Why I support Buhari despite his government jailing me – Tunde Thompson

Despite being imprisoned by the administration of then Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari, under the draconian Degree 4 of 1983, journalist Tunde Thompson has declared his support for the former’s presidential bid.

Mr. Thompson said he has forgiven the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and will firmly support him in the forthcoming presidential election.

The journalist was the Guardian newspaper diplomatic correspondent when he was arrested by the defunct secret police, the National Security Organisation, NSO, alongside a former member of the House of Representatives and current chairman of the League Management Company, Nduka Irabor, who was then an assistant editor at the Guardian. Mr. Thompson was sentenced to a year in prison, for writing about the closure and retirement of some diplomatic staff. He told the Sun newspaper that Mr. Buhari did not order his arrest.

He said time has healed any grudge he had against Mr. Buhari adding that he believed that Mr. Buhari arrested them because he was misled.

“But when you look at it now, this is 2015, about 31 years later, I have also reflected on the matter especially when I wanted to do that rejoinder to the comment made by General Buhari that some journalists made some demands, that the demands were not honoured and they started blackmailing them,” he said

“I have seen that time is a healer of certain wounds because people are still asking that the man who jailed you wants to become the president that what do I feel about it? They asked if I would vote for such a man. I want to say categorically that Buhari as the head of state at the time, didn’t order the detention of Mr. Tunde Thompson and Nduka Irabor.”

He said the head of the NSO unilaterally took the decision to arrest him. He admonished those using his ordeal as election capital against the presidential bid of Mr Buhari to learn to be “charitable” and allow bygone to be bygone since the event happened over 30 years ago.

“He never did. Even Idiagbon did not. It was the head of NSO that ordered our arrest. That was the file my colleague saw when he was brought in to see Rafindadi after I had briefed him. And that was an order that they complied with. Buhari was not responsible for our arrest, so I do not see why at this time, people are trying to make political capital out of what happened in 1984. Apart from that, it was an issue in 2011 election.

“Between 2010 and 2011 people kept saying this over and over again. I think it’s now over 30 years, people should learn to be charitable; they should learn to forgive and let bygones be bygones especially when we know the truth about who did what. I will like to say that Buhari didn’t order my arrest, so I bear no grudge against him.”

Mr. Thompson said his support for Mr. Buhari is borne out of the belief that Nigeria needs a person of his character to truncate the wave of corruption, economic meltdown and impunity that has characterised President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.

“Yes, as far I am concerned now and considering the fact that there is an order that the Minister of Petroleum should not appear before the National Assembly to defend her conduct and considering the fact that the Naira had been further devalued. Now listen, in Ghana the Cedi we used to mock, the Rupee we used to mock and the Yen. The Naira is just not there again. We say revalue the Naira but they said they cannot because we only have one commodity,” he said.

“The government has been saying a lot about agriculture. Cocoa provided the mainstay of the defunct western region under Chief Obafemi Awolowo. Groundnuts provided the mainstay of the defunct northern economy under Sir Ahmadu Bello. Have our farmlands suddenly become infertile? We have solid minerals; we have gold in Ilesa. What I am trying to say is that if we look critically, we have other commodities and if they are harnessed we will be able to say we have more than oil,” he added.

He said he believed that if Mr. Buhari became president he would not tolerate sacred cows like is the case under President Jonathan.

“Some even seem to be too powerful. They are sacred cows and they cannot be tamed. Is that not dangerous? I believe that a person like Buhari at this time can call anybody to order and some people are afraid of that.”


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  • Spoken word

    Buhari all the way. We can’t continue to be ruled by a government of untouchables.

  • Olusola

    Sir, God bless you, and you will see many more good days ahead.

  • Holy Saint

    “To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” – Louis B. Smedes. Sir, may you remain blessed!

  • felix

    THANK U SIR MAY D ALMIGHTY GOD BLESS U

  • Tunde ade

    This is my man of the year. Thank you sir

  • Tina

    Yoruba people self! …….Na so una life be?

    • Apata

      Wow! Your expression reveal the tribal hating in your heart, than what Mr. Thompson said. Stop seeing tribe in everything.

    • TRUTH MASTER

      @Tina, Buhari is Fulani, Tunde Thompson is Yoruba. That, in my opinion, lends more authenticity to Tunde’s high-road comments. Tribe has nothing to do with this. Nigeria is in trouble. Hausa/Fulani, Igbo, Yoruba, Ijaw et al are all in trouble under this incompetent government. Let’s downplay what divides us for now and get the bull out of the Chinaware shop….lest it breaks it all.

      • Tina Uloho-Dafe

        But you forget the Fulani and Yoruba have a peculiar relationship. From Ilorin to Mustapha and Abacha’s sitting rooms, it is the same relationship where one eternally prostrates before the other in the face of the most benign of threats.

        • TRUTH MASTER

          Idiotic comment!

    • tundemash

      so Femi Fani Kayode, Okupe, Bode George are from the creek or Aba ? u better face your ashewo business jeje !

