Nigerians, Be Patient Allow Buhari To Fight Corruption, Change Takes Time – Ogunlowo
April 24, 2016 – The Change Nigerians Needed Will Come Once Corruption Is Completed Eradicated
Nigerians, Be Patient Allow Buhari To Fight Corruption, Change Takes Time – Ogunlowo
………………..The State Of Affairs, An Article By Tony Ogunlowo
Nobody likes change. It is often cumbersome, difficult and involves a lot of hard work and untold suffering and sacrifice. But if it’s for the best then it’s worthwhile.
At the moment the country is changing – hopefully for the best. Unfortunately it can’t happen overnight as many people would dearly love. There are no miraculous cures for the country’s current ills. Recovery will take time. It’ll be slow – not something that can be achieved in the twelve months the present administration has been in office as there are a lot of underlying problems to clear up.
As any doctor knows (- or anybody for that matter!) if you have an ailment there is most definitely a cure.
The bane of all our problems, every conceivable problem in Nigeria, is corruption.
Corruption has robbed this nation of much needed funds to run the country, finance capital projects and pay workers on time.
There are those out there who think mass demonstrations and protests will resort in a Nigeria spring, something akin to the Arab spring uprisings of 2011. I don’t think this will be a good idea as this would tantamount to pouring petrol on to an open fire. If this government goes down what are you going to replace it with? Any new government coming into power will still face the same problems the current one is facing with the inability to provide an ‘overnight cure’ due to the lack of operational resources – money!
Change is not an easy thing and on most occasions it can happen as fast as people would like. Instantaneous change is impossible!
Social media is awash with those venting their anger suggesting things were better – and cheaper – when corruption was abound. Really? But for how long?
When corruption was rife under GEJ the price of crude oil was nearly $100 per barrel and there was enough money coming into the country’s coffers to make the corruption unnoticeable. What people don’t seem to realize is that had GEJ continued in office in 2015, with the current price of oil at an all-time-low as it is now, the sufferings and shortages, currently being experienced, would be the same. What is happening now was an accident waiting to happen! If a country doesn’t save for a rainy day there will be nothing to fall back onto when things aren’t working out.
A further note to those who think things were better under corruption: how do you feel knowing crooked politicians made off with billions and billions of Naira of public funds that were supposed to pay for things like salaries? You don’t because you still hold these criminals in high esteem, treating them like celebrities. Aren’t there people out there who can’t wait to fete James Ibori when he gets released from a UK prison? And being the hypocrites we are we don’t think twice before lynching an armed robber or kidnapper. So what kind of message is this sending out? It’s good to be corrupt and bankrupt a country? If there was no corruption in preceding administrations the country wouldn’t be on its knees now, but hardly surprising when you have a certain ex-President who doesn’t believe corruption is a crime!
Corruption has to be eradicated.
The truth is simple, irregardless of who’s in power if there’s no money to spend there will be problems.
Money needs to be found to get things running again. Now there’s no point in the country earning money if it’s all going to disappear again; that would be the equivalent of trying to fill a basket with water. The leakages, which in our case is corruption, needs to be blocked once and for all.
Only when these leakages are closed up can the serious business of change start to take effect.
Rome wasn’t built in a day and Nigeria’s problems can’t be solved overnight. For those who are impatient, I’m sorry, but change takes time and we need to be patient.
The ‘suffer, suffer’ is not going to go on for ever!
April 24, 2016 at 6:17 AM
but how long do we have to wait, no light no fuel it is hard like hell
April 24, 2016 at 6:32 AM
WE WANT TO SEE GOOD RESULT NOT ALL THESE BULLSHIT NIGERIA IS GETTING WORSE UNDER YOUR TRASH GOVERNMENT
April 24, 2016 at 7:16 AM
For how long do we need to be suffering and smiling? No light, No water, No fuel and things are extremely on the high side. If the issue of fuel and light is bn settled, we can make do with what we have. Let’s feel the impact of change and undo the chain, its killing.
April 24, 2016 at 7:49 AM
My ogunlowo u can be ****** but i cant be a *****llik yu…the only way out for nigeria is to wipe out all the old politicians and there families to the least of their families. That is the guarantee assurance the change will be effective not having some of thesame criminals under your cabinet and picking opposition party members fooling people that you are eradicating corruption while u have thesame elements in tour party but can’t be touched..pls dnt let us decieve our self anymore..until the day any government can actually arrest babangida , obasanjo, tinunbu, fashola and some few ones …nigeria will bounce bak automatically witout having to wait for the changes to take more one year..the problem of nigeria is in the hands of just few nigerians who think they r untouchable. .so be a *****..Fela has said it longest time ago barracks no dey empty soldiers go soldiers come na paddy paddy government we dey..wen will ur eyes be open ****************
April 24, 2016 at 7:53 AM
Good write up by Mr Ogunlowo. Thank you.
