Ateke Tom and Boyloaf have made the transition from being hired guns to being the consciences of the nation, or do we say, of their ethnic groups. In email statements most likely sent from the opulence of their homes, both men declared that, "Niger Delta officials in Jonathan’s government have failed." Do we assume that this vast indictment includes the Prez himself? There are others waiting in the wings you know.
You see, that declaration is what has probably opened the door for
serial contestant, Muhammadu Buhari to stop prevaricating and declare
his interest in the next elections. A month after his 70th birthday,
the former military strongman told The Guardian's Ezeocha Nzeh,
"As for my position for 2015, after considering a series of visits and
persuasions from both my followers, eminent and concerned Nigerians,
members and leadership of our party, I decided to have a rethink of my
position in 2011. So I will make myself available to run for the
presidency in 2015. But all this will be determined by the decisions of
the new party. All we are determined to do is to give Nigerians hope
and arrest the PDP maladministration in the country, which has caused a
lot of harm to the people. And we all believe that it is no longer an
option but it has become very imperative, if the country must move
forward." I would suggest to his followers, eminent and concerned
Nigerians, members and leadership of his party, to find a younger
person and persuade the General to go play with his grandchildren and
stay out of the news.
Erstwhile Don, Wale Babalakin is in the news again. Nervous that the
star of their latest show trial will not turn up in court today, the
EFCC ordered a pre-emptive strike yesterday and declared him wanted.
Apparently, he was meant to turn himself in yesterday, but since his
make up artist was stuck in traffic, he decided he did not want to
appear in the movie looking not-too-good, and declined to turn up.
"Babalakin is dark-complexioned and speaks English and Yoruba
fluently," wailed EFCC parrot, Wilson Uwujaren, and promptly forgot to
mention reward money. I don't expect the other patients at one of the
numerous hospitals that dot Lagos to turn Babalakin in then.
What I don't understand though, is why Broda Wale is behaving like a
confra boy. Come on, that's not how it's done. It is not a true show of
Donhood to be playing hide and seek with law enforcement authorities.
Why, he can learn from his ex-friend, the Ogidigbobo
of Long Lartin Prison on just how to do it. You know, build a court,
get your trial transferred there, and get the judge you want posted
there. While at it, he should realise that once he goes that route, he
should avoid the international wing of the Murtala Mohammed Airport and
the temptations that it brings such as sashaying to Dubai. That will be
a quick ticket to Pentonville since the Brits like to keep their guests
separately. Alternatively, if the allure of the Burj Khalifa is just
too much, he can borrow a leaf from do-you-know-who-my-father-is Aminu,
and simply make the judge disappear.
A permanent disappearance is what Emmanuel Tometin will soon be performing. Courtesy of a hangman. The 27 year old was sentenced to death
yesterday by the High Court sitting in Ekiti. Back in 2006, at age 21,
Tometin had raped 63-year old Mrs. Ikubolaje, and then killed her.
After reviewing the facts of the case, Justice Akindayo sentenced
Tometin to life in prison for the rape, and to hang by the neck until
dead, for the murder. May God have mercy on his soul.
In his own case, Alao Shobowale, allegedly a pastor, will not be
meeting the Creator to explain his actions any time soon. While the
nature of his job entails that he is meant to work anywhere, and at any
time, the 42-year old Pastor Alao took this calling a tad too far and was found "working" in a toilet with a minor at his compound in Epe. He appeared in court yesterday and made bail for 500 grand.
Bits and bobs
Nigeria is digging another hole. Only two days ago, we were informed
that it would take us 70 years to repay the sum of US$42 billions. Yet,
we are closing in making that sum $43 billions by adding more from the Chinese. The smart chinkos on their part have opened more lines of credit.
I was forced to make 3 calls yesterday to friends of mine in the Army
to find out if they were on a plane. None of them was forthcoming with
a response. However, I must say that I am in support of Nigeria deploying troops to Mali. Better AQIM is defeated now before they become entrenched.
As if to validate my position, Zambia's coach watched our Papa Eagles struggle against Cape Verde a week ago, and declared himself unimpressed. He probably saw too many sideways passes.
Right of reply
Kalu Aja took the time to educate me yesterday. His response is reproduced unedited below:
The GDP in summary is a measure of
what is produced, this is a very simplistic definition. The GDP of
Nigeria you correctly quote at $244b is based on a baseline done in
At this time, 1990 there was no GSM,
no Nollywood, no Dangote and Lafarge cement, no ,Shoprite, no PFA, the
rebasing of the GDP will take account of the economic activities from
1990 to the 2008 and you should see a huge jump in the figure of the
GDP by as much as 40%.
Thus by first quarter of 2013, the
Nigerian Bureau of Statistics will publish a revised GDP that will put
Nigeria just above or at par with South Africa, South Africa is at
However this does not fully address
your concerns if the GDP growth rate of 6% even 7% can drive the growth
of Nigeria, with our huge population, the answer is obviously no. What
needs to happen is that Nigeria needs to plug more sectors of our
economy into the "grid". The PIB will cause the oil companies to
incorporate in Nigeria, the selling of of PHCN power assets will cause
the power company outputs to be captured and unleash the productive
capacity of the economy.
One must dwell on the agricultural
revolution in Nigeria. As at 2011, our GDP is about 40% agriculture,
50% of NIgerians are employed in Agriculture. any well directed
investment in this sector will drive growth and incomes and easily push
GDP in a positive direction. The much derided Cassava bread could add a
few point to the GDP figure when one considers that the local farmers
have a new contract to export cassava chips to China. (exports being a
key factor in GDP growth)
On a last note, our budgets don't
capture our economy, The NNPC and the CBN are not appropriated, neither
do MDAs like NAFDAC or NPA remit proceeds to the FAAC which funds the