  • MrFesh+Ifebuche+Paschal

    It happened 30 years ago. He has changed we should forget it.

    On the other news you want us to support him cos of his qualities of 30 years ago. I thought we are doing the forgetting of 30 years things.

    • tundemash

      Tunde Thompson said u e-rats and your master looters should stop taking panadol for his own headache….. o ya looking for another excuse !

      • MrFesh+Ifebuche+Paschal

        Mess mess.
        Go clean up.

        • tundemash

          I know the creek monkey won’t have any intelligent response to Thompson’s wise words. Go get a life says Tunde Thompson

          • MrFesh+Ifebuche+Paschal

            Thompson mess. Nice ring.
            Go clean up and try again. Mess.

          • tundemash

            creek monkey ….. Tunde Thompso has put sand into your gari. Keep jabbing the air.

          • MrFesh+Ifebuche+Paschal

            Mess mess.

  • Bigzy

    I know the problem of Tunder Thompson. He is suffering from Stockholm syndrome.

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      @Bigzy, are you suffering from the “Small Man Syndrome” or the “Ph.D – Pull Him Down Syndrome”?

      You appear adamant on crying louder than the bereaved.

      • Bigzy

        Believe me @Kay, there is nothing small about me. Since I am aware of the fact that you are better than this name calling, I have chosen to overlook your quib. Stockholm syndrome is a real condition and the sufferer does not see anything wrong because his capacity to rationalise his situation has been damaged.

      • Abiodun Olayinka

        Pull him down syndrome….LOL

    • tundemash

      na by force ? Tunde Thompson said u e-rats and your master looters should stop taking panadol for his own headache….. o ya look for another excuse !

      • Bigzy

        e-rat, e-pig and e-fool! One day, you will surprise us by making some sense, but at this rate , it seems like a forlorn hope.

        SHOW US BUHARI’S CERTIFICATES. Did the family pet eat them?

        • tundemash

          WE DON’T GIVE A DAMN GEJ-style!!!! How long will it take you to get that into your monkey head ?

          • Bigzy

            Your exhibition of complete buffoonery is interesting. It’s a case akin to that of a horse being led to water. If you no drink, you go quench of taste. Yes, taste for enlightenment and truth because your almajiri head is too small to cope.

            Since when did it become such an intractable problem to produce a Primary School leaving certificate? Even the little man on the street that is down on his luck could clean up, and show his certificates, the names of the schools he attended, remember his teachers and his school mates even fondly. But of course, these are too much for Buhari to manage. Why??? If Buhari is not
            a fraud, why, oh why, is this so difficult to manage?

            This is the same man that you want to install as our President under the banner of corruption fighter. Who is fooling who? Already he has promised not to investigate other heads of state. Tell us, who is he going to investigate, the hapless Police man collecting N100 from a bus driver? This is in no way meant to belittle the plight of the bus driver, but it is a question of magnitude.

          • tundemash

            “Small man with small mentality”, WE DON’T GIVE A DAMN – GEJ-style.
            Keep reading from your book of LAMENTATIONS !!!

          • Bigzy

            Your smallness is palpable in your continuing rants. It is no one else’s fault that you cannot engage with others on a level playing field of exchange. You are the very article an empty vessel is made of. But of course, you don’t give a damn. How riveting to behold a complete retard with all the trimmings.

            SHOW US BUHARI’S CERTIFICATES if he has got any.

  • Uwadiegwu

    Mr Thompson is deranged. Bokohari pointedly stated his position on press freedom in the first days of his coup. He clearly said he would not tolerate it and went on to shackle the press with Decree Number 4. Thompson has a right to back Bokohari but he has no right to wipe out the sordid role of this wicked man in the history of Nigeria and Nigeria journalism.

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      Crying louder than the bereaved?

      Na wa for you o!

      The man, Mr. Thompson talk say he no pain, he no hurt am, but you, Mr. Uwadiegwu insists he must take pain killers!!

      Ol’boy, abeg, go lie low!!!

    • Tomi Evans

      Must you take chloroquine on a strangers malaria fever? Makes me wonder whose head really need a psycho scan? #UWADIEGWU

    • Just Me

      Na your Papa be Tunde Thompson. Wetin concern you. Why are you taking panadol for someone’s headache. So Jonathan is the right candidate under our current situation as a country. See who is deranged now. All you people who have sold your conscience and decided to close their eyes to the truth…GOD go judge una.

  • TRUTH MASTER

    Tunde Thompson has nailed the coffin of those who have politicized his ordeal for their own selfish ends. This is incredibly magnanimous and he has earned my respect for all time. For those who cannot see, the market is over. Go home now!

  • TUNDE THOMPSON, YOU A REAL PATRIOT.

  • Ine

    Tunde Thompson needs prayers………

    He has a Stockholm syndrome. He now loves anyone who flogs him.

    But that’s a severe medical condition that’s treatable with counselling.

    Tunde Thompson forgot that Buhari held a Press Conference in 1984.
    Buhari thereat justified Thompson’ detention well before his imprisonment.

