By Dayo Benson
LAGOS—VICE President Namadi Sambo, said, Sunday, that  Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governors and majority of Northerners were united in their support
for President Goodluck Jonathan 2011 presidential ambition.
 
The Vice President spoke against the background of reported division within
the rank of governors, some of whom are said to be romancing other
presidential aspirants.


He said that those in the North who were opposed to President Jonathan contesting the 2011 presidential elections were those who are pursuing their personal interest. Sambo
who spoke with journalists in Abuja, said all PDP governors, in the
South-South, South-East and their Northern counterparts were being
carried along in the Jonathan- Sambo ticket.    

He said: “The Northern Governors, and in fact all the Governors of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, are being carried
along and we have good relationship, we are moving this country
together. And the position of all the sections or the zones of this
country have been made very clear.

“The governors of the South-South have made their statement, the governors from the Northern
states have made their statement; members of the Nigerian Governors
Forum have also made their statement. These statements are all in line with our position. So we are all together.”

Speaking on when President Jonathan would formally declare his ambition, the
Vice President said: “Very soon, there is no specific date yet but it
will be very soon. You know the Ramadan period is a holy month and you
know it is not the best period to go into all those kinds of
activities.

Already there is a statement from the presidency.”

Commenting on the position of the North that power must remain in the region come 2011, he said: “Am I not part of the
power? I think I am from the North and as the Vice-President, I have
confidence that whatever a President from the North will do, I am in
the best position to do it for the North. And today we are fifty years
old, the party has made it clear that the issue of its candidature will
be in line with the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,
and zoning is still an existing factor, it is part of the PDP
constitution.

“We have gone up, we  are just going to celebrate our 50th anniversary. And at the age of 50, we expect any state to have
grown. This country (Nigeria) has come a long way and, therefore, the
issues that have  to do with our development, of effecting programmes
of government that will rejuvenate the country and create a better
standard of living for Nigerians are what we are looking for.”
The Vice President who was the former governor of Kaduna State debunked insinuation that he was losing grip of events in
the state, noting: “I  have not heard of that really and in practice I
have not seen anything like that. In fact, just before you came in I
received a group of political friends from Kaduna and they said the
government is doing everything in line with the programmes we have put
in place together in Kaduna and all these politicians are from Kaduna .
We are even getting stronger and strengthening all  issues with
politics in Kaduna State.”


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Rabiu, you have decided in your mind not to except change even when your so called great northen leaders have failed you.
Can you be honest with your self and cite an example where xtians woke up and killed your people. remember all the bad names we recieved came from your so called great people. When your people were in the government did it ever occur to you that we needed democracy to reign? I can see your mentality is that of your usual egocentrin and selfish your people have.
Please i feel the country should be divided so that you are being managed by your "great" while our infamous people rule us by sheer Goodluck. you will survive on your groundnut praymids and delt palm nuts.thank you.
Maureen just like before you have allowed your sentiment to take a greater parth of your sense of judge if you trully have one. What did OBJ, Ironse, Shonekan and Nwazego got to show us Nigerians. Abuja, Port Refinary, PTF, e.t.c has touched every Nigerian in one way or the other? what has your leaders done that has affected everybody positively? please tell me? i just want you to convince me with facts and result about the qualities in Goodluck Jonathan for us the non progressive or non contributing members. Please get your facts right before your talk if not just expreess your desire for supporting your choice. do you think sincerely that the north will crumble if Nigeria is divided, remember necessity is the mother of invention. we will certainly survive as we have more than enough, its just because some of our leaders decided to be lazy and leave our heritage which can without a single doubt is enough for us to survive? think positive and not self centred as you have shown

maureen onyewuchi said:
Rabiu, you have decided in your mind not to except change even when your so called great northen leaders have failed you.
Can you be honest with your self and cite an example where xtians woke up and killed your people. remember all the bad names we recieved came from your so called great people. When your people were in the government did it ever occur to you that we needed democracy to reign? I can see your mentality is that of your usual egocentrin and selfish your people have.
Please i feel the country should be divided so that you are being managed by your "great" while our infamous people rule us by sheer Goodluck. you will survive on your groundnut praymids and delt palm nuts.thank you.
JONATHAN'S ATTRACTION LOOKS LIKE A FLY-BY, AND IT'S TYPICAL


