Muhammadu Buhari; the Symbol of Political Consistency and Reliability By Jasper Azuatalam
The attitude of many politicians in Nigeria will make one to wonder if there are still politicians with integrity, steadfastness, consistency, reliability among various qualities that a consummate and people oriented politicians should posses.
In 2002, Gen Muhammadu Buhari declared his intention to join politics as an opposition politician because of what he describes as the inability of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party PDP to deliver the dividends of democracy which they promised Nigerians in 1999. He contested the 2003 presidential election as the leading opposition candidate.
In 2007, he did not change his mind as he contested against the ruling party. He stood firm in what he believes. He became more resilient and determined as the days go by. In 2011, he took another step in the same direction. The Peoples Democratic Party PDP was ready to woo Buhari as they were ready to give even more than half of their kingdom to bring Buhari to their fold. Buhari stood firm and held to his believe and vision that the PDP which has failed Nigerians should be shown the way out by the ballots.
The likes of Mallam Abubakar Shekarau who at one time contested the presidential election against the ruling PDP and urged Nigerians to boot the PDP out of office is today in the PDP beaming with smiles and has disclaimed everything he said against the PDP. Alhaji Atiku Abubakar also contested the election against the PDP and insisted that PDP is evil and should be shown the way out of Aso Rock. It wasn’t long; he went back to the PDP. However, he was able to retrace his steps quickly back to the opposition.
The most recent among many others is Mallam Nuhu Rubadu who stunned Nigerians with his latest decision to join the PDP after calling the PDP the biggest conglomerate of corrupt Nigerians. He contested the presidency against PDP and went round the country bashing and kicking the PDP. Today, he is well in the PDP beaming with smiles and hoping to become the next governor of Adamawa state.
It is a fact that the PDP has the national resources at its disposal and is ready to generously share with anyone who decides to pitch ones tenth with them without grudges. The availability of resources for every high ranking member of the PDP is a driving force attracting people from the opposition who have little or no pride and integrity.
People are really wondering whether politicians in Nigeria really have the interest of the masses at heart as they claim if one can abandon all he or she said and claim to believe just because he or she is wooed by a political office or appointment. Nigerians are becoming more confused now more than ever considering the attitude of those they think they can trust.
Those who took the difficult and unpopular step to abandan the huge resources available in the PDP and are distributed generously to the high ranking members can only be described as heroes and heroines. It takes a decisive and determined mind to leave plenty and go to a place he or she will make contributions to make things better. A few Nigerians have taken such step and that shows there is still hope for Nigeria.
In the midst of all these, there is still one who has raised the banner of integrity, consistency, character and reliability apart from his proven zero tolerance to corruption, materialism and indiscipline. The Man is Muhammadu Buhari. The one that you can look up to and see that there are still politicians with integrity whose primary interest is the well being of Nigerians.
With a man like Muhammadu Buhari, all hope is not lost.
Nigerians have a reason to believe that there is still integrity and prudence in the nation. Muhammadu Buhari stood tall is still standing tall and there is no doubt that he will continue to stand tall.
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