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Muhammadu Buhari: has the Navigator (Obasanjo) swallowed his bait?

Mr Integrity (Buhari) has been all along telling Nigerians that he’ll restore security and most especially fight corruption, once elected.

Buhari even went as far as stating that he’ll probe the missing $20 billion from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) as alleged by Mr Sanusi, the former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

That was when he was sure that the Nigerian Presidential election will be held on 14th February 2015. And that the election was his to lose.

But when the election was rescheduled, the only incorruptible Nigerian asked Mr Ngige; why did Alaba trader say that the opposite of original is China? Ngige replied; Sir; “all that glitters is not gold”. Please don’t mind me.

Anyway, Buhari’s media handlers suddenly arranged an interview with Aljazeera TV where he told the world that his anti-corruption crusade will start from 30th May 2015; assuming he won the election.

This invariably means that the current administration (President and the Governors etc.) can loot the treasury as much as they want until 29th May. Who wouldn’t, especially when you have been assured by the anti-corruption himself that your past will not be probed?

But is this a genuine assurance or bait from Gen. Buhari? If the General should be taken seriously, then, doesn’t he sound like a man who is too anxious to become the President of Nigeria? If he’s too desperate to have power, then, the pertinent question to ask is; what does he want to do with it?

I will doubt it if Buhari’s promise is not bait. The man has persistently said that he is on a mission to rescue Nigeria from corruption and insecurity. But how would he achieve his aim without looking into the past.

In fact, in order to solve a problem, you must first ascertain how and why etc. the problem started. And in the process of doing that and as Igbo proverb says: you must see traces of faeces when washing an old woman’s wrapper. I doubt if Buhari will spare any politician once he sees the rot in the system.

All the same, it seems Obasanjo has already swallowed Buhari’s bait, otherwise, he has gotten the assurances he has been expecting from Buhari. It is interesting to note that few days back; Obasanjo was quoted in the news that he will not speak publicly again regarding the Presidential election until its conclusion.

But as soon as Buhari stated on TV (Al Jazeera) that he will not probe the past politically exposed persons, Obasanjo immediately endorsed Buhari during his interview with FT.

According to Obasanjo, “he’s (Buhari) smart enough. He’s educated enough. He’s experienced enough. Why shouldn’t I support him?” Baba Iyabo; did you say Buhari is educated enough? Your antics are unbelievable.

At least, Nigerians would never again know, for instance, why $16 billion was allegedly spent on improving electricity during Obasanjo’s tenure but the country still remains in darkness.

Obviously, Buhari has started realising that there are other interested parties in the Nigeria project other than his Islamic Usman dan Fodio descendants. In view of this, he has ‘assured’ the Catholic Bishops that he has no intention of Islamising Nigeria.

Let me ask the Bishops; did you ask him to explain his statement of 2011 that Moslems should only vote for those who will protect their religion?

Or did he repudiate his 2001 statement; “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”.

By the way, he equally needs to assure the military that what happened in Egypt will not repeat in Nigeria. Egyptians voted for Moslem Brotherhood in the name of democracy only to turn to the military to rescue them from the Islamisation of their country.

However, if all the segments of the Nigerian society have received their assurances from Buhari; what of Ndigbo and the rest of former Eastern region?

For instance, when Jonathan’s administration declared war against Boko Haram, Buhari chided the Presidency as follows: “They (ex-militants) were trained in some skills and were given employment, but the ones in the north were being killed and their houses were being demolished.” That was Buhari, the ethnic jingoist at his best.

Buhari was visibly angry that Boko Haram members who have been killing innocent Nigerian citizens were being killed. And at the same time accusing Jonathan of lacking the will to defeat the Islamists.

Well, Buhari must reassure the entire Niger Delta people and state categorically what he has in stock for them. And explain what he will do with the amnesty programme.

As for Ndigbo, the only programme they have heard from All Progressives Congress (APC) is that they will build coal power station in Enugu. That didn’t come from Buhari but Osita Okechukwu, Buhari’s S/East coordinator.

Nevertheless, what Ndigbo heard directly from Buhari was that Ndigbo hate him because of the Biafra war. While insisting that he doesn’t regret his participation in massacring children and women etc. during the war, he stated that he will kill more if the situating arises again.

Well, when the situation arises again, it will not be fought as in the 1960s. We live in a different world today.

Moreover, during his town hall meeting in Lagos, Buhari stressed how Pres. Jonathan borrowed N1 billion to fight Boko Haram while they massacred Ndigbo during the Biafra war without borrowing a penny, although through Awolowo’s ingenuity.

More so, as a supposed bashing child of Nigerian politics, a detribalised Nigerian is measured by how many Igbo companions he/she has. On that premise, Buhari told Nigerians how his driver and cook are/were Ndigbo. I believe there should be a limit to every insult. And therefore, this insult against Ndigbo must stop.

In short; if every other person in Nigeria is eventually enticed by Buhari’s change, Ndigbo will never swallow his bait and so, will never vote him. Definitely not with the incoherent answers he gave to CNN and Aljazeera regarding how he will fight corruption and defeat Boko Haram.