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How Buhari policies, progs have met many at their point of need, by Femi Adesina

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Special Adviser to the President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina

How Buhari policies, progs have met many at their point of need, by Femi Adesina

On Sunday, April 30, the Media Office of the President released a 91-page document on the achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari over the past eight years. It was a job painstakingly done for many weeks by the Presidential Communications Team.

I must confess that I was awed by things recorded in that one-stop shop of presidential accomplishments.

Successes, achievements, landmark deliveries everywhere. On infrastructure: rail, roads, bridges, airports, air and seaports, power, housing, water resources. Legislative reforms. Executive Orders. Ease of Doing Business. Digital Economy. Oil and Gas. Solid minerals. Agriculture. Social Investment and Poverty Alleviation. Support to States. Law enforcement and security. Youth and Sports Development. And many others. I say again: I was awe-struck when the document became ready.

Why do some people, cynics, skeptics, cavilling, belabour themselves to prove that President Buhari hasn’t done anything for Nigeria in eight years? Facts don’t lie, and they are always there, staring you in the face.

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“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations or dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” — John Adams.

“Truth, like cork, cannot sink. It cannot be sunk. It always floats. Time will vindicate him.” — Prof. Tam David-West on Muhammadu Buhari.
There have been two basic reactions to the released Fact Sheet. Good Nigerians, in untold numbers, are delighted, asking us for copies so they can use the content to countermand the antics of fake news merchants. We gladly oblige.

Others, caterwauling, wailing and whining, say: “It’s not true. It can’t be true.” And they are secretly going through the document with a magnifying glass, wanting to disprove some of the assertions. Alas, they are not succeeding, to their sorrow and disquietude.

Why do the heathens rage and the people imagine vain things? What benefit is it to them, if President Buhari failed? Is it not to their disadvantage, that of their children and the country in general? But beyond their shenanigans and negative wishes, the President has succeeded and is still achieving, till the last day in office.

On Tuesday, President Buhari was in Zuba, Abuja to commission the 748-unit Federal Housing Authority Mass Housing Estate, covering a total 18.5 hectares of land area, which comprise of one bedroom, two bedrooms, three bedrooms block of flats and three bedrooms terrace duplex.
It is promise made and promise kept as the country’s housing deficit is further reduced. Senator Gbenga Ashafa, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Federal Housing Authority, disclosed that work is also ongoing on Bwari Estate, which is expected to provide 336 units of various house types.

Ashafa added, “At the national level, we have set for ourselves a target to do a project in all the zones of the country where we operate. All our zonal offices throughout the country have been repositioned to this effect. We are happy to be associated with Mr. President’s housing revolution in the country.”

Of the N9.5 billion spent on the Zuba project, the Federal Government provided N7.5 billion. This is despite the economic headwinds the Buhari Government had faced since inception. Truly, there’s a difference between a leader who has come to serve, and the one who came to be served.

About 13,600 Nigerians were employed both directly and indirectly in the Zuba project. You can imagine the number of jobs that will be provided through housing projects nationwide. Yes, government just needs to provide the enabling environment, and the people will be gainfully employed. But the ignorant don’t know, and expect government to employ everyone. Where does that happen?

Speaking at the Zuba commissioning, President Buhari told the new homeowners: “Our promise of change has been fulfilled for you,” while charging them to consciously work together with the FHA to ensure the maintenance of the property and safety of the environment.

The President further said: “One of the measures that we have consciously deployed to attack poverty, create prosperity and develop our economy is the aggressive provision of infrastructure nationwide,” noting that such investments also lead to creating employment opportunities for artisans and other skilled members of the society.

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola (SAN), said the completion of the project was a product of team work and leadership by the President, who gave approval for appointments into the leadership of FHA Board and Management.

‘‘Instead of abandoned projects, we now have 748 completed housing units for Nigerians and their families to shelter,” Fashola said, adding that 75 contractors were engaged in the course of the project.

Fashola told the President that the five beneficiaries who received keys to their flat: Tina Orkpe, Salisu Iliyasu, Ado Maude, Rabina Abdulkadir and Flight Sergeant Musa Mohammed, subscribed through FHA Rent-to-Own delivery model.

“Although many of the beneficiaries of this project will never meet the President personally, your policies and programmes have met them personally at the point of their needs,” he added.

The Lagos-Ibadan Expressway is coming. The Second Niger Bridge, and many others are coming before the administration touches down on May 29. No single government finishes all the job that needs to be done in a country. Not anywhere in the world. President Buhari has done his honest bit. He has succeeded well. And his footprints will be indelible on the sands of time.

