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  • Re: State of the Nation Post #226440
    Posted at: 11:54 am, 21st Oct 2014
    by coolone. SMN . Joined: 27th February 2014. Thanked 5 times.

    knightofdelta;226416 wrote:
    I am sure I have relayed this story several times. Until 4 hours before the 2011 elections, I could say I was one of the most vocal Buhari supporters you could ever have encountered in Nigeria. You can check out my tweets between January and April 2011 for the records, and you can also check out my posts right here in SMN within the same period, if you have the patience. I was fed up about the corruption in the country.

    What changed?

    CPC and ACN were talking about a merger right into the eleventh hour before the 2011 polls. I was not really bothered about whether they merged or not, all I cared about was voting Buhari in regardless of which platform he was. Then the merger fell apart and details emerged. I read about how ACN and CPC disagreed on the merger plans. All I saw were people who wanted power... ACN was not ready to take VP slot, neither was CPC ready. Everybody wanted to be the oga at the top. They were unable to shelf their personal ambitions for the best interest of Nigeria. I saw men who were simply interested in power. Men who wanted to call the shots. Men who were ready to lose the power rather than subjugate themselves to another person. And then I made up my mind and voted for Jonathan.

    Yes, they have finally merged, but I am no longer convinced and cannot be bothered to be convinced anymore because people don't change. My support is not for Jonathan because he is from the South South - I have enjoyed nothing from his administration, not even 24 hours light. My vote is simply for self preservation and in the belief of democracy that we will get it right as a country. The road to freedom is long and hard.

    APC is selling an agenda that makes me laugh. Actions speak louder than words. When NOI came out with his SWF strategy, APC Governors spearheaded the killing of the idea. Now oil prices are crashing and we have no buffer. There are many APC people in the NASS, but none of them have kicked and screamed about pushing for the PIB or pushing really hard for a massive anti-corruption bill. They are all enjoying their fat salaries.

    Nigerians outside the country want a change, but they don't have full information about the things on ground. All they hear about is what the media feeds them and APC holds the Nigeria media, apart from NTA. So I cannot blame them because they have been fed with propaganda.

    Here is my conviction.

    The Government can do very little to change the economy. The Nigerian budget is just about $30b. The economy is largely deleveraged from the Government. When oil prices fell to $30/barrel in 2009, the economy continued to move on.

    Healthcare infrastructure deficit is about $60b. Nigeria will have to spend all its budget for two years to plug this hole without paying salaries to any Government worker. This Jonathan cannot do, neither can Buhari. Education infrastructure deficit is about $85 billion. Nigeria will have to spend its three years budget to plug this hole without paying salaries. Roads, electricity, water, etc all combine to about $150 billion deficit.

    What Nigeria needs is foreign investors inflow. For the past several years, Nigeria has been an investment destination. Our bond indexes have been added to several global indexes. Several PE firms such s Actis, Carlyle, the biggest in the world have been trooping into Nigeria. I see hope and I see the light, and this is one of the reasons I have chosen to remain within Nigeria despite options to run away from the country.

    What exactly is Buhari selling apart from "rooting out corruption"? What I see is a reversal of several laudable policies in the name of corruption. The army General will give foreign investors the marching orders to evacuate until we "clean up the country" in four years. I see reversal of Agric policies that have made Nigeris self sustainable in some cereals. To build a house takes months. To bring down a house takes less than 10 mins. The damage had been done long ago in the economy and we are in the right direction. If you feel otherwise, you have the freedom to vote Buhari. I and many others also have the right to vote in Jonathan based on our conviction.

    In the event Buhari wins, all of you in obodo oyibo should be ready to receive another emigrant, because me and my family will be out of the country in a blink.

    Well said, what I still cant understand is how someone wants me to vote Buhari in power, whose sole aim is, having felt he was left behind in Nigeria's progress wants the whole country to start afresh....God forbid! That will not happen.


  • Re: State of the Nation Post #226439
    Posted at: 11:53 am, 21st Oct 2014
    by migiets. SMN . Joined: 1st March 2008. Thanked 167 times.

    Picolena66;226438 wrote:
    Hmmm……………..very interesting to the Oga who as Nigeria and fellow Nigerians Future at the Heart of all his concerns…………….And thank u for the name calling and intricacy of voting in an election…………….I now feel Educated and Enlighten!!

    Firstly I was not aware that a Nigerian cannot now discuss with other Nigerians about the future of his country………………since the outcome of 2015 election does sometimes dictate the future.......But hey what do I know right!!

    Running away u say from who and where too………………If u want to travel to village and convince your fellow villagers to vote for Buhari…………….Well that would be your doing, and……………..Goodluck with it:):)

    PS - To the bolded u know nada about me, What I do or What I get up to on the Ground...

    moi aussi. :cool:


  • Re: State of the Nation Post #226438
    Posted at: 11:47 am, 21st Oct 2014
    by Picolena66. SMN . Joined: 26th June 2007. Thanked 101 times.

    migiets;226436 wrote:
    I know and that is why i told KOD to stop preaching and wasting his time on those that will not vote in the elections for either GEJ, Buhari, Kwakwasor, Atiku and instead he should focus and waste his time on those that will vote. A ballot paper has to be put it in the box for it to be counted.

