Buhari: The Undemocratic Nigerian patriot
Another ex-military dictator, Obasanjo has done the same and even one better, the ONLY Nigerian thus far (a feat that I suspect is also driving Buhari's ambition) to have ruled the country twice, and keep in mind winning re-election as well.
PS. please DON'T mention rigging, Why? ALL parties in Nigeria rig elections, we simply have a situation where some are better than other is rigging.
It is difficult to review Buhari's achievements without adding the important fact that practically all his achievements have come with him in ultimate control and all the power, basically as a dictator. When Abacha the dark shaded dictator appointed him to run the PTF, he was given free reign to do as he pleased with the agency and the funds. His website now claims he built 10,000 km of roads via the PTF. So I ask, is Nigeria at the point where we elect a president simply because he can build roads? Well Gov. Akpabio in Akwa Ibom has built roads, bridges, a beautiful stadium, a first class hospital, and an airport among others things, with a democratic state senate and an FG to deal with, so why don't we elect him president OR Fashola has also done all of the above including now building a brand new city off the coast of Lekki for that matter...? APC supporters care to explain?
I have been WORRIED by this new love for Buhari and I never forgot Buhari's love for Sharia and I appreciate the follow statement from an article by Doz Nwubani:
Although he is preaching change now; nobody knows the kind of change he’s talking about since he has not denied the following statement that he made on 27/08/2001; “I will continue to show openly and inside me the total commitment to the Sharia movement that is sweeping all over Nigeria. God willing, we will not stop the agitation for the total implementation of the Sharia in the country”.
I am not impressed by Buhari last time picking Pastor Bakare and this time picking yet ANOTHER pastor from RCCG. At least it shows that the man KNOWS that he has a serious problem with Christians in Nigeria. And personally, I am not buying what he is selling. For example what credentials did Pastor Bakare have to become the president of Nigeria in case Buhari became incapacitated? Being a firebrand pastor? Or lawyer who last practiced law in 19what?
Had he renounced categorically and totally, ANY thought of promoting sharia in Nigeria, I could consider pleading with people to let bygones be bygones. I am not sure his pronouncements represent a true inner conviction. It is again playing the game of politics. If he loses this election will Buhari honestly do all he can to prevent the violence that will surely occur? I have my doubts.
Hence I continually and I strongly suspect Buhari's democratic credentials. It is important to differentiate that from LEADERSHIP credentials. I do not see Buhari as a democratic leader. I am not even convinced he is committed to defeating BH! Case in point, if you visit Buhari's website now and read about his plans for "National Security", it is very vague on specifics to defeat or deal with BH. It simply says something like "bring peace to the troubled states..." The question is how does this get done? For those who support him, what are his real selling points?
That he made us frog jump at bustops? There is still a valid question to be asked, who was really running that administration? Buhari or Idiagbon? AND does being Head of state for just two years and head of Abacha's PTF qualify one to now become the savior of Nigeria? And what did he forget in Aso Rock / Dodan barracks that he feels he must collect even at the grand ole age of 72? Why not promote those with actual political, business and management experience within the APC LIKE... El-Rufai? Fashola?? Consider this, had it been there was no insurgency in the North east by BH, would ANYONE even REMOTELY consider Buhari as a candidate?
As the Yoruba will say, Nigerians... RONU...THINK on these things.