Jonathan, Buhari should form Unity Government — Ben Nwabueze, others

Prof. Ben Nwabueze

Project Nigeria Movement, a coalition of civil society groups led by respected lawyer, Ben Nwabueze, on Tuesday called on whoever emerges winner of the March 28 presidential election to form a Government of National Unity.

In a communiqué issued at the end of its meeting in Lagos, the group stated that given the neck-to-neck race between President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress, APC, the winner takes it all arrangement would no longer fashionable.

The group, therefore, advised both the two frontline candidates to consider forming a unity government if any of them wins the election.

According to the group, the circumstances thrown up during campaigns by the two major political parties made it imperative for such coalition.

“Whoever wins the election will constitute his government with ministers drawn from both parties or from all the parties that contested the presidential election in a manner to be agreed under a formal accord,” part of the communiqué reads.

The group, however, praised Mr. Jonathan for convening the 2014 National Conference but advised Nigerians to support a candidate based on their party manifesto, antecedent, character and intellectual depth.

It also listed other qualities of the would-be president to include good educational background and ability to provide effective presidential leadership.

“Without prejudice to the provision of the Constitution, effective presidential leadership requires a president with good and sound qualifications,” the group said.

“In particular, it requires good education up to a minimum level of a university first degree or its equivalent.

“With the academic knowledge, intellectual insights and mental orientation, ideas and perception it imparts as well as brilliant, acute and creative intellect and ability to combine ideas and power, intellectualism and politics.”

The group noted that the implementation of the report of the 2014 National Conference can only be accomplished through a new constitution adopted and approved by Nigerians through a referendum.

“Accordingly, President Goodluck Jonathan must, likewise General Buhari, make an unequivocal public statement avowing their commitment, if re-elected, to implement the decisions of the National Conference in the way and manner suggested above.”

“President Jonathan’s public statement must also avow a commitment to expand his Transformation Agenda to embrace the entire polity and society to rid and cleanse them of the prevailing corruption, moral degeneracy and decadence as well as the pervasive social injustice, inequity and inequality.”

The group argued that Nigeria is in dire need of a social and ethical revolution led by a president imbued with a revolutionary fervour to change things and create a new and better society; a president capable of mobilizing the people for the right purpose.

On the planned use of card reader during the forthcoming elections, the group noted that Nigeria has been embarrassed by rigging in past elections and if the card readers could stop rigging, it should be used.

“We urge INEC to do everything to make sure that what they have now works and it’s used for the election. We are fully in support of the use of card readers,” he said.

The group, however, noted that the ‎use of military for election is unconstitutional.

On the postponement of elections, the senior lawyer said it was a blessing in disguise adding that it has given INEC more time to get itself fully ready for the exercise while also enabling political parties to review their campaign strategies to make them more issue based.

“But more important than the justification or otherwise of the postponement is a guarantee that the period before, during and after the election will be violence-free and that there will be no further post-postponement for the same security reason or for any other reason not in accordance with or without the contemplation of the Constitution,” the communiqué reads.


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  • Harry

    There is no need for any form of unity government, whoever wins should take it all. PDP is not a party to go into any agreement with, they will never respect it, except maybe they lose u may think they would have respect the agreement. GEJ agreed with PDP that he will only run for one term yet, he destroyed the agreement, PDP agreed on zoning formula yet GEJ destroyed the agreement. So, how could any one trust a man that cannot stand one minute on his word? The result is going to be a landslide victory for GMB.

    • kamal Kamoru

      Buhari wept uncontrollably and declared he will NOT contest again! How can anyone trust a man that cannot stand one minute on his word??

      • Bidemi Lukman

        Buhari never for once denied he never said he would not contest. Being a man of intergrity, he told Nigerians he changed his mind after being apealed to by well meaning Nigerians who believe his intergrity is needed to put things straight.

        Can you compare this with GEJ who vehemently denied he never said he would not re-contest in 2015 despite all evidences both in dalies and videos (televion). How do you describe such man’s intergrity. It would have honored him to toe the line of Buhari to agree he said he would not re-contest but later changed his mind.

      • Zaiyol

        Ask Jonathan. He promised to stay only one term, what is he running around doing with his fake PhD?

        • Eniola Fadesewafunmi

          How many PH-D do you have now and why you never contested in your local govt
          a district election or village?

  • simon tor gideon

    We have many governors today who parade themseles as masters or phd degree holders but cannot put these educational qualifications into good governace.Ditto at the Federal executive council level.What we need in Nigeria today is someone of impeccable character ,one who puts Nigeria and Nigerians first before any other consideration,a leader that will have Ph D but cannot talk to a corroupt first degree holder working under him/her is not acceptable to Nigerians,so burry the idea of educational qualifications somewhere sir

  • Preco01

    There is no such provision in our Constitution, hold elections, if they are deemed free and fair by all, good. if rigged. Mayhem. Simple!

