INTERVIEW: How APC presidential candidate will emerge — Buhari

Former Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari
Muhammadu Buhari

Former Head of State and a national leader of the opposition All Progressives Congress [APC] Muhammadu Buhari, has given insights into how his party will select its presidential candidate for the 2015 general election.

Mr. Buhari spoke to a team of editors from the leading Hausa Newspaper, Rariya, in his office in Abuja, recently.
PREMIUM TIMES’ Sani Tukur translated the full interview into English, with permission from Rariya.

Can you give us a glimpse into your typical day? How do you start your day, what’s your breakfast like and how do you coordinate your schedule?

Well, my day starts from 5 a.m. Normally the morning prayers are offered after that. I am an avid listener of Voice of America and BBC Hausa Service so I stay around to listen to the news on VOA Hausa from 6 to 6.30 a.m. and from 6.30 to 7 am, I listen to the BBC. After that I try go out and see how the environment is. After that, I come back in and I try to rest again and of course take my bath, have breakfast and then my appointments virtually start from 10 in the morning to 10 in the night – whether I’m at home or in the office. Sometimes I work from home. From 10 to one o’clock I take another break and rest. Then from 2 to 3.30 I have another break and then from there, depending on my schedules, I try to look at the newspapers — at least the headlines. I usually go back to the papers after dinner to read in detail. I then look at my appointments and mails and keep political appointments.

On daily basis, people want to discuss with you and these are people from all constituencies and they are from all geo-political zones. The most difficult are from our geopolitical zones, due to our culture. People without appointments but they feel they want to see you and they just bounce on you and want to see you. No appointment. Quite irritating but I give them audience. So really that’s how the days are except of course on weekends. On Fridays after mosque I don’t do much unless I have something to do in the office. Otherwise I stay home. People don’t respect weekends and that’s when they feel they should visit you. It is quite hectic.

What time do you go to bed?

Between 11.30 p.m. and midnight.

You always look fit and trim. Do you exercise?

Well I am lucky I have a good physique but my house is in a close, and there is a small space between the gate and the Boys’ Quarters. I take a walk within the precincts at least three times a week and I think this is good enough for a 70-year old man.

You have had a very robust relationship with people since you joined politics and I am sure it’s a different world from the military where expectations are predictable. What are the things you cherish most in people and what are those things that put you off about people generally?

The problem is mainly cultural. People feel that you should be accessible. They don’t appreciate that you may want to read or do something else. All they want is when they need you they want you to be there, even without appointment. It is cultural and it’s very difficult to deal with: giving access to people all the time. I try to let people understand, planning one’s life, even on daily basis with all these schedules is difficult. Especially from retired people in Kaduna.

Kaduna being the old capital of the north. It’s a home to a number of technocrats and the military and you need plenty of time. So I try to maintain contacts and we discuss serious issues.

What do you cherish most in individuals

Well, I think the spate of insecurity that is overwhelming and the unfortunate economic situation where people have lost not only physical security but material security are serious problems. People cannot, after retirement, especially those with school-going children, cope with educating their wards because of the standard of education that have really gone very low and then the few good schools that are available are unaffordable to them.

I will give an example, in early 2007 one of the members of our party, having lost both at the election and the Supreme Court, came to me at home in Daura and agonized over our loss, mainly because he was an educationist from ABU. He recalled the good old days at the university when government was functional. He told me that his children could not go to tertiary institution. He said he could not afford the fees. So he said that even as an educationist, he was raising illiterates in his home. This is a graphic condition we are in now in the country. People can’t educate their children. Talk of security, talk of infrastructure…we are really in trouble.

If you become the President today, how will you tackle these myriad of problems and restore confidence in governance?

First I have to secure the country, because unless you secure the country, nothing can be done properly, So, first it is security and then how to manage the country, that is by resuscitating the economy, the infrastructure, getting the factories reopened, getting employment and goods and services. It is much easier to damage than to rebuild, but everybody agrees that Nigeria is an incredibly resourceful country, both materially and human wise. So it is a question of the elite getting their acts together and making sure the country is organized in such a way that it can be secured and managed well. It is not easy because a number of the institutions have being compromised. What do you do with the Nigerian Police in terms of their efficiency? The military itself? The judiciary?

The recent happening in our country, especially the abduction of more than 200 girls from their school is unbelievable. For those of us who experienced the civil war, we can’t reconcile how a group like Boko Haram would come and collect from one school more than 200 children and after three months, the Federal Government cannot do anything. So for those of us coming from the 1960s to now, it is unthinkable for any group to emerge in Nigeria to hold everyone to ransom. I mean the so-called Boko Haram. I said this about six months ago. I said no religion advocates hurting the innocent. So the religious toga that Boko Haram is wearing can be exposed. You can’t wrap yourself with explosives and go and kill people in markets, churches, mosques, and motor parks, and also go and slaughter children in their sleep. It’s simply terrorism. This is my clear understanding of it and it is the duty of the Federal Government to stop it. Unfortunately, so far, the Federal Government has failed.

There was the unfortunate attack on you in Kaduna and then there was an investigation. Has there been any progress concerning that incident?

You are asking me of progress. Have you forgotten that over 200 girls are missing for over three months now and nothing has happened? Ok. I know I’m a former Head of State and I decided to be in politics of opposition. Imagine your daughter being among the missing girls. So to come and talk to me about a near-death situation while over 200 children are still missing is insensitive. I do not expect anything to come out of the investigation into the attack on me honestly.

You did say that Nigeria has the expertise to deal with the insurgency. Do you have an advice?

The problem is, as I have said in a few places, I have been in this struggle in Nigeria since 1966 when a certain group decided to wipe out our military and political leadership which led to counter-coups, which led to civil war, and which led to all sorts of unsettling instability in the society. I have been in it all and to boot, I too have been detained for more than three years. I tried to develop the capacity to bounce back and to appeal to people, especially the elite to be serious, to participate in politics so that credible people can be representatives and leaders in the country. That’s why I am in it. The National Assembly voted a year ago (or is it 18 months ago?) on the death of NEPA (may its soul rest in peace) after billions of dollars had been spent. What do we have now in terms of electricity? Nothing. In pension funds, in petroleum industry, it’s the same situation…and no single person is being prosecuted. What will you think of this government?

The question is if we see a Buhari presidency today, will these things be pursued vigorously?

Well, people have to be accountable, but there is a limit to what one can do if one finds himself as the president of this great country today. Earlier on, I talked about institutions being compromised so with who are you going to work? Whoever finds himself as the leader of this country next year, I hope he will not be overwhelmed by the problems and just sit back to watch the decay instead of doing something practical.

I think this is the right time to ask you this question. Are you going to contest the next election or not?

Well I have to say that I am a loyal party member. Yes I have my own rights and so on, but being part of the merger, and the merger is not a political accident. I participated in the presidential elections of 2003, 2007 and 2011 so for me to participate in the merger process is not an accident. I realised that my experience in partisan politics from April 2002 to now is the only way I think of in confronting this amorphous ruling party, the PDP. I think the way forward for our country is for the opposition parties that have representations in the state legislatures and in the centre to come together and face the PDP. Unless that is done, we cannot stop the bad system. I have said it often that I am a converted democrat since 1991 when the Soviet Union, an empire of the 20th century, collapsed without a shot fired. People panicked, left nuclear sites, missile sites and now there are 18 or 19 republics. That was when I came to the conclusion that the democratic system of government is the best form of governance.

The picture looks very gloomy. I remember what an elder statesman, Ali Monguno said “where did we go wrong?” So I ask you General, where did we go wrong?

I am sure you did not miss Obama’s statement in Ghana during his first visit to Africa. I think he came to tell us, especially developing African economies, that what we need to fix our countries are strong institutions, not strong individuals. But if Obama were in Nigeria, he would have arrived at a different conclusion. But we Nigerians know that it is strong individuals that destroyed strong institutions and so, we again need to look for strong personalities to renew these institutions.

When the British came, they found some of us in this part of the country with advance social set up. They found in the north the emirate council system that only required accountability. There was taxation system — cattle and personal — but it was normally put in the pockets of the Emirs. The office of the treasurer was just a name. The British came and instituted accountability, a reform that helped the system already in place.

In like manner, going forward, we need to reform this country. So the elite must make sure they participate in electioneering, even if they are not card-carrying members of any party. They must make sure that in their constituencies they participate, even if they don’t want to go and contest election. They must make sure that credible, responsible Nigerians in their constituencies are the ones who become lawmakers, chairmen of local governments, senators, governors and so on. This is the duty of the elite because of what has happened to us between 1999 till now. When I tried to introduce Buba Marwa to his constituency, I said it. Let him go to the local government and know what are the condition of their schools, health care system and security there then and what the situation is now.

When you talked about Obama what you are saying is that we need strong personalities to build strong institutions but now in the merger you have individuals who are described as strange bed fellows. How confident are you that from now till 2015, people will remain committed to the change we need?

Well, I assume that we have agreed on the reason why we needed to merge. That no single opposition party could defeat the ruling party so we had to bury our differences to come together. What we did was deliberate and according to the Electoral Act 2010 that when you want to have a party, you have to apply and satisfy certain criteria. We set up a series of committees one of which identified five political parties that should merge — ACN, ANPP, CPC, DPP, and APGA.

And we graded ACN first, CPC second, ANPP third, APGA fourth and DPP fifth. But we had to ask DPP and APGA to wait until after the merger because they had court cases and those could have been used to either delay or forestall our registration. Three of us – ACN, CPC and ANPP – decided to merge. We had to convene a convention, dissolve ourselves with the intention of registering a new political party. We did it successfully. We asked the three leading members of the parties-chairmen, secretaries and treasurers to apply but INEC corrected us, saying we needed 25 to 30 people, so we had to go to all geo-political zones and put in place interim management at the top until the convention where elected members formally took over. We had to put the structure on ground from local government to states. After all that, the registration became successful. To do that we needed card-carrying members to complete the process. So in every INEC-recognized polling unit, we registered at least 100 card-carrying members. Then we moved on with the convention. Now there is a party and we are looking forward to primaries and then to general elections.

No doubt you have achieved a milestone because this is the first merger in the history of Nigeria. You have organised a convention. How satisfied are you with the results of the convention? What role do you envisage for yourself in the primaries?

The most important thing is to remove self if one is serious. That’s what I call stabilisation of the system. As I said, we realised that no single opposition party could do it, so we came together. You can’t always have it your way. We insisted on having the registration because when we registered under the same party we can come together and discuss our differences. This is what we are doing. Differences exist and will continue to exist, but being in the same party, we have to find a way of getting over our differences. For example, we had to do what is called harmonization committee and especially when we were joined by five PDP governors with their structures. Naturally, they crushed my poor grassroot supporters. This is the reality on the ground. Forget about me. I convinced our colleagues that the first thing to do is to have the party on the ground; the party needs to be on the ground. Let us go and start from the grassroots. That’s where we are now. We are trying to kill the delegates system, we are going to do direct primaries. We will start from the ward and come up. The convention will just be to ratify it. So even for those who have so much money, there will be no delegates to buy, the people will have their way. And that is how our candidates, including that for the presidency, will emerge.

Your mantra during your first outing in 1983 was to fight corruption. How different was the Nigeria you met in 1983 and the Nigeria of today? Secondly, What is your vision?

It is how it was. As I said before, now my attention is on the elite. Let them search their consciences. Let them go to their local government areas and see the infrastructure there and its quality –schools, medical care, the provision of water, security and let them find out, what was the situation then and the amount of money allocated. Look at the money this country earned between 2003 and 2011. Nigeria has never realised so much money in its history. I give example of the National Assembly hearings on some institutions — banks, petroleum industry, NEPA and so on. Look at the billions of Naira that are missing. Just look at it. Even in Abuja there are areas where you can stay for weeks without light. Where are the billions of Naira spent?

The Nigerian educational system is in shambles. Recently, results released by WAEC shows 70 percent failure in Maths and English. ASUU went on strike for many months; polytechnics just resumed after many months of strike; How will you react to the situation?

Yes, as I said, the damage is done. We mentioned infrastructure and social services, including education, healthcare and water provision. But one has to start somewhere. For example, if APC forms the government, there will be no National Conference, that N7billion they said they spent would have been used to fund education and ASUU strike wouldn’t have taken place. Polytechnics would not have gone on strike for 11 months. Our children would have been in school instead of on the streets. So which kind of government is this? Do we have to go and tell them their priorities? That we have to keep our children in school? Do we have to tell them to keep the standard of education high? Are they not aware that 90 percent or 70 percent of our children do not have the opportunity to go to tertiary institutions because they couldn’t pay? Don’t they know that teachers don’t have the equipment they need to teach? I will give you an example which I mentioned to someone recently. It’s a result of a research I commissioned.

The study found that the late Ahmadu Bello was spending about 43 percent of the whole northern budget on education. Awolowo was spending more than 55 per cent. Go and check in the South-west, there is only one or two states that are spending about 20 per cent on education. We have to get a much more serious type of leadership. This is where we are and it is the responsibility of the elite to push for a change.

Do you think we should hold Jonathan responsible for the serious malaise we find ourselves in. Is his government incompetent or in your view? Do you talk to him or offer any advice?

The normal thing is that the leadership is held responsible for whatever goes wrong. If things go wrong in your house, who is responsible? Is it not you Mai Gida? It’s the same thing. It’s the leadership. Now when I talked about our past leaders — the Sardauna and Awolowo — and the most serious issue was provision of education. If you educate people qualitatively and properly, you don’t have to bother too much really. There is a level below which they will not agree to live. They will look after themselves and their environment but when you ignore education, and people can’t educate their children you are gradually killing the whole country, not only your own community. This is very obvious.

There is a kind of campaign out there that your party, the APC is so insensitive that it is contemplating the so-called Muslim/Muslim ticket. Is this a rumour or a possibility?

Well, when I started first in APP in 2002, who did I pick as my running mate? Was it not late Okadigbo? A Christian and Igbo. Who did I pick in 2007? Umezuoke a Roman Catholic Christian and Igbo. Who did I choose in 2011? Pastor Tunde Bakare. Is he not a pastor? So, what was the pattern of the voting? It was not based on religion. Anyway as I said, I am a loyal party member. My party will decide.

Your party doesn’t seem to be lamenting the exit of certain people like the former governors of Sokoto and Kano states. Is it a case of good riddance or a case of indifference?

I told you that when we wanted to fill the interim management positions, we gave ACN the chairmanship position. CPC was recommended for national secretary. ANPP had three governors -Borno, Yobe and Zamfara. CPC had only one. But it is known in the political circle that if ANPP were to face PDP alone, they would have been buried out of existence. They knew that CPC was more on the ground since we were sharing the same base in the northern part of the country. Some of the leadership said they did not agree and that they must have the national secretary. They are the people that have left the party.

We know whom they are working for. Their first objective was to scuttle the registration and to ensure that the merger did not materialize. Their second objective, which they are still working on, although they have gone back to where they belong, is to make sure that at every step, they make things difficult. This is partisan politics.

Who are those you consider your likes either among the Nigerian elite or the political leadership?

No I won’t answer that question. I will rather keep my genuine supporters because they are making sacrifices to make sure that people vote for us. I am going to give you one example. In 2010, having floated a new party (CPC), we realized that we had to do registration, congresses, primaries and convention before the general election and the Electoral Act 2010 for the 2011 election only came five months to general elections, and we weren’t allowed to go out to campaign so I said I was going to start to establish our offices so I started from Kano Senatorial districts. From Southern Kano to central and end up in Bichi which is the northern Kano senatorial district. Do you know that from the southern senatorial zone, the vehicles that came to meet me were from there almost to Kano bumper to bumper and each vehicle was decorated with at least five of my posters? When I came to open the office in Kano, I couldn’t come down from my car.

They only brought the string and scissors for me to do the ceremony because the security there could not stop the surging crowd. And do you know that people were making posters free. When somebody asked me about the crowd, I told him that the only money that came out from my pocket was the one used in fueling my cars. People got round themselves to finance that.

Why is Gen. Muhammadu Buhari not giving up on Nigeria?

I answered that question about 30 years ago that I remain committed to this country because I have nowhere else to go. I have been a governor in six states, I have been petroleum minister, head of state for 20 months, chairman of PTF for five years — at a stage we had fifty three billion naira in the banking system and all parts of Nigeria saw what we did. After serving this country at those levels, where do I go? The only time I operated an account was when I was in training in the UK, India and the United States and when I came back I closed all the accounts. I don’t have a property even in Niger, so where do I go?

What’s your last word for your supporters?
Let them remain steadfast and be prepared for Nigeria next year.


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  • redeem

    The Department for State SECURITY Services (DSS) said the rejection of N14
    Million from governor Rauf Aregbeshola and the All Progressives Congress
    (APC) by its operatives in Osun state is responsible for the recent MEDIA
    ATTACK on the on the DSS.

    Spokesperson of the DSS Marilyn Ogar MADE the revelation today while
    briefing newsmen in Abuja TODAY.

