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Banky W - December 2014 - BellaNaija.com 01
We know Banky W is talented and he occasionally writes about issues concerning the nation on his blog, but he is also one of the best people to follow on social media because we are treated to his very deep daily thoughts.

As we all know, Presidential aspirant Muhammadu Buhari will announce his running mate today Wednesday 17th December 2014. And Banky’s choice is none other than the Governor of Lagos State Babatunde Raji Fashola.

Banky W also goes on to speak on how religion and tribe often divides us.


71 Comments

  1. mrs chidukane

    December 17, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Well, if Fashola is not for VP I want him as a minister maybe of power or education. Its time we had competent people in high positions

    • Namadi sambo

      December 17, 2014 at 1:12 pm

      I think the job of a vp is being overrated, i mean all 6 years of namadi sambo, his job has been representing mr president, they could make better use of fashola in better capacity, like a minister of national planning or even sgf.

    • ak

      December 17, 2014 at 2:25 pm

      Wow…
      Nigerian’s are truly brainwashed!!!!

      Let me list Buhari’s accomplishments in the 1.5 (One and a half years) he was Military dictator
      1. Publicly humiliating civil servants who arrived late for work- Making them do frog jumps.

      2. Arming guards with WHIPS to beat up anyone who did not queue at the bus stop. (Anyone who does not follow the rules)

      3. Curbing press freedoms -basically denouncing democracy… All this one that BN/Linda Ikeji are still writing, make una wait for Buhari to come to power….

      4. Making rules to detain anyone for UP TO THREE months without formal charges.

      5. Banned strikes by any union… No more doctor, teacher or railway worker strike.

      6. lets all not forget that he sentenced Fela Kuti to 10 years in prison

      7. Prices of all goods rose and living conditions worsened as a result of his backward economic policies

      This man achieved all of this is just One and a half years…. One and a half… And yet you want to see what he can do in 4? Go ahead, go for it

    • Ni Ne

      December 17, 2014 at 7:21 pm

      Please remember that was in a military era when the military felt they could do as they pleased, I’m not excusing his actions just clarifying it a bit. All military rulers did similar or worse things, If he had done all those things whilst a civilian, then that would have been more cause for concern… I think it’s important we move forward and stop calling up the sins of the past unnecessarily or else we won’t progress as a nation.

    • NG

      December 18, 2014 at 12:03 pm

      The reply to your post is typical- it was under a military regime, bla bla…. I say, that was a good opportunity to show the difference that mark leaders out. That was an opportunity to show you have different make-up. There was nothing of sort, there has been nothing else to show leadership, so what do we have to judge by? Very unfortunate for Nigeria that the prominent choices remain MB and GEJ. A great pity indeed

    • Olanma

      December 17, 2014 at 3:50 pm

      Mrs. Chidukane,
      So Fashola isn’t compete? Is this or joke? Competent people in higher positions like who, please?

    • Anon

      December 17, 2014 at 4:10 pm

      Olanma – read again. She was complimentary in her first sentence. Then, her second sentence was even more complimentary. It alluded to the fact that competent people like Fashola should be in some position. If not as VP, then as a Minister.

      The English language isn’t that hard truly.

    • Olanma

      December 17, 2014 at 3:50 pm

      Competent*

    • AMi

      December 17, 2014 at 8:04 pm

      Ministerial post is demotion for a state governor, because he presently has more excutive power than he will do has a minister. I think Fashola should work towards submitting for presidential election in the future. What Buhari ( and his team) did was actualy smart. If you notice is present VP normine and last running mate both have Legal background. Our laws are week. It will be hard to bring corrupt officails to justice if you do not have strong laws to do that. Think OBANIKORO ( former speaker).

      For Nigeria to work we most have law and Order. We have lost Order and almost the Law. Who better than a law prof to help guide good transition into better legal work frame. When Buhari was head of state, he probably jumped a couple of legal protocol. Guess he his smart to want to avoid that.

      Yes I know, Fashola also has a Legal background, but not everyone ( a large amount) have access to true and accurate information in Nigeria, Or even have the understanding to see beyond tribe, culture and religion. If most people are trueful we all hold predicts about the other regions/ tribe/ religion that is not true. Do you remember people saying Boko Haram was manufactured, that the 200+ girls were and are still not missing. How many of you think and still think Boko haram is a Northern problem and not a Nigerian problem?, That the censurors of the northern state are inflated, I have read comments on Blog where people I believe to be educated have condemned half the nation because of one mans extremist action/ point of view.