    • Mc Davalo

      Please oooooooo! Oga Precooo?…my Mama still dey Nigeria oooo!

      • Dotun Alatishe

        look at his (preco) face. Does he look like someone who’ll fight? He’s all talk and nothing else!

    • Olusola

      Besides Nigeria is not Zimbabwe or Kenya where the winner ended becoming Prime Minister. Again who heads such government? if they are neck-a-neck, we go for run-off. Any rigging we will run them out of town.

  • Bunduma Mohammed

    See how selfish the old professor can be. Nigerians are tired of PDP and the uesless want keep them through unconstitutional means. God punish him and his team of useless people

  • The people

    Rubbish, we as a people must reserve the RIGHT to decide who rules us. The people must be given their say, and their say is CHANGE MUST COME TO OUR COUNTRY.

  • ogechi

    No to formation of any rubbish unity govt;Light&Darkness cannot coExist,,,come may29,a new dawn will behold on Nigeria..anytn short of that is a ruse

  • Maitama Tambari

    “Project Nigeria Movement member, Ben Nwabueze, on Tuesday called on whoever emerges winner of the March 28 presidential election to form a Government of National Unity.” Ben has come again with his unusual miserable suggestion and recommendation, as he did to National Conference, only to back out at the dying minute. We say no to Government of National Unity. WE BELIEVE CHANGE! YES WE CAN IN NIGERIA. ALI MUST GO. YES JONATHAN MUST GO

  • August January

    So that PDP can sabotage Buhari’s efforts and come out to say, “Didn’t we tell you that he would not be able to perform?”. No pls

  • Wähala

    Some people should retire from thinking…
    Fossils Ben Nwabueze, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, Shehu Shagari, Ernest Shonekan, Edwin Clark, Ango Ibrahim… and anybody else close to 80yrs. Nigerians are tired of hearing from the graveyard, these fossils are sitting on their tombs and talking rubbish. Imagine, asking Nigerians to marry the wife they’ve just divorced… Nigeria’s divorce with PDP is on May 29th. Shikena!

    • Londondiaspora

      Fabulous! And Yet the likes of you on this forum are advocates for yet another “fossil” as you call it in the person of General Buhari to assume the leadership of this nation in the 21st century. Can you actually make up your mind on the values and principles that you represent? Or are you in naija parlance, Mr All weather?

      • Wähala

        Illiteracy is your disease, get someone to interpret my comment for your dumb ass. How old is Buhari?

  • David Adeniran

    Very useless talk. Old age has set in.

  • GREAT AVENGER

    What is this man talking about? GEJ all the way and all the time. There is no room for the likes of Buhari in the corridors of power in Nigeria. hIS time was up in August, 1985. I am truly the one and only COLONEL M. MARIAMA(RTD) WHO IS CONSTANTLY BLOCKED FROM POST HERE.

  • Chikezie

    Rubbish. PDP has had its chance for sixteen years and looted Nigeria green. The next dispensation starting on May 29 will be a recovery cum rsstoration era and cannot accommodate the leeches in PDP who will ve candidates for jail so there is no room for so called unity government. Nigeria is on cusp of change and installing the dying PDPig roaches in the Buhari government will never work. Light and darkness have no meeting point. Buhari is the next Nigerian president- OBJ

    • Timi

      Point of correction. Nigeria was not looted bcos Nigeria has no money to be looted. That which was looted is the Niger Delta or South South Republic. Get this straight & clear. The time foe deceit was yesterday. But today, we look straight into your eyes, however red, we still go on to tell you the way it is. If u dont like it, then hug the nearest transformer. Nonsense!

  • arinze uba

    What kind of talk is this Ben Wabueze? Is old age a cuse may be. This is what we will be seen if buhari is elected, we don’t need some one like this as our president or leader. Be wise and vote for GEJ.

  • NIGERIAN

    GEJ has sound education up University with good analytic skills of solving complex issues.Read the quotable quotes from President Jonathan and then decide if you want this clown to be your president for 4 more years after he has ruled for 6 years

    1. “CNN has said our Economy is growing. The best Economists are at the World Bank. Now you have all these
    Nigerian Economists talking nonsense. Do they know better than CNN or World Bank?”

    2. “Nigeria is not poor. Come and see the amount of private jets Nigerians parked at Kenya Airport when we went to
    Nairobi for Conference. Kenyans were just looking at us with envy. How can you say Nigerians are poor”

    3. “Nigerians need jobs. Vote for me and i will create Unemployment”

    4′. “We are giving special Scholarships to our First Class Graduates…….in ten years time, they are going to take us to the Moon”
    5. “How can you jus say $20 billion is missing. If that kind of money is missing, the Americans will know. They know everything”

    6.”Corruption is not stealing. If you put yam where a goat is, the goat will eat the yam.”

