How to lose the presidential election four times – Femi Aribisala

Posted on Dec 26 2014 - 2:06am by admin

If one had been to decode the guideline of Muhammadu Buhari’s presidential ambitions, it could be this: “If at first you don’t be successful, don’t quit except you may have failed three more times on the trot.”

Nigerians don’t want Muhammadu Buhari to be our president. we now have mentioned this many times on the grounds that 1999. however Buhari simply refuses to take “No” for a solution. When is he finally going to get the message that an amazing majority of Nigerians don’t want him?

Buhari is the remaining of the day gone by’s men who insist that a rustic of 170 million people must continue to rely on the management of the same outdated and failed era. Nigerians have already put paid to the presumptions of Olusegun Obasanjo; who needed a fourth time period; Ibrahim Babangida; who stepped apart and wanted to step again in; and Atiku Abubakar, who runs a marathon for the presidency. Buhari is the closing of these recalcitrant dinosaurs. The one benefit of the coming presidential election is that it is doubtless to offer Nigerians with a closing definitive probability to ship him completely into retirement.

Buhari’s repeated failure to secure a national mandate gives a textbook case of how not to run for the presidency in a plural usa like Nigeria. it is a compendium of one of the explanation why the Nigerian presidency will without end elude males like Buhari, even with all the song and dance that attends their candidacies. If anybody would like to be a serial loser of the presidential election in Nigeria, here’s a record of what he must do; in step with the blueprint of Muhammadu Buhari.

Be an enemy of democracy
claim you might be anti-corruption but steal the presidency of the complete u . s . a . via an unlawful and fraudulent defense force coup. declare you are a democrat after you overthrew a democratically elected executive in 1983 and made yourself Head of State with out the consent of the people of Nigeria. As military Head of State, refuse to entertain any plan for a return to civilian rule. tell Nigerians that anyone who discusses a return to civil rule would be arrested.

Overthrow a govt, however be more in opposition to the opposition than the federal government in energy. set up manhunts for key politicians in the size and breadth of the u . s .. nonetheless, enable key elements of the ruling NPN to escape overseas, together with party chairman, Richard Akinloye; felony information, Richard Akinjide; and Minister of Transport, Umaru Dikko. allow the Secretary-common of the birthday party, Uba Ahmed, to flee abroad, even after he had mistakenly back to the u . s . a . and was arrested and jailed.

Violate human rights: Promulgate the notorious Decree 2 that makes even the reporting of the reality a punishable offence. Use it to imprison Tunde Thompson and Nduka Irabo, two journalists from the South, for reporting tales that had been factually authentic. Then inform Nigerian journalists: “It does now not matter whether the story suggested used to be true or no longer, if my regime does no longer like it, the creator would go to prison.”
try Nigerian civilians in military tribunals versus regular courts of regulation in violation of internationally perfect legal norms. Create a secret police, the nationwide safety organization (NSO) for the first time in Nigeria’s historical past under notorious Lawal Rafindadi to harass and imprison without trial Nigerian voters in clear violation of their human rights.

Publicly murder three Nigerians; Lawal Ojuolape (30), Bernard Ogedengbe (29) and Bartholomew Owoh (26): two from the South-West and one from the South East, below the doubtful Decree 20 for drug-associated offences. Ignore the fact that, on the time they dedicated their crimes, their offences weren’t punishable by means of the dying sentences.

nevertheless, maliciously backdate the loss of life-sentence with illegal retroactive decrees that violate each international norm of due course of and human rights simply with a purpose to kill these three hapless young men. in spite of well-liked international condemnation for this, refuse to point out any regret or contrition or to apologise for this judicial murder until date.

When requested to look prior to the Justice Oputa “reality and Reconciliation Panel” so as to answer for a litany of abuses of power and violation of human rights whereas in energy as Nigeria’s defense force Head of State, refuse to seem displaying your contempt for Nigerians.

Discriminate in opposition to the South: balance a Northern Fulani
Head of State with any other Northern Fulani deputy. conduct a coup d’état, ostensibly to overthrow a corrupt Nigerian government. alternatively, be so ethnically chauvinistic that you put Dr. Alex Ekwueme, the vice-president who took none of the selections underneath lock-and-key in jail in Kirikiri as a result of he is Igbo and Christian. on the similar time, put Alhaji Shehu Shagari, the president who was the individual in charge beneath house arrest in a palatial mansion in Ikoyi, Lagos because he happens to be the identical as you: Fulani and Muslim.

Make Northern politicians sacred cows and untouchable. Fail to arrest and prosecute none of the distinguished Hausa/Fulani politicians who had been the primary actors within the executive you overthrew; together with Adamu Ciroma, Suleiman Takuma, Aliu Gusau, Lawal Kaita, Barkin Zuwo, Shehu Kangiwa and Awwal Ibrahim.

