Buhari is a war­rior Pres­i­dent

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - EDITORIAL - Prof.oyeni­ran­abioje, Univer­si­ty­ofilorin. See the re­main­ing part of this ar­ti­cle on www­guardian.ng for fur­ther read­ing

SIR: When I was told that some north­ern lead­ers are “plot­ting against Buhari” (Nige­ria’s Pres­i­dent, Muham­madu Buhari ), I replied that it shouldn’t be only north­ern lead­ers who should be plot­ting against him, but any­body who de­sires peace and progress of Nige­ria should do so. He is re­fus­ing to see that the coun­try has ex­pe­ri­enced enough of car­nage, geno­cide, and eco­nomic de­struc­tion since 2011 till date. Buhari joy­fully in­her­ited gov­ern­men­tal ter­ror­ism against the Boko Haram (BH) Is­lamic sect. He wrote hi­lar­i­ously in his cam­paign poster: “I will de­feat Boko Haram”. He even said he would do so in six weeks. He be­came the Pres­i­dent on May 29, 2015. Af­ter more than six months of in­ten­sive bat­tles, at the end of De­cem­ber 2015, all that Buhari could boast of was hav­ing de­graded BH. I said: Yes, but you have not de­feated BH. I later added: Yes, you have de­graded BH, and in do­ing so, you have per­pet­u­ated car­nage, geno­cide, and eco­nomic de­struc­tion of Nige­ria, orig­i­nated by, the late Pres­i­dent Umaru Musa Yar’adua, and com­pounded by your im­me­di­ate pre­de­ces­sor, the for­mer Pres­i­dent Good­luck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan.

The words “ter­ror­ists” and “in­sur­gents” were not used to de­scribe BH in the life­time of Yar’adua, and were never found in Nige­ria’s lex­i­con, ex­cept prob­a­bly in pass­ing, un­til Jonathan’s pres­i­dency. Buhari ad­vanced ter­ror­ism by ex­tend­ing mil­i­tarism to the South­east and re­newed mil­i­tarism in the Niger Delta. Buhari’s apol­o­gists will find ex­cuses for him, but I will re­spond by say­ing the Niger Delta mil­i­tants were go­ing to make that re­gion un­govern­able for Yar’adua, but he found a way round it in what he termed “amnesty for the Niger Delta mil­i­tants”. Given ben­e­fit of hind­sight, the amnesty pro­gramme could be bet­ter ne­go­ti­ated, but it en­gen­dered the nec­es­sary peace. What stood on Yar’adua’s way was way­ward­ness of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) that he in­her­ited, po­lit­i­cally, and Is­lamic im­pe­ri­al­ism that he in­her­ited, re­li­gion-wise.

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