In part 1 of this treatise, we commenced our discourse on the definition, plenitude and amplitude of BUHAROCRACY, a new concept of governance from my neologism, thrown up and added into our political lexicon from my own OZEKPEDIA (my own model of Wikipedia, Encyclopedia, Legalpedia, Scholarpedia, Europedia and Smithsoni).
Buharocracy, aside earlier definition and explanation, also signifies government that is janus-faced; duplicitous, inconsistent, and living in self-denial. It pretends to hear no evil; speak no evil; see no evil; and feel no evil. It wallows in blame game, blaming every and any person, including all past governments except itself. It dwells on sainthood and infectious cult-followership that courts fundamentalism and zealotry. More later on Buharocracy, as it is a very wide concept and genre of democracy.
MY ASSESSMENT AND CRITIQUING OF BUHAROCRACY NOT NEW
For those who may erroneously think I have just woken up from a deep slumber to begin to criticize or critique former President, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, and his poor opaque governance style simply because he has left office, such view is neither correct nor grounded in history.
I started engaging Buhari even under the Military junta, whilst in the trenches, when as a military maximalist and dictator, Buhari unconstitutionally overthrew the democratic government of Alhaji Aliyu Shehu Usman Shagari, the Nigerian President whose cap was longer than his achievements, on the 31st of December, 1983. General Buhari upon assumption of office, churned out repressive, draconian and anti-people Decrees that held Nigeria down by the jugular till he was himself overthrown in a bloodless coup d’etat on 27th August 1985, by gap-toothed, “wily,” “evil genius”, General Ibrahim Badamasi.
Coming nearer home, I had engaged Buhari even whilst campaigning for the presidency as far back as 2014, on the platform of the newly formed APC, regarding his qualification to vie for the office of Nigerian Presidency.
HOW MY NUMEROUS INTERVENTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS WERE EITHER COMPLETELY IGNORED, PERHAPS MERELY TOLERATED OR AT BEST HAPHAZARDLY IMPLEMENTED
The following links clearly show when, where, why, and how I serially engaged Buhari on sundry national and international issues, before, during, and after his presidency. Thank God Google does not forget. It does not suffer selective amnesia. It is not like the Bourbons of European history who learned nothing and forgot nothing. Google links show me engaging Buhari, deploying such words and phrases as “Ozekhome faults Buhari”; “Ozekhome warns Buhari”; “Ozekhome advises Buhari”; “Ozekhome blasts Buhari”; “Ozekhome slams Buhari”; “Ozekhome blames Buhari’s Government”; “Ozekhome, Others, Fault Buhari”. Others read “Ozekhome cautions Buhari”; “Ozekhome counsels Buhari”; “Ozekhome tells Buhari what to do”; “Ozekhome profers solution to Buhari”; “Ozekhome points the way forward”; “Ozekhome engages Buhari”; “Ozekhome begs Buhari”; “No to your actions, Ozekhome disagrees with Buhari”; etc, etc. So, I have been playing my little part from my little window and corner-helping to deepen, widen and strengthen our wobbly democracy, good governance, human rights, rule of law and anti-corruption mantra. Have you also done same? Think about it and come on board, if you have not. Below are SOME GOOGLE LINKS culled by OZEKPEDIA, regarding my serial engagements with ex-president Muhammadu Buhari, as to how to make the beleaguered Nigerian project work. Kindly the links, read on and digest. You will understand that no bi today!
Falana demands coroner’s inquest into Mohbad’s death
Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, SAN, has requested a coroner’s inquest into the circumstances surrounding the passing away of musician Ilerioluwa Aloba, popularly known as Mohbad.
A report revealed that Mohbad passed away on September 12, 2023, and was laid to rest just a day later.
In a formal letter addressed to the Chief Coroner of the High Court of Lagos State in Ikeja, Falana expressed deep concern about what he referred to as a “very tragic death.” He cited the Lagos State Coroner’s Law of 2007, specifically Section 15, which stipulates that an inquest should be conducted when a coroner becomes aware of a death within their district that results from violent, unnatural, or suspicious circumstances.
In the letter, dated September 18, 2023, signed and shared by Folakemi Falana via Instagram on behalf of the law firm, Falana & Associates, the urgent need for an investigation into Mohbad’s death within Lagos State was emphasised.
