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Pragmatic, reserved and a deep thinker who loves family, sports especially football where am married to two wives: the first, AC Milan who has my loyalty and the second wife, Manchester United who has all my undying love and pampering, lifestyle and society parties. Need I say the law is more than a profession but a lifestyle for me.

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The great "abamieda" #Fela Anikulapo Kuti who I deem a prophet from his numerous brilliant hits gave us "Arrangee Masters" a song still very applicable to the Nigerian polity today. As evergreen and predictable the song produced in the 70's so also have the named individuals in that song remained in defining politicking and governance in our country today. A condition the philosophical musician lamented till his death has become peculiar to our country despite the evolution of times; they have become leeches sucking the very blood of our society continually designing a world that has become less admirable and desirable to us.

I can't but agree with the wise Fela that what we have always had is a paddy padi system of governance, in his words, an arrangee government that is so closely knitted with its fabric being the same players and individuals exclusively directing the affairs of this nation with no new ideas, or ways of doing things. Indeed, it has become a family routine as well as a lineage process for some individuals. The country has seen new times, new climes, new conditions and an entirely different dispensation but in all of these, there has been old habits, same temperaments and in our case, it has been new wine in old bottles; hence the reasons for ethnic crisis and hostilities, burst ups and dis-orderliness with a nation in disarray and a people with no clear sense of direction and focus.

It has been ding-dong scenarios in our country and there has no doubt been agitation and people venting their disdain at how they have become so neglected and their interests not a motive for policies formulated by the supposed representatives. So why has it been a herculean task to gradually introduce new faces who merit such positions into affairs of the country? Are there no capable youths or experts who can be at the helm of affairs except for the old guards? Am sure it is as a result of a stretched tolerance that certain messages have been flying around complaining about how certain faces have clawed nigeria by its throat and suffocated the entity.

It is only factual that in 1983, Bamanga Tukur was the Governor of the defunct Gongola State (now Adamawa & Taraba) and 30 years later, he is today the Chairman of the ruling Party, The PDP; Dr. Bello Halliru was commissioner in the Old Sokoto State (now Sokoto, Kebbi & Zamfara) and 33 years after he is today Minister of Defence; Major General David Mark(rtd) was the military governor of Niger State in 1984 and 28years later he is today the Senate President; who at some point was advocating that the NYSC scheme be extended to 2 years; all in a bid to keep youths stocked. Gov., Murtala Nyako was the governor of Niger State in 1976 and 36years later he is today the Governor of Adamawa State; Ogbonnaya Onu was governor of Abia State in 1992 and 20years after he is today the National Chairman of ANPP; Gov. David Jonah Jang was the governor of Benue State in 1985 and 27years after he is today the governor of plateau state; with senator Jubril Aminu who most times dozes off during plenary sessions still a serving senator. Also, during the late Yar' Adua's regime a son of shagari was the minister for water.

Is it not well articulated that government is of the people, by the people and for its people? The major ingredients and reasons has always been a representation of the yearning of the people and their interests and demands being the compass upon which the leaders are ruled by. It has become gruesome to force a change and everything seems scripted with absolute disregard for the people that make up this government. I remember vividly how our former democratic leader #General Olusegun Obasanjo who ruled for 8 years imposed on us with such effrontery the deceased Yar' Adua. It was conspicuous from the word go that an ailing leader had been enforced on us when a phone was put through to him while he was on check-up and the then leader ran his campaign. Was it not clear ab initio that our votes as an electorate didn't matter and just like the traditional kings system, an oracle had chosen a leader through his wise counsel? After all, a similar trend is in the offing after our esteemed leader in his magnanimity offered his political mentor who absconded bail to an international offence a national pardon? With the same leader appointing Pius Anyim as the secretary to the federation despite a not too palatable senators' reign.

It is a disheartening situation that a song close to 40 years can still be as applicable as if it were sang yesterday.

- Adekanye Adeyinka Olajide