  • Adesina is the Special Adviser to President Buhari on Media and Publicity

How Buhari policies, progs have met many at their point of need, by Femi Adesina

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Tinubu: The Crowning of the Spiderman

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Tinubu: The Crowning of the Spiderman

Tunde Odesola

(Published in The PUNCH, on Friday, June 2, 2023)

From football to jollof rice, and other sundry striving like music and acting, I love the healthy rivalry between Nigeria and Ghana. But truly, Ghanaians know which is the giant of the two countries just as Nigerians know that the tattered singlet of Musa at the gate is worthier that the starched khaki of the brain-lazy, woebegone retired Major-General.

Though farther than Benin Republic, Togo, Niger and Cameroon in terms of geography, Ghana is closer to Nigeria in terms of shared experience and colonial language.

“Imagination is better than knowledge,” I agree with this wisdom of Einstein, who expatiates that, “Knowledge is limited to what we know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there will ever be to know and understand.”

Through the trickery of the Tortoise, Nigerian folklore imagines connectivity between the dead and the living, weaving together a world of equality, freedom and dignity, where intelligence trumps force.

Similarly, Ghanaian mythology imagines the world through the labyrinth of the silk-spinning Spider, whose squishy body contrasts with the carapace of the Tortoise but both creatures’ legends secure a place for the weak in the society.

However, comeuppance awaits the Tortoise or the Spider whenever either wishes to take advantage of the vulnerable through wit and cunning.

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In the worldview of African forebears, before things fell apart, intelligence always triumphs whenever brute force runs naked, making the Yoruba say, “Ogbon ju agbara lo,” wisdom is greater than power.”

The story of former President Muhammadu Buhari and incumbent President Bola Tinubu is similar to the Ghanaian myth about Nyame and Anansi.

Anansi is a spider who wants to be the owner of all the stories known in the world, but all stories belong to Nyame, the sky god. Anansi tells Nyame of his wish to buy all the stories from him but Nyame tells the spider the price is unaffordable.

When Anansi insists, Nyame attempts to outfox him, saying Anansi could have all the stories of the world if he could capture the four most dangerous creatures in the world. An excited Anansi assures Nyame that he would capture all the four creatures, and even offers his own mother, Ya Nsia, to boot!

The four creatures include Onini, the python; Osebo, the leopard; Mmoatia, the Fairy; and a hive of Mmoboro Hornets.

Anansi has a beautiful wife, Aso, who is super cunning, and whom he listens to. With his wife’s advice, Anansi beguiles all four creatures, one after the other.

To capture Onini, his wife devises a plan, and they both set out for the brook where Onini lives. There, they began to argue loudly about Onini’s length. Onini comes out and Anansi tells him about their argument.

Onini brooks no contest with the majesty of its length, it quickly stretches out beside the branch which Anansi brought with him. To get an accurate measurement of Onini, Anansi advises that one end of the python be tied to the palm tree branch while the other end should be tied against the other end of the tree branch.

After tying the head of the snake to the branch, it was easy to persuade the snake to have its tail tied to the other end of the stick. And the python became more vulnerable than a sitting duck.

To capture the leopard, Anansi digs a hole in the ground along the path which Osebo treads, covering it up with brushwood. Returning home after dark, Osebo falls into the pit. Anansi, the Good Samaritan, offers to get Osebo out of the hole through his web. But when the leopard got out of the hole, he remained a prisoner in Anansi’s web and was subsequently carried to Nyame’s palace.

The spider entraps the Mmoatia Fairy by making a doll covered in glue and placing it in the prairie where the fairy plays. She sees the doll and gets attracted to it, touches it with both hands and becomes glued.

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Anansi lures the Mmoboro hornets into his gourd by pouring water on himself and telling the hornets that a dangerous rain that had beaten him in another community, was fast approaching. He advises them to get into his gourd for safety. They obliged and became Anansi’s victims.

The Spider goes to Ya Nsia, his mother, and reminds her about the promise he made to the Sky god. Ya Nsia agrees to go with Anansi to Nyame.

Boxed in by the Spider’s achievements, Nyame summons the elders and his army, tells them about Anansi’s conquests, which no one else or kingdom could do, and thus pledges all stories to Anansi, the Spider. So, every story became known as a Spider story.

I’m almost sure scaling the hurdles wouldn’t have been smooth sailing for Anansi. There might have been moments of despair and frustration when he angrily shouted, “E gbe awon stories yi wa, EMI LOKAN!”

Unlike the world of Buhari and Tinubu, the world of Anansi was a law-abiding world, where crime was punished, and virtue rewarded.

It was a world, where the elephant, though mighty, couldn’t usurp the rights of the ant, and the lion, despite being the king of the jungle, dared not take what didn’t belong to him.

It was a world that would ‘open the calabash’ of death to a brainless, callous and nepotistic king who recently plundered the land for eight years of misgovernance – just like they ‘opened the calabash’ for wicked kings in the old Oyo Empire.

