IT IS FRANCE: RUSSIA 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP CHAMPION.

IT IS FRANCE: RUSSIA 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP CHAMPION.

ICHEOKU says they did it, deservedly and rightly earned; the boys from Paris. ICHEOKU says congratulations.

KAVANAUGH IS THE ONE: CONGRATULATIONS

KAVANAUGH IS THE ONE: CONGRATULATIONS.

ICHEOKU says he is coming with a clear-eyed view of what the United States of America constitution provides and will not legislate from the bench. ICHEOKU says definitely the right pick, so CONFIRM him now and right away and without any delay or much ado. Congratulation.

DEEP STATE IS REAL.


Lisa Page: “Trump is not ever going to become president, right? Right?!”


Peter Strzok: “No. No he’s not. We’ll stop it.”


ICHEOKU says if this is not corruption of the worst type, what else so qualifies? So sad the length these guys went to truncate the will of the American people; yet they will turn around and accuse other countries of corruption and you wonder is it only when money exchanges hands that there is corruption. Pitifully SAD.

OBSTRUCTION 101: THE VERDICT.

“The only obstruction President Trump committed was in obstructing Queen Crooked Hillary Clinton from the White House.” - Jesse Watters, Watters World.


PRESIDENT TRUMP: THE PROMISE KEEPER

“The United States no longer makes empty threats. When I make promises, I keep them.” - President Donald John Trump.

ICHEOKU says exactly why he is now fondly nicknamed the Promise Keeper and he keeps his promises, one promise at a time.

NUCLEAR BLACKMAIL IS UNACCEPTABLE.

America will not be held hostage to nuclear blackmail. We will not allow American cities to be threatened with destruction. And we will not allow a regime that chants “Death to America” to gain access to the most deadly weapons on Earth." - President Donald John Trump.


AG JEFF SESSIONS: WHAT DO THEY HAVE ON HIM?

ICHEOKU says what does the Deep State have on AG Jeff Sessions that has purchased his quiet and inaction over the excesses of the Russian Collusion witch hunt? Something definitely does not look right and apparently seems awry that the Attorney General appears so constricted to do anything to bring the never ending "investigation" to a conclusion. How much longer will the American people wait to have the matter concluded and what will it take. As a member of Team MAGA, from the basket of deplorables, who defended him when the president was threatening to fire him, ICHEOKU is not particularly satisfied with the "playing it safe" attitude which Jeff has adopted thus far and urge him to find any possible way to make the investigators finish their job immediately and without any further delay.


TONY ELUMELU: LETS MAKE HIM PRESIDENT.

ICHEOKU says he has all it takes to turn Nigeria around and Make Nigeria Great Again. He is highly cerebral; he is well traveled and is highly exposed internationally; he is a doer with a can-do spirit and attitude which translates to impossible is nothing as it does not exists in his dictionary; he is fully accomplished person who turned around the nearly moribund behemoth UBA and created thousands of jobs both in Nigeria and overseas; and above all, he is youthful and has age on his side and you ask yourself, what else is anyone looking for in a leader for Nigeria that is on bended knees and begging for leadership other than a man with his proven record. If he can do this in the private sector, he can also mission accomplish such in the public sector and resuscitate a Nigeria that is in distress. CHEOKU is emphatic that Tony Elumelu is a highly qualified, fit and proper person to lead Nigeria out of its present woods of near comatose and under performing achievements. Lets go to work Nigerians and make his candidature both viable and achievable. We can do this fellas; so lets urge Tony to run, run Tony run and together lets Make Nigeria Great Again. If Trump can do it, so can Tony.


SYRIA WARNED TO DESIST OR BE BOMBED AGAIN.

"If the Syria regime uses this poisonous gas again on its people, it will be bombed again. The United States of America is locked and loaded. When our president draws a redline, our president enforces the redline." - Nikki Haley, United States of America Ambassador to the United Nations.


VLADIMIR PUTIN: WHENEVER HE IS READY!

VLADIMIR PUTIN: WHENEVER HE IS READY!