    At the bold. You can now see why i normally say we have so many cyberspace noise makers. You are suddenly running away because time is money in your business. So who do you think has the time then to waste to convince the 'real voters' to vote for the type of leader you are clamouring for?. me abi?. Ok. I dey come. Let me go and waste my time to convince my people in the village on why they should put their ballot paper in the box for Buhari.

    Hmmm……………..very interesting to the Oga who as Nigeria and fellow Nigerians Future at the Heart of all his concerns…………….And thank u for the name calling and intricacy of voting in an election…………….I now feel Educated and Enlighten!!

    Firstly I was not aware that a Nigerian cannot now discuss with other Nigerians about the future of his country………………since the outcome of 2015 election does sometimes dictate the future.......But hey what do I know right!!

    Running away u say from who and where too………………If u want to travel to village and convince your fellow villagers to vote for Buhari…………….Well that would be your doing, and……………..Goodluck with it:):)

    PS - To the bolded u know nada about me, What I do or What I get up to on the Ground...


  • Re: State of the Nation Post #226437
    Posted at: 11:32 am, 21st Oct 2014
    by migiets. SMN . Joined: 1st March 2008. Thanked 167 times.

    duduspace wrote:
    Very good point, and I personally have been thinking up a number of projects involving the youth and leadership. A particular one close to my heart is identifying children with high IQs from a very early age (in the range 5-8) irrespective of background and giving them opportunities in education and exposure that their background would otherwise not afford them the opportunity to have and mentoring them into their late teens and early 20s.

    I've personally come to the conclusion that Nigeria can't or won't be fixed in a hurry and that any help one can give should be in the area of increasing the mass of people capable of critical reasoning in this country of ours then maybe one day we can achieve a critical mass of such thinkers. At least if the entire project does not reach its Nirvana, one can be appreciative of any individual success stories.

    ambitiousr;226435 wrote:
    My Bro, Count me in on that projects. Being thinking of the same and trying to work things out with some friends in naija but they are showing nonchalant efforts on it. We really have to talk about this.

    Oga duduspace, i have Thanked you SMNly for this. Little changes by everybody in a small way and in a small environment will lead to bigger changes. There are so many you can do across the schools in your area like library and science laboratories. According to a Medical Doctor friend of mine who is presently involved in providing science laboratories for some schools, he said that 'if there is no science and technology to produce anything, there will be nothing to be administered (business admin), nothing to count(accounting), nothing to legalize(law), nothing to politicized (politics or political science)'. It is not that he is saying these are not important.


  • Re: State of the Nation Post #226436
    Posted at: 11:23 am, 21st Oct 2014
    by migiets. SMN . Joined: 1st March 2008. Thanked 167 times.

    Picolena66;226432 wrote:
    Hmmm................U again.................let me tell u a little secret................It is not about convincing me or anyone like .................The populous know what's Good for them..............and they also know what's rotten to the core.......I will also not waste my time.................Has Time is Money in my Business:wavey::wavey:

    I know and that is why i told KOD to stop preaching and wasting his time on those that will not vote in the elections for either GEJ, Buhari, Kwakwasor, Atiku and instead he should focus and waste his time on those that will vote. A ballot paper has to be put it in the box for it to be counted.

    At the bold. You can now see why i normally say we have so many cyberspace noise makers. You are suddenly running away because time is money in your business. So who do you think has the time then to waste to convince the 'real voters' to vote for the type of leader you are clamouring for?. me abi?. Ok. I dey come. Let me go and waste my time to convince my people in the village on why they should put their ballot paper in the box for Buhari.


  • Re: State of the Nation Post #226435
    Posted at: 11:21 am, 21st Oct 2014
    by ambitiousr. SMN . Joined: 13th January 2013. Thanked 30 times.

    duduspace;226434 wrote:
    Very good point, and I personally have been thinking up a number of projects involving the youth and leadership. A particular one close to my heart is identifying children with high IQs from a very early age (in the range 5-8) irrespective of background and giving them opportunities in education and exposure that their background would otherwise not afford them the opportunity to have and mentoring them into their late teens and early 20s.

    I've personally come to the conclusion that Nigeria can't or won't be fixed in a hurry and that any help one can give should be in the area of increasing the mass of people capable of critical reasoning in this country of ours then maybe one day we can achieve a critical mass of such thinkers. At least if the entire project does not reach its Nirvana, one can be appreciative of any individual success stories.

    My Bro, Count me in on that projects. Being thinking of the same and trying to work things out with some friends in naija but they are showing nonchalant efforts on it. We really have to talk about this.


