But Why Does Nigeria Suffer From Amnesia

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Today I was just minding my own business, when I stumbled upon this status on facebook:

“This song (Fela’s Authority Stealing) is dedicated to President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, Dieziani Allison-Madueke and the good folks at NNPC, NPDC, PPRA & DPR…”

The irony of this song being dedicated to President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and Dieziani Allison-Madueke in 2015 knows no end….

This is a song released in 1980 that targets Obasanjo’s second republic administration for their mega corruption. The worst irony is that it alludes to the missing 2.8 billion Naira oil money in the line “Pen go steal two billion Naira” which happened when Gen. Buhari was the federal commissioner (minister) for petroleum during Obasanjo’s government.

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He (Fela) gave a much sharper attack in 1985 with the song Army Arrangement when he sang

“Two-point-eight-billion naira
Oil money is missing
Them set up inquiry
Them say money no loss o
Them dabaru everybody
Supervisor Obasanjo
Them say make him no talk o
‘Money no lost’, them shout again
Inquiry come close o”

The song talks about how Obasanjo squashed the investigation on the missing Oil money with military dictatorship.

But today in 2015, a whole 35 years after that song, people are not even realizing that the original song was about Obasanjo and Buhari. Both figures who are about to enter power (Obasanjo strategically in the background). I mean if Fela could wake up, he would just shake his head and shoot himself!

Now if President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and Dieziani Allison-Madueke are guilty of stealing funds they should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law by Buhari. And we the people regardless of party affiliation need to give Buhari all out support.

But we as a country really need to get out of this amnesia hangover … remember, there’s no future for the people who forget their own history….I am out.

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8 comments on “But Why Does Nigeria Suffer From Amnesia

  1. Opeyemi F. on said:

    Nice piece… I agree.. But you know you’re indirectly planting thoughts in peoples head.. Same with d wassup Africa dude.. But again your thoughts r valid… Btw I loved your speech on tedx talk

  2. Obu so so nk’anwa [Is it only that one?]
    What of the Gulf War oil money, to mention just one.
    There are so many things that we refuse to face; we prefer to ‘move on’, ‘sweep under the carpet’ as it were and we wonder why Nigeria is still in the same place it was decades ago only now with Internet and Mobile phone!

  3. Omali on said:

    Is punishment retroactive? Or is there they a statue of limitation. If Buhari administration punish Goodluck it’s like a pot calling the kettle black

  4. There is no greater testament to our amnesia than when people started calling GEJ a hero right after the elections. My head could not take it. I can go into a thousand and one reasons why this is not the case. But this is neither the time, nor the place.

    I have come to accept that we all live in different realities. To each their own I guess.
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