ICHEOKU says Russia's Vladimir Putin has one good opportunity to finally move back into the comity of civilized nations and stop his despotic mentality which always sees him flocking amidst his fellow dictators. But if he choses to remain in the cold and remain in Kremlin where he has been holed in since 1999, too bad. His too long stay in power is only damaging Russia but not helping it; and gradually turning Russia into a third world country where only one man dictates what goes on in the country. Putin, change your ways; let true democracy reign in Russia. Salute

JOHN BOLTON: THE NEW NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER.

JOHN BOLTON: THE NEW NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER.

ICHEOKU says you cannot get a more American American and he is a hardcore America First nationalist as they come. President Donald John Trump's pick to succeeded fired National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster is the real deal. He is a hard-nosed American First protagonist, who does not shy away from projecting America's power through strength and who is not afraid to have America go it alone if need be. ICHEOKU says hopefully the president has found the very person who will help him achieve and implement his policy objectives in John Bolton. But as far as MAGA and AF agendas are concerned, Ambassador John Bolton is one heck of a good pick and a right fit for the job. He will help President Donald John Trump with doing his job for the American people. ICHEOKU says congratulations to the Mustachioed One. Let the governance of MAGA now really begin.


A FACEBOOK CENSORED WORLD: LIMITING FREE SPEECH

A FACEBOOK CENSORED WORLD: LIMITING FREE SPEECH

ICHEOKU says they pretend to be guardians of free speech but wants to tele-guide other peoples thinking by limiting what they can freely say; especially if you are a conservative and holds opinions which are favorable of President Donald John Trump and critical of Queen Crooked Hillary Clinton. Unfortunately, they will not succeed but can only force people to opt out of the live wasting exercise of gluing one's eyeballs to the platform. An exercise which does not add anything of value to users, nor pays them anything for helping them bring more eyeballs to the portal. Instead of being grateful that people are helping them bilk advertisers of billions of dollars with their riveted eyeballs, they now want to micromanage everyone's thought as if they are doing one a favor by letting them waste their time using Facebook. ICHEOKU says will not be cowered nor intimidated; they can block ICHEOKU all the heck they want but ICHEOKU will not bow to Facebook's attempt to control ICHEOKU's thoughts and would rather permanently part ways with the Mark Zuckerberg globalist weapon of mass control than kowtow to a group thinking. To hell with this attempt to exact undue control and turn everyone into a herd mind.


THE RUSSIAN COLLUSION: DEALT A FATAL BLOW.


"There is no allegation in this indictment that any American was a knowing participant in this illegal activity. There is also no allegation in the indictment that the charged conduct altered the outcome of the 2016 election." - Rod Rosenstein, Deputy Attorney General of the United States of America.

ICHEOKU says this determination, for every intent and purpose, now lays to rest the "Collusion with the Russians" hogwash; as nobody can be guilty of an offense which requires awareness to ground when he or she is not aware of it. Collusion is a conspiracy and requires a proactive participation coupled with a guilty knowledge to bring about the purpose of the conspiracy. Therefore, when will the Special Counsel address the nation and tell Americans that there is no there, there, in the Russian Collusion investigation and save America further bleeding both in resources, time and unity. Enough of the sore loser antics of the Democratic Party which does not know how to take a loss and learn to work to fix what went wrong, instead of continuously pointing a finger at a mirage that is the Russian Collusion, in its bid to find something to blame for its ineptitude that led to the epochal loss of November 8th, 2016.

FBI MEMO SCANDAL: OBAMA WAS IN THE LOOP


"POTUS WANTS TO KNOW EVERYTHING WE ARE DOING." - Lisa Page to boyfriend Peter Strzok, two FBI officials.


ICHEOKU says the POTUS then was President Barack Hussein Obama, who had previously denied and lied to the American people that he does not dabble into any FBI's investigative matter. Really?