    • tundemash

      Ine needs education ….

      • Bigzy

        And you don’t? The only thing you know how to do well is to spout expletives.

        • tundemash

          Small mind, you are still stuck on the book of LAMENTATIONS ??????

          • Bigzy

            At least, I have a book. What have you got? A pamphlect with limited abuse verbology, written by a toad!

          • tundemash

            Small man …. I woud rather not have a book than read from the book of LAMENTATIONS. I also don’t have TAN stove and bag of rice to gloat over .

          • Bigzy

            It is a free country and I care very little about your pamphlect. In turn. my bedtime reading list is none of your business. Who is gloating, apart from you? Who can be as arrogant as you? Who can be so conceited as to think that he is clever when he is clearly not? Who calls the President of the nation Dumbo? You are a thoroughly nasty piece of work and your plea for compassion has fallen on deaf ears.

            Show us Buhari’s Certificates. I beg.

          • tundemash

            I thought I had told you severall Mr. Small man, WE DON’T GIVE A DAMN -GEJ style about Buhari’s certificates.
            Even If Buhari presents NEPA bill, i will still vote for him – Victor Ikpeba.

            You have got a choice – Got to court says Lawyer Agbakoba and INEC ansd stop your LAMENTATIONs on PremiumTimes; there is areason your paymasters are not involved in the cert. bandwagon, ask then when next you go for your crumbs !!!

            However my own advice is show me your mother’s marriage certificate to prove you aren’t a product of human cross-bred with monkey and then i will ask INEC to come to your house and show you Buhari’s cert. i beg

          • Bigzy

            A clod like you would find it difficult to believe that anyone would do anything without asking or getting paid for it. Just for the records, I have no political paymasters. I write as I see. The fact that you believe otherwise is your problem.

            Whose NEPA bill is BUHARI going to present to INEC? The man na fraud through and through. Elements like you have great difficulty in living within the law, and yet you want power. It is dangerous in the hands of charlatans.

            If you have a mother I would not be surprised if she is just a thing …. a vessel to you and your father. This is why abusing others comes so easy to you. Whatever you say is like the gibes from a nincompoop.

            We still need to see BUHARI’S CERTIFICATES!!!

          • tundemash

            Small man, I have given you two routes for you to take to see Buhari’s cert else you will be here till after Feb,14th still crying a river !

            Go to court says Lawyer Agbakoba and INEC and stop your LAMENTATIONs on PremiumTimes; there is a reason your paymasters are not involved in the cert. bandwagon, ask then when next you go for your crumbs !!!

            However my own advice is show me your mother’s marriage certificate to prove you aren’t a product of human cross-bred with monkey and then i will ask INEC to come to your house and show you Buhari’s cert. i beg

          • Bigzy

            Why would someone that wants to be the President of the Republic choose
            not to comply with the provisions of the law governing the candidature
            of individuals for the Presidency? This really proves that you have so
            many things to hide,

            Show us your oga’s certificates and stop being obtuse

          • tundemash

            1. Cl0wn there was nowhere in the constitution where it states Buhari has to show YOU his certificates. If there is one , state it here . Once again there is a reason your master looters Abati/Reno/Okupe are not on the bandwagon, ask then when next you are due for allowances (another tidious repetition since u didn’t get it)

            2. Secondly … did Dumbo show US his asset declaration when we requested ? hence my telling you WE DON’T GIVE A DAMN – GEJ-style but ofcourse you were too datf to read in between the lines.

            3. If someone does not comply with the provision of the consitution , you can go to court as advised by INEC. Why are u scared of that ?

          • Bigzy

            An affidevit is a sworn statement witnessed by a court official. Now that it is clear that Buhari lied, it is the responsibility of INEC to disqualify him, at least to ask the court to decide his fate. Further, he should be prosecuted for perjury.

            BUHARI, SHOW US YOUR CERTIFICATES SUCKER!!!

          • tundemash

            Once again, stop displaying amazing ignorance. INEC has no power to disqualify and they told you that much if you bother to listen and read other news outlet aside your regular NTA news.

            Buhari swore to an affidavit his cert. were lost when he was detained by IBB goons and photocopies are with the Military board so what exactly is the lie there ?

            Once again, WE DON’T GIVE A DAMN – GEJ style while you keep reading your book of LAMENTATIONS.

            The CHANGE train has moved on and the latest news is:

            Buhari, incorruptible, honest – Gov. Lamido and that is in comparison with some guy called Jonathan !

          • Bigzy

            You keep repeating this crap as if to say that it would suddenly ring true. If a man cannot produce the required documents for a job, it is the default position that he would not be given the job.

          • tundemash

            So why not wait for till Feb. 14th to know if he will get the job or not ????? That won’t be determined at your amnesty camp, Nigerians will determine that on Feb. 14th.
            By the morning of Feb. 15th, you would know if your amnesty “awoof” would continue or your future and that of your generations unborn is toast !

          • Bigzy

            The job he has applied for is to be a bona fide candidate has he has not managed to satisfy the criteria.

