Re: I`m fed up with lies about Yar’Adua

Prof Dora Akunyili`s interview, published in some national dailies on 28 February, 2010 was remarkably explosive, exceedingly forthright, insightful, and
informative. I do not possess appropriate adjectives to aptly capture the depth
of wise revelation interlocked in this piercing outburst by a person who
appears perfectly to understand that all is not well with Nigeria and its
leadership. I think what Prof. Akunyili has done is to reiterate the fact that
President Yar`adua is a very good man, who meant well for Nigeria, but that it
appears some people around the President are exploiting the President`s current
helpless situation for their selfish and sectional interests, to the detriment
of Nigeria, its peace, stability and the welfare of its citizens and residents.
Prof Akunyili, I honestly believe, is of the view that something needs to be
done urgently to wrestle a good-natured President Yar`adua from the hands of those
who have seized him, and are cashing in on his current health status to feather
their own nests. Prof Akunyili wants something done forthwith to save Nigeria,
Nigerians, and Nigerian leadership from the avoidable jeopardy into which the
current ugly situation may otherwise plunge them.  I
commend Prof Akunyili`s courage in coming out to speak out, notwithstanding the
perceived risks. No man or woman is worth his salt who is not ready at all
times to risk his body, to risk his well-being, to risk his life, in a great
cause. Hear
George Patton: “The courageous man
is the man who forces himself, in spite of his fear, to carry on.” True courage
represents perfect sensibility of the measure of danger, and a mental
willingness to endure it. Secondly, I think Prof Akunyili has done what is
right by refusing to accept to feed Nigeria and Nigerians with lies and
falsehood rather than truth, and to stand firm in insisting that the right
thing be done at the right time to save Nigeria`s fledgling democracy from
avoidable collapse. As William
J. H. Boetcker once said,
that you may retain your self-respect, it
is better to displease some people by doing what you know is right, than to
temporarily please them by doing what you know is wrong. This is because, “to
know what is right and not to do it is the worst cowardice” (per Confucius). Truth is not
only violated by falsehood; it may be equally outraged by silence. Again, it is best to refuse
to compromise what you know to be right for anyone or anything. As Seneca put
it, it is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because
we do not dare that they are difficult. Our lives begin to end the day we
become silent about things that matter. Be who you are and say what you feel.
Those who mind do not matter, and those who matter do not mind. All that is
necessary for the triumph of evil
is that good men do nothing. Dora Akunyili,
being Nigeria`s information Minister, has rightly taken a stand, refusing to
continue to fold her arms while Nigeria goes adrift; declining especially to mismanage
information or rather to manage false information, more so when facts surrounding
Alhaji Yar`adua`s health are already an open secret. 
What is more? O
ur country is in great difficulty right now,
and all hands need to be on deck to see the country and its leadership out of
the present quagmire. Concerning the fear for their safety and lives by all who
have stood out courageously to be counted at this time when Nigerian and its
hard-earned democracy are on trial, I will like to draw my advice from an
anonymous saying: “act boldly and unseen forces will come to your aid.”
Meanwhile, I, again, join millions of Nigerians in praying that God grants
President Yar`adua a rapid recuperation. May God help him, and also help
Nigeria to see a peaceful resolution of the current crises. I finally commend
the Nigerian military for the maturity, patience and professionalism with which
it has handled the current situation. I urge the soldiers to still stand where
they are; military intervention in Nigerian leadership will be totally
unacceptable, as it would drag the country back to square one ---- the worst
democracy is far better than the best military government. For all those who
continue to feed Nigerians with lies and falsehood in place of the truth over
Alhaji Umaru Yar`adua`s state of health, Abraham Lincoln`s wise words are
sufficient advise:
you can
fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the
time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time. God bless Nigeria!

Sylvester C. Udemezue


Nigerian Law School,

Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria

[email protected]


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liant woman with beautiful. We don't have too many of them. Kudos. I thought we lost you to the other side. You have acquit your self. Keep on being good and your reward is plentiful.

And please stop praising UMY. What you saw about him was all pretense. Action speaks louder. UMY action speaks volume. You cannot devoid the person from their actions.

You simplify re-branding! It require a rethink in the approach.
My brother, ur very brilliant comment, laced with very relevant quotes, takes us back to our conscience! How many Dora do we have in Nigeria? A single shoal in shark infested river!
Nice Post......


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