An open letter to Nigeria’s President Jonathan – Tola Adenle (2)


When Silence may NOT be golden

While I’ve written a lot about your government since the acting capacity under Late Alhaji Yar Adua, this is perhaps the first letter directed to you.  Your predecessor, retired General Obasanjo did receive at least one apart from countless essays on his administration in my old newspaper essays for THE COMET & later THE NATION on Sundays.  I did support you once; nay, have sympathies for your situation which could result into a vote – not often needed or appreciated in these parts, I know – as evidenced from many essays and blogs on Sahara Reporters, 234NEXT and The Nation.  Somewhere along your quest to the presidency, you lost my trust as someone who could transform Nigeria but who would first have to tear himself from the core of the PDP which is basically evil and whose ideas of a ruling party are antithesis to Nigeria’s growth and the masses’ interest.

I want to try and make this letter as brief as I had to make my weekly essays in spite of the luxury that I could go on and on which, in itself, has its own many booby traps.

A woman should not be the one criticizing two women’s key appointments in your cabinets as it must seem about the Honourables Okonjo Iweala and Allison Madueke.  One comes to her post with impeccable credentials while the other comes by hers – deservedly – by her originating from the Delta.  Both are therefore qualified.  Ms Iweala as I’ve mentioned zillions of times even before her return as the Go-To-Person on the economy – Jonathan is eventually answerable on whatever befalls the economy – is unsuitable even if qualified for reasons I’ve written on many times:  her mindset and orientation reflect those who’d rather see us as perpetual debtors.

Their names’ appearance on the Ministerial nominees list back in May led me to write on June 22, an essay whose readership has risen to top of readers’ list slightly ahead of  Each has registered hundreds of readers.

Ms. Madueke’s case presents problems arising from ethics which, though may be unimportant in these parts, put to question your claim to “transformational leadership”.  You’ve kept silent on all issues raised in news reports that should have made the woman answer questions before being returned as Oil Minister.

Your silence is beyond “golden”; it is troubling, and here are a few:

Ms. Madueke did not serve the compulsory NYSC for those under age 30 as reported by 234NEXT as required by Nigerian law.  She passed thru senate confirmation not once but twice and in spite of outcries by activists and a few public commentators, it was on to a second term as minister after the news broke.

In “Howard University faults Allison Madueke’s year of graduation” “She really was not required to enroll for national service. As Diezani Alison-Madueke settles into her second tour of duty as Nigeria’s petroleum minister, she wouldn’t have been burdened by the raging controversy that she skipped national service had she not needlessly lied about her exact year of graduation from the university, a NEXT investigation has shown.”

First, How did a purported Beverly Hills jeweler, one Christopher Aire “become one of Nigeria’s biggest crude oil lifters”? [234NEXT]

The 234NEXT investigations also asked questions that remain blights – if true – on not only the apparently-untouchable Ms. Madueke but on your administration and your person.  While 234NEXT might have gone to its resting place due to these hard-hitting investigations as no newspaper can survive in Nigeria without government patronage and with enemies in high places, the questions it asked are crying out for answers and silence on them can and will never be silence forever.


Next posed some questions to Madueke:

Why enter into discreet oil blocks operatorship contract with selected companies without regard for open and competitive bids, as mandated by the Public Procurement Act 2007?

Why approve companies with questionable antecedents to become discrete beneficiaries of oil blocs?

Why the rush to approve oil bloc deals days before President Jonathan’s inauguration and the dissolution of the Federal Executive Council?

Why were companies which have interests in each other- Seven Energy and Atlantic Energy – favoured to manage oil blocks OMLs 4, 30, 34, 38 and 41?

Why did you have to violate industry guidelines and the Procurement law to favour these companies?

How many companies did you approve Strategic Alliance Agreements with NPDC to develop OPLs and OMLs?

How do these agreements which are selective with no known criteria support transparency, accountability and national interest when it is not all-inclusive?

Why did you fly to Houston in a jet provided by Seven Energy, a company offering service to an agency you supervised?

With all these disclosures about the way you ran the petroleum ministry, do you think you deserve to be reappointed to President Goodluck Jonathan’s cabinet?

Those of us who doubted your suitability for leading the country because expecting someone who is joined at the hips with the evil PDP to change the country’s fortune – no matter his natural inclinations – would be expecting more than Paul’s road to Damascus conversion.  The PDP is structured like a business, a ruthless one, with enforcers to rein in errant members.  If you haven’t, please read, rerun here a couple of months ago but written for The Comet on ?Sunday back in March 2003.

