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Who Is A Buharists, By Ayantunji Gbenro (PhD) @bengbenro

This rhetoric question is often asked by Nigerians especially anytime a general election approaches. As we approach the 2019 elections, it’s pertinent that we seek an answer to this important question to avoid  the mistake of 2015 when many questionable characters were elected into public offices just by professing Buharism.

Buharism is often erroneously equated to the support for President Buhari’s political aspiration or membership of his political party. It evokes conflicting emotion from different groups in Nigeria. This conflict arises from the perception of the person of President Muhammadu Buhari whose name gave birth to the word and whose ideology forms the bedrock of the movement.

Like many heroes or villains in history, Buhari supporters glorify him beyond his wildest imagination, while his adversaries demonize him beyond limits. The strong emotional attachment often render the  analysis of the ideology he represents null and void. Analysis of Buharism is often done  through a selective reading of history and opportunistic attribution and misattribution of responsibility. Thus, the question keep reoccurring:  What is Buharism and what does it stands for?

As described on wikipedia, “Buharism is a term rooted in the politics of Nigeria, referring to the economic principles and the political ideology of military lead government of Nigeria headed by General Muhammadu Buhari from 31 December 1983 to 27 August 1985″.

The political economy of  Buharism as represented by the military government of the period is described by the  rejection of  the approach of the Washington Consensus that the solution to Nigeria’s economic problem inherited lies in the devaluation of the nation’s currency.

The administration on the other hand believes that for a crisis-wrecked country to successfully improve its balance of payments through devaluation, there must first exist a condition that the price of every country’s export is denominated in its own currency. Since such a condition did not exist, as was the case of Nigeria,  Buharism asserted that there are alternate and superior approaches to solving the problem of its economic crisis.

Therefore, instead of applying devaluation to get the then crisis-wrecked economy of Nigeria back on track, Buharism employed a policy of curbing imports of goods deemed unnecessary, curtailing oil theft and improving exports through a counter trade policy of bartering seized illegally bunkered crude oil for needful goods like machinery, enabling it to export above its OPEC quota.

This system was well described by HRH  Muhammadu Sanusi Lamido II in a paper presented in London on the 20th of February, 2003  titled: Buharism as Fascism: Engaging Balarabe Musa. He described the ideology as a right wing nationalist government, similar to fascism, that pursued bourgeois economic programs and curtailed personal freedoms.

He however said, in a constitutional democracy, what is left of Buharism is a fiercely nationalistic political ideology combined with right wing social and economic policies.  The alternative Nigerians have to Buharism is a political ideology characterized by sleaze and corruption; a comical desperation to impress America and the western world; a seeming rush to sell off national assets at much less than fair value; an open-door policy of import liberalization that has destroyed indigenous industry; an economic program lacking in fiscal and monetary discipline that will lead to high inflation, a heavy debt burden, diminished foreign reserves, greater disparities in income distribution, and the consequent social insecurity and poverty.

In contrast, ten characteristics of Buharism were listed as: a policy of zero tolerance for corruption in the Federal Government; a review of the policy of unrestricted import liberalization; privatization to continue but at a fair price for national assets, no asset considered of vital national interest will be sold and privatization will aim at empowering Nigerians and promoting the interests of a domestic capitalist; a shift in our foreign policy from the west; a focus on an educational program that seeks transfer of skills and technology and the development of indigenous human capital; confront oil exploration companies and ensure that they pay for environmental damage and plough a substantial portion of their profits into developing oil producing areas; a trimming of government and a reduction in recurrent expenditure and overheads; greater fiscal discipline and tighter monetary policy to combat inflation; a focus on paying off our foreign debt and reducing the debt overhang through negotiations based on patriotic interests and compliance with agreed terms; a realistic acceptance of the precariousness of our position and a prioritization of our economic projects; and a truly nationalist government that seeks to inculcate pride in every Nigerian of his nationality and deals fairly with all ethnic and religious groups. The paper warned that these policies will set Buhari against international finance capital, against domestic criminals, sundry contractors, commission agents and drug barons, in other words against those who are responsible for the woes of Nigeria.

