By Odimegwu Onwumere
With the indictment of General Muhammadu Buhari that he shared in the supposed drained money meant for the procurement of arms by the ex-National Security Adviser Sambo Dasuki, reminds one of the statement once made by Theodore Roosevelt.
Roosevelt said, “When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer ‘Present’ or ‘Not Guilty’.”
Without doubt, Buhari is in that fix now, even though that his watchdogs called media aides are doing everything media-possible to exonerate him from the smelling romance with Dasuki he never believed that a day like this would come when it would produce an illegitimate child that the world would wink at.
While that issue is making headlines on the walls of social media users, many Nigerians and organisations are worried and have described the presidency’s somewhat denial as presidential hypocrisy.
A pro-democracy non-governmental organisation, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), in a statement said that the admission by Buhari that he collected SUVS from Sambo Dasuki is a confession of culpability.
The group added that Mr. President’s excuse that a statutory provision entitled him to these privileges of multi million Naira SUVS as former Head of State is a red-herring and amounts to standing logic on its head because that statute never specified that the office of National Security Adviser should provide those privileges.
Moreover these vehicles were delivered after Buhari was purportedly attacked by Boko Haram, said the group and, the NSA who coordinated counter terror war then replaced his damaged car with expensive armoured SUVS. In addition, the group said that this singular act of magnanimity covered under the terrorism prevention Act of 2003 has implicated Buhari as guilty of participating in the expenditures incurred by the office of NSA for the counter terror war. This attempt to exonerate Buhari is like a man who professes not to eat rat but used his teeth to share rat meat delicacy for his children.
This issue is a massive thing! It is, in the sense that ‘Saint Buhari’ never knew or believed that he was among the rising bureaucrats in Nigeria who preferred Capitalism for Socialism. His damming curiosity that showed him as the only ‘righteous’ person in Nigeria would fall like every other empire within the shortest period of time.
Now Nigerians have seen Buhari in the comment by H.L. Mencken, A Mencken Chrestomathy, “The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable, and so, if he is romantic, he tries to change it. And even if he is not romantic personally he is very apt to spread discontent among those who are.”
While Buhari has a mindset that successive governments in Nigeria were bad except his, he does not take into cognizance that within the six months he has piloted the affairs of the country, many people are regretting voting for him and the obnoxious political party that produced him that hypnotized many Nigerians with the drivel called ‘change’ that Nigerians can see clearly on the flawed path now.
A clear and unbiased mind is flummoxed why this government and its agents have a degree in lying with impunity but when others do, the government champions for a bed for them in the gulag. The disappointing aspect of this government is that the pilot is doing his personal bidding against the masses wish of seeing the true ‘change’ their ears were deafened with.
Everything that has a beginning certainly will have an end. One is sure that Buhari in his dream is now experiencing tension, hearing on the radio, ‘Nigerians laughing’ and he remembers that democracy is not autocracy.
One Edward Snowden had warned the likes of Buhari is a statement which reads, “And I think it’s really disingenuous for the government to invoke and sort-of scandalize our memories to sort-of exploit the national trauma that we all suffered together and worked so hard to come through – and to justify programmes that have never been shown to keep us safe, but cost us liberties and freedoms that we don’t need to give up, and that our Constitution says we should not give up.”
The keyword to the ‘Dasukigate’ is that Buhari received something from Dasuki during the largesse period. Let Buhari not make Nigerians to believe that the biggest criminals that are in Nigeria today are working for the government. He should stop making murderers look like amateurs. Hooey!
Odimegwu Onwumere writes from Rivers State, Nigeria. (email@example.com). Tel: +2348057778358.