    • Tomi Evans

      The mournful undertaker that cries blood instead of tears as the true mourner watches in awe. #INE

    • gboromiro

      How is that your shalala. No one is fooled that you cared more than the one who experienced the ordeal or his family for that matter. Stop faking concern

    • Just Me

      Ine stop disrespecting people. Rather childish to think that a person’s decision to let go and forgive (unforgiveness has been linked to Cancer sometimes just saying incase you are the unforgiving type)

    • JayGeeEx

      Lol… Maybe if I smacked him around a bit and pour sand on him, he’ll be My Beach… (See what I did there..)

  • tundemash

    To the online e-rats, GEJ, PDP, Fani-Kayode, Tunde Thompson says “stop taking panadol for his headaches, look for another excuse

    He said the head of the NSO unilaterally took the decision to arrest him. He admonished those using his ordeal as election capital against the presidential bid of Mr Buhari to learn to be “charitable” and allow bygone to be bygone since the event happened over 30 years ago.

    “He never did. Even Idiagbon did not. It was the head of NSO that ordered our arrest. That was the file my colleague saw when he was brought in to see Rafindadi after I had briefed him. And that was an order that they complied with. Buhari was not responsible for our arrest, so I do not see why at this time, people are trying to make political capital out of what happened in 1984. Apart from that, it was an issue in 2011 election.

    “Between 2010 and 2011 people kept saying this over and over again. I think it’s now over 30 years, people should learn to be charitable; they should learn to forgive and let bygones be bygones especially when we know the truth about who did what. I will like to say that Buhari didn’t order my arrest, so I bear no grudge against him.”

    • Okadigbo Nzeugu Jnr

      Slaves who love their chains remain slaves forever!

      • tundemash

        Yeah .. just as they love it in 1979/1983 when Shagari was voted over Zik.
        just as they love it when OBJ/Atiku was voted over Buhari/Emeozuke and Buhari/Okadigbo in 2003 and 2007.
        Just as they love when they voted NPN over Ojukwu in a senatorial election.

        Ethnic bigot … u need more ????????

        Until you realise, the rogues don’t know ethnic and religious bias and just use that to divide and rule you, you will ever remain stup1d !

    • Chris

      Does that mean that under Buhari leadership, his subordinates would run the country without his commands and instructions? Then what makes him different from the present clueless president? Nigeria is indeed in big trouble. Buhari may be a good man like Jonathan but both have demonstrated that they can’t control those who work with them. Jonathan cannot control the stinking corruption under his noses and Buhari cannot control the excesses of his NSOs and the likes. Hmm mm, we have got a big problem in Nigeria.

      • Just Me

        Chris your are oblivious to how the Military runs. An order was given by the NSO and they painted the facts to the General and then off to the Tribunal. That was not democracy and there was no rule of law. So what do you expect. It could have been worse. Do you remember Abacha…

  • Ekwekwe

    Decree Number 4 was not Tunde Thompson’s personal problem. It was Nigeria’s problem. It was the fiercest, crudest affront on Nigerian journalism. It was a tyrant’s open attack on the rights of citizens of a nation to hold its government to account. Buhari has to be held to account. Mr Thompson can forgive the tyrant, follow him, but he cannot rewrite history. It just shows how many Nigerians have lost their heads, including former NADECO chieftains now heroworshiping Buhari. You can change your opinion, Mr Thompson, but you cannot change history. Finally, can you relinquish the honours and materials resources you got at home and abroad in connection with suffering under Buhari’s junta abd Decree 2 and Decree 4.

    • Olutayo Ojo

      and so what if he did? most Nigerians are so barbaric, you will need more than decree 4 to call them to order, people like yourself who seems to be very senseless

  • excel

    Jonathan is a bad disease, more deadlier than anything. He had killed more human beings than other diseases for the past 6 years
    He has rendered more people homeless than tsunami.
    His government has stole more money than the popular Oyenusi (popular thief)
    He has given our economy unhealthy living.
    Kaaiiii their is God oooo
    Vote General Mohammad Buhari and Pastor Yemi Osibanjo for immediate solution and change.

    • Olutayo Ojo

      yes oooooooooo, only buhari can solve all this mess ooo

  • orkar

    Nigerians are a very terrible people————-No single conscience in their head to prick them even when they are caught lying–like this man who may have strayed into the journalism profession for want of better things to do with himself——–The decree 4 Buhari introduced to gag the press is no longer a national issue-ABI? That IS WHY Jonathan and the PDP should never make reference to it–as if its his personal property—decree 4 is beyond u–my friend–So just keep quiet and stop fooling yourself in public——–u have become a disgrace because of greed————for how much-?—–How many hours days did it take the Buhari junta to introduce decree 4 and u are telling us buhari knew nothing about it–? When Awo house was invaded Buhari said he knew nothing about it—when the 3 drug offenders were executed at the bar beach– he also knew nothing about it abi? If buhari did not know about decree 4 and how u were sent to prison–then he is not fit to be president of NIGERIA–WE ARE TALKING ABOUT AN ISSUE THAT ATTRACTED GLOBAL ATTENTION And a journalist is telling me buhari knew nothing about it? When Buhari was asked why he sent late Fela to jail– he said it was because he lied against him–he called him buhari a thief–that he stole 2.8b–now we have this–mumu—-lying in the name of the night soil men and juju priest in APC–WHAT A SHAME-

    • Olutayo Ojo

      you are a very very very sick man, you truly need medical help in the head.

