“THERE IS NO PLAN” – A SHORT STORY

On the day after attending Buhari’s inauguration, I reached out to one of my campaign contacts to find out what was going to happen next.

Since the campaign team of which he had an important role had delivered an improbable victory, it was “obvious” that the same team and he would help run the government.

I wanted to have an idea of who was going where. As for me, I just wanted to know where I could channel my one pagers like I had done through the campaign. I had/have no intention in holding office.
My guy was traveling, and since there was no time to seat to chat, he asked that I joined him on the way to the airport.

After a bit of small talk and banter I got straight to the point

“Guy, now that the government has kicked off, we have to move quick. There should be clarity on the milestones to achieve by the first 100 days. So what is the plan, will you be taking X position based on the Y role you played during the campaign. Cos there are some one pagers I wanted to send to……”

“Oo hold on. The plan? Let me tell you what my principal (a current minister) told me”

Then he leaned forward

“THERE IS NO PLAN”

I laughed.

He laughed.

We both laughed.

Obviously, it was a joke. there was definitely a plan. Afterall, 4 years was so short a time and we would be moving quick to deliver the change promised.

It was just that a day after inauguration was too soon to talk about appointments or strategy execution. By next week, people would have settled down and things would be set in motion.

So I thought.

So he thought.

So we thought.

It then took 6 months to get Ministers into their offices. No economic advisers working with the president.  Basically, it’s been over a year now and I still do not know the plan of this government I support.

And this was not the plan.

PS: The usual disclaimer. Looking back knowing what things were, and knowing what things are, if the options were Buhari or the continuation of Jonathan’s government, I would still chose Buhari a 1000 times over. Perhaps with a lot less enthusiasm. So no, I do not regret kicking out the last government. I only regret that this government has failed to take advantage of the opportunity to move this country forward.

PPS: My guy has since returned to his business. He still has his people everywhere in this government however, having friends in government was never the idea. Were that the case, there was no need to change government. That’s why outside politics, you should have a livelihood so you can make your decisions based on principle and not on government “stomach infrastructure” pipelines remaining open.

What Happens If Buhari and APC Fail?

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A lot of people have asked me, what happens if Buhari “falls your hand” after all your faith in him? What APC fails you and you supporters?

Here’s my answer

I trust Buhari and his party APC not only to do better than Jonathan, but to do great for Nigeria. (3/10 is better than 2/10 but it is still a failure. 8/10 is a great score).

However, in the unlikely event that he fails there has to be consequences and that consequence is electoral failure in 2019. If they fail, his government should not be reelected, period.

In reality, people fail people, people fail themselves. Sometimes, through no faults of themselves, sometimes by crass incompetence. But failure remains failure. In the matters of 170+ million, “he is trying his best” is not acceptable.

One of the major issues holding Nigeria backward is that there is no consequences for bad behavior. Cause the death of many Nigerians, “nothing dey happen”. Squander resources and you have mobile policemen escorting you to the court. Lose territory, Resources and Citizens you’ll have people saying “it is not easy now. there are people that don’t want him to succeed”

There is no organization that can be great if there are no consequences for poor behavior and failure.

One of the great deceptions and enemy of good governance and is that there is something called “a complete term” for a President or any electoral office. There is a reason we have 4 year terms. You MUST earn an extension of 4 years is should never be automatic.

In politics, losing power is the ultimate disaster for a politician. It is why they are beholden to anyone or thing that can guarantee they hold unto power. If staying in power is guaranteed by serving the Godfather, they’ll serve the Godfather. If it is by having money and buying their way, they’ll steal money, and buy their way.

We can clearly see the difference between Pre 6 weeks postponement Jonathan and Post 6 Weeks postponement Jonathan. Once he realized he would lose the election, he began doing what he should have done in the previous 4 years.

If Jonathan wins this election, there is no reelection to require he sits up. There will be no 6 weeks extra time. There will be nothing to hold him with.

A Buhari victory will not only send a message to PDP, but to Buhari’s APC. “If you fuck us up, we’ll fuck you up. If you like spend Billions on Obas and Militants. We the people call the shots”

A Jonathan victory will send a signal “Once you are in power, the work is over. No matter how badly you do, pay a few people and your reelection is sorted. Do bother with the masses, they realy do not matter”

The choice is ours.

BTW, Gbengba Sesan has told Buhari this to his face.