Again, because Obasanjo sold them before, but Yar'Adua of blessed
memory—for his absolute contempt for terror, be it economic terrorism
or radical Islamist—reversed the sale in protection of the nation. For
those of us who are not too familiar with this event, the usual
culprits, Otedola and Dangote actually bought our refineries at the
end of Obasanjo's tenure, in what was recognized as a quick ditching
of Nigeria's assets to "self," via cronies.
Reuters put it candidly for us then: "Obasanjoally buys second
Nigerian oil refinery"
(Reuters)– "Nigerian tycoon Aliko Dangote has acquired a controlling
stake in Nigeria's third-largest refinery in Kaduna for an undisclosed
sum, consolidating his grip on the OPEC member nation's refining
sector. It was the second major refinery purchase in a week by
Dangote, who is a major financier of the ruling party and ally of
outgoing President Olusegun Obasanjo, after he bought the largest
refinery in Port Harcourt on May 17."
The global news agency was obviously passing a message to Nigerians,
but as we are now, so we were then, too obstinate to notice and too
meek to react.
Reuters further precipitated:
"In the weeks leading up to Obasanjo's departure, Dangote's privately
held company has also scooped up a cement plant, a telecoms licence
and mining concessions in a rush of privatisations that has triggered
accusations of cronyism by opposition parties."
We remember that at the time, it was reported that Dangote gave
Obasanjo a $35 million thank you convenience Jet for the many pieces
of Nigeria the fresh-made trillionaire, Obasanjo put in his ward.
Perhaps we should not even refer to them as "Nigeria's" refineries.
The way this democratic government sits on and steals the money and
sells everything at will, without regard for the people of Nigeria,
one thinks, perhaps it is actually theirs; her refinery. Diezani is
set to sellherrefinery next four months, after she
Now, here is the second most fascinating aspect of this news. She is
spending trillions of Nigeria's, or rather, "her" money to refurbish
it first, before selling, as she announced Yesterday.
Why refurbish before selling? Why not sell to them as is for them to fix it?
Well, how about we refresh our memory on how these things work.
Backtrack to the sale of the PHCN to the Transcorp boys, this
September. DailyTrust headlined it:"Power firms sold for N404bn after
So they refurbish "their" thing, with trillions of "their" money, and
then sell them to themselves, via their coterie of friends on the
outside for one-tenth of the worth, and then they will provide us
themekunu's (paupers)the service for triple the global rates.
This is not advanced fraud, no. This is simple everyday governance in
the world's most powerful Kleptocratic republic; in history.
There is not much to say about this news. Nigerian masses are sheep,
and our military are mice. Of blessed memory are the Ojukwu's, the
Murtala's, the Fela's, and the Nzeogwu's. Regard them or dispute their
causes, these men stood up for what they believed, suffered for their
beliefs and some were killed for their causes. Some, when they
realized the rest of the nation would not follow them, carved their
republics within the republic, of the vista that if the rest of the
nation choose to be treated as monkeys, we SHALL NOT! Where are such
men of our times?
Finally, at a harrowing time like this, permit me to quote from the
Bible, from Mahatma Gandhi and the Quran, on the happenings of this
time. There is comfort and solace in these words. Please read each
2 Timothy (KJV)3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous
times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves,
covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents,
unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false
accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4
Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of
God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from
such turn away. …9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly
shall be manifest unto all men, as their's also was.
Mahatma Gandhi: "When I despair, I remember that all through history
the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and
murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end,
they always fall. Think of it--always."
Quran 40:82 Have they not traveled through the earth and seen what was
the end of those before them? They were more in number than them and
mightier in strength and in the traces in the land; yet all they used
to earn availed them not.
May the good Lord save us from the Kleptomaniacs In Power.