“I therefore, urge Danjuma, Obasanjo and their likes to please let
“The trouble with
The above two quotations just about sum up the problems we have in
In a recent article, “Is Nigeria Really A Failed State?”, I had posited that I do not consider
Fortunately for me, in his article in The Guardian of January 28, 2008, “Let this Empire be”, (published before my own and which I never even saw before I wrote mine), Prof Niyi Akinnaso had pre-empted me. He wrote, “Certainly,
The Danjuma/Obasanjo face-off has merely highlighted this dearth of leadership, blatant corruption, selfishness and moral deficiencies emanating from our leaders, both military, political, past and present.
I will stress that, until I read Lt. Gen T Y Danjuma’s “exclusive” interview, he was one former military leader that I have the utmost respect for. I used to admire him as a military man along with the likes of Obasanjo, Mohammed Shuwa, Murtala Mohammed, Joe Garba, Benjamin Adekunle, etc. The moment I read his expletives and ranting in the interview, it did not take me more than 2 minutes to jettison all the admiration and respect I have had for him for over 30 years. A word of caution here, lest people misunderstand my motives. As far as I am concerned, both Danjuma and Obasanjo can go to hell, based mainly on how the two of them (with so many other pseudo-patriotic Nigerians) have colluded to treat
Reading that interview, it was hard not to come to the conclusion that Danjuma smacked of arrogance, bitterness, selfishness, bigotry, lack of remorse, pomposity and that trait of Nigerians who have tasted one form of power or the other – “I am an owner of Nigeria”, with reference to Seyi Oduyela’s “Owners of Nigeria”. “
TY Danjuma seems to think he has a monopoly of everything about
And this is a man who would like to be treated and regarded as an elder statesman. A man who could not for the world, see that his many violent interference in the political development of Nigeria has brought nothing but misery, poverty, bloodshed, corruption and the like to his people, be they southerners or northerners, Christian or Muslim.
TY Danjuma also seriously and pertinently exposed himself, albeit inadvertently, as a former military officer who had made his money via a corrupt way of life and through the opportunity granted him – or rather seized by him and his cohorts – for being at the top of governance of Nigeria for many decades as a result of patronage, forcing his way into power and negotiating his stance in most of the governments that have ruled Nigeria. He said he single-handedly raised $7 million to finance Obasanjo’s first term election, with half coming of this from his own pocket. Well, there we have it. How did TY Danjuma make his money. If he put down $3.5 million from his own pocket, two questions arise: If he can afford this much, that means he has a lot more than this, how did he get so much money and what business was he engaged in after his retirement from the military? Secondly, if he put down $3.5 million to finance one person’s election, what was he hoping to get in return? He of course wanted more, and the only place he could possibly get that, was being in Government.
The answer to the first question might be because of the oil blocks he got from the Government (and I think this was what caused the problem between him and Obasanjo when the oil block was taken away from him, probably on the orders of Obasanjo, his friend and then President). We all know that all these “owners of
The second answer is that Lt. Gen Danjuma eventually became the Defence Minister under the man whose election he helped to finance. This was his payback. How effective was the Defence Ministry when our General was the Minister? Can anybody put their fingers on exactly what was achieved by that Ministry under the Minister? What was the Ministry’s budget, expenses, etc? Were the military paid on time? Were the living conditions in the barracks improved? Were the military’s ability to defend
To say I was disappointed with Lt. Gen Danjuma, based on his interview, will be putting it mildly. I was appalled and aghast at his state of mind and thinking. Again, this all says something about the people who have been ruling us for several decades, their warped mindset, their intelligence, their commitment to our welfare, their sense of responsibility and integrity. I could picture the General, war –hero and plotter of many coups, ranting during the interview, casting aspersions on his erstwhile military and political co-travellers and laying emphasis and some degree of bitterness because he had to beg for promotion, after it was himself pushing for other officers’ promotions and national honours. It was very sad, to note that this was what became of the Nigerian military class. It was also appalling, frightening and worrying to note that this is a reflection of the mind-sets of our leaders, like Rev. Fr Ajakaye succinctly put it “They seek their own good at the expense of the country ….. a dangerous trend in our struggle to reform our country in all its ramifications, particularly in the area of good, firm and sincere leadership.”
Danjuma also inadvertently exposed the true agenda of the military class in their various interventions in
Please look back at our military and political history: which of our leaders had really done well or enough? None. They could not even if they had wanted to. They could not fathom what true leadership is. They do not have the ability or the capacity to distinguish between good and evil, right and wrong, good and bad governance. It was not because of their education, but because of the low level of their natural intellectual capacity.
How do you expect a soldier who bears a grudge simply because he was denied promotion and national honour to perform as a true leader of men and women? Such leaders will never care about the welfare, the unity and survival of their people. In fact, such leaders will continue to fan the embers of divisive hatred between the people in order to distract attention of the people they govern from reality. So if we are not at each other throats or trust each other because of our tribal affiliations, we will be hacking each other up because of our religious beliefs.
My conclusion is basically the same as Rev. Fr Ajakaye “all well-meaning Nigerians must join hands together in our search for true leadership, rather than allowing (an evil) cabal to keep ruining the country, all in the name of leading or ruling.”
Obasanjo, Danjuma, Anenih, Atiku, Buhari, Babangida, Abdulsalam, Adedibu, Chris Uba, and others of their ilk too numerous to mention, LET NIGERIA BE!!!!!!.
As Albert Einstein said, Problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them. These aforementioned so-called leaders and many more like them are part of the Nigerian problem, in fact most of them created the problems, so it is impossible for them to solve the problems. As long as they are there, never leaving hold of power and position, still stealing our money and acquiring wealth, positions and influence, and then positioning their offspring in power, to continue their nefarious activities, dubbed “ruling”,
All of these pseudo-leaders who like posing as leaders, are leading the country on the path of ruination and destruction. And the irony is: If they are allowed to destroy the country, they also destroy themselves. What gaineth them?
A word is enough for the wise.