AMERICA IS HERE TO STAY - PDJT

AMERICA IS HERE TO STAY - PDJT

"Americans fill the world with art and music. They push the bounds of science and discovery. And they forever remind us of what we should never ever forget: The people dreamed this country. The people built this country. And it's the people who are making America great again. As long as we are proud of who we are, and what we are fighting for, there is nothing we cannot achieve. As long as we have confidence in our values, faith in our citizens, and trust in our God, we will not fail. Our families will thrive. Our people will prosper. And our Nation will forever be safe and strong and proud and mighty and free." - President Donald John Trump.


IT IS ONE YEAR TODAY, HURRAY!

IT IS ONE YEAR TODAY, HURRAY!
ICHEOKU says congratulations to President Donald John Trump for successfully steering America's ship of States for a full year. What the naysayers said will not happen is a reality which they are finding extremely difficult to live with. But their preferences notwithstanding, Make America Great Again is on course and nobody will torpedo it. Once again, congratulations to the leader of Team MAGA on the anniversary of his being sworn in as the 45th POTUS.

ICHEOKU'S MAN OF THE YEAR 2017: PRESIDENT DONALD JOHN TRUMP

ICHEOKU says following an examination of so many nominated individuals, we have determined that this year 2017's man of the year is President Donald John Trump, the 45th President of the United States of America. He came into office shooting on both hips and as the year draws to an end, his both guns are still firing and smoking. For standing up to the world and starring down American detractors and being the cheerleader and champion in chief of America, the leader of Team Make America Great Again has earned ICHEOKU's man of the year award 2017. Congratulations to President Donald John Trump.

JERUSALEM IS ISRAEL'S ETERNAL CAPITAL - PDJT

JERUSALEM IS ISRAEL'S ETERNAL CAPITAL - PDJT
ICHEOKU says a wisdom of Solomon come to judgment; it is about time the child is given to the rightful mother. Salute to the courage of President Donald John Trump.

AMERICA STRONG!

"Together with our allies, America's warriors are prepared to defend our nation using the full range of our unmatched capabilities. No one — no dictator, no regime and no nation — should underestimate, ever, American resolve."


RUSSIAN COLLUSION: EVIDENCE FOUND!

RUSSIAN COLLUSION: EVIDENCE EMERGES!

ICHEOKU says Queen Crooked Hillary Clinton was caught pants down colluding with the Russians and she has been trying so hard to pull the wool over the eyes of American people over whodunnit. What a lying, contriving, manipulative woman she is, who lies so easily that you wonder whether truth actually exists in her lexicon. Pitiful.

RUSSIAN DOSSIER: PAID FOR BY HILLARY CLINTON

RUSSIAN DOSSIER: PAID FOR BY CLINTON

ICHEOKU says finally the circle is about being completed and American people and the world at large will come to know who in fact did the collusion. Queen Crooked Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Congress paid Fusion GPS to produce the fake Russian dossier which former CIA chief James Clapper said was the basis for the Trump investigation. Yet, the investigation is still ongoing, despite the now established fact that the basis of it was a manufactured phony. But hey, we shall see.


ICHEOKU says still wondering WHAT HAPPENED and the reason 33,000 emails were deleted and bleach washed? Hopefully American people will soon confirm their suspicion that those shouting themselves hoax with Russian Collusion might indeed be the ones who actually colluded with the Russians. So much for the Russian Reset button. Queen Crooked Hillary Clinton, simply too crooked.


GLAD TO BE CARRIED TO FULL TERM.

GRATEFUL TO BE CARRIED FULL TERM

ICHEOKU says another lucky one that survived the abortionist's pincers from the over 360,000 unlucky ones that get flushed out each year. May God help us all have a better resolution about unwanted pregnancies.


JUST SAY NO TO KNEELING: IT IS UN-AMERICAN.

JUST SAY NO TO KNEELING: IT IS UN-AMERICAN.
ICHEOKU says from being disrespectful to the flag to being unappreciative of the services of the military to overall being anti America; NFL players must learn to check their political activism outside the stadiums. They must not kneel on our dime. ICHEOKU supports the president 1000% on this and hereby calls on every player to respect the sensibilities of the many differently opined fans who paid to watch a game and not to be made mad by their personal political agenda.