As further described by the same author in earlier publications: BUHARISM: Economic Theory and Political Economy (LAGOS) July 22,2002 and Buharism Beyond Buhari: A Response to Mohammed Haruna (LONDON), SEPTEMBER 6, 2002, the concept of Buharism is beyond the person of President Buhari. It is a movement of the people that place the nation above self and any other consideration.

This movement is what His Excellency, Prof. Yemi Osibajo was referring to in a Keynote address at the Annual Nation Building Workshop in Lagos last year (2016)  when he said, “To build the new Nigeria, we need a new tribe. A tribe of men and women of all faiths, tribes, and ethnicities, committed to a country run on high values of INTEGRITY, HARD WORK, JUSTICE and LOVE OF COUNTRY. A tribe of men and women who are prepared to make the sacrifices and exercise the self-constraints that are crucial to building a healthy society; who are prepared to stick together.”

This new tribe is what is referred to as “THE BUHARIST”.  They are neither APC nor PDP.  They are neither wailers nor hailers. They are not Hausa, Yoruba or Igbo. They are not Christians or Muslims. They are the antithesis of those responsible for Nigeria’s woes. They are Nigerians committed to progress and development. As we approach 2019, all Nigerians are invited into this new tribe for a better Nigeria

 

 

158 Arrested Otodo-Gbame Protesters Released- Lagos Police Command

The Lagos State Police Command has disclosed that the 158 protesters and members of the Otodo-Gbame community who were arrested for breaching public peace during their procession has been released.

The Police also disclosed that those involved have also been made to take an undertaken embrace and maintain peace in any part of Lagos they find themselves.

The command however appeal to members of the public that henceforth when demonstrating or airing their grievances, they should do so in a peaceful manner and must not constitute themselves in a manner likely to cause a breach of public peace as the command is committed to the safety of Lagosians generally.

#NigeriaNewTribe: Arthur Ngwube, Tallulah Doherty To Host The Future Awards Africa 2017 Nominees Unveiling

Africa’s biggest awards event, The Future Awards Africa (TFAA), is set to unveil the nominees for its12th edition this Sunday, 19, November, 2017.

Hosted by two of Nigeria’s media personalities, Arthur Ngwube of Rhythm FM and Tallulah Doherty or EbonyLife TV the unveiling will be televised on Channels TV at 3 p.m.

Representing the best of Africa’s talents, these inspiring hosts are the promising narrative of the continent in media and entertainment.

Themed ‘Nigeria’s New Tribe’, the edition of the awards is to celebrate young people making a difference through social enterprise, social good, and innovation, united by the possibilities of their talent, commitment to hardwork and driven by achievement in impacting the economy.

Come Sunday afternoon, we are eagerly waiting to meet Nigeria’s New Tribe!

Follow @TFAAfrica to keep up with the latest news on TFAA. The official hashtags for 2017 are #NigeriasNewTribe and #TFAA2017.

Customs Intercepts Trailer Loads Of Tramadol, Viagra In Kogi

The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Federal Operation Unit, FOU, Zone B has announced that it intercepted a trailer conveying illicit drugs along Lokoja expressway in Kogi.

he Area Controller of the zone, Usman Dakingari, said that the information about the illicit drugs was gotten from the service intelligence unit and concerned individuals.

“The seizures were made by roving patrol officers; we accosted the trailer conveying the illicit drugs along Lokoja expressway and our suspicion became right.

“We saw some cartons of tramadol and Viagra in the other trailer, but we have not yet verified the total number and the efficacy and production method of the enhancers.’’

The controller stated that the intercepted drugs would be handed over to the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency for further investigation.

Plane Crash Kills Eleven Persons In Tanzania

Eleven people including American and German tourists are dead after a plane crash in Tanzania, on Wednesday.

