti State's election - 10 local governments and 10,000 policemen, and they still managed to mess it up.

I pray to be wrong, because it means more suffering for the people, but Yaradu'a seems to be a PRETENDER. He needs to get his acts together or Nigerians must open their eyes and get someone new in 2011. We MUST at least take advantage of democracy in this respect, and keep changing non-performing presidents until the right one comes along.

Ultimately for Nigeria a new approach must accompany or complement democracy, and it cannot be based on the violence of military rule or the aspiration to be titular leaders. We need a wide-ranging movement that would display complete devotion to national service devoid of personal gain or ambition.

'Debo

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Why dont Nigerians like to accept the truth - If the youth or country is not as corrupt as the leader then it is not possible for about 5000 persons to hold 145,000, 000 hostage

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Please let us not get worked-up yet and let us learn to accept criticism as an important part of the development process.

I have always been anti-party because of the rot in every nigerian party but i will always advocate for capable individuals with a vision regardless of the party.

(1) Yar adua for the past two years has done nothing. lets admit it. He is a shame to the party and the process for his selection.

Take Fashola for example, he has also worked for two years yet everybody seems to be praising him.

Now, some critics would say Nigeria is bigger than lagos. But the truth is: if you are good;you are good.

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You are the dumb one then.

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Yar'Adua is a product of the nation.

Nigeria is messed up because Nigerians are.

We don't know if we have politicians or tribal chiefs.

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this dude is surely dumb, mend was never in existence during abacha's era, whats the point in your thread cus you seem to be going up and down

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@ poster, No, it's all of us informed by ineffective institutions of which Yar n his followers are inhumanely idolizing.

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@ibime

Why do u have to degrade yourself this low - u are behaving like u lack common sense

what has somebody english got to do with what is been disscused

fix up.

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@Ibime I will like to ask a Question. Is Nairaland a University where you learn English? I think you should take your silly English out of Nairaland to somewhere else. Brain dull. Nigerians mostly the one in Uk I don tired of them all. silly peoples. better person dey make point here you dey talk about English. You know English too much where they English don carry you go. Loser better find a job silly pikin

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You are simply silly, but you just responded, you just make me laugh at you. I am not an English man, why should that bother you? Teacher Teacher, loud mouth like you.

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You need to learn to speak English properly before posting your half baked ideas.

There was no MEND in 1994 so how could they protest Saro-Wiwa's treatment?

The whole world protested . . . . and Ogoni agitation was quelled by Helicopter gunships during that period.

As for the rest of your post, it's just conjecture and bollocks. No need to dignify it with a response.

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@strangle

Honestly, if your brain is working perfectly, what is the meaning of what you just wrote above?

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