    7. “If you go to Lagos and shout “ole ole” they will stone you well well. But if you shout “corruption”, people will jus be looking at you.”

    8.”Why should i declare my assets? I don’t give a damn!”

    9.”People are just raising false alarm. How can 200 children go missing jus like that? It is our enemies trying
    to cause confusion. But we are investigating the matter”

    10. “We are going to rebuild the Chibok school. And we are going to build high fences round the school to protect them next time . Yes Yes.”

    11. “People keep saying,why don’t we go to Chibook, why don’t we go to Chibook. Aaah, we can’t go to Chibook jus like that. The Boko Haram people will fire at us.”

    12. “This Abuja bombing is not by MEND. We know it is by Boko Haram. They are everywhere. Boko Haram is even in
    my Government.”

    13. “Boko Haram are our siblings. You can’t set the Army to go and wipe out your family”

    14. “Mend tried to kill me. They cameto bomb me in Abuja. That is why we jailed Henry Okah in South Africa”

    15. “I did not plan the Election postponement. Even my Service Chiefs did not consult me.”

    16. “If i knew Election was going to be postponed, why will i waste my time and Federal Government money to go and
    campaign in Bayelsa.”

    17. “I am the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces. You don’t expect me to go and be fighting in Sambisa forest People just talk anyhow”.
    18. “We are going to buy Guns and give good Pensions to our Brave Soldiers, so that when they are killed, their
    families will not suffer”

    19. “Some people just call themselves Statesman for nothing. They jump about and talk like motor park touts.”

    20. ‘After God and my Parents, the third person i thank most for my life is President Olusegun Obasanjo.”

    21. “I want to apologise to the people of Rivers State for not bringing any Projects here. It is because i don’t want people to say i am doing favouritism. Vote for me and in the next 4 years you will see my hand”

    22. “I am the sitting President. If there is any trouble, it is me that the United Nations Secretary General calls.Everything is on my head.”

    [While these quotes may sound too bad to be true, be assured this is NOT just some prank. THESE QUOTES ARE DIRECTLY FROM LIVE INTERVIEWS AND SPEECHES OF PRESIDENT JONATHAN! You can literally verify them
    for yourself by doing a simple goggle search!]

    On a serious note PROF BEN NWABUEZE is this the kind of President Nigeria and Nigerian deserves?

    • harry

      why are you lying?

    • redeem

      “I will make direct cash transfer of 5,000 naira to the 25 million poorest and most vulnerable citizens, if they immunize children and enrol them in school.” My o my! Did Buhari do the maths before coming out with this pie in the sky? This amounts to a 125 billion naira handout; nearly equal to the entire annual income of Edo State.

      Style without substance

      Goodluck Jonathan’s APC opponents like to denigrate him as “clueless.” But what shall we say of Muhammadu Buhari, a general who did not know the name of his running-mate; calling him Yemi Osunbade instead of Yemi Osinbajo. Buhari referred to Imo State as Ibo State. In an interview on CNN, he called INEC the Independent Nigerian Electoral Commission. He also called his party the All Progressives Confidence. No wonder President Jonathan observed that Buhari cannot remember his own phone-number.

      Let’s face it: General Buhari has become an embarrassment to the APC. He should not be allowed to become a Nigerian embarrassment. An absent-minded old man is not the kind of person we need as president. Electing Buhari amounts to jumping from the frying-pan into the fire.

      Buhari’s campaign elevates make-believe over reality. It asserts the primacy of propaganda over commonsense. It proclaims the superiority of fiction over facts. Buhari and the APC need to be told some home-truths. You don’t build roads by attacking Goodluck Jonathan. You don’t create jobs by attacking the PDP. You don’t destroy the Boko Haram by undermining the authority of the commander-in-chief of the armed forces. You don’t proclaim a mantra of anti-corruption slogans, while being surrounded and funded by corrupt politicians.

      Shouting change changes nothing. Change is championed by the young, and not by a 72 year-old retired soldier receiving cheers from a coterie of dyed-in-the-wool political dinosaurs. How can Buhari represent change from the PDP, when a large chunk of his change-sloganising APC members are poached PDP turncoats? How does Buhari’s endorsement by Obasanjo, a former PDP president, commend him as an agent of change from the PDP?

      Counterfeit change

      Instead of change, Buhari’s agenda is the “same old same old” of the mundane and the sub-standard. I challenge APC supporters to point out one; just one, single original idea that has emanated from him. The truth is that it does not exist. Buhari is the master of the fluff and the bluster. He will fight corruption, but he cannot say how. He will revive the economy, but cannot say how. He will end the Boko Haram insurgency in no time at all, but he cannot say how.