    “The APC is making unfounded allegations on the DSS because our OPERATIVE
    rejected at total of N14 million extended to its officials.

    “They had requested the DSS to come and COLLECT N4 million for himself
    while N10 Million should be given to the boys , but our OPERATIVES
    rejected the offer.”

    ” Politicians can not entice our operatives with MONEY , we are well paid
    by the federal government so no body can entice us with MONEY no matter
    the amount. We are paid upfront before embaking on such operations; we
    spent N200 million preparing for the election so let no politician think
    they can entice us with MONEY.–Dem wan hide am abi

    • redeem

      The trajectory of a man’s journey in public life matters. For the follwoing reasons we can not vote for Buhari

      1. He is an oligarch who does not believe in equality before the law. The way he jailed Lateef Jakande, Jim Nwobodo, Ambrose Ali, Pa Adekunle Ajasin, Chief Ayo Ojewumi on cases that had no foundation and allowed Awwal Ibrahim, the then Niger State governor, who was arrested in Heathrow Airport in London with 14 million pounds sterling and several millions of Niara and dollars to be under house arrest is my evidence. He also allowed Shehu Kangiwa, Sokoto State Governor who conducted and supervised the famous Bakolori Massacre of poor peasant farmers whose land were appropriated without compesation to remain under house arrest.

      1(a) Ayo Ojewumi became blind as a result of his imprisonment over false charges and died shortly after.

      1 (b) Prof. Ambrose Alli also became blind as a result of this false imprisonment. When he died, he had only one undeveloped plot of land to his name.

      1© Pa Adekule Ajasin was never the same after his eventual release and remained sickly for THE REST OF his life. Whe he died, he never had any property anywhere in the world except the one he had built from his sweat as long term teacher and school principal in Owo township.

      2. He put in place a retroactive law that killed three men, innocent men in my book, by public execution. He left untouched an alleged well known drug baron in Ibrahim Babangida who later overthrew his government.

      3. He jailed Ndukar Irabor and Tunde Thompson of the Guardian on stories that were factually true under Decree 4. He had told the Nigerian journalists then that it did not matter whether THE STORY reported was true or not, if his regime did not like it, the writer would go to jail.

      • clairvoyance

        Can ur dumb ass give a spot on interview about the Nigeria he envisions. This was not written by anybody ur dumb brain dead president can’t even give a description of himself.

        • redeem

          u call this rubbish interview abi—where are the probing questions asked-by the reporters whop interviewed him————–Nigeria is 54 yrs old when did Jonathan became president just about 4 yrs ago—and u heap alél the troubles on his ijaw head–Buhari was head of PTF–for 5 yrs–his achievements nko————none–this is the usual PR job designed to give him a sense of belonging in APC-period

      • Onyeze

        PEOPLE BEWARE!
        Redeem is one of the PDP agents paid by federal government to flood online portals and defend GEJ and his government. It’s o.k. to ignore things he says. He is the mouth piece of GEJ government. Just watch him in every forum. He is one of the so-called 2 millions jobs GEJ government created.
        @Redeem: Message for your master….3 options he has: He can honorably ignore all the calls to contest in 2015 and take his loot to his village…. a win-win situation for him. He can contest and be the first sitting president to lose, thirdly, he can attempt to rig himself into power by all means and plunge this country into civil way and believe me, he might not make it alive. Remember Ghadaffi (libya) and Saddam Hussein (Iraq)….all had options to leave with their loot but chose to die trying to remain in power. A word is enough for the wise.

      • Shehu

        YOUR RUBBISH IS NOT SELLABLE. BIGOT!

  • dudu

    Nigeria’s next President insha Allah biqudratilah, May Allah grant GMB long life, good health and more wisdom to see the Nigeria of his dreams in reality ameen.
    Reading this interview fills my mind with a renewed hope and happiness. And I hope forward thinking people in his party, the APC will give him the opportunity and more importantly, unbiased Nigerians, and a credible INEC will give him the opportunity to truly transform this country and redeem its place in the comity of nations.

    • sharp shape

      He can preside over arewaganistan not over southern Nigeria ! Thank God the hour of blood and gore approaches and if hausa-fulani Islamic marauders win then to them the spoils of war as no southern nigerian will have the moral right to complain ! We have been arming— and acquiring lethal skills including deadly weapons non-conventional to defend our land religious beliefs and way of life enough said

      • djay

        First, you guys said Inec will not register the new party APC, secondly, after Apc was registered they said it won’t last a year, now the are saying GMB can’t be president. Well events are now even moving faster than you guys think. Like play like play, GMB is getting there gardually.

      • onyeze

        You got the record for the most ignorant statement on this topic. I think you speak for yourself and not the south where I come from. People talk issue and all you care about is ethnic hatred. Wake up son!…this is 2014 and not 1960s. We need your likes out of this forum…i hope your landlord switches off you generator so you can get some deserved rest. If you’re in a car accident today, does it matter if the doctor treating you is hausa, igbo or yoruba?

        • sharp shape

          Listen low life mallam ! Just because your handle says onyeze does not mean you are SE and besides I am not ibo but those of us that will never accept slavery from jihadist and bastard traitots like you will defend ourselves from selfish octogenarian thugs like buhari and his slaves like you ! We do not pretend it will be easy but I can assure you that we will leave Nigeria a burnt out battle field and I leave you with a quote from che guvera the blood is thickest at the verge of victory ! And we will not be denied our rights to our resources our freedom and our religion ! Promise the present conflict in iraq will look like a kindergarten squabble God darm the British fraud called Nigeria ! Enough said

          • Wähala

            Our noisy neighbors!
            When Asari was chained to a dingy floor by Cotonou Genderme, how many of you volunteered for the suicide mission of rescuing him… where’s Henry Okah today? Oh, lest I forget… where is your Ogidigbodigbo peeling potato skins after stealing you drunks dry? Amesty baztard, Satan punish you fools for bringing disrepute to Nigeria via Dr. Dunce, the most hopeless clown in fake fedora.
            Soon, that camp you’re receiving govt. handouts will be closed after 2015 and it’s back to the creeks and oyel bunkering for you wetbacks. Drunkards!

  • sharp shape

    When this die hard regional arewa quota– systerm general sacked shagari– in God’s holy name did he not jail shagari if he believes the logic of the head bears the responsibility ? Why jail ekweme who was the deputy !!! Liar liar pant on fire on monkeys and low life islamic bigots like you will buy this rubbish ! Shame on you mr buhari and your lies down with the British fraud called Nigeria ! We will meet you on the battle field ! Our guns are silent for now as we watch the situation closely blood will surely flow and we make a solemn promise this is not 1967 may God decide the winners ode olori buruku janjaweed

    • bash

      That proved that u are a drunker, u surely drink ur normal agogoro before written this rubbish, so what did he said that is wrong in this interview that will make u start insulting him, u will never see nice in ur life that’s how u will end ur life without having a single common sense. We wish Nigeria well and by the grace of God we will continue to pray for peace in this country but ppl like u are bad and u must be a militant. Rubbish agogoro man.

      • sharp shape

        Nonsense ogogoro is way better and more refined than you smelly burukutu ! Flea infested rag head

    • redeem

      He supervised the smuggling of 53 suitcases filled with CASH througth the MMA against the protests of General Tunde Idiagbon and ironically, Abubakar Atiku, the then Director General of the Customs who later became the Vice President and a compromised politician himself. This smuggling of the suit cases were supervised by his ADC, Col. Mustapha Jokolo.

      5. He jailed Fela Anikulapo -Kuti on trumped up charges under emergency law which prompted the sentencing judge to confess that he was ordered to do so and apologised to the late musician. It was Buhari’s administration that said it has “decided to deal with this Fela problem once and for all.”

      6. He convinced all the northern political leaders against allowing the National Identity Card program because according to him, this would unravel the myth of Northern population majority

      7. He is an Islamic fundamentalist, the Bin Laden of Nigeria, who told his northern followers never to vote for anyone who was not a muslim.

      8. He is a coup plotter.

      9. He has never been able to ACCOUNT to Nigerians what he did with the 20 billion Naira of the Petroleum Trust Fund of which he was the chairman under Sani Abacha.
      9(a) He has not been able to point to any project that he prosecuted outside the Northern Nigeria with the so-caled trust fund.

      10. He was in full support of all the atrocities of Sani Abacha against the Nigerian people. There is no single record of his criticism of Sani Abacha during those dark days when Nigeria was on precipice. It shows that he is a patriot of convenience and as such unfit to lead the country.

      11. Buhari, as part of his tribalistic practices placed President Shagari under house arrest inside a palatia mansion in Ikoyi while he locked up Shagari’s Vice, Alex Ekwueme in Kirikiri Prison. Shagari is Hausa/Fulani like him while Alex Ekwueme is an Igboman.

      • Wähala

        Sharaap!
        Stop wasting your breath, Buhari has not won the primaries to bear the flag for the APC yet, but here you are throwing a tantrum. Election is a numbers game, if he wins the right to face-off with your clown again, trust me, he has the numerical strength to whip the drunk back to the creek zoo he escaped from. Dindirin!

        • Solaside

          You sound very much like my friend in the states. He grew up in Lagos, schooled in Ibadan so uses terms that even Yorubas have long forgoten like your last word here! He once told his father in Yoruba, one Igbo man is outside looking for you, he looked at him….”and you what are you?” Now I call that integration, that was when Nigeria was forward looking, we all grew up together, hope it comes back soon.

          • Wähala

            I was born in Eko, attended SS Peter ati Paul in Badejo, Ibadan… bolted to Fed. Govt. College, Kano; before I ended up in Hackensack, New Jersey for higer ed. Still sound familiar? Maybe, you could be my long lost friend who stole my girlfriend, Folake, and bolted to Ohio State Univ. at Kent… na you?

          • Solaside

            No, we were at Ibadan Boys. But at least it reminds me that certain times in the past things once looked up, you write entrance examinations and get chucked into just about any boarding school and we take it from there. But my suspicion was right, it take someone who once lived in the hinterland to use those words. Niceday bro!

          • redeem

            forget to tell us yr mama is ibo–old man fulani–clear as day-light that yr old man was a soldier who got married to yr mom during the Nigerian civil war–

          • redeem

            Nigeria has never been a forward looking nation–never —–when was that–during the era of balewa ati Zik—when————-Nigeria has been a divided country–look at u using the major tribes as a yard-stick for measuring our unity–we are together because of oil –period–remove the crude oil from our table and tell me where our unity lies-

        • redeem

          he is not electable————————–at least he confessed to have gotten two of hhis VPs from yr zone in the south east–when Jonathan was not even around—-yet could not win the elections———-he is just trying to market his alawada soul-

      • djay

        you are just making noise everywhere

        • Richard

          Everyone should know this guy and a couple of others are paid agents of Jonathan . All they do is to reply and write frivolous piece in support of their paid master . We know all of them and they will soon be exposed.
          Back to the issue of the retired General, I have my reservations about him but the truth is that he was one of the best leaders to have governed this country. His contributions are still much needed, but we need vibrant youths to take over. The likes of Buhari should be mentors for the younger ones. If indeed APC could genuinely conduct the primaries as laid down by Buhari, I don’t see any reason why APC should not be at the helm of affairs in Nigeria in. 2015.

          • Wähala

            Brilliant. We need not recycle fossils to move forward… Buhari can impact from the sidelines if he truly wants change at the helm. With him, the PDP do not need a new slogan to trash him at the polls, but with a new kid on the block… it’s a different ball game! Thanks for making sense, O’jare!

          • redeem

            and u who do u work for tinubu abi–

          • redeem

            tell us more how he woooooooooooooooooooed sam mbakwes junioir wife————

          • Richard

            You know everything . You know it all . You know the story , now tell us

      • Shehu

        THE UNREDEEMED CYBER RAT. YOU NEED TO BE TAKEN TO AIG FORCE ANIMAL BRANCH FOR KEEPING.

    • djay

      You heard him, he didn’t spend a kobo to have such a huge crowd supporting him, that’s the peoples love and loyalty which abuja money can’t buy.

      • Lorddaniels

        You are a dance for believing such crap. The people that helped with his looting by proxy trick organised and mobilised the mostly almajiri unregistered voters crowd. Ode!

        • djay

          MUMU, democracy is all about the majority> u were there when they organised and mobilised the almajiri abi?

      • REDEEM

        where was the said crowd in 2003 ati 2007———————when he picked his VPS FORM THE SOUTH EAST—-THE EVIL THAT MEN DO LIVES AFTER THEM———————————-BUHARI IS NOT ELECTABLE

        • djay

          That should not be your problem if he is electable or not, its the electorate that will decide not you.

  • dudu

    Attention all patriots, I implore you to vote for GMB and Prof. Yemi Osibajo in the 2015 general elections, they are tested and trusted leaders, thank you.

    • Ken

      Your advice is rejected. There is no guarantee the duo will protect my interest over that of their main financial backer Bola Ahmend Tinubu, who has so far shown that he is only interested in himself and members of his immediate family.

      • dudu

        A yoruba adage says …we would not know when a good person passes by if we should close our eyes simply because we don’t want to behold a bad person, besides to me, your grouse or your allegations against Tinubu has not been proven…i implore you to have an open mind

        • Wähala

          Tinubu’s wife, daughter and son-in-law are all in politics courtesy of the cock-eyed clown…
          what other proof do you need that the man is self-centered? It was Tinubu who once said to Fashole that, “without ojoro, you won’t be governor” of Lagos State. Tinubu is a typical Yoruba man, cronyism is in his bloodstream.

          • dudu

            Can we do away with the ethnic coloration? Thanks, Now to reply your post, Don’t you think you ascribe so much powers or influence to Tinubu in a merger like that of the APC? Where would you put the likes of GMB, He may have his weaknesses no doubt as you rightly highlighted, but his penchant for ensuring that competent, hardworking, practical people are entrusted with political offices cannot be faulted, (especially if you consider Fashola, Aregbesola, Fayemi, Gbajiabiamila in the legislature and others who i cannot list now) I will choose Tinubu over and over again than to have the likes of Anenih, or Bode George or even Obj decide for me. Hope you are convinced?

          • Wähala

            Sorry about the ethnic coloration, shulda said, ‘most Nigerians…’
            Tinubu’s perceived powers ended after the merger as proven when APC Governors forced a change in the location of their convention and more importantly, the choice of their national Chairman… both of which went against the Asiwaju’s wishes. His influence rested with the defunct ACN as men like Govs. Okorocha and Ameachi would not be bossed around bcos they came into the merger from other parties. That said, quite frankly I’m all for a more youthful and visionary leader than an over 70yr-ol Buhari taking a second missionary journey at our expense. He may be a saint, but we need a younger saint… think of the Vatican electing old & sickly Popes, only for Catholics to keep soaking Chaplets in Holy Water in perpetual prayers!

          • dudu

            I appreciate your point, you can see, you simply corroborated my position as regards the influence of Tinubu, that said, as regards Buhari’s age, my opinion is that I believe age is highly overrated, I think age is just a number, what with Ribadu defecting to the infamous PDP of all parties simply because he was offered a governorship slot before an actual election, says so much about “age” being a “all essential factor” for contesting, I mean… I gave Ribadu my vote in the 2011 elections, for me now, Buhari is the “last man standing” as regards the presidency, I don’t trust Tambuwal, or Saraki….Buhari in my opinion can be trusted to clean the Augean stables. Just look at what is happening in the Nigerian Military for instance? See how the military has been humiliated in the international community, see how Nigerians now hate each other or ethnic and religious basis than ever before, see the economy sliding and someone is saying it is rebasing GDP….I can go on and on, see the unabashed corruption among the high and low, see how our national institutions have delved into partisan politics leaving the country divided more than ever, Tell me, which of the “younger”, “relatively clean” “youthful and visionary leader” among the present crop of politicians can bell that cat? Believe me, we have a long way to go unless we start with some like Buhari, I’m for discipline

          • Wähala

            Guess why Buhari is a perpetual Presidential candidate?
            It’s because he knows the much taunted discipline during his joint administration with Idiagbon was actually to Idiagbon’s credit. Buhari needs to leave a legend by himself and for his name alone. Remember, Abacha waited for Tunde to go on lesser hajj before shooing chicken Buhari to the sidelines. Buhari was DG of PTF and could have made his impact more pronounced if he truly has the nation at heart. Quite frankly, I believe he’s on ego trip and will squander APC’s chance at displacing the PDP because Nigerians have repeated rejected Buhari… he just has to accept and deal with that it. He’s “persona-non-grata” at the Villa… shikena!

          • pastorakinleye

            You are shamelessly showing off your prejudices against a proven leader. Your arguments are just a cover for a deep resentment for a man who cannot be corrupted like the bunch of plunderers rampaging the landscape today. Abraham Lincoln endured a steady stream of failure and defeat before becoming President of the United States after ten prior electoral losses.

