Last night the Federal Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed was on the National Television, the NTA, ostensibly to educate Nigerians on what the Buhari government has done to pacify the EndSars Nigerian Youths protesters.
Maybe due to the weight of the subject or the scare most the government people have received since the protests started, Mr. Lai Mohammed, looked pale and sickly. He was beside himself without his usual gift of sophistry. And he, of course, laboured hard to do justice to the topic.
I was not convinced in the least. I do not know about you.
During the course of the programme, Alhaji Lai kept repeating the fact that the government had granted all the requests of the protesters and yet they have refused to leave the streets and allow for a free flow of human and vehicular traffic.
He even went as far using the unfortunate incident at Osun State involving Governor Gboyega Oyetola as a case study that the protests have been hijacked by what he called, ” the enemies of the country”. And he, like other highly placed Nigerians and the beneficiaries of the lopsided system Nigeria operates, is frantically looking for the the sponsors of the EndSars Movement.
In a note of resignation, Lai Mohammed who eventually occupied a major portion of today’s Radio Nigerian news with his preachment on the futility of continuing with the protests, asked, “What do the protesters want?”
I will answer him right away.
Mr. Lai Mohammed, Nigerian Youths are tired of the system that has made Nigerians fugitives, refugees, and victims of government insensitivity, in their own country. And there are thousands of reasons for such a protest to go on and on.
While the problem did not start with the Buhari government but an objective analysis of his administration will reveal a sinister plot of the gradual Northernization of the Nigerian Federation.
Never in the history of this country has a President been this insensitive to the plight of Nigerians. Nor is there any comparison in our history of the kind of ethnic agenda the Buhari government is a champion of.
Follow me through the list:
1 Muhammadu Buhari, President and Minister of Petroleum North
2 Ahmed Lawan, Senate President North
3 Tanko Mohammed, Chief Justice of the Federation North
4 Monica Dongban-Mensem, President of the Court of Appeal North
5 Ahmed Idris Wase, Deputy Speaker Federal House of Representatives North
6 Babagana Monguno, National Security Adviser North
7 Boss Mustapha, Secretary to Government of the Federation North
8 Lt. General Yusuf Buratai, Chief of Army Staff North
9 Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar, Chief of Air Staff North
10 Muhammed Adamu, Inspector General of Police North
11 Hameed Ali, Comptroller General, Nigerian Customs Service North
12 Ja’afaru Ahmed, Comptroller General, Nigerian Correctional Service North
13 Mohammed Babandede, Comptroller General, Nigerian Immigration Service North
14 Abdullahi Gana Mohammed, Commandant General, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps North
15 Mr. Yusuf Magaji Bichi, Chairman, DSS North
16 AVM Muhammed Usman, Chief of Defence Intelligence North
17 Muhammed Mustapha Abdallah, Chairman/CEO, NDLEA North
18 Brig. Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, DG NYSC North
19 Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, DG, National Intelligence Agency North
20 Zainab Ahmed, Minister of Finance North
21 Isa Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy North
22 Sabo Nanono, Minister of Agriculture North
23 Suleiman Adamu, Minister of Water Resources, North
24 Mohammed Bello, FCT Minister North
25 Ramatu Tijjani, FCT Minister of State North
26 Abubakar Malami, Attorney General and Minister for Justice North
27 Ahmed Idris, Accountant General North
28 Mele Kyari, Group Managing Director, NNPC North
29 Garba Abari, DG National Orientation Agency North
30 Mohammed Nami, Chairman FIRS North
31 Bashir Jamoh, DG, NIMASA North
32 Hadiza Bala Usman, Chairman Nigerian Ports Authority North
33 Mansur Liman, DG, FRCN North
34 Yakubu Ibn Mohammed, DG, NTA North
35 Nasiru Ladan Argungu, DG, NDE North
36 Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, Executive Secretary, NUC North
37 Prof. Umar Dambatta, Executive Secretary, NCC North
38 Kashim Ibrahim Imam, Executive Secretary, TETFUND North
39 AVM Muhammadu Alhaji Muhammed, DG, NEMA North
40 Lamido Yuguda, DG, Securities and Exchange Commission North
41 Prof. Mohammed Sambo, Executive Secretary, NHIS North
42 Prof. Armstrong Idachaba, DG, Nigerian Broadcasting Commission North
43 Prof. Aliyu Jauro, DG, NESREA North
44 Nurudeen Rafindadi, MD, FERMA North
45 Musa Nuhu, DG, NCAA North
46 Rabiu Yadudu, MD, FAAN North
47 Garba Abubakar, Rigistrar General, CAC North