IPOB: NOT A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION - USA


“The United States Government is strongly committed to Nigeria’s unity. Important political and economic issues affecting the Nigerian people, such as the allocation of resources, are worthwhile topics for respectful debate in a democracy. Within the context of unity, we encourage all Nigerians to support a de-escalation of tensions and peaceful resolution of grievances. The Indigenous People of Biafra is not a terrorist organization under US law.” - Russell Brooks, United States of America.

HILLARY CLINTON LOST THE ELECTION - CHARLES SCHUMER

HILLARY CLINTON LOST THE ELECTION - CHARLES SCHUMER

"When you lose to somebody who has a 40 percent popularity, you don’t blame other things — Comey, Russia — you blame yourself. So what did we do wrong? People didn’t know what we stood for, just that we were against Trump. And still believe that." - Senator Charles Schumer, Senior Senator from the State of New York and Democratic Minority Leader in the Senate. ICHEOKU says the statement spoke volume and it spoke for itself. Finally it seems the Democrats have finally turned the corner and are now ready to face up to their abysmal performance in the last presidential election by acknowledging that the American people indeed choose Trump over their Hillary Clinton. Thankfully, they will also now rest their "Russians Did It" cockamamie and find a message they can present to the people and for the good of the country.. Time to move the process forward is now as American people did not buy into the crap of a Russian collusion which they tried unsuccessfully to sell to them.

North Korea PUT ON NOTICE

NORTH KOREA  PUT ON NOTICE: DON'T PUSH ME.
"North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. As I said, they will be met with the fire and fury and, frankly, power." - President Donald John Trump. ICHEOKU says the Michelin Tire midget at Pyongyang is definitely courting trouble and messing with the wrong man. He probably thinks Barack Obama the redline president is still in office; but unbeknownst to him there is a new sheriff in town and his name is Donald John Trump and he does not mess around. Hopefully China can rein in the little man before he commits mass suicide with his North Korean people.

NORTH KOREA: TOTAL ANNIHILATION NOW ON THE TABLE.

NORTH KOREA: TOTAL ANNIHILATION NOW ON THE TABLE.

ICHEOKU says once again the diminutive midget of Pyongyang has been advised to heed the resolution of the United Nations firm stand against his continuing provocations; and that the total wiping out of his North Korea is now an option should he force the hands of the United States of American military. In a statement by the Defense Secretary Jim Maddog Mattis over its latest nuclear test, the secretary said “Our commitment among the allies are ironclad. Any threat to the United States or its territories, including Guam, or our allies will be met with a massive military response, a response both effective and overwhelming. We are not looking to the total annihilation of a country, namely North Korea, but as I said, we have many options to do so.” ICHEOKU says does not really know the joker that guy has, but whatever it is will likely very soon be forced out. The world including ICHEOKU is waiting and watching.

BIAFRA EXIT FROM NIGERIA: A CALL TO DUTY

BIAFRA EXIT FROM NIGERIA: A CALL TO DUTY
ICHEOKU says the time has come and the time is now for the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra to be allowed to choose their self governance and exit from Nigeria going forward.. A referendum on the future of Biafra is a legitimate demand of the people and it is their right to so do. The people of the Nation of Biafra want to go their own way because of the hostilities from other member nations of Nigeria. Let the United Nations order a referendum and let the people decide their own Biafraexit.

PDJT ISSUES A VERDICT ON ISLAMIST TERRORISTS


"There can be no coexistence with this violence. There can be no tolerating it, no accepting it, no excusing it, and no ignoring it. Every time a terrorist murders an innocent person and falsely invokes the name of God, it should be an insult to every person of faith. Terrorists do not worship God; they worship death. If we do not act against this organized terror, then we know what will happen and what will be the end result. Terrorism's devastation of life will continue to spread, peaceful societies will become engulfed by violence, and the futures of many generations will be sadly squandered. If we do not stand in uniform condemnation of this killing, then not only will we be judged by our people, not only will we be judged by history, but we will be judged by God." - President Donald John Trump.


