Can you believe it? It has been 6 months already! Some doubted that you would make it this far. Even Shinzo Abe could not handle the task of running Japan and resigned after less than a year. He was later treated for exhaustion. Incredible, considering how healthy the Japanese are. So many of them even live past 100 years, while we Nigerians seem to kick the bucket at 47 or less. Anyway, running the juggernaut Nigeria , with less than prime health (as in your case), is even more difficult. Congratulations.
It seems it was only yesterday when you gave what some called an inspiring speech while accepting your new position. You then followed that up with an incredible feat - declaring your assets. Average Nigerians are still reeling in pleasant surprise from that move! Good job! You might become a pop icon. So many people have developed all sorts of nicknames for you. Femme even thinks that the name 'Yardy' is "sexy"! Did you ever think people would attribute that word with you? You, a simple former teacher with a no-nonsense reputation and anti-corruption spokesman.
I will not dwell on any shortcomings, for after all, you are human, shebi? Besides, this is a congratulatory letter, so I will avoid the negative. Instead, let me congratulate you on creating a new attitude amongst the Nigerian elite - fear! It appears that many now realize that their status and wealth might not be enough to protect them from scandal, shame and maybe even jail (though some people clearly deserve much longer prison terms than they are getting). Even Julius Burger is scurrying to "clean" up its act!
So, maybe continuously touting "rule of law" and taking forever to announce the members of your cabinet might pay off after all. I wish you the best of luck in moving Nigeria forward. The feat, is Herculean. With each success, there will be disappointments. But, as long as you continue to work towards the development of the Nation, and you lay the foundation for others to continue such development, you might just overcome the cloud of illegitimacy with which you became Head of State.
Best of luck, Yardy. The pressure is high and we are watching. Please do something about Aondoakaa. His actions suggest that your administration might not be so anti-corruption after all. Shikena!
With warmest regards,
PS: Don't worry, I will return to my usual cynical self in a few hours. I just wanted to give you a slight break! And by the way, you never told me your thoughts on The Nigerian Proclamation. Call me!
Friday, November 30, 2007