          • Wähala

            How old was Ab Lincoln when he finally made it into the White House?
            Buhari’s “proven” leadership was actually Idiagbon’s making. As PTF Chairman, he did not perform above par and that’s gospel. My grouse is with his age and not his antecedents… younger leaders have also demonstrated potentials and I believe we ought to give them a chance than keep recycling fossils. Are you not old enough to lead a country, why always Buhari? Go-siddon, biko!

          • Musanga

            Dear Wahala, I never like you for once, but today you’ve made my day. That is the bitter truth for APC. The truth is, that Buhari is the most popular candidate for the Core-North Muslims and nothing more than than. Even if 2015 presidential election is conducted 10 times GEJ will win Buhari in all fair and square. I served in the North and I was convinced that Buhari is ethnic and religious biase because his PTF projects up there as compared to the South. I am so sure Buhari and his foot soldiers will tear APC apart during their presidential primaries. I don’t have any iota of believe that he can even fight corruption the way people are saying it. We knew Idiagbon for us who were old enough.

          • pastorakinleye

            You inhabit an island of illusion where obsession with the impossible has coralled your reasoning. Take off your mask and reveal the rot you know about Buhari, outside the usual beer-parlor trash talk. Buhari, at seventy is one of the only few good standing , who wants to lead. Can’t you see?

          • deji

            Obviously you are anti Otuoke clown. APC Presidential primaries is coming very soon. Nominate yourself or support any Presidential candidate of your choice. If you or your candidate should lose the popular votes to Buhari, then be a good party man by thowing your support behind Buhari. Afterall, it cannot be as bad as this Jonothing tenure.
            APC! Progress.

        • djay

          U are very right

          • dudu

            thanks, I’m humbled

  • clairvoyance

    A president Nigeria direly needs. God as giving us a second chance to push for a change in 2015. Nigeria’s appraised in one interview by the people’s president GMB.

  • Wähala

    Buhari should accept reality and support a more youthful candidate if he really wants to push out the PDP from the center… Contesting would portray him as a perpetual candidate and convey the impression of a desperado. But if he’s truly patriotic and supports someone like Tambuwal, Oshiomhole, Okorocha or Fashola (folks with proven track records and administrative skills) Nigerians would hail Buhari as a father-figure and concerned ex-President. Just like Baba Iyabo is respected today for his outspokenness and concern for the nation. Anybody who has ruled Nigeria is part of Nigeria’s problem. Besides, Buhari’s handlers should sink it into him that other former heads of state & goons would not be alive to see him become a civilian President because of festering grouses… regardless their public posturing. They may be behind the recent attempt on his life.

    • Denis_NG

      I wholeheartedly disagree with you on Buhari’s ambition. From all his antecedents, he has proven himself to be a complete positive outlier among all his peers, and he remains genuinely committed to the growth and progress of Nigeria. I think Buhari should be supported, lest we come to regret it after he must has long passed away as one of the best presidents Nigeria never had the wisdom and foresight to elect.

      • Wähala

        How old is the British PM… how old is Obama… what is the average age of contemporary leaders across the globe… and if I may ask, are you not old enough to become President? That’s why Nigeria is stagnant, we build this myth around a person and act as if he’s the only messiah in the world. Reality check, take Buhari’s professed age (add 10-15yrs) and tell me how we can move on with fossils at the helm… let him pass away biko, a child is born every minute in Nigeria. Enough of fossil politics, biko.

        • Femi

          You can’t compare the kind of country Obama and Camron inherited to Nigeria. At this point in time Nigeria needs someone like Buhari.

          • pastorakinleye

            Ronald Reagan was 69 yrs old when he won the US presidency, beating a younger Jimmy Carter. Youthfulness does not automatically translate into wisdom, as exemplified by the tenures of Lucky Igbinedion, Ayo Fayose, Joshua Dariye, etc. Buhari, with his antecedents remains one of Nigeria’s best shot at greatness.

          • Wähala

            If you really want to compare countries…
            Americans traditionally vote out any govt. after two terms regardless the achievements of that political party. After 16yrs under PDP’s brutal headlock, this is the best chance at change and the flag bearer should not be a perpetual loser regardless how upright he may appear. My point being, the ball is on the penalty spot and Nigeria needs young legs to boot it in… kapisch?

          • Onyeze

            GEJ is very young and how far has Nigeria fared? My point being…age is overrated and has nothing to do with job performance. We need somebody who has a proven record. The elites in Nigeria will spend their last kobo to ensure that Buhari does not become president…why? Because they know most of them will have to cough out everything they have been stealing and still end up in Jail. They need a weak “head” like GEJ because he’s one of them.
            Buhari can turn this country around. Hilary Clinton is about to make a push after Obama and nobody talks about her age but her experience. The age thing is one of those things the elites use to fight against Buhari being elected. They want business as usual (to protect their ill-gotten wealth) and unfortunately the clueless masses are buying it. Prior to the recent assassination attempt on Buhari, the same elites made you believe he is the chairman of Boko Haram. Now, they’ve shifted to he’s old. Please think and stop buying every dummy sold to you. Get Buhari elected and I can assure you that the so-called untouchables can go to jail.
            After almost getting killed, GEJ promised to fish out the offenders and the final report of that committee is that “the federal government did not sponsor the killers”. case closed.

          • Wähala

            Facing reality my man, Buhari is between 75-85yrs old. Add another 4-8yrs and natural sciences would tell you he will be in the twilight of his life… that should not be at the expense of generations just because of one man’s un-quenching thirst for power. There are 180 million Nigerians, if you’re not confident in yourself… vote for me!

          • sharp shape

            Carter only served one term and another republican Bush took over Reagan’s second term! See how thin your knowledge of history is! Low life imbecile! Rubbish

          • Wähala

            Nigeria does not “need” anybody!
            Did you know of Fashola, Okorocha, Oshimhole, Akpabio or Amaechi… before they performed as Governors? How can you tell the temperature if you don’t dip your leg into the water? Stop this nonsense about Buhari being the messiah… I just don’t subscribe to recycling fossils, shikena!

          • Jujubeans

            Buhari is the only man that has the gravitas and moral authority to deal corruption a heavy blow. He will go after all those crooks and thieves without hesitation: No. being GEJ and number 2 being Diezani. That’s why GEJ is fighting for a second term with such ferocity.

          • REDEEM

            BUHARI IS CORRUPTION PERSONIFIED——————-He supervised the smuggling of 53 suitcases filled with CASH througth the MMA against the protests of General Tunde Idiagbon and ironically, Abubakar Atiku, the then Director General of the Customs who later became the Vice President and a compromised politician himself. This smuggling of the suit cases were supervised by his ADC, Col. Mustapha Jokolo.

          • Wähala

            Your stupidity is amazing…
            How do you know Buhari is the only man with the moral latitude to combat corruption?
            Stop worshipping fossils, Höly Wähala will never shout ‘Alleluia’ to a Buhari presidency. Count me out!

          • Ade

            all the govs you mention are dirty corrupt. Tell us any gov that is not a billionaire(stolen), then we will make him the president.

        • josh

          Both obama and cameron dey make silly mistakes o. Can any human rules human race successfully? No. It s only d kingdom of God dt jesus christ admonishes us to pray to come can save mankind

          • Wähala

            Pleeese…
            Never preach the Bible to Höly Wähala, I take serious umbrage with that.

        • Gbo_lee

          You cannot write off a man due to his age,that is what we Young people say when we want to be involved,we say if you are able age should not matter,it is unfair for the same people be criticising this man based on age alone…he has shown himself to be truly capable,and so age should not be an issue for me. All I care about is how good my President is not how old my President is…if he is still medically fit to continue,that is all that matters

          • Wähala

            Buhari is a sick man, he’s regularly in Europe for medicals… why didn’t he build one well-equipped hospital during his spells as maximum leader and PTF oga? Abegi, go-siddon!

          • mr president

            Hey mr wahala are u telling us that there is better candidate now against the 2015 election? Use ur wisdom all what people are trying to support is somebody that is better than what we have now it most not be buhari. Use ur brain not ur nyarsh

          • Wähala

            Mr. President,
            We’re on the same page. I want change we can believe in… but not necessarily from Buhari for obvious reasons, he will lose again. It’s in his DNA to lose so biko, let’s find s’one else. Shikena!

          • Onike24

            You know, despite your penchant for personal insults, your conclusion is usually impeccable, but this time you are wrong. Buhari is not sick mentally or physically,. If Buhari was not overthrown In a coup, Nigeria would be a very different place! And I know from personal experience that he was very honest and scrupulous as Chairman of the PTF

          • Wähala

            No, No!
            I insinuated his often visits for medicals could be a pointer all may not be well, I am not privy to his health certificate which is his personal business. Again, don’t get me wrong, he has an impeccable work history as most folks who worked with him described him as a workaholic… all that said, my point still remains: We must not continue to recycle fossils no matter their pedigree. Are you not old enough to be Preident of a country? Why always Buhari???

      • Tunsj

        Well said.

      • Lanus

        It’s only the PDP that would welcome Buhari as the APC’s candidate, because they would not sweat to defeat him.
        Buhari should support Oshemole or Fashola.

  • Braun

    Empty interview. No specific solutions. Only listing problems and pretending that he and his kind were not responsible for Nigeria’s woes. Under him overseas scholarships were banned, as if we are a repository of all knowledge. And he talks about the importance of education.

    Who stopped Lagos rail project and even paid the defaulting penalty in millions of dollars to the contracted company? Now, look at Lagos and the transport situation. What a lack of foresight. Anyone who has been to London and indeed the West, knows how vital rail transport is to rapid development. I won’t even mention the parochial thinking. Know what to think of someone who doesn’t believe in anyone outside his tribe and religion.

    Nigerians, vote wisely. Know who your enemy is. Vote modernity and not mediocrity as exemplified by this public office usurper and thief who says he is not corrupt. As if money is the only thing that can be stolen!

    • josh

      Oga, u b TAN Member?

      • Omo Oodua

        U be Buhari’s boot licker?

    • Usman

      I wish GEJ can say something similar to that, empty head

      • sharp shape

        Rubbish

        • Shehu

          sharp RUBBISH shape.

  • Ette

    If APC wishes to have a free ride to Aso rock, the combination of Oshiomole and Tambuwal will do the magic and send GEJ back to Otuoke. Buhari should be there for fatherly advice. Time has come to change the tide and move upward toward a better society desired by all of us. This combination will satisfy SS and the suffering North as real development will set in rather than PDP and GEJ who think that stealing money to bribe any one in sight that will keep sinking Nigeria into oblivion. Praying that APC considers this winning combination for the sake of our country.

    • True Nigerian

      Well, the other prayer you should also pray is for deliverance from ageism and ethnicism. Oshiomole and Tambuwal are not better materials than Buhari. Yet, you simply want to condemn Buhari to a backroom adviser partly because of his age and partly because of his origin (north).
      People who really want change from the horror called PDP will hardly have any room for ageism and ethnicism in their calculations as to whether to support any person who truy represents that change.

  • Gbo_lee

    “If the country is not secure,nothing serious can be done” Jonathan does not seem to know this. There are very feet politicians that can speak like this,the fact that he is not drawing attention to himself,not claiming he is the one that must be selected by the APC or the people,and being a member of the opposition,he did not give any harmful remarks about Jonathan,he is careful in saying that development must start from the grassroots,but yet correctly and politely says that blame must lies with the leadership…the heart and courage of this man,his gentleman yet Stern nature,and his experience in defending this country makes him a worthy President for Nigeria next year. If you can’t see this,you are simply closing your eyes to the truth. In APC we believe!

  • Omo Oodua

    Rubbish interview! How can you call this an interview when the person being interviewed is being systematically and indirectly told how to answer the questions being asked. An interview where the person being interviewed is being given ‘expo’ on how to ridicule the President. I dont know why people regard this man called Buhari as a saint and incorruptible person. People tend to forget that it was actually Tunde Idiagbon that was ruling when Buhari was the ‘ceremonial’ head of state. All the strict rules and regulations and war against corruption were being promulgated by Idiagbon and NOT Buhari. People continue to say Buhari didnt embezzle when he was the head of state, but they forgot that Buhari couldn’t have done that because Idiagbon was the one ruling indirectly. No wonder it was easy for IBB to overthrow Buhari after OBJ helped them in tricking Idiagbon to perform Hajj in Saudi Arabia. Buhari is now really desperate to get to Aso Rock because he regretted not enriching himself while in power, so he is bent on doing so this time around when he gets there (in his dreams!)

    • Usman

      I wish the GEJ you are standing for attended an open presidential debate of 2011, where he will be questioned without been notified of the questions, then we will know who needs some clew before he speaks, GEJ is more than an embarrassment, check his interviews with Amanpour, please begin to argue reasonably and keep aside your religious sentiments and tribal bigotry.

    • Nigerian

      HAHAHA! Mr. OoDUWA, you are really a BIG CLOWN

    • Enemona

      Ignorance. He could have enriched himself in PTDF, he did not, he still does not own any foreign account. As petroleum minister, he did not even use private jet not to take of owning it.

    • Onyeamama

      That’s what they call leadership. You surround yourself with the right people and watch them perform. Every good leader does that. That’s how you lead. The General is a good leader and will make us proud.

      • sharp shape

        Sharaaaaap ewu ode buruku oloshi

    • sharp shape

      God bless you death to buharam !!!

      • Shehu

        You need to be taken to AIG FORCE ANIMAL BRANCH for keeping just like Redeem

  • Usman

    who else can openly make such claims?, GEJ can not even disclose his properties talk less of such a bold claim of not owing anything outside the boundaries of Nigeria, so long as we don’t have leaders like this, we will continue to rotate about that vicious cycle

    • sharp shape

      Death to buharam and all fulani invaders

      • Usman

        argue reasonably with points

    • sharp shape

      Low life janjaweed ! Death to buharam

  • TruthBeToldNaija

    Whenever clever arguments r put up, all viz paid TAN, Neighbour2Neighbour, blind GEJ supporters will be raising senseless & unverifiable claims. As if they all sip OGOGORO 2geda. Jobless online bloggers who r
    aod peanuts to write rubbish online. Ask if any of them hv gotten a good job ever since d wayo wayo campaign promises of 2011. Shameless people

    • sharp shape

      Death to buharam and all islamofacist thugs like you rubbish

      • kick ’em out

        You are suffering from Islamophobia? I pity you boy

      • BenO

        Mind u am a BORN AGAIN CHRISTIAN WHO WILL NOT SELL HIS BIRTHRIGHT COS OF IGNORANCE NOR FOLLOW BLINDLY BUT OBJECTIVELY…..MY PEOPLE ARE DESTROYED FOR LACK OF KNOWLEDGE-HOSEA 4:6

        • sharp shape

          Shut up traitor and coward! You will perish alongside your hell smelly rag head hounds insha Allah

          • checkmate

            You are really a drunkard. You don’t have anything positive to say than to insult people. You lack morals.

      • checkmate

        Even your EBOLA JONAHARAM knows BUHARI’S integrity. So you are too childish.

        • sharp shape

          Integrity? Boko sympathizer you will all burn in hell insha Allah

          • checkmate

            You sound so childish.

  • janjaweed3

    Yes Boss. The last and original general. The incorruptible. The emancipator. The brand name for incorruptibility.

    • sharp shape

      Sharaaaaaaaap ! Ode buruku jesus is lord death to buhari

      • alao

        I actually thought Jesus taught kindness and mercy. Yet,you are using the lords name to cast death unto someone. Wow,Wow. Then I believe that Islam also preaches peace and social justice to one another. Yet,some Muslims use Allah’s name to also cast death unto others, i.e Boko haram. It then means that no religion teaches violence, expect some who happen to practice both religions are Savages, but seek to cover their savegery with religion.

        • sharp shape

          Jesus never taught cowardice! You sniveling toad! Its your right to defend your way of life or at least die trying! This unreasonable Islamist buhari seek to forcefully turn you to a Muslim and you talk of love! What a coward!

      • Kola Adekola

        Oloshi, oloribu!!!

        • sharp shape

          Omo ale oloriburuku omo ashawo koni dafun awon ebire ode buruku

          • Kola Adekola

            Asibi Omo ward, aiye awon obi e ti pale. Omo oro.

  • Enemona

    The last standing incorruptible politician.

    • sharp shape

      Nonsense

      • Enemona

        What better response can you provide. Senselense and needless.

    • Al

      Loud and please

  • onyeze

    THE PROBLEM WITH NIGERIA:
    We are a nation of prayer warriors! We pray and ask for deliverance but when GOD sends somebody to deliver us, we reject him or her even before the person opens his/her mouth. We’re very good at outright finding faults with others. Unfortunately we never even look at ourselves in the mirror. For the record, I’m from the South East if you care to know.

