ONUMBA.COM, USA – Whoa, whoa, this is really interesting, to say the very least. Talk about toiling, as though his next money wire transfer depends on it, to put out a picayune worth of fire in another man’s mud house when his own sprawling pricey pad is smoldering in a raging inferno. Perhaps, this is the Holy Grail of misplaced priorities cloaked in glib pursuits that ended up dangling for all to see as being no more than a rodomont and an apocryphal display of regional leadership and neighborly peace making. It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, now does it? Who’s Musevini kidding? Only himself.
ONUMBA.COM, USA — If Nigeria was ever on the path of social and economic glory at one time, and somehow lost its mojo somewhere along the way, there’s good news: it just got back on that track with the recent inauguration of Mohammadu Buhari as president. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. BUT THERE ARE CYNICS
Yeah, yeah, I know, it easily sounds like a premature cockahoop mixed with hasty exuberance. We have been here before. That feeling is probably why for some, all of this is pregnant with a smorgasbord of unknowns. And for others, embracing a wait-and-see posture is a prudent course of reaction for now. I get it. I completely get the soft cynicism fed by the thinking, ‘we have all travelled down this road before.’ True, previous Nigerian leaders with shitty performance records also came preaching the sermon of social and economic deliverance on the mountain of hope and saying all the right things, promising succor and raising hopes for a better future sky high. The most recent of these pretenders is former President Olusegun Obasanjo, a military-civilian hybrid with a pugnacious demeanor, who before my eyes, gave a very believable speech full of optimistic Theravada at Wilberforce University in Wilberforce, Ohio shortly after he took office. But after eight years as president, capped off by delusional acrobatic moves to cling on to power beyond his lawful duration (an effort which by the way blew up on his face like a dynamite and vividly exposed his power-gluttonous nature) all that Nigeria got from him was a profound pittance. For instance, all the talk about stamping out corruption, improving education, revamping the nation’s crumbling infrastructure, solving Nigeria’s power (electricity) shortage problem was just that ——- talk, blah, blah, blah and more blah, blah, blah. His administration failed woefully, featuring eight years of hollow shibboleths and impeccably packaged effluvium of lies that in the end produced absolutely nothing for Nigerians, just doldrums.
So yeah, I know all about empty promises, dashed hopes and looting galore. But guess what, in my opinion, and I have no doubt about this, Buhari is different. He is the absolute best man for the job today, bar none. Simply put, for Nigerians, his election as president is a sweet Christmas gift coming months in advance. FAITH IN THE NEW PRESIDENT
For the first time since I started paying close attention to Nigerian politics, political leadership, issues of governance, conundrums of poverty and challenges of national development, I can gleefully declare without equivocation my complete faith and support for a Nigerian president. It is a first for me.
All told, I just don’t trust Nigerian politicians, not even one bit. Their utterances are 99 percent balderdash. They are all full of shit. Naturally, I see them as a load of harpy and pestiferous boneheads, a gaggle of unpatriotic and pusillanimous buffoons, a pack of glib talking charlatans with the pedigrees of grand thieves (Great late Fela Anikulapo Kuti) and rapacious con men only good at turning government jobs into lucrative criminal enterprise. Continue Reading
It’s hard to understand why anyone, let alone a congressional aide, would stoop so low. Call it boredom brought on by Capitol Hill Christmas season lull, call it partisan crapulence at its worst or just chalk it up as the typical rabid disdain for the first family that we have come to expect from a sorry gaggle of conservative screwballs these days. But whatever you end up calling it, there’s no denying the smorgasbord of stupidity that fed that kind of toxin. Why oh why would a congressional acolyte go after the president’s daughters with such a callous and unprovoked vengeance, unleashing toxic admonishment that totally failed to take into account the innocence of these kids who never asked to be in public eye? By lobbing political broadside at Malia, 16, and Sasha, 13, a conduct that was clearly reprehensible, Elizabeth Lauten, spokeswoman for Republican Congressman Stephen Fincher of Tennessee, made a big ‘turkey’ of herself after scolding the President Obama’s daughters to “try showing a little class.” By lobbing political broadside at Malia, 16, and Sasha, 13, a conduct that was clearly reprehensible, Elizabeth Lauten, spokeswoman for Republican Congressman Stephen Fincher of Tennessee, made a big ‘turkey’ of herself after scolding the President Obama’s daughters to “try showing a little class.” Continue Reading