All the fussing and fighting over Goodluck Jonathan is classic Nigerian theatre. We've seen it all before, heard it all before. Maybe not exactly as it is shaping up in his particular case, but Jonathan's attraction, typical of Nigeria's gullible - almost insanely unthinking - public, has the outlook of a fly-by, a massive infection that eats itself out with the dwindling of time. Indeed, a big slice of Nigeria's population is afflicted by the Jonathan Syndrome at the moment, and the reason is because, in many hearts and minds, there seems to be no reason not to be. Coming out of pure political anonymity and riding into fame and fortune in quite unusual - some say "divine" - circumstances, Jonathan, in many hearts and minds, is pure, untainted, unadultrated," product." In a political milieu infested with mice and woodworms of the Ibrahim Babangida ilk, Goodluck Jonathan offers - or so it seems - a moral diversion from the behavioral indiginities of the last fifty years. The moral deficiency of the nation's leadership of the last five decades has been a monumental blight on the collective consciousness. Political leaders have approached the art of leadership with a scant subscription to any sense of public accountability. Political responsibility, once the sonorous sing-along of the political class, evaporated as soon as oil became a commodity to be deified for its inestimable, purely limitless, economic potential. Political and military leaders acquired a new kind of hunger: the depraved proclivity to intemperate self-fulfillment, with absolute disregard for altruistic imperatives. Thus, the nation was swarmed by a wave of corruption, which is a disease of the mind. Political business became business. Jonathan wobbled into the public's consciousness promising and wielding the promise of change in many different aspects of national organization. He promised to drain politics and government of their moral ugliness. He promised to deliver "light" at the flick of a switch. He attempted to rally the country into a sense of community, although the constituent communities had, and still do have, disparate, irreconcilably contentious, political temperaments. A few months down the alley way, opinion is divided about his score sheet. Still, Jonathan's attraction - mostly inebriating in the southern half of the country, for obvious reasons - is infectious because, despite his lack of charisma and political experience, he is no Babangida. He is none of that ilk, which is good for him. The public's conclusion: he is different from the rest of the putrid pack. But that is pure conjecture. There is no art to accurately read, and draw positive conclusions about, the mental disposition of a Nigerian politician. They all reek of the same repugnant odour. In Nigerian politics, corruption is contagious. In fact, the art of corruption - characterized by depraved greed and avaricious incontinence - has its particular pull. It's a magnet that draws even the most pious and holds them in a python grip. It is the over-riding motivation for political participation, by the way. So, Jonathan, still dogged by lingering questions about his wife Patience's financial conduct, may not be entirely untainted, after all. Yet, his attraction festers in a population ravenous for change, which, in many hearts and minds, Jonathan represents. So, as he prepares to declare his 2011 presidential ambitions, he binds himself into a corner, which may be his ultimate undoing. Burdened with a population with a notoriety for impatience, Jonathan's popularity may run its full course before he even has the time to blink. If he is nominated by his party - the humungous mammoth called the PDP, which has grown into an irritating political nuisance - and goes on to clinch the office, goodluck to him. He should arm up for war - that is, load his guns and stack up his sandbags, to fight the fight of his life and win it. But since the end of war is not the end of battle, he must prepare for the even fiercer battle for the Nigerian mind. Which is easy to win but hard to hold.
GOVERNORS: SHOULDN'T THEY RATHER BE GOVERNING?

