Buhari Stop making murderers look like amateurs

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’.”

General Buhari

(General Buhari)

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.”

Sambo Dasuki
(Sambo Dasuki)

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. (apoet_25@yahoo.com). Tel: +2348057778358.



BEYOND RELIGION AND CULTURE: Dictatorship is arising out of this government. General Muhammadu Buhari is setting up a government that democracy meaning would be missing. From the bill ongoing in the National Assembly to ban Nigerians from expressing their fundamental rights of free speech on the social media, has exposed this government as one not comfortable with fair Nigerians that share information. This government does not want debate of its activities from Nigerians and Buhari thinks only him can find solutions to the woes besetting Nigeria. This is not enlightenment! There will never be rule of law, sharing of power, when this government feels above its citizens with the glaring subjugation and indignation against public opinion.
Onwumere, Poet/Writer, Rivers State.

Essentialities of peace to nation building

By Odimegwu Onwumere
Tony Oyatedor is a veteran journalist and now, publisher of News Times magazine in the United States of America. He orated to journalists in June, 2015 that if he had the opportunity to set just one agenda for the government of General Muhammadu Buhari, the memo would be for the Buhari administration to work first on peace, not corruption.
Oyatedor was of the panorama that peace is an integral part of human existence without which staying healthy, being happy, memorising and meditating on what matter to mankind, espionage of nature and embracing animals, making out hours for reading, observing the realities of the cosmos, calculating the point where science and the spiritual meet, enjoying millions of money, houses, cars, clothes, gorgeous women, and every other acquisitive thing that life gives would have been a herculean task. It was against that conception that Mahatma Gandhi, the superlative leader of the Indian independence movement in British-ruled India said that an eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.
Regularly, with her huge natural resources and her smart citizens, peace was being endangered by some persons in Nigeria through kidnapping, terrorism, child trafficking, armed robbery, official sleaze and sundry issues. Hence, Nigeria is looking for peace at all cost, as successive governments have not sat on their oars in the fight against the monsters that truncate peace; efforts were being put in place to bring peace back to the country from the honeymoon that some persons regarded as do-nothing have sent it.
(General Muhammadu Buhari)
Nigeria has been doing this knowing that peace requires an immeasurable laudable toil and the thorniest sacrifice. Nigeria knows that peace stipulates superior intrepidness than confrontation. Against that backdrop, it’s observable that Nigeria has always sought for peace amidst the squalls that bully her.
A testament was that at a dinner organised on his behalf in April 2014, in Abuja, for the unveiling of the Universal Peace Federation (a group with its 10 years experience and dedication in building a world of peace, freedom and harmony), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur who’s the Chairman of Nigeria Railway Corporation and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) National Chairman, said, “No doubt, no meaningful development can be achieved without peace, stability and harmony. It is also true that peace is not mere absence of war, but it is a virtue that springs from force of character.”
Dr Chang Yang, the president of the group, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that he was hopeful that the leaders and people in Nigeria would embrace and support the UPF Peace Education initiative for Nigeria, which could inspire several actions for peace in Nigeria and put behind the story of violence and conflicts. What that meant was that from one organisation to individuals, the clarion call for peace restoration and building in the country was the song on virtually everybody’s lips.
Messages for peace to come back
Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and individuals have seen peace as a top-quality idea. The Peace Initiative Network (PIN) was one group that was clothed towards the promotion of peace in Nigeria, since 2004. The PIN was bent on crusading peace, security, development, poverty eradication, human rights, democracy, governance and inter alia, protecting the vulnerable.
In June, the Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole at the first session of the fifth synod of Diocese of Esan, Anglican Communion at St Andrews Cathedral Eguare Ekpoma where he was represented by his Deputy, Dr. Pius Egberanmwen Odubu, stooped and appealed for the reinstatement of peace, love and prosperity to the country.
