2018/07/04

Top Reasons Elite Hates Muhammadu Buhari Says, Tabia Princewill

Nigeria has no business with either poverty, violence or ethno-religious killings, if not for the selfishness and greed of its leaders at all levels, which many of us have encouraged and excused for our own purposes.
The elite have a different understanding of Nigeria’s problems: many women involved in NGOs and anti-poverty initiatives (curiously tagged “women’s work”) interestingly eulogise Maryam Babangida as a champion of the poor and women’s rights.
In fact, many criticise Aisha Buhari for not continuing what her predecessors, many former first ladies, institutionalised which is the sponsorship of elite women’s so-called anti-poverty programmes which nearly 40 years later have yielded little to no fruit. The heavy criticism of the Buhari administration is in many ways a result of the President’s refusal to “support” private sector initiatives: many can’t survive without government sponsorship. Nigerians should be wary of misdirected anger. The APC did promise us change but have we the people joined the fight against corruption? Without winning this war, violence and underdevelopment are sure to continue.
Corruption is fighting back, make no mistake. Many simplistic analyses and misleading criticisms from a number of opinion leaders are simply the product of elite resentment.
Product of elite resentment
Corruption has made a lot of people stupendously rich; they’re not about to let go of their advantages, they would rather destroy this country than do so. When former President Goodluck Jonathan said some people had sworn to make the country ungovernable, there was probably some truth to this.
There is a clique of monsters in this country who continuously hold the rest of us to ransom. No progress can come to Nigeria unless we decisively fight corruption. This isn’t about political parties but about Nigeria’s survival. Nigerians should also be wary given the budget cuts to major development projects by the National Assembly.
We must begin to realise who the saboteurs in this country are: they cut across ethno-religious groups and political parties. We must begin to recognise those standing in the way of national progress.
We need to be both cautious and inquisitive and watch those the elite showers with accolades and interrogate the reasons for their demonisation of others: we must question the die-hard propaganda on social media. Nigeria has been sabotaged by its leaders both in and outside of government: when will the rest of us wake up and see we are being manipulated yet again?

Senator Abaribe Eyinnaya Abaribe.
HIS lawyer reportedly confirmed his client was arrested by the Department of State Service, DSS, for allegedly “supporting, aiding and sponsoring a proscribed body, the Indigenous People of Biafra”.
One must also recall that Senator Abaribe provided surety to Nnamdi Kanu, the IPOB leader, who later disappeared.
His arrest, therefore, shouldn’t come as much of a surprise: when a person on bail disappears, the “surety” takes responsibility. What is surprising, is that a Senator of the Federal Republic could find himself connected to an organisation which has been accused of promoting violence and unrest.
Until investigations can reveal the sponsors of violence, until the corrupt are systematically punished, until we decisively tackle poverty so that frustration doesn’t become a grievance cloaked in ethnic resentment, peace will be difficult.
Nigeria overtakes India as world’s poverty capital
ACCORDING to the Brookings Institution, Nigeria has 87 million poor citizens and “six Nigerians become poor every minute”.
These dramatic statistics are in correlation with the increase in violent crime and terror across the country. This should be a wake-up call for the elite who believe they are isolated from violence.
Many people never question how exactly the “rich” in Nigeria make their money or the cost to the rest of our society in a country where doing business means that one must lobby corrupt persons and institutions, so very few come out clean or untainted by corruption.
We all justify our actions, ignoring the breakdown of the state’s capacity to do right for all. Where it ends, only time will tell.