BBOB: BRING BACK OUR BIAFRA

ICHEOKU says it is worth fighting for, self determination and it is not a crime for a people to aspire for self governance. Indigenous Peoples of Biafra are marching forward and hopefully they will soon get to the promised land. Viva Biafra.
#BringBackOurBiafra.





"When two raging fires meet together, they do consume the thing that feeds their fury. Though little fire grows great with little wind, yet extreme gusts do blow out fire." - William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew


WHAT REALLY MATTERS IN LIFE - STEVE JOBS

“I reached the pinnacle of success in the business world. In others’ eyes, my life is an epitome of success. However, aside from work, I have little joy. Non-stop pursuing of wealth will only turn a person into a twisted being, just like me. God gave us the senses to let us feel the love in everyone’s heart, not the illusions brought about by wealth. Memories precipitated by love is the only true riches which will follow you, accompany you, giving you strength and light to go on. The most expensive bed in the world is the sick bed. You can employ someone to drive the car for you, make money for you but you cannot have someone to bear sickness for you. Material things lost can be found. But there is one thing that can never be found when it is lost – Life. Treasure Love for your family, love for your spouse, love for your friends. Treat yourself well. Cherish others.” - SJ

EVIL CANNOT BE TRULY DESTROYED.

"The threat of evil is ever present. We can contain it as long as we stay vigilant, but it can never truly be destroyed. - Lorraine Warren (Annabelle, the movie)


ONLY THE POOR WISH THEY HAD STUFF?

“I’m not that interested in material things. As long as I find a good bed that I can sleep in, that’s enough.” - Nicolas Berggruem, the homeless billionaire.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

UMARU YAR'ADUA SAYS, 2009 IS IT!

"Long deferred, the promise of Nigeria shall not continue to remain just a potential. It will soon be redeemed. Our season of renewal has dawned". With these fighting words, President Umaru Yar’Adua of Nigeria promises to wake up from his slumber to start tackling the myriad of problems facing Nigeria. Whether Mister Slowman, the Sloth finally wakes up from his election-fraud induced stupor is a yet to be determined occurrence, which only 2009 will prove; but Icheoku will always keep an eye on him particularly on his promise of democracy-dividend for Nigerians.
President Umaru Yar'Adua pledged a renewed pace in governance and accelerated delivery of critical infrastructure to Nigerians in the coming year 2009; adding that many of his outstanding inaugural promises will also be fulfilled. Principal among which are his long anticipated power emergency plan, electoral reform and the oil and gas sector reform.
President Umaru Yar'Adua also thanked Nigerians for their patience and support for his administration to which Icheoku retorts that Nigerians were not patient but were merely confused, waiting to see if death or the Supreme court could put an end to his rudderless presidency. Now that the Supreme court has failed to act and death seem to have taken a hike (Umaru Yar'Adua appears to be recovering), Mr. President will now see the true colours of Nigerians, whose silence he misconstrued for patient and support. Icheoku says, Umaru Yar'Adua, BE PREPARED!
Continuing President Umaru Yar'Adua said that the challenges facing Nigerians may seem daunting, but that these problems are not beyond Nigerians as a people. Nigerians inflexible tenacity, their incredible passion for excellence and resilient search for a better future mark them out as a people. They are part of their national heritage to which Icheoku says these can only be said of Southern Nigeria as their Northern counterpart are simply antithesis to all the above nicely encapsulated attributes.
According to President Umaru Yar'Adua, this yuletide period is both a time for celebration and reflection; patronising Nigerians further he said that as Nigerians engage in this annual rite of renewal, that he wish them bountiful festive season and a peaceful and prosperous New Year. Further that as he joins Nigerians in celebrating God‘s wondrous gifts to them as a people and in embracing the New Year with renewed hope, he also joins them in reflection: not just on the past year, but also on his government's responsibilities to Nigerians. To the last limb of this statement, Icheoku says those responsibilities are legion and have been largely ignored; they remain mere hope. A cardinal responsibility of the government which is has almost been forgotten under President Umaru Yar'Adua, is the security of lives and properties of Nigerians which is now nearly non-existent! Hope this gives Mr. President, a head-start!

