By Shaka Momodu
Fellow Nigerians, the die is cast! President Muhammadu Buhari has declared his intention to seek re-election in 2019 against the well-considered advice of many well-meaning Nigerians that doing so would not be in the best interest of our country. I had hoped against hope that the greater love of country would persuade him to retire after his very poor performance in his first term. Apparently, other sentimental and selfish considerations weighed heavily in his decision to run again which unfortunately he claimed was a response to the “clamour by Nigerians for him to re-contest in 2019”.
Contrary to what the arrowheads of the president’s re-election bid have told us, viz. he was sent by God to save Nigeria and that without him Nigeria would have since disappeared, he has become the single biggest threat to Nigeria’s continued existence. If he was actually sent to save Nigeria, then he has failed in that mission. Now Nigeria needs to be saved from him.
Let no one be mistaken that his chief campaigners’ decision was borne out of altruistic considerations, because it was not. Do not believe the lies told by John Odigie-Oyegun, Adams Oshiomhole, Rotimi Amaechi, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Yemi Osinbajo, Kayode Fayemi, Babatunde Fashola, Lai Mohammed, Orji Uzor Kalu, Nasir el-Rufai, Rochas Okorocha, etc., that Buhari means well for Nigeria. Buhari does not mean well for our country. If he did, he would not seek re-election in 2019.
These people know in their heart of hearts that the man has nothing to offer this country by way of progressive leadership. He lacks the capacity to visualise a positive future of growth and development, but they are supporting him anyway for their own personal advancement. If they claim not to be seeing the damage Buhari is doing to our country since he was elected in 2015, it means they are blind and can never see again.
Just as I was agonising over what has happened to the sanity of Buhari’s supporters, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, an erstwhile staunch supporter of Buhari but now his rabid critic, was reported to have lambasted Buhari’s supporters: “If anybody wants Nigeria’s current situation to continue the way it is today, then his head has to be examined. And some people are still saying that this situation should continue. God, the Almighty, will not allow them to have their way; we will neither suffer, nor shall we be put to shame.” In another statement a few days after, he stated that even “morons” won’t describe Buhari’s performance as superlative.
Obasanjo and I hardly agree on anything but I applaud him for that statement even though I believe he owes Nigeria a huge debt for his failure to set our polity right when he was the president and for supporting Buhari to power in the first place. I want to let him know that he is not alone in wondering what has become of people’s ability to discern. I have been bewildered and horrified beyond description, how some people think it’s okay to continue with the present situation, with the country sliding into anarchy and chaos every passing day.
How can it be okay for people to continue to be killed like flies all over the country, particularly in Benue, Taraba and Nasarawa states? And all we get from the government are pathetic excuses and feigned helplessness? How can it be okay for herdsmen from “Libya trained by the late Muammar Gaddafi” to be killing Nigerians and the government elected by Nigerians raises its hands in surrender because the herdsmen are from Libya? Why do the herdsmen from Libya as the president wants the world to believe travel all the way through several countries, viz. Ghana, Chad, Niger, Cameroon, Togo, etc., not killing one person on the way, but immediately they get to Nigeria, they begin to wreak havoc on human lives. Does it make sense? Has people’s sanity been temporarily suspended? Or is there a diabolical dimension to the blind support for a man who is clearly leading us to perdition and yet some people are clapping?
If these herdsmen were actually from Libya, is that not the more reason the government should take a far more aggressive action against them rather than try to arm-twist state governments to create colonies for them? Added to that is the fallacy (at least going by current realities) from the President that herdsmen only go about with sticks.
Some even still have the audacity to say he is the best to lead us? How can he be the best to lead? Why are those with a long history of fighting for good governance in bed with a man who clearly has no business ruling Nigeria? Would Buhari’s supporters that are businessmen allow someone like him to run their businesses the way he is running Nigeria?