Political activity swells, and governors across the land are splashing influence around. They are trading in power and merchandizing in political influence. And the sprawling, dishevelled political milieu is their oyster. Vice-President Namadi Sambo underlines the preponderance of the governors' doubly re-doubling nuisance when he quips that "they are being carried along" in the process of Goodluck Jonathan running in the 2011 elections. Why won't they, when the political process yields itself, inexplicably, to their unscrupulous whims? Inebriated by a warped sense of their own importance, these incontinently hubristic bunch have, in a matter of a few snarling years, re-modeled themselves into miniature deities on the political landscape. They have acquired, and are fast mastering, the art of power-mongering and influence-peddling, constituting an increasingly intolerable nuisance. From Abia to Zamfara, governors are going mad with political influence. They are arrogating unprecedented relevance and, consequently, are entranced in the God complex - the intoxicating feeling that they have the key of life and death. Which makes them amusingly silly. Their silliness combines with their arrogance, which swells by the waking day, to reveal a pathetic crowd of political screwballs pre-occupied with themselves. For them, political power and political influence are political theatre. So, they sing a soulless melody and tap-dance to their own rendition, entertaining only themselves.

Governor Liyel Imoke of Cross River even says its with a tinge of unpretentious hubris: “Our influence did not start today. It was not by accident." Right there! Is he dumb? Is he numb? Whatever doesn't happen by accident happens by design. So, who is incontinently eager? The governors are eager for public attention, and, therefore, eager for public applause. Yet, they elicit scorn and disdain - even disgust - from a public worn and bored to shreds by such unscrupulous dross. Says Imoke, with more arrogance: "If you look at what happened in 2003 and 2007, the governors were very visible in (sic) political activities of the country." Response: the governors were "visible" in the politics of those periods because they were invisible in their core function - governing. And he buttresses himself: "In fact in 2007, governors emerged both as the President and Vice President. So if you consider the crucial role we play in the sustenance of this democracy, you won’t (sic) say we are too powerful.” Behold, mediocrity multiplies. Imoke's public display of a basement-level intelligence quotient - which is 50 divided by two - inspires deep-throated guffaws of amusement. Democracy is not sustained when governors, elected - and mandated by the Constitution - to govern, abandon that non-negotiable function with self-pampering indulgence and engage, instead, in unproductive enterprise. Governing is a governor's "crucial role" in a democracy. The arithmetic of political influence is not part of it. Which leads to the question every Nigerian ought to be asking, and answering, right now: shouldn't these governors rather be governing?

The answer is a simple and straight "yes, they should get with the business their tiltle and office confer on them." There are development miles to go in each state of the federation, and that is being temperate - putting it mildly, modestly. But the irresponsible non-charlance of the governors belies the enormity of mass misery so profound. Individual happiness has been eclipsed by poverty, disease and an ever-expanding jobs market. At least 40 to 60 percent of 15- to 25-year-olds - according to Finance Minister Olusegun Aganga - are out of work in each state. Interpretation: each state's most active population is jobless and, consequently, potentially disposed to criminality. Indeed, crime is spiralling out of control, as armed robbers, kidnappers and their cousins unleash themselves with audacious impunity. With criminals marauding and menacing a defenseless public - which is the inevitable consequence of the absence of governance - personal security spirals down-hill at the speed of light. Thus, life expectancy dwindles in an endless continuum. Public healthcare is non-existent, schools are no more than boot camps for growing future criminals, who do politicians', including and especially governors', dirty work.