Icheoku says that she will be one voluntary watch-dog of President Umaru Yar'Adua 2009 promise to Nigerians. We shall keep him honest! We shall keep an eye on him! Our only regret is that Umaru Yar'Adua did not include a proviso to his 2009 firm offer to fix all that is broken in and about Nigeria. A reasonable and rational being with the chequered health-history of Umaru Yar'Adua would have included in his statement, provided my health improves and allows me to be a functioning president instead of trying to govern from various hospital beds around the world. In any event however, we shall see what changes in 2009 or will it be just another bone thrown to the dogs for distraction. Only time will tell, President Umaru Yar'Adua! Have a happy holidays.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Song rates Yar'Adua's performance low
Written by Emeka Mamah
Friday, 26 December 2008
Kaduna— Former National Chairman of the Progressive People’s Alliance (PPA), Comrade Adamu Song, has reviewed the performance of President Umaru Yar’Adua in the last 18 months and said that the President performed abysmally low. Song also disabused the minds of those who believe that Yar’Adua will perform wonders in the years ahead, as according to him, there will be more sufferings in the land.

He spoke in an interview with Vanguard in Kaduna, yesterday.

“If I am to give Yar’Adua marks, I will give him 30 percent for his performance in the last two years. I also want to advise that Nigerians should not expect any miracle from the present government.

“I have come to this painful conclusion because of the quality of the President’s new ministers. Otherwise, how can Yar’Adua appoint people like Dr. Rilwanu Lukeman and Chief Uffot Ekaette as ministers?

“What other idea can Chief Ekaette inject towards the resolution of the problems of the Niger Delta that he has not applied as Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) during the eight years of Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration?

“It is also ridiculous that Yar’Adua appointed Lukeman who is in his 80s as Minister of Petroleum. This is because the same Lukeman was Obasanjo’s adviser on Petroleum Matters and nothing improved during the period.

“I am not happy with the level that people are being recycled in this country. Why do they appoint people who have no fresh ideas to our problems into government?

“Yar’Adua is not serious with any of his seven-point agenda and I do not believe that we should expect any miracles. Rather, Nigerians will suffer more.

“Yar’Adua will be slower in the years ahead with these old people with archaic ideas in his government.

“Instead of revitalising his cabinet when he dropped some ministers, the cabinet has been injected with much more slower dose of poison with the appointment of these archaic people that have lost touch with the realities on the ground.

“It is even more disturbing when one remembers that it took the President more than three months to reconstitute his cabinet.

“Yar’Adua should not have allocated sensitive ministries like Petroleum Resources and Niger Delta, for example, to very old people who will only be sleeping in their offices most of the time.

“We have seen this even in the Senate where the old members snore while the National Assembly is in session,” he said.

Song, however, said Nigerians were losing patience with the slow pace of the Yar’Adua’s administration and warned that time had come for the government to move faster to address the issues of electricity, good roads and unemployment among others.

On the PPA’s participation in the Government of National Unity (GNU), Comrade Song said the GNU was dead as far as his party was concerned.

“The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) used PPA and the All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP) to stabilise and has dumped PPA. PDP is no longer interested in the participation of PPA," he said.

Anonymous said...

What We Expect From Yar'Adua In 2009, By Political Leaders, Others
By Onyedika Agbedo, Bankole Adeshina, Jibola Amzat and Laolu Adeyemi

AS 2008 gradually draws to an end with almost nothing to show for it in terms infrastructural development at the national level, political leaders are asking for a new political direction that will fast-track the transformation of the country in 2009.

Specifically, they are demanding for a blueprint that will strengthen the nation's democracy through a free and fair electoral system, efficient and effective infrastructure, qualitative and affordable educational system and good health care delivery, among others.

Speaking with The Guardian on phone yesterday, the National Chairman of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Victor Umeh said Nigerians expect nothing from the PDP-led government in 2009 than to lay the foundation for true democracy to thrive.

