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‘Feeding Bottle Federalism’ Is Nigeria’s Biggest Problem – Seun Onigbinde

The co-founder of BudgIT, Mr Seun Onigbinde, has identified ‘feeding bottle federalism’ as the major problem Nigeria is battling.

The data analyst expressed this view on Tuesday, a day after President Muhammadu Buhari appealed to governors to address the plight of workers in their states by paying salaries.

Civil servants and pensioners in many states are still being owed months of salaries and pensions, a situation which saddens the President who expected that the Paris Club refunds disbursed to states would have eased the situation.

“What you call the ‘feeding bottle federalism’ that we have as a country, I think that’s the biggest problem,” Onigbinde said on Channels Television’sPolitics Today from the United States via Skype.

“The problem won’t abate because the dependence of states on federal allocation is a problem here. I think that’s what President Muhammadu Buhari needs to face and tackle squarely,” he added.

“So, even if you pay your backlog, what happens now when the allocations that are given to states are not still enough to pay workers’ salaries?”

The BudgIT co-founder said while some state governments have been trying to pay outstanding salaries, reports revealed that about 10 states were still struggling to settle their workers.

“According to a recent research, at least 10 states are still owing workers salaries. We are certain that Benue and Abia are still owing workers salaries and in the South-West, there are still backlogs in Ondo, Oyo,” he said.

“For Osun; Osun has adopted what they call ‘salary modulation’, but there are still pensioners who are still owed for several months. So across the nation, even in Niger, Nasarawa, there are still some workers who are being owed

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  1. Obi Emmanuel

    AFARAUKWU SHOW OF FORCE, A SHOW OF SHAME! A piece by Ekpenyong Isaiah.

    Until Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s bail is revoked, any show of force around him is a show of shame and intimidation. Intimidation done to one, is intimidation done to all and must be resisted.
    The Nigerian Army said it went on a “Show of Force” at Nnamdi Kanu’s residence at Afaraukwu and the Police said it happened around World Bank road. Tales of two agencies of government, one who actually went for the operation and another who was not there but issued press statement un-behalf of the operation. Graphic evidence shows the “Show of Shame” was at Afaraukwu and not World Bank road, as there is a clear distance between the two places.
    Nigeria, nay Africa is a place of great comics, a funny land where funny things happens, a George Owell’s animal farm, a place that needs re-colonization in the words of current American president, Donald Trump. Nigeria is a place where those who conquers today forgets there could be tomorrow and those who conspires to sing the conquest music’s forget they could be victims tomorrow.
    Let me start with the Igbos. The Igbos today are reaping what they sowed yesterday by their great men like Nnamdi Azikiwe, Aguiyi Ironsi etc. Their refusal to know there could be tomorrow is today’s manifestation of what they now termed marginalization. The Igbo person today would not have been fighting for freedom if Nnamdi Azikiwe had listened to leaders from the north that they don’t want one Nigeria for fear of dominance by the Igbos. Azikiwe failed to acknowledged the uncertainty of what tomorrow could bring, today, who is dominating who? . Aguiyi Ironsi again in failing to acknowledged there could be tomorrow, scrapped the former Confederate system to make way for a unitary system of governance to suit his desire of ruling over a large entity, again an Igbo man forgetting tomorrow. Today, the Igbo politicians are begging for a fall back to regional system of government that Aguiyi Ironsi abolished.
    The Yorubas today are knowingly or unknowingly taking the same pathway of mistakes that the Igbos took when they had their opportunities. Until recently when the Yorubas took a stand on restructuring at Ibadan in a Yoruba summit, most Yorubas were so comfortable with the position of Vice President and as such would even forget that the Yorubas were the most potent tribe looking for regional system of government. To these group of Yorubas, they are now part of government and restructuring can go to hell. And to them, any Yoruba that does not support this government is a criminal and must be jailed. Again, forgetting tomorrow like the igbos of old.
    The Hausa/Fulani have become the greatest beneficiary of a country their leaders never wanted. In achieving these, they conscripted forcefully the support of the Middle Belt people by imposing on them a language that unifies them which will make a Middle Belt person be so happy to speak the Hausa language than his own native dialect. It is the Middle Belt person that will first start conversation in Hausa language to make people believe that he/she is more Hausa than the Hausa’s. In trying to overthrow the dominance of the Igbos, the Middle Belters were widely used by the hausa/Fulanis, no wonder, they were the ones that fought the Nigerian/Biafran war on the Nigerian side.
    The Hausa/Fulani believes that a tomorrow that could change the current status quo can never come, forgetting that even the Roman, British and other great empires before now are no more. To them, since they climbed to the throne of the Nigerian empire, they must be there and nothing must be done in changing that. That is why in making sure they remain in their throne, they have employed every means and known tactics of intimidation which includes the show of shame at Afaraukwu Umuahia. The show of shame at Afaraukwu is another intimidating tactics by the occupiers of the Nigerian empire throne to intimidate and coarse the Igbos into submission since they are the only last voice standing against the throne now.
    You may not like Nnamdi Kanu or the Igbos, you may not want to be part of Biafra, but please acknowledge their right to freedom. A call for referendum, is not call for war. Catalonia is currently asking for referendum in Spain, Palestine is asking for it in Israel, Saharawi is asking for it in Moroco. Recently, the Arewa Consultative Forum secretary and president of their youth wing said restructuring can only be done democratically by political parties through parties manifestos they should take to electorates during electioneering and if voted, then they can implement it. My question is, the introduction of Sharia law in northern states, was it done through political parties? They say there is no referendum in our constitution, did our constitution recognize Sharia law before it was introduced and later smuggled into our constitution? Has parties ever been elected just because of their manifestos?
    For the Niger Delta/South South people conspiring to support the wickedness that is currently going on, let me remind you, the Middle Belt conspired to conquer Nigeria, today, the remain the greatest victims of that conquest, the current killings in Benue, Southern Borno, Kaduna, Plateau should teach you a lesson. Stand up for restructuring now, Nigeria must be restructured or we part our different ways in peace.