  • Re: State of the Nation Post #226434
    Posted at: 11:15 am, 21st Oct 2014
    by duduspace. SMN . Joined: 13th February 2007. Thanked 131 times.

    oforitseno;226403 wrote:
    Diasporans should look beyond money remittances to tangible developmental projects.

    Very good point, and I personally have been thinking up a number of projects involving the youth and leadership. A particular one close to my heart is identifying children with high IQs from a very early age (in the range 5-8) irrespective of background and giving them opportunities in education and exposure that their background would otherwise not afford them the opportunity to have and mentoring them into their late teens and early 20s.

    I've personally come to the conclusion that Nigeria can't or won't be fixed in a hurry and that any help one can give should be in the area of increasing the mass of people capable of critical reasoning in this country of ours then maybe one day we can achieve a critical mass of such thinkers. At least if the entire project does not reach its Nirvana, one can be appreciative of any individual success stories.


  • Re: State of the Nation Post #226433
    Posted at: 11:08 am, 21st Oct 2014
    by cecemontero. SMN . Joined: 25th April 2007. Thanked 38 times.

    knightofdelta;226427 wrote:
    Sir, the figures speak for themselves. Here is a link you just posted.

    Oil Slump Rings Alarm Bells for Nigeria as Elections Loom - Bloomberg

    See excerpts from your link:



    Jonathan has a very poor record, yet Nigeria has trade surplus, which is now supporting the reserve. Imagine if the angelic APC Governors had allowed the SWF to fly, we would have had double support. These APC people were simply not interested in the development of Nigeria, for as long as they are not in power. I see wicked old men who want the country to suffer, and will do anything to frustrate the current Government. Why can't we all come together to make Nigeria a better place regardless of who is in power?

    Jonathan has a very poor record, yet Nigeria defeated Ebola.

    The beacon of light in APC, Fashola, has been Governor of Lagos State for 8 years and nobody has seen the books of Lagos State Government. Yet we should there is corruption and opaqueness at the center.

    I am not out to convince you to change your mind, but I am just telling you that I am not blinded.

    I stopped making comments on this thread when it became obvious that most people here made up their minds a long time ago on they've chosen to see especially our friends abroad. Make una continue o! Una doh o!


    KOD, thanks a lot for saying the truth.


  • Re: State of the Nation Post #226432
    Posted at: 11:08 am, 21st Oct 2014
    by Picolena66. SMN . Joined: 26th June 2007. Thanked 101 times.

    migiets;226429 wrote:
    No need to convince him. He is not a registered voter. So no need to waste your time convincing him. Instead channel the energy to those rural folks that have up to 3 voter cards. e.g. KOD, DOK, ODK

    Hmmm................U again.................let me tell u a little secret................It is not about convincing me or anyone like .................The populous know what's Good for them..............and they also know what's rotten to the core.......I will also not waste my time.................Has Time is Money in my Business:wavey::wavey:


  • Re: State of the Nation Post #226431
    Posted at: 11:04 am, 21st Oct 2014
    by Picolena66. SMN . Joined: 26th June 2007. Thanked 101 times.

    knightofdelta;226427 wrote:
    Sir, the figures speak for themselves. Here is a link you just posted.

    Oil Slump Rings Alarm Bells for Nigeria as Elections Loom - Bloomberg

    See excerpts from your link:



    Jonathan has a very poor record, yet Nigeria has trade surplus, which is now supporting the reserve. Imagine if the angelic APC Governors had allowed the SWF to fly, we would have had double support. These APC people were simply not interested in the development of Nigeria, for as long as they are not in power. I see wicked old men who want the country to suffer, and will do anything to frustrate the current Government. Why can't we all come together to make Nigeria a better place regardless of who is in power?

    Jonathan has a very poor record, yet Nigeria defeated Ebola.

    The beacon of light in APC, Fashola, has been Governor of Lagos State for 8 years and nobody has seen the books of Lagos State Government. Yet we should there is corruption and opaqueness at the center.

    I am not out to convince you to change your mind, but I am just telling you that I am not blinded.

    Hmmm................I do not know whether to laugh at u or with u...............I have a question..................and how as all of what u have just mentioned the Bolded...affected the lives of Ordinary Nigerians:questionmark::questionmark:


  • Re: State of the Nation Post #226430
    Posted at: 11:02 am, 21st Oct 2014
    by Salida. SMN . Joined: 11th July 2010. Thanked 240 times.

    knightofdelta;226416 wrote:


    APC is selling an agenda that makes me laugh. Actions speak louder than words. When NOI came out with his SWF strategy, APC Governors spearheaded the killing of the idea. Now oil prices are crashing and we have no buffer. There are many APC people in the NASS, but none of them have kicked and screamed about pushing for the PIB or pushing really hard for a massive anti-corruption bill. They are all enjoying their fat salaries.

    Nigerians outside the country want a change, but they don't have full information about the things on ground. All they hear about is what the media feeds them and APC holds the Nigeria media, apart from NTA. So I cannot blame them because they have been fed with propaganda.

    Here is my conviction.