      Considering all this and more, it is only smart of Buhari and his team to pick the running mate he did.

  2. www.thelmathinks.com

    December 17, 2014 at 9:31 am

    I love Banky and I think he’s a very intelligent man, and while I agree with some of his views I can’t seem to understand why he’s talking like he doesn’t know the situation of things in this country, the reason why people are cold feet over a Muslim-Muslim ticket especially as one of the parties involved has expressed views over time that make it easy for one to refer to him as a religious extremist. I think it’s also ignorant to compare 2015 to the days of Abiola, how many of the issues we’re being faced with as a nation presently did they have to contend with then? While I’m in complete support of Fashola being Buhari’s running mate (as he’s the most worthy and promising among the four), I completely understand the reservations some might have. #Maythebestmanwin.

    Personally I wish Fashola’s the one running for president, but I reckon that’s the 2019 plan…

    • Sara

      December 17, 2014 at 10:39 am

      If Buhari was really a religious extremist, why would the sick group of evil doers that call themselves Boko Haram try to kill him?? If you do not want to vote for him, don’t but please don’t hide behind ugly accusations and excuses!! Well said Banky, but sadly this is the Nigeria we live in, May God deliver us from evildoers and give us a leader that will truly make our country great again, Amen!

    • Iris

      December 17, 2014 at 3:50 pm

      Wasn’t it he who said blood would flow if he didn’t win elections? Please he should run by himself and leave Fashola out of this. We want Fashola for president or in a position where he can be more effective. People barely remember there’s such a thing as a Vice President in Nigeria. All I know about the current one is his name and I don’t think I can even spell the first name properly.

    • jake ro

      December 17, 2014 at 11:04 pm

      Hahahahaha., sorry dear, buhari is a fake when it comes to boko haram.remember he once said he will turn nigeria into a mess if the north does not take back the presidency of nigeria.so he begin with boko haram , supporting them in thm in causing chaos, and turn around and say they want to kill him, while making plan to run for presidency possition.never trusth politician.never believe one thing they say.i cannot believe that nigerians are even considering bringing this man back on power knowing his past history.you can do better nigeria.

  3. bruno

    December 17, 2014 at 9:32 am

    nigerian politicians behave like children. everybody is so greedy and wants to rule. I think they should take turns. 4 years a yoruba president, next 4 years a hausa president, next 4 year an igbo president next 4 years a middle belt president. etc. president (muslim) vice president (christain) next 4 years they switch it.

    it sounds crazy but this is the best cure, everybody wilk wait their turn.

    • Fre/Sit

      December 17, 2014 at 10:14 am

      It’s not the best cure. Do not try to cure evil with evil. The sooner we change our mindsets the better.
      It should always and only be the best person for the job.
      No zoning, no ethnicing, religioning, blah blah.
      PDP started the zoning ideology that triggered the blood bath in the last elections.
      What manner of sub-human thinking. Whoever came up with the zoning idea?
      Next we’ll start doing light skinned 4yrs, dark skinned next 4yrs. Short, tall, etc.
      Let’s stop this madness in our thought pattern. Now

    • NagosBigBoi

      December 17, 2014 at 6:41 pm

      Ha ha ha…good one. Please do not forget those of us with and without high blood pressure and those with and without diabetes, those with u-shaped baldness and those with o-shaped baldness We must make sure that all our possible differences are account for!

    • SpeakNoEvil

      December 17, 2014 at 5:06 pm

      Bruno, that turn taking thing is NEVER EVER going to work. Why? We have at least 300 ethnic tribes in Nigeria, so if an Igbo person rules first, it will take about 1,200 years for power to rotate back to the Igbos and that’s if each tribe gets only one term. How do you think that is going to work out? Or should the rotation just be between the major tribes, thereby marginalizing the rest of the tribes in Nigeria. The best bet is to throw that notion of religious/ethnic sharing nonsense into the pits of hell. It doesn’t work.

    • bruno

      December 17, 2014 at 7:22 pm

      smh. all of you are saying we should change out attitude. lol when have nigerians ever changed their attitude. these politicians are greedy. as long as there’s religion and ethnicity present in nigeria, there will always be zoning. nigerians are tribalistic and very religion conscious.

      theres only one swing in the park and there are a lot of kids who want to ride the swing. the best thing is, everybody line up, one by one u ride the swing. if not everyone will be fighting eachother.