In the same month, former Heads of State, General Ibrahim Babangida (rtd) and General Yakubu Gowon (rtd) in different developments called on Nigerians to support the government in its fight to stop the insurrectionary in the north-east region.
General Babangida made the call after attending the Eid prayer in Minna, the capital city of Niger State. Gowon on his part, made the appeal in Abuja, while addressing Christian pilgrims. The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, (CAN) Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, urged the churches to start teaching Nigerians, how to use peace as their contribution to the country’s development.
General Abdusalami Abubakar said in a speech on May 25 2015, in Minna, while biding then Governor Babangida Aliyu farewell that unremitting peace which was ‘enjoyed after the general elections’ must be sustained by the General Muhammadu Buhari administration.
On May 29 2015, former President Goodluck Jonathan, cheering in the civic reception organised in his honour by the Bayelsa government in Yenegoa, the Bayelsa State capital, said that he would use the waiting part of his life for peace building across the country.
Hear him, “Having befitted so much from the rare privilege of serving, I shall dedicate the remaining part of my life to peace building in all parts of Nigeria. I will urge all to support the new administration to develop Nigeria and work with the state government to develop our own state.”
As if that was not enough, religious leaders have been meeting incalculably to discuss religious peace in the country. In their umpteenth argument, they saw that religious tolerance remained the magic-potion for national development.
How peace was persecuted
On June 20 2014, then National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, represented by Special Services Officer, Alhaji Ibrahim Bamiye, at a forum in Lagos, dubbed – National cybersecurity forum –  confronted Nigerians with the bombshell that every 9 seconds, a Nigerian commits crime on the internet with a sharp rise in the indices of 0.9% in the 90s to 9.8% in 2014.
Uzochukwu Mike, a graduate from the department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, expressed in a public presentation on June 24, 2015 that among all, the causes of no-peace in Nigeria, with regard to kidnapping activities, were unemployment, poverty, corruptions, grievances, high quest for money and passively, ethnocentricism.
He wept, saying that Nigeria had unimaginable unemployment rate, which resulted to the unemployed taking to crime as a means to make a living. According to him, “A news publication company, Vanguard online news, reported on May 19, 2014, that an estimate of 60 million Nigerians are unemployed.”
Mike added that in the same year, Nigeria ranked 136 out of 174 on the list of the surveyed countries of corruption, which meant that the country was the 38th most corrupt country in the world in 2014, according to Transparency International ranking.
To get out of the conundrum
On August 3, 2012, Suhaib Mohammed, a freelance writer who’s writing on different niche, was aghast that the country’s unity was being woefully threatened by ethnocentricism, sentiments and religious fanaticism. He stressed that, that were the effects in a country with more than 250 ethnic tribes and various religious beliefs divided across geo-political lines – of Muslim North and Christian South.
He said, “Sentiment is one of the major problems that are threatening the cause of unity and harmony in Nigeria. The war of words and tribal feuds are being squabbled by Nigerians all over the country. We must stop making sweeping generalization on other ethnic tribes, and begin to reserve our emotions toward other ethnic groupings if peace and unity must reign in Nigeria.”
That was even as he highlighted the need for government at all levels to engage in massive public enlightenment, especially the ignorant and illiterate population, about unity and peaceful co-existence among the citizenry.
Centre for Peace Advancement in Nigeria (CEPAN), Nigeria, adopted that strengthening local capacities for sustainable peace and development in communities, promotion of peaceful coexistence and harmony among people of diverse ethnic and religious affiliations in communities, promoting peace education among children and young people in school and out of school, empowerment of women and youth for effective negotiation, dialogue and mediation, producing research and documentation, reducing poverty through the promotion of good governance were what the leaders of the country should look at for urgent eradication of the perceived absence of peace in the country.
Odimegwu Onwumere is a Poet/Writer; he writes from Rivers Stat. (apoet_25@yahoo.com). Tel: +2348057778358.