    • Just Me

      Orkar the joke. A man lost in his folly…How dare you. I guess you are doing what you have been paid to do. Online de-marketing of any post that favours the opposition. Really sad. Sure you get your pay check and you justify this your paranoia each time you spend d money. Sad soul. If it about money then Mr Thompson would pitch his tent with Jonathan (21b raised aside others we do not know about). Sorry as far as I am concerned your comments are simply the rants of a MAD MAN

  • sammyctu ode

    Mr. Tunde Thompson, thanks so much for your honesty, candor and forgiveness. You are a true Godly Nigerian and millions of Nigerians will join you come election day to effect the CHANGE NIGERIANS HAVE BEEN YEARNIN FOR.

    • orkar

      Forgiveness is a personal issue and it does not change the national psychic–sha—on the draconian rule of certificate less buhari—-decree 4 is bigger than TUNDE Thompson–its history–it cannot be wished away like d buhari certificate palaba——-

      • Adetayo Adewale Adebowale

        Bad belle

      • Just Me

        Mr Orkar are you so consumed by stomach politics that you have finally sold your birth right. Posterity would never forgive you…NEVER…How come certificate is the issue now…ehnnnn. When someone has a PhD in Fishery and Nigeria is not yet shipping fish from Niger-Delta to other African countries…of what use is the certificate…He should burn his certificates in shame…

  • Peter Irene

    This election is not between Jonathan and Buhari. It is between Jonathan and the overwhelming majority of the down trodden poor Nigerians that have been suffering since the advert of PDP government wealth is now measured by the Number of jets the very currupt elites can parade. Where a very few individual can raise a fabulous amoun of money in just 5 hours. 21 billion an oasis of prosperity in a vast desert of poverty ignorance and want. I can see Buhari blocking these linkages. His integrity alone without even raising a finger will increase the value of our currency and the stock market. I can see the dollar below 100 Naira after two years of Buhari Presidency. The fact is that billions of Naira is being looted from the treasury in exchange for dollars while NNPC is not accountable. I have never seen their financial statements. Let Nigerians not make the mistake of bringing back PDP. It will be a recipe for disaster. Porverty has no religion or region. It afflicts all.

    • orkar

      HOW OLD IS NIGERIA-6 YRS OLD ABI-?–HOW MANY WORKERS DID JONANATHAAN SACK COMPARED TO THE OVER ONE MILLION WORKERS BUHARI RETRENCHED –TO CELEBRSTE HIS ONE YEAR IN OFFICE——?-?——-WHAT ARE THE RESOURCES OF THE NATION–GROUND–NUT–COCOA AND COTTON–ABI SINCE 1960——-TELL THAT CRAP TO DRUG ADDICTS LIKE TINUBU—AND CERTIFICATELESS BUHARI–NO WONDER U YEARN FOR BUHARI–SO HAD TO HIRE ROGUES WHOM NIGERIANS PRAYED TO THEIR GODS TO FREE FROM HIS GULAG-NOW INSULTING THE PRESIDENT—IN PUBLIC

      • tundemash

        GEj is part of the sordid past of Nigeria and unfortunate present. Get it into your ogogoro-filled head !

      • sani malumfashi

        do we really have a president or a gorilla in aso rock. stop dreaming my friend and embrace reality. CHANGE HAS COME FOR GOOD INSHA ALLAH! if you are against it you can go drown in river benue.

  • orkar

    Democracy depends on citizens having reliable, accurate facts put in a meaningful context. Not this rubbish–by this former journalist–if he decided to forgive buhari on some personal basis fine–But must be told that the issue concerning decree 4 is beyond the nose-head and eyes of this APC politicians–Journalism does not pursue truth in an absolute or philosophical sense, but it can–and must–pursue it in a practical sense. Was he sent to prison because of what he wrote yes–Did Buhari enact a decree to tame journalist yes-That is why we find the watery assertions by him-to be very funny. Besides why did he not say these things all the while he was in d House- until the certificate issue was raised against Buhari? Now settled to do all in his power to wipe away or kill Mr. truth. This “journalistic truth” is a process that begins with the professional discipline of assembling and verifying facts-as it affect Buharis decree 4- Journalists are trained to try and convey a fair and reliable account of the meaning of truth -often subject to further investigation. Journalists should be as transparent as possible about sources and methods so audiences can make their own assessment and judgement of the information made available to them. Even in a world of expanding voices, accuracy is the foundation upon which everything else is built–context, interpretation, comment, criticism, analysis and debate. The truth, over time, will finally emerge from this forum sha-with regards to the lies he is trying to sell to us-animals

    • Tomi Evans

      The mournful undertaker that cries more than the bereaved!!!

