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They Want Change, They Won’t Change

Posted: Nov 22, 2015 at 12:04 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By John Adebisi

“I cannot say whether things will get better if we change; what I can say is they must change if they

are to get better.” – Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

To the People Deceiving People and the People, Deceived People:

I know you don’t know I’m a donor. Once, I donated blood. At times, I donate money. In times like

this, I donate common sense. There’s common sense in uncommon sense and “there’s plenty of sense

in nonsense sometimes, if you wish to look for it.” Today, I wish to remind you they want change and

to warn you they won’t change.”


When the foundation is faulty what can we do? A federation is a country of individual states or

regions that have control over their own affairs but give some power to a central government for

national integration and international diplomacy. But when a country is a banana republic, “Too Good

to Leave, Too Bad to Stay” is your “guide to help you decide whether to stay in or get out of your


Past heroes begot sectional leaders leading the misled from crisis to crises. God forbid things fall apart

and until the centre cannot hold, we may continue to treat the symptoms of an ailment whose root is

continuously being nourished by a pool of structural defects.

The 1999 constitution is an offshoot of Nigeria’s root problem. A handpicked few drafted the 1999

constitution to protect “THEY, the ruling elite” to the detriment of “WE, the people.” THEY are few,

WE are many. THEY are bad leaders, past and present. THEY are the same of the same yesterday and

today. WE are impoverished citizens held down by ignorance. WE are ordinary Nigerians deeply

divided by ethnic and religious sentiments. WE are the common people who have common enemies

but no common sense.

The devil is in the detail and from time to time you see devil’s tail in detail – a mix of ethnicity and

tribalism; a mixture of religion and the State; an admixture of good, bad and federal character; and a

remix of regional and ethno-religious politics. Nigerians are deeply religious people, ungodly and

very corrupt. It is divide and rule by the government to continue to sponsor religious people from

underdeveloped native land to ‘holy’ foreign lands. Those who benefit from the chaotic odd sorts

won’t let go, manipulating a large following of ignorant fools.

Think Nigeria! Think the Nigerian church! There is a church denomination that has some God-fearing

formula for sharing tithes and offerings between the local church and the parent church, unlike some

rogue company church of god that are eviler exploitative than even the Nigerian government. The

federal government sucks the wealth of nations while millions of Nigerians in rural communities

languish in abject poverty. Parents provide for their children according to needs and means. Children,

when they become adults, mind their own business and care for their parents. Nigeria has come of age

and it’s late in our national life we allowed each people mind their business and every people

contribute to common national interest.

Had ex-President Goodluck Jonathan failed woefully in his belated attempt through the national

conference to restructure Nigeria, there wouldn’t have been any reason to beg the new administration

to please consider and implement the recommendations contained in the Report of the 2014 National


“Children are the Leaders of Tomorrow” and “Today is the Tomorrow of Yesterday.” The youth are

fed up to the ear hearing endlessly that children are the leaders of tomorrow. Children in solidarity

with the youth are fed up, to say the least, listening to empty rhetoric from rotten politicians. The

youth, yesterday’s children, are harmed to the teeth and fed up to the back teeth. Nothing for boys and

girls follow expired men whose mates retired timely to hell. Old mates may join their mates

peacefully or face a fiery squad.

There are three arms of government. Corruption, corruption and corruption! One Arm last term was

diagnosed with Clue Deficiency Syndrome but thumbs up with fingers crossed for One Man Army for

a temporary relief and non-executable body language. Long Arm long time has been in a coma for the

umpteenth time every time due to a protracted adjudicating miscarriage before marriage and is

allergic to quick therapy. It’s a pity Leprous Arm with swollen legs won’t respond to treatment due to

late cancer in its long throat.

When they buy their way to the National Assembly, it’s time to eat and have their cake. They know

how to mind their business and none of our business. Sooner than later Nigerians will get to figure

out, with or without comma, monies congressmen grab with both hands, their women front to back

behind closed doors oversight out of sight of constituency projects public hearing committee to pass

budget to probe Ghana-Must-Go corruption scandal after constitution amendment bill to give

immunity to lawbreakers.

When they are doing nothing, they would say they are working. When they are busy doing rubbish,

they would say they are civil servants. If you blame them, they blame the system and the leaders for

their predicament. They’re right, they’re wrong! Their take-home pay cannot take them home and

most of them cannot even afford a decent home. Their annual salary is their colleagues’ monthly

salary in sister agencies. Salary they receive late is daily earning of counterparts in the private sector.

If I may ask: in a country where nothing works, which work politicians do to appropriate the lion’s

share of the national cake? Extreme inequality is jungle injustice and wickedness under the sun! This

is Nigeria where contemporaries in the national assembly collect jumbo wardrobe allowance. What is

sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.

Impunity loves immunity and sycophants befriend mediocrity. Wicked governors provide for the

people mediocre medicare and call it world class. But wicked governors and their relations would

abandon their own ‘world class hospital’ for world-class medical treatment abroad. They say they

steal because we never stone them. We’re sorry we never stone them. It’s about time and when we

curse them, God no go vex. By the way, God commanded us to say to the wicked it shall not be well

with them.

Love your neighbour as yourself. Love those politicians and their pastors whose permanent home

address is hell. “Stealing is not corruption!” Who is a thief? Who is not corrupt? Do not judge so that

you will not be judged. Do not probe so that you will not be probed. I feel pity for them. Rivers of

blood! Wicked, desperate politicians kill to win election and after go to church for thanksgiving

service. Surely there is no peace for the wicked.