Buhari is distracting Nigerians

By Odimegwu Onwumere


Many people had thought that General Muhammadu Buhari would pay much attention to giving Nigerians good governance, but for nearly three months in power, all that Nigerians have got are distractions from the once Army Major General.


Each day does not pass by without reading Buhari on the newspapers of how he would probe this sector or the other that worked in the ex-President Goodluck Jonathan government. In short, Buhari is distracting Nigerians with his loquaciousness of probing Jonathan.


It is irritating much as it is a distraction upon distraction everywhere from the Buhari presidency. The height of it was that Buhari spent a month, before packing into Aso Rock, the seat of power, after he was inaugurated as president.


(General Buhari)

Buhari’s definition of democracy is not suited in the global democracies. It is tiresome and he would say that a Barack Obama stayed for a while before forming his cabinet. Then you ask if America is Nigeria. One can see that we are losing all sense of reason because of Buhari; losing all sense of shame, where we were being told that a ‘Mr. Integrity’ is on the throne.


Nigerians are getting in the way amidst the economy that is out of control, while the government and its All Progressives Congress (APC) members continue to rant. In earnest, Buhari is not here to help, but to distract. Nigerians have found themselves distracted, because the president does not want to contact the people; he wants to do the job all alone.


We are seeing a government that has kept its phone ringing at the acme of its work. What a way of calling for distraction!


It is evidence that Buhari has gone to work thinking of his personality (not Nigerians), having emotional conflicts, by prevailing over all Nigerians with distractions and making himself an unhappy man; and he wants Nigerians to be unhappy in poverty, forgetting that one can only be happy when he or she has disabused his or her mind of all other distractions.


As if a Hilary Duff had Buhari in mind in the following words: It’s hard to stay true to yourself and what you want in life when there are so many distractions and so much craziness going on around you.


However, a national chieftain of the APC, the party that produced Buhari as president, in a recent public outing said that Buhari’s failed-two months in not showing Nigerians were the compass of his government was navigating to, were being spent on reviewing how the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ran Nigeria within the years it ruled the country.


Imagine that!


Ruling Nigeria as an Army official he once was, Buhari has refused to listen to calls from here and there asking him not to be distracted. But what the persons who have made this call did not say was that Buhari is the one distracting Nigerians with his ‘snail crawling’ approach to governance and overbearing in being ‘Mr. Integrity’.


The country is stashed and some persons were ignorantly saying and writing that Buhari can lead Nigeria without a cabinet. The irony is that Buhari has spent much energy looking for those who allegedly ate the national cake without any hope in place that he will bake new cakes.


This government is edging towards twilight and no hope of seeing rays of light. Nigerians are overwhelmed that Buhari is yet to make headway. He is wearing Nigerians down with his unproductive government. His much talk is doing little to make Nigeria better.


Buhari has gotten into the presidency he shouldn’t; he is obsessed with the means and not the end. No government that started on that note ever succeeded. A board would always wear down when it focuses its strength on distracting its members. How could Buhari react to everything PDP and Jonathan?


Sometimes some of us ask if this is APC’s pattern of governance: Being very busy and very busy without any action. It’s sad that Nigerians have known that the APC’s ‘change’ and ‘good governance’ it promised Nigerians, ware flukes.


The party which its members called themselves progressives is creating vision, strategic plan, and policies, but only on how to run Jonathan and the PDP down. Does Buhari know that distraction such as his cost the U.S. businesses $588 billion per year, as a 2007 study by Basex estimated?


In the world of management, productivity will never increase if the owners and caretakers of a business do not limit the level at which distractions flow into their firm. Just as email is said to be the biggest distractions managers face among employees these days no matter its usefulness, the war against corruption in Nigeria, has become one dangerous slogan Buhari is distracting Nigerians with.


Let us ask Buhari that if a worker does not put much energy to his or her work in the morning is it in the evening he or she will put that energy. It is palpable to say that Buhari has a disorganised office desk and this can be very distracting to management. His government is disorganised without a cabinet. So, he cannot think and plan well. A company without a board is disorganised.