    Once, there was a great Nigerian. A lawyer by profession. He used his God-given gift to fight for the poor (it did not matter if you’re igbo, Hausa or Yoruba). He represented all of us. He asked for nothing in return. He even spent years in prison for fighting for us. He eventually formed a political party…National Conscience Party as a way to achieve his aim of changing the suffering of the people. The same people he suffered for and spent years in prison fighting for REJECTED him. We preferred known criminals. This great Nigerian was Gani Fawehinmi. When he died, we all remembered how great he was.

    Shift to Dora Akunyili, Another great Nigerian. When appointed to run NAFDAC, some believe she was going to protect his Igbo brothers that are deep in fake drug business. Yes, we all know how well she ran NAFDAC and almost payed with her life in the hands of hired assassins. When Yaradua came on-board instead of retaining her and encouraging her to continue the good work, some believed “it was their turn” to run the agency and she was removed, later re-posted as information minister and eventually eased out of government. She is dead and all of a sudden we remember she was a dedicated and a great Nigerian.
    I’m just old enough to know the man – Buhari. He is not a saint. He is very strict and does not bend easily. However, with the crop of politicians we have, he is closest to a saint. None of his children went to school abroad and none in powerful position despite his background and positions he has held. His children are just like most of us. As usual, when his name is mentioned, we either shout he’s Boko Haram chairman (until recent assassination attempt) when we switched to he’s too old. Like others that have come and passed…….it might be another lost opportunity. I hope this is not the case. I pray God will help us realize what a great opportunity and choice we have this time around.

    • BenO

      THE MISREPRESENTED STATESMANBuhari, Mr. Integrity is a one-sided account validating the reverence of one of the few statesmen left in Nigeria. Nonetheless, it offers a great deal of objective insight that counters some of the unsubstantiated stereotypes associated with General Muhammadu Buhari. In all fairness, the author, Barmo Gumi admits his bias while simultaneously acknowledging General Muhammadu Buhari’s fallacy as a leader. But, what leader isn’t flawed in some way or the other? As such, the task that Buhari, Mr. Integrity effectively accomplishes is the manner in which it jettisons the various distortions against the person of General Muhammadu Buhari. Regrettably, these grievances are publicized by individuals that know little about the most conscientious Head of State or President that Nigeria has ever had.While hearsay and speculation is common in Nigeria, there are certain unverified falsehoods against General Muhammadu Buhari’s reputation that have gradually been enshrined in the minds of a few misguided Nigerians. Although, these allegations are unfounded, they are continuously and severely promulgated to conceal the fear of the few vested interests that continue to wreck Nigeria. This paper focuses on the 3 popular assertions against General Muhammadu Buhari and why the guilty continue to publicize them with no facts to authenticate them. It will argue that none of these indictments are objective or backed by credible evidence. The allegations are that General Muhammadu Buhari is,1) Religiously/Ethnically Intolerant2) Aged/Outdated3) Autocratic/DisciplinarianAccording to the first view promoted by the vested interests and their minions, General Buhari is religiously intolerant. In Buhari, Mr. Integrity, sufficient evidence is provided that showcases General Buhari’s experience as a military man and a public servant. Furthermore, the book shows that in all the esteemed positions he held as a military man and public official, General Muhammadu Buhari never judged any of his staff along religious lines. During his time as Commandant of the 3rd Armored Division in Jos, General Muhammadu, on his own accord exempted Christians from their duties on Sunday. Interestingly, he denied Muslims the same right on Friday, on account of the absence of a work-free day in Islam. As Head of State, 7 out of his 15 Federal Commissioners were Christians. What’s more, Christians held key portfolios during Buhari’s regime. It is an irrefutable fact that prominent portfolios such as Defense, Finance, Petroleum, Health, Information, Works and Justice were under the control of Christians. In addition, during his short stint as Head of State, 11 out of the 19 Military Governors were Christians, 7 were Muslims, and 1 was peculiarly an Animist. How can a supposedly religiously intolerant dictator appoint an Animist as the Military Governor of the capital of Nigeria? The Military Governor of Lagos, Gbolahan Mudashiru refused to his oath with either the Holy Qur’an or the Holy Bible during Buhari’s time as Head of State. These appointees are well documented for anyone that wishes to objectively dissect the allegations against General Muhammadu Buhari. Furthermore, out of his 4 Service Chiefs, only Ibrahim Babangida (Army) was a Muslim. The trio of Domkat Bali (Defense), Augustus Aikhamou (Navy) and Dominic Bello (Airforce) were all Christians. It is also significant to note that General Buhari did not require the persuasion of the Senate, the contentious zoning formula, or the obligation of the Federal Character Act of 1996 to approve these appointments. In case the vested interest and their minions come up with the argument that all these appointments and deeds transpired about 3 decades ago, direct them to scrutinize the recent actions of General Muhammadu Buhari. During the 2011 elections, General Muhammadu handpicked the highly respected Pastor Tunde Bakare, as opposed to a candidate with a greater political capital. If General Muhammadu Buhari were religiously intolerant, he would not risk his aspiration to standby a religious leader of another faith. Recently, General Buhari attended the burial service of Sir Martin Agwu Ohadiugha in the Holy Trinity Parish in Umuahia. As stated by the Catholic Bishop of Umuahia Diocese, His Lordship, Rev. Lucius Ugorji, “that General Muhammadu Buhari, a Muslim, could stay through the Christian service without opting to sympathize with Chief Emenike (the son in-law of the deceased) only in his house spoke volumes of his religious tolerance. Age is another baseless argument against General Muhammadu Buhari’s explicit capability to rescue Nigeria from its prevalent situation. This view is crusaded by the vested interest and their minions based on their artificial belief that at 72, General Muhammadu is inherently out of touch with the complexities of the modern world. This artificial belief is fundamentally flawed, as it assumes that there is a direct correlation between age and competence. This view was aptly tackled in the most recent James Bond movie, the critically acclaimed Skyfall. Q, a young tech savvy agent confidently reminds 007 “age is no guarantee of efficiency, to which 007 replied “youth is no guarantee of innovation.” Even in reality, human history has innumerable case studies of old and young leaders that have done extremely well and extremely bad. Some political scientists even argue that elderly leaders spearheaded most of the contemporary economic growth across the world in recent memory.When Deng Xiaoping assumed power as the Paramount Leader of China in 1978, he was 74. Yet, Deng will go on to initiate his popular agricultural reforms and open China to the rest of the world, leading to the transformation of China into one of the fastest growing economies in the world for over 30 years. Consequently, hundreds of million Chinese citizens were lifted out of poverty. It is critical to note that Deng was 2 years older than General Muhammadu Buhari. The infamous economic miracle came with a minor restriction that only a few people know about till this very date. Japan limited the position of Prime Minister to leaders between the ages of 75 and 80 years old. The German statesman, Konrad Adenauer supervised the recovery of West Germany after the Second World War at the age of 73. Charles De Gaulle is credited for restoring French pride and prosperity. At 70, he galvanized the French war effort and went on to rule till he was 80 years old. Finally, the greatest leader Africa has seen in the post-colonial period, Nelson Mandela, was elected as the President of South Africa at the age of 74. Once again, that is 2 years older than General Muhammadu Buhari. Contrastingly, John F. Kennedy became the youngest American President to be elected into office at the age 43. His tenure as President ushered in a golden age of idealism that energized technological innovation, eventually sending a man to the moon and revolutionizing communications satellite. Finally, Lee Kwan Yew became the Prime Minister of Singapore at the age of 30. He would eventually be a major influence on Deng Xiaoping’s decision to reform China’s economic policies. After governing for three decades, from 1959 to 1990, he restructured Singapore into a beacon of efficiency, growth, discipline and prosperity. As General Muhammadu Buhari declared at the 50th Anniversary Lecture of Nnamadi Azikwe Hall at the University of Ibadan “ability, competence and skill in politics do not reside in one particular age group. The idea is to have a mixture of experienced people who will bring their wisdom to bear and young men and women with energy and vigor to cooperatively run an administration.”The final attempted blemish on General Muhammadu Buhari’s reputation boils down to his adherence for law and order. Unsurprisingly, it is this attribute of the statesman that irks the vested interest and their minion, having benefited from years of lawlessness and chaos. In a normal society, discipline is an appreciated characteristic. But in Nigeria, it misconstrued as autocratic or extreme. Nonetheless, even as Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari did not take decisions on policies or issue decrees without the consultation of his Supreme Military Council. Even the highly criticized Decree No. 4 of 1984, which focused on 3 dope peddlers that were executed by the government was not a unilateral decision. Shortly before the incident, the Supreme Military Council deliberated on the fate of the drug traffickers and agreed on the decision collectively.In a recent survey carried out by AKPD on behalf of the All Progressive Congress (APC), the majority of Nigerians regarded corruption as the root cause of their most pressing issues of unemployment and poverty. To the vested interest, it is crucial to portray General Muhammadu Buhari as a stern and extreme leader that is insensitive to the rule of law. Despite their attempts, it is a well known fact that General Muhammadu Buhari was not involved in the coup d’état that brought him to power in 1983. According to numerous accounts, middle and high-ranking army officer conducted the coup and invited General Muhammadu Buhari to take the mantle of leadership as the most qualified officer at the time. Sadly, about 3 months to the Presidential Election in 2007, Nobel Prize poet and playwright, Wole Soyinka wrote an article titled “The Nigerian Nation Against General Buhari.” In the article, Soyinka lists a number of “crimes” that General Muhammadu Buhari committed, one of which was the unfair accusation that General Muhammadu Buhari was a coup plotter. Since joining the army in 1962 at the age of 20, General Muhammadu Buhari never participated in the coup fever that engulfed the military.In all his positions, General Muhammadu Buhari simply set the same standards against corruption for himself and others. As Head of State, he ensured that his Federal Commissioners, Service Chiefs, Military Governor abided by the law. Upon his assumption of power as Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari identified indiscipline and corruption of the 2nd Republic as the bane of Nigeria’s ills. As such, he introduced the War Against Indiscipline to the general public. Expected practices in decent societies, such as queuing, nationalism, anti-corruption and environmental sanitation were initiated to transform the public psyche. With Decree No. 20, also known as Miscellaneous Offences decree, the regime had the legal backing to clamp down on lawbreakers. Moreover, during his stint as the Chairman of the Petroleum Trust Fund, General Muhammadu Buhari had no salary, but settled for a sitting allowance of N15, 000 along with his board members. He ensured that the Petroleum Trust Fund financial consultants provided receipts from the sales of PTF drugs were used to replenish stocks, thus banishing the out of stock syndrome. Impressively, he regulated all PTF drugs, making it practically impossible to divert drugs to the parallel markets. The smallest tablet had the PTF logo engraved on it, and over 60% of drugs supplied were locally produced. It was well known that in his time as Chairman of the PTF, contractors never needed to lobby or grease palms to get Local Purchase Orders, popularly referred to as LPOs.General Muhammadu Buhari remains the only Head of State till this date that has never allocated, donated, shared or even sold an oil block to a friend, relative or business interest. Despite holding various positions before eventually becoming the Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari had to borrow from Barclays Bank, AIB, the Federal Mortgage Bank and Kaduna State Housing Scheme to build his houses in Daura, Kano, Kaduna and Abuja. General Muhammadu Buhari’s conviction to true public service is the reason why he has no foreign accounts anywhere in the world or any properties outside Nigeria. Unlike, the most duplicitous practice of the vested interest, General Muhammadu Buhari does not have anybody fronting for him or managing any assets on his behalf in any business anywhere in the world. The elderly statesman has asked anyone that claims to know otherwise to present his or her facts. Despite holding such lucrative positions, General Muhammadu Buhari’s has only one bank account at Union Bank. He differs from the vested interest and their practices in numerous ways. General Muhammadu Buhari cannot afford foreign medical bills for his family members. When his daughter died, she was in a hospital in Kaduna, not in Germany or America. As Barmo accurately pointed out, despite being “a former everything, he could not afford to take abroad.” In other words, public office holders that have not held as many positions as General Muhammadu Buhari have accumulated illicit wealth. These officials are the leading voice behind this notion that General Muhammadu Buhari is too severe. Since when did simplicity, honesty and righteousness become a minus to the reputation of any political aspirant. The answer is that since the vested interest commandeered Nigeria and set in motion a socio-political culture where a Counselor, Deputy Director and Police Officer among others can live in opulence without being investigated. Finally, compare the financial situations of all the past Head of States and Presidents of Nigeria with General Muhammadu Buhari’s, and it will be unambiguously clear as to which Commander in Chief ran a more transparent government. So, the final falsehood being perpetuated is as a result of his divergent way of handling the affairs of the nation. Simply put, General Muhammadu Buhari is the most noteworthy threat to their status quo pattern and wasteful attitude. At this point, if you have missed the great omission of this argument, then you have been corrupted by the doctrine of the vested interests. If you have failed to observe that notions such as competence, ability and prowess have been overshadowed as a result of trivial themes, like religion and age, then you have been contaminated by the doctrine of the vested interests. It also begs the question, is General Muhammadu Buhari simply honest and not necessarily accomplished enough to handle the complexities of the Presidency? Finally, we arrive at a discourse that centers on issues and achievements. While it is practically impossible to list all of General Muhammadu Buhari’s achievements in office, I will try and mention the most evident milestones that are still a vital source of revenue to our economy. As the Federal Commissioner of Petroleum in 1977, General Muhammadu reformed the Nigerian energy sector. He signed the contract for the Warri and Kaduna Refinery, 2 of the four refineries that continue to exist till this very day. He built over 20 depots across the country, each with the capacity to hold fuel reserve for 15 to 40 days. During his time as Head of State, Nigeria was exporting 1.82 million barrels of crude oil per day, and another 100, 000 barrels of refined products. One of the many reasons of the affection and trust that General Muhammadu Buhari enjoys from the masses is in his efforts to reduce the cost of food products. When he became Head of State, a bag of imported rice cost N60.00, but about 4 months into his regime, the price had gone down to N45.00. General Muhammadu Buhari’s regime upgraded the Port-Harcourt refinery from producing 70 million barrels per day to 100 million barrels per day, until it attained 150 million barrels per day. The present insecurity is evident to all Nigerians. General Muhammadu Buhari has proven his ability to tackle insecurity in the past. He closed the Nigerian borders in January 1984 to halt smuggling. General Muhammadu Buhari also established a feared and respected taskforce to check illegal bunkering after finding out that it cost the Shagari administration a N1 million naira a day. One of his most controversial decisions was his decision to deport illegal aliens in 1984 and 1985, in order to create more jobs and opportunities for the local population. One of the major contributors to the insecurity bedeviling Nigeria comes down to the porous nature of our borders. Experts have numerously stated the battle against Boko Haram will not succeed if our security agencies do not tackle the perilous condition of our borders. His next major assignment was as Chairman of the Petroleum Trust Fund. Some of his achievements, especially in the Health sector and his undertaking to increase drug availability at a low cost are well documented. Pharmaceutical companies such as Neimeth and Emzor were incentivized to increase drug production and employment opportunities for Nigerians. And as stated earlier, he ensured that 60% of the drugs to the Petroleum Trust Fund were locally produced. In addition, contractors working for the Petroleum Trust Fund were used to picking their cheques across the counter without having to lobby or grease any palms.I was brought up to believe that Nigerians are a rational people. As such, I expect the greater part of our 170 million people to recognize the reality and uncover the presumptions. If Nigerians want a leader that can establish a competent and patriotic administration, then capacity and competence should be the quality we must seek in our leaders, and not his religious affiliation. General Muhammadu Buhari described the late Sunday Awoniyi, a Christian, as a “person of great personal integrity”, an accolade he has not given to any Muslim leader till date. When General Buhari discontinued the conventional practice for governments to sponsor Hajj, he was not described as a religious zealot. When General Muhammadu Buhari advocated for the utilization of other tactical alternatives in the fight against Boko Haram, the vested interest and their allies in the media transformed him back to religious fanatic. A few months later, the National Security Agency under the leadership of Colonel Sambo Dasuki resorted to a softer approach in tacking Boko Haram. When one of our founding fathers, Chief Obafemi Awolowo ran for President, albeit, unsuccessfully at the age of 70. There was no outcry about his age, due to the general acceptance of Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s capability. Many historians and political analysts agree that our society would have gained for the better had Awolowo won the 1979 elections against Shehu Shagari. The basis of this reasoning centers on Obafemi’s erstwhile achievements, first, as the Premier of the Western Region and then as a Federal Commission under General Yakubu Gowon. Where were the dissenting voices on the grounds that Awolowo was a Yoruba Christian at the age of 70? It was non-existent, because our society back then was decent enough to focus on issues and the competence of our leaders.To argue that an upright man that governed an entire Northern Region, made up of Bauchi, Adamawa, Gombe, Taraba, Borno and Yobe, during regime of General Murtala Mohammed is illogical. General Muhammadu Buhari’s firm actions increased economic productivity and reduced poverty. Tragically, the vested interest does not detest General Muhammadu Buhari for these achievements. To a certain extent, they have actually benefited from his infrastructural milestones, especially in the energy industry. It is his unyielding approach to clamp down on economic saboteurs and corrupt official that they dread the most. As Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari froze the accounts of all corrupt officials and the political parties that had become a major component of the decay. At the end of investigations, official that had no case had their respective accounts unfrozen. But General Muhammadu Buhari’s greatest sin was trying and convicting public officials who illegally enriched themselves or their political parties. Buhari, Mr. Integrity reminds its readers that it is these corrupt politicians that are writers of his history today.General Muhammadu Buhari achieved so much because he was capable of running a transparent government. It was feasible for General Muhammadu Buhari to procure 30 brand new Air Buses for Nigeria Airways in 1985 to further develop aviation industry because corruption was extremely mitigated. He could upgrade the refineries in Nigeria without borrowing a kobo because he presided over a shrewd government. The most impactful achievement that during General Muhammadu Buhari’s regime was the laying of over 3, 200 kilometers of pipeline across the country. Interestingly, subsequent administrations, including the current one have failed at securing or maintaining them. Horrendously, not a single meter has been added till date. It is rather amusing to portray General Muhammadu Buhari as out of touch when Nigeria continues to rely on the pipelines his government constructed about 30 years ago. General Muhammadu Buhari is definitely not infallible. And, this paper does not seek to drive that argument. What it does is present the underemphasized factual achievements that summarize General Muhammadu Buhari’s qualifications to be the President of Nigeria. In this period of gross impunity and rampant insecurity, this paper has disclosed accurate facts that knock down any emotional attacks on the chances of General Muhammadu Buhari to be the President of Nigeria. Once again, he, like every human is not perfect, but none of the sins he is accused of are backed by credible proof.

