The memo by the Minister of state for petroleum affirmed my feelings about the present administration. And it raises several questions that needed to be answered.
- Should we continue to hope Nigeria will be better? Since about forty years ago our parent has been preaching to us that it will be better rather is going worse every day. The present administration is the worst democratic government Nigeria has ever had.
My heart bleeds when I read the quoted portion of the Memo “I would have wanted to come personally after receiving you at the airport to facilitate with you and discuss matters herein contained, however, I have been unable to secure an appointment to see you despite very many attempts.” If a serving minister cannot secure appointment to see his boss or communicate via mobile phone, something is wrong somewhere. This calls for questions. Is this the same Buhari we voted for or anorher? Has the government been hijacked by Cabas?
- Is there anything like one Nigeria? A quote from the Memo “NNPC staff are afraid of contacting me to avoid being punished, sidelined in appointments and targeted. Indeed, the key factor for growth and advancement in NNPC of today is to avoid the Minister of State’s Office”. “In order to convince to your Excellency of the need to sideline me, I am sure I have been labeled as being.
III. In Collusion With Militants
Some faceless blogs have even had the audacity to circulate such rumors. Nothing Your Excellency can be further from the truth. I mention this because this will be the likely response you will receive to this attempt I am making to alert you on the state of affairs under the GMD’s leadership.” Being a second class citizen in your country just because you are not a northerner. Some will call this hate speech. Indirectly the present administration is spreading and encouraging hate speech.
- Can Nigeria Government be free of corruption? Many Nigerians are so gullible and naïve to believe this present administration is fighting corruption. The most corrupt government ever. This is clearly stated in the Memo and I quote “Mr. President over one year of Dr. Baru’s tenure, no contract has been run through the Board. This is despite my diplomatic encouragement to Dr. Baru to do so to avoid wrongfully painting you as a President who does not allow Due Process to thrive NNPC. The following major contracts were never reviewed by or discussed with me Board of NNPC:
The Crude Term contracts- value at over $10bn
The DSDP contracts- value over $5bn
The AKK pipeline contract- value approximately $3bn
Various financing allocation funding contracts with the NOCs – value over $3bn
Various NPDC production service contracts – value at over $3bn–$4bn”
- Is this government transparent? You can tell by the portion of the memo quoted “However, the correct governance should be that the Minister of the State and the Board review the transaction and give their concurrence prior to presentation to you. As in many cases of things that happen in NNPC these days. I learn of transactions only through publications in the media. The question is why that is the Parastatals which I supervise as Minister of State or Chair of their Board are able to go through these contractual and mandatory governances processed and yet NNPC is exempt from these?”
- Is this really a lie lie government? Here is the answer “I know that bravado management style runs contrary to the cleansing operations you engaged me to catty out at the inception of your administration. This is also not in consonance with your renowned standards of integrity” Nigerians were deceived including our able Minister of state for Petroleum. Should we continue to believe white lies?
We are grateful for technology that made our voices to be heard. If not for technology, the memo would not have leaked neither would the unscrupulous activities of this government be revealed. The era of camera Phones, social media and internet has helped to checkmate the menace of this government.
A revolution is coming with the emergence of new technology that will unleash the unlearned, alumajeres and the tout from their shackles. They will be able to get and pass information in different dialects without spending a dime without the use of internet. Technology will be implemented to the level that no government would find it easy to manipulate ingenuous citizens
Nigerians wakeup from slumber!