Odimegwu Onwumere is a Poet/Writer; he writes from Rivers State.

Tel: +2348057778358

Email: apoet_25@yahoo.com


Between Buhari’s ‘Good Governance’ and Participatory Democracy

By Odimegwu Onwumere


The expedition by General Muhammadu Buhari to give Nigerians good governance is giving a deep cut in the head from the way he is going about his government. His mind’s debate figuratively centres on which aspects of governance he should give the constituents.


His debate can be seen: He categorically believes that fighting corruption is the best part of governance that he has to promote. Buhari’s sojourn to the Europe and USA to assist him fight the monster called corruption may be seen as a miscalculated efforts.


This is said because these foreign continents or countries will not help in that aspect neutrally. They must seek for what their countries must take home as remuneration to their efforts. This is where Buhari has started showing administrative crisis.


It is palpable that Buhari has been expressing grievances against the government that he succeeded, without any advancement in harnessing sustainable human development over two months he took over the helm-of-affairs.


While he is bent on holding the other government to account, he is invariably losing better policies, by not empowering his government with cabinet members since May 29, he took over. One is not sure whether Buhari thinks that Nigerians should not demand for equitable and sustainable policies; that it is his sole right to do whatever he likes with Nigerians, at his own pace.


This is neglecting justice of abuse! It is essential to pinpoint that Buhari has abused and distorted governance to advance his government interest, which have not allowed Nigeria to flourish since two months now. This is neoliberal agenda that Buhari is showcasing to Nigerians, just the same way foreign investors and governments are mounting pressures on him to pursue policies that are in tandem with their rapaciousness.


Buhari is unaware that good governance is not mouthing and clattering about fighting corruption, but about its capability to deliver people-oriented government that is based on achieving the people’s fundamental Human Rights. Good governance is not about making reforms for foreign countries to hold Nigeria accountable than Nigerians.


Buhari has succeeded in making sure that an aura surrounds him, since he was declared the winner of this year’s presidential election. That aura is that many people think that he is still the military Head of State and not, a democratically elected president, due to his carriage and utterances.


One is poised to ask where transparency, accountability, participation and responsiveness exist in this government except the marginalisation of the people not to be represented in the cabinet. What Nigerians are seeing is a government that is nationally and internationally creating dimensions for itself, whereas the affairs of the communities are gasping for breath.


General Buhari, without doubt, is dwelling his energy at-a-large on what went wrong with Nigeria and not, what to do next. He is fighting and struggling between two things, which are how to give the people good governance and how to fight the so-called corruption that has bedeviled the country.


It is not expected that Buhari will be a successful leader, because his training as a military personnel, makes him focus on the country with bigoted mindset, which is hinged on his past failures and not actually on what he had achieved. (If there was any achievement as a military Head of State).


Obviously, Buhari has centered his energy on how to fight corruption, as if that is the height of giving the people good governance, without actually harnessing the root cause of corruption. Sadly, Buhari is focusing on the destination and not, the journey.


It is not about individuals being hounded and quizzed by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) on daily basis since Buhari assumed power, but about putting every necessary measure in place to checkmate further practice of dishonesty in the country. It is sad that Buhari is depending on his eyes, when his imagination is out of focus. His presence rather makes democracy complex than it was assumed to be simple.


Nigerians can see that much blame on the woes that have befallen Nigeria, have gone to former President Goodluck Jonathan from Buhari, than to the shabbily Constitution which the military created, of which Buhari was once a Military Head of State.


It would be better put that the fear of failing in governance has made Buhari to fail already, because there is the decline of civility: He has no trust for the public and corporations. He believes that everybody is corrupt and he is the only incorruptible person in Nigeria. He has made his government to assume a harsh dimension inlure of tranquility, which is an exceeding mode of state.