      • taiwo

        I have had enough of this PDP sh*t for 15 yrs. Lets roll come 2015. Enough of talking. Lets stand up to be counted. My mail: btsalawe@gmail.com

        • deji

          Please take the message to the real voters in your area, who have no access to information online. I am talking of the artisans, the traders etc.
          God bless Nigeria.

  • Wähala

    It is migrant Aborigines of the Sou-South that is the biggest problem of Nigeria today…
    Why must the SS comlete it’s eight years? The French voted out Sarkozy after one failed term, Nigerians must vote out the most corrupt clown ever to parade his ugly face as presido before Naija go beta. Drunkards. Baba Iyabo has more clout than a thousand Dumbos including your ignorant self. Dirty beetch, Oshiomhole apologized to the widow yes, but has your creek crook apologized to Nigerians for telling them he doesn’t give a damn? Near-naked kalaka wetbacks like you need to be gathered on your canoes and deported to Papua New Guinea, natural habit of Aborigines… animals cannot continue to live among human beings. Parasites!

    • taiwo

      Wahala! Wahala! Wahala! How many times did I call u? U do crack me up with your wit!

  • Bobby

    Why can’t this man answer simple questions? I think Buhari could have done better by using this opportunity to address the questions asked. May be he doesn’t want to offend anybody, who knows

    • Gbenga Adaramaja

      Buhari integrity is still intact. If in doubt of his integrity come with your fact and evidence. None of you can stand him in terms of integrity.

    • Gbenga Adaramaja

      Buhari is not a saint yes but he is far above any present & current Nigeria leader. I do not have to be Musilum or Northerner to support who i trust to be Nigeria President. As a young Nigeria, i am for nation building. A corrupt free society. I love my country. Let us drop religion and ethnic politics.

  • Bobby

    Buhari can never be a saint. A saint who served under the most corrupt government of Abacha, and refused to resign. A saint who till today sees not wrong wrong with that corrupt regime but quick to accuse other regimes of corruption. Abacha was moving billions of Dollars under his watch, and yet he saw nothing wrong in that. Saint my foot

    • Al

      Buhari 2015, go and hang urself

  • True Nigerian

    See Nigerians in their true colours! When you hear the way they are writing Buhari off, you would think that this country has tens of Barack Obamas in the ranks and files of both the ruling party and the opposition. It is such a silly joke. They say they want change from this 16-year horror anchored by PDP’s Obasanjo, IBB, Atiku, Yaradua, Jonathan and a host of others. But when the opportunity for change offers itself, they suddenly become ageist, puratinical, perfectionists, ethnicist and all other useless self-defeating sentiments and unpragmatism that they can muster. Buhari may not be amazing, but he is very good stepping stone to what is amazing. If you deworm the polity (most of its current politicians are worms) and make it less monetised and less corrupt, you will find people better than Buhari turning up to run for office. That stepping stone is what Nigeria needs which it has not had since 1999.

    Buhari is 70….blah-blah-blah-blah! And so what? First, I must tell you that ageists are no different from racists? Make note of that. Both are discriminatory on grounds that have nothing to do with merit, character, ability and fairness. Secondly, is Nigeria the first place an old politician thinks that he is able to offer service?

    How old will Hilary Clinton be if she runs and wins in 2016? And how old will be she by the time she seeks re-election after her first term? How old was John McCain when he ran for the Presidency in 2008? The people of Arizona, Nevada and Massachusetts might have as well condemned their stellar Senators such as John McCain, Harry Reid and Ted Kennedy (RIP) to backroom advisers to some more “youthful senators” such as the Blagojevic and Congressman Anthony Weiner simply because the above rare gems of the US senate were old, even if they are effective and the best of their generation.

    Worse still, Jonathan is a youth, isn’t he? So how has it turned out for us? Drinking yourself to stupor and then failing to wake up and address an international gathering or waking up in the morning with binge-induced stomach upset, and worse still making the decisions about 150 million people whilst under the influence of intoxication, etc. And then he appears on national television to say “I don’t give damn” simply because he was asked to declare his assets. Is Reno Omokri not a youth? A youth that forges documents full of lies and then circulates them on the internet in order to discredit someone he doesn’t like and to sustain a horrific government that pays his bills? Dimeji Bankole was in his forties and therefore a Youth. Abi? How did the story end? Mindless heists, high-handedness, bottomless corruption, stealing billions and then doling out huge chunk of the money in order to toast the holes of his fat mistress that has big a*rse and t*ts after she must have sh**ged the hell out of him in different luxury hotels at Abuja and Lagos. Isn’t that what some people regard as leadership by youths? So much for youthful leadership. Fani Kayode was held out as a youth, wasn’t he? How did it end? Inconsistencies, discredited reputation, unconscionable hypocrisy, several u-turns, no integrity, disappearance of humongous amounts of public funds, buying off the prosecution’s witnesses, and to some extent serious questions about his mental balance.

    With beautiful English, some are even saying that Buhari should not be supported because he is a serial loser of Presidential elections and will therefore surely or likely lose again. Really? What kind of logic is that? So many educated people with very poor critical ability. That is the only way to explain that somebody thinks Buhari is a serial loserdespite the fact that the elctions he lost were serially rigged to mindless proportions. The EU election observers have repeatedly said that 2007 elections in Nigeria was the worst they had ever seen in any country. Rotimi Amaechi and a host of others have now confessed that the votes called for Jonathan in 2011 in many states were by far higher than the voter turn-out. So how do you tag someone a loser in the context of rigged elections? Only in Nigeria! And even if the elections were not rigged; well, by that analogy, Abraham Lincoln would have been confined to the dustbin if he were a Nigerian.

    I’m horrified that the Nigerian electorate – even among the so-called educated class – have no balance in their thought processes. They are either totally thoughtless and outrightly st*pid or they are so full of extremely unpragmatic demands from a political system that is on throes of death. Always on one of two extemes! They dwell on wholesale support for the worst people among their ruling elites. When they are not on that extreme, they will be on the opposite extreme of puritanism and unattainable perfectionism.

    I am a 30-year old Nigerian. On a good day, I should be looking forward to my own generation running for office instead of Buhari. But Nigeria is not having a good day. Nigeria is far from a god day. It is not even having a bad day. Nigeria is having a hellish day, and that should be factored into our attitudes on the options available to us. In a country where most of the youths are so unprincipled that they cannot wait to campaign for a roguish politician in order to get crumbs from him, a man of Buhari’s quality and support base is a viable option, if we are sincere. He may not take us to the promised land. But who is talking about promised land now? We need to come out of this hell first of all, and then we can start talking about setting the system in motion for the kind of reforms that will make the polity conducive for younger competent people to start leading the country with better vision.

    Please, enough of the offensive puritanism. In a country that has mostly animals and rogues as leaders, this puritan attitude against Buhari is sheer st*pidity, suffocating and stagnating.

    I am a Nigerian, from the East too. I am neither APC nor PDP. But this country has t move forward for goodness sake!

    • Onike24

      Well said!

    • BenO

      God bless you TrueNigerian! Excellent write up unlike the paid TAN, Neighbour2Neighbour, SURE-P kalo kalo beneficiaries who write without proofs. They fail to understand that true followers of GMB cut across all religion, tribe and ethnicity.

    • Taiwo

      Wow! Am totally bowled over. U I & do many others should for once step up, organise & participate in ensuring sensible people like Buhari have a higher chance to be elected. God bless u. My mail btsalawe@gmail.com

    • deji

      Waoh. I doff my hat for you. This is the type of message we need to take to all the nooks and crannies of Nigeria. The real electorates (the traders, the artisans, the low cadre civil servants and their families) do not have access to the internet. We should spread this kind of news to the grassroots.
      God bless you my brother.

  • Ide4u

    Redeem is a typical creek donkey

  • Guy Jabbar

    This man called Buhari is completely empty. Simple question on his advice on insurgency, wrong answer by this all self knowing man of Daura

    • Kola Adekola

      You are d dumbhead.

      • Guy Jabbar

        Look at islamist cow head calling me dumbhead

  • Lorddaniels

    From where, one wonders, does this supporter of Muhammadu Buhari get his idea that Buhari is not corrupt or that he is qualified to rule this country again? I ask this because there is absolutely nothing in Buhari’s past or present which bears out any of these assertions. To be entirely honest with you, I have now completely given up on the sanity of Muhammadu Buhari AND HIS SUPPORTERS. You know, in Nigeria, people engage in a lot of futile dissembling and suffer from amnesia and ignorance. President Jonathan is certainly not a saint, but believe me, compared to Buhari’s past and present, Jonathan’s are flawless. I have chronicled details of Buhari’s trajectory several times on facebook based on my good memory as someone who was born and bred in Kaduna. It is only in Nigeria that a man who embezzled N2.8 billion NNPC money while he was Federal Commissioner of Petroleum in 1978 will be described as disciplined, isn’t it? It is only in Nigeria that a man who led the criminal overthrow of a democratically elected government in 1984 would later wish to benefit from the same democracy. It is only in Nigeria that the man who, as Head of State, allowed 56 illegal suitcases of currency notes into the country through his ADC unchecked when there was currency change by his own government in the country at the time would be described as a man of his words. It is only in Nigeria that the man who enacted RETROACTIVE DECREES and used them to murder Lawal Ojuolape, Bartholomew Owoh and Bernard Ogedengbe would be promoted as being better than others. It is only in Nigeria that the man who enacted vindictive decrees which prescribed long jail terms for journalists for publishing stories which embarrassed government officials EVEN IF THE STORIES WERE TRUE resulting in the illegal jailing of Tunde Thompson and Nduka Irabor is now better than the President Jonathan who has signed the FOI bill into law to enable all citizens to have unhindered access to information on Government activities. What an irony! It is only in Nigeria that the man who was overthrown in 1985 by Babangida and spontaneous jubilations erupted all over the country would have the guts to seek to replace people who are far better than he. It is only in Nigeria that the man who later accepted appointment as PTF Chairman under the MOST CORRUPT government ever in Nigeria’s history and then commandeered more than 200 PTF vehicles for private use in his home in Kaduna would not be in jail today. Remember, he later said that Abacha did not loot anything from Nigeria! This is the man who, in his supporters’ opinion, will have zero tolerance for corruption! It is only in Nigeria that the man who, as PTF Chairman, embezzled billions of Naira through over-invoicing of supplies and the supply of fake and expired drugs to hospitals is now a disciplined man. Why did Ahmed Salihijo, whose consortium was in charge of all the PTF contracts under Buhari, commit suicide when former President Obasanjo commenced the probe of PTF in 1999? It is only in Nigeria that the man who lost election and incited his supporters to violence which claimed the lives of innocent people including NYSC members and had the nerve to still open his bigoted mouth and criticise actions designed to stop continued madness is now a disciplined man. God! It is only in Nigeria that a former Head of State would ask Muslims not to vote for Christians and, when he is criticised, would later lie on Radio Nigeria, Kaduna, that what he meant was that Muslims should vote for only those who can protect their religion. It is only in Nigeria that a former Head of State would refuse to condemn Boko Haram murderers in their evil activities including bombing innocent Christian worshippers in churches but is quick to support amnesty for the same murderers. It is only in Nigeria that a former Head of State will speak bitterly against a State of Emergency designed to root out monstrous criminals but turns around to advocate finishing off Ombatse cult members who have done exactly the same thing as Boko Haram. It is only in Nigeria that a former Head of State CANNOT speak or write simple and correct English and prefers to speak vernacular most of the time and then his supporters would insist that his meaning was lost in translation. Have you guys ever understood Buhari when he speaks? When this mad bigot overthrew Shehu Shagari in January 1984, he, out of crude tribalism, placed President Shagari (who, according to late Olusola Saraki, presided over most of the shady NPN deals under his watch) under mere house arrest but clamped Vice President Ekwueme (who the tribunals later said was squeaky clean) into Kirikiri like a common criminal. Not done with this naked tribalism, Muhammadu Buhari sent soldiers to ransack Obafemi Awolowo’s residence in Ikenne and harass his household even though Awolowo was not a member of the government that was toppled. And for your information, the only reason why Muhammadu Buhari toppled Shagari’s government in 1984 was that the then Federal Executive Council under Shagari had just traced the missing N2.8billion to Buhari’s foreign account and had just set up a panel to probe and recover the loot. Believe me, any objective, dispassionate analysis of Buhari’s activities must surely come to one conclusion and one conclusion only, namely: The only set of people whose IQ is lower than that of Muhammadu Buhari are his supporters!!!!!stolen from a smart guy