Two Americans, two Germans, six Tanzanians, and a South African pilot were all killed when their Cessna Caravan aircraft crashed in Ngorongoro National Park.

Coastal Aviation, which owned the aircraft, said it is not clear what caused the crash, but confirmed investigations are ongoing.

The names of those on board are being withheld so their families can be informed.

‘We are deeply saddened to report that eleven people have died after a single-plane accident this morning in Northern Tanzania,’ the company said in a statement published on its website.

‘Obviously, we are in shock. This is devastating,’ said Coastal Aviation managing director Julian Edmunds.

Daily Mail

 

Ebonyi APC Protest Against Oyegun’s Visit, Calls For His Removal

About 5,000 members of the All Progressive Congress (APC), on Friday, protested against the visit of National Chairman of the party, Chief John Oyegun, to Ebonyi State.

The protesting party members marched through major streets of Abakaliki, and chanted anti Oyegun and Ogbonnaya Onu songs with a call for the leadership of the party to immediately remove him from office for his highhandedness and acts inconsistent with his office.

The protesters including women and the youth members of the party carried placards with inscriptions like, Oyegun obey court order; Oyegun is not welcomed in Ebonyi; Oyegun is causing crisis in Ebonyi APC; Oyegun is a trouble maker; Oyegun has lost his relevance in APC, Oyegun should resign, Onu has no political value in Ebonyi, APC under Nwobashi’s leadership formidable, We will continue to support APC despite Oyegun antics among others.

The protesters lamented that in spite of the court injunction restraining the National chairman from tampering with the state congress which elected Ben Nwobasi as the state chairman of the party, Oyegun had appointed the erstwhile state deputy chairman, Eze Nwachukwu as the state Acting chairman.

The spokesman of the group and national Leader of Ebonyi APC Youth Vanguard, Mr. Frank Ngwu stated that Oyegun and Onu were behind the leadership crisis in the party.

His words: “We make bold to state categorically that our national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun is behind the leadership crisis in Ebonyi state chapter of the APC through inconsistent issuance of directive. When some moneybag visited him, he authored a letter on February 23, 2017, appointing one Eze Nwachukwu as the state Acting Chairman.

When contempt proceeding was served on him, he quickly authorized another letter on April 25 withdrawing his initial letter”.

“And despite his letter of withdrawal, he is still relating with Nwachukwu Eze as the state Chairman. For instance, during the courtesy visit to the Vice president, Yemi Osibanjo by all the state chairmen of the party, Oyegun cleared Nwachukwu instead of Ben Nwobasi who is the authentic chairman of the party”.

 

Buhari’s Anti-Corruption War ‘Remains A Tip Of An Iceberg,’ Says Falana

Foremost Nigeria’s Human Rights Lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana, has described President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption war as one which is yet to be effective.

Speaking on ‘Restructuring, Pros and Cons: The place of the Nigerian youth,” at the 78th International Students Day, organised by the Ogun State Government in Abeokuta, the state capital, Falana  argued that the fight against corruption embarked upon by the federal government “remains a tip of an iceberg.”

He stated: “I am sure you are following the anti-corruption war being prosecuted by the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration. Men and women are involved, Christians and Muslims are involved and those who believe in traditional religions are involved.

“The point I am making is that if our looters are not divided on the table of ethnicity, nothing will happen. The government still lacks the political will. The war now is just a tip of the real iceberg; there are still money to be recovered.”

Okorocha Set To Unveil Obasanjo, Ekwueme, Awolowo’s Statues, Seven Others

After unveiling the statues of two African presidents, Jacob Zuma of South Africa and Ellen Sirleaf Johnson of Liberia, Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha is set to unveil 10 more statues The Punch reports.

The statues are that of former President Olusegun Obasanjo; a former Vice-President, Alex Ekwueme; a former Senate President, late Evans Enwerem; and the first civilian Imo State Governor, Sam Mbakwe.