      I don’t work at INEC but there’s a way they can moderate it and iron out a system that includes every tribe and religion and gender. turn by turn every body will get their turn.

  4. Abegbe

    December 17, 2014 at 9:32 am

    FASHOLA LO LE SE………I FINK HE IS CREDIBLE

  5. Ibinabo

    December 17, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Down the Memory Lane: “Sharia should be introduced in full across Nigeria…I will continue to show openly and inside me the total commitment to the Sharia movement that is sweeping all over Nigeria…God willing, we will not stop the agitation for the total implementation of the Sharia in the country…It is a legal responsibility which God has given us, within the context of one Nigeria, to continue to uphold the practice of Sharia wholeheartedly and to educate non-Muslims that they have nothing to fear…What remains for Muslims in Nigeria is for them to redouble their efforts, educate Muslims on the need to promote the full implementation of Sharia law.” – Former Military Head of State, Gen. (Rtd) Muhammadu Buhari, speaking in Kaduna at a seminar organized by the Supreme Council of Sharia in Nigeria, August 2001.”

    • Pheebs

      December 17, 2014 at 11:23 am

      Ah! O pa ri.. *crying*
      Nigerians are caught between the devil (Jonathan) and the deep blue sea (Buhari) ooo

    • nikky

      December 17, 2014 at 12:27 pm

      My dear, I said exactly the same thng ysterday n gt told I ve a silly ass mentality for saying I won’t vote fr either of these two. How can I sleep at night knowing I help put any of these 2 in power. I voted d last time fr jonathan n now whenever I look. Outside my window and see the plight of nigerians ,tears fill my eyes, unless buhari gets a credible running mate, maybe then I will vote, if not, I refuse to exercise that right

    • Sit

      December 17, 2014 at 11:55 am

      Nigerians clearly have a severe case of amnesia

    • Namadi sambo

      December 17, 2014 at 1:22 pm

      Foolishly enough, we still have idiots like this, why wont they be making bizzare decision, have you ever asked yourself who can be tried in a sharia court? Have you ever asked yourself if a non muslim can appear in one, pls in the states where there are sharia courts (including abuja) tell me what kind of vices we have in the society that doesn’t go on here, ask the learneds are there no courts higher than the sharia courts where appeals could be filed? May i inform you the nigerian constitution has sharia entrenched in it right from day 1, nothing has changed. In sharia thief na thief. Stop mixing up social or moral flaws within a religion context. People should be informed by now. You need to ask when you dont know, sharia is not jungle justice, infact far from that. In proving wrong a tortfeesor or a criminal, it is easier to prove beyond reasonable doubt in the normal british law than what is required in the sharia law. Remedies dont always differ btw. A murderer is a murderer, f**k sharia or na. Read up! Ask! Be informed! Ignorance is not an excuse in law and in 2015.

    • lynn

      December 18, 2014 at 4:14 pm

      They have turned the citizens to sycophants, how can we even consider such a person? Nigerians pls vote wisely

  6. Eyitayo

    December 17, 2014 at 9:58 am

    May God help us in dis country…

  7. Sit

    December 17, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Banky please sit.
    I know you’re intelligent but that doesn’t automatically translate to political intelligence too.
    You haven’t paid as much attention as you think you have to history/past events and yes, politics.

    No one’s brainwashing us at this point. Buhari has always been pro-Sharia law, vocal about it. So while a Muslim-muslim or Christian-christian ticket might not matter in general, it should in the case of Buhari.
    It’s sad but it’s the truth and reality.

    We brought this on ourselves. We can still save ourselves while we have the chance to.

  8. UB40

    December 17, 2014 at 10:22 am

    I think APC should have fielded Fashola for president simple.

    • Yelosisi

      December 17, 2014 at 2:42 pm

      it is not about APC or PDP its about u & I. Those christians in other states will not see it the way u & I see a muslim-muslim ticket, so APC had to play smart

  9. Gistyinka Blog

    December 17, 2014 at 10:25 am

    For better Nigerians, political party must stop all this religious and ethnics zoning consensus. Fashola or nobdoy for me..

  10. BC

    December 17, 2014 at 10:36 am

    But tribe does matter. We are different because of it. And those differences were God made. Its the artificial creation that is Nigeria that is the problem.

