Questions General Buhari must answer, by Fani-Kayode

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

major general Muhammadu Buhari has emerged because the APC flagbearer for the 2015 presidential election and President Goodluck Jonathan for the PDP. Now the fight for the soul and way forward for our nation starts. The forces of light shall certainly be triumphant over the forces of darkness and God’s tips on my own shall stand over Nigeria. I stand with Jonathan and i say ‘’lets dance’’, ‘’lets get it on’’ and ‘’may just the best man win’’.

but whilst doing so we must believe the words of miss Dora Ade Bentley. On December eleven on her fb wall, she wrote the following: ‘’Jihadi teams killed more than 5,000 people closing month, with Iraq topping the league table of deaths, adopted by using Nigeria, Afghanistan and Syria. In 664 incidents recorded in November through the BBC World provider and researched collectively with King’s faculty London, the general dying toll was once 5,042, or an average of 168 deaths per day and virtually twice the quantity of people who have been killed in the 11 September 2001 attacks on the us. After Iraq, Nigeria, Afghanistan and Syria, Yemen was fifth in the lethal league desk, tying with Somalia, with 37 incidents every’’.

All these and a few folks still say they don’t comprehend who they need as President? an individual as soon as said, most effective ultimate year, that ‘’an assault on Boko Haram is an attack on the North’’; in 2001, that he wanted to ‘’unfold Sharia all the way through the federation’’; that “Muslims must most effective vote for Muslims’’; that ‘’why will have to Christians be concerned when Muslims bring to a halt their limbs underneath Sharia”; and that ‘’in the end the limbs that are being bring to a halt are Muslim ones and not Christians; so why must the Christians different about it?’’

on the grounds that some are a fan of Buhari, let us topic him to somewhat scrutiny proper right here and now. let us put a few questions to him. let us judge him by means of what he says and does.

On July 22, 2014, he advised The Nation Newspaper: “Our united states has long past via a number of rough patches, however by no means ahead of have I viewed a Nigerian President declare war on his own u . s . a . as we are seeing now. never sooner than have I viewed a Nigerian President installation federal institutions within the carrier of partisanship as we are witnessing now. by no means earlier than have I considered a Nigerian President utilize the popular wealth to subvert the device and punish the opposition, all within the identify of politics. Our nation has suffered critical consequences prior to now for egregious acts that aren’t even with reference to what we are seeing now. it’s time to pull the brakes’’.

One could have been prepared to accept the final’s words as being those of a if truth be told involved and dedicated patriot who merely needed our President and his government to do a greater job and who used to be involved about the unfolding situation in our united states of america if he had now not consistently uncovered his actual colours and his glaring mushy spot for Boko Haram.

permit me to share only one example of the expression of that gentle spot on this contribution. On June 3, 2013, Thisday Newspaper’s lead story carried the next headline: ‘’The defense force offensive against Boko Haram is anti-North – basic Muhammadu Buhari’.

The story ran as follows: ‘’Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari has criticised the declaration of state of emergency in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States and the next defense force offensive in opposition to the Boko Haram Islamic sect. Buhari, who featured on the “guest of the Week,” a Hausa programme of the Kaduna-based totally Liberty Radio, the previous day, stated the Federal government’s motion used to be a gross injustice in opposition to the North. in keeping with him, not like the unique therapy the Federal government gave to the Niger Delta militants, the Boko Haram individuals had been being killed and their properties demolished. He said he was once now not in reinforce of the statement of state of emergency in the three north-japanese states because President Goodluck Jonathan had failed from the outset in addressing the safety scenario within the country’’.

The implications of these feedback, coming from a former Head of State, are glaring and self-evident.

but that very same basic Buhari who said these unacceptable things 365 days in the past is now busy pontificating about his concerns for our nation. Many would argue that, that’s pretty rich coming from him given his past comments a couple of ruthless group of terrorists who, greater than any other, merit the award for the greatest ‘’troublers of our nation’’. Given this, I regard Buhari’s feedback to The Nation Newspaper on July 22, 2014 as nothing but self-serving.

Of particular interest to me were the following words: ‘’never prior to have I seen a Nigerian President declare battle on his personal country as we’re seeing now’’. really? perfect me if i’m flawed but i thought that the war that President Goodluck Jonathan has declared was once towards terrorism and Boko Haram and no longer in opposition to the Nigerian individuals.

Questions begging for solutions
Does normal Buhari find it difficult to make a big difference between the jihadists and the Nigerian people? Does he see them as being one and the same? Does he if truth be told equate members of Jama’at ahl as-sunnah li-d-da’wa wa-l-jihad with the Nigerian individuals? Does he regard the military offensive in opposition to Boko Haram as being an offensive towards OUR people? Does he honestly consider that every time that a Boko Haram terrorist is killed with the aid of our defense force and security businesses or that his house is blown up, it’s an assault on the Nigerian people or an assault on the North? Are those people that Boko Haram slaughtering, terrorising, abducting, pillaging, robbing and raping every day in every single place our usa not the true Nigerians?

Does he in truth believe that Boko Haram is consultant of the pondering of our individuals or even the vast majority of the folks within the Muslim North?

Is he still insisting on having every other Muslim as his operating mate with a purpose to establish his ordinary dream of a Muslim/Muslim President and vp for our us of a or has he shelved that idea as a result of public resentment and outrage? Does he have any empathy with the Christian group in northern Nigeria for the enormous suffering, degradation, humiliation, contempt, shame, indignity, persecution and mass murder that they have been subjected to in the North for the final 53 years and particularly in the previous few years?

Does he still consider that ‘’Christians should now not fear when Muslims chop off their very own palms and palms within the name of Sharia as a result of it’s none of their trade’’ as he stated in 2001? Does he nonetheless imagine that Boko Haram participants must be forgiven, granted amnesty, pampered, despatched abroad to study and given monthly allowances just like the Niger Delta militants like he advised in 2013?
If the truth should be advised, the one thing that’s worse than Boko Haram are those in the Nigerian political type that secretly support and covertly help them.

*Fani-Kayode was Minister of Aviation underneath the Obasanjo administration.

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