"We are grateful to God that Nigeria survived the year 2008 in spite of all odds and hopefully, things will be more better in the 2009. Nigerians expect the government to lay a concrete foundation for democracy to thrive in the country. The Seven-Point-Agenda comprises the statutory normal functions of government and should be vigorously pursued.

"But in 2009, President Musa Umaru Yar' Adua should embark on aggressive political and electoral reforms that will make the country a truly democratic country. Until we can conduct free and fair elections, we will be wasting our time as a country. Ghana and South Africa have been able to lay the foundation for a true and genuine democracy and Nigeria is now trailing behind them despite the resources at our disposal just because we don't allow the people to choose their leaders. And until we are able to do that, we will be pretending. If we attain a truly democratic status, all the problems bedeviling the country will be solved. So in 2009, Yar' Adua will be doing the country a great service by laying the foundation for democracy to thrive," he said.

The National Secretary, Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Lateef Adegbite decried the level of poverty in the country, noting that it posed a great challenge to the government in 2009. "There are lots to do in the year 2009. First and foremost, there has to be serious plans to fix the economy and infrastructure. But most importantly, I don't know how this government is going to achieve this because there is too much poverty in the land," he remarked.

Also, the National Chairman of Labour Party, Chief Dan Nwanyawu, who described the passing year as one of motion without movement noted that the failure of government to provide the necessary amenities has caused untold hardship on Nigerians and urged the re-direction of government policy thrusts to meet the aspirations of Nigerians.

He said: "In the past twelve months, Nigeria has not really witnessed any significant turn around. Instead of physical developments, what we have seen have been motion without movement, a state of stagnancy.

"The state of infrastructure is so poor that there are no good roads to travel on smoothly and safely. A journey that is supposed to take one hour now takes more than three hours, with some of the highways having potholes and gullies, which often lead to accidents, resulting in untimely death. There are no good public schools, there is no electricity and the public health institutions have become death traps because of lack of basic equipment and qualified personnel. A good transportation system is still a mirage.

"The government has not done anything impressive at all in terms of its constitutional obligations to the electorates and the manners and attitude with which the leaders go about the business of the country has been a source of worry for me and there is need for a change."

A PDP House of Representative candidate in the 2007 election in Lagos state, Mr. Saheed Kekere Ekun said with the Supreme Court judgment that has given the president a clean bill of health, Nigerians would expect the best from him in the coming year since he would no longer be distracted.

"Nigerians expect the best from President Yar'dua's government in 2009, since there is no distraction for him again. His case in the court has been determined now and his cabinet has been successfully reshuffled. So, he would have no further excuse by 2009.

Even if he has used this year to understand the system, 2009 should be the year to perform. He did very little this year but should perform better next year. For example, I will like to advise him that issues like the poor electricity supply and social infrastructures in the country should be adequately addressed," he noted.

Anonymous said...

For Yar'Adua, 2009 Is It
08055069065 ikechukwu amaechi candourniche@independentngonline.com
As you read this, we will only be one day away from 2009. By midnight tomorrow, we will be ushering in a brand new year. The outgoing year has been a trying one for most Nigerians, but the coming year promises to be even tougher.

Ironically, 2008 need not be the nightmare it is for most of us. It is a year Nigeria earned the highest revenue ever from crude oil; a year when oil price peaked at almost $150 per barrel before the dramatic fall.

Yet, it is a year when power generation dropped to below 1,500 megawatts, thus worsening the country's already precarious electricity crisis. It is a year when the state of roads across the country went from bad to worse precipitating unprecedented carnage. This Yuletide alone, 234 people have been killed on the roads in different parts of the country. Security of lives and property finally went to the dogs, with armed robbers brazenly hawking their lethal wares, most times sacking entire cities and forcing banks to reschedule their hours of operation. It is a year when kidnapping, originally a veritable weapon of agitation, employed by militants in the Niger Delta to bring their cause to the front burner of both national and international discourse, and mainly targeted at expatriate oil workers, was hijacked by criminals. Today the fear of kidnappers is the beginning of wisdom.