Let Buhari know that Nigerians need the right kind of governance and not actually the Buhari’s effective governance. Buhari should eschew seeing governance to represent politics and public administration alone. He should see governance to represent economy, state and society.


He has to stop creating complexities in the economic, cultural and political interactions for the exaltation of his government. It is pointless for Buhari to expect a general answer to ‘good governance’ when political scientists are having a problem to define an ‘ideal form of governance’.


The “Good Governance: A New Public Managerialism” by Coskun Can Aktan and Hayrettin Ozler on February 6, 2009, states: Since Socrates and his student Plato, philosophers and practitioners have been searching for the best way of governance, a morally mature community and the best form of state.


The story goes further that Platon in his works, “the State”, “Politics” and “the Law”, contemplated on the ideal state and ideal political governance. He also couldn’t help to pose the question: “who guards the guardians?” Indeed, the states and governments in history usually based their power on coercion rather than persuasion in order to derive the consent of their subjects. Even policy sciences as a scientific branch of politics search for policies to have people conform to rather than searching for ways to increase public control over policies.


Are these not what General Muhammadu Buhari is doing?


Odimegwu Onwumere is a Poet/Writer; he writes from Rivers State.

Tel: +2348057778358

Email: apoet_25@yahoo.com


Amnesty: A battle between ex-militants and Niger Delta

By Odimegwu Onwumere


There is a quiet war of supremacy between the entire informed Niger Delta people and the so-called ex-militants from the oil rich region, due to Amnesty Programme instituted for former Niger Delta militants.


This surreptitious battle between the land and the people was intensified as soon as General Muhammadu Buhari recently appointed P.T. Boroh, a retired brigadier general, as the Coordinator of the programme, replacing Kingsley Kuku.


(Buhari *left*, Jonathan *Right*)

While a minute number of Niger Deltans christened ex-Militants are enjoying and their arrowheads benefiting immensely from the programme, the entire Niger Delta land remains besmirched by environmental degradations caused by government oil exploration activities.


This programme might have brought peace to the minds of those whose aim was perhaps to cause uproar and then wait for ways to benefit from the troubles they caused, but there is yet to be peace in the entire oil producing communities of Niger Delta.


Imagine that the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) report only on Ogoni is yet to be implemented since 2011 it was handed over to the then presidency of Goodluck Jonathan. The UNEP report whispered that only for Ogoniland, it required an initial capital injection of US$1 billion to clean up the pollution caused by the Nigerian government in collaboration with oil companies in the area, which will take 35 years to achieve.

oil exploration

(Oil pollution in Niger Delta)

That was coming after the UNEP team engaged in a 14-month period examination of more than 200 locations, surveyed 122 kilometres of pipeline rights of way, reviewed more than 5,000 medical records and engaged over 23,000 people at local community meetings in the area.


And, here is the government talking about amnesty when the entire Niger Delta is in ruins. While the so-called ex-militants and their cronnies are smiling fat due the amnesty programme, the country’s oil production stands at over 2.6mbpd, as against 700,000bpd, when the militants disturbed oil production activities in the region.


It was the then Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, and co-ordinator of the Niger-Delta Amnesty programme, Kingsley Kuku who made this known.


Kuku added that the government had saved 2.6million barrels of oil daily which respectively amounted to N6trn since the beginning of the amnesty programme. Did you hear that? The amnesty programme is invariably not for the gains of the Niger Delta people but for militants, owing to the unruly disposition they have held against the Federal government of Nigeria and the oil firms.


It is obvious today that the minute number benefiting from the amnesty programme would not want the international pressures that saw to the implementation of the programme to be lengthened to the resuscitation of the Niger Delta; where people are being killed daily by intractable diseases as a result of pollutants they have come to live with consistently around the residences.