      In effect, Buhari is asking Nigerians to elect him on the basis of some voodoo that he will only concoct after the election. Nigerians should not fall for this ploy. Buhari is an old has-been: banking on the forgetfulness of Nigerians and on our disregard for history. The APC has spent far more time strategizing on how to manipulate public opinion than on policy-formulation. Its manifesto is shallow and phony; a very poor cousin to Goodluck Jonathan’s well-articulated and unfolding transformation agenda.

      On the basis of his performance in office, President Jonathan has done much better than any of his predecessors. His legacy is there for all to see in agriculture, aviation, road construction, education, health (especially Guinea Worm, Polio and Ebola eradication), railways, electricity and political reform through the National Conference. Those who are insisting he should not be given a second-term need to come up with cogent reasons why we need to change the stewardship of an economy recording one of the highest growth-rates in the world.

      No wonder therefore that Buhari is running away from a presidential debate. His reticence confirms the view that he has nothing concrete to offer. Every excuse he and his handlers come up with only further exposes their vacuity. One thing is for sure; Buhari cannot agree to a debate because his campaign is all smoke and mirrors.

      Chatham House:
      Indeed, nothing exemplifies the bankruptcy of the APC presidential campaign more than the decision of Buhari to deliver a vapid speech in London, rather than engage Jonathan in a presidential debate in Nigeria. I am still looking for someone to explain to me the relevance of Buhari’s London junket to a Nigerian presidential election. Britons don’t vote in Nigerian elections. Even Nigerians living abroad don’t vote. So what was the point of that charade?

      Instead of giving a speech at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs in Lagos, Buhari chose the Royal Institute of International Affairs, in far-away London. Nevertheless, nobody would mistake Buhari for a scholar. The APC presidential candidate has never written a book. He does not even have an article in a journal or newspaper to his name. We have yet to sort out the nagging issue of his missing school-leaving certificate. Indeed, his trip might have made more sense if it had involved a dash to Cambridge to secure a bona fide copy of his fictitious 1961 WASC results.

      Buhari’s Chatham House speech was intellectually empty. It was full of bells and whistles signifying absolutely nothing. There was nothing newsworthy in it. It only made the news abroad because there was protest against him in the streets. From beginning to end, his speech was a flimsy rationalization of his dubious transition from dictator to democrat; and from

      • Zaiyol

        Only Nigerian thieves of all shades are running around campaigning for status-quo or continuity of mass corruption and theft. Federal Government used to keep original copies of its employees in the Military, Nigeria Police, the Federal Prisons. Buhari’s Certificate was stolen from the his Military Files by PDP Government on Jonathan’s orders so they can made a big deal out of a non-issue. University of Cambridge is not a Nigerian Institution, so cannot be corrupted into posting a fake qualification for anybody. Tell Goodluck Jonathan to show copies of his Dissertation to Nigerians or ask the University of Port-Harcourt to publicly post copies of Mr. Jonathan’s Dissertation in the media for Nigerians to see as The University of Cambridge has done.

        • redeem

          ONLY A MAN SUFFERING FROM BRAIN FAG—–WILL BACK A DRUG CONVICT LIKE TINUBU–OR A CERTIFICATE-LESS QUOTA SYSTEM GENERAL–BUHARI

      • kelvin

        I read the garbage you posted. Most importantly what people like you fail to understand is “we lost faith in Mr PHD.” If after 6 yrs you need to give billions for votes, then I’m sorry you”ve failed. I believe people are voting against jonathan and PDP not for Buhari. The man (Buhari) is not the ideal candidate, we’ll give him a chance and vote him out if he did no perform. These are some of APC agenda by the way. we will definitely hold them accountable if they fail to deliver on their promise.

        Will provide 1 meal a day for children in public primary schools. This will create several hundreds of thousands of jobs in Agriculture, Catering, and Delivery Services.

        Boom in Agriculture-Sector jobs in the “just farm, government buys scheme!” The APC government will guarantee a minimum price for all cash crops and facilitate storage of agricultural products to overcome seasonal shortages of selected food crops.

        Generate millions of jobs in construction industry by creating at least 4 million new home owners/ occupiers by 2019. APC Government will —
        Establish a national mortgage at less than 10% interest rate for purchase of owner-occupier houses;
        Ensure collateral qualification is not burdensome to the common Nigerian and create a mortgage tenor of between 15 to 30 years.
        Move our banking from short-term funding to long-term view to sustain the economy.

        After NYSC, graduates will be paid stipends for 1 year under a vocational scheme where they are trained on entrepreneurial and work-readiness;

        Increase jobs for medical professionals by giving every Nigerian family access to a hospital. APC Government will provide universal basic health care with N500 annual contribution per family in the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS). APC Government pays the balance.