  2. Obi Emmanuel

    AFARAUKWU SHOW OF FORCE, A SHOW OF SHAME! A piece by Ekpenyong Isaiah.

    Until Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s bail is revoked, any show of force around him is a show of shame and intimidation. Intimidation done to one, is intimidation done to all and must be resisted.
    The Nigerian Army said it went on a “Show of Force” at Nnamdi Kanu’s residence at Afaraukwu and the Police said it happened around World Bank road. Tales of two agencies of government, one who actually went for the operation and another who was not there but issued press statement un-behalf of the operation. Graphic evidence shows the “Show of Shame” was at Afaraukwu and not World Bank road, as there is a clear distance between the two places.
    Nigeria, nay Africa is a place of great comics, a funny land where funny things happens, a George Owell’s animal farm, a place that needs re-colonization in the words of current American president, Donald Trump. Nigeria is a place where those who conquers today forgets there could be tomorrow and those who conspires to sing the conquest music’s forget they could be victims tomorrow.
    Let me start with the Igbos. The Igbos today are reaping what they sowed yesterday by their great men like Nnamdi Azikiwe, Aguiyi Ironsi etc. Their refusal to know there could be tomorrow is today’s manifestation of what they now termed marginalization. The Igbo person today would not have been fighting for freedom if Nnamdi Azikiwe had listened to leaders from the north that they don’t want one Nigeria for fear of dominance by the Igbos. Azikiwe failed to acknowledged the uncertainty of what tomorrow could bring, today, who is dominating who? . Aguiyi Ironsi again in failing to acknowledged there could be tomorrow, scrapped the former Confederate system to make way for a unitary system of governance to suit his desire of ruling over a large entity, again an Igbo man forgetting tomorrow. Today, the Igbo politicians are begging for a fall back to regional system of government that Aguiyi Ironsi abolished.
    The Yorubas today are knowingly or unknowingly taking the same pathway of mistakes that the Igbos took when they had their opportunities. Until recently when the Yorubas took a stand on restructuring at Ibadan in a Yoruba summit, most Yorubas were so comfortable with the position of Vice President and as such would even forget that the Yorubas were the most potent tribe looking for regional system of government. To these group of Yorubas, they are now part of government and restructuring can go to hell. And to them, any Yoruba that does not support this government is a criminal and must be jailed. Again, forgetting tomorrow like the igbos of old.
    The Hausa/Fulani have become the greatest beneficiary of a country their leaders never wanted. In achieving these, they conscripted forcefully the support of the Middle Belt people by imposing on them a language that unifies them which will make a Middle Belt person be so happy to speak the Hausa language than his own native dialect. It is the Middle Belt person that will first start conversation in Hausa language to make people believe that he/she is more Hausa than the Hausa’s. In trying to overthrow the dominance of the Igbos, the Middle Belters were widely used by the hausa/Fulanis, no wonder, they were the ones that fought the Nigerian/Biafran war on the Nigerian side.
    The Hausa/Fulani believes that a tomorrow that could change the current status quo can never come, forgetting that even the Roman, British and other great empires before now are no more. To them, since they climbed to the throne of the Nigerian empire, they must be there and nothing must be done in changing that. That is why in making sure they remain in their throne, they have employed every means and known tactics of intimidation which includes the show of shame at Afaraukwu Umuahia. The show of shame at Afaraukwu is another intimidating tactics by the occupiers of the Nigerian empire throne to intimidate and coarse the Igbos into submission since they are the only last voice standing against the throne now.
    You may not like Nnamdi Kanu or the Igbos, you may not want to be part of Biafra, but please acknowledge their right to freedom. A call for referendum, is not call for war. Catalonia is currently asking for referendum in Spain, Palestine is asking for it in Israel, Saharawi is asking for it in Moroco. Recently, the Arewa Consultative Forum secretary and president of their youth wing said restructuring can only be done democratically by political parties through parties manifestos they should take to electorates during electioneering and if voted, then they can implement it. My question is, the introduction of Sharia law in northern states, was it done through political parties? They say there is no referendum in our constitution, did our constitution recognize Sharia law before it was introduced and later smuggled into our constitution? Has parties ever been elected just because of their manifestos?
    For the Niger Delta/South South people conspiring to support the wickedness that is currently going on, let me remind you, the Middle Belt conspired to conquer Nigeria, today, the remain the greatest victims of that conquest, the current killings in Benue, Southern Borno, Kaduna, Plateau should teach you a lesson. Stand up for restructuring now, Nigeria must be restructured or we part our different ways in peace.