Evidently, the governors are not perturbed by this appalling reality. They are totally indifferent to it. Their pre-occupation is elsewhere - convening and re-convening, in an endless succession, to do political arithmetic, the arithmetic of how much influence they wield in deciding who becomes the next president. Which raises a crucial question: how many of these governors understand the concept of federalism? How many understand that the primary reason for having a state - by association or by creation - is socio-political autonomy, which allows the state to develop independent of the federal government? Federalism presupposes that governors are "presidents" within their own jurisdictions. But that was dispensed with as soon as soldiers, beginning in January 1966, confiscated the government and imposed thier stubborn will on our collective consciousness. Just by wielding their guns around, they ended federalism and replaced it with unitarism - actually, quasi-federalism, the depraved, weird and bizarre "system" of government in which a supposedly federal entity is run as a unitary one. States were arm-twisted and pistol-whipped into yielding their autonomy to a behemothian central authority overcome with arrogance and God complex. More and more, governors, appointed and empowered by the central government, owed their allegiance and survival to a Caligulan dictator, often psychotic. Thus, the true meaning and implications of federalism receded into haze, sacrificed on the altar of military hubris. Today's governors perpetuate the sickening tradition, to federalism's undoing. Which is sad, very sad.

When governors, who are constitutionally endowed with executive powers within their limited jurisdictions, pre-occupy themselves with the mathematics of national politics, they abdicate their constitutional function and abandon those they are supposed to function for. The 36 state governors - and their lone buddy in the FCT - are abandoning their people at the moment. And "it did not just start today," says Liyel Imoke of Cross River State. He said it, I didn't. You didn't either.
my dear darlington,i quite appreciate the frankness at wish you analyse issues with facts and figures.
you could pass for a second ''ozebo'' of benin kingdom.
your stands are very clear and straight to the point full of articulated jingoisms, and grammatical flamboyisms.
keep it up

Darlington Ehondor said:
GOVERNORS: SHOULDN'T THEY RATHER BE GOVERNING?

Political activity swells, and governors across the land are splashing influence around. They are trading in power and merchandizing in political influence. And the sprawling, dishevelled political milieu is their oyster. Vice-President Namadi Sambo underlines the preponderance of the governors' doubly re-doubling nuisance when he quips that "they are being carried along" in the process of Goodluck Jonathan running in the 2011 elections. Why won't they, when the political process yields itself, inexplicably, to their unscrupulous whims? Inebriated by a warped sense of their own importance, these incontinently hubristic bunch have, in a matter of a few snarling years, re-modeled themselves into miniature deities on the political landscape. They have acquired, and are fast mastering, the art of power-mongering and influence-peddling, constituting an increasingly intolerable nuisance. From Abia to Zamfara, governors are going mad with political influence. They are arrogating unprecedented relevance and, consequently, are entranced in the God complex - the intoxicating feeling that they have the key of life and death. Which makes them amusingly silly. Their silliness combines with their arrogance, which swells by the waking day, to reveal a pathetic crowd of political screwballs pre-occupied with themselves. For them, political power and political influence are political theatre. So, they sing a soulless melody and tap-dance to their own rendition, entertaining only themselves.

Governor Liyel Imoke of Cross River even says its with a tinge of unpretentious hubris: “Our influence did not start today. It was not by accident." Right there! Is he dumb? Is he numb? Whatever doesn't happen by accident happens by design. So, who is incontinently eager? The governors are eager for public attention, and, therefore, eager for public applause. Yet, they elicit scorn and disdain - even disgust - from a public worn and bored to shreds by such unscrupulous dross. Says Imoke, with more arrogance: "If you look at what happened in 2003 and 2007, the governors were very visible in (sic) political activities of the country." Response: the governors were "visible" in the politics of those periods because they were invisible in their core function - governing. And he buttresses himself: "In fact in 2007, governors emerged both as the President and Vice President. So if you consider the crucial role we play in the sustenance of this democracy, you won’t (sic) say we are too powerful.” Behold, mediocrity multiplies. Imoke's public display of a basement-level intelligence quotient - which is 50 divided by two - inspires deep-throated guffaws of amusement. Democracy is not sustained when governors, elected - and mandated by the Constitution - to govern, abandon that non-negotiable function with self-pampering indulgence and engage, instead, in unproductive enterprise. Governing is a governor's "crucial role" in a democracy. The arithmetic of political influence is not part of it. Which leads to the question every Nigerian ought to be asking, and answering, right now: shouldn't these governors rather be governing?