    • BenO

      THE MISREPRESENTED STATESMANBuhari, Mr. Integrity is a one-sided account validating the reverence of one of the few statesmen left in Nigeria. Nonetheless, it offers a great deal of objective insight that counters some of the unsubstantiated stereotypes associated with General Muhammadu Buhari. In all fairness, the author, Barmo Gumi admits his bias while simultaneously acknowledging General Muhammadu Buhari’s fallacy as a leader. But, what leader isn’t flawed in some way or the other? As such, the task that Buhari, Mr. Integrity effectively accomplishes is the manner in which it jettisons the various distortions against the person of General Muhammadu Buhari. Regrettably, these grievances are publicized by individuals that know little about the most conscientious Head of State or President that Nigeria has ever had.While hearsay and speculation is common in Nigeria, there are certain unverified falsehoods against General Muhammadu Buhari’s reputation that have gradually been enshrined in the minds of a few misguided Nigerians. Although, these allegations are unfounded, they are continuously and severely promulgated to conceal the fear of the few vested interests that continue to wreck Nigeria. This paper focuses on the 3 popular assertions against General Muhammadu Buhari and why the guilty continue to publicize them with no facts to authenticate them. It will argue that none of these indictments are objective or backed by credible evidence. The allegations are that General Muhammadu Buhari is,1) Religiously/Ethnically Intolerant2) Aged/Outdated3) Autocratic/DisciplinarianAccording to the first view promoted by the vested interests and their minions, General Buhari is religiously intolerant. In Buhari, Mr. Integrity, sufficient evidence is provided that showcases General Buhari’s experience as a military man and a public servant. Furthermore, the book shows that in all the esteemed positions he held as a military man and public official, General Muhammadu Buhari never judged any of his staff along religious lines. During his time as Commandant of the 3rd Armored Division in Jos, General Muhammadu, on his own accord exempted Christians from their duties on Sunday. Interestingly, he denied Muslims the same right on Friday, on account of the absence of a work-free day in Islam. As Head of State, 7 out of his 15 Federal Commissioners were Christians. What’s more, Christians held key portfolios during Buhari’s regime. It is an irrefutable fact that prominent portfolios such as Defense, Finance, Petroleum, Health, Information, Works and Justice were under the control of Christians. In addition, during his short stint as Head of State, 11 out of the 19 Military Governors were Christians, 7 were Muslims, and 1 was peculiarly an Animist. How can a supposedly religiously intolerant dictator appoint an Animist as the Military Governor of the capital of Nigeria? The Military Governor of Lagos, Gbolahan Mudashiru refused to his oath with either the Holy Qur’an or the Holy Bible during Buhari’s time as Head of State. These appointees are well documented for anyone that wishes to objectively dissect the allegations against General Muhammadu Buhari. Furthermore, out of his 4 Service Chiefs, only Ibrahim Babangida (Army) was a Muslim. The trio of Domkat Bali (Defense), Augustus Aikhamou (Navy) and Dominic Bello (Airforce) were all Christians. It is also significant to note that General Buhari did not require the persuasion of the Senate, the contentious zoning formula, or the obligation of the Federal Character Act of 1996 to approve these appointments. In case the vested interest and their minions come up with the argument that all these appointments and deeds transpired about 3 decades ago, direct them to scrutinize the recent actions of General Muhammadu Buhari. During the 2011 elections, General Muhammadu handpicked the highly respected Pastor Tunde Bakare, as opposed to a candidate with a greater political capital. If General Muhammadu Buhari were religiously intolerant, he would not risk his aspiration to standby a religious leader of another faith. Recently, General Buhari attended the burial service of Sir Martin Agwu Ohadiugha in the Holy Trinity Parish in Umuahia. As stated by the Catholic Bishop of Umuahia Diocese, His Lordship, Rev. Lucius Ugorji, “that General Muhammadu Buhari, a Muslim, could stay through the Christian service without opting to sympathize with Chief Emenike (the son in-law of the deceased) only in his house spoke volumes of his religious tolerance. Age is another baseless argument against General Muhammadu Buhari’s explicit capability to rescue Nigeria from its prevalent situation. This view is crusaded by the vested interest and their minions based on their artificial belief that at 72, General Muhammadu is inherently out of touch with the complexities of the modern world. This artificial belief is fundamentally flawed, as it assumes that there is a direct correlation between age and competence. This view was aptly tackled in the most recent James Bond movie, the critically acclaimed Skyfall. Q, a young tech savvy agent confidently reminds 007 “age is no guarantee of efficiency, to which 007 replied “youth is no guarantee of innovation.” Even in reality, human history has innumerable case studies of old and young leaders that have done extremely well and extremely bad. Some political scientists even argue that elderly leaders spearheaded most of the contemporary economic growth across the world in recent memory.When Deng Xiaoping assumed power as the Paramount Leader of China in 1978, he was 74. Yet, Deng will go on to initiate his popular agricultural reforms and open China to the rest of the world, leading to the transformation of China into one of the fastest growing economies in the world for over 30 years. Consequently, hundreds of million Chinese citizens were lifted out of poverty. It is critical to note that Deng was 2 years older than General Muhammadu Buhari. The infamous economic miracle came with a minor restriction that only a few people know about till this very date. Japan limited the position of Prime Minister to leaders between the ages of 75 and 80 years old. The German statesman, Konrad Adenauer supervised the recovery of West Germany after the Second World War at the age of 73. Charles De Gaulle is credited for restoring French pride and prosperity. At 70, he galvanized the French war effort and went on to rule till he was 80 years old. Finally, the greatest leader Africa has seen in the post-colonial period, Nelson Mandela, was elected as the President of South Africa at the age of 74. Once again, that is 2 years older than General Muhammadu Buhari. Contrastingly, John F. Kennedy became the youngest American President to be elected into office at the age 43. His tenure as President ushered in a golden age of idealism that energized technological innovation, eventually sending a man to the moon and revolutionizing communications satellite. Finally, Lee Kwan Yew became the Prime Minister of Singapore at the age of 30. He would eventually be a major influence on Deng Xiaoping’s decision to reform China’s economic policies. After governing for three decades, from 1959 to 1990, he restructured Singapore into a beacon of efficiency, growth, discipline and prosperity. As General Muhammadu Buhari declared at the 50th Anniversary Lecture of Nnamadi Azikwe Hall at the University of Ibadan “ability, competence and skill in politics do not reside in one particular age group. The idea is to have a mixture of experienced people who will bring their wisdom to bear and young men and women with energy and vigor to cooperatively run an administration.”The final attempted blemish on General Muhammadu Buhari’s reputation boils down to his adherence for law and order. Unsurprisingly, it is this attribute of the statesman that irks the vested interest and their minion, having benefited from years of lawlessness and chaos. In a normal society, discipline is an appreciated characteristic. But in Nigeria, it misconstrued as autocratic or extreme. Nonetheless, even as Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari did not take decisions on policies or issue decrees without the consultation of his Supreme Military Council. Even the highly criticized Decree No. 4 of 1984, which focused on 3 dope peddlers that were executed by the government was not a unilateral decision. Shortly before the incident, the Supreme Military Council deliberated on the fate of the drug traffickers and agreed on the decision collectively.In a recent survey carried out by AKPD on behalf of the All Progressive Congress (APC), the majority of Nigerians regarded corruption as the root cause of their most pressing issues of unemployment and poverty. To the vested interest, it is crucial to portray General Muhammadu Buhari as a stern and extreme leader that is insensitive to the rule of law. Despite their attempts, it is a well known fact that General Muhammadu Buhari was not involved in the coup d’état that brought him to power in 1983. According to numerous accounts, middle and high-ranking army officer conducted the coup and invited General Muhammadu Buhari to take the mantle of leadership as the most qualified officer at the time. Sadly, about 3 months to the Presidential Election in 2007, Nobel Prize poet and playwright, Wole Soyinka wrote an article titled “The Nigerian Nation Against General Buhari.” In the article, Soyinka lists a number of “crimes” that General Muhammadu Buhari committed, one of which was the unfair accusation that General Muhammadu Buhari was a coup plotter. Since joining the army in 1962 at the age of 20, General Muhammadu Buhari never participated in the coup fever that engulfed the military.In all his positions, General Muhammadu Buhari simply set the same standards against corruption for himself and others. As Head of State, he ensured that his Federal Commissioners, Service Chiefs, Military Governor abided by the law. Upon his assumption of power as Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari identified indiscipline and corruption of the 2nd Republic as the bane of Nigeria’s ills. As such, he introduced the War Against Indiscipline to the general public. Expected practices in decent societies, such as queuing, nationalism, anti-corruption and environmental sanitation were initiated to transform the public psyche. With Decree No. 20, also known as Miscellaneous Offences decree, the regime had the legal backing to clamp down on lawbreakers. Moreover, during his stint as the Chairman of the Petroleum Trust Fund, General Muhammadu Buhari had no salary, but settled for a sitting allowance of N15, 000 along with his board members. He ensured that the Petroleum Trust Fund financial consultants provided receipts from the sales of PTF drugs were used to replenish stocks, thus banishing the out of stock syndrome. Impressively, he regulated all PTF drugs, making it practically impossible to divert drugs to the parallel markets. The smallest tablet had the PTF logo engraved on it, and over 60% of drugs supplied were locally produced. It was well known that in his time as Chairman of the PTF, contractors never needed to lobby or grease palms to get Local Purchase Orders, popularly referred to as LPOs.General Muhammadu Buhari remains the only Head of State till this date that has never allocated, donated, shared or even sold an oil block to a friend, relative or business interest. Despite holding various positions before eventually becoming the Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari had to borrow from Barclays Bank, AIB, the Federal Mortgage Bank and Kaduna State Housing Scheme to build his houses in Daura, Kano, Kaduna and Abuja. General Muhammadu Buhari’s conviction to true public service is the reason why he has no foreign accounts anywhere in the world or any properties outside Nigeria. Unlike, the most duplicitous practice of the vested interest, General Muhammadu Buhari does not have anybody fronting for him or managing any assets on his behalf in any business anywhere in the world. The elderly statesman has asked anyone that claims to know otherwise to present his or her facts. Despite holding such lucrative positions, General Muhammadu Buhari’s has only one bank account at Union Bank. He differs from the vested interest and their practices in numerous ways. General Muhammadu Buhari cannot afford foreign medical bills for his family members. When his daughter died, she was in a hospital in Kaduna, not in Germany or America. As Barmo accurately pointed out, despite being “a former everything, he could not afford to take abroad.” In other words, public office holders that have not held as many positions as General Muhammadu Buhari have accumulated illicit wealth. These officials are the leading voice behind this notion that General Muhammadu Buhari is too severe. Since when did simplicity, honesty and righteousness become a minus to the reputation of any political aspirant. The answer is that since the vested interest commandeered Nigeria and set in motion a socio-political culture where a Counselor, Deputy Director and Police Officer among others can live in opulence without being investigated. Finally, compare the financial situations of all the past Head of States and Presidents of Nigeria with General Muhammadu Buhari’s, and it will be unambiguously clear as to which Commander in Chief ran a more transparent government. So, the final falsehood being perpetuated is as a result of his divergent way of handling the affairs of the nation. Simply put, General Muhammadu Buhari is the most noteworthy threat to their status quo pattern and wasteful attitude. At this point, if you have missed the great omission of this argument, then you have been corrupted by the doctrine of the vested interests. If you have failed to observe that notions such as competence, ability and prowess have been overshadowed as a result of trivial themes, like religion and age, then you have been contaminated by the doctrine of the vested interests. It also begs the question, is General Muhammadu Buhari simply honest and not necessarily accomplished enough to handle the complexities of the Presidency? Finally, we arrive at a discourse that centers on issues and achievements. While it is practically impossible to list all of General Muhammadu Buhari’s achievements in office, I will try and mention the most evident milestones that are still a vital source of revenue to our economy. As the Federal Commissioner of Petroleum in 1977, General Muhammadu reformed the Nigerian energy sector. He signed the contract for the Warri and Kaduna Refinery, 2 of the four refineries that continue to exist till this very day. He built over 20 depots across the country, each with the capacity to hold fuel reserve for 15 to 40 days. During his time as Head of State, Nigeria was exporting 1.82 million barrels of crude oil per day, and another 100, 000 barrels of refined products. One of the many reasons of the affection and trust that General Muhammadu Buhari enjoys from the masses is in his efforts to reduce the cost of food products. When he became Head of State, a bag of imported rice cost N60.00, but about 4 months into his regime, the price had gone down to N45.00. General Muhammadu Buhari’s regime upgraded the Port-Harcourt refinery from producing 70 million barrels per day to 100 million barrels per day, until it attained 150 million barrels per day. The present insecurity is evident to all Nigerians. General Muhammadu Buhari has proven his ability to tackle insecurity in the past. He closed the Nigerian borders in January 1984 to halt smuggling. General Muhammadu Buhari also established a feared and respected taskforce to check illegal bunkering after finding out that it cost the Shagari administration a N1 million naira a day. One of his most controversial decisions was his decision to deport illegal aliens in 1984 and 1985, in order to create more jobs and opportunities for the local population. One of the major contributors to the insecurity bedeviling Nigeria comes down to the porous nature of our borders. Experts have numerously stated the battle against Boko Haram will not succeed if our security agencies do not tackle the perilous condition of our borders. His next major assignment was as Chairman of the Petroleum Trust Fund. Some of his achievements, especially in the Health sector and his undertaking to increase drug availability at a low cost are well documented. Pharmaceutical companies such as Neimeth and Emzor were incentivized to increase drug production and employment opportunities for Nigerians. And as stated earlier, he ensured that 60% of the drugs to the Petroleum Trust Fund were locally produced. In addition, contractors working for the Petroleum Trust Fund were used to picking their cheques across the counter without having to lobby or grease any palms.I was brought up to believe that Nigerians are a rational people. As such, I expect the greater part of our 170 million people to recognize the reality and uncover the presumptions. If Nigerians want a leader that can establish a competent and patriotic administration, then capacity and competence should be the quality we must seek in our leaders, and not his religious affiliation. General Muhammadu Buhari described the late Sunday Awoniyi, a Christian, as a “person of great personal integrity”, an accolade he has not given to any Muslim leader till date. When General Buhari discontinued the conventional practice for governments to sponsor Hajj, he was not described as a religious zealot. When General Muhammadu Buhari advocated for the utilization of other tactical alternatives in the fight against Boko Haram, the vested interest and their allies in the media transformed him back to religious fanatic. A few months later, the National Security Agency under the leadership of Colonel Sambo Dasuki resorted to a softer approach in tacking Boko Haram. When one of our founding fathers, Chief Obafemi Awolowo ran for President, albeit, unsuccessfully at the age of 70. There was no outcry about his age, due to the general acceptance of Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s capability. Many historians and political analysts agree that our society would have gained for the better had Awolowo won the 1979 elections against Shehu Shagari. The basis of this reasoning centers on Obafemi’s erstwhile achievements, first, as the Premier of the Western Region and then as a Federal Commission under General Yakubu Gowon. Where were the dissenting voices on the grounds that Awolowo was a Yoruba Christian at the age of 70? It was non-existent, because our society back then was decent enough to focus on issues and the competence of our leaders.To argue that an upright man that governed an entire Northern Region, made up of Bauchi, Adamawa, Gombe, Taraba, Borno and Yobe, during regime of General Murtala Mohammed is illogical. General Muhammadu Buhari’s firm actions increased economic productivity and reduced poverty. Tragically, the vested interest does not detest General Muhammadu Buhari for these achievements. To a certain extent, they have actually benefited from his infrastructural milestones, especially in the energy industry. It is his unyielding approach to clamp down on economic saboteurs and corrupt official that they dread the most. As Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari froze the accounts of all corrupt officials and the political parties that had become a major component of the decay. At the end of investigations, official that had no case had their respective accounts unfrozen. But General Muhammadu Buhari’s greatest sin was trying and convicting public officials who illegally enriched themselves or their political parties. Buhari, Mr. Integrity reminds its readers that it is these corrupt politicians that are writers of his history today.General Muhammadu Buhari achieved so much because he was capable of running a transparent government. It was feasible for General Muhammadu Buhari to procure 30 brand new Air Buses for Nigeria Airways in 1985 to further develop aviation industry because corruption was extremely mitigated. He could upgrade the refineries in Nigeria without borrowing a kobo because he presided over a shrewd government. The most impactful achievement that during General Muhammadu Buhari’s regime was the laying of over 3, 200 kilometers of pipeline across the country. Interestingly, subsequent administrations, including the current one have failed at securing or maintaining them. Horrendously, not a single meter has been added till date. It is rather amusing to portray General Muhammadu Buhari as out of touch when Nigeria continues to rely on the pipelines his government constructed about 30 years ago. General Muhammadu Buhari is definitely not infallible. And, this paper does not seek to drive that argument. What it does is present the underemphasized factual achievements that summarize General Muhammadu Buhari’s qualifications to be the President of Nigeria. In this period of gross impunity and rampant insecurity, this paper has disclosed accurate facts that knock down any emotional attacks on the chances of General Muhammadu Buhari to be the President of Nigeria. Once again, he, like every human is not perfect, but none of the sins he is accused of are backed by credible proof.

      • Lorddaniels

        Point of correction. Buhari had no service chiefs. He was just a figure head. The only visible power was idiagbon hence idiagbon was tricked into going to Mecca while lame duck Buhari was frog matched out of doran barracks by IBB in a palace coup as Buhari do not have control not loyalty of any troupe.

        • BenO

          NOW I UNDERSTAND HOW MORALLY/MENTALLY IGNORANT YOUR TYPES ARE: IBB WAS Army, AUGUSTUS WAS Navy, DOMKAT BAMALI WAS Defence & DOMNIC BELLO WAS Airforce. ALL were CHRISTIANS exept IBB. YOUR TYPE KEEP FOLLOWING BLINDLY DUE TO RELIGIOUS OR ETHNIC SENTIMENTS! Wake up

          • Lorddaniels

            What’s your point exactly? Before Aikhomu was Ebutu Ukiwe. What do you know about the military? And what could he have done as a lame duck wet back Fulani quota system general? Retire all the top serving Christian top military brass or what exactly is your point? IBB was in charge and not figure head Buhari

          • Mr. STEPHEN

            can you make your points without resorting to insults and name-calling ?