    • *curious*

      December 17, 2014 at 11:06 pm

      yes God made us different and beautifully so. however, when those differences start to breed hatred for one another…my dear, it is no longer the work of God but the work of the devil. =)

    • *curious*

      December 17, 2014 at 11:17 pm

      *when those differences starts to allow breeding of hate

  11. Simeon Scripts

    December 17, 2014 at 10:36 am

    He is got some points but we live in a multicultural nation where there is biases due to human nature.

    simeonscripts.wordpress.com

  12. Nahum

    December 17, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Fashola o. I am Christian and I do not care about a Muslim-Muslim ticket

    • Yelosisi

      December 17, 2014 at 2:54 pm

      me too, i don’t care a hoot, i wish it was fashola but humans consciously or unconsciously will frown at it. those grassroot people, the way they think! I wish everyone is civilised

  13. vien

    December 17, 2014 at 10:43 am

    bighead,big brain,…lool…….Muslim nigeria

  14. Kili

    December 17, 2014 at 10:51 am

    I wish Fashola was the candidate running for President, I really don’t know why it had to be Buhari. There is just something scary about that guy. I feel he has a dangerous motive.

  15. lami

    December 17, 2014 at 10:55 am

    It should be all about credibilty.

    • jake ro

      December 17, 2014 at 11:47 pm

      Is buhari credible in any way..?so far non of the old guard polititians are credible

  16. goddessofvictory

    December 17, 2014 at 11:30 am

    abeg people that went to school is it possible for 2 people to turn a country of many millions into a Sharia governed country? #ivoteforintegrity

  17. Ifeanyi

    December 17, 2014 at 11:48 am

    We never knew Fashola before Tinubu brought him into limelight…

    Lets trust His Judgement on Yemi Osibanjo! Just read his profile and I am really impressed!

    We are watching!

  18. DIMBO ATIYA

    December 17, 2014 at 11:49 am

    BANKY W IS IGNORANT! I really have a problem with people like this who take to social media in the comfort of their houses and spit crap. Just maybe you should go to Zangon Kataf or Dogon Nahawa and say such crap. The religious divide is so deep now its a major issue that must be dealt with carefully. A muslim/ muslim ticket i dare APC to present then we will know that those who really go out to vote are the grassroots people who are deeply rooted in this sentiments. THE DANGER HERE IS THAT WE WANT THIS “CHANGE” AT ALL COST AND THAT IS WHAT MAKES IT AN UNEASY FEELING. When Abiola supposedly won the so called election, people in Jos could trust anyone and we never imagined that someday some extremist will blow themselves up more than 20 times in Jos alone to make a religious statement. The sentiments now and then are light years apart. Good for you that you do business with everyone, but in Jos for example there are people who will never buy from the other religion or have anything to do with them. You are now a film maker, maybe you should leave that Lagos, go to Maiduguri, Yobe, Jos, Kaduna etc and find out for yourself. ITS DEEPER THAN YOU THINK.

  19. Psalm

    December 17, 2014 at 11:52 am

    Lots of interest in Buhari’s running mate as if it’s APC’s election to lose. Hehe, I dey laugh. And why is Fashola [with his seductive resume] not their presidential candidate in the first place? Because they are influenced by exactly the same sentiments Banky condemned in his tweets. This APC cannot give us the New Nigeria we seek.

    • Peaches77

      December 17, 2014 at 2:07 pm

      Thank you very much Psalm. The first question is why is APC fielding Buhari as the presidential candidate? Is he the best available to them? The answer is no. Aren’t there more suitable and electable personalities with mass appeal (and little baggage) in the party? But you see, APC too zoned the precidency to the north. So how progressive are they now? People have to be very ‘mindful’, that is get a broader and deeper understanding of politics in Nigeria, which isn’t independent of trends, events, interests, and sentiments of the populace. We all want change but I say again, we have to be mindful.
      Vote who you prefer but please do not look down on other people’s choices and reasons.

    • Yelosisi

      December 17, 2014 at 2:49 pm

      “People have to be very ‘mindful’, that is get a broader and deeper understanding of politics in Nigeria, which isn’t independent of trends, events, interests, and sentiments of the populace” – cos you and i conciously or unconciously determine or play that in our mind’s eye, so APC is thinking right and just to overthrow PDP/GEJ

  20. Bobosteke & Lara Bian

    December 17, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    In as much we try to be cosmopolitan (for lack of a better word) in our thinking, and we want to approach national growth and development with a lassiez-faire attitude, it would be very foolhardy to ignore the undertones of what is going on in our country and the world just to show how free thinking, cosmopolitan (that word again) or open minded we are; that we are capable (no pun intended) of being unsentimental, detribalized, and unbiased in our views.