All political crooks everywhere they go from PDP to APC. APC – GMB + PMB = PDP. For your

information, the devils we know have the credentials to frustrate efforts to fight corruption. The battle

line is drawn and the enemies have taken positions to fight dirty. “All that is necessary for evil to

succeed is for good men to do nothing.” Men and women of goodwill should rally round the

president; President Muhammadu Buhari should act proactively; the Nigerian masses must come

together right behind their president; and with my lord in the temple of justice, those enemies you see

today, they shall walk free scot free no more.

Man in the moon, a man in honeymoon to bring noisemakers as ministers from Mars. The introduction of the card readers in 2015 general elections, a precursor to electronic voting come 2019, was ‘one small step’ for INEC and ‘one giant leap’ for Nigeria.

When it became clear to Jonathan’s PDP that, with the card readers, it wasn’t going to be rigging as usual, Jonathan’s PDP tried frantically to discourage the deployment of the card readers. But the then opposition APC, realizing that the power of darkness is the absence of light, backed INEC to use the card readers as planned.

And it came to pass the APC rose slowly above the horizon to Aso Rock. Unfortunately, Nigeria may

witness the eclipse of the ruling APC cast a shadow on e-voting.

Proper use of technology can boost efficiency and transparency, and is beneficial for driving institutions and processes toward quality of service delivery for the common good. Unfortunately, our rulers see ICT as good and useful tool to loot – failed national ID projects; $470 million nonfunctional CCTV cameras; NCC’s N6.1 billion SIM cards registration; craze for biometric verification in situations where a modest staff audit would suffice, and trying to justify huge expenditure by reporting bogus ghost-workers discovery without recovery even as they always fail to uncover no culprits.

Past leaders’ indifference to ICT was responsible for the belated creation of the Federal Ministry of

Communication Technology. Today, most government Ministries and Agencies do not have ICT

departments necessary to interface with the ICT Ministry. And the personnel in charge of various ICT

portfolios across the MDAs are mostly not IT professionals. The ICT Ministry should do more and

collaborate with the Nigerian IT professional bodies to reposition the ICT industry for accelerated

socio-economic development in Nigeria.

Biometric data are only one dataset, not at all everything big data. National Identity Management is

not National Archives and Records Administration. And if Debt Management Office, why not Data

Management Office?

There are two groups of countries in the world today – countries that have security as top priority, and

countries that have no future. It’s a privilege to own a gun in some countries; it’s Dylann Roof’s

birthday toy in the United States. They’ve got plenty of sense but no common sense for gun control.

For crying out loud, there’s common sense in UNcommon sense, for goodness’ sake. If it is

commonsensical to oversee overseas non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, it is commonsensical to

back back home non-proliferation of small arms and light weapons. What is righteoUS for the “Treaty

on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons” is righteoUS for the “Arms Trade Treaty” if they

focUS on global peace and security.

The security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government. Needless to say,

insecurity is one reason the Nigerian state faces a bleak future. State governors collect security votes

and pretend they are chief security officers of their respective states. But God knows the thief security

officers in every state; terrorists, kidnappers, armed robbers everywhere; and human beings under the

rain between the reign of devils and free rein of evils. In countries where lives matter, states do have

own state police and communities like a university campus or a local district reasonably do have

district police. It’s long overdue the states were empowered to own their police to tackle familiar

crimes. A decentralized police is change we need. Federal police and state police and local police and

community policing we pray!

Our fears, our nemesis! They think upside down that no need for state police because state governors

could abuse “the privilege.” Maybe we should do away with the national security because presidents

themselves sometimes do abuse their power. At any rate, I do not think a country of 36 states would

be so unlucky to have in government 36 lawless governors. Moreover, when we get serious we can

import security architectures and protocols to checkmate governors, ordinary governors.

Let’s talk about our greatest fear – one Nigeria. Methinks that the life of one Nigerian is more

precious than one Nigeria. Of what use is one Nigeria to one Nigerian If one Nigeria cannot protect

one Nigerian? Today in Nigeria, no place is secure and no one is safe. It is alarming innocent lives

wasted daily across the country. It is sorrowful to know that fellow Nigerians perish everyday due to

terrorism, kidnapping, armed robbery, ritual killing, assassination, militancy, cultism, religious riots,

ethnic violence, jungle justice, violent crimes by armed gangs, motor-park touts, area boys et al.

Crime is everywhere in the world, and there’s no time and nowhere on earth crime will disappear

altogether. Nevertheless, if we as a people would do the needful, Nigeria will become a peaceful

country where people can live in peace and leave in peace. May the souls of the victims of one

Nigeria rest in peace!

President Muhammadu Buhari to fight corruption and the corrupt are crying witch hunt in advance.

Corruption must give way for Nigeria to move forward. However, winning the war against corruption

is not the end. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth by creating light, water, plants,

and the rest. Government can at least do the ordinary by providing potable water; universal

healthcare; all-round education; affordable housing; good roads; stable electricity; broadband Internet;

decent jobs; security and social welfare, and all that they promised the Nigerian people.

Bureau de loot, out. Bureau de change, in. On a final note, beware of pigs and be wary of foxes that

fraternise with any government in power. Change is not free. But when things get better, our lives get

better at no extra cost. The ‘good’ people of Nigeria must change for good and things will change for

the better.

My brothers, things will change for the better

My sisters, things will change for the better

Let’s come together

Let’s think together

Let’s make Nigeria great again

Things will change for the better

My brothers, things must change for the better

My sisters, things must change for the better

Let’s go together

Let’s be together

Let’s make Nigeria great again

Things must change for the better

I pledge to Nigeria my country

To be faithful, loyal and honest

To serve Nigeria with all my strength

To defend her unity

And uphold her honour and glory

So help me God

Let’s work together

Let’s grow together

To make Nigeria great again

We must change for the better