Hardly are the people talking about the wellbeing of the entire Niger Delta region, but the welfare of the ex-militants and their cronnies. That there is amnesty in the Niger Delta does not mean that peace is now reigning. What many of us had expected was how to sustain the entire Niger Delta communities and not the deafening approach freshly heard on how to sustain and strengthen the amnesty programme, thereby there is a total negligence of the hen that layed the golden egg.


Much as we know, the Niger Delta will outlive the amnesty programme. So, the question today is how long the programme shall last, whereas the people and their land are suffering untold ruins accruing from negligence that has metamorphosed to total decadence in the Niger Delta. Whereas the so-called ex-Militants want an unambiguous pronouncement on amnesty quota system, Niger Delta region hence suffers inattention from the federal character.



The ex-Militants are today regarded as Survivors and not Criminals, courtesy of former president of Nigeria, the late Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, who on assumption of office in May 2007, included the Niger-Delta as part of his administration’s seven-point agenda. The effect of the programme is the economic terrorism the federal government has continued to embark on the Niger Delta to the detriment of the farming lands and rivers in the area, while massaging the backs of a few persons with the poppycock named amnesty programme.


It will be foolhardy for somebody to say that the programme has realised its purpose. Then, you ask, which purpose? The purpose of selecting few persons for trainings and whatever somewhere whereas their land is being damaged for economic interests in the hands of government?


Just as telecommunication companies continue to build their heavily laden radioactive masts around neighbourhoods circulating cancer and other obdurate diseases and pay the residents pittance for allowing them lands to build their masts, it is true that the arms-struggle that was once experienced in the Niger Delta saw to the institutionalisation of the Niger Delta Ministry and a talk on 13% Derivation Fund, but in earnest the Niger Delta Ministry has become Niger Delta Misery. It is titular! Just there in name, but not people and land oriented. Go round the Niger Delta and weep, but millions of dollars were said are paid to ex-militant leaders for handing in their weapons to the government in 2011.


Odimegwu Onwumere is a Poet/Writer; he writes from Rivers State.

Tel: +2348057778358

Email: apoet_25@yahoo.com



Could Buhari have conceded defeat as Jonathan did?

By Odimegwu Onwumere

Some Nigerians think that the perceived needed change that was being yearned for in order to move Nigeria forward has come. One, because President Goodluck Jonathan conceded to the supposed victory of Muhammadu Buhari in the March 28 presidential election and two, because he was an egocentric gentleman, who earnestly wanted to institute a profound democratic norms and ties in the country, without giving a hoot to the thinking of his political party.

While the president’s perceptions may be good for democracy, the question is could Buhari have done what many are praising Jonathan for if Jonathan had won. The simple answer is archetypically no. Hence, Buhari may not be the change that Nigeria and her citizens have been yearning for. The highlight of this is that the north has always believed that nothing will stop them from attaining the presidency this year, and here we are.

prez jona

(President Goodluck Jonathan)

The north is into this rather “do-or-die” politics just as Buhari had been expressing, because the northerners feel that all that they have got is ‘political power’. And that they do not have the intellectual and economic power. They have always believed that this ‘political power’ was bequeathed to them by the rapacious colonial masters, who roped the Northern and Southern protectorates in 1914, to form what is called and known as Nigeria today. But the agitations in some quarters is that, that gluttonous romance of the two divides that formed Nigeria, has expired in 2014; the year that marked the one hundred years of the country’s existence.

Anyway, in the elections preceding the 2015, it could be noted that Buhari had shown optimum desperation. And like it would be said, his political party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), rode on the bird-eye’s success today, due to the known weak-nature of Jonathan. It is imperative to say that should there be a forensic examination of the election results, Nigerians might be surprised to note the numerous flaws that paved way for Buhari, here and there. Before our very eyes, we saw pictures of under aged children on queue in the Northern part of the country, to vote.

In some of the pictures, the ‘under aged children’ blatantly expressed their intension to vote for Buhari. And this is the change many people are deafening the ears with? When the victory that Buhari is today celebrating can be said, has some ignominious features as Nigerians could note? The pictures of the under aged children-electorates in the north flooded the country, especially the social media.