  • BenO

    THE MISREPRESENTED STATESMAN: Buhari, Mr. Integrity is a one-sided account validating the reverence of one of the few statesmen left in Nigeria. Nonetheless, it offers a great deal of objective insight that counters some of the unsubstantiated stereotypes associated with General Muhammadu Buhari. In all fairness, the author, Barmo Gumi admits his bias while simultaneously acknowledging General Muhammadu Buhari’s fallacy as a leader. But, what leader isn’t flawed in some way or the other? As such, the task that Buhari, Mr. Integrity effectively accomplishes is the manner in which it jettisons the various distortions against the person of General Muhammadu Buhari. Regrettably, these grievances are publicized by individuals that know little about the most conscientious Head of State or President that Nigeria has ever had.While hearsay and speculation is common in Nigeria, there are certain unverified falsehoods against General Muhammadu Buhari’s reputation that have gradually been enshrined in the minds of a few misguided Nigerians. Although, these allegations are unfounded, they are continuously and severely promulgated to conceal the fear of the few vested interests that continue to wreck Nigeria. This paper focuses on the 3 popular assertions against General Muhammadu Buhari and why the guilty continue to publicize them with no facts to authenticate them. It will argue that none of these indictments are objective or backed by credible evidence. The allegations are that General Muhammadu Buhari is,1) Religiously/Ethnically Intolerant2) Aged/Outdated3) Autocratic/DisciplinarianAccording to the first view promoted by the vested interests and their minions, General Buhari is religiously intolerant. In Buhari, Mr. Integrity, sufficient evidence is provided that showcases General Buhari’s experience as a military man and a public servant. Furthermore, the book shows that in all the esteemed positions he held as a military man and public official, General Muhammadu Buhari never judged any of his staff along religious lines. During his time as Commandant of the 3rd Armored Division in Jos, General Muhammadu, on his own accord exempted Christians from their duties on Sunday. Interestingly, he denied Muslims the same right on Friday, on account of the absence of a work-free day in Islam. As Head of State, 7 out of his 15 Federal Commissioners were Christians. What’s more, Christians held key portfolios during Buhari’s regime. It is an irrefutable fact that prominent portfolios such as Defense, Finance, Petroleum, Health, Information, Works and Justice were under the control of Christians. In addition, during his short stint as Head of State, 11 out of the 19 Military Governors were Christians, 7 were Muslims, and 1 was peculiarly an Animist. How can a supposedly religiously intolerant dictator appoint an Animist as the Military Governor of the capital of Nigeria? The Military Governor of Lagos, Gbolahan Mudashiru refused to his oath with either the Holy Qur’an or the Holy Bible during Buhari’s time as Head of State. These appointees are well documented for anyone that wishes to objectively dissect the allegations against General Muhammadu Buhari. Furthermore, out of his 4 Service Chiefs, only Ibrahim Babangida (Army) was a Muslim. The trio of Domkat Bali (Defense), Augustus Aikhamou (Navy) and Dominic Bello (Airforce) were all Christians. It is also significant to note that General Buhari did not require the persuasion of the Senate, the contentious zoning formula, or the obligation of the Federal Character Act of 1996 to approve these appointments. In case the vested interest and their minions come up with the argument that all these appointments and deeds transpired about 3 decades ago, direct them to scrutinize the recent actions of General Muhammadu Buhari. During the 2011 elections, General Muhammadu handpicked the highly respected Pastor Tunde Bakare, as opposed to a candidate with a greater political capital. If General Muhammadu Buhari were religiously intolerant, he would not risk his aspiration to standby a religious leader of another faith. Recently, General Buhari attended the burial service of Sir Martin Agwu Ohadiugha in the Holy Trinity Parish in Umuahia. As stated by the Catholic Bishop of Umuahia Diocese, His Lordship, Rev. Lucius Ugorji, “that General Muhammadu Buhari, a Muslim, could stay through the Christian service without opting to sympathize with Chief Emenike (the son in-law of the deceased) only in his house spoke volumes of his religious tolerance. Age is another baseless argument against General Muhammadu Buhari’s explicit capability to rescue Nigeria from its prevalent situation. This view is crusaded by the vested interest and their minions based on their artificial belief that at 72, General Muhammadu is inherently out of touch with the complexities of the modern world. This artificial belief is fundamentally flawed, as it assumes that there is a direct correlation between age and competence. This view was aptly tackled in the most recent James Bond movie, the critically acclaimed Skyfall. Q, a young tech savvy agent confidently reminds 007 “age is no guarantee of efficiency, to which 007 replied “youth is no guarantee of innovation.” Even in reality, human history has innumerable case studies of old and young leaders that have done extremely well and extremely bad. Some political scientists even argue that elderly leaders spearheaded most of the contemporary economic growth across the world in recent memory.When Deng Xiaoping assumed power as the Paramount Leader of China in 1978, he was 74. Yet, Deng will go on to initiate his popular agricultural reforms and open China to the rest of the world, leading to the transformation of China into one of the fastest growing economies in the world for over 30 years. Consequently, hundreds of million Chinese citizens were lifted out of poverty. It is critical to note that Deng was 2 years older than General Muhammadu Buhari. The infamous economic miracle came with a minor restriction that only a few people know about till this very date. Japan limited the position of Prime Minister to leaders between the ages of 75 and 80 years old. The German statesman, Konrad Adenauer supervised the recovery of West Germany after the Second World War at the age of 73. Charles De Gaulle is credited for restoring French pride and prosperity. At 70, he galvanized the French war effort and went on to rule till he was 80 years old. Finally, the greatest leader Africa has seen in the post-colonial period, Nelson Mandela, was elected as the President of South Africa at the age of 74. Once again, that is 2 years older than General Muhammadu Buhari. Contrastingly, John F. Kennedy became the youngest American President to be elected into office at the age 43. His tenure as President ushered in a golden age of idealism that energized technological innovation, eventually sending a man to the moon and revolutionizing communications satellite. Finally, Lee Kwan Yew became the Prime Minister of Singapore at the age of 30. He would eventually be a major influence on Deng Xiaoping’s decision to reform China’s economic policies. After governing for three decades, from 1959 to 1990, he restructured Singapore into a beacon of efficiency, growth, discipline and prosperity. As General Muhammadu Buhari declared at the 50th Anniversary Lecture of Nnamadi Azikwe Hall at the University of Ibadan “ability, competence and skill in politics do not reside in one particular age group. The idea is to have a mixture of experienced people who will bring their wisdom to bear and young men and women with energy and vigor to cooperatively run an administration.”The final attempted blemish on General Muhammadu Buhari’s reputation boils down to his adherence for law and order. Unsurprisingly, it is this attribute of the statesman that irks the vested interest and their minion, having benefited from years of lawlessness and chaos. In a normal society, discipline is an appreciated characteristic. But in Nigeria, it misconstrued as autocratic or extreme. Nonetheless, even as Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari did not take decisions on policies or issue decrees without the consultation of his Supreme Military Council. Even the highly criticized Decree No. 4 of 1984, which focused on 3 dope peddlers that were executed by the government was not a unilateral decision. Shortly before the incident, the Supreme Military Council deliberated on the fate of the drug traffickers and agreed on the decision collectively.In a recent survey carried out by AKPD on behalf of the All Progressive Congress (APC), the majority of Nigerians regarded corruption as the root cause of their most pressing issues of unemployment and poverty. To the vested interest, it is crucial to portray General Muhammadu Buhari as a stern and extreme leader that is insensitive to the rule of law. Despite their attempts, it is a well known fact that General Muhammadu Buhari was not involved in the coup d’état that brought him to power in 1983. According to numerous accounts, middle and high-ranking army officer conducted the coup and invited General Muhammadu Buhari to take the mantle of leadership as the most qualified officer at the time. Sadly, about 3 months to the Presidential Election in 2007, Nobel Prize poet and playwright, Wole Soyinka wrote an article titled “The Nigerian Nation Against General Buhari.” In the article, Soyinka lists a number of “crimes” that General Muhammadu Buhari committed, one of which was the unfair accusation that General Muhammadu Buhari was a coup plotter. Since joining the army in 1962 at the age of 20, General Muhammadu Buhari never participated in the coup fever that engulfed the military.In all his positions, General Muhammadu Buhari simply set the same standards against corruption for himself and others. As Head of State, he ensured that his Federal Commissioners, Service Chiefs, Military Governor abided by the law. Upon his assumption of power as Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari identified indiscipline and corruption of the 2nd Republic as the bane of Nigeria’s ills. As such, he introduced the War Against Indiscipline to the general public. Expected practices in decent societies, such as queuing, nationalism, anti-corruption and environmental sanitation were initiated to transform the public psyche. With Decree No. 20, also known as Miscellaneous Offences decree, the regime had the legal backing to clamp down on lawbreakers. Moreover, during his stint as the Chairman of the Petroleum Trust Fund, General Muhammadu Buhari had no salary, but settled for a sitting allowance of N15, 000 along with his board members. He ensured that the Petroleum Trust Fund financial consultants provided receipts from the sales of PTF drugs were used to replenish stocks, thus banishing the out of stock syndrome. Impressively, he regulated all PTF drugs, making it practically impossible to divert drugs to the parallel markets. The smallest tablet had the PTF logo engraved on it, and over 60% of drugs supplied were locally produced. It was well known that in his time as Chairman of the PTF, contractors never needed to lobby or grease palms to get Local Purchase Orders, popularly referred to as LPOs.General Muhammadu Buhari remains the only Head of State till this date that has never allocated, donated, shared or even sold an oil block to a friend, relative or business interest. Despite holding various positions before eventually becoming the Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari had to borrow from Barclays Bank, AIB, the Federal Mortgage Bank and Kaduna State Housing Scheme to build his houses in Daura, Kano, Kaduna and Abuja. General Muhammadu Buhari’s conviction to true public service is the reason why he has no foreign accounts anywhere in the world or any properties outside Nigeria. Unlike, the most duplicitous practice of the vested interest, General Muhammadu Buhari does not have anybody fronting for him or managing any assets on his behalf in any business anywhere in the world. The elderly statesman has asked anyone that claims to know otherwise to present his or her facts. Despite holding such lucrative positions, General Muhammadu Buhari’s has only one bank account at Union Bank. He differs from the vested interest and their practices in numerous ways. General Muhammadu Buhari cannot afford foreign medical bills for his family members. When his daughter died, she was in a hospital in Kaduna, not in Germany or America. As Barmo accurately pointed out, despite being “a former everything, he could not afford to take abroad.” In other words, public office holders that have not held as many positions as General Muhammadu Buhari have accumulated illicit wealth. These officials are the leading voice behind this notion that General Muhammadu Buhari is too severe. Since when did simplicity, honesty and righteousness become a minus to the reputation of any political aspirant. The answer is that since the vested interest commandeered Nigeria and set in motion a socio-political culture where a Counselor, Deputy Director and Police Officer among others can live in opulence without being investigated. Finally, compare the financial situations of all the past Head of States and Presidents of Nigeria with General Muhammadu Buhari’s, and it will be unambiguously clear as to which Commander in Chief ran a more transparent government. So, the final falsehood being perpetuated is as a result of his divergent way of handling the affairs of the nation. Simply put, General Muhammadu Buhari is the most noteworthy threat to their status quo pattern and wasteful attitude. At this point, if you have missed the great omission of this argument, then you have been corrupted by the doctrine of the vested interests. If you have failed to observe that notions such as competence, ability and prowess have been overshadowed as a result of trivial themes, like religion and age, then you have been contaminated by the doctrine of the vested interests. It also begs the question, is General Muhammadu Buhari simply honest and not necessarily accomplished enough to handle the complexities of the Presidency? Finally, we arrive at a discourse that centers on issues and achievements. While it is practically impossible to list all of General Muhammadu Buhari’s achievements in office, I will try and mention the most evident milestones that are still a vital source of revenue to our economy. As the Federal Commissioner of Petroleum in 1977, General Muhammadu reformed the Nigerian energy sector. He signed the contract for the Warri and Kaduna Refinery, 2 of the four refineries that continue to exist till this very day. He built over 20 depots across the country, each with the capacity to hold fuel reserve for 15 to 40 days. During his time as Head of State, Nigeria was exporting 1.82 million barrels of crude oil per day, and another 100, 000 barrels of refined products. One of the many reasons of the affection and trust that General Muhammadu Buhari enjoys from the masses is in his efforts to reduce the cost of food products. When he became Head of State, a bag of imported rice cost N60.00, but about 4 months into his regime, the price had gone down to N45.00. General Muhammadu Buhari’s regime upgraded the Port-Harcourt refinery from producing 70 million barrels per day to 100 million barrels per day, until it attained 150 million barrels per day. The present insecurity is evident to all Nigerians. General Muhammadu Buhari has proven his ability to tackle insecurity in the past. He closed the Nigerian borders in January 1984 to halt smuggling. General Muhammadu Buhari also established a feared and respected taskforce to check illegal bunkering after finding out that it cost the Shagari administration a N1 million naira a day. One of his most controversial decisions was his decision to deport illegal aliens in 1984 and 1985, in order to create more jobs and opportunities for the local population. One of the major contributors to the insecurity bedeviling Nigeria comes down to the porous nature of our borders. Experts have numerously stated the battle against Boko Haram will not succeed if our security agencies do not tackle the perilous condition of our borders. His next major assignment was as Chairman of the Petroleum Trust Fund. Some of his achievements, especially in the Health sector and his undertaking to increase drug availability at a low cost are well documented. Pharmaceutical companies such as Neimeth and Emzor were incentivized to increase drug production and employment opportunities for Nigerians. And as stated earlier, he ensured that 60% of the drugs to the Petroleum Trust Fund were locally produced. In addition, contractors working for the Petroleum Trust Fund were used to picking their cheques across the counter without having to lobby or grease any palms.I was brought up to believe that Nigerians are a rational people. As such, I expect the greater part of our 170 million people to recognize the reality and uncover the presumptions. If Nigerians want a leader that can establish a competent and patriotic administration, then capacity and competence should be the quality we must seek in our leaders, and not his religious affiliation. General Muhammadu Buhari described the late Sunday Awoniyi, a Christian, as a “person of great personal integrity”, an accolade he has not given to any Muslim leader till date. When General Buhari discontinued the conventional practice for governments to sponsor Hajj, he was not described as a religious zealot. When General Muhammadu Buhari advocated for the utilization of other tactical alternatives in the fight against Boko Haram, the vested interest and their allies in the media transformed him back to religious fanatic. A few months later, the National Security Agency under the leadership of Colonel Sambo Dasuki resorted to a softer approach in tacking Boko Haram. When one of our founding fathers, Chief Obafemi Awolowo ran for President, albeit, unsuccessfully at the age of 70. There was no outcry about his age, due to the general acceptance of Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s capability. Many historians and political analysts agree that our society would have gained for the better had Awolowo won the 1979 elections against Shehu Shagari. The basis of this reasoning centers on Obafemi’s erstwhile achievements, first, as the Premier of the Western Region and then as a Federal Commission under General Yakubu Gowon. Where were the dissenting voices on the grounds that Awolowo was a Yoruba Christian at the age of 70? It was non-existent, because our society back then was decent enough to focus on issues and the competence of our leaders.To argue that an upright man that governed an entire Northern Region, made up of Bauchi, Adamawa, Gombe, Taraba, Borno and Yobe, during regime of General Murtala Mohammed is illogical. General Muhammadu Buhari’s firm actions increased economic productivity and reduced poverty. Tragically, the vested interest does not detest General Muhammadu Buhari for these achievements. To a certain extent, they have actually benefited from his infrastructural milestones, especially in the energy industry. It is his unyielding approach to clamp down on economic saboteurs and corrupt official that they dread the most. As Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari froze the accounts of all corrupt officials and the political parties that had become a major component of the decay. At the end of investigations, official that had no case had their respective accounts unfrozen. But General Muhammadu Buhari’s greatest sin was trying and convicting public officials who illegally enriched themselves or their political parties. Buhari, Mr. Integrity reminds its readers that it is these corrupt politicians that are writers of his history today.General Muhammadu Buhari achieved so much because he was capable of running a transparent government. It was feasible for General Muhammadu Buhari to procure 30 brand new Air Buses for Nigeria Airways in 1985 to further develop aviation industry because corruption was extremely mitigated. He could upgrade the refineries in Nigeria without borrowing a kobo because he presided over a shrewd government. The most impactful achievement that during General Muhammadu Buhari’s regime was the laying of over 3, 200 kilometers of pipeline across the country. Interestingly, subsequent administrations, including the current one have failed at securing or maintaining them. Horrendously, not a single meter has been added till date. It is rather amusing to portray General Muhammadu Buhari as out of touch when Nigeria continues to rely on the pipelines his government constructed about 30 years ago. General Muhammadu Buhari is definitely not infallible. And, this paper does not seek to drive that argument. What it does is present the underemphasized factual achievements that summarize General Muhammadu Buhari’s qualifications to be the President of Nigeria. In this period of gross impunity and rampant insecurity, this paper has disclosed accurate facts that knock down any emotional attacks on the chances of General Muhammadu Buhari to be the President of Nigeria. Once again, he, like every human is not perfect, but none of the sins he is accused of are backed by credible proof.

    • deji

      God bless you for this write up. This is the message we should spread to all the nooks and crannies of Nigerian. The vast majority of our electorates due to poverty and illiteracy do not have this information that you have divulged here.

