Why Chief/Gen. Obasanjo Always Select Political Juniors to Replace Him?
At this moment, it is necessary to ask why Chief/Gen. Obasanjo always seems to pick political underlings as his successors. It is also necessary to ask why he repeatedly selected individuals who were not prepared for the top job in the country to become presidents? The following is an attempt to identify the reasons given by Nigerians to explain Obasanjo’s proclivity toward selecting political juniors to succeed him:
1.Some Nigerians believe that Chief/Gen. Obasanjo always prefer to hand over power to individuals who have less political influence so that he can be able to control and dominate them after he leaves office.
2.Some believes that Chief/Obasanjo chooses to hand over power to individuals who have less political clout in the country so that they would not be able to summon enough courage to investigate and possibly charge him for various crimes after he is no longer in power. It should be noted that some Nigerians are convinced that the culture of large scale embezzlement of public funds actually began during the regime of Gen. Obasanjo and not that of Gen. Ibrahim Babangida. It should be recalled that while Gen. Obsanjo was in power, preferably, around 1977-78, a wild rumor circulated that the late President/Gen. Idi Amin of
In recent times, rumors have been circulating that former President Obasanjo has been going around pleading with the new governors not to carry out any action that could jeopardize his business interests in their states. In particular,
It could be said that under President Obasanjo’s leadership of
3. Some Nigerians theorize that Chief/Gen. Obasanjo always wants to open political doors to political underlings so that the country can go in the right direction. Consequently, it was necessary to put somebody like Shagari in power. Similarly, it is necessary to put someone like Yar’Adua in power. In this regard, Nigerians who hold this perspective believe that President Obasanjo helped to put President Yar ‘Adua and Vice President Goodluck Jonathan in power, thereby, for the first time, allowing a member of a minority group to ascend the corridors of national power, apart from Gen. Yakubu Gowon. Furthermore, those who hold this view believe that President Obasanjo must be congratulated for appointing General Alexander Ogomudia and Gen. Awoye Azazi as heads of the Nigerian Army and Chiefs of Defense Staff respectively. They also insist that Chief/Gen. Obasanjo must be congratulated for creating the EFCC and making the anti-corruption war possible.
4. Some Nigerians believe that Chief/Gen. Obasanjo is a party loyalist and prefers to hand over the mantle of leadership of the country to individuals who are beholden to the political party so that they can reinforce the capability of the party to win elections against the opposition. In deed, Shagari was beholden to the NPN and the clique that controlled the party from behind the scenes. As a result, he decided to run for reelection rather than hand over the presidential candidacy to Vice President Alex Ekwueme after the NPN had made a decision to rotate the presidential slot among the political zones of the party.
To Avoid Shagarinization
Actions needed to be taken by President Yar’Adua in order to avoid Shagarinization:
1. Become more decisive and act like the leader of
2. Make the war on corruption the number one goal and objective. Corruption affects the entire lifeblood of the country, thereby, truncating its development. Corruption perpetuates the violation of the Constitution and the laws by those in power. It enables national and states political leaders to be unaccountable, unresponsive, irresponsible, and nontransparent. It is not possible to move the country forward in a progressive manner if corruption is not drastically reduced.
To fight corruption, the law must be allowed to take its course. Judges must be allowed to make legal decisions based upon the merits of the law.
3. He must work with the National Assembly to get rid of the immunity clause. Why should the Nigerian population at large be held accountable to the laws of the country while the rulers are exempted from the tentacles of the laws of the land?. The law should apply equally to all Nigerians. The immunity clause encourages thievery. .It is not surprising that the former governors are behaving like common thieves and searching for every means possible to avoid being invited by the EFCC to explain what they did while they were in power.
4. He must distant himself from former President Obasanjo and members of the inner circle of the PDP if he does not want to be aimless and ineffective.
5. He should stop the PDP practice of forcing governors, especially those of the oil-producing states to sponsor PDP political activities. The rumors are all over the place that Chief James Ibori, the former governor of
6. He should pay more attention to the national interest of
7. The EFCC should be allowed to stand on its own as an independent government agency instead of being forced to become either part of the Nigerian Police Force or the Attorney General’s Office. So far, it seems that the president is allowing the Attorney General to unduly interfere with the operations of the EFCC. This sends a mix message indicating that the president is not serious about fighting corruption. In particular, the tactical coup which led to the sudden departure of Mallam Nuhu Ribadu as the head of the EFCC shows that the Attorney General and the Inspector General of the Police are playing politics with the war on corruption.
8. The Attorney General and the Inspector General of Police should work together to solve the high profile murders that were committed in the country during the administration of Chief Obasanjo. In particular, the case of former Attorney General Bola Ige must be solved. They should allow the EFCC to do its work.
9. He should not extend the deadline for the stoppage of gas flaring. Gas flaring has been going on since oil was discovered in Oloibiri in 1958. Instead, he should put pressure on the oil companies to take proactive measures in ensuring the reduction of gas flaring. The youths in the Niger Delta are watching to see whether the president will kowtow to the interest of the oil companies or act decisively to put an end to the biochemical poisoning of the peoples of the oil-producing region. The peoples of the region are being subjected to an unbearable condition due to the fact that while they are compelled to inhale the poisonous gases and develop incurable medical conditions, there are no specialized medical facilities in the Niger Delta to treat their ailments.
10. He should distribute major national infrastructural developmental activities throughout all the zones of the country. So far, the impression is created that almost every major infrastructural developmental activity is focused on the North and the Southwest. For instance, the West African Gas Pipeline project is located in the Southwest. There is a plan to put a major railway line between
11. Since the legitimacy of his presidency’ is being challenged by the opposition led by Atiku and Buahri, the only way he could gain the sympathy and trust of the people is for him to carry out programs and activities that would directly benefit the masses. He has to act very quickly in making sure that he is the president of the Nigerian people and not the president of the PDP and the protector of PDP’s financial nests. Otherwise, he could be removed from office as the courts continue to review the electoral processes of the 2007 elections. Already, some governors have been relieved of their jobs.
12. The political stakes are very high. Nigerians have patiently waited for too long for a good leader to emerge. Nigerians pray and hope that President Umaru Yar’Adua will succeeds in leading the country to a better future.. If he fails by becoming powerless, aimless and ineffective, the tragic political drama that has been taking place in