Friday, 27 November 2015

MKO Abiola’s scion wants President Buhari to remove oil subsidy | Says “Boko Haram & ISIS are not Muslims”


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Lekan Abiola to Asabeafrika...'We have criminals in all religion, we have Christian criminals and we have Muslim Criminals'
Alhaji Lekan Abiola, one of the scions of late symbol of democracy Bashorun MKO Abiola and first Child of martyr of democracy Hajiya Kudirat Abiola has offered his voice to the ongoing fuel scarcity crisis rocking the country blaming the pressure on government’s indecisiveness on the removal of the infamous petroleum subsidy which is  widely believed to have suddenly become the corruption pipe through which some fraudulent oil marketers are looting the government treasury. Lekan offered his opinion to Africa’s number 1 Celebrity encounter blog, Asabeafrika last Saturday November 21st during the christening of a new born baby boy for his younger brother, Alhaji Jamiu Abiodun Abiola (Shetima Rasheed of Borno) in Ikeja area of Lagos.
The Abiola scion who described the Nigerian economy as “Terrible” also lambasted the infamous Boko Haram militants destroying the northern part of Nigeria; describing them as criminals and not devotees of Islam as being speculated in some quarters. For those who don’t know him, Lekan Abiola is MKO’s son who was asked by famous media mogul turned politician Aremo Segun Osoba to step down for his own son, Olumide couple of years back when the former vied for a federal house of representative position in Ogun State. Enjoy the excerpts  


What are your views about the Nigerian economy?
The economy is very unfriendly; it is a terrible economy right now. There is no doubt about that and as a matter of fact the economy is going to be very bad in the  coming months and here we have a new government that has not started achieving anything yet; I think they are just trying to tidy up things and recover from the pattern of the past government.
You are one of those who passionately supported President Mohammad Buhari’s candidate during the campaign; do you think Mr. President is living up to your desire?
It will be too early to come with a definite assessment for a six months old regime of four years tenure. We need to see the government go half way into two years and after two years we can now make some reasonable remarks. Don’t forget President Buhari took over power in an economic season when the productive prize of our number one economic earners, crude oil has crashed. Even other oil relying economies in the world like Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the rest are struggling, not only our country is a victim of this economic recession. We have to understand that as a key point; that the price of oil has crashed. At the same the new government just inaugurated her cabinet and the new ministers have not done anything yet.  We have to give this government enough patience, yes, life is tough for everybody. 
“It is ridiculous, this is what is killing capital projects, there is no road network happening, there is no water supply happening, there is no educational development, nothing for the youth because everything goes to the Civil Servants and this same people wants more, they want an increase on their salaries. They should even sack half of the Civil servants and slash half of their salaries so that half of the money can go into things that will touch the lives of average Nigerians”
Lekan Abiola to Asabeafrika...'President Buhari should remove oil subsidy and let Nigerians damn the consequence'
The scarcity of petroleum product is biting harder?
Let me be honest with you, I want to see a situation whereby Mr. President will even remove the subsidy on petroleum once and for all and let Nigerians bear the consequence instead of the government doing a merry-go-round all the time; you have oil today and after a month the scarcity hits town. People are now paying N200 to N250 per liter in some parts of the country, even if they even remove the subsidy and we are paying N130 and the supply is stable at N130, we will adjust to it than you selling it for N87 in Lagos and people outside Lagos and Abuja cannot get it for that N87. So, it is better for government to just take a clear decision and remove this thing once and for all. Government just sent a request to the National Assembly to clear a N430 billion bill for the oil marketers’ subsidy gain, what kind of mad budget is that? We have no road, we have no water supply, our schools are in bad shape and we are wasting N430 billion to pay some elites? If Cotonou in Benin Republic and Togo can buy petrol at N140, N160 per liter, Nigeria can do the same. Let government take their hands out of this issue, we import diesel as well and we have not heard about this kind of crazy bills on diesel importation. Let us know what it takes to refine the oil and if the prize is N130 per liter let us pay it instead for you to be selling a liter for N200 per liter outside Lagos and they will now come and collect subsidy again from the government and earn double gain from both government and the people. I want
President Buhari
President Buhari to make a stand on this mater and remove subsidy now.
Don’t you think this will lead to public uproar since crude oil is our biggest natural resources and this supposed to give us economic comfort and not distress?
They will handle it In-sha-Allah. It is worst that Nigerians are buying a liter of fuel for N200 in Auchi, in Kogi and other places, why can’t we have a jacket price and make the supply stable. It is a necessity because we all need petrol to fuel our cars and move around. It is more proper to clear the bunch of subsidy and let Nigerians know the exact price needed to be paid on a liter instead of putting the entire country at the mercy of marketers who keeps putting guns to our head. Because government has not paid them N430billion now, you withdraw supply and created artificial scarcity. And when you give them the money, you release supply then after like two months again, you withdraw supply and Nigerians keep dancing back and front. Let us deal with this situation once and for all and Nigeria will be good for it in the long run.

