General Buhari, Come Let Us Reason! By Olayemi Bello Abdurrahman
“Outstanding people have one thing in common: an absolute sense of mission.” – Zig Ziglar
General Muhammad Buhari, come let us reason. I was not born during your years as Head of States; but I have heard and read a lot about your astute leadership and sterling achievements. Your administration is said to be characterized by disciplinary measures, zero tolerance for corruption and steady development of monumental projects. Meanwhile, I would like to betray your perception; that you are not the best leader Nigeria has ever had. Before you, there was Gen. Muritala Muhammad of blessed memory, whose life was cut short by external and internal foes. Many elders averred that his administration was characterized by tremendous achievements.
Many Nigerians still long for your incorruptible leadership. They feel you can revivify our lost glory as a nation; and that is because you are the only living Nigerian leader with unquestionable integrity and exceptional track records. I am one of them. However, I am bent on advising you herein. This writing has become very crucial as you will be running again for presidency for the fourth time in 2015. This election has been speculated by many political analysts to be the most decisive of Nigeria’s prosperity in this democratic dispensation.
However, I would like to beg you to be very wary of your utterances. Your utterances have often goaded your ardent acolytes to take to violence after elections; thereby causing carnage of innocent citizens. Be reminded that: powerful people impress and intimidate by saying less. The more you say, the more likely you are to say something unwitty. Furthermore, many Nigerians are in the know that the Peoples Democratic Party and the corrupt political elites have since contracted a disease called “BUHARIPHOBIA”. They have contracted this disease for a long time and it is the more reason they will never cease to expend their resources to thwart your presidential ambitions. All the propaganda and disinformation contained in the media about your religious fanaticism and plans to Islamize Nigeria are the pills they use to manage their psychological and political dementia, caused by BUHARIPHOBIA. Be very wary of your expressions and always warn your supporters against post-election violence should in case God does not destine your victory to the Aso Villa again come 2015.
In furtherance of objectivity and fairness, I would like you to respond to the political propaganda in a more diplomatic approach. In fact, it is an open secret that more propaganda will rear its ugly head as we approach the elections. But the way you handle it diplomatically will go a long way to revamp the ill-informed Nigerians about your personality. Equally, you ought to be reminded that politics is a game. You seem not to know how to play the game effectively in the Nigerian setting. You do not need to vilify the ruling party (PDP) to convince the masses. Draw up your short and long term plans for the progressive development of our nation and get the electorates adequately informed on how you plan to pragmatically achieve these plans. Be prepared for more propaganda and remember that: if you don’t prepare before you appear, you will disappear ahead of time.
In conclusion, you are not the panacea to Nigeria’s multifaceted problems. Although many of us see you as a sine qua non to the desired change we all crave for. Learn to forgive your past enemies and maintain rapturous relationship with them. Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken. Remember that many Nigerians have become gullible due to the promulgation of “Stomach Infrastructure” by the PDP; which you cannot afford to give these gullible citizens. Therefore, I beg you once again to be very cautious of your utterances. I say, “Happy Birthday to you as you clock 72years.” I pray you celebrate the next birthday in the Aso Villa as the president of Nigeria. I wish you Goodluck not Jonathan.
OLAYEMI BELLO ABDURRAHMAN is an undergraduate at the Premier University of Ibadan, Ibadan.
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