April 24, 2016 at 8:05 AM
We pray that, Almighty Allah will help us.
April 24, 2016 at 8:36 AM
Oga buhari face the change u promise. u can set a panel that will face corruption. People are suffering
April 24, 2016 at 9:30 AM
Salewa has there been any good light or fuel before
April 24, 2016 at 9:41 AM
Gen. Buhari is human and does not know how long it will take, but the most important thing is to lay good foundation. Previous administrations successfully hid these problems, now that every kobo spent must be accounted for; every corrupt soul is not happy.
April 24, 2016 at 10:52 AM
This absolute nonsense, so things cannot be done while fight for corruption goes on?
am sure this Buhari Strategy to steal his own money.trust me Buhari has no experience to be a leader, ******s this who you choose to lead us. una neva see anything yet
April 24, 2016 at 12:45 PM
oga ogunwolo which change u said that takes time before it occure? we r not expectin anychange oh! the change has occured already,bcus when buhari was promising us change in 2015 he did not make it specific weather it’s positive change or negative change,but now nigerians have confirmed the change he was promising us den which is negative change.so oga go and sleep,maybe u r sayin all dis bcus abuhari’s government is favouring u and u dont care about d poor masses.
April 24, 2016 at 12:49 PM
I’M NOT SAYING DAT HE SHOULD NOT FIGHT CORRUPTION BT IF HE IS FIGHTING CORRUPTION HE SHOULD ALSO TRY TO IMPROVE D SITUATION OF THING IN D COUNTRY. NOW NO LIGHT, NO FUEL, THINGS ARE VERY EXPENSIVE. FOR INSTANCE, BY DIS TIME LAST YEAR, A CONGO OF RICE WAS SOLD 270, NOW IS 500 OR 550. ALSO EVERSINCE HE HAS BEEN FIGHTING CORRUPTION HOW MUCH HAS HE GOTTEN? SECONDLY, HOW MANY CORRUPT PEOPLE HAS HE JAILED? HE SHOULD ACT FAST COS THERE IS NO TIME TO WASTE. TO OUR LAW MAKERS, THEY SHOULD TRY AND MAKE LAW THAT WILL IMPROVE THE LIVES OF THE MASSES AND NOT THE ONE DAT WILL ENRICH THEMSELVES.
April 24, 2016 at 3:41 PM
PMB, this your outfit makes me laugh o. Spectacle, Hausa cap, earphone inner wear, falling out from neck. Change! Change!! Change!!! For how long do we have to wait?
April 24, 2016 at 3:54 PM
It takes a day to destroy a whole house but you cannot build back the same house in one day. I understand people are running out of patient to see things moving on on the right part but guess what? it is not just easy to get things flowing smoothly in less than 12 months. The problem we are facing now in this Country was caused by the last administration. To my surprise only few patriots questioned why the previous administration was being prodigal in its spending. Sentiment aside, lets us try to be realistic for a second, does this administration cause the problem we are facing now? Some people are trying to make irrational judgement that ok now that Buhari is there, we have not seen the changes he has promised us. Common lets us be objective in our reasoning. If this administration never revealed Dasuki gate scandal, would you believe our money was just being wasted away? When Buhari came on board, he told us that the treasury was empty, now, how do you want him to run the government? When Nigeria oil was selling at over $100/barrel, the last administration was wasting away the money by sharing the profit among themselves. Other OPEC Countries have an escrow account just in case when the oil price drop, they will have something to fall on but Nigeria did not. Now you want to put everything on Buhari now as if he is a magician. In as much I don’t like seeing my people going through suffering, I will implore all Nigerians to please exercise patient. I trust this guy and I’m sure he will redirect the ship of this nation in the right path. If we take this through violence, we will never find any solution to this problem otherwise things will get more complicated. No new leader can be elected today and give you the quick solution you are seeking for. Please fellow Nigerians, let us be patient. Sooner or later we will begin to experience the kind of change we have been waiting for.