    The Government can do very little to change the economy. The Nigerian budget is just about $30b. The economy is largely deleveraged from the Government. When oil prices fell to $30/barrel in 2009, the economy continued to move on.

    Healthcare infrastructure deficit is about $60b. Nigeria will have to spend all its budget for two years to plug this hole without paying salaries to any Government worker. This Jonathan cannot do, neither can Buhari. Education infrastructure deficit is about $85 billion. Nigeria will have to spend its three years budget to plug this hole without paying salaries. Roads, electricity, water, etc all combine to about $150 billion deficit.

    What Nigeria needs is foreign investors inflow. For the past several years, Nigeria has been an investment destination. Our bond indexes have been added to several global indexes. Several PE firms such s Actis, Carlyle, the biggest in the world have been trooping into Nigeria. I see hope and I see the light, and this is one of the reasons I have chosen to remain within Nigeria despite options to run away from the country.

    What exactly is Buhari selling apart from "rooting out corruption"? What I see is a reversal of several laudable policies in the name of corruption. The army General will give foreign investors the marching orders to evacuate until we "clean up the country" in four years. I see reversal of Agric policies that have made Nigeria self sustainable in some cereals. To build a house takes months. To bring down a house takes less than 10 mins. The damage had been done long ago in the economy and we are in the right direction. If you feel otherwise, you have the freedom to vote Buhari. I and many others also have the right to vote in Jonathan based on our conviction.

    .

    Can a leopard change its spots? This is definitely a referendum on GEJ as many distinguished members have opined. GEJ has been a huge disappointment in some areas and he has actually moved us forward in some as well.

    However, I am beginning to see the same trend as we had in 2011. I am yet to see campaigns based on policies that will be done by each candidate especially from GMB's camp. This is what I expect us to promote. I want to hear candidates rolling out their policies and how they intend to implement it.

    At least Alh. Atiku Abubakar is doing better than GMB in this (For those that have seen his campaign adverts). The last time I checked, GMB is still not the APC Presidential aspirant.:)

    Also, with the beds of strange fellows laid currently in APC, can the people in GMB's camp tell me those foot soldiers that the Gen. have to actually pull through all this shout about "Anti-corruption" in our current democratic environment?
    In life, to be able to pull policies through, you need more people that share your ideologies and not just people paying lip-service.

    Hope we will have a proper Presidential debate this time and not the Dbanj type of debate.:)


  • Re: State of the Nation Post #226429
    Posted at: 10:56 am, 21st Oct 2014
    by migiets. SMN . Joined: 1st March 2008. Thanked 167 times.

    knightofdelta;226427 wrote:
    Sir, the figures speak for themselves. Here is a link you just posted.

    Oil Slump Rings Alarm Bells for Nigeria as Elections Loom - Bloomberg

    See excerpts from your link:



    Jonathan has a very poor record, yet Nigeria has trade surplus, which is now supporting the reserve. Imagine if the angelic APC Governors had allowed the SWF to fly, we would have had double support. These APC people were simply not interested in the development of Nigeria, for as long as they are not in power. I see wicked old men who want the country to suffer, and will do anything to frustrate the current Government. Why can't we all come together to make Nigeria a better place regardless of who is in power?

    Jonathan has a very poor record, yet Nigeria defeated Ebola.

    The beacon of light in APC, Fashola, has been Governor of Lagos State for 8 years and nobody has seen the books of Lagos State Government. Yet we should there is corruption and opaqueness at the center.

    I am not out to convince you to change your mind, but I am just telling you that I am not blinded.

    No need to convince him. He is not a registered voter. So no need to waste your time convincing him. Instead channel the energy to those rural folks that have up to 3 voter cards. e.g. KOD, DOK, ODK


  • Re: State of the Nation Post #226428
    Posted at: 10:54 am, 21st Oct 2014
    by overload. SMN . Joined: 18th October 2011. Thanked 58 times.

    knightofdelta;226416 wrote:
    I am sure I have relayed this story several times. Until 4 hours before the 2011 elections, I could say I was one of the most vocal Buhari supporters you could ever have encountered in Nigeria. You can check out my tweets between January and April 2011 for the records, and you can also check out my posts right here in SMN within the same period, if you have the patience. I was fed up about the corruption in the country.

    What changed?

    CPC and ACN were talking about a merger right into the eleventh hour before the 2011 polls. I was not really bothered about whether they merged or not, all I cared about was voting Buhari in regardless of which platform he was. Then the merger fell apart and details emerged. I read about how ACN and CPC disagreed on the merger plans. All I saw were people who wanted power... ACN was not ready to take VP slot, neither was CPC ready. Everybody wanted to be the oga at the top. They were unable to shelf their personal ambitions for the best interest of Nigeria. I saw men who were simply interested in power. Men who wanted to call the shots. Men who were ready to lose the power rather than subjugate themselves to another person. And then I made up my mind and voted for Jonathan.