That being said, in many quarters it is not news that it was Buhari’s utterances that fuelled the post-presidential election violence in 2011 in most parts of the North. And many lives were pummeled to the soil by chauvinistic irate Northern youths. Ten members of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, and hundreds of others were killed after that year (April’s) presidential polls. Those that were killed were majority, people from the Southern part of the country.

When the country was in that turmoil, it was expected of the ex-Army general to apologise. But he did not, showcasing his once Army traits of not being a coward. He did not even show any remorse, not even did he visit any families of the victims of the violence. Unlike President Jonathan, Buhari was again heard in this year’s electioneering campaigns, saying, “Baboon and the dog would be soaked in blood if what happened in 2011 repeats itself in 2015.” We had also noted that the campaign buses of President Jonathan was burnt in Jos. Not even Buhari nor the international community spoke strongly against that incident, even though that the APC distanced itself from the mayhem, claiming that it arose as a result of the PDP primaries in the city that was alleged to have been rigged.

The preacher of “baboon and dog would soak in blood…” was however credited to had said on his Twitter handle in the event of that chaos that, “I have been informed of the burning of PDP campaign buses in Jos today. This is unacceptable! There is no excuse for this violence…. I am hoping that the police will immediately investigate, arrest and prosecute the culprits. Our democracy cannot tolerate violence in any form. PDP should leave us out of their Wahala.” Notwithstanding, in sane environment, Buhari could not have escaped being brought to book, following his utterances before and after the 2011 presidential election.

Conversely, we had noted that Buhari who was then presidential candidate of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), used the Hausa Language to instigate hordes at his campaign conventions in different parts of the North, which included Minna, Kaduna and Maiduguri, to defend their votes ‘at all cost including killing and elimination of others’. However, when the report of the Presidential Committee on Post-Election Violence in parts of the country, was released, the government was lame-duck in carrying out the content of the report, the way it was lackadaisical in implementing other commission’s and panel’s reports that preceded, on ethno-religious and political crises in the northern part of the country.

We could remember Buhari saying then that the PDP was playing its pre-determined agenda to rubbish him, whereas the 22-man Panel insisted that Buhari’s pre-election utterances “might have been misconstrued by his supporters to engage in the condemnable mayhem that greeted the aftermath of the presidential elections.” Whichever, Nigeria may have a long way to go, only if the ‘Born to rule’ mentality is eschewed by the proponents of that matrix in whose hand the presidency is now resting. There should be truly, equity in the national distribution. At least, the recently CONFAB reports should be looked into and implemented.


(Muhammadu Buhari)

Buhari should remove the garb of Islam and Fulani/Hausa/Kanuri hegemony and make sure that the minority north such as given as the Berom, the Tiv, the Kataf, the Jaba, the Zuru, the Sayyawa, the Bachama, the Jukun, the Idoma, the Burra, the Kilba, the Mbula are protected from the Fulani herdsmen invasion. The same is applicable to the the Kanuri, the Nupe, the Igbira, the Babur, the Shuwa Arabs, the Marghur, the Bade, the Bura, the Igalla, the Zerma, the Bariba, the Gbari, the South-South and South east….

President Jonathan might have done the needful, but it is expected of the Fulani/Hausa/ Kanuri political elites to reciprocate in the next four years and should not plunge the country back to the era that Jonathan has said that he has fought to abolish for the sake of one Nigeria. Buhari and his fellow northerners should not make the rest Nigerians to complain and whimper under their presidency. They should not give Nigeria governance as their Sheik Uthman Dan Fodio did, by telling their victims to either choose the sword or Koran, and many people choose the later, for the sake of their lives.

Odimegwu Onwumere is a Poet/Writer; he writes from Rivers State. Tel: +2348057778358. Email: apoet_25@yahoo.com