Finally but by no means the least, dear President Jonathan, why do you continue to think “silence is golden” on the matter of your – and Mrs. Jonathan’s asset declarations?  Nigerian presidents, “lawmakers”, governors and even local government chairmen have beaten the paths to “foreign investors”, expending billions to far-flung places to seek these people and countries since the return to civil rule. I wonder, though, what confidence the question of the unwillingness or inability of the country’s Number One Citizen to come forward with a declaration of his and his wife’s assets AS REQUIRED BY LAW must pose to these “investors”.


November 14, 2011

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10 Comments on “An open letter to Nigeria’s President Jonathan – Tola Adenle (2)”

  1. emotan77 Says:

    Reblogged this on and commented:

    This essay, first published within the first 6 months of this blog’s life – November 14, 2011, continues to attract readers, including this past week when the blog crossed multiple landmarks in readerships. It is hereby represented for new readers and old ones who must have missed it, especially with the clouds on both Iweala – the direction she has led the economy she supposedly “directs” & Madueke – another ethics allegation that remains unquestioned by President Jonathan and, therefore, unanswered by the minister. TOLA, June 23, 2013.



  2. Ayekooto Says:

    Great composition!
    I love the way the writer expostulated her claims with credible links and excerpts.
    But, methink it is wrong to make such absolute claim about the finance minister that “her mindset and orientation reflect those who’d rather see us as perpetual debtors.”
    That is one allegation that the writer does not support with any credence.
    In all, thanks for making our leaders answer to their stewardship.



    • emotan77 Says:

      Thanks, Aiyekooto. My “claim …” of the Finance Minister or any other subject of my essays would often be based on MY perception and that of the masses, don’t you agree? And those perceptions are based on nothing but her pushing for external loans which are not in the long-term interest of the country nor in the short term of the masses’.

      By the way, Aiyekooto, that’s a great and storied name from Nigeria’s journalism past. Your seeing the pros and cons of my postulation is in step with the last user of that pen name, the Late Governor Bisi Onabanjo in his Nigerian Tribune columns. Welcome to my Blog. TOLA.



  3. ADEYEMI Says:

    Thank you, Tola for this post. We should continue to highlight information like those above. Whether Jonathan and the enemies of Nigeria(very few of them) like it or not, peace will continue to elude their households because they’ll know that Nigerians know about the skeletons in their cupboards and closets. To the Patriots and Compatriots, I’ll say-Let us continue to pile up these details and continue to post them everywhere-on facebook, twitter, youtube, skype, etc. These evil men and women also have blogs online where we can be posting these questions such that every night they go to bed, surely, good sleep will elude them except they decide to tackle Nigeria’s many questions. The legendary Chinua Achebe has been making statements and they continue to ignore them. The guys in Boko Haram are sending signals, they continue to ignore them. The armies of jobless youth are making gestures, the evil men in PDP have been ignoring the signs! Soon and very soon, they will be unable to contain the pressures. Alas!, they may pay the ultimate price with their lives, violently!
    I pray however, that Jonathan braces up and answer the likes of questions posted by 234NEXT, TOLA, SaharaReporters, etc now before it is too late. The clock ticks on..
    -Adeyemi Adetoye



  4. TO Says:

    Perhaps, another open letter should be written to the Senate President or may be this should be copied to him. They are supposed to have “general oversight” right? They are the ones to get answers to nagging questions.



    • emotan77 Says:

      Thanks, TO. I think I will do that early tomorrow. Copy him the President’s, that is. Regards, TOLA.



      • Fatai Bakare Says:

        Do you think he/they does/do not know all these atrocities? Who cleared her in the first instance to become a minister despite the university/NYSC palavers on her neck? Nigeria is a country where knowing people is the qualification to political and most appointments. From the word go, I did not trust Jonathan to deliver any goodness to Nigeria. I wish a Rawlins springs up within the Armed Forces and clear them after collecting our money from these rogues and thieves.


      • emotan77 Says:

        Thanks, Fatai. A reader just suggested I cc President Jonathan’s letter to the Senate President since Ms. Madueke did pass through senate hearings. In actual fact, all the controversies were raging even BEFORE her confirmation. I’m therefore sending a copy to retired Brigadier Mark of the Senate.

        As for a Rawlins-type revolt, I still believe Nigeria can avert that route but time is ticking. Regards, TOLA.


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