        In different phases over 4 years, APC will make monthly direct cash transfer of a minimum of NGN5,000 to the 25 million poorest and most vulnerable citizens, if they immunize children and enrol them in school;

        All around the country, will provide Internet and electricity enabled Technology/Industrial/Outsourcing parks for small/medium businesses and young entrepreneurs. Carry on effect will create hundreds of thousands of new jobs;

        APC Government will achieve electricity on a 24/7 basis by 2019 while simultaneously ensuring the development of sustainable/renewable energy. APC will decentralize power generation to the local government level to ensure communities can attend to specific energy needs outside the grid.

        Embark on a National Infrastructural Development Programme as a Public Private Partnership that will (a) ensure 5,000km of Superhighway including service trunks and (b) building of up to 6,800km of modern railway completed by 2019; (c) build commercial airports in all 36 states.

        The APC Government will within the first year, intervene and employ 740,000 (20,000 per state + FCT) young graduates in an immediate Employment and Empowerment scheme;

        APC will ensure that we secure our motherland. First, we will establish an Anti-Terrorism and Crime Squad, fully equipped and trained to take the battle on to insurgents, kidnappers and pirates. We will reform security to ensure states and communities are involved in policing.

        For corruption, any government official who has wealth or lives above their salaries, must explain the source or face the law. All Government contracts would be publicised before award

    • Zaiyol

      GEJ has sound education – Where is his PhD Dissertation? If Professor Tam Divid West cannot find a copy of his dissertation from the University of Port-Harcourt, then the man is not just a professional thief in government but also certificate forger- a criminal for that matter. All PhD Dissertations from accredited institutions are on Dissertation Index. All you need to know is either the name or the dissertation topic of a guy to authenticate validity of his PhD from the Dissertation Index through Internet. Why does it take more than six years to verify Mr. Jonathan’s PhD? Even professor from the University where he allegedly graduated cannot find his dissertation. Mr. Jonathan is no better than a common criminal with NO academic qualifications.

    • ije2014

      LOL! Good points.

      • Eniola Fadesewafunmi

        Which point is he making. Where have you been when Obj is in power,
        why don’t you write against him now you are biting your own if sure you
        are real Ibo. The Ibo girl i knew with such name is in Canada and she’s
        is from Awka-Anambra. Where do you borrow the name. I must ask
        her if she is the one writing such a mess against GEJ?

    • FirecloudOFGOD

      Nigerian, Can I use these? This is a compendium of GEJ’s GAFFE!

  • IAMAFRICAN

    Is time for these old men to leave the scene.

    • Uzoma

      Will Buhari and OBJ listen?

  • abc

    So plans for interim government have failed, now they come with another one govt. of unity. Which govt is not for unity in the first place.

  • Isi Agwo

    Thanks but no thanks. This Bokohari matter will be dealt with once and for all. Just as he said he jailed Fela to “deal with this Fela matter once and for all,” Nigerians have a final date with Bokohari on March 28. After which he can return home to Niger Republic.

  • redeemdredeemers

    “I will make direct cash transfer of 5,000 naira to the 25 million poorest and most vulnerable citizens, if they immunize children and enrol them in school.” My o my! Did Buhari do the maths before coming out with this pie in the sky? This amounts to a 125 billion naira handout; nearly equal to the entire annual income of Edo State.

    Style without substance

    Goodluck Jonathan’s APC opponents like to denigrate him as “clueless.” But what shall we say of Muhammadu Buhari, a general who did not know the name of his running-mate; calling him Yemi Osunbade instead of Yemi Osinbajo. Buhari referred to Imo State as Ibo State. In an interview on CNN, he called INEC the Independent Nigerian Electoral Commission. He also called his party the All Progressives Confidence. No wonder President Jonathan observed that Buhari cannot remember his own phone-number.

    Let’s face it: General Buhari has become an embarrassment to the APC. He should not be allowed to become a Nigerian embarrassment. An absent-minded old man is not the kind of person we need as president. Electing Buhari amounts to jumping from the frying-pan into the fire.

    Buhari’s campaign elevates make-believe over reality. It asserts the primacy of propaganda over commonsense. It proclaims the superiority of fiction over facts. Buhari and the APC need to be told some home-truths. You don’t build roads by attacking Goodluck Jonathan. You don’t create jobs by attacking the PDP. You don’t destroy the Boko Haram by undermining the authority of the commander-in-chief of the armed forces. You don’t proclaim a mantra of anti-corruption slogans, while being surrounded and funded by corrupt politicians.

    Shouting change changes nothing. Change is championed by the young, and not by a 72 year-old retired soldier receiving cheers from a coterie of dyed-in-the-wool political dinosaurs. How can Buhari represent change from the PDP, when a large chunk of his change-sloganising APC members are poached PDP turncoats? How does Buhari’s endorsement by Obasanjo, a former PDP president, commend him as an agent of change from the PDP?

