The cutting of the hot cake by Banke and Olusola (II)

by | June 19, 2017 12:40 am

Continued from last week

The second phase will facilitate the maximization of local fertilizer production through the creation of a platform for basic chemical products; secure the Nigerian market’s fertiliser supply at competitive prices; and reinforce local distribution channels.

Furthermore, the Kingdom of Morocco and Nigeria have agreed to develop integrated industrial clusters in the sub-region in such sectors as manufacturing, Agro-Allied business and fertilisers in order to attract foreign capital and improve export competiveness.

It is most heartwarming to the retired partners of KPMG who are still awaiting their gratuity and pension that they have had the privilege of playing a minor/minuscule role in ensuring that both Nigeria and Morocco are committed to equal partnership regarding the governance, management and financing of the projects upon which the two countries have embarked in order to head off potential revolt by jobless youths and marauding herdsmen as well as armed robbers and kidnappers who have combined forces with Boko Haram to wreak havoc and create mayhem in Nigeria.

The impetus for convening the NIGERIA SUMMIT in Marrakesh appears to have been provided by the leaking of a highly classified document by Julian Assange of WikiLeaks and his fellow conspirator, Edward Snowden the refugee CIA consultant.

It turns out to be a carbon copy of the audit report on Nigeria by the erudite and cerebral Professor Adebayo Williams:

“For those who can read political horoscopes of impending disaster, this one is palpable in its astral malignancy. Like a band of merry somnambulists, Nigerians are sleepwalking to a major political catastrophe with eyes wide open. First is the harsh reality of presidential ailment which in an abiding climate of kleptocrats and political pick-pockets has put a lid on purposeful governance and productive politics. This has in turn sparked off a nasty and barely disguised succession battle the like of which nobody has seen in this clime before. Compared to the Umaru Yar’Adua succession debacle, this one promises to be the mother of all political hostilities. As it is at the moment, Nigeria reminds one of a badly wounded elephant cut to pieces but still shambling and lumbering towards an inglorious finale as it emits a fearsome rumble. The Nigerian political elite have neglected to bind the wounds of the nation or dress its suppurating gashes. Now it has gone fearfully septic and everybody is waiting for the end. This cannot continue. A nation cannot exist on a foundation of political injustice and economic tyranny without something giving.”

Under normal circumstances, the Moroccan government is very strict in enforcing visa requirements for Nigerians. Consequently, it has gone to great lengths to publicise its official website which provides the following information:

“Requirements for tourism”

1.     Statement of account for the last three (3) months

2.     Introduction letter from your office/self

3.     Photocopy of international passport data page

4.     Three (3) passport photographs on white background

5.     Copy of working ID card

6.     Hotel voucher and flight itinerary

7.     Copy of Moroccan visa and other visas obtained

8.     Travel insurance for one (1) month

9.     Copy of marriage certificate

It was most gracious of the King of Morocco, King Mohammed VI to waive visa formalities for those whose attendance is urgently required in Marrakesh in order to ensure that the looming crisis in Nigeria is resolved unfailingly before June 12, 2017, (the twenty-fourth anniversary of the historic election won in 1993 by Bashorun M.K.O Abiola, a chartered accountant, who ultimately paid the supreme sacrifice following the annulment of the election by General Ibrahim Badamasi Babaginda and the subsequent incarceration of Abiola by Babangida’s successor, the dreaded General Sani Abacha).

In the meantime, “the Sunday Sun” newspaper’s list of the ten most influential Nigerian politicians who are urgently wanted in Marrakesh has gone viral:

i)                Chief Olusegun Obasanjo

ii)               President Muhammadu Buhari

iii)             Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu

iv)             Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar

v)               General T. Y. Danjuma (retd)

vi)             Senate President Bukola Saraki

vii)           Prince Arthur Eze

viii)          Former Governor of Delta StateJames Ibori

ix)             Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State

x)               Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State

The King of Morocco was alarmed at the deluge of protests on social media regarding the omission of:

i)                General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida,

ii)               Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto and

iii)             Lieutenant General TukurYusuf Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff

To further complicate matters, women all over the world have gone on the warpath over the total exclusion of women from the list. Not a single woman!!

Those who are more discerning have reminded us that the political ferment in Nigeria is not a recent tragedy. It has been festering for a while – going back to the 2015 elections. Seven weeks (February 2015) before ballots were scheduled to cast, the Presidency (under Dr. Ebele Goodluck Jonathan) issued the following statement:

“Buhari can never be President of Nigeria. Quote me any day any time. Instead of Buhari to become President of Nigeria, Nigeria would rather break. A military coup will even be allowed rather than for Buhari to become the President of a democratic Nigeria. Quote me any day, any time.”

–   Deji Akinyanju, Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe.

Both BBC Hausa Service and Al Jazeera carried the response of General Muhammadu Buhari as BREAKING NEWS:

“They either conduct a free and fair election or they go a very disgraceful way. If what happened in 2011 should happen again in 2015, by the grace of God, the dog and the baboon would all be soaked in blood.”

The dog-whistle had been blown full blast.

In any case, even the United Nations as well as the European Union have been  severely jolted by reports which totally undermined the integrity of elections in Nigeria. A case in point was featured on the front page of “ThisDay” newspaper on May 25, 2017.


 J.K. Randle OFR; FCA