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The Imperatives of Change

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I beg to disagree with His Eminence on a certain matter of common interest but to agree with labour and manufacturers on the change so desired for our recovery to be a reality.

We are looking forward to having once again conditions of our not-too-distant past when every Nigerian had something that positively engaged them. We are reminiscing on that Nigeria where workers did three shifts a day in factories with steady public power supply to turn the wheels of our industries.

Energy is the glucose of growth, the strength.

I disagree with Anthony Cardinal Okogie on the pace of the fight against corruption. I affirm that governance has changed in terms of attitude, which is the first step to solving most of our social and economic maladies. Buhari has not interfered with any of the other estates of the realm, thereby maintaining the separation of powers. He is not a dictator, which many Nigerians would have wished he were, for now. In fact, the fight against corruption has just begun. Otherwise, Nyesom Wike would have lost his crown.

In another breath, I disagree with President Muhammadu Buhari’s seeming pre-occupation with applying worn-out tools of bourgeois modus operandi in handling matters that need complete radical departure from the immediate past, because no sweat, no sweet.

We are talking with the World Bank and African Development Bank, perhaps, on financing of projects without addressing Nigerians on their part in the overall business of change and self-sacrifice. It should be practical.

If Nigerians understood the present language of change, they would not be carelessly complaining of currency exchange parity and the other nonsense of capitalist economic oppression.

Buhari is still bogged down with corporations instead of enlisting the common Nigerian as the veritable tool to clear the mess before us.

This is why people talk of a bogus economic formula not present, instead of invoking the power of the collective participation of all of us- through mass mobilisation.

A man like his super minister, Babatunde Fashola, is frightened by the word, socialism, because I heard him expressing it at Alhaji Femi Okunnu’s book launching. He would favour increase in tariffs for electricity supply based on artificial calculation and a crooked structure that will not deliver for us and the industries, except for the pockets of those who have carved up this nation like a chicken.

Why talk of increase in electricity tariff when the so-called Electricity Reform Act is faulty and a contradiction of the constitution, which still retains the National Electric Power Authority, NEPA. Was NEPA ever legally dismantled? Did the Power Holding Company of Nigeria ever exist in law or as an agent? If as an agent how did it derive the power to usurp NEPA? What instrument empowered that? NEPA did not complain of lack of funds for operation when three years ago its tariff per unit of power consumption was designated in kobos. Overnight, those who put us in this sorry predicament, still wanted to exploit us by devising a way through taking over our power supply structure to control our destiny.

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