Vengeance is not yours, Mr. President, leave it for God

By Editor on 20/08/2017

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From the outset, joins millions of Nigerians in the celebration, which has engulfed the land, following the return of President Muhammadu Buhari back to the country, after a record 103 days medical sojourn in London. It could not have been better news that Nigeria is celebrating and not mourning at this time.

It is quite exhilarating that the dreaded, rampaging Aso Rock demons, which Nigerians were told, hover around, night and day, seeking whom to kill and destroy, did not succeed this time and the President has returned, hale and hearty.

Surely, the nation cannot do with another mourning from another Villa tragedy. Three of such tragedies in just a decade will be too bizarre to contemplate. Even the world would be scared of us.

Yes, enough tears have been shed by the loss of the dainty, pretty, delectable and loving first real Mother of the Nation, the late Stella Obasanjo. They have, also, in the conservative but gentle, Umaru Yar’Adua, the man, whom against all odds, looked truth in the face and spoke directly to it by publicly admitting that the election that brought him to power was faulty and went ahead to do something about it.

Yar’Adua, it was who for the first time, against the brutal method of his predecessor, Olusegun Obasanjo, who thought nothing of ordering soldiers to wipe out whole communities, just to prove his toughness, brought practical solution to the volatile and enduring Niger Delta crisis.

Most times, it is only in great calamities that people remember God and question why He would allow certain things, but hardly recognise it when he intervenes, pulls such events back or resolves them before they happen.

Who could have imagined the outcome of the worst happening to the President, whilst he was away in London, given the Yar’Adua experience? A policeman had already sworn to kill Nigerians in their hundreds. In parts of the North, the rumour that Buhari was poisoned was already rife, while at the national political level, some interests are said to have sworn that Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, would not take over. Imagine the outcome of all these. But as usual, the God that has saved Nigeria in the past, proved how much He truly loves the country, by restoring the President back to health. Now there is every room for a fresh start.

Hopefully, we believe that the President would understand the implication of his recovery. It simply means that he is being offered a second chance or rather a third one, given that he was once a military head of state.

For, no matter how much he wants to pass the buck or how much his supporters may wish to exculpate him of complicity, the President takes the lion share of blame in the spread of the current ethnocentric crisis in the country today.

That Buhari, displayed lack of tact, plurality and statesmanship in his handling of the affairs of the country in the last two years, would be an understatement. He was not only clannish and parochial in his appointments, virtually all his actions bore the imprimatur of obvious brazen knack for vengefulness and disenchantment against his opponents and enemies, real and imagined.

Indeed, it is difficult to fault those who accuse him of coming in power to run a government of the North, by the North and for the North. Everything about him and his government supported that assertion.

While the South East and South South, which he aptly captured in his 97-5 per cent analogy held the shortest end of the stick in the sharing of political patronage, the South West, which virtually made him President, did not fare any better. So bad was the situation that even his own brothers, like Alhaji Junaid Muhammed and Balarabe Musa, had to cry out in condemnation.

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Buhari and Osinbajo

Of course, the backlash has been quite evident as well. Nigeria is not only restive, but practically sitting on a keg of gunpowder. In all parts of the country, cries of self-determination are spreading. At first, it was thought to be a South-East affair with the agitations of groups like the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and Biafra Independence Movement (BIM), demanding the separation of the South East from Nigeria in the name of Biafra.

Today, the din of the mantra, has spread to the South West, where some people are calling for Oduduwa State, the Niger Delta and the North Central, where different bodies have emerged seeking the same thing.

To complete the circle of discontent, Arewa youths, issued a quit notice order on all Igbo people living in the North to leave that part of the country from October 1, this year or face the consequences.  

Now, Buhari has been given a second chance to clear all the mess, which he created, as a substantial degree of these manifest discontents, find expression and their root from his method and style of administration. The coming days will determine how much he appreciates this.

Obviously, on his hospital bed and whilst alone in Abuja House, London, he would have reflected on the entire picture and the implication of God sparing his life to determine how he would go about his job from hence.

No doubt, by now, his aides would have made a list of those who said and did what in his absence and the manner of comeuppance, good or bad for obvious reasons. It is up to the President, given his experience thus far to decide whether to unhinge his koboko from its place on his wall to flog his enemies or invite them at the table to have cold fura du nunu., suggests the later.

We believe that the former leads to a cul-de-sac, fraught with all sort of dangers, such as the type we have seen thus far, whilst the latter is a boulevard that leads to all sorts of opportunities where the key for the growth and transformation of Nigeria into the giant it really is, could be found.

For starters, now that there seems a vacancy in the position of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), there is no reason Buhari should not appoint an Igbo man to fill it. Even if he believes or he is told that he is hated by every Igbo man, there are still many out there, who have shown uncommon love and solidarity with him. Such people deserve to fill that position, since it would be uncanny to suggest that he appoints his enemy instead.

Generally, there should be a balancing of the entire government architecture in terms of appointments, to give it a truly Nigerian face. Thereafter, the President, must face real governance and leave his political enemies, especially those in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) alone. Let those who have cases to answer do so without allowing the noise flowing from their investigation and trial, distract, disrupt and or derail the wheel of governance.

The President must also do something about the notorious Buhari Media Centre (BMC). They have caused enough damage already. It is either they are made to support the government by acting as a conduit for effective feedback through a two-way communication mechanism or they be disbanded immediately. They have become the main purveyors of hate speech and major avenue to mislead government, whilst creating enemies for it at the same time.

As promised in the statement by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, on Saturday, the President is going to address the nation in the next few hours or so. Like that child whose mother is yet to return from the market remains expectant, Nigerians are no less so.

Left to us, we earnestly look forward to a new Buhari, who would go to lengths to prove that he could pull the country back, reconcile it and move it to harness its full potentials as a united entity, rather than one who would continue to tread along destructive path of promoting ethnic arrogance and disunity. We say this on the strength of God’s injunction – leave vengeance for me.

Our prayer is that he is healthy enough both physically and mentally, now to start taking decisions himself, since it is being suggested that most of the decisions from the Villa, were actually taken on his behalf by hounds in power, the irascible cabal, exploiting his ill-health. We hope God has healed him from this, just as we hope that he will never have cause to return to London in the manner he did in the last three months.  



Posted on August, 20 2017

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