In the olden days when the Tortoise and the Spider counted among the wise men, people voted without let or hindrance, and their votes counted. The electoral umpire, even if it was the glasses-wearing YAK, dared not fail to upload the results of the presidential election as ARTICUlated in the electoral law.

During the days of the fabled Tortoise and the Spider, Umpire YAK dared not cause disaffection within the polity, as he did yesterday, without being summoned to the king’s palace, and bagging an outright banishment to the Evil Forest or the severance of his head from his neck at Imogun, the Place of Skulls.

If Yak followed the electoral process through, the Articulate and the Obidients would probably not go to the Court of Judges to lay their grievances over why the Bat was crowned the king without announcing his victory through the Kakaaki, as required by the law of the land.

Things have turned upside down today. Thorns have grown on the throne in Ife, and the king can no longer sit on the stool of his forebears but go about looking for plastic chairs in Owambe parties, allowing Pete, Tom, Dick and Harry to hug him.

In those days of the Tortoise and the Spider, when the blind Baba Fakunle predicted in Ola Rotimi’s ‘The gods are not to blame’, that King Odewale would marry his mother and kill his father, it came to pass.

Today, Christian and Muslim clerics have turned the church and the mosque into casinos, where forecasts are churned out like locusts in flight, with none coming to pass.

A cleric predicted that he was the incoming President Number 16 and that Buhari would hand over to him. Another one warned witches and wizards not to come to Abuja – as if witches and wizards ever amounted to anything or as if they are the problems of Nigeria.

Many Nigerian pastors and imams are fake men of God who brag about power over all infirmities but none has ever cured either a cough or a headache, not to talk of HIV/AIDS or COVID-19.

The removal of petroleum subsidy is a step in the right direction but the President must not behave like the Tortoise who got all the wisdom of the world in a gourd, which he tied to his neck, without knowing how to get the gourd to the top of a tree. Tinubu must exhibit cleverness and be be prepared to go to war against the oil cabal.

Online reactions trailed the presence of President Tinubu’s wife, Remi, for being present at an official meeting the president held with some officials on Wednesday.

Did Aso, the wife of Anansi, not help her Spider husband solve his riddles? If you don’t know the meaning of presidential monarchy, go to court.

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(OPINION) Open letter to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu GCFR

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President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR

(OPINION) Open letter to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu GCFR. The President Federal Republic of Nigeria.

All existing protocols are duly observed.

My constitutional rights as a Nigerian moves me to write this letter to you our New President – Bola Ahmed Tinubu GCFR.

Congratulations on your assumption to the office as the 16th President of FRN.

These are my inputs to your administration for us all to get the desirable results in your new Government.

In the comradeship terrain it’s said that – Victory for One is a victory for all and injury for one is an injury for all. I pray that may you succeed in your tenure as the First Citizen of Nigeria Aamiin.

First and foremost I say A big congratulations to you and all Nigerians home and abroad for the bold step you took to announced the REMOVAL OF FUEL SUBSIDY.

Sir!!! Nigerians say No to any form of CABALS home and diaspora.

I suggest the below public figures in Nigeria to serve directly under your administration.

According to two of our contemporary democracy founding fathers – late President Nelson Mandela he said that any system that fails to take Education as Priority is a failure.

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You the President of FRN said & I quote that you believe in the revolution of our great country Nigeria but not by any form of battle, civil unrest or war but by our intellectuals.

The above mentioned quote tell us the power of education.

On this note, below are my submission to your desk directly sir.

I suggest that Education & insecurity are twins sectors which need urgent attention and have to be in your priority list sir through the below –

1. Prof. Ishaq Olarenwaju Oloyede For Minister of Education.

2. Retired Generals like Alani Akinrinade, Olu Bajowa, Ishola Williams, Jubirila Ayinla, David Jemibewon etc should be consulted for security.

3. Emir SLS & his formidable team for Economy planning.

4. H. E . BRF & his crew for what they are Guru at.

5. Prof. Pat utomi & Senator Kalu orji plus others from the East are also key in PBAT administration.

Note – Education sector has to cover other areas like – Computers, Technology, sciences and Researches etc.

These sectors have to make your priority list after the above to achieve the desirable results Viz –

1. Health sector
2. Power , Petroleum & mines sector.
3. Agriculture sector.
4. Infrastructures sector.
5. Welfare of all the citizens old and young (unemployment, old age benefits etc).

These 7 key points are very vital sir and if you can deliver them to us, Nigerians, your name will never be forgotten in the country’s Best governance list.

Pray that May Allah make it an easy task for us and all yours formidable team Aamiin.

God bless Nigeria Aamiin!!!

I am comrade Hon Akinpeju AIT (National General Secretary ABAT Educational Support Team).

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