    • noname anonymous

      I agree. Nigeria already had laws concerning defamation (libel and slander) so what was the purpose of dictator Buhari making Decree 4? None whatsoever, except to introduce an extremely harsh sentence not commensurate with the offence, and to restrict the ability of the public to make what is known in American law as ‘fair comment’ (to express opinions) about his ‘government’. I am extremely disappointed with Tunde Thompson and his recent statements. A journalist of his calibre, especially one that was jailed unfairly, should be pointing these things out.

      • Tope O nee T

        I am Mr Thompson’s daughter and sincerely I am proud of my Dad for MOVING ON…Since he has moves on, I advise we all do to. How long can you bear a grudge knowing well that the implications. It is about the greater good.This is not some childish rant about what someone did in the military era…all things were permissible at the time…Let us stop going back 30 years and look forward to another 30 years of fruitfulness for this country…it however starts with having focused and fearless leadership devoid of sentiments…Mr Anonymous is this the Nigeria you pictured for your children because this is surely not what it meant to be…Focus on facts

        • Tope O nee T

          I am Mr Thompson’s daughter and sincerely I am proud of my Dad for MOVING ON…Since he has moved on, I advise we all do too. How long can you bear a grudge knowing well the implications. It is about the greater good.This is not some childish rant about what someone did in the military era…all things were permissible at the time…Let us stop going back 30 years and look forward to another 30 years of fruitfulness for this country…it however starts with having focused and fearless leadership devoid of sentiments…Mr Anonymous is this the Nigeria you pictured for your children because this is surely not what it meant to be…Focus on facts

          • noname anonymous

            No, all things were not permissible at the time. Murder, even then, was/is a crime for which there is no statute of limitations (meaning that even if you are caught 30 years after, you must still be prosecuted and jailed for it). This is the gravity of the crime – even the Bible says that murder is a crime that screams out to heaven for vengeance.

            You cannot look forward to the future unless you have dealt effectively with the mistakes of the past – even the Bible says that someone who makes the same mistake twice is like a dog returning to its own vomit. If we do not convict murderers like Buhari (and there is enough clear evidence to do so immediately), then we are like dogs returning to our own vomit and we deserve what we get for letting murderers go and letting them continue to influence our society with their violent ways directly/indirectly.

            Exactly, this is not some childish rant about what someone did in the military era; it is actually fact – and the fact is that the majority of these military/ex-military people are like the Nazis and just like the Nazis they must be brought to justice even if they are sick and on their deathbeds and it is 50 years or 80 years after they have committed their crimes, particularly the violent ones.

            Incidentally, the German government today still attempts to pay monetary compensation to victims of the Nazis – in my opinion, the Biafrans are entitled to their independence and compensation for wrongful invasion of their territory. You are entitled to compensation for the wrongful jailing of your father (bear in mind that, unlike the Biafrans, your father was not killed but only jailed, so you are more fortunate).

            The families of those drug dealers, bad as they were, are entitled to compensation for their wrongful killing. Justice is blind and even a prisoner has human rights.

            I was an advocate for the release of Major Hamza Al Mustapha: I don’t like him, as he was clearly a loyal servant of an evil dictator, but there was not enough evidence to convict him for the murder of Mrs Abiola (it was just word of mouth evidence and nothing concrete) and so even I, who detest the very sight of him, had to canvass and approach several prominent lawyers to push for his release.

            Because the real issue is our society and what is right and what is justice, not what is convenient or simply sentiment i.e we hate Abacha therefore we jail people associated with him without proper evidence – this is not justice. If I allow Al Mustapha to be jailed without proper evidence, then I run the risk myself of being jailed for a crime I did not commit without proper evidence.

            Alan Dershowitz (a Jew and an excellent defence lawyer) has actually defended Nazis in court, because his belief is that justice is not served if they are not convicted with proper evidence and if a prosecutor cannot defeat Dershowitz, then the evidence is not sufficient – this is why America is as great as it is (though not as great as it should be, because it does not admit that all its land actually belongs to the American Indians).

            As you say, “focus on facts”: If I want a Nigeria that I picture for my children, then Nigeria must function in the same way as Dershowitz, on facts – and this will not be achieved by allowing a murderer like Buhari to run for president, when he clearly should be in jail for life – fact.

            Opinion: Nigeria should split:

            Fact: We are currently under Northern domination (about 70% majority): Buhari and the Northern dominated military (and police) represent this domination. Let us have referendums on the issue in each state and any state/group of states/area/tribe (no matter how small i.e the Ogoni) that wants its independence should receive it immediately – no one has any right to impose external rule on it (fact). This is in line with the principle of national self-determination for which the League of Nations was formed in part to promote after the 1st World War and which its successor organisation, the United Nations, should have put more at its forefront, especially during the Biafran conflict. The principle is that any tribe/group/area that wants self-rule is entitled it. No true democrat, lover of freedom and human rights can be opposed to referendums on the issue.
            I am glad that your father has been able to move on. I came upon a copy of his account of his time in jail by chance and it certainly was not pleasant. But even when the Pope (John Paul II) was shot and he forgave the criminal who shot him, the criminal still had to serve his time in jail. Likewise, I believe that Buhari must serve his time in jail for murder, for blatant use of violence, for curtailing a democracy which, despite the fact that it was partially rigged, still had more validity than a military government which in effect was 100% rigged.