    Yes, they have finally merged, but I am no longer convinced and cannot be bothered to be convinced anymore because people don't change. My support is not for Jonathan because he is from the South South - I have enjoyed nothing from his administration, not even 24 hours light. My vote is simply for self preservation and in the belief of democracy that we will get it right as a country. The road to freedom is long and hard.

    APC is selling an agenda that makes me laugh. Actions speak louder than words. When NOI came out with his SWF strategy, APC Governors spearheaded the killing of the idea. Now oil prices are crashing and we have no buffer. There are many APC people in the NASS, but none of them have kicked and screamed about pushing for the PIB or pushing really hard for a massive anti-corruption bill. They are all enjoying their fat salaries.

    Nigerians outside the country want a change, but they don't have full information about the things on ground. All they hear about is what the media feeds them and APC holds the Nigeria media, apart from NTA. So I cannot blame them because they have been fed with propaganda.

    Here is my conviction.

    The Government can do very little to change the economy. The Nigerian budget is just about $30b. The economy is largely deleveraged from the Government. When oil prices fell to $30/barrel in 2009, the economy continued to move on.

    Healthcare infrastructure deficit is about $60b. Nigeria will have to spend all its budget for two years to plug this hole without paying salaries to any Government worker. This Jonathan cannot do, neither can Buhari. Education infrastructure deficit is about $85 billion. Nigeria will have to spend its three years budget to plug this hole without paying salaries. Roads, electricity, water, etc all combine to about $150 billion deficit.

    What Nigeria needs is foreign investors inflow. For the past several years, Nigeria has been an investment destination. Our bond indexes have been added to several global indexes. Several PE firms such s Actis, Carlyle, the biggest in the world have been trooping into Nigeria. I see hope and I see the light, and this is one of the reasons I have chosen to remain within Nigeria despite options to run away from the country.

    What exactly is Buhari selling apart from "rooting out corruption"? What I see is a reversal of several laudable policies in the name of corruption. The army General will give foreign investors the marching orders to evacuate until we "clean up the country" in four years. I see reversal of Agric policies that have made Nigeris self sustainable in some cereals. To build a house takes months. To bring down a house takes less than 10 mins. The damage had been done long ago in the economy and we are in the right direction. If you feel otherwise, you have the freedom to vote Buhari. I and many others also have the right to vote in Jonathan based on our conviction.

    In the event Buhari wins, all of you in obodo oyibo should be ready to receive another emigrant, because me and my family will be out of the country in a blink.

    Bookmarked!!


  • Re: State of the Nation Post #226427
    Posted at: 10:52 am, 21st Oct 2014
    by knightofdelta. SMN Forum Moderator. Joined: 17th November 2007. Thanked 648 times.

    Picolena66;226425 wrote:
    Hmmm...............Oga u must be joking right:confused::confused:................With his record:mad::mad:

    Pls shout Oooo................Nigeria as Better and Deserves better Leadership and Direction:cool:

    Sir, the figures speak for themselves. Here is a link you just posted.

    Oil Slump Rings Alarm Bells for Nigeria as Elections Loom - Bloomberg

    See excerpts from your link:
    Quote:
    Nigeria’s foreign-currency reserves, which were as high as $48.9 billion in May 2013, have fallen almost 10 percent this year as authorities used the money to bolster the naira.

    While oil revenues are under pressure, Nigeria is still running a trade surplus, aiding reserves, Chris Becker, the lead macroeconomic and equity strategist at African Alliance Securities, said by phone from Johannesburg yesterday. The effects on the economy mean Nigeria is unlikely to raise interest rates or devalue the naira, he said.

    “They have a lot of runway to defend the currency,” Becker said.
    “That’s what they’ll keep doing for now.”

    Jonathan has a very poor record, yet Nigeria has trade surplus, which is now supporting the reserve. Imagine if the angelic APC Governors had allowed the SWF to fly, we would have had double support. These APC people were simply not interested in the development of Nigeria, for as long as they are not in power. I see wicked old men who want the country to suffer, and will do anything to frustrate the current Government. Why can't we all come together to make Nigeria a better place regardless of who is in power?

    Jonathan has a very poor record, yet Nigeria defeated Ebola.

    The beacon of light in APC, Fashola, has been Governor of Lagos State for 8 years and nobody has seen the books of Lagos State Government. Yet we should there is corruption and opaqueness at the center.

    I am not out to convince you to change your mind, but I am just telling you that I am not blinded.


  • Re: State of the Nation Post #226426
    Posted at: 10:50 am, 21st Oct 2014
    by migiets. SMN . Joined: 1st March 2008. Thanked 167 times.

    knightofdelta;226416 wrote:
    I am sure I have relayed this story several times. Until 4 hours before the 2011 elections, I could say I was one of the most vocal Buhari supporters you could ever have encountered in Nigeria. You can check out my tweets between January and April 2011 for the records, and you can also check out my posts right here in SMN within the same period, if you have the patience. I was fed up about the corruption in the country.

    What changed?