  3. Obi Emmanuel

    AFARAUKWU SHOW OF FORCE, A SHOW OF SHAME! A piece by Ekpenyong Isaiah.

    Until Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s bail is revoked, any show of force around him is a show of shame and intimidation. Intimidation done to one, is intimidation done to all and must be resisted.
    The Nigerian Army said it went on a “Show of Force” at Nnamdi Kanu’s residence at Afaraukwu and the Police said it happened around World Bank road. Tales of two agencies of government, one who actually went for the operation and another who was not there but issued press statement un-behalf of the operation. Graphic evidence shows the “Show of Shame” was at Afaraukwu and not World Bank road, as there is a clear distance between the two places.
    Nigeria, nay Africa is a place of great comics, a funny land where funny things happens, a George Owell’s animal farm, a place that needs re-colonization in the words of current American president, Donald Trump. Nigeria is a place where those who conquers today forgets there could be tomorrow and those who conspires to sing the conquest music’s forget they could be victims tomorrow.
    Let me start with the Igbos. The Igbos today are reaping what they sowed yesterday by their great men like Nnamdi Azikiwe, Aguiyi Ironsi etc. Their refusal to know there could be tomorrow is today’s manifestation of what they now termed marginalization. The Igbo person today would not have been fighting for freedom if Nnamdi Azikiwe had listened to leaders from the north that they don’t want one Nigeria for fear of dominance by the Igbos. Azikiwe failed to acknowledged the uncertainty of what tomorrow could bring, today, who is dominating who? . Aguiyi Ironsi again in failing to acknowledged there could be tomorrow, scrapped the former Confederate system to make way for a unitary system of governance to suit his desire of ruling over a large entity, again an Igbo man forgetting tomorrow. Today, the Igbo politicians are begging for a fall back to regional system of government that Aguiyi Ironsi abolished.
    The Yorubas today are knowingly or unknowingly taking the same pathway of mistakes that the Igbos took when they had their opportunities. Until recently when the Yorubas took a stand on restructuring at Ibadan in a Yoruba summit, most Yorubas were so comfortable with the position of Vice President and as such would even forget that the Yorubas were the most potent tribe looking for regional system of government. To these group of Yorubas, they are now part of government and restructuring can go to hell. And to them, any Yoruba that does not support this government is a criminal and must be jailed. Again, forgetting tomorrow like the igbos of old.
    The Hausa/Fulani have become the greatest beneficiary of a country their leaders never wanted. In achieving these, they conscripted forcefully the support of the Middle Belt people by imposing on them a language that unifies them which will make a Middle Belt person be so happy to speak the Hausa language than his own native dialect. It is the Middle Belt person that will first start conversation in Hausa language to make people believe that he/she is more Hausa than the Hausa’s. In trying to overthrow the dominance of the Igbos, the Middle Belters were widely used by the hausa/Fulanis, no wonder, they were the ones that fought the Nigerian/Biafran war on the Nigerian side.
    The Hausa/Fulani believes that a tomorrow that could change the current status quo can never come, forgetting that even the Roman, British and other great empires before now are no more. To them, since they climbed to the throne of the Nigerian empire, they must be there and nothing must be done in changing that. That is why in making sure they remain in their throne, they have employed every means and known tactics of intimidation which includes the show of shame at Afaraukwu Umuahia. The show of shame at Afaraukwu is another intimidating tactics by the occupiers of the Nigerian empire throne to intimidate and coarse the Igbos into submission since they are the only last voice standing against the throne now.
    You may not like Nnamdi Kanu or the Igbos, you may not want to be part of Biafra, but please acknowledge their right to freedom. A call for referendum, is not call for war. Catalonia is currently asking for referendum in Spain, Palestine is asking for it in Israel, Saharawi is asking for it in Moroco. Recently, the Arewa Consultative Forum secretary and president of their youth wing said restructuring can only be done democratically by political parties through parties manifestos they should take to electorates during electioneering and if voted, then they can implement it. My question is, the introduction of Sharia law in northern states, was it done through political parties? They say there is no referendum in our constitution, did our constitution recognize Sharia law before it was introduced and later smuggled into our constitution? Has parties ever been elected just because of their manifestos?
    For the Niger Delta/South South people conspiring to support the wickedness that is currently going on, let me remind you, the Middle Belt conspired to conquer Nigeria, today, the remain the greatest victims of that conquest, the current killings in Benue, Southern Borno, Kaduna, Plateau should teach you a lesson. Stand up for restructuring now, Nigeria must be restructured or we part our different ways in peace.

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