          • noname anonymous

            Please also consider (and ask your father to consider) the adoption of the Swiss system of democracy in Nigeria (or in whatever countries Nigeria is to split into). Currently, we have too much power concentrated in individuals (the president, the governor, the minister, the local councillor) and government is too remote from the public, who are the people who it should serve and who should control it.
            The Swiss system remedies this by replacing a single president with a 7 person council in which each member is equal (so it takes 7 people to veto a bill from the parliament, instead of only one and of course 7 people are more accountable than 1 person as they serve as a check on each other). Its constitution also allows referendums to be initiated by any member of the public, at any time, on any issue (e.g a change to the constitution, a challenge to a law made by the bicameral parliament, or just to make a fresh new law). So the public doesn’t have to wait around for four years if its elected officers are not performing or not responding to it; it can effectively make laws by itself.
            I think we can improve on the Swiss system in Nigeria by allowing referendums not only at national level, but at state level and local government level too. Also by replacing each governor with a 7 man council and each local government chairman/councillor too.
            So Swiss public officers are very accountable (because there are plenty of checks on them, including from the public) and they don’t have these lavish residences paid for from public funds and they often travel on public transport as opposed to in 20 vehicle convoys. And politics is not a do or die affair there because there is simply not much power in any position.
            I would sincerely appreciate it if your father would carefully assess this idea and give his opinion on it (even in the press).

  • Otile

    Are you trying to sell people things under the cover of darkness? This is not good. APC party is turning into a monster. I know you are trying to raise much to help Imam Buhari, but do it the right way. First of all get him a good certificate.

    • sani malumfashi

      and my friend there is nothing you can do about it. when buhari becomes our president , INSHA ALLAH, then you can go hang your evil head.

      • noname anonymous

        Go home and stay in the North. You are not wanted here in the South. Form your own country in the North with your own low quality Northern leaders like Buhari and leave us in the South alone.

  • noname anonymous

    And what about the decree under which you were jailed Mr Thompson? Are you saying it was valid? Maybe you’re now suffering from what victims do (when they suddenly begin to identify with their oppressors). Incidentally this happened with Patti Hearst (heir to Hearst media empire) when she was kidnapped and after some time began to identify with her kidnappers, even actually giving them assistance with other crimes they were committing.

  • noname anonymous

    And what of the retroactive killing of those drug dealers? Under universally accepted legal principles you cannot be given a sentence that did not exist at the time you committed your crime. Therefore the killing of those drug dealers amounts to murder and Buhari should actually be in jail for life (or executed himself). There is no statute of limitations on murder, which means that at any time until your death you can be convicted for it – Buhari should be immediately arrested, charged, tried and jailed for life (as the evidence is blatantly clear) for this crime.

    • Michael

      No it does not amount to murder. Even if it did, lets arrest IBB for the murder of Dele Giwa and Jonathan for allowing his government to steal money whilst people are starving. Do you know that people are dying everyday in this country because the powers that be have stolen money that should go to health care, feeding the destitute….where should I stop? They should all be tried-and they will be, one day, before the Court of the Lord.

      • noname anonymous

        It is absolutely murder. A prisoner still has rights. You cannot kill him simply because he is a prisoner: if you do you are a murderer. I don’t think we have enough evidence to put IBB away for Dele Giwa’s murder. But there is absolutely enough evidence to put Buhari away (for life) for the murders of those prisoners. A case such as this does not need to wait for the Court of the Lord: it should be tried in human courts. It only takes one murder for someone to be given a life sentence. That is the gravity of the crime – perhaps we have forgotten this in Nigeria because death is so prevalent everywhere, but we need to quickly remember this and make sure that murderers (of just one person) are not allowed to walk free and run for president etc. otherwise we are creating more calamity for ourselves.
        Yes, people are dying because of stolen money that should go to healthcare etc. but this is mainly because we have a faulty system with too much concentration of power in single individuals and not enough checks and balances. This is why I propose that Nigeria splits and also that future countries adopt the Swiss system of democracy – no single president but instead a 7 man council; also any member of the public at any time, on any issue can initiate a referendum (legally binding) to make a new law, challenge a law made by the bicameral parliament, or even to change the constitution. We can improve on the Swiss system by also replacing Governors with 7 man councils, perhaps even local councillors too. Also by allowing referendums at State and Local Government level too, not just at national level.

