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I am a political scientist by training but at heart I am a change maker with an insatiable drive to correct the injustices that plague Nigeria.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Finally a Reason to Celebrate...Goodluck Jonathan Now Accepts Paypal

Finally a Reason to Celebrate...Goodluck Jonathan Now Accepts Paypal

Congratulations Goodluck Jonathan you’ve moved into the digital age. How convenient that we can now send our money to you over the internet. While I believe that this is a good idea in theory...Goodluck Jonathan you’re missing some key components.
Are there any safeguards in place? How am I assured that my donation will actually be used to fund legitimate campaign expenditures? How will I be assured that my credit card number will be used for the purpose I intended it for? How will I be assured that my credit card will be charged for the appropriate amount?
Where are the checks and balances Goodluck Jonathan? While I applaud you for advancing money collection for your campaign into the digital age...I can only hope that your newfound enthusiasm for embracing current and future trends will launch you into seeking a higher level of justice in the Nigerian political system.
By the way Goodluck may want to contact failed GOP Republican Senatorial Candidate (Delaware) Christine O’Donnell if you have any questions regarding appropriate campaign expenditures.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Separation of Church and State...Goodluck Jonathan Thinks it's Highly Overrated

The Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan was using his time, energy, and astute political mind to visit Redeem Christian Church of God Crusade Camp ground in Lagos Nigeria, in order to receive a Christian Divine endorsement and holy ghost blessing.

Where to even begin on this one...Should the President be seeking the endorsement of Christian churches? Has he been to Islamic mosques, Jewish synagogues, 7th Day Adventist establishments, the Ajala Eziudo Shrine etc. Is this truly the best forum for his campaigning? After all is he not showing preference to Christians? He seems to be showing favoritism to a small portion of Nigerians.

To me this strategy is about alienating and dividing rather than uniting and conquering. What is Goodluck Jonathan's political standpoint? Frankly speaking with all of the corruption in Nigeria the least of our concerns is his religious affiliation.  By the way...whatever happened to separation of church and state?

Goodluck Jonathan...have you thought of having a townhall meeting, participating in a debate, or making media appearances to get your messages across. We need to know where you stand. You are currently living in the shadow of former President Abubakar Yar adua, who you succeeded due to his death while in office. What are your viewpoints, what are your passions, what are your priorities? I implore you Goodluck Jonathan if you are to be successful as the next Nigerian is the time to get your messages across loud and clear to the people you hope to serve.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Ref:Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan Donate $200 Million Dollars of Federal Fund to the Entertainment Fund / GEJ ABLE TO LEAD?

Ref: Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan Donate $200 Million Dollars  of Federal Fund to the Entertainment Fund / GEJ ABLE TO LEAD?

There are several components within this video excerpt that I believe warrants further discussion or dare I say scrutiny. First off, I find it interesting that the top assistant to the president will take the time and the energy to sit down with this individual who is not with a registered news organization and is for all intensive purposes working on a documentary.
One area of focus was the subsidy that was provided by the Nigerian government to the entertainment industry. While the assistant to the president make it out to be a much more complicated matter, it is simply a donation to the entertainment industry. While I believe that in many instances the government should provide subsidies to various organizations, I find the entertainment industry to be an interesting choice. How is the entertainment industry going to help those that are destitute? How is the entertainment industry going to provide food for the hungry, shelter for the homeless, education for the children?
Is the president trying to curry favor with the entertainment industry? Does he personally benefit by giving subsidies to the entertainment industry? This type of irrational decision making is exactly why Nigeria will continue to stay a place of corruption and injustice. Revolutionary change will not occur until the president and his/her cabinet are able to make decisions and advocate on behalf of the entire nation, not advocate to better a small sector.

