Did Fayose Actually Say Buhari Will Die In Office? By Adanu Moses
I read in the news a headline story in which Hajiya Najatu Mohammed alleged that some elements within the polity plans to assassinate President Buhari in office. The story which formed headlines in some national dailies in Nigeria saw the respected APC chieftain from Kano state saying; President Muhammadu Buhari may be assassinated in office just like Murtala Muhammed, Sani Abacha, and Umaru Yar ‘Adua.
She voiced her fears on the prims that some powers that be are seeking to scuttle the commendable anti-corruption moves of the president. She did not hide her mind when she bluntly mentioned the name of the present Governor of Ekiti State Ayodele Fayose as being in the know of this plan.
Najatu said: “It’s the same kind of trend. But what they don’t know is that they don’t know how far Nigerians have gone. And I want to zero it and attach it to what (Governor Ayodele) Fayose has said on several occasions. He has come out to say, I mean the current governor of Ekiti; he has come out to say on quite a few occasions that if you vote Buhari, he is going to die anyway! He is going to die like Abacha died in office, like Murtala died in office, like (Umaru)Yar’Adua died in office. Now look at these three people, they are all northerners, and they were all assassinated. So if you link it up with this move that has happened before, we are saying no to it.”“There are very, very strong reasons to believe that they just finished him up and he didn’t die in office. He had a terminal illness; there is no doubt about that. But quite a few people know including his doctors that that they expedited his death through poisoning. So if that is it, in fact, why should Fayose include Yar Adua, if they know truly and honestly that he just died of natural causes. Because they were all assassinated. Murtala was assassinate, Abacha was assassinated.”
Did Fayose, the vocal voice of the PDP actually say Buhari will die in office?
We all know Fayose did an electioneering campaign advertorial in which he included the picture of the aforementioned Nigerian leaders who died in office. Just the same way the APC had come out to say that some of the comments or promises attributed to the party during the campaign were just for campaign sake. Why can’t my patriotic Hajiya take Fayose’s advertorial as one of the extremes of political campaigns?
In as much as I believe Fayose shouldn’t have done that, as it is politics taken too far. I also believe Hajiya Najatu should come out open and tell Nigerians in clear terms with names included, the names of the others who want to assassinate their president. If she doesn’t do this, I think she will be aiding and abetting potential high treason.
One of my other concern is the way in which the report itself was rendered. The writer did not hide the fact from the beginning, that what Madam politician is about to say is based on her ‘prims’ and not on verifiable facts or evidences. For the sake of clarity. Synonyms for the term ‘prims’ will be narrow-minded or parochial minded. It gives me grave concern how Nigerian political office holders or seekers are ready to overheat the polity just to get the attention of the man in the rocky office. Connected to this concern is how the media is ready to help anyone with the gut divide the nation as far as it makes headlines. It should be noted that, ‘Freedom of Information’ does not include spreading treasonable utterances. If Fayose said Buhari will die in office, the media helped him to say it. Why the dailies in Nigeria can accept anything to make breaking news headlines, bloggers and the social media are there to amplify it. Thanks to Linda Ikeji.
Facing the issue at home squarely. It must be noted that. An accusation that worries on assassinating the president should not be taken lightly. Granting an interview to the press based on strong reasons as she put it or assumptions from the campaign gabbles of a very vocal politician like Fayose on a treasonable issue to me was in a way too much for madam politician.
Nigerians must at this point learn to tell our political class that they cannot divide us for their own ambitions which are most times selfish. We have come a long way as one indivisible Nigeria. Whether the name is Fayose or is Emeka or Mohammed. I rest my case.