Unlike Buhari, My President Knows By Zayyad Abdullahi
Fellow Nigerians, this man, Buhari, is back again. I can’t tell you how angry it makes me that Buhari, yet again, has come seeking election. Did he not have his chance, holding every position a politician dreams? Where I come from, the people would have told him that he had his chance to “chop.” But what did he do with his bread when God in his infinite mercy buttered it for him? He chose to piss it away! He wasted his time in various offices doing what one can only describe as the devil’s bidding. How else can one turn his back on the blessings bestowed divinely upon him and instead choose a futile path of accountability, transparency and fighting of corruption. Now he wants to flaunt his ascetic life to gain remorse from Nigerians and guilt us into voting for him. If with all the lucrative positions this man held, he couldn’t do the decent thing and enrich himself, then he lacks the wisdom required to be a great leader. The last thing Nigeria needs now is an unwise president that cannot play by the rule.
My country people, be enlightened, lest you wallow in the grand delusion that Buhari, a humble, disciplined, candid, incorruptible leader, is the man to salvage Nigeria. In fact, what do we need salvaging from? So there is no stable power supply; if Buhari could just open his mind a little, he’d see how this only instills a spirit of hard work in Nigerians. What else can encourage Nigerians to work hard if not the desire to be able to afford a generator? Sure the quality of education is at an all-time low; but can’t you see? This merely gives Nigerians an opportunity to get their creative juices flowing, and be innovative. After all, Bill Gates and a host of other Billionaires never graduated from universities. Buhari needs to start looking at the cup as half full rather than taking a ridiculously pessimistic viewpoint.
I find it mind numbingly stupid that Buhari, after holding every lucrative position possible in our great country doesn’t own a house in Abuja. Who is he trying to impress? This upsets me so much that if I ever run into him, I would probably throw stones at him. What happened to buying stakes in major corporations or subtly acquiring them through fronts or bogus enterprises? What about buying villas in Dubai and Monaco? Didn’t he ever hear of the Cayman Islands? Is a man with no basic knowledge nor exposure to the extravagant life the kind of president we want? As the richest country in Africa, we need a leader that can act the part. For a man whose brand recognition in Nigeria is on par with MTN and Pepsi, his lack of imagination is simply appalling. An everyday Nigerian would say, Buhari “you fall my hand.”
With all due respect, I don’t know what Buhari is trying to prove but he takes his status as incorruptible far too seriously. Does he not know what country he lives in? The naïve old man in him needs to see the wonders that public officials, some of whom are young enough to be his kids are doing. Given his age, I can excuse his senility. Politicians with little or no accomplishments to their names reward themselves generously from state coffers and plaster their faces on self-congratulatory bill boards all over their states celebrating achievements evident only to themselves. Now these are Nigerians that know how to seize the day. Politicians that after serving 8 good years in their respective states would have their “people” signing petitions, insisting that they must carry on this virtuous work to the senate. A request which they agree to only because their tremendous sense of patriotism overcame their reluctance. While Buhari had to obtain a bank loan to purchase his nomination form, the senate president, for example, didn’t need to spend a dime. The people, in recognition of his work, contributed money and purchased the form for him. And here Buhari thinks he’s the most popular politician. Senile old man!
You see, my incumbent president is a man that knows what being commander in chief of Nigeria is all about. He was once on quote saying that Nigeria isn’t poor because when he travels, he sees a multitude of private jets and expensive cars owned by Nigerians. Doesn’t this sound like a man that has his priorities straight? Surely, that is a man worth advocating for. He also couples this great vision with prodigious compassion. A few years ago he again was quoted saying Boko Haram, (the radical sect that has declared open fire on Northern Nigeria) were his siblings and that is why he was soft on them. That sounds to me like a man with kindness on par with Mother Theresa’s. Buhari on the other hand, when put to the same test by the Maitatsine radical Islamic sect in the late 80s, chose to do the unthinkable; he completely crushed them and didn’t even pretend to feel bad about it. What a tyrant! My president is a very forgiving soul. It must be the Christian in him. He not only pardons criminals and militants, he embraces them, enriches them, and accepts them as his own. He knows that we are all brothers, regardless of our virtues or vices. It doesn’t matter if your hobbies include bombing motor parks or breaking pipelines, he acknowledges that we are all one and equal before God. When put to such moral test, what does Buhari do? He tries and jails them. God forbid a leader that cages criminals and corrupt officials like they were animals.
This unmatched benevolence that my president displays is what prompted one of his spokesmen to reportedly refer to him as the Nigerian version of Mandela simply because he is the only president to have spent a grand total of thirteen hours talking with our irksome, perennially-striking university lecturers. Unlike Buhari, my president is not giving into any vainglorious anxieties like what legacy he leaves or what Nigeria he wants his great grandkids to grow up in. Unlike Buhari, my president knows not to meddle in unimportant stuff like educating of children or protection of lives and properties of Nigerians. He leaves all those inconsequential things to the NGOs and other self-righteous entities.
My president is far too focused on becoming the best president Africa has ever had to be distracted by all that pettiness. Unlike Buhari, he knows that presidents don’t live by honesty or quotable quotes. Unlike Buhari, my president knows, “man must wack too.”
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