The answer is a simple and straight "yes, they should get with the business their tiltle and office confer on them." There are development miles to go in each state of the federation, and that is being temperate - putting it mildly, modestly. But the irresponsible non-charlance of the governors belies the enormity of mass misery so profound. Individual happiness has been eclipsed by poverty, disease and an ever-expanding jobs market. At least 40 to 60 percent of 15- to 25-year-olds - according to Finance Minister Olusegun Aganga - are out of work in each state. Interpretation: each state's most active population is jobless and, consequently, potentially disposed to criminality. Indeed, crime is spiralling out of control, as armed robbers, kidnappers and their cousins unleash themselves with audacious impunity. With criminals marauding and menacing a defenseless public - which is the inevitable consequence of the absence of governance - personal security spirals down-hill at the speed of light. Thus, life expectancy dwindles in an endless continuum. Public healthcare is non-existent, schools are no more than boot camps for growing future criminals, who do politicians', including and especially governors', dirty work.

Evidently, the governors are not perturbed by this appalling reality. They are totally indifferent to it. Their pre-occupation is elsewhere - convening and re-convening, in an endless succession, to do political arithmetic, the arithmetic of how much influence they wield in deciding who becomes the next president. Which raises a crucial question: how many of these governors understand the concept of federalism? How many understand that the primary reason for having a state - by association or by creation - is socio-political autonomy, which allows the state to develop independent of the federal government? Federalism presupposes that governors are "presidents" within their own jurisdictions. But that was dispensed with as soon as soldiers, beginning in January 1966, confiscated the government and imposed thier stubborn will on our collective consciousness. Just by wielding their guns around, they ended federalism and replaced it with unitarism - actually, quasi-federalism, the depraved, weird and bizarre "system" of government in which a supposedly federal entity is run as a unitary one. States were arm-twisted and pistol-whipped into yielding their autonomy to a behemothian central authority overcome with arrogance and God complex. More and more, governors, appointed and empowered by the central government, owed their allegiance and survival to a Caligulan dictator, often psychotic. Thus, the true meaning and implications of federalism receded into haze, sacrificed on the altar of military hubris. Today's governors perpetuate the sickening tradition, to federalism's undoing. Which is sad, very sad.

When governors, who are constitutionally endowed with executive powers within their limited jurisdictions, pre-occupy themselves with the mathematics of national politics, they abdicate their constitutional function and abandon those they are supposed to function for. The 36 state governors - and their lone buddy in the FCT - are abandoning their people at the moment. And "it did not just start today," says Liyel Imoke of Cross River State. He said it, I didn't. You didn't either.
Dear Maureen,thank you for your comments.the truth can sometimes be very bitter to swallow especially by people who have been brainwashed all their lives to worship personalities.Some people claim to be educated but from their utterances,are no better that worms.I dont really care what or who a man worships but he must not try to make me worship anything or anybody.I have my own mind and brain to choose.I still maintain that most people from the North are sentimental and they dare not criticize their tin god leaders.Where we come from,we question our leaders purpose and agenda and that is why we will always be ahead of the North.Until they enthrone people who have the guts to ask questions of their leaders,we will always end up with having to associate with people like Rabiu here who cannot understand democracy.Mr.Rabiu,I am not from the North and I dont care if you rankadede to cow or goats,life is short and NO ONE can stop me from asking question,especially where my life and future is involved.Your people may be contented eating kilishi under the mango tree but we are Not.Be a man for once and ask your GREAT leaders questions about how your region came to be the laughing stock of the entire country.So mush for your education...

maureen onyewuchi said:
Bashir Sani Moh'd said:
you should close ur dirty mouth, y is it dat you cant speak 4 all rather ur selfish thinking. the north is greater than you or anyone in your thinking and dose you mentioned are our leaders and they are far better than you or anyone in your family born and unborn. nigeria will move forward positively and you will be put to shame.