    Counterfeit change

    Instead of change, Buhari’s agenda is the “same old same old” of the mundane and the sub-standard. I challenge APC supporters to point out one; just one, single original idea that has emanated from him. The truth is that it does not exist. Buhari is the master of the fluff and the bluster. He will fight corruption, but he cannot say how. He will revive the economy, but cannot say how. He will end the Boko Haram insurgency in no time at all, but he cannot say how.

    In effect, Buhari is asking Nigerians to elect him on the basis of some voodoo that he will only concoct after the election. Nigerians should not fall for this ploy. Buhari is an old has-been: banking on the forgetfulness of Nigerians and on our disregard for history. The APC has spent far more time strategizing on how to manipulate public opinion than on policy-formulation. Its manifesto is shallow and phony; a very poor cousin to Goodluck Jonathan’s well-articulated and unfolding transformation agenda.

    On the basis of his performance in office, President Jonathan has done much better than any of his predecessors. His legacy is there for all to see in agriculture, aviation, road construction, education, health (especially Guinea Worm, Polio and Ebola eradication), railways, electricity and political reform through the National Conference. Those who are insisting he should not be given a second-term need to come up with cogent reasons why we need to change the stewardship of an economy recording one of the highest growth-rates in the world.

    No wonder therefore that Buhari is running away from a presidential debate. His reticence confirms the view that he has nothing concrete to offer. Every excuse he and his handlers come up with only further exposes their vacuity. One thing is for sure; Buhari cannot agree to a debate because his campaign is all smoke and mirrors.

    Chatham House:
    Indeed, nothing exemplifies the bankruptcy of the APC presidential campaign more than the decision of Buhari to deliver a vapid speech in London, rather than engage Jonathan in a presidential debate in Nigeria. I am still looking for someone to explain to me the relevance of Buhari’s London junket to a Nigerian presidential election. Britons don’t vote in Nigerian elections. Even Nigerians living abroad don’t vote. So what was the point of that charade?

    Instead of giving a speech at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs in Lagos, Buhari chose the Royal Institute of International Affairs, in far-away London. Nevertheless, nobody would mistake Buhari for a scholar. The APC presidential candidate has never written a book. He does not even have an article in a journal or newspaper to his name. We have yet to sort out the nagging issue of his missing school-leaving certificate. Indeed, his trip might have made more sense if it had involved a dash to Cambridge to secure a bona fide copy of his fictitious 1961 WASC results.

    Buhari’s Chatham House speech was intellectually empty. It was full of bells and whistles signifying absolutely nothing. There was nothing newsworthy in it. It only made the news abroad because there was protest against him in the streets. From beginning to end, his speech was a flimsy rationalization of his dubious transition from dictator to democrat;Aribisala what a shame

    • Jasper

      Na from where you copy this from?

  • redeemdredeemers

    When Jonathan was elected in 2011-he decided to form a government of National Unity and went on to invite ACN-led by our drug adddict ati convict–tinubu-ati CPC Under certificate less Buhari-both refused—because they had boko haram in mind–to hand over power to them—Unknown by many Nigérians-the janjaweeds now in APC were nursing the hope of using the Jihadist in boko haram to unseat Jonathan–not because the Tinubus and certificate less buhari were better than Jonathan—-They just did not want to have a man with tribal marks from the SS lead them to the promised land–that they have beeen trying to reach——with their fake thieving regional ideas——————–for the past 54 years———–For the oïl wells Nigeria can go to hell for they cared for——————————————that is THEIR–kind of Nigeria 4 u

  • redeemdredeemers

    When Jonathan was elected in 2011-he decided to form a government of National Unity and went on to invite ACN-led by our drug adddict ati convict–tinubu-ati CPC Under certificate less Buhari-both refused—because they had boko haram in mind–to hand over power to them—Unknown to many Nigérians-the janjaweeds now in APC were nursing the hope of using the Jihadist in boko haram to unseat Jonathan–not because the Tinubus and certificate less buharis were better than Jonathan—-They just did not want to have a man with tribal marks from the SS lead them to the promised land–that they have beeen trying to reach——with their fake thieving regional ideas——————–for the past 54 years———–For the oïl wells Nigeria can go to hell for they cared for——But the Lure of oïl revenue——-has kept 9ja going for the past 54 yrs—————————–that is THEIR–kind of Nigeria 4 u

  • Ominimitse

    CONFEDERATION? Yes!……UNITY Govt? NO!…(Light & Darkness no dey waka)

    I hope the children of Nwanbueze are not too far from him?…they should ensure Papa undergoes immediate check up. I won’t say more than that….People like Nwanbueze should know that:
    1.) His age bracket constitute less than 7% of the Nigerian population.
    2.) His suggestions/recommendations however beautiful, will impact more on 93% of Nigerians outside that age bracket to which he and Duncee belong. In essence, he just shouldn’t be dictating how that 93% of the population will lead their lives but allow those in that age bracket who still have considerable time to spend on earth, be the ones taking the decisions and making suggestions.

