JIDE SALU|MY DEAR PRESIDENT BUHARI, DON’T MIND AYO SOGUNRO. (A rejoinder)

All I can say about Ayo Sogunro’s frustration is that I share 90% of it. The 10% I don’t share are his curses. Jokes aside.Personally, I believe even Buhari never envisaged how bad, how dire the situation is. Coupled with the untimely taking over of power which incidentally coincided with the downturn in oil price. I am not here to defend the man, however, tough as the situation is, Nigerians are to blame for corruption. They encourage it. They partake in it. They even queue for the opportunity to scoop the grumps. That is how bad it has become. Buhari can’t be held responsible for the economic downturn. NNPC, for years, had funded government corruption. Ayo hasn’t deemed it fit to pass comments on actions taken. On Fuel Subsidy, we can all afford to be sentimental about the removal. No leader had the ‘balls’ to remove the subsidy except Buhari. Everyone knows how this has enriched hundreds of Nigerians to the detriment of millions. Of course,

Buhari on Amanpour on CNN
Buhari on Amanpour on CNN

Personally, I believe President Buhari never envisaged how bad, how dire the economic situation he inherited was. Coupled with the timely taking over of power which incidentally coincided with the downturn in oil price, many have turned round to suggest his intervention, may, after all, be untimely (really?).

I am not here to defend the man, however, tough as the situation is right now, Nigerians are to blame for corruption. They encourage it. They partake in it. They queue for opportunities to scoop crumbs from Aso Rock. That is how bad it has become. Buhari can’t be held responsible for the economic downturn. The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), for years, had funded government corruption. Ayo, I noticed you conveniently passing comments on the reorganisation at NNPC. Shouldn’t that warrant your applause?

On Fuel Subsidy, we can’t afford to be sentimental about the removal. I will tell you now Ayo that no leader had the ‘balls’ to remove the subsidy except Buhari. Everyone knows how this has enriched hundreds of Nigerians to the detriment of millions.

Of course, Buhari can’t be held responsible for the economic downturn. NNPC, for years, had funded government corruption. But Ayo, what is your take on the changes at NNPC? Everyone knows how this subsidy that was intended to alleviate the sufferings of the masses had enriched hundreds of NNPC officers and politicians to the detriment of millions of Nigerians. So, something had to be done. How Nigeria had managed to survive as a sovereign entity is still a miracle. It may also have had something to do with bloated Oil price which has shrunk beyond belief. The price is so low that it required an urgent move. Nigeria simply could no longer afford to feed the looters and their choice houses in Manhattan and London. Something had to give way. Of course,it’s a tough decision, but it had to be taken. My fear is that the evil ingenious Nigerians in the sector could yet orchestrate a new cartel that will destroy petrol competition at the pumps. It takes a real leader to take tough decisions in tough climates, and, honestly Ayo, history will judge Buhari well.

ASK: “WHAT HAS NIGERIA DONE FOR ME?”

What does Nigeria really do for anyone? Do You want to know Ayo? It brings out frustrations that hold no bound. Politicians masqueraded as leaders are in position for a reason. Never to become the servant of the people, but to demean the people. All this “grama’ wey you write so, no wash with the ordinary Nigerian on the street o, my broda. These politicians leave the shores of their country to places that exhibit the highest standard in maintaining civil structures for the sake and sanity of both citizens and visitors without bias. Our politicians enjoy the peace that comes with the well-oiled structures so much that they are inspired to loot to invest in the environment. That is what Nigeria does to our Nigerian leaders. What else? Oh yes, at religious centres, you have car parks discriminated based on brands. You have religious leaders compete based on the size of worship venues or their ability to establish schools or universities. That is what Nigeria does. Oh yea, I remember. It is only in Nigeria that serious issues are trivialised by jokes shared by millions on social media. This is how Nigerians get by the stress created by our leaders. Nigeria has become the joke of the world. A country full of talent, yet incapable of ideas on how to harness its natural resources. You are welcomed with “Happy Friday’ on a Monday to entice money out of your pockets. That is what Nigeria does to you. I can go on, and on and on. Fela remains popular because his 30-year-old message still resonates with Nigerians today.

REMEMBER OCCUPY NIGERIA, OF COURSE, I DO….

On the ‘Occupy Nigeria’ fiasco which was a resistance against the imposition of additional economic costs. What happened then? The nearest opportunity Nigeria had to topple a government was torpedoed by a weekend break. You can’t blame Buhari for that, can you?

ONE DAY, THE POOR WILL EAT THE ECONOMISTS….AYO, IT WOULDN’T HAPPEN.

Ayo, your frustration oozes through your write-up. I feel it. the challenge is this; how frustrated is the Nigerian on the street? Are they as frustrated as you and I? Another question for you – have you found a Nigerian prepared to die for Nigeria? if you can answer in the affirmative, then I will boldly say that, like Nostradamus, the famous 15th-century seer, your prophecy will come true. Personally, I don’t ever see it happening in my generation.

EVERYTHING IN NIGERIA IS GOING TO KILL YOU

What’s the way forward? “Well, we will take our punishment lying down” you concluded. I couldn’t agree more with you. it appears God, the creator allotted an unlimited portion of endurance to Nigerians. ‘Wallai we too like party.’ You went on to suggest you will ‘simply try to insulate’ yourself against policies such as it currently is in Nigeria. Whilst I agree with you on that, even me sef, I don insulate my mind and there is the wahala (problem) – every Nigerian has.

And so:

And you then went on a tirade of curses – o boi, na wa for u o. U vex gan ni o

Jide Salu

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