    Things are not inherently good or bad by themselves; we consider them against the back drop of our nation. This is one of those times.

  21. Wemi

    December 17, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    Banky abeg Shut up! (there’s no polite way to say this) just shut up and try to taste your words before you speak.. this isn’t about lyrics o, we are talking about human lives here. what have you gone through in Lagos? relocate to the north and then rewrite this.

  22. Peaches77

    December 17, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    Banky, your piece is actually very ideal. In fact this is what I hope our country transitions to but we aren’t there yet. Your experiences are waaaaaaaaaay different from many others’. Have you considered that?

  23. Beeeee

    December 17, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    I love how every Tom, Dick and Harry in Nigeria have become political pundits. If Banky W wants Fashola to be VP because of what he did in Lagos State. Why is he not nominating Amaechi? Although he suffers from broken tap mouth syndrome, he developed Rivers State a lot. In the end, Banky is still fielding his fellow Yoruba man. As much as many people want to deny, deep down in all of us, we have some sort of ethnic or religious bias towards people similar to us. Personally, I don’t think Buhari is the right man for the job. I have chosen to do some research on him to judge for myself and its not pretty. How people are overlooking those things just because they want Jonathan out of office is beyond me. I find it hard to believe that he has dumped his desire to make Nigeria a Sharia nation over night. Things are not as they seem. Its not all black or white. Jonathan is clueless so lets kick him out and vote Buhari in. My blackberry is constantly flooded with broadcasts about how Buhari is the right man for the job. They say he isn’t corrupt, oh so we should vote a man who isn’t corrupt but has the desire to turn Nigeria into a Sharia state?. I hope that we are aware of the consequences of our actions. I think Nigerians need to do proper research and stop living on sentiments like Banky W. I would have preferred Fashola as President. What exactly did Buhari forget in Aso Rock?

    • lynn

      December 18, 2014 at 4:23 pm

      you took the words right out of my thoughts.

  24. lola carey

    December 17, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    any respect i had for banky w has flown out the window.its easy to sit in lagos and be spewing rubbish.come to the north and experience the strong ethnic divide,religious bombings and discrimination… then u can you can properly dissect wats going on.you sit down in EME office yarning amala der.am pissed honestly.

    • jake ro

      December 17, 2014 at 11:28 pm

      Thank you lola carey.you really know the reality.most nigerians do not know the danger that islamist poses to any civilized society.nigerians am sorry to say are really naive , cos they unfortunately have the militant type of muslims up north.they trive on ignorance ďo to lack of education .so these people are easy to bring into their net.

  25. kike

    December 17, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Nigeria also includes the North. To win an election the North also has to vote for you. Those people will only vote for their own. That is why APC is fielding Buhari.

    Whether we like it or not the option is either GEJ and Behar. Under GEJ the country has deteriorated. My people a vote for GEJ is a vote for the madness to continue. Nigeria cannot survive another 4 years of GEJ rule.

    We need Buhari’s discipline and intelligence. Sharia in the south ke? When we have vocal and if it needs militant Christians and activists.

    I’m Yoruba and Christian and whether Amaechi or Fashola, me I’m voting Buhari! Enough to the madness.

    • kike

      December 17, 2014 at 3:06 pm

      Integrity* not intelligence

  26. lindo

    December 17, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Banky’s outfit is dope mehn!

  27. Nola

    December 17, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Dear All
    Well! Of the two candidates presented to us, I say buhari is a better candidate. And no we do not have amnesia, we remember the things that were done in the military era but I must say of all the head of states the buhari- idiagbon administration can vouch for an almost minimal corruption free society . Of all the issues with Nigeria today, corruption is at forefront and it is responsible for the systematic breakdown of the Country today and thus must be tackled.i must say Nigeria today is a jungle or better still animal farm and unless we are browbeaten to conform we will remain indisciplined ( only when thugs were employed by lagos state(lastma) to start literally chasing motorists on lagos roads did people start obeying traffic laws. And someone quoted a text written by buhari on his beliefs in sharia and so what? I never saw in that quote that Non Muslims must be subjected to sharia law, your beliefs in Christ or obatala or whatever does not diminish your credibility to lead a nation….n.b buhari’s daughter is married to a man from anambra! And I keep saying it is impossible for a man yo turn the country into an Islamist state geez that us the most myopic propaganda I gave ever come across..And to the ones who just want to be bystanders in the upcoming election please you have no audacity to make any political comment whatsoever! Why? Because you are responsible for the change you desire, your state of inertia will only put the wrong party in power and the slightest part you can play today is to cast your vote wisely!! Whether Jonathan or buhari or any future presidential candidates trust me they will be shaking in their boots because they know that indeed the power belongs to the people and elections cannot just be rigged at one’s whim and people expect our leaders to walk the talk if not they will be voted out in the next elections.. I will not apologise for the epistle because it is the least that I can do as a young nigerian