robert redd said:
Any time a Northerner makes a comment,it is always laced with useless sentiments.Our present predicament is caused by the Northerner who were crafty enough to get to top positions.Just look of the state of affairs in the North and compare it to what obtains in the South and you will see why many people believe that the North should just forget the presidency,at least for now.Rabiu,stark naked poverty is staring your people in the face and you are talking of credentials.What credential do you need because since President Johnathan came in,a lot of improvements have been taking place in our country.Perhaps you dont know the importance of the Petroleum bill he signed a few weeks ago or the steady supply of fuel and better electricity supply etc etc.In your head,it should be Buhari,Mr.Sharia supporter or even Shagari who has a lot of experience in being a cripple president who never did ONE thing right throughout his tenure.Anyway,we all can see that Sambo and Goodluck are a perfect team and it is difficult to see who else has the requisite leadership these two have exhibited.Ibb is an out and out criminal just like Atiku.Buhari supported Sharia law and he is a man who still habors that Arewa mentality.I wish you luck while hoping that your education ,as you claim,will set you free.
Thanks, Theo - can I call you that? I deeply appreciate your appreciation of my analyses. I can assure you they come from a deep patriotic persuasion. My sense of patriotism may be conveyed in an abrasively virulent outburst of emotion but my anger is not aimed at Nigeria as a country but at those who have driven Nigeria into the ground. They deserve all the invective. Once again, thanks a lot, brother.

Ehannire Theodore Osas McTimothy said:
my dear darlington,i quite appreciate the frankness at wish you analyse issues with facts and figures.
you could pass for a second ''ozebo'' of benin kingdom.
your stands are very clear and straight to the point full of articulated jingoisms, and grammatical flamboyisms.
keep it up

Darlington Ehondor said:
GOVERNORS: SHOULDN'T THEY RATHER BE GOVERNING?

Political activity swells, and governors across the land are splashing influence around. They are trading in power and merchandizing in political influence. And the sprawling, dishevelled political milieu is their oyster. Vice-President Namadi Sambo underlines the preponderance of the governors' doubly re-doubling nuisance when he quips that "they are being carried along" in the process of Goodluck Jonathan running in the 2011 elections. Why won't they, when the political process yields itself, inexplicably, to their unscrupulous whims? Inebriated by a warped sense of their own importance, these incontinently hubristic bunch have, in a matter of a few snarling years, re-modeled themselves into miniature deities on the political landscape. They have acquired, and are fast mastering, the art of power-mongering and influence-peddling, constituting an increasingly intolerable nuisance. From Abia to Zamfara, governors are going mad with political influence. They are arrogating unprecedented relevance and, consequently, are entranced in the God complex - the intoxicating feeling that they have the key of life and death. Which makes them amusingly silly. Their silliness combines with their arrogance, which swells by the waking day, to reveal a pathetic crowd of political screwballs pre-occupied with themselves. For them, political power and political influence are political theatre. So, they sing a soulless melody and tap-dance to their own rendition, entertaining only themselves.

Governor Liyel Imoke of Cross River even says its with a tinge of unpretentious hubris: “Our influence did not start today. It was not by accident." Right there! Is he dumb? Is he numb? Whatever doesn't happen by accident happens by design. So, who is incontinently eager? The governors are eager for public attention, and, therefore, eager for public applause. Yet, they elicit scorn and disdain - even disgust - from a public worn and bored to shreds by such unscrupulous dross. Says Imoke, with more arrogance: "If you look at what happened in 2003 and 2007, the governors were very visible in (sic) political activities of the country." Response: the governors were "visible" in the politics of those periods because they were invisible in their core function - governing. And he buttresses himself: "In fact in 2007, governors emerged both as the President and Vice President. So if you consider the crucial role we play in the sustenance of this democracy, you won’t (sic) say we are too powerful.” Behold, mediocrity multiplies. Imoke's public display of a basement-level intelligence quotient - which is 50 divided by two - inspires deep-throated guffaws of amusement. Democracy is not sustained when governors, elected - and mandated by the Constitution - to govern, abandon that non-negotiable function with self-pampering indulgence and engage, instead, in unproductive enterprise. Governing is a governor's "crucial role" in a democracy. The arithmetic of political influence is not part of it. Which leads to the question every Nigerian ought to be asking, and answering, right now: shouldn't these governors rather be governing?