April 26, 2016 at 12:15 PM
This cock and bull story, how can he say that treasure was empty? Why would he, I mean the northern did not allow Jonathan to complete his terms 8 years, Nigeria was like that when Jonathan came on board. Obj said the amount Buhari met is more than what he met when he came to power. They are only trying to rubbish Jonathan regime for political reasons and sentiment. Dasuke and the rest has been on the news since..nobody has been jail, where is Buhari putting the money he recover from this people and does it mean it’s only PDP members that are corrupt..from the look of things, it a strategy arrange to fight the opposition..if not, nobody will tell me that Tunubu is not corrupt or Dangoute that has used corruptions in Nigeria to enrich himself.. Look at what the funani headmen are doing but Buhari says nothing about it..that is how Nigeria system is. Buhari is telling us different lies to put Nigeria in debt.. If he cannot handle Nigeria people affairs, he should resign. It’s not by force because Nigeria do not beling to the Notherner alone. See el-Ruffy regious bill, but they forget that Regious suppose to be free worship both Christain and Muslim. Buhari should resign.
April 24, 2016 at 7:09 PM
NG, you guys will not kill me ooo. Why didn’t you use another picture of Buhari? His face in this pics is so so funny. I can’t stop laughing.
April 24, 2016 at 8:59 PM
First, I want to thank you brother Ogunlowo for your insightful article. Honestly, I believe that the entire Yoruba race have to appreciate God Almighty for giving us a great leader like Chelf Obafemi Awolowo who made free education the core of his policies as the premier of the former Western region. Why? The Bible says,” My people perish for lack of knowledge.”. It sad that majority of our youths and people doesn’t understand principles of good governance; many doesn’t even know their right, and while millions are just pure ignorant. How can we expect PMB admistration to put things right in 10 months in a country that have been vandalized by looters, vagabonds and criminals for over 40 years? Recently, a fmr. Obasanjo and Jonathan admistration high ranking official and a former director of the World Bank in Washington,DC for many years-Mrs. Ngozi Eweala said that the present economic difficultis that PMB is battling with is as a result of president Jonathan reckless spending of excess revenue realized from the sales of crude oil when the price per barrel was far over $100. According to her, OBJ had a suplus of about $16 billions dollars in Nigerian reserve when President Yaradua was sworn in, but at the point of PMB sworn on May 28, 2015, the nation was bankruptcy.
We now want to blame this great president for poor electricity supply, fuel scarcity, and economy collapse just because he promised us a change. Change is not palatable in most cases, and great things are not achieve overnight. PMB is not a magician that just perform voodoo to fix Nigerian many years of crisis in 4 or 8 years. For example, this government is working restlessly to generate more electricity, and to rebuild or repair our damaged refineries, but these are capital intensive projects that requires times to achieve. Electricity generation, supply, and distribution may take more than two years to attain depending on the source. We can not stop fuel scarcity problem if we don’t have a functional refineries at home, this government is currently working with expert from Russia to repair our own refineries to that we can refine our crude oil at home instead of abroad that favor crooks and criminals tormenting us. I’m of opinion that PMB admistration should support Mr. ALIKO Dangote effort to build his private refinery. Doing this we creates thousands of good paying jobs to our youths and engineers. President Buhari is a gift to us at a critical and challenging moment in our history. He can only suceeds if we hedge him with our prayers, support, and good ideas. Nigeria was on life support when he was sworn in about 11 months ago, ever since, the president is working with great and smart Nigerians like VP Osinbajo, Gov. Fashola, Dr. Ibe of NNPC, Gov. Rotimi Amaechi, and host of other to revive the nation. Can you just imagine how Nigeria will look now if those corrupt bastards were still in power? If you think is bad now, think twice. To build or rebuild require plenty of time, resources, pathrotic ideas, wisdom, and courageous minded people, but to create a big mess only takes a foolish minded people like former President Jonathan and his team of “Vagabonds in Power” Once again, thank you bro. Ogunlowo for this great piece from an enlightened mind.
April 25, 2016 at 10:11 AM
@Omokehinde,you are so so on point
April 25, 2016 at 11:16 AM
everyone waiting for the president for change. why cant we help out. you think the western countries waited for their president/prime minister abi? Keep waiting for change.
April 25, 2016 at 4:05 PM
patiency wen d nigeria situation becoming unbearable day by day…
4rm d look of d whole thing in nigeria economy some might not even be able 2 reach d so almighty time all in d name of patient…