    • Madina

      December 17, 2014 at 5:19 pm

      None of Buhari’s daughters is married to an Igbo man. Get your facts right.

    • Nola

      December 17, 2014 at 6:29 pm

      Whatever! The point is this zoning tribalistic religious division must stop.. Get the drift not the irrelevant facts

    • Naijatalk

      December 17, 2014 at 7:02 pm

      You are wrong! No biological daughter of Buhari is married to a South-easterner!

  28. atlstyle

    December 17, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    I TOTALLY AGREE WITH BANKY THAT IT SHOULD BE FASHOLA..IF ANYONE ELSE IS CHOSEN, BUHARI WILL NOT WIN WATCH. ..AND LETS ALL PUT ALL THESE TRIBE N RELIGION OUT OF THE WAY AND THINK OF WHO CAN DO THE JOB OF BRINGING CHANGE TO NIGERIA..FASHOLA HAS THE BEST RESUME OF ALL OF THEM…….
    ***HEY MR AK ABOVE, THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT NIGERIA NEEDS A IRON FIST TO BRING
    NIGERIAN PUBLIC SERVANT TO A PLACE OF DISCIPLINE AND INTEGRITY…WHEN THEY HAVE BEEN ACTING LIKE GOATS, GOATS NEED TO BE WHIPPED LEST THEY GO TOTALLY ASTRAY AS OUR POLITICIANS TODAY….I TELL U THAT NIGERIA WAS BETTER WHEN Abacha and BABANGIDA WERE IN power..BRITISH AIRWAY5 Was put in check by Abacha, they had to plead to continue operations to nigeria…today BA has the nerve to charge nigerians a higher price than other countries of the same length of time and get away with a ridiculous, laughable excuse..
    **** And to Beeeee up there also, yes,why won’t we all now be involved in politics, its our age and time and we need to fight for what is right and best for our country..we are no longer kids under our parents at this age our mates in the western world are ruling their nations..
    I am sure nigerians are not brainwashed and know what they want for themselves and country this is why everyone is speaking and that piece of crap called GEJ must go, what a mess and disaster nigeria is today true or false??
    ***Never mind my caps, phone madness. Too much to add, Nigeria has had enough.

  29. prince ajibade

    December 17, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    for me I think we have to get this religious thing off our head. we need a good leader, to hell with religion and tribe. Banky has said it all. FASHOLA is the only capable person I see right now if APC really want to take over. period

  30. Femi Adebimpe

    December 17, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    People really need to stop being hypocritical as demonstrated by comments here. Fact is, if Fashola were the candidate, some of the people here will still bring up the fact that he is Yoruba and how Yoruba people are bla bla bla… things are far more complex than that.
    I voted for Abiola during the jube 12 92 elections and I can say that Nigerians were not as divided as we are now. Aides of the current president have made it their duty to use religion and ethnicity as a basis of election persuasion. Christians are pitched against muslims and southerners against northerners. Some of you here dont care about the many people being killed up north because it is ‘those peopke’ killing themselves. It is the state we are in.
    And it is delibrate, to keep us all from focusing on how much a failure president jonathan’s term has been. Over 25 billion dollars on power and we still generate less than 3000 megawatts. Even principal officers at the highest level cant agree on the amount of billions in dollars that are missing from our treasury.
    Does that matter? No. They give us a distraction called division to divert our attention. Dont focus on the imcompetence of our govt in the midst of abundance- be very fearful of Buhari and his plan to make you all muslims. A thing he did not do when he had full military power along with his muslim deputy. And while we are at it, do you know who took Nigeria into the OIC? Yes, its IBB, a PDP chieftain. Another fact, the current PDP chairman was one of those who implemented sharia when he was Governor of Bauchi State. Has he suddenly become a born again by joining the PDP?
    Dear Banky W, we are heading into the next election a deeply divided Nation because of a desperate Govt that saw an advantage by playing a victim of religous persecution.
    I am a Christian and a Yoruba. I will be voting for Buhari in february. President Jonathan has shown me enough in four years that this job is beyond him. I really would have loved a Fashola type leaderbut i am realistic enough that we need to clear this mess.
    We have just come out of the most prosperous era of our Nation and heading into an austere deason with falling Oil price. You dont need a wasteful corrupt Government manning the ship.
    Before you copy and paste Buhari’s sins here, do consult anyone old enough to tell you what they remember of his leadership. He is not obama. So, dont expect fine speeches but the pilfering going on now will be hard.
    I am not voting to elect a saint-I will be voting Buhari because corruption needs to be curbed for this Nation to move forward.