The answer is a simple and straight "yes, they should get with the business their tiltle and office confer on them." There are development miles to go in each state of the federation, and that is being temperate - putting it mildly, modestly. But the irresponsible non-charlance of the governors belies the enormity of mass misery so profound. Individual happiness has been eclipsed by poverty, disease and an ever-expanding jobs market. At least 40 to 60 percent of 15- to 25-year-olds - according to Finance Minister Olusegun Aganga - are out of work in each state. Interpretation: each state's most active population is jobless and, consequently, potentially disposed to criminality. Indeed, crime is spiralling out of control, as armed robbers, kidnappers and their cousins unleash themselves with audacious impunity. With criminals marauding and menacing a defenseless public - which is the inevitable consequence of the absence of governance - personal security spirals down-hill at the speed of light. Thus, life expectancy dwindles in an endless continuum. Public healthcare is non-existent, schools are no more than boot camps for growing future criminals, who do politicians', including and especially governors', dirty work.

Evidently, the governors are not perturbed by this appalling reality. They are totally indifferent to it. Their pre-occupation is elsewhere - convening and re-convening, in an endless succession, to do political arithmetic, the arithmetic of how much influence they wield in deciding who becomes the next president. Which raises a crucial question: how many of these governors understand the concept of federalism? How many understand that the primary reason for having a state - by association or by creation - is socio-political autonomy, which allows the state to develop independent of the federal government? Federalism presupposes that governors are "presidents" within their own jurisdictions. But that was dispensed with as soon as soldiers, beginning in January 1966, confiscated the government and imposed thier stubborn will on our collective consciousness. Just by wielding their guns around, they ended federalism and replaced it with unitarism - actually, quasi-federalism, the depraved, weird and bizarre "system" of government in which a supposedly federal entity is run as a unitary one. States were arm-twisted and pistol-whipped into yielding their autonomy to a behemothian central authority overcome with arrogance and God complex. More and more, governors, appointed and empowered by the central government, owed their allegiance and survival to a Caligulan dictator, often psychotic. Thus, the true meaning and implications of federalism receded into haze, sacrificed on the altar of military hubris. Today's governors perpetuate the sickening tradition, to federalism's undoing. Which is sad, very sad.

When governors, who are constitutionally endowed with executive powers within their limited jurisdictions, pre-occupy themselves with the mathematics of national politics, they abdicate their constitutional function and abandon those they are supposed to function for. The 36 state governors - and their lone buddy in the FCT - are abandoning their people at the moment. And "it did not just start today," says Liyel Imoke of Cross River State. He said it, I didn't. You didn't either.
Rabiu I have been following your posts and following them, hoping for maybe a classifier that points your leaders out as being not just good leaders for the North, but good leaders for all of Nigeria. I have not seen that. Even our late president, Allah rest his soul, had no credentials. He was a school teacher. But I guess teaching children is the kind of credentials one needs to rule a country like Nigeria. Even the comparison of the leaders through Nigerias independence is littered with dictators who stole power from our potential independence, incited fear into the people and ruled with an iron fist. If you are for communism, then they were excellent leaders, but when I can go through cities and see beggers littered all over the place and people living in squalor, then they are not good leaders.

