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National Assembly: The Only Remaining Nuisance And Obstacle To Change In Nigeria

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July 18, 2015 – National Assembly: The Only Remaining Nuisance And Obstacle To Change In Nigeria

As an overhaul of most systems in Nigeria happens at last, Nigerians are increasingly wondering how to do away with the last remaining vestige of destructive greed, avidity and venality: the House of Assembly. The Ebola plague of the nation that simply refuses to disappear or subside. The blow throwing, mudslinging, backstabbing, unproductive, destructive, regressive, sophomoric boors. And these are the better words to describe what is best captured by Fela’s “ni bo le leyi ti wa ti o ni okun lorun,” meaning, “where did these come from that they don’t have leashes on their necks.”

The masses have woken up, they have decided to be proactive and determined in steering their future. This was transparent in the voting out of PDP President Goodluck Jonathan along with his cabal… remember that meeting chaired by Dangote that donated billions to his campaign?, yeah, them. In spite of billions of dollars diverted for the election campaign and the billions the cabal dedicated, the masses stood together and voted them out. And they did not stop there, ever since as Buhari set on his path the masses have commented and criticized ensuring the change is real and sustained; protecting their revolution.

Team Buhari and Osinbajo are different to a fault. They have delivered. They have held to account all parastatals and restructured the revenue repatriation system, being able to raise and recover billions. They have fired filthy remnants of the past regimes in the security departments and agencies. They have set up serious committees to recover looted billions. Corruption must no longer be the brand name of Nigeria and the most critical factor promoting desperation terror and societal degradation.

But one thing remains. One bunch of people remain. They are essentially the same, as has been the curse and plague of Nigeria for the past 53 years. They are 469 in number: 109 Senators and 360 Assemblymen. Not a single one of these men is good. No one who applies for a job that covets $1 billion dollars a year from the purse of a nation engrossed in monumental suffering can be a good man. Ben Bruce makes some sense I must admit, but unless he promises to take only 10% of his allocation and to fight day and night to reduce the Assembly budget by 90%, he is just another one of the wicked gluttons.

A perplexed Okey Ndibe – one of Nigeria’s most prolific authors – proposed these senators, legislooters as they are oft called, work part time. What do they do after all? Next to nothing. One part-time operational House can easily replace the redundant two. And technology or our Ministers can replace both and will be ten times as efficient.

Nigerians have been going up in protest: #UndressNASS, #OccupyNASS, #ScrapTheSenate. Just now another one of them decided that the best way for him to disburse some of his constituency largesse was to buy camels for the people for Eid. Nigerians jumped on Shehu Sanni on twitter, lambasting him for his ridiculousness. Saraki and co have been tussling and slugging it out, desperate to rule and be the privileged ones flying private jets for $7000 an hour. Their fight is not to deliver to Nigeria, they are after all bereft of ideas. Are they not the same guys who accompanied Obasanjo and Jonathan to defraud Nigeria to the tune of billions? Many of them indicted for all degrees of theft and terror.

Nigeria has for the past 16 years lost as much as $70 billion dollars a year from enabled Niger Delta oil theft, briefcase oil dealer theft in Switzerland, authorized $10 billion –a-year withdrawals from the Excess Crude Account, Legislators, Executives and Agencies’ stupendous budget largess. Oil well sharing and nation exploiting theft (including a massive well that was gifted to our richest woman with no share for the Nigerian government). Subsidy theft and the billions stolen at all levels of government contracts among other methods used to divert unbelievable sums. The nation has run on less than $10 billion a year under the supervision and leadership of these same legislators. They are co-conspirators and directly implicated in the massive plundering of the nation and running the nation into massive debt, shame, terror and hopelessness. And they are still there, unrepentant and indignant.

So the question is: how do we the people and Buhari/Osinbajo and their decent appointees get rid of this bunch? I believe we can and I believe we will.

Dr. Peregrino Brimah;

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  1. hollywood

    July 18, 2015 at 6:31 AM

    Yes we can and we will

  2. Ayodele

    July 18, 2015 at 12:28 PM

    Yes we can and we will by remaining vigilant of their antics and be ready to act to disrupt that national assembly of crooks if they dare oppose or undermine the war on corruption, if they dare fail to reduce their allocation, if they dare try to stop the prosecution of jonathan, diezani, okonjo, nnpc board , if they dare manipulate or try frustrate buhari from working for nigeria….we the people will march on that assembly and shut it down until we change the constitution by executive order that allows all national constituencies to recall these crooks from the house. Let them dare and see….THIS A NEW NIGERIA

  3. OmoKehinde

    July 19, 2015 at 3:52 AM

    Thank you Dr. Peregrino Brimah for this thoughtful and inspirational article. I did enjoyed your informative and educational contribution on this media before Nigerian people victory at the polls on March 28, 2015. Today, I can clearly declared that our beloved nation is on the right path to economic growth, political stability and security of our people. PMB is a great gift to Nigeria at this critical moment in our nation’s history. So far, I will give Team Buhari and Osinbajo an A+ grade for their performance. They have delivered so far but will still have a very long to go because of those corrupt animals in both “Houses of Looters” in Abuja. PMB has great and uncommon determination and willing to restore back Nigeria lost glory compares to any President since criminal Ibrahim Babangida overthrow his government 32 years ago. The only strong obstacle to the president success is the 469 criminals legislators and looters that are elected to loot the nation dry. But God Almighty will give Team Buhari and Osinbajo the wisdom, understanding, good health and ideas to deal with these criminals. Yes, I believe these people can be contained with transparency, openness, and by Nigerian people holding them accountable for all their actions. We must be patience, prayerful, and play our part for team PMB to succeed.

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