According to the source, others whose statues would soon be unveiled are those of the first Nigerian President, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe; former Prime Minister Tafawa Balewa; late sage, Obafemi Awolowo; and Ghanaian President, Nana Akufo-Addo.

The source said that of Akufo-Addo would be unveiled at a ceremony when he visits the state soon.

The government official said the idea of unveiling the statues was to celebrate leaders, who had through “selfless efforts” contributed to the development of the state, Nigeria and the African continent.

The source said, “The governor is interested in celebrating those who have contributed to the development of mankind, especially on the African continent. In the years to come, these leaders will be no more but their statues will keep them evergreen in the minds of the people.

“With the statues, they have been inducted into the Imo Hall of Fame and have received the highest award in the state called the Imo Merits Award.”

When asked how much each statue cost the state government, the official said they were not as expensive as people were exaggerating.

“It is not as costly as people had exaggerated. Though I don’t know the exact amount, the government cannot use about N500m to erect one statue. It is not possible. The governor is a prudent manager of resources,” he said.

The Punch

 

Atiku Not An Option For 2019 Presidential Race, Says APC Chieftain

A Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and National Vice Chairman (South-South), Hilliard Eta, has urged former Vice President Atiku Abubakar to shelve his plan to contest for the 2019 Presidential election and join President Muhammadu Buhari in nation building.

Eta, in an exclusive interview with The Punch, said that President was already doing what Atiku had always aspired to do if given the chance.

His words: “Another cycle is about to come and Atiku is no more an option for me because I think that the option for me now is the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Buhari, who has done remarkably well in keeping the promises that he made to Nigerians.”

When asked if he was pushing for an automatic ticket for Buhari, Eta said, “Well, because of the sterling qualities of the President, because of the job he has done, the totality of the membership of the party may want him to go back without contest.

“What I mean is that those who may want to contest against him may join hands with him to build the country and have him only as both the aspirant and eventually the candidate of the party. It has happened in a lot of political circumstances around the world.”

EFCC Detains Ex SGF Pius Anyim Over Alleged Mismanagement Of Ecological Fund

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has confirmed the arrest of former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Sen. Anyim Pius Anyim, over alleged mismanagement of ecological fund while in office.

Spokesman of the commission, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed this to pressmen on Friday night, in Abuja.

Recall that while serving as SGF in 2012, under Goodluck Jonathan administration, Mr. Anyim was linked to shortfalls of about N396 billion in the Ecological Funds deductions.

Subsequently, he was invited by the Senate Committee on Special Duties and House Committee on Environment to provide details of how money for the Ecological Fund office was spent but he never showed up in any of the committees.

President Buhari Sets Up Committee To Probe Death Of 26 Nigerian Female Migrants

President Muhammadu Buhari, has constituted a committee to unravel the circumstances surrounding the death of 26 teenage Nigerian migrant girls found dead in the Mediterranean sea early this month.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu,made this nown to State House correspondents on Friday night.

The committee is headed by the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, and has Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Sports and Youths and Women Affairs as well as the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and the Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, as members.

Additionally, the committee is also mandated to examine the reported sale of Nigerian citizens through slavery and report to the Federal Executive Council within one week.

Anambra Guber: NSCDC Deploys 14,000 Officers

As electorates in Anambra State go out en masse to elect who becomes their next governor, the  Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), has said over fourteen thousand officers and  men of the organization have been mobilized to provide security for the exercise.

The Assistant Commandant General of the Corps in the state, Mr Bassey Bassey  said the Corps had put everything in order, to ensure a free, fair and credible election in the state.

 “We are working in synergy with other security agents to ensure voters are not molested and to vote for the candidates of their choice ” Mr Bassey said.

Mr Bassey said  the Corps would provide equal security for all candidates and would ensure no contestant was discriminated against in terms of security.

“All the candidates are entitled to equal security and nobody would be treated unfairly,” the Assistant Commandant General said.

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