You may be right in saying the goodluck has no solid credentials, but if the alternative is leaders who are not only older than the country, but have already held power... then that is no opportunity. I'll give you an example of what one of your leaders did Late Major General Sani Abacha, allowed elections that barred past statesmen. This meant that any man who had a hand in politics before, or had held any position of power was disbarred from standing in for election. If this were applied now, all your so called great leaders would be excluded. Too bad Abacha cancelled the elections, but as sad as it may have been for his family and those who cared about him, his death was a fortunate thing.

If you really want your leaders so badly, then the North should seceed from the Republic and function on its own. The appeal for goodluck? is his lack of credentials, the fact that he has not been in the forefront of politics before. If the north had put someone else forward instead of demanding that the PDP put a northerner forward and that all parties should put a northerner forward, this debate would not even matter.

What we need are leaders of the future, and while that is a sentiment, the last thing we need are Gowon, Atiku and especially not IBB

Rabiu Jibrin said:
Maureen just like before you have allowed your sentiment to take a greater parth of your sense of judge if you trully have one. What did OBJ, Ironse, Shonekan and Nwazego got to show us Nigerians. Abuja, Port Refinary, PTF, e.t.c has touched every Nigerian in one way or the other? what has your leaders done that has affected everybody positively? please tell me? i just want you to convince me with facts and result about the qualities in Goodluck Jonathan for us the non progressive or non contributing members. Please get your facts right before your talk if not just expreess your desire for supporting your choice. do you think sincerely that the north will crumble if Nigeria is divided, remember necessity is the mother of invention. we will certainly survive as we have more than enough, its just because some of our leaders decided to be lazy and leave our heritage which can without a single doubt is enough for us to survive? think positive and not self centred as you have shown

maureen onyewuchi said:
Rabiu, you have decided in your mind not to except change even when your so called great northen leaders have failed you.
Can you be honest with your self and cite an example where xtians woke up and killed your people. remember all the bad names we recieved came from your so called great people. When your people were in the government did it ever occur to you that we needed democracy to reign? I can see your mentality is that of your usual egocentrin and selfish your people have.
Please i feel the country should be divided so that you are being managed by your "great" while our infamous people rule us by sheer Goodluck. you will survive on your groundnut praymids and delt palm nuts.thank you.
Dear Mr.Rabiu,you are a Nigerian just like all of us in this forum.What I said about Northerners using sentiments in their assessment of the present situation in our country still stand.You are one of the people who has confirmed my position.Whatever you might like to think,it is a fact that TODAY,we Nigerians want our country to join the league progressive of nations and make our people respected by other countries.We are not interested in PTF or anything old and outdated.Of the almost 40 years your people have ruled Nigeria,how come there is no constant power,no roads,no good hospitals etc etc.You and your people might be contented to use local goatherders to castrate your children but we from the South dont agree.We want the very same standards they are using in highly developed countries like the UK and USA afterall we are supposed to be able to afford it,if only your people did not steal everything.And furthermore no one is saying that the North cannot survive on its own.What we are saying is that,NO ONE SHOULD push their own idea of progress on ALL OF US.We have a right to ASPIRE to greater things in this short life.To be very frank and honest with you,I really do think that majority of Southereners will love to see your backs.If you are an honest human being,there is NO WAY you can praise ANY Northern leader,even the governors of the Northern regions.They cheat their illiterate populations and use the money to marry little girls and whenever it suits their purpose,they kill Ibos who are there to help develope the deserts.All these things are TRUE and now be man enough to own up to the truth.Your people have grown so used to easy oil money that they now feel it is thier birthright.The other day,IBB and Atiku promised to make an Iboman the president of Nigeria in 2015,after they have ruled first.Only a fool doesnt know that this is one of the old Northern divide and rule scam.I say let them make themselves president FIRST.If you guys cannot live in a free and fair country where EVERYTHING works,perhaps you and Mr.Buhari,the Sharia man should just cut up and go your own way.I can assure you that millions of people will be grateful for the act.If not now,when?

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