The letter further read, “We hereby request Your Lordship to conduct an inquest into the circumstances surrounding the tragic death in Lagos State, and we are confident that Your Lordship will accede to our request with utmost urgency.”
Opinion: High Poverty Rate among Nigerian Youth Leads to Crime, Social Unrest
By Taiwo Ajayi
The high poverty rate in Nigeria is a major challenge for the country’s youth.
However, unemployment and its effects remain the most significant issue young people have to deal with in Nigeria today. The report found that over 60% of unemployed youth in the country have been unemployed for at least 1 year and that a significant number of them have been unemployed for several.
The high unemployment rate among Nigerian youth has several negative consequences. It leads to poverty, crime, and social unrest. It also makes it difficult for young people to start families and build their futures.
Several factors contribute to the high unemployment rate among Nigerian youth. These include:
A lack of economic opportunities: The Nigerian economy is not growing fast enough to create enough jobs for the country’s growing population.
A lack of skills: Many Nigerian youth do not have the skills that are in demand by employers.
A lack of access to education and training: Many Nigerian youth do not have access to quality education and training, which makes it difficult for them to get good jobs.
Discrimination: Nigerian youth face discrimination in the labor market, which makes it even more difficult for them to find jobs.
The high poverty rate among Nigerian youth is a serious problem that needs to be addressed. The government needs to create more economic opportunities for young people, improve the quality of education and training, and address discrimination in the labor market.
In addition to the government’s efforts, there are several things that individuals and organizations can do to help address the high poverty rate among Nigerian youth. These include:
Providing financial assistance to unemployed youth.
Offering job training and placement services.
Advocating for policies that support young people, such as education reform and job creation programs.
Volunteering your time to help young people in need.
By working together, we can help to create a better future for Nigeria’s youth and reduce the high poverty rate in the country.
President Bola Tinubu’s First 100 Days in Office
By Ajayi Taiwo
President Bola Tinubu took office on May 29, 2023, and has since hit the ground running, delivering on his campaign promises. Here are some of the key initiatives and policies he has implemented in his first 100 days:
- Removal of fuel subsidy
Tinubu ended the petroleum subsidy regime, which had been in place for many years. This decision was unpopular with some Nigerians, but Tinubu argued that it was necessary to save the country from going under.
- Forex unification:
Tinubu also ended the preferential exchange rate system, which had been used to favor certain businesses and individuals. This move was aimed at creating a more level playing field for everyone.
- Establishment of a presidential committee on fiscal policy and tax reforms:
Tinubu set up a committee to review the country’s fiscal policy and tax laws. This is aimed at making the tax system more efficient and equitable.
- Declaration of a state of emergency on food security:
Tinubu declared a state of emergency on food security, pledging to ensure that staple foods are available and affordable.
- Signing of an electricity bill: Tinubu signed a bill into law that is aimed at improving the country’s electricity supply.
- Recall of all career and non-career ambassadors:
Tinubu recalled all of Nigeria’s ambassadors, both career and non-career, to reorganize the foreign service.
- Disbursement of post-subsidy palliatives to states: Tinubu approved the disbursement of palliatives to states to ease the hardship faced by Nigerians caused by the removal of fuel subsidies.
- Assenting to a bill unifying judicial officers’ retirement age to 70:
Tinubu assented to a bill that unified the retirement age for judicial officers at 70.
Re-jigging of the NDDC board: Tinubu re-jigged the board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to make it more effective.
Suspension of the EFCC chairman and CBN governor: Tinubu suspended the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to investigate allegations of corruption against them.
- Increase in external reserves and stock market growth:
External reserves grew from $35.1 billion to $33.5 billion, and the stock market grew by 29%. Inflation rates also increased from 22.4% to 24.1%.
- Role as ECOWAS chairman:
Tinubu has also asserted himself on the political scene on the global stage. He became the chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on July 9 and has played a leading role in resolving the Niger coup crisis.
These are just some of the key initiatives and policies that President Tinubu has implemented in his first 100 days in office. It is still too early to say what the long-term impact of these policies will be, but they represent a clear break from the past and a commitment to change.
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