  31. jake ro

    December 17, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    I totally agree with you bruno on this one.someone say let the best rule.is buhari the best nigeria can offer.i think the zoning system wil cure the ethnic/religious problem you have in nigeria.for how long now, it it is either , yoruba, or northern presidency until jonathan., how do you think those who are maginalised feels..the center cannot fold in nigeria until the nations wealth are shared equally.until people feel inclusive in their own governance, there will neverbe unity in your country

  32. jake ro

    December 17, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    I find your comments rubbish banky.i thought you are really an intelligent person.even after seeing what is going up north , you still want to vote a man who is known to once said that he will tore nigeria apart if noth doe s not take back the presidency, as if it their birth right.you are a write -off now for me.i cannot believe you will be leaning on buhari.your action feels like betrayal.sale out.unbelivable.

    • Nola

      December 18, 2014 at 7:52 am

      Go and vote Jonathan o that is why the economy is as poor as your grammar.. Too many sentimental comments here. Jonathan has been in power for 7 years: what you need to do is assess th economy objectively ; corruption is on the rise, an increase in recurrent expenditure ,insurgency, power sector failure, austerity measures for Nigerians, pardoning known and internationally acclaimed criminals like bode George , his former boss,abacha etc.. I find it very unintelligent when people say Buhari will Islamise Nigeria. When he had arbitrary powers as a military man he didn’t do that ; it is now in a democratic era and a pastor as running mate ( una don happy now shey?) that he will do so? Look at your constitution Nigeria is a secular state !any one who votes Jonathan in power again has definitely not weighed the possibility of change ( pdp since 1999 Haba na only dem waka come) you can send him shoes bata, timberland, cotina but please don’t give him your votes

  33. NNENNE

    December 18, 2014 at 12:23 am

    It is only a country like Nigeria that a coup planner and executor like Buhari will come back to run for elections.
    Are there no more Nigerians around ? Even if the North have the oligarchy of presidency. am pretty sure there are lots of young, honest, hard working men and women there. Well, after Buhari’s run, Shagari, abdusalam, Gowan and Babangida will take their turns.
    BTW, who is Buhari without Idiagbon?
    Mr. Banky, we cannot make rules selectively.
    If we want quota system, then we must have it in everything including presidency period.

  34. zibaintl

    December 18, 2014 at 11:16 am

    stop crying over spilled milk…n pls banky dont compare US with nigeria. APC shld hv choosen fashola as president n not buhari in d ist first…it shows d greed in buhari to be d president in his life time….must he b president………..n i keep wondring y d yorubas and pastors shld b taken as vp for buhari…it wont work///…..y not an igbo man….. Buhari leave pastors alone as your VP..since u love pastors so much,,,u shld just make dem d presidential candidate n urslf the VP den we will know u hv d country at heart….ur pastor selectn will not mak christians vote u….it was still ur previous VP ”pst .tunde bakare” DAT SAID apc is like a devils den…

  35. King

    December 18, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Southern Nigeria and Northern Nigeria, maybe that’d help.

  36. peace ngozi

    December 18, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    100% true that man fashola is just whats perfect for the world nigeria is just too small for him to hand with God by his side

  37. Glowing Sapphire

    December 18, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    I honestly do not TRUST Buhari!!! There’s something not right about him…Sneaky…Even If he chose a Christian running mate. I really wish another man like Fashola was an Aspirant and won the APC Ticket…But…#Maythechosenonewinin2015.

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