Onumba.om —With the Midterm elections now over and the outcome being a nice ass thumping for Democrats, the Obama administration, perhaps, would have to adopt a whole new partisan posture against his victorious and tumid Republican opponents now threatening to dismantle all that he has achieved in the past six years while looking to thwart all that he plans to accomplish in the remaining two years of his administration. The GOP gained control of the U.S. Senate while stiffing its grip of the House of Representatives after corralling additional seats there. It all sums up to a profound bad news for the Obama administration. With a load of loathe for the president by the Republicans, clearly, daggers are drawn and a volcanic partisan tinderbox looms. President Obama, facing immense pressure from grappling with a minefield of high-voltage issues, both domestic and foreign, emerged from the thick and blinding fog of defeat to declare he isn’t a “mopey” milquetoast about his party’s monumentally catastrophic loss. Of course, it was a self-consoling posture, a blast of confidence and defiance, if you will, that may well be helpful in managing his debilitating loss to soothe the sting, but there’s no denying the fact that his presidency is presently riding through bumpy potholes and appears destined to collide with GOP victory bus parade. At this cusp, the president can only hope for an elevated spirit of bipartisanship to emerge from the dark ashes of his party’s massive shellacking. In short, it won’t be pretty moving forward. And it’s not just for the reason that the president’s Democratic Party lost control of the U.S. Senate, that too of course, but largely for the fact that the loss mean the Republicans will now control both chambers of legislative branch of government. What that means is something President Obama is definitely not looking forward to: working with a bullying brigade of torridly dogmatic and ideological GOP lawmakers acting more like vengeful and vitriolic foes than reasonable and accommodating opponents. Continue Reading
ONUMBA.COM – It goes without saying that no Republican has ever won the White House without winning Ohio, which easily explains why the Romney campaign is pouring gobs of wampum in the Buckeye State. But just how bad does Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney really want to win Ohio’s 18 electoral votes? Apparently, bad enough that Romney said this, “We need to win Ohio. If we win Ohio, we take back America.” And bad enough that his 42-year old running mate Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan last week took over a soup kitchen in Youngstown for a photo-op without gaining permission from the president of the facility. Continue Reading
ONUMBA.COM – Ah. “Birds of the same feather” flock to defend each other. Apparently, former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo is mad. Hopping mad. In his ‘holier than thou’ view, he feels that impertinent treatment is being meted out to ousted Hosni Mubarak by the mean-spirited Egyptian authority now prosecuting him for epic shenanigans and abuse of power.
From Kenya, where he was attending a clambake with his fellow feckless African leaders, Obasanjo expressed the high-minded view that Egypt is transgressing for not showing disgraced Mubarak the ilk of respect befitting a former leader. He loathed the 82-year-old Mubarak being wheeled into court in a cage and derided it as an infradig. Accord him the “personal dignity” “befitting his status,” he demanded. Worked up about this, he kvetched and fervidly assailed the conduct of the Egyptian authority as unbecoming and worried about this not being “good for the image of Africa.”
Isn’t that comical? All that keelhaul, coming from a military-civilian hybrid with a pugnacious demeanor, whose glib acrobatic moves to cling on to power beyond his lawful duration blew up on his face and vividly exposed his power-gluttony and self-serving nature. He and Mubarak probably swapped playbooks and his ranting caterwaul is claptrap and a mighty-bloody joke. Of course, Obasanjo is entitled to his sanctimonious opinion when he said that this is not good for Africa’s image. But he is certainly not entitled to having his remarks go unchecked. Obasanjo, if I may helpfully point out, still stokes tantrum in riled Nigerians who are still convinced he got away with his own catalogue of shady indulgencies while in office. Some are still rabidly demanding investigation of his regime, though there’s very little chance of that happening since no one has the balls to go after him. What Obasanjo failed to mention in his irrational and unhinged harangue in Kenya was the ugsome truth about the factors really responsible for besmirching Africa’s image. He should look elsewhere for why the global view of the continent is skuzzy, crummy, depressing and shameful. The treatment that Mubarak is receiving is not it. Perhaps, the pestiferous corruption, grand mismanagement by bumbling leaders and systemic ethics morass in Africa are the undeniable culprits. They are the bunyanesque albatross ravaging hopes, bedeviling and dragging down the continent. The opprobrious and pervasive culture of marauding and siphoning Africa’s exiguous financial resources into foreign bank accounts by greed-infested African governments, led by mindless byzantine charlatans do more to bedaub Africa’s image than anything else. And then there are the vicious bloodcurdling conflicts wreaking havoc on folks and battering societies. Jaw-dropping footage clips of morbidly skeletal-starving children of Somalia dangle as an emblem of infamy staining Africa’s image. The furious revolt that doomed Mubarak’s monstrous 30-year long dynasty was past due. Just look at his appalling record. Continue Reading