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Published On: Wed, Oct 22nd, 2014

Buhari: Yes, he can (II)

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BuhariBy Peter Claver Oparah

Buhari made mortal enemies of the rich and powerful, and these are wont to exhale so much hot air whenever the prospects of Buhari coming to power arise. They are wont to pant and threaten that Buhari will never return to power, and they know that pliant and sordid process in Nigeria well enough to issue these threats. They deploy the stolen and illicit cash at their disposal to manipulate and twist the electoral process to give them the person that will do their bidding. Their increasing power and access accounts for why Nigeria remains a pitiable parody, a wretched irony and the despised wrench it is today. These mongers have visited and re-visited every account book to impugn on Buhari’s well-cultivated record of integrity and have failed. They have sowed religious, ethnic and sectional biases against Buhari, and they are failing on these. They get more desperate as Buhari towers on but given the collective pestilence Nigerians have endured in their hands for fifteen sorrowful years, Buhari offers the most viable solution to an arrest of the anomie under which they have thrived.

In throwing his hat into the ring, Buhari promised to deal frontally and decisively with corruption and insecurity; twin decibels on which the ruination of Nigeria rests and which have vitiated the dreams of a viable nation. It is trite to say that dealing with the two evils is bound to recover Nigeria from the paths of perdition it is threading now. He spoke against the culture of stealing, corruption, plundering which has become a way of life and promised to stop these. He can do this because his untainted history of contact with power and national wealth is well known. So long as the leader refuses to steal, those around him will interpret his body language and know he will have the will power to stop them from stealing. Here, lies the panacea to the present complete deprecation Nigeria is suffering. If stealing and looting of public treasury is stopped, enough resources will be freed to attend to the dying infrastructures, fix the many decadent sectors of the economy, create jobs, engage the tens of millions of hopeless and unemployed Nigerian youths as to take them away from crime and revive the public service from the ruination of corruption.

Again, Buhari promised to stop the Boko Haram insurgency and here, there is nothing to doubt about him. In 1984, while he was Head of State, a much fiercer Maitatsine fanatical religious group was marching with so much bloody vengeance to take over some parts of the North. Buhari not only paid a prompt visit to Yola where over 100 people were hacked to death by this devilish group in one day, he ordered full military action that ensured that the group died a permanent death. With him, there are no room for haunting with the spirits and mourning with the living. His words remain his bond.

Buhari promised that if elected, he will rescue the moral soul of the country, which had witnessed an unprecedented assault in the hands of our current leaders for the purpose of furthering the reign of locusts they have brazenly promoted as governance these past fifteen years. We know his record in this wise confirms his capacity to do this and restore honour and integrity to the conduct of our national lives. Buhari promises to bridge the divides that have been created by those that seek power for the purpose of self-fending and mass pauperization. He promised to restore discipline not only in the conduct of governance and politics but in the entire national life. His records bear him out here.

Buhari made many promises and from his words and antecedents, he doesn’t strike as a prospective president who will pass the buck or blame others for his failings as we see today. These are not politicians’ promises as we know them in Nigeria. Strictly speaking, Buhari is not a politician in the real sense of it. He is a man that lives his words, and this is an attribute Nigerian politicians lack. Nigeria badly needs a rescue and Buhari is the best that fits into the rescuer tag. He has everything it takes to pull Nigeria from the raging fire it is presently slaving in. He had done it before and proved to be the only one among those that have ruled Nigeria with the requisite integrity and trust to do this arduous task. The fear-struck marauders may taunt that he will fail again, as they know their ways with the country’s electoral system but it is left for the majority deprived to mass together and say NEVER AGAIN for he can pull Nigeria out of the deep morass it is today. Concluded

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