    CPC and ACN were talking about a merger right into the eleventh hour before the 2011 polls. I was not really bothered about whether they merged or not, all I cared about was voting Buhari in regardless of which platform he was. Then the merger fell apart and details emerged. I read about how ACN and CPC disagreed on the merger plans. All I saw were people who wanted power... ACN was not ready to take VP slot, neither was CPC ready. Everybody wanted to be the oga at the top. They were unable to shelf their personal ambitions for the best interest of Nigeria. I saw men who were simply interested in power. Men who wanted to call the shots. Men who were ready to lose the power rather than subjugate themselves to another person. And then I made up my mind and voted for Jonathan.

    Yes, they have finally merged, but I am no longer convinced and cannot be bothered to be convinced anymore because people don't change. My support is not for Jonathan because he is from the South South - I have enjoyed nothing from his administration, not even 24 hours light. My vote is simply for self preservation and in the belief of democracy that we will get it right as a country. The road to freedom is long and hard.

    APC is selling an agenda that makes me laugh. Actions speak louder than words. When NOI came out with his SWF strategy, APC Governors spearheaded the killing of the idea. Now oil prices are crashing and we have no buffer. There are many APC people in the NASS, but none of them have kicked and screamed about pushing for the PIB or pushing really hard for a massive anti-corruption bill. They are all enjoying their fat salaries.

    Nigerians outside the country want a change, but they don't have full information about the things on ground. All they hear about is what the media feeds them and APC holds the Nigeria media, apart from NTA. So I cannot blame them because they have been fed with propaganda.

    Here is my conviction.

    The Government can do very little to change the economy. The Nigerian budget is just about $30b. The economy is largely deleveraged from the Government. When oil prices fell to $30/barrel in 2009, the economy continued to move on.

    Healthcare infrastructure deficit is about $60b. Nigeria will have to spend all its budget for two years to plug this hole without paying salaries to any Government worker. This Jonathan cannot do, neither can Buhari. Education infrastructure deficit is about $85 billion. Nigeria will have to spend its three years budget to plug this hole without paying salaries. Roads, electricity, water, etc all combine to about $150 billion deficit.

    What Nigeria needs is foreign investors inflow. For the past several years, Nigeria has been an investment destination. Our bond indexes have been added to several global indexes. Several PE firms such s Actis, Carlyle, the biggest in the world have been trooping into Nigeria. I see hope and I see the light, and this is one of the reasons I have chosen to remain within Nigeria despite options to run away from the country.

    What exactly is Buhari selling apart from "rooting out corruption"? What I see is a reversal of several laudable policies in the name of corruption. The army General will give foreign investors the marching orders to evacuate until we "clean up the country" in four years. I see reversal of Agric policies that have made Nigeris self sustainable in some cereals. To build a house takes months. To bring down a house takes less than 10 mins. The damage had been done long ago in the economy and we are in the right direction. If you feel otherwise, you have the freedom to vote Buhari. I and many others also have the right to vote in Jonathan based on our conviction.

    In the event Buhari wins, all of you in obodo oyibo should be ready to receive another emigrant, because me and my family will be out of the country in a blink.

    If Buhari wins, there will be more than enough space in obodo oyibo to accommodate you and your family because within 24 hours of his swearing-in, corruption will be banished and decreed out of existence during his acceptance speech and all those in obodo oyibo will come back in droves thereby creating spaces for you and your family.

    Btw, where do you want to go and stay?. Is it the banks of River Thames or Scotland?. I know of two people that will willingly give you their space there.


  • Re: State of the Nation Post #226425
    Posted at: 10:45 am, 21st Oct 2014
    by Picolena66. SMN . Joined: 26th June 2007. Thanked 101 times.

    Dexter77;226419 wrote:
    Abeg make GEJ win this election. I no fit shout!

    Hmmm...............Oga u must be joking right:confused::confused:................With his record:mad::mad:

    Pls shout Oooo................Nigeria as Better and Deserves better Leadership and Direction:cool:


  • Re: State of the Nation Post #226424
    Posted at: 10:43 am, 21st Oct 2014
    by ambitiousr. SMN . Joined: 13th January 2013. Thanked 30 times.

    knightofdelta;226416 wrote:
    I am sure I have relayed this story several times. Until 4 hours before the 2011 elections, I could say I was one of the most vocal Buhari supporters you could ever have encountered in Nigeria. You can check out my tweets between January and April 2011 for the records, and you can also check out my posts right here in SMN within the same period, if you have the patience. I was fed up about the corruption in the country.

    What changed?

    CPC and ACN were talking about a merger right into the eleventh hour before the 2011 polls. I was not really bothered about whether they merged or not, all I cared about was voting Buhari in regardless of which platform he was. Then the merger fell apart and details emerged. I read about how ACN and CPC disagreed on the merger plans. All I saw were people who wanted power... ACN was not ready to take VP slot, neither was CPC ready. Everybody wanted to be the oga at the top. They were unable to shelf their personal ambitions for the best interest of Nigeria. I saw men who were simply interested in power. Men who wanted to call the shots. Men who were ready to lose the power rather than subjugate themselves to another person. And then I made up my mind and voted for Jonathan.