Monday, November 29, 2010

In response to: New York State Grants Waiver for New York City Schools Chancellor Cathleen P. Black

In response to: New York State Grants Waiver for New York City Schools Chancellor Cathleen P. Black
State Grants Waiver for Schools Chancellor

Why is that non-educators can get waivers to lead our schools. Would you be comfortable if your MD got a waiver and really didn't complete medical school or residencies? How about going to see an attorney who did not get a law degree or pass the bar exam? Why is education any different?  While I can see some parallels between corporate America and running a school district, there are staunch differences. For starters businesses choose their clientele, have relatively adequate funding, and are able to adhere to fairly few federal and state guidelines. Superintendents of school districts, however, are charged to serve the students that walk through their door, are given ever shrinking budgets, and have to adhere to a plethora of state and federal laws.
Generally speaking, superintendents posses a bachelor's degree, a master's degree, a post-master's certification. They have commonly served as teachers, assistant principals, principals, as well as in other facets of education. Superintendents posses a teaching license, a principal's license, and a superintendent's license. Superintendents have also complete internships in school administration.
What have the education "reformers" who come through the non-traditional route done for our schools and our students. Let's take the most recent example Michelle Rhee, while she made some progress in Washington DC Public Schools, she left after just three years on the job. She has polarized a city in which teachers are afraid for their jobs, families feel betrayed, and the city schools are still failing by a large margin when measured by the No Child Left Behind standards.
You wouldn't consider going to a doctor that has a "waiver" to practice medicine...why would you send your child to a school district that is being led by a person with a "waiver."

Thursday, November 25, 2010

One of Nigeria's "Esteemed" Leaders: Hon. Patrick Obahiagbon

One of Nigeria's "Esteemed" Leaders: Hon. Patrick Obahiagbon
In reference to the interview granted the Sahara Reporter Kayode Ogundamisi

When I initially viewed this video I thought that Patrick Obahiagbon was competing in a vocabulary contest. While my initial comment is meant to be tongue in cheek, there is nothing funny about how a political figure is spending time trying to alienate the people that he is supposed to lead through pretending he is an English man (by the way he would make one hell of a poor English man).

Obahiagbon states that one of his achievements is "To use Parliament as a Voice for the Voiceless."* Obhaiagbon is a bigot. His language and grammatical choices alone show that he does not advocate for those who are unable to advocate for themselves.

I ask you "Honorable" Obhaiagbon...What have you done to bring a voice for the voiceless ? What have you done to decrease the number of families living in poverty? What have you done to advocate for those that are unable to advocate for themselves?

In order to liberate our nation we need leaders that aren't afraid to stand up to those who are misusing power. We need leaders who always put the needs of their constituencies first regardless of the outcome. We need leaders whose sole mission in office is to better the lives of the people they serve.

 I thought the sign of a true leader was someone who can relate with and communicate amongst the people that he serves. I would not place Patrick Obahiagbon into this category. Just one this the man to lead us and the people of Edo state in his constituency to a better be the judge.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Nigerian Liberator

The Nigerian Liberator
A visionary blog for individuals passionate about moving Nigeria forward.
The political landscape of Nigeria in the past can be characterized as governance structures that are put in place and enforced by educated criminals and opportunists who methodically defraud the Nigerian people of their public funds for personal gains. Unfortunately this is not only past practice but it is sadly the current political landscape of  Nigeria.
This blog is dedicated to socio-political entries that will showcase ideas and views of a new and better Nigeria. I dream of a country that has zero tolerance for corruption and crime. A country that is offers promise, hope and aspiration to all people regardless of race, ethnicity, gender or status. A country that is secure and safe. A country where the few with bully mentality and the financial means to promote corruption, violence and greed are stomped down and made powerless. A country where the military or civilian coup plotters do not manipulate the administration to make decisions that are not for the good of all Nigerians. A country where people can profess their religious beliefs without being ridiculed, persecuted or tortured. A country where the police and security forces are acting for the good of the people and promoting peace, safety and security for all.
I welcome you to this blog. I am eagerly awaiting a high level of discourse, conversation, and action planning on how we can liberate Nigeria and set her free from greed and corruption. Please join me in moving Nigeria to the forefront of the world!