    Shagari is 90. IBB is 73. Shonekan is 79. OBJ is 82. Abdulsalami is 71. Gowon is 80…..and these old men constitute the so called “Council of State”, and they meet regularly. .. If their advice had any meaning, will Nigeria be how it is today? …So let all the old men go and rest. Stop to drag power with your pikin age… stop giving advice. Bcos why?…the brain fit don die pata pata.

    So, it is not surprising that Nwanbueze is making this weird and ridiculous suggestion. Does Light & darkness have any affinity? Unity government for where? …apart from APC and boko haram, unity which other two nations are united in Nigeria? This unity that will never be is what we need to forget about, summon courage and break up this country once and for all.

    CONFEDERATION? Yes!……UNITY Govt? NO!

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    Premium Times conveniently omitted the group’s position that aspirants to the Presidency should have a minimum of a university degree!!! Is it because PT’s candidate (senile, illiterate certificate forger, perjurer and coup plotter Buhari) cannot even boast of WASC?

    • SAM .A

      Omo ale ni omo iwofa femi Adekunle Iyafikunya

    • Progress

      Your OCD is now compounded with amnesia. The War College in US diploma like DipIng in Germany is equivalnet to Master degree in Nigeria. Shame, you lived all your unproductive life in Ile-Ife save for some days forage elsewhere

      • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

        You are insane. Is academic qualification the same as professional qualification? Have you seen a CTC of Buhari’s non-existent WASC/Cambridge? May God punish you.

        • Progress

          Another adult with infantile mentality.

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        Diploma is the German Language for degree so stop the rubbish. In the US,Diploma means diploma as in Nigeria or England.

        In German,a Bsc is called a Diplome so is a Master’s degree called a higher Diplome

  • SAM .A

    Prof Ben Iwabueze , a respected construction lawyer wants to seat on the Fence to truncate Nigeria constitution

  • Comfortkay

    PDP was in power for 16 years and they mess up everything in Nigeria now that APC is coming to repair the shit of PDP Pro Ben Nwabueze is talking of government of National Unity, that is not a fair statement.
    The problem of Nigeria are enormous almost 70 Million of Nigeria has no job and it is only Gen Buhari that can fix it.

    • redeem

      NIGERIA IS OVER 54 YEARS—-OLD———-THE FULANIS AND YORUBAS HAVE BEEN IN POWER FoR THOSE NUMBER OF YEARS————–WITH OIL REVENUE–AT THEIR DISPOSAL-THat is why we ask for separation–not another election——Jonathan IS TRYING TO REPAAIR THE DAMAGE DONE TO NIGERIA BY D TRIPOD

      • Comfortkay

        Give me a break and by the way you are back on this forum ?Jonathan is out and Buhari is in please get this in your head.

  • Du Covenant

    What did this man smoke today?…

  • redeem

    Sick Buhari Cancel Kaduna Rally.

    The Presidential candidate of All progressive Congress (APC), Muhammadu Buhari will not not be strong enough to attend his scheduled rally in Kaduna today. The planned Enugu rally last week was also canceled to allow him to recuperate.

    Buhari who returned to Nigerian last week after nearly 2 weeks in London Hospital, has been on bed rest and was allowed by his foreign doctors to make less stressful political activities, preferably indoors.

    Surprisingly, the aling Buhari’s media Team dubiously released a statement saying that the sick Buhari could not attend the Kaduna rally because the Kaduna state governor, Mukhtar Yero denied them access to the venue. This is quite absurd and ridiculous.

    This is the same pattern of lies that Buhari and APC chunked out to Nigerians throughout his stay in United Kingdom, until Buhari revealed in Chatham House that he has been on Hospital admission and that his doctors have declared him fit to contest the March 28, 2015 Presidential election.

    We wish Buhari, speedy recovery!!! WHAT A SHAME -WHAT A COUNTRY

    • IS.JESUS.CHRIST.A.CHRISTIAN

      THESE ARE THE TYPES OF LIES THAT MADE JONOTHING GOODLOCK AN INTERNATIONAL DISGRACE FACTOR.

  • G4

    It seems Africans are so scared to ever stand on principles, how can anyone make such a suggestion. Nigerians want to give a clear mandate to a govt that will achieve clear objectives. Not some diluted compromise

  • Ogom

    I seem to remember this man is a professor of law. Why on earth would he make such a suggestion?

