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Thinking aloud on these problems




SIR: I arrived at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos before the dawn of August 7, 2014. Each of us, passengers, hired a trolley for N300, without any receipt. Who bought and owned the trolleys, and how could the money have been accountability-compliant? Wasn’t that indicative of how the airport and similar ventures are run-down? You can then understand why the developed nations of Europe and America privatize potable pipe-borne water, electricity, etc., including toll roads.

That is my message to President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari (GMB), to explore how those countries privatize, successfully. Our refineries cannot also be run by the government. We must learn the art of successful privatization from experts. Government’s property is nobody’s property. The government only needs to collect tax to run the nation. The knitty-gritty of the latter must also be researched.

Whether GMB will overcome the Boko Haram imbroglio depends on how he handles the crisis. But, according to Orunmila (the Yoruba oracular divinity), Boko Haram will outlive the presidency of Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (GEJ). We focus on the Chibok girls when thousands of girls and women have been abducted for rape and involuntary marriage. Thousands of Nigerians have been killed, and Boko Haram is still killing. GMB recently advised communities to brace themselves against Boko Haram. Is that news? Is war the only real option for eradication of Boko Haram?

They forced us to move from where we had electricity and internet services to where there is no electricity, and so, you cannot ask about internet, fan or air-condition. That is the effect of dictatorship. They treat fellow human beings with wanton abandon; doing to others what they would not do to themselves. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. They have chained dialogue, checks and balance. Yes, it is equally bad if there is acute shortage of classrooms, and other buildings are surfacing like mushroom.

No, I don’t know why the international community is angry, since Indonesia’s law on hard drug trafficking is not esoteric. All manners of dehumanizing actions bedevil our world, and those who wield power over us are kicking against capital punishment. Yes, it is rubbish and nonsense oh!

• Pius Abioje, University of Ilorin.

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