    Yes, they have finally merged, but I am no longer convinced and cannot be bothered to be convinced anymore because people don't change. My support is not for Jonathan because he is from the South South - I have enjoyed nothing from his administration, not even 24 hours light. My vote is simply for self preservation and in the belief of democracy that we will get it right as a country. The road to freedom is long and hard.

    APC is selling an agenda that makes me laugh. Actions speak louder than words. When NOI came out with his SWF strategy, APC Governors spearheaded the killing of the idea. Now oil prices are crashing and we have no buffer. There are many APC people in the NASS, but none of them have kicked and screamed about pushing for the PIB or pushing really hard for a massive anti-corruption bill. They are all enjoying their fat salaries.

    Nigerians outside the country want a change, but they don't have full information about the things on ground. All they hear about is what the media feeds them and APC holds the Nigeria media, apart from NTA. So I cannot blame them because they have been fed with propaganda.

    Here is my conviction.

    The Government can do very little to change the economy. The Nigerian budget is just about $30b. The economy is largely deleveraged from the Government. When oil prices fell to $30/barrel in 2009, the economy continued to move on.

    Healthcare infrastructure deficit is about $60b. Nigeria will have to spend all its budget for two years to plug this hole without paying salaries to any Government worker. This Jonathan cannot do, neither can Buhari. Education infrastructure deficit is about $85 billion. Nigeria will have to spend its three years budget to plug this hole without paying salaries. Roads, electricity, water, etc all combine to about $150 billion deficit.

    What Nigeria needs is foreign investors inflow. For the past several years, Nigeria has been an investment destination. Our bond indexes have been added to several global indexes. Several PE firms such s Actis, Carlyle, the biggest in the world have been trooping into Nigeria. I see hope and I see the light, and this is one of the reasons I have chosen to remain within Nigeria despite options to run away from the country.

    What exactly is Buhari selling apart from "rooting out corruption"? What I see is a reversal of several laudable policies in the name of corruption. The army General will give foreign investors the marching orders to evacuate until we "clean up the country" in four years. I see reversal of Agric policies that have made Nigeris self sustainable in some cereals. To build a house takes months. To bring down a house takes less than 10 mins. The damage had been done long ago in the economy and we are in the right direction. If you feel otherwise, you have the freedom to vote Buhari. I and many others also have the right to vote in Jonathan based on our conviction.

    In the event Buhari wins, all of you in obodo oyibo should be ready to receive another emigrant, because me and my family will be out of the country in a blink.


    At least we dey for one team (As team GEJ for 2015) now! I guess you will relocate to Manchester when Buhari win (God forbid)!...lol


  • Re: ForeignMarketsWatch Post #226423
    Posted at: 10:43 am, 21st Oct 2014
    by Picolena66. SMN . Joined: 26th June 2007. Thanked 101 times.


  • Re: State of the Nation Post #226422
    Posted at: 10:43 am, 21st Oct 2014
    by migiets. SMN . Joined: 1st March 2008. Thanked 167 times.

    Dexter77;226419 wrote:
    Abeg make GEJ win this election. I no fit shout!

    No way. Buhari is the man jor. See another online poll where he is also currently winning in the 2015 Presidential election even though he is yet to clinch the APC ticket. I dey pity Oga Django and his #Atiku2015. I wonder how they were able to be outsmarted by the Buhari cyberspace people even though #Atiku2015 people claimed to be more cyberspace savvy.

    Nigerians now have a convenient, credible platform to vote, support their candidates and predict elections outcome.


  • Re: ForeignMarketsWatch Post #226421
    Posted at: 10:42 am, 21st Oct 2014
    by Picolena66. SMN . Joined: 26th June 2007. Thanked 101 times.


  • Re: Oil & Gas News Highlights! Post #226420
    Posted at: 10:41 am, 21st Oct 2014
    by Picolena66. SMN . Joined: 26th June 2007. Thanked 101 times.


  • Re: State of the Nation Post #226419
    Posted at: 10:34 am, 21st Oct 2014
    by Dexter77. SMN . Joined: 19th May 2014. Thanked 17 times.

    Abeg make GEJ win this election. I no fit shout!


  • Re: Feeding a great nation Post #226418
    Posted at: 10:32 am, 21st Oct 2014
    by Picolena66. SMN . Joined: 26th June 2007. Thanked 101 times.


  • Re: Tips for healthy living Post #226417
    Posted at: 10:31 am, 21st Oct 2014
    by Picolena66. SMN . Joined: 26th June 2007. Thanked 101 times.