Many families from the Southeast could not travel home this year for fear of being kidnapped. But staying away is not even a guarantee particularly for those with aged parents, who in the absence of their children have become targets.

Yet, as bad as things are in 2008, 2009 promises to be tougher in the sense that while the old problems are yet to be solved, the New Year is coming with its own daunting challenges. Nigeria is not an economic island, not in this era of globalisation. Therefore, the spiralling global economic crisis will catch with us sooner than later. Unfortunately, while other countries are up and doing in pulling their nations and people out of the financial quagmire, we are, as usual, in denial, claiming that Nigeria has nothing to worry about.

How can the country be immune to an economic crisis that has already occasioned investment capital flight? The consequence is the liquidity crunch for Nigerian banks in international trade. Hardly can anybody access a loan facility from any bank in Nigeria now. Today, oil sells below the budget benchmark of $45 per barrel. With industry pundits predicting that the price could crash to as low as $25, the 2009 budget will no doubt be thrown into a tailspin. Again, with the deliberate devaluation of the Naira, prices of goods and services are bound to rise since ours is essentially an import oriented economy. Countries devalue their currencies to enhance exports and since we have little else to export other than oil, which is bought and sold in dollars, the step is bound to create a new wave of inflation. With the vaunted foreign reserves being depleted and with the life savings of most families almost wiped out in the sliding Stock Market, your guess is as good as mine as to what the incoming year has in stock for both country and citizens.

Yet, despite these stark realities, 2009 remains Yar'Adua's year of redemption. It is a year he will either confirm what most Nigerians take as the truth he has not got what it takes to be the country's President or prove his critics wrong. I wish he will prove his critics wrong because if he does, Nigeria will be the better for it.

But it is hard to see how he will do this. Do I pity him? Not necessarily. Yes, it is tough luck for expectation to be at its peak for a government when all the odds seem to be against it. But the President has himself to blame. For almost two years, he sleep walked, acting as if his is not a four year term.

His apologists claim that the man has used the last two years to plan; to lay the foundation of the miracle he is bound to perform. Having "successfully" done that, so they claim, now is the time to execute the plans. Should we give a round of applause? Methinks no! I am not impressed because, again, that is one of the fundamental flaws of our system.

It is not for nothing that the question of preparedness or lack of it became an important issue during the presidential campaigns in the U.S. Which candidate will hit the ground running? Who is prepared to be president on day one? If Barack Obama, the President-elect, were to lose that election, it would have been over the issue of preparedness. Fortunately, the man was prepared as he has amply demonstrated since November 4 when he was elected. He made sure that governance started long before January 20, 2009, when he would be sworn in.

Obama dare not use two years of his term to plan. Again, Yar'Adua apologists say his predecessor, Olusegun Obasanjo, left a huge mess that needed time to clean up. Yes! But so did Obama's predecessor, George W. Bush. In fact, the fact that Obasanjo left behind a prostrate country is the more reason why he should be in a hurry to play the catch up game.

The difference now is that Obama wanted to be president, worked for it and had a ready blueprint more than two years before Americans cast their ballot. In fact, it was on the basis of his programmes that his countrymen and women preferred him to the other equally capable candidates. All he has to do is to add and remove from the template based on the exigencies of the office and the prevailing socio-economic and political climate.

Here, Yar'Adua had no intention of contesting for the presidency. He was plucked, as it were, from his rustic Katsina State and forced willy-nilly to run for the presidency, with no blueprint. And having been elected, he has used two of his four-year term to do what he ought to have done long before even aspiring to be President. These are the little details that make all the difference between one nation and another.

But we must all pray that the President succeeds. Fortunately, he appreciates the significance of 2009. He seems to understand that it is the only year left for any meaningful governance since two years have already been wasted and the fourth year will be taken over by partisan politics. In his Christmas message, he spoke of "our season of renewal", emphasising that with the "systematic planning process" he has put in place, the government will "forge ahead with its agenda for rapid improvements in critical areas with greater vigour and total dedication". We are waiting.