Buhari, The President’s New Bride By Olalekan Adetayo
As people from the opposition parties and the President’s handlers are busy engaging in verbal war, one man that suddenly warmed himself into Jonathan’s heart during the week is a former Head of State and leader of the All Progressive Congress, Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari.
Buhari had before now been directly or indirectly mentioned as one of the politicians encouraging violence, especially with their alleged comments that they would make the country ungovernable if they lose elections.
For example, Buhari had in an interview on the Hausa service of the British Broadcasting Corporation in April 2013, said the Federal Government should be blamed for the lingering security challenges in the country. He also flayed the Jonathan administration for what he called “poor handling of insurgency” that had led to the death of many Nigerians and destruction of properties.
While reacting to this, Okupe had reminded Nigerians that Buhari had previously been credited with a statement that he would make the country ungovernable if the last presidential election did not favour him.
Okupe said, “Everybody in this country knows that it was Buhari who vowed that if he did not win the election, he would make the country ungovernable for this President. It was this same Buhari, who said during the electioneering period that if the votes were counted and he lost, people should go for blood. He is not in any position to apportion blame on the issue of violence in the North or in Nigeria in general. He is a protagonist of violence. The only solution he sees to his not being President is to call for violence. This government has tried to contain some of the repercussions of the unguarded statements made by Buhari and I don’t think anybody in Nigeria will take him seriously on this allegation.”
But Buhari scored a major goal in the Villa during the week when he urged all stakeholders to rise up to the challenge of ending terrorism in the country. Expectedly, the comment did not go unnoticed by the President who caused a statement to be issued to commend the former Head of State’s “very statesman-like views on terrorism and insecurity.”
The President expressed the belief that the position taken by Buhari is that of a true patriot, respected former Head of State, revered elder statesman and nationalist. How easy it was for the APC chieftain to move from a government’s black book to its good record!
This piece in an excerpt from the piece titled Jonathan and Governorship Mud sliding written by Olalekan Adetayo
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