    • bayuse

      Why are you hiding your identity, drug pushers’ supporter? Buhari has never said he is a saint. His regime made mistakes, but he has said repeatedly he will govern Nigeria, under the rule of law. One thing that fascinates me about this man and his deputy is their shared integrity. Nigeria needs such a quality in our leaders at this time when the country has been run aground by the terribly corrupt Jonathan government

      • noname anonymous

        I am not a supporter of drug pushers or any other criminals. But the fact is that we are human beings (not animals) and we have a justice system and that justice system says that you cannot be sentenced with a sentence that did not exist at the time you committed your crime. Our justice system also says that prisoners still have rights – if you are sentenced to 20 years in prison then that is your sentence, nobody has a right to subject you to anything else e.g beatings, being deprived of medical treatment, extension of your sentence without just cause, or killing you and anyone who does these is himself committing crimes: this is how rational, civilised societies work.
        If you are happy with your uncivilised irrational society where people behave like monkeys, then keep it.
        Buhari and his deputy (Idiagbon) did not have shared integrity – they had shared monkey like characteristics and to refer to such sub-humans as quality leaders is rather pathetic. Between these two monkeys they could not come up with the simple idea of a BRT system to ease people’s concerns about traffic. They could not even apply simple employment law that says employees who are persistently late etc. should be given a series of oral warnings, followed by a series of written warnings, followed by dismissal. Instead like the monkeys they are they ordered arbitrary whipping of members of the public for not queueing and ordered soldiers, who were themselves morons, to make civil servants kneel and do frog jumps. This shows the intelligence of a monkey not a human being.
        But if you are satisfied with that then you are welcome to keep it and continue eating what comes out of a monkey’s backside for the rest of your living days as you have been to date, under military/quasi-military governments.
        Buhari and company took us into a civil war: whatever happened to simple referendums so that people could decide for themselves whether they wanted self-rule or not? Who is any part of the country to impose rule upon any other part that wants to be fully independent? This is monkey mentality.
        Regarding Buhari’s running mate, Osinbanjo, perhaps there is some integrity there, but there is also mediocrity: as attorney general and minister of justice of Lagos state, the improvements he made were so minor and inadequate that recently we were told words to the effect that Lagos needs about 3000 judges but has less than 400. So what did he do as an incumbent administrator heading the justice ministry? – effectively nothing. So why should we give him a higher position (or even the same position again)? This is illogical.
        So, to conclude, mistakes happen, yes, but murder, even of a single individual, even of a prisoner, is not a mistake that can be tolerated. Murder of several millions (as happened in Biafra), of people who simply wanted self-rule, is also a ‘mistake’ that cannot be tolerated. And we cannot allow the people who made these mistakes back into any position of responsibility. We also cannot allow mediocre people back into positions of responsibility. There are many world-class Nigerians with solid records of past excellent performance e.g Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, Olusegun Aganga etc. and these are the kinds of people we should be looking to, not sub-humans like Buhari (who clearly should be in jail for life).

      • sani malumfashi

        thank you my brorher

  • MushinSpeaks

    Can the promoters of hate and discordance now forever remain silent?

    CHANGE.

  • Just Me

    People supporting Jonathan please just review the comments…do a small census…your grounds are thinning fast o… Be wise. Nigerians are not going to be fooled any longer. We deserve better. Thank God I did not fall for the ‘no shoes’ sentiments in 2011. Wake up people stop the ranting about certificate. The person with PhD in Fishery could not even get the people from his region (People would use oil spillage as excuse now but they are still eating fish there abi) exporting fish to other African countries. We are simply TIRED. THATS ALL

  • JayGeeEx

    Stockholm syndrome.

    • Just Me

      You just learnt that abi? Syndrome o or not, 2015 Nigeria would be liberated from a clueless government. Gbam!

      • JayGeeEx

        No brah… I didn’t just hear it. I came across it sometime back even before wikipedia was invented. So I used the opportuinity to look it up once more while I had breakfast. I stifled a laugh when I got to the part that read “strong emotional ties that develop between two persons where one person intermittently harasses, beats, threatens, abuses, or intimidates the other”… I went on further to read about “Oslo Syndrome” and realised that we may be having the biggest case of it since that matter with Moses at the bottom of mountain and the whole golden calf fiasco. It was a mess…

        The good news is, it is possible to explain what is wrong with you and that reporter up there… The bad news is, well, chances are that you have it.

        • drdenx

          @JayGeeEx, sorry this does not meet the criteria to be diagnosed Stockholm Syndrome.

          • JayGeeEx

            Doc. It’s close enough for it to be funny. Besides my follow up post shows that I was later exposed to an even funnier proposition; Oslo Syndrome.

            But I have to hand it to that cat up there. You have to be really messed up to think Buhari has the wherewithal to handle anything especially having been a victim of the same person’s bad management prowess. To each his own. I’m still having a good laugh about the idea.

            And, why are you sorry? I’m not the one with a syndrome.. Oslo, Norway or Stockholm…

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    Eni iya n je ti ki I ku boro

  • Pelumi

    I believe this writer was paid a price so huge that he couldn’t but help to write this praise singing of a thing.
    How can you try to justify the ineptituduness of the man with the red cap in all this imbroglio?