Take for instance, the nation-wide protest that took place on January 2013, popularly referred to as Occupy Nigeria, over the proposed removal of petroleum subsidy by the President. I was the only voice outside the government who supported the removal. Not that I like high cost of fuel products or because I was doing some PR work for the Government. I did, because the subsidy wasn't reflecting in lower prices at the gas pump. My argument then was that it is very likely that some Nigerians are scheming or scamming the fuel regime; otherwise, Nigerians would have been enjoying affordable petrol and kerosene in the market. I suggested that government should take over the importation and that the accruing profits should be reinvested into the system instead of subsidizing the process for fraudulent petroleum marketers. Few months later, the Farouk Lawan report came out, with details of how some politically connected Nigerians cooked up figures and documents to scam the subsidy regime of needed funds - being paid for products they didn't supply. And you know the story.
At the international scene, when in May and June 2012, some highly visible Democrats in and out of government and in the media were breathing down on President Obama's campaign, warning them not mention Wall Street and Bain Capital in the campaign for reelection, I disagreed with them vehemently, arguing on this Blog and on my Facebook Timeline that the campaign should disregard the advice and do the exact opposite. My position was that given the fact that his opponent is campaigning on his Wall Street experience and his ability to create jobs, then his exploits on Wall Street and at Bain Capital are automatically on issue, and of course should be made the main issue in the campaign. Thank God, the campaign team did not equivocate about my position. It was adopted that same day at a campaign rally by the President. And the rest is now history.