48 Abdulkarim Obaje, National Co-ordinator, CSDP North
49 Mrs Aisha Dahiru-Umar, acting DG, PENCOM North
50 Abdullahi Kachifu, DG, NITDA North
51 Abubakar Abba Bello, MD, NEXIM Bank North
52 Aliyu Abdulhameed, MD, NIRSAL North
53 Hassan Alwan, acting MD, Bank of Agriculture North
54 Ahmed Dangiwa, MD, FMBN North
56 Adamu Adaji, DG, National Boundary Commission North
60 Ahmed Kadi Amshi, Chairman, National Assembly Service Commission North
61 Hamid Bobboi, Executive Secretary, UBEC North
62 Abdulaziz Aliyu, DG, National Identity Management Commission North
63 Maimuna Yaya Abubakar, Chairman, NIPOST North
64 Ahmed Kuru, MD, AMCON North
65 Yusuf Asir Danbatta, acting Secretary, National Assembly Service Commission North
66 Gambo Aliyu, DG, NACA North
67 Mamman Ahmadu, DG, BPP North
68 Bukhari Bello, Chairman, FRSC North
69 Mohammed Jibrin, DG, National Board for Technology Incubation North
70 Prof. Abubakar Sharabutu, Executive Secretary, Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria North
71 Ibrahim Goni, Conservator General, National Parks Service North
72 Hassan Bello, Ex-Sec/CEO, Nigerian Shippers’ Council North
73 Prof. Isah Hayatu Ciroma, DG, Nigerian Law School North
74 Muhammed Umar, acting EFCC Chairman North
75 Faisal Shuaibu, ED/CEO, Nigerian Primary Healthcare North
76 Umaru Ibrahim, MD, NDIC North
77 Ahmad Salihijo Ahmad, MD/CEO, Rural Electrification Agency North
78 Sule Ahmed Abdulaziz, acting MD, Transmission Company of Nigeria North
79 Saliu Buntu, MD, Federal Housing Authority North
80 Muhammed Umar, Director, DPP North
81 Saidu Malama, Chairman, Solid Mineral Fund North
82 Abdulkadir Saidu, Ex-Sec, PPPRA North
83 Dasuki Arabi, DG, Bureau of Public Service Reforms North
84 Prof. Adam Okene Ahmed, acting Provost, Nigerian Defence Academy North
85 Prof. Baba Muhammadu Aliyu, Ex-Sec, Federal Commission for Colleges of Education North
86 Prof. Ahmed Tijani Mora, Chairman, Pharmacy Council of Nigeria North
87 Air Commodore Yusuf Anas, Ex-Sec, Center for Crisis Communication North
88 Muheeda Farida Dankaka, Chairman, Federal Character Commission North
89 Fatima Shinkafi, Ex-Sec, Solid Mineral Fund North
90 Sen. Basheer Mohammed, Chairman, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and IDPs North
91 Prof. Muhammed Taofiq Ladan, DG, Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS) North
92 Bala Yabani Mohammed, acting Deputy Clerk of the National Assembly North
93 Dauda Ibrahim El-ladan, acting Clerk of the Senate North
94 John Tsoho, Chief Judge of the Federal High Court North
95 Major General Sarham Jamilu, Commandant, Nigerian Defence Academy North
This is in conjunction with numerous Permanent Secretary and Director positions in the Civil Service. Not to talk of choice ambassadorial postings
Are you aware that both the Chairmen of the Senate and Reps committee on the Army and the Airforce are from the North?
We are not done yet. Look at that list again and you get the worst shock of your life.
I will help you out again.
If you look at the list once more, you will see that:
(A) Revenue Agencies
NNPC, NPA, Customs, FIRS, CAC, TCN, NCAA, FAAN, NIMASA, National Parks, Solid Mineral Fund and Immigration.
NOA, NCC, FRCN, NITDA, NTA, NBC
(C) Security, Intelligence and Paramilitary
COAS, CAS, Customs, Immigration, IGP, DSS, NDLEA, NSCDC, NDA, NIA, NYSC, Correctional Service and Defence Intelligence.
NUC, Tetfund, Law School, NDA, NIALS, NILDS, Agric Research Council and Technology Incubation.
(E) All the Federal Govt Banks and other Financial Agency
NIRSAL, NDIC, NEXIM, AMCON, FMBN and BOA.
( F ) Interventionist Agencies
FERMA, SMEDAN, NDE, NEMA, PPPRA, NESREA, CSDP, EFCC, and REA
( H ) Judiciary
Supreme Court, Court of Apeal and Federal High Court
are all headed by the people from the North
Buhari has captured Nigeria for his people.
What Othman Danfodio could not do with his sword. What Ahmadu Bello failed to achieve despite his aristocratic posturing. What IBB never contemplated even with his guile. What Abacha never thought of with his brashness and devil may care attitude.
But Buhari has done it.
And will someone inform Mr. Lai Mohammed that none of the federations that were structured the way Nigeria is now ever lived to tell their stories?
Nigerian Youths want besides a holistic Police Reform,
A People’s Constitution
Civil Service Reform
Access to opportunities
End to Quota System
Reduction in the Cost of Governance
Health Sector Reform
Education Sector Reform
End to the State of Origin Requirement
Transparency in Government business,
If President Buhari cannot guarantee the fulfilment of these demands in record time, then let him resign and go home.
In the meantime, Let the Protests go on. Nigeria belongs to the Youths!
UgoGold N. Ofonedu
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