Former President Olusegu Obasanjo’s diatribe on President Buhari APC’s performance was absolutely bang-on. However, his clarion call for coalition movement for Nigeria to prevent President Buhari APC and or PDP from winning the general election in 2019 is self-aggrandizement and political hokum.
My intention here is not to shoot at the messenger but to illuminate the fact that Obasanjo is not ‘Holier than Thou’. Firstly, he endorsed President Buhari’s nomination as a Presidential candidate and worked for his victory in the 2015 general election. Secondly, Obasanjo wants to hoodwink Nigerians about his alleged effort to amend the constitution, to enable him to run for a third term in office. It is, therefore, folly and hypocritical of Obasanjo to claim the moral high ground to deliver judgment on President Buhari failed APC administration.
Former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev said politics is the art of possible. But Obasanjo is not a messianic figure by any stretch of the imagination. The former President’s real motive for re-intervention in partisan politics must, therefore, be interrogated. Obasanjo’s silent and long-running feud with his former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar (the Waziri of Adamawa), is a key area to extrapolate and deduce his obscure motive.
And as we all know, the former Vice President has rejoined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and is strongly tipped to win the party’s Presidential nomination. Obasanjo’s real motive is alleged, to use the third-way movement as a spoke in Atiku’s wheel, in the coming election. The PDP political machine is embedded on the ground in every local government. Therefore, the momentum gathering behind the PDP would render Obasanjo’s roadmap, an exercise in futility.
President Buhari APC administration accentuated nepotism and cronyism to an unprecedented level. The appointment of the President’s Nephews, Nieces, Cousins and other kinsmen and women to critical security and political positions to the exclusion of other stakeholders, is indeed a flagrant violation of our nation’s federal character requirement – mind-blowing impunity by a President who preaches patriotism and insisted Nigeria’s unity cannot be negotiated.
As for the rampaging Herdsmen and in particular, the President apparent reticent on the incessant killings and ethnic cleansing of vulnerable people in Benue, Nassarawa, Adamawa, Taraba and other states is troubling. Like the Agatu massacre, the President intransigent and adamant refusal to visit Benue State and or address the Nation on the tragic killings of over seventy people on second January 2018 in Benue, is a disgrace and dangerous abdication of responsibility.
In May 2015, President Buhari said in his inauguration speech that “Boko Haram is a typical example of small fires causing large fires”. Conversely, the Herdsmen crisis has metamorphosized into a nationwide rampage and terror. Thus, President Buhari’s go-slow and aloof approach to crisis management are tilting Nigeria toward the edge of a precipice. The role of the Inspector General of Police (IG) in the Benue crisis has been controversial and a sore point among the Benue people. The IG’s rejection is such that, he is seen by Benue people as tantamount to asking a turkey bird to vote for Christmas.
Under President Buhari APC’s watch:
- Nigerians are hungry and experiencing widespread poverty.
- Record graduate and youth unemployment- At least six million Nigerians join the unemployment statistics annually.
- Primary Health Care is decimated. Most affluent Nigerians seek medical checkups and treatment abroad.
- Food and transport inflation are skyrocketing.
- Insecurity and kidnapping at the highest level.
- Business closures at a record level.
- Fuel shortage and lengthy queues at petrol stations have become fact of life for Nigerians.
- National darkness is worst ever.
- Nigerians are sold off as slaves in Libya.
- Desperate Nigerians are perishing in the hazardous Mediterranean Sea en route to Europe, in attempting to escape the horror of President Buhari APC administration.
- Nigerians are attacked and killed every week in South Africa.
- Corruption is on the rise and Nigeria was labelled fantastically corrupt by former British Prime Minister, David Cameron.
- President Buhari APC administration smuggled fugitive, Mallam Abdulrasheed Maina into the country, redeployed him to the Ministry of Interior and paid him N20 million in back pay. Maina was alleged to have stolen N195 billion.
- Dead people were appointed to design and implement policies and programmes for the living.
- Number of political prisoners is on the rise. Colonel Dasuki, El-Zakzaky, and others have been in detention for over two years without adequate opportunity to prepare their defences in a court of competent jurisdiction for example.
- Freedom of Speech is under serious threat and Human Rights violation is on the increase.
- Cows are now roaming the streets of Abuja and other major cities in Nigeria- Miyeti Allah has become an emboldened colonization force.
- Two critical agencies (Department of State Security and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission) under President Buhari supervision are at each other’s throat for about two years. And it came to a head recently in a near open armed fight over EFCC attempt to arrest a former Director of the NIA – Again President Buhari remained aloof and failed to take a grip.
President Buhari’s APC is bereft of ideas and navigating Nigeria toward an iceberg. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) must now articulate a clear vision for Nigeria and develop deliverable Agenda for Action.
Further, PDP Chieftains and likely Presidential aspirants from the Northern geopolitical zones must now eschew their esprit de corps with President Buhari. They cannot continue to rely on Governor Fayose, Governor Wike, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, Professor Suleiman and others to expose the failings of President Buhari APC.
I, therefore, beseech on Nigerians at home and in the diaspora to reject Obasanjo’s so-called coalition movement and coalesce behind the rejuvenated, reformed and repositioned PDP to defeat the APC in the coming 2019 general elections.
And I am indeed persuaded that PDP under the tutelage of the National Chairman, Prince Secondus, will confront the plethora of problems facing our Nation, and provoke a conducive and exciting business environment for an economic, industrial and infrastructural renaissance.
Mac Miller Anabraba
Publisher Denton Newspaper UK