2015: Between Jonathan and Buhari -Who is the Lesser Evil? By Daniel Akusobi
Igbos and Buhari’s past -Some Igbos here have been urging that we, Igbos, should not have a thing to do with All Progressives Congress [APC] or their candidates. They had hoped Ngige or Okorocha would be nominated as APC presidential flag bearer. That did not happen. Buhari, once again, became a presidential candidate, under APC. The party decided that and we have to live with it, or present our own man to run as independent, if the law allows that.
On some of Achusim’s concerns about Buhari’s past (Achusim had complained that Buhari has not been Igbo friend, and killed Biafrans, and that he is a member of BH party), the war has been over since 1970, and Igbos has been accepting the leadership of Nigeria by some people who actively participated in the pogrom. Obasanjo, Abacha, Buhari, Babangida. What did we, the Igbos do to resist them? Nothing, except joining them since we could not win them!
How many Igbo presidential candidates have we had since the end of the war, and why did none win? Shall we, continue to live in fantasies instead of accepting the reality of the day, and work with our fellow Nigerians, so our chances at national positions brightens.
There is an indigenous Igbo political party in town. It is All Progressives Grand Alliance [APGA]. Have we, Igbos, wondered why APGA does not and cannot field in a presidential candidate this time? In case you are wondering, it is because APGA is a local brand of PDP. It is also because every APGA party executive member would come out for same position.
We have had that movie before.
Some Igbos acknowledged, and correctly too, that Jonathan has done nothing for the Igbos. Does that not hurt us more than OBJ failing to rebuild the Niger Bridge at Onitsha? Didn’t some of us feel Ebele Azikiwe is Igbo too? Your own son failed you, and you still want to keep hugging him, when he cannot bring any bacons home.
I do believe very strongly that Buhari is more spiritual and nice hearted than Ebele, more politically sensitive to the needs of Ndigbo than your Ebele and OBJ can ever be!
Work on that bridge is likely going to begin before the end of Buhari’s 3rd year, if he wins, and we may not have to pay toll to use the bridge.
Let’s give Buhari a chance to wipe off Igbo tears, by building that bridge, the most of what we, the Igbos, are asking Nigeria to do for the Igbos.
Let’s give Buhari a chance to show why he is insisting on becoming president again. A lot of his kinds, by ambition, do not keep seeking when they know they may fail again. Look at Romney.
I pray for him to win because I trust his honesty. Nigeria will save at least one million dollars when he becomes president. This is some money Buhari may not steal. He did not do so when he was younger, and needed money to build a mansion he may not fully use, building a university, own a house or buildings in NYC. Own an estate in Abuja, hide 2 girl friends in a New York 5 star hotel, own oil wells and chains of oil distribution businesses in his dogs’ names.
That Buhari is not a Nigerian politician by nature. He is a Fulani and had shown that it is possible to be a Nigerian public officer and still be clean, sane, and pure, almost holy.
He is the least corrupt among all interested in that position at this time.
Nigeria will prove our shouts and agitation about corruption are pretences if we let PDP continue to lead the country in 2015.
On your, (Achusim ) Boko Haram accusations: I’m surprised you are tolling that route. Boko Haram is a branch of an international terror ring. They are everywhere and in Nigeria, they a local malignant tumour, in the North East. They are there for reasons they have not said, and they may disappear when they notice the country is getting back to being a less corrupt nation. Being a less corrupt nation is not what Jonathan, who sleeps on corrupt pillows and his PDP, the only meaning of corruption in Nigeria, can dangle into. They do not know how!
The Jonathan some Igbos want to plant back in Aso Rock could not do much to contain Boko Haram and corruption.
How reasonable would it be to let him keep commanding a push back on Boko Haram, when we can show his strategies in the last 4 years has not scratched the group a bit?
What do presidents and people do in war when they realize their charge commands have ran out of winning strategies? Ask Presidents Bush and Obama.
There shall be two big mistakes in Nigeria come 2015.
One will be rejecting Buhari again.
Another would be re-electing PDP and a more serious and deadly would be Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state not winning back his seat in Owerri.
Sorry my fellow Igbos, sometimes we have to join them, in this case, supporting Buhari, if we truly believe Nigeria needs a new direction. 12 or more years of PDP has led to Boko Haram, more looting, episodic university strikes, more youth unemployment, and chains of private universities owned by some of our sitting politicians, made more dollar public officer billionaires, more private jets ownership by public officers, devaluation of Naira and more and more of our youths dying at seas, trying to escape hell.
PDP has made Nigeria, more and more of our youths languishing in foreign jails in a bid to escape a country, their home that offers them no hope; a PDP presiding over universities graduating students, a lot of whom cannot write emails.
Today in Nigeria, PDP and her presidential candidate is a combined dreaded entity. We should discard them, and try a new menu. Buhari may be that icing we needed to clean up our polity.
Written by Daniel Akusobi, Aba, Nigeria
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