“I don’t think politics should be taken as a profession; one should not become a professional politician. I am a business man and I only dabbled into politics at the time and the question of me going back is relative because it is not a profession”.

Lekan Abiola to Asabeafrika...'Half of Nigerian Civil Service must be sacked and their salary slashed'
How do you think Nigeria can work; today, it is like oil has become a curse than a blessing to us. How can Nigeria work like countries like Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Botswana and few others?
You cannot even compare Nigeria with those countries you mentioned. For instance a country like Botswana has a tender population of two million people but Nigeria has a population above one hundred and seventy million people and the President has said that, the government will focus on agriculture and mining. If we can get money from mining and agriculture, we will equally need to spend money on infrastructure because we cannot build a first class economy on the back of a third class infrastructure. If government can spend much on railways, on roads then the multiplying effect will be tremendous on the economy, we need government to actually go back to the cradle of capital expenditure. Most of the government’s expenditures right now is going towards the recurring, the civil servants who are less than 1% of the Nigerian population are taking 75% of the entire revenue of the country, if the governors are now saying they can not pay the N18.000 minimum wage because of the droppings in oil price, then they have to reduce the work force. It won’t augur well for a state to be using about 80% of its economic earning to pay for less than one percent of its entire population. It is ridiculous, this is what is killing capital projects, there is no road network happening, there is no water supply happening, there is no educational development, nothing for the youth because everything goes to the Civil Servants and this same people wants more, they want an increase on their salaries. They should even sack half of the Civil servants and slash half of their salaries so that half of the money can go into things that will touch the lives of average Nigerians. This is time for hard decisions. It is not time to be maintaining the statusquo, it is a time for change and change is going to be painful and the civil service system must feel the change, half of them should be fired and the ones that are remaining, their salaries should be slashed into half so that money can be freed to go into other areas that will touch the lives of Nigerians.
You once went into politics until Chief Segun Osoba ordered you to step down for his  own son-Olumide, are you still interested in coming back to politics?
I think one way or the other we are all going to be in politics. I don’t think politics should be taken as a profession; one should not become a professional politician. I am a business man and I only dabbled into politics at the time and the question of me going back is relative because it is not a profession. If you are asked what is your profession? It is you are a either a carpenter, you are a doctor, or you are a driver or you are an engineer, a businessman or a trader. You cannot say ‘oh, I am a politician’. If you run for an office and you win you must do your best for those who voted for you, if you run and you don’t win, then you go back to your business. So, I am not a professional politician. Maybe if I am called upon in the future or I decide to contest in the future, the most important thing is my religion which is about worshiping God, after that, good health and the family matters, after family, your business and making sure that everyone around you is fine is neext. I might decide to run, maybe; I might decide not to run, maybe. If I am called and given an appointment I may take it or reject it, it has to do with my principle.

“You have to be closer to your God; of course other terrible accidents of life can do it, you can be involved in a plane crash, you can be involved in a motor accident but all the same, one idiot can just blow you up, you must be closer to your God so that whenever it happens God can grant you paradise”.

Adolf Hitler
With the killings by ISIS and Boko Haram in Nigeria and elsewhere, the recent killings in Paris, the hostage takings in Mali and the killings in Northern Nigeria, many feels that Islam is a terror-religion. As a devoted Muslim Leader, what is your opinion?
Well, I am a Muslim; I am not a Muslim leader.  I am just a Muslim. Having said that, the whole scenario like the killings in France and the attacks in Mali and killing in the north eastern part of Nigeria, these are all criminal actions. And you can get criminals from any religion; we have criminals in many religions. We have Christian criminals, Muslim criminals. In history, we had the Nazis Germans under Adolf Hitler; they committed a lot of atrocities and killed millions of people including six million Jews. And most of this German Nazis were Christians. So, you can have criminals from any religion and we definitely have among the Muslims, we have criminals, I mean people that go to markets and go into mosques and blow it up while people are praying. If you are a Muslim, how can you go to a mosque and blow it up when people are praying? And you now kill people and you say you are fighting for Islam, no. Those are criminal actions. These people are criminals and they practice their criminality and they now put an Islamic flag in front of their criminality but a criminal act is a criminal act, weather you put a white flag in front of the act or you put an Islamic flag in front of it, a criminal act is a criminal act. Those are criminals. So, we hope that our government will work hard to make sure that the army is well equipped and well motivated to checkmate their actions. Because these people (Boko Haram & ISIS) are ready to kill anybody at any time. So, any human being should be close to his or her God because as you are going out today either to your place of worship or to a restaurant tomorrow or you are in a mosque next tomorrow or you are in the market, one idiot can decide to blow you up and then you find yourself dead.  You have to be closer to your God; of course other terrible accidents of life can do it, you can be involved in a plane crash, you can be involved in a motor accident but all the same, one idiot can just blow you up, you must be closer to your God so that whenever it happens God can grant you paradise.

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