By Hilary Tamuno
“Buhari’s ill informed supporters are pushing the poor old man into an early rest with their dangerous support. At his age, he has no business contesting for elections, he should be giving advice to younger Nigerians on how to position the country not waiting to become president before trying to be of service to his country, that he professes to love so much.”
Once every four years, General Muhammadu Buhari entertains us with his election campaign charade. That a man who once unseated a democratically elected government in a coup some thirty years ago, has been trying, albeit unsuccessfully to become a democratic president of Nigeria is laughable.
For a man who is approaching 80, General Buhari seems to lack a deep insight and wisdom expected of someone his age. Has he not thought that perhaps God and spirits of our ancestors are against his becoming president, seeing that he has been severally unsuccessful? Has he not thought that it is the karma of truncating a democracy that is working against his presidential quest? What else does he need to learn or know that 12 years of failure has not taught him already?
Buhari’s ill informed supporters are pushing the poor old man into an early rest with their dangerous support. At his age, he has no business contesting for elections, he should be giving advice to younger Nigerians on how to position the country, not waiting to become president before trying to be of service to his country, that he professes to love so much.
Buhari should use this love he claims to have for his country in other ways that doesn’t include his becoming a president.
His spurious claims of being an anti corruption crusader and disciplinary disciple are lost on those who know better. We know that during his time at the helm of PDTF, billions were unaccounted for. We know that he once said that the globally acclaimed rogue General Abacha, did not steal from Nigeria. We know that during his short sojourn as a military dictator, he caused and rained havoc on Nigerians in the name of discipline, that he arrested people who spoke against his dictatorship and selectively applied justice to the “corrupt” based on their ethnicity. The fact that most of his supporters are people from a section of the country says all you need to know about his highly divisive presidential quest.
If Buhari was a listening man, he would listen to the voice of wisdom and stop trying to be president of Nigeria. Right thinking Nigerians do not want him as their president, the gods of the land do not want him for us too. A Buhari presidency would be the worst thing to happen to Nigeria, but we would never know what his presidency would bring, thanks be to God, we would never know.
The Buhari presidential quest in many ways reminds one of the battle for the Iron Throne in David Benioff’s Game of Thrones series. Like the character in the series, Lord Stannis Boratheon, Buhari is a stubborn, unforgiving man with an inflexible sense of duty and justice. He neither dissembles nor flatters. Stannis in Game of Thrones styles himself as Stannis of the House Baratheon, First of His Name, King of the Andals and the First Men, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms and Protector of the Realm. Not only is he consumed with his claims as rightful heir to the throne of the seven kingdoms, he is obsessed with slights both real and imagined causing him to grind his teeth regularly. He is an accomplished commander, sailor, and warrior, although his personality hinders his ascension to being a truly great leader. While he is respected and feared, he has never been loved, or had the affection of nobles or smallfolk.
Buhari may be “King in the North” and he may yet command the respect of many of his followers but Nigerians do not love Buhari. Those deceiving him and goading him in on in his ambition are leading him on a road to perdition.
Buhari is old and tired. Nothing significant can come out of a Buhari presidency other than a presidency that is left in the hands of the likes of El Rufai and co. This is the only reason they are passionately seeking his ascendancy to the Presidency.
Recently, Buhari lamented about his near inability to purchase his presidential nomination form under the APC. For whatever that piece of lamentation is worth, one wonders why a man like Buhari who stole Nigeria’s gift of democracy by sacking a democratically elected government in a military coup is now so desperate to become a democratically elected president at all costs. It is called the Law of Karma. Those who the gods want to kill, they first make mad.
Hilary Tamuno writes exclusively for BREAKING TIMES every Saturday in the column, Game of Thrones.
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