  • FirecloudOFGOD

    It is difficult for water to mix with oil!

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  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    Ben Nwabueze should be talking about a change of our constitution,what he is advocating is extra-constitutional although we all know that the “winner take all” system is an existential threat to our nationhood. Our constitution is designed to be dysfunctional and retrogressive,it will bring about the demise of Nigeria sooner or later.

    • IS.JESUS.CHRIST.A.CHRISTIAN

      IS IT BIAFRA?

      • Eniola Fadesewafunmi

        You are another adult with infantile mentality. Why talking about Biafra? This is Nigeria
        and we are trying to make sure that GEJ completed his term like our brother OBJ, so
        tell me what is your opinion?

        • IS.JESUS.CHRIST.A.CHRISTIAN

          YOU ARE AN IGBO NOT YORUBA.

  • Frank Bassey

    Prof Ben Nwabueze, na wa for you-o!

  • sammyctu ode

    Prof, GMB will not form any unity government with a criminal party that has ruled Nigeria for sixteen years without any progress. Most of them in pdp should go to jail and form a prisoner unity government with patience cooking fish pepper soup for them in prison.

    • nonyerem

      AMEN!!!

  • Ladidi

    No way Proff, the elections must hold, the PDP must pay for its recklessness and impunity. The voice of Nigerians must be heard loud and clear. Just as WRONG and RIGHT cannot go together, so also BAD and GOOD can never !

  • Garden-City Boy

    That will amount to appeasement. Nobody must overindulge Buhari and his lust for power-grab. He loses, he loses. Why wasn’t the insane idea floated when the guy lost to Obasanjo and then to Yar’Adua? Why now, why with Jonathan. What “unity government did did awusa agree to in all the 38-year northern hegemony. It is condescending to talk a Southern President into sharing power with a loser who is rejected by the electorate. That would amount to subverting the will of the people. The ‘unity government” idea does not resonate…..it is dead on arrival.

    • salako

      And now is the southern thats been rejected everyehre.

  • Worried Mother

    I stopped reading at the second paragraph. Who says the race is neck to neck? It is more like neck to knee.

  • zygote

    Statements like this makes one wonder if madness and old age are the same.

    • wonderboi

      I sincerely believe that most of Nigeria/Nigerians problems is caused due to greed and by people of certain age group who shouldn’t be in politics and without mincing my word evidence is everywhere and is conspicuous, this man was sometimes back a fierce critics of Jonathan administration then he lapse into unconsciousness for a while and i believe he has collected his own share of national cake from paymaster now here is what he has to say about a man he sometimes scolded. as old as he is all he cares about is just his pocket like many of his generation and age they lack sense of patriotism & direction, this old man was outspoken critics of that megalomania “Abacha” for not too long he turn back to draft a quickie constitution with other sycophant without due consideration and consultation with Nigeria stakeholder, am sure people like this will remain etched in our memory for all the atrocities they caused .

  • uduakomiri

    I am amazed by some of our so-called Igbo elites, they hardly ever present a balanced, forthright opinion on any national issue. I simply find it difficult to understand, Igbos are the most republican people on the African continent, yet when an Igbo elite, politician or academic makes a political comment, they talk in a way that make you wonder whether they just woke up from decades of coma, its even more surprising when you realize many of these individuals are very educated. What is wrong with us? Does it mean the Igbo elites are so spineless that they cannot speak their minds, with or without the influence of a personal interest, or any other unknown benefit. An Igbo saying says ‘honour is immortal and priceless’.
    Nwabueze surely knows that even the current government or the opposition are unable and unwilling to consider something as suicidal as a so-called unity government when there is an election waiting to be won and lost. Massob the other day declared out of the blues it supports Jonathan for a third term, the same massob that claims to be fighting for the emancipation of Biafra. How ironic. Then Ohaneze, that archaic club of jobbers that is only comparable to Arewa club of so-called Northern elders, in terms of posturing in the open to be representing the wishes of their people when in actual fact these dinosaurs represent no one but their insatiable longing for the legendary ‘settlement’ prevalent in the prebendalism prone Nigerian political landscape

    • Jasper

      Wetin be this? You no learn summary for secondary school?

      • Mohstone

        And who ask you to read it ???

  • samson john

    That can never happen cos APC wont agree with PDP

  • afrotopdeal

    Now that they are sure the PDP will loose, they want a unity government! Not a chance. Nigerians know what they want and they will eect the government they want on March 28.
    All others who want something else should find a transformer somewhere in their neighborhood that needs a hug!!

    • nonyerem

      I will say AMEN to that, they want to taint APC too with their dirts as well. It’s not going to happen. We need to clean up the country and therefore don’t need to coalesce with thieves, murderers and enemies of the country.