  • Re: State of the Nation Post #226416
    Posted at: 10:30 am, 21st Oct 2014
    by knightofdelta. SMN Forum Moderator. Joined: 17th November 2007. Thanked 648 times.

    ayemco;226391 wrote:
    KOD, I am not trying to be funny but is it that we have got soooo used to corruption these days that we now think that investments and our economy will not move without it? I am talking of both local and foreign players. Why will people like you move assets out due to a war against corruption (WAC). Is WAC this good or bad for the economy then?..

    KOD I beg enlighten this small boy oooo:confused:
    duduspace;226400 wrote:
    Seriously, KOD this is something that needs looking at and should make the introspective ones both in Nigeria and abroad reconsider their positions.
    There are too many reasons why I personally dislike GEJ, the reports I hear from home also do not encourage me to support him but I can only speak from a personal point of view.

    Like you say, I'm not on ground and you're closer to the grassroots but you should also consider that I'm outside looking in and see how we are perceived outside these shores and can see other systems, people and leaders that are working well to further develop their country while I look at mine and see leaders stealing their country blind while the electorate struggles with divisive issues like religion, ethnicity and even something as mundane as whether one is living either inside or outside the country.

    Ireland for example has more of its nationals living in the US than in Ireland itself and they've leveraged on that diaspora population to better themselves while in Nigeria, if you live in the diaspora when you speak on how you think things should be done all you get in response is that you afterall do not live here and can't possibly know what is going on (although a lot of those in the diaspora spend at least 1/12 of the year back home) and the same people who tell you that will be the first to gleefully announce how much those in the diaspora repatriate home.

    As we are all Nigerians, shouldn't we have a middle ground somewhere? where we can meet an solely be focussed on making the country better?

    I am sure I have relayed this story several times. Until 4 hours before the 2011 elections, I could say I was one of the most vocal Buhari supporters you could ever have encountered in Nigeria. You can check out my tweets between January and April 2011 for the records, and you can also check out my posts right here in SMN within the same period, if you have the patience. I was fed up about the corruption in the country.

    What changed?

    CPC and ACN were talking about a merger right into the eleventh hour before the 2011 polls. I was not really bothered about whether they merged or not, all I cared about was voting Buhari in regardless of which platform he was. Then the merger fell apart and details emerged. I read about how ACN and CPC disagreed on the merger plans. All I saw were people who wanted power... ACN was not ready to take VP slot, neither was CPC ready. Everybody wanted to be the oga at the top. They were unable to shelf their personal ambitions for the best interest of Nigeria. I saw men who were simply interested in power. Men who wanted to call the shots. Men who were ready to lose the power rather than subjugate themselves to another person. And then I made up my mind and voted for Jonathan.

    Yes, they have finally merged, but I am no longer convinced and cannot be bothered to be convinced anymore because people don't change. My support is not for Jonathan because he is from the South South - I have enjoyed nothing from his administration, not even 24 hours light. My vote is simply for self preservation and in the belief of democracy that we will get it right as a country. The road to freedom is long and hard.

    APC is selling an agenda that makes me laugh. Actions speak louder than words. When NOI came out with his SWF strategy, APC Governors spearheaded the killing of the idea. Now oil prices are crashing and we have no buffer. There are many APC people in the NASS, but none of them have kicked and screamed about pushing for the PIB or pushing really hard for a massive anti-corruption bill. They are all enjoying their fat salaries.

    Nigerians outside the country want a change, but they don't have full information about the things on ground. All they hear about is what the media feeds them and APC holds the Nigeria media, apart from NTA. So I cannot blame them because they have been fed with propaganda.

    Here is my conviction.

    The Government can do very little to change the economy. The Nigerian budget is just about $30b. The economy is largely deleveraged from the Government. When oil prices fell to $30/barrel in 2009, the economy continued to move on.

    Healthcare infrastructure deficit is about $60b. Nigeria will have to spend all its budget for two years to plug this hole without paying salaries to any Government worker. This Jonathan cannot do, neither can Buhari. Education infrastructure deficit is about $85 billion. Nigeria will have to spend its three years budget to plug this hole without paying salaries. Roads, electricity, water, etc all combine to about $150 billion deficit.

    What Nigeria needs is foreign investors inflow. For the past several years, Nigeria has been an investment destination. Our bond indexes have been added to several global indexes. Several PE firms such s Actis, Carlyle, the biggest in the world have been trooping into Nigeria. I see hope and I see the light, and this is one of the reasons I have chosen to remain within Nigeria despite options to run away from the country.

    What exactly is Buhari selling apart from "rooting out corruption"? What I see is a reversal of several laudable policies in the name of corruption. The army General will give foreign investors the marching orders to evacuate until we "clean up the country" in four years. I see reversal of Agric policies that have made Nigeris self sustainable in some cereals. To build a house takes months. To bring down a house takes less than 10 mins. The damage had been done long ago in the economy and we are in the right direction. If you feel otherwise, you have the freedom to vote Buhari. I and many others also have the right to vote in Jonathan based on our conviction.

    In the event Buhari wins, all of you in obodo oyibo should be ready to receive another emigrant, because me and my family will be out of the country in a blink.


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