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Shall I tell this to the president?

By Clem Aguiyi | They already own everything; they own our politics, our economy and our money. Even the CBN is being privatized and controlled by this cartel. The same cartel now wants to control the water we drink and the air we breathe to complete their vicious cycle of enslaving and subjugating us all.

They don’t care about the future but only about the dark interest they represent. Unrestrained capitalism is evil and should be challenged. The media knows about this but will never write about it. Our elites knows about this but cannot speak out for fear of losing their freedom and influence in a polity quickly sliding into dictatorship. Unfortunately the media writes what they want you to know not because they want to serve the truth in favor of the people but to serve the interest of powerful group that empowers government.

Throughout history, there have always been powerful people who work secretly behind the scenes to advance their own selfish objectives, often to the detriment of the people. They exist everywhere down to my local Enugwu Agidi community.

As a writer I have had views of powerful men confided to me privately. Many powerful men in politics are afraid of somebody, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak against it. These powerful elements have owned the government. It doesn’t matter whether it is a military or civilian government, they own it. The fear of them is the beginning of wisdom

Andrew Jackson, America’s 7th president wrote, “I weep for the liberty of my country when I see at this early day of its successful experiment that corruption has been imputed to many members of the House of Representatives, and the rights of the people have been bartered for promises of office.”

In the mid-1900s, President Dwight Eisenhower added this, “In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by business men. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.”

And shortly before his assassination, President John F. Kennedy added this: “The very word ‘secrecy’ is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings.”

The situation is no different today in Nigeria. A few financial elements made rich by the people in power and societies who operate mostly behind the scenes, and keep their objectives secret from the public, largely own and control everything from our politics to the economy.

When the owners of Nigeria decided to remove former President Jonathan, they conspired and arranged all manner of forces against him. It doesn’t matter that their substitute lacked the capacity to deliver on the change they promised.

The interest that converged to take power in 2015 using APC as an alternative vehicle had their objective well defined. They wanted political power so that they will control the oil and gas wealth of the nation and take over what remains of her culture , religion , education , security and other strategic interest.  The mask their greed for power in the clothe of good intention. Every dictatorship by the way comes with good intention either to fight corruption or enforce law and order.

As soon as APC won the 2015 general election, the first major policy floated by the  transition committee was the sale of NNPC and other oil assets. The forces behind this moved backed down due to public outcry but never gave up.

These financial elements and their political collaborators carefully guided Nigeria into recession  with hope that hunger and harsh economic reality will subdue the peoples resistance exactly the same way they were able to force the removal of fuel subsidy rather than fight the corruption in the system without the people wimping.

Forget what the government and the media tells you about the current recession. Our recession is not just caused by the corruption of the last regime because corruption and nepotism is now super with APC, neither was it caused by the fall in oil price.

To guide Nigeria into recession those that owned Nigeria deliberately caused wrong substitutions in our political play.

Whereas they never ended the war against Book Haram which before now has overstretched the military and national treasury, they opened another war in the Niger Delta, a region that has been peaceful in the past 7 years. As if the country is being ran by pyromaniacs another war was opened against Biafra agitators in the South East. The government also launched an all-out war against Corruption which of course is needed except that the approach and strategy is creating more problems than it is solving.

Government disobedience to court orders frightened investors and caused capital flights because no foreign investor will stomach executive interference in judicial processes. The lack of strategy in implementing the TSA policy successfully killed banks and eventually killed the Naira.

It is the combination of these factors that caused our current recession and they were all self-induced. Why will any sane government contemplate the sale of its 49% equity in a thriving concern like the NLNG which has two wholly- owned subsidiaries: Bonny Gas Transport and NLNG Ship Management Limited. The company’s total Revenue from 1999 to 2015 was US$90.3billion while the figure for the last 5 years was US$ 48.54billion. The Capital Investment from 1999 to 2015 was US$15.6billion while the figure for the last 5 years was US$ 1.3billion. Dividend paid to NNPC (FGN) from 2004 to 2015 was US$15.3 billion while the figure for the last 5 years was US$8.74billion. Dividend (Net of WHT) paid to other shareholders from 2004 to 2015 was US$16billion while the figure for the last 5 years was US$9.43billion.  Gas Purchase from NNPC from 1999 to 2015 was US$11.8billion while the figure for the last 5 years was US$7.39billion. Gas Purchase from (Shell, Total, Agip & Conoco/Phillip) US$9.6billion while the figure for the last 5 years US$6.3billion. Company Income Tax & Education Tax paid from 2011 to 2015 was US$3.8billion. PAYE – US$ 334million ( from 1999 to 2015) .VAT – US$ 647million ( from 2005 to 2015). State & LGA taxes – US$8.1million (from 2007 to 2015) Regulatory Fees, Levies, etc – US$ 299million (from 1999 to 2015). WHT – US$946million (from 1999 to 2015). Why sell such a concern? To who and for what?

I am weeping for Nigeria because President Buhari, is now a hostage of lumpen capitalists. He is obviously a figure head president living in past glory . The PMB in Aso Rock is unfortunately not the same man we knew then at Dodan Barack . He is running the most insensitive government filled with too many uncertainty. The men around him who are desperate to please him are giving him all the wrong advice . They want him to fight an endless war with the National Assembly. They want him to be at logger heads with the men in silk so that at the end of the day they will say he is stubborn  to good advice. They are taking undue advantage of his glaring weak areas. They know the problems and solutions but will never tell the president. They will not tell him that the pressure on the naira is ditto the disparity in the white dollar and blue dollar. Is the president aware that Banks in Nigeria are not accepting what they called the white dollar. They claim that the EFCC told them not to accept the white dollar for reasons that can best be called crude, primitive and stupid. The President should please for the sake of God get rid of some elements around him