Tinubu’s Fuss •Misses Charity Bout •Needs To Pay More Attention To Nigeria

By on May 27, 2017

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Holyfield and Tinubu
Holyfield and Tinubu

Thankfully, the much advertised ‘Charity Rhumble Fight’ between the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Evander Holyfield did not hold as scheduled on Thursday, May 25.

The scheduled bout was put off at the behest of Tinubu, who, according to the governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, was absent “due to his engagement with national assignment.”

Had it held, the fight would have been an interesting ‘Circus Show’. And as such shows wont to be, with a likewise interesting assemblage, to wit:- the Nobel Laureate in Literature, Prof. Wole Soyinka as referee and Lagos State’s Ambode as judge.

The excuse for the said show, a boxing bout; according to a statement, released last April by Foluke Michael, the Project Manager of the fight, is to bring “world attention to some health-related issues in Africa, and will focus on cases such as Autism in Children, Breast Cancer, Mental Illness and HIV/AIDS and River Blindness.”

Foluke said it will also especially focus on the plight of Africans living with Disabilities among others,’’ it said.

The event was expected to donate five 40ft. containers of medical and relief materials worth over $2 million dollars to the Lagos State Government and other neighbouring states.

Also, part of the proceeds from the event would benefit not-for-profit organisations and agencies in Lagos which cater to, and were engaged in research programmes aimed at eradicating these medical conditions.

The ‘Charity Rhumble Fight’ easily brought to mind those staged once in a while by the Alaafin Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi.

To the discerning, Oba Adeyemi had a good cause for staging his fights, aside been an amateur pugilist, the fights were still tied to some worthy causes, but not this one.

Probably what is wrong with the whole event, though, well hidden under ‘Lagos State at 50’ and ‘Charity’, was the timing.

The country is in a pretty bad shape. The polity is somewhat tense.

Granted, Tinubu is not a public office holder, but he is the national leader of the ruling party, so he has a case to answer.

Probably, his retinue of aides and special advisers do not tell him. His actions count.

Two geo-political zones are still restive, the North-East and the South-East; while there is so much desolation and hunger in the North-East, there have been strings of protests in the South-East not helped by the recent anniversary of the Biafra War.

The APC itself as a party is undergoing serious crisis, part of which was as a result of Tinubu’s direct healthy contributions.

On the surface, one cannot but laugh at the fact that the party in power is parading its Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki as an unfaithful public servant. And his tormentors are not relenting in their effort. 

The president of the  country, Muhammadu Buhari is, presently, on an extended medical vacation. The nature of his illness has been well shrouded from the citizens he is supposed to be leading.

The economy is bad. It has been in a critical shape for a very long time and each successive administration has been singing the same tune- blaming the immediate or past administrations for the poor state of the economy and thus excusing itself that it would take some time before it could be fixed, but of course, leaving the office without so much lifting a finger. And should any finger be lifted at all, it was usually from the treasury to personal pockets.

Former president Olusegun Obasanjo sang the tune, got himself rich and left, same for the late Umaru Musa Yar’ Adua and his successor, former president Goodluck Jonathan.

The APC has been singing this same song repeatedly, forgetting that the party went into coma on gaining power for about three months.

The fact that the party’s ‘change’ mantra is now turning to lie has become worrisome because it is becoming evident by the day that the party’s promise in the run-up to the 2015 Presidential Election to bring the much desired ‘change’ to the life of all Nigerians may never come to pass as it has through its misguided policies plunged the country’s economy into recession.

Lately, the country was thrown into much apprehension, when the Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Tukur Buratai, warned politicians to stop covertly inviting the military to takeover government in Nigeria.

His warning followed attempts by some eminent Nigerians to lure the military to intervene and seize power to ensure that power remains in the North, in the event of the demise of the incumbent President, who is critically ill and receiving treatment in London.

Not done, the country’s House of Senate decided to ‘surprise’ Nigerians; it, suddenly, passed the ‘long awaited’ Petroleum Industry Bill into an Act, perhaps the bill should had been better left alone.

The PIB (first tranche), according to the senate is expected to take care of the governance aspect of the industry, scaled third reading following presentation of report of Joint Committee on Petroleum Resources (Upstream, Downstream, Oil and Gas). 

The Act thus unbundle the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) into two companies: Nigeria Petroleum Assets Management Company and the National Petroleum Company.

The Nigeria Petroleum Assets Management Company (hereinafter called the “Management Company” in this Act) shall be responsible for the management of assets currently held by the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) under the Production Sharing Contracts and Back-in Right Provisions under the Petroleum Act 1969 as amended; “The National Petroleum Company shall be responsible for the management of all other assets held by NNPC except the Production Sharing Contract and Back-in Right assets currently held by the NNPC; “At the time of its incorporation, the initial shares of the National Petroleum Assets Management Company shall be held in the ratio of 20% by the Bureau for Public Enterprises, 40% by the Ministry of Finance Incorporated and 40% by the Ministry of Petroleum Incorporated on behalf of the Government. 

For reasons best known to the APC government, the leaders of the party and the party’s godfathers who midwifed its ascendance into power suddenly want to become co-shareholders with Nigeria, that is, monies, mostly foreign currencies, coming into the coffers of the NNPC should now be co-owned with the country. As money is coming in, they will share it with Nigeria, instead of first allowing the money to come in before sharing it, as the norm, through the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC), monthly disbursement.

It was good that the bout did not hold and that he (Tinubu) was away, engaged in a national assignment.

It is easy to be fooled by the organizers’ claim about the bout “bringing world attention to some health-related issues in Africa, and will focus on cases such as Autism in Children, Breast Cancer, Mental Illness and HIV/AIDS and River Blindness.”

“Charity,” they say, “begins at home.” 

It is advisable that Tinubu and the APC focus on the challenges facing APC as a party and the ones the country is enmeshed in at the moment. 

These are far more worthy causes.

Source cattnews

Posted 27/05/2017 7:53:17 PM

 

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