Southern politicians
at the same time, penitentiary Southern politicians, including Bisi Onabanjo, Ambrose Alli, Lateef Jakande, Jim Nwobodo, and others on trumped up expenses that could now not be substantiated in any court of law. try octogenarian Michael Ajasin of the South-West sooner than a tribunal. When he’s discharged and acquitted; are trying him again. When he is discharged and acquitted again, are attempting him a 3rd time. When he is discharged and acquitted all over again, preserve him in indefinite detention without just cause.

Maltreat Southern leaders: ship a crew of squaddies to ransack the Park Lane, Apapa place of abode of elder Southern statesman, Chief Obafemi Awolowo. supply no cause in any way for this blatant violation of the old man’s privacy. grab his international passport for no just lead to. Later, attempt to pull the wool over the eyes of the Yorubas by selecting a man married to Awolowo’s grand-daughter as your vice-presidential working-mate.

Lock Emeka Ojukwu, an Igbo man from the South, in prison in Kirikiri with the politicians of the second Republic, despite the truth that he committed no crime and held no public workplace within the 2nd Republic. furthermore, after Ojukwu again to Nigeria after 13 years of exile, he acquired a full pardon from the president of Nigeria for his actions as leader of the secessionist govt of Biafra. provide Nigerians without a rationalization by any means for the precise offence that led to Ojukwu’s arrest and incarceration.

Get booted out of workplace by using your own clique in the army. Have your colleague, Ibrahim Babangida, supply this testimony about you: “unluckily it grew to become out that (he) used to be too rigid and uncompromising in his attitudes to issues of nationwide significance. Efforts to make him take into account that a diverse polity like Nigeria required acceptance and appreciation of differences in each cultural and individual perceptions only served to aggravate the attitudes.”

Corrupt practices: restrict the importation of naira into the u . s . a . all through a a lot ballyhooed currency trade programme. Then contravene your personal coverage through having your ADC, Colonel Mustapha Jokolo, enable his father, the Emir of Gwandu from the North, to smuggle into the usa via Muritala Muhammed global Airport 53 suitcases which the then space Administrator of the Lagos Airport Customs Command, Atiku Abubakar, was once no longer allowed to go looking.

at the comparable time, sentence Afrobeat musician, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, a Yoruba man from the South-West, to twenty months in reformatory for being in possession of international-change he had legitimately procured for the maintenance of his band on a overseas shuttle. as a result of Fela mocked you in his songs for being unable to handle the issues of Nigeria, declare to Nigerians that: “I made up our minds to take care of this Fela drawback once and for all.” Face public embarrassment since the decide who suggested the sentence on Fela later confessed that he was ordered to detention center him.

omit for Nigeria’s secularity:As military Head of State, contravene the country’s secularity by using having Nigeria apply to join the company of Islamic States (OIC). the application finally got here through in 1986 and divided the united states acrimoniously alongside Muslim/Christian lines.

inform Muslims not to vote for Christians. make known to Nigerians that you are a non secular bigot with the aid of declaring in Kaduna in 2001 that: “i will proceed to indicate brazenly and inside of me the entire dedication to the Sharia motion that is sweeping in every single place Nigeria. God keen, we will be able to now not stop the agitation for the overall implementation of the Sharia within the united states of america.” Say this, despite the fact that declaring some states as sharia states is in clear violation of the secularity of Nigeria’s federalism, as contained in section 10 of the structure of Nigeria

Anti-corruption contradictions
claim to be an anti-corruption crusader; nevertheless, comply with serve underneath Sani Abacha, some of the corrupt Heads-of-State ever within the historical past of Nigeria. On the tenth anniversary of general Abacha’s dying, inform incredulous Nigerians that Abacha did not steal anything while he was Nigeria’s Head of State. Describe the entire allegations of looting the treasury leveled in opposition to Abacha as “baseless.” take care of that: “ten years after Abacha, these allegations stay unproven on account of lack of information.”

hang this place in spite of the thousands and thousands of bucks of Abacha’s loot recovered from banks around the world, and despite the truth that the Abacha’s domestic signed a formal agreement to return over $ 1 billion to the Nigerian executive.

As chairman of the juiciest portfolio of all underneath Sani Abacha’s government; the Petroleum belief Fund with a budget of 181 billion naira between 1994 and 1999, fail woefully to curb the rampant corruption within the service provider. When in 2000, President Obasanjo arrange an interim management Committee to look into the affairs of the PTF below the chairmanship of Haroun Adamu, it was once found out that over 25 billion naira used to be stolen below your watch.

claim to be an anti-corruption crusader, but crew Captain Usman Jibrin, a board member of PTF, resigned from the organization in protest over the blatant irregularities for your appointment of consultants.

(TO BE persisted).

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