  • BenO

    ARE U A NIGERIAN OR A NIGER DELTAN REPUBLICAN? #SELF CENTERDNESS

    • BenO

      THE MISREPRESENTED STATESMAN: Buhari, Mr. Integrity is a one-sided account validating the reverence of one of the few statesmen left in Nigeria. Nonetheless, it offers a great deal of objective insight that counters some of the unsubstantiated stereotypes associated with General Muhammadu Buhari. In all fairness, the author, Barmo Gumi admits his bias while simultaneously acknowledging General Muhammadu Buhari’s fallacy as a leader. But, what leader isn’t flawed in some way or the other? As such, the task that Buhari, Mr. Integrity effectively accomplishes is the manner in which it jettisons the various distortions against the person of General Muhammadu Buhari. Regrettably, these grievances are publicized by individuals that know little about the most conscientious Head of State or President that Nigeria has ever had.While hearsay and speculation is common in Nigeria, there are certain unverified falsehoods against General Muhammadu Buhari’s reputation that have gradually been enshrined in the minds of a few misguided Nigerians. Although, these allegations are unfounded, they are continuously and severely promulgated to conceal the fear of the few vested interests that continue to wreck Nigeria. This paper focuses on the 3 popular assertions against General Muhammadu Buhari and why the guilty continue to publicize them with no facts to authenticate them. It will argue that none of these indictments are objective or backed by credible evidence. The allegations are that General Muhammadu Buhari is,1) Religiously/Ethnically Intolerant2) Aged/Outdated3) Autocratic/DisciplinarianAccording to the first view promoted by the vested interests and their minions, General Buhari is religiously intolerant. In Buhari, Mr. Integrity, sufficient evidence is provided that showcases General Buhari’s experience as a military man and a public servant. Furthermore, the book shows that in all the esteemed positions he held as a military man and public official, General Muhammadu Buhari never judged any of his staff along religious lines. During his time as Commandant of the 3rd Armored Division in Jos, General Muhammadu, on his own accord exempted Christians from their duties on Sunday. Interestingly, he denied Muslims the same right on Friday, on account of the absence of a work-free day in Islam. As Head of State, 7 out of his 15 Federal Commissioners were Christians. What’s more, Christians held key portfolios during Buhari’s regime. It is an irrefutable fact that prominent portfolios such as Defense, Finance, Petroleum, Health, Information, Works and Justice were under the control of Christians. In addition, during his short stint as Head of State, 11 out of the 19 Military Governors were Christians, 7 were Muslims, and 1 was peculiarly an Animist. How can a supposedly religiously intolerant dictator appoint an Animist as the Military Governor of the capital of Nigeria? The Military Governor of Lagos, Gbolahan Mudashiru refused to his oath with either the Holy Qur’an or the Holy Bible during Buhari’s time as Head of State. These appointees are well documented for anyone that wishes to objectively dissect the allegations against General Muhammadu Buhari. Furthermore, out of his 4 Service Chiefs, only Ibrahim Babangida (Army) was a Muslim. The trio of Domkat Bali (Defense), Augustus Aikhamou (Navy) and Dominic Bello (Airforce) were all Christians. It is also significant to note that General Buhari did not require the persuasion of the Senate, the contentious zoning formula, or the obligation of the Federal Character Act of 1996 to approve these appointments. In case the vested interest and their minions come up with the argument that all these appointments and deeds transpired about 3 decades ago, direct them to scrutinize the recent actions of General Muhammadu Buhari. During the 2011 elections, General Muhammadu handpicked the highly respected Pastor Tunde Bakare, as opposed to a candidate with a greater political capital. If General Muhammadu Buhari were religiously intolerant, he would not risk his aspiration to standby a religious leader of another faith. Recently, General Buhari attended the burial service of Sir Martin Agwu Ohadiugha in the Holy Trinity Parish in Umuahia. As stated by the Catholic Bishop of Umuahia Diocese, His Lordship, Rev. Lucius Ugorji, “that General Muhammadu Buhari, a Muslim, could stay through the Christian service without opting to sympathize with Chief Emenike (the son in-law of the deceased) only in his house spoke volumes of his religious tolerance. Age is another baseless argument against General Muhammadu Buhari’s explicit capability to rescue Nigeria from its prevalent situation. This view is crusaded by the vested interest and their minions based on their artificial belief that at 72, General Muhammadu is inherently out of touch with the complexities of the modern world. This artificial belief is fundamentally flawed, as it assumes that there is a direct correlation between age and competence. This view was aptly tackled in the most recent James Bond movie, the critically acclaimed Skyfall. Q, a young tech savvy agent confidently reminds 007 “age is no guarantee of efficiency, to which 007 replied “youth is no guarantee of innovation.” Even in reality, human history has innumerable case studies of old and young leaders that have done extremely well and extremely bad. Some political scientists even argue that elderly leaders spearheaded most of the contemporary economic growth across the world in recent memory.When Deng Xiaoping assumed power as the Paramount Leader of China in 1978, he was 74. Yet, Deng will go on to initiate his popular agricultural reforms and open China to the rest of the world, leading to the transformation of China into one of the fastest growing economies in the world for over 30 years. Consequently, hundreds of million Chinese citizens were lifted out of poverty. It is critical to note that Deng was 2 years older than General Muhammadu Buhari. The infamous economic miracle came with a minor restriction that only a few people know about till this very date. Japan limited the position of Prime Minister to leaders between the ages of 75 and 80 years old. The German statesman, Konrad Adenauer supervised the recovery of West Germany after the Second World War at the age of 73. Charles De Gaulle is credited for restoring French pride and prosperity. At 70, he galvanized the French war effort and went on to rule till he was 80 years old. Finally, the greatest leader Africa has seen in the post-colonial period, Nelson Mandela, was elected as the President of South Africa at the age of 74. Once again, that is 2 years older than General Muhammadu Buhari. Contrastingly, John F. Kennedy became the youngest American President to be elected into office at the age 43. His tenure as President ushered in a golden age of idealism that energized technological innovation, eventually sending a man to the moon and revolutionizing communications satellite. Finally, Lee Kwan Yew became the Prime Minister of Singapore at the age of 30. He would eventually be a major influence on Deng Xiaoping’s decision to reform China’s economic policies. After governing for three decades, from 1959 to 1990, he restructured Singapore into a beacon of efficiency, growth, discipline and prosperity. As General Muhammadu Buhari declared at the 50th Anniversary Lecture of Nnamadi Azikwe Hall at the University of Ibadan “ability, competence and skill in politics do not reside in one particular age group. The idea is to have a mixture of experienced people who will bring their wisdom to bear and young men and women with energy and vigor to cooperatively run an administration.”The final attempted blemish on General Muhammadu Buhari’s reputation boils down to his adherence for law and order. Unsurprisingly, it is this attribute of the statesman that irks the vested interest and their minion, having benefited from years of lawlessness and chaos. In a normal society, discipline is an appreciated characteristic. But in Nigeria, it misconstrued as autocratic or extreme. Nonetheless, even as Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari did not take decisions on policies or issue decrees without the consultation of his Supreme Military Council. Even the highly criticized Decree No. 4 of 1984, which focused on 3 dope peddlers that were executed by the government was not a unilateral decision. Shortly before the incident, the Supreme Military Council deliberated on the fate of the drug traffickers and agreed on the decision collectively.In a recent survey carried out by AKPD on behalf of the All Progressive Congress (APC), the majority of Nigerians regarded corruption as the root cause of their most pressing issues of unemployment and poverty. To the vested interest, it is crucial to portray General Muhammadu Buhari as a stern and extreme leader that is insensitive to the rule of law. Despite their attempts, it is a well known fact that General Muhammadu Buhari was not involved in the coup d’état that brought him to power in 1983. According to numerous accounts, middle and high-ranking army officer conducted the coup and invited General Muhammadu Buhari to take the mantle of leadership as the most qualified officer at the time. Sadly, about 3 months to the Presidential Election in 2007, Nobel Prize poet and playwright, Wole Soyinka wrote an article titled “The Nigerian Nation Against General Buhari.” In the article, Soyinka lists a number of “crimes” that General Muhammadu Buhari committed, one of which was the unfair accusation that General Muhammadu Buhari was a coup plotter. Since joining the army in 1962 at the age of 20, General Muhammadu Buhari never participated in the coup fever that engulfed the military.In all his positions, General Muhammadu Buhari simply set the same standards against corruption for himself and others. As Head of State, he ensured that his Federal Commissioners, Service Chiefs, Military Governor abided by the law. Upon his assumption of power as Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari identified indiscipline and corruption of the 2nd Republic as the bane of Nigeria’s ills. As such, he introduced the War Against Indiscipline to the general public. Expected practices in decent societies, such as queuing, nationalism, anti-corruption and environmental sanitation were initiated to transform the public psyche. With Decree No. 20, also known as Miscellaneous Offences decree, the regime had the legal backing to clamp down on lawbreakers. Moreover, during his stint as the Chairman of the Petroleum Trust Fund, General Muhammadu Buhari had no salary, but settled for a sitting allowance of N15, 000 along with his board members. He ensured that the Petroleum Trust Fund financial consultants provided receipts from the sales of PTF drugs were used to replenish stocks, thus banishing the out of stock syndrome. Impressively, he regulated all PTF drugs, making it practically impossible to divert drugs to the parallel markets. The smallest tablet had the PTF logo engraved on it, and over 60% of drugs supplied were locally produced. It was well known that in his time as Chairman of the PTF, contractors never needed to lobby or grease palms to get Local Purchase Orders, popularly referred to as LPOs.General Muhammadu Buhari remains the only Head of State till this date that has never allocated, donated, shared or even sold an oil block to a friend, relative or business interest. Despite holding various positions before eventually becoming the Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari had to borrow from Barclays Bank, AIB, the Federal Mortgage Bank and Kaduna State Housing Scheme to build his houses in Daura, Kano, Kaduna and Abuja. General Muhammadu Buhari’s conviction to true public service is the reason why he has no foreign accounts anywhere in the world or any properties outside Nigeria. Unlike, the most duplicitous practice of the vested interest, General Muhammadu Buhari does not have anybody fronting for him or managing any assets on his behalf in any business anywhere in the world. The elderly statesman has asked anyone that claims to know otherwise to present his or her facts. Despite holding such lucrative positions, General Muhammadu Buhari’s has only one bank account at Union Bank. He differs from the vested interest and their practices in numerous ways. General Muhammadu Buhari cannot afford foreign medical bills for his family members. When his daughter died, she was in a hospital in Kaduna, not in Germany or America. As Barmo accurately pointed out, despite being “a former everything, he could not afford to take abroad.” In other words, public office holders that have not held as many positions as General Muhammadu Buhari have accumulated illicit wealth. These officials are the leading voice behind this notion that General Muhammadu Buhari is too severe. Since when did simplicity, honesty and righteousness become a minus to the reputation of any political aspirant. The answer is that since the vested interest commandeered Nigeria and set in motion a socio-political culture where a Counselor, Deputy Director and Police Officer among others can live in opulence without being investigated. Finally, compare the financial situations of all the past Head of States and Presidents of Nigeria with General Muhammadu Buhari’s, and it will be unambiguously clear as to which Commander in Chief ran a more transparent government. So, the final falsehood being perpetuated is as a result of his divergent way of handling the affairs of the nation. Simply put, General Muhammadu Buhari is the most noteworthy threat to their status quo pattern and wasteful attitude. At this point, if you have missed the great omission of this argument, then you have been corrupted by the doctrine of the vested interests. If you have failed to observe that notions such as competence, ability and prowess have been overshadowed as a result of trivial themes, like religion and age, then you have been contaminated by the doctrine of the vested interests. It also begs the question, is General Muhammadu Buhari simply honest and not necessarily accomplished enough to handle the complexities of the Presidency? Finally, we arrive at a discourse that centers on issues and achievements. While it is practically impossible to list all of General Muhammadu Buhari’s achievements in office, I will try and mention the most evident milestones that are still a vital source of revenue to our economy. As the Federal Commissioner of Petroleum in 1977, General Muhammadu reformed the Nigerian energy sector. He signed the contract for the Warri and Kaduna Refinery, 2 of the four refineries that continue to exist till this very day. He built over 20 depots across the country, each with the capacity to hold fuel reserve for 15 to 40 days. During his time as Head of State, Nigeria was exporting 1.82 million barrels of crude oil per day, and another 100, 000 barrels of refined products. One of the many reasons of the affection and trust that General Muhammadu Buhari enjoys from the masses is in his efforts to reduce the cost of food products. When he became Head of State, a bag of imported rice cost N60.00, but about 4 months into his regime, the price had gone down to N45.00. General Muhammadu Buhari’s regime upgraded the Port-Harcourt refinery from producing 70 million barrels per day to 100 million barrels per day, until it attained 150 million barrels per day. The present insecurity is evident to all Nigerians. General Muhammadu Buhari has proven his ability to tackle insecurity in the past. He closed the Nigerian borders in January 1984 to halt smuggling. General Muhammadu Buhari also established a feared and respected taskforce to check illegal bunkering after finding out that it cost the Shagari administration a N1 million naira a day. One of his most controversial decisions was his decision to deport illegal aliens in 1984 and 1985, in order to create more jobs and opportunities for the local population. One of the major contributors to the insecurity bedeviling Nigeria comes down to the porous nature of our borders. Experts have numerously stated the battle against Boko Haram will not succeed if our security agencies do not tackle the perilous condition of our borders. His next major assignment was as Chairman of the Petroleum Trust Fund. Some of his achievements, especially in the Health sector and his undertaking to increase drug availability at a low cost are well documented. Pharmaceutical companies such as Neimeth and Emzor were incentivized to increase drug production and employment opportunities for Nigerians. And as stated earlier, he ensured that 60% of the drugs to the Petroleum Trust Fund were locally produced. In addition, contractors working for the Petroleum Trust Fund were used to picking their cheques across the counter without having to lobby or grease any palms.I was brought up to believe that Nigerians are a rational people. As such, I expect the greater part of our 170 million people to recognize the reality and uncover the presumptions. If Nigerians want a leader that can establish a competent and patriotic administration, then capacity and competence should be the quality we must seek in our leaders, and not his religious affiliation. General Muhammadu Buhari described the late Sunday Awoniyi, a Christian, as a “person of great personal integrity”, an accolade he has not given to any Muslim leader till date. When General Buhari discontinued the conventional practice for governments to sponsor Hajj, he was not described as a religious zealot. When General Muhammadu Buhari advocated for the utilization of other tactical alternatives in the fight against Boko Haram, the vested interest and their allies in the media transformed him back to religious fanatic. A few months later, the National Security Agency under the leadership of Colonel Sambo Dasuki resorted to a softer approach in tacking Boko Haram. When one of our founding fathers, Chief Obafemi Awolowo ran for President, albeit, unsuccessfully at the age of 70. There was no outcry about his age, due to the general acceptance of Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s capability. Many historians and political analysts agree that our society would have gained for the better had Awolowo won the 1979 elections against Shehu Shagari. The basis of this reasoning centers on Obafemi’s erstwhile achievements, first, as the Premier of the Western Region and then as a Federal Commission under General Yakubu Gowon. Where were the dissenting voices on the grounds that Awolowo was a Yoruba Christian at the age of 70? It was non-existent, because our society back then was decent enough to focus on issues and the competence of our leaders.To argue that an upright man that governed an entire Northern Region, made up of Bauchi, Adamawa, Gombe, Taraba, Borno and Yobe, during regime of General Murtala Mohammed is illogical. General Muhammadu Buhari’s firm actions increased economic productivity and reduced poverty. Tragically, the vested interest does not detest General Muhammadu Buhari for these achievements. To a certain extent, they have actually benefited from his infrastructural milestones, especially in the energy industry. It is his unyielding approach to clamp down on economic saboteurs and corrupt official that they dread the most. As Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari froze the accounts of all corrupt officials and the political parties that had become a major component of the decay. At the end of investigations, official that had no case had their respective accounts unfrozen. But General Muhammadu Buhari’s greatest sin was trying and convicting public officials who illegally enriched themselves or their political parties. Buhari, Mr. Integrity reminds its readers that it is these corrupt politicians that are writers of his history today.General Muhammadu Buhari achieved so much because he was capable of running a transparent government. It was feasible for General Muhammadu Buhari to procure 30 brand new Air Buses for Nigeria Airways in 1985 to further develop aviation industry because corruption was extremely mitigated. He could upgrade the refineries in Nigeria without borrowing a kobo because he presided over a shrewd government. The most impactful achievement that during General Muhammadu Buhari’s regime was the laying of over 3, 200 kilometers of pipeline across the country. Interestingly, subsequent administrations, including the current one have failed at securing or maintaining them. Horrendously, not a single meter has been added till date. It is rather amusing to portray General Muhammadu Buhari as out of touch when Nigeria continues to rely on the pipelines his government constructed about 30 years ago. General Muhammadu Buhari is definitely not infallible. And, this paper does not seek to drive that argument. What it does is present the underemphasized factual achievements that summarize General Muhammadu Buhari’s qualifications to be the President of Nigeria. In this period of gross impunity and rampant insecurity, this paper has disclosed accurate facts that knock down any emotional attacks on the chances of General Muhammadu Buhari to be the President of Nigeria. Once again, he, like every human is not perfect, but none of the sins he is accused of are backed by credible proof.

      • Sawyer P

        I hope u realize how impossible it is to rename black as white? Even a baby in the womb knows the difference. This your almajiri brain needs exigent overhaul.

        • BenO

          The “Sawyer P” I knw reminds me of d genesis of EBOLA in Naija

  • BenO

    “There are only 2 states in Nigeria running Free Education from Primary school to the University, Kano and Imo APC controlled states.
    There are only two states giving the poor masses alternative means of Transportation. Monorail the 1st in Nigeria Electric driven Train
    Lagos Fashola and River Ameachi Controlled by APC.
    There is only ONE state feeding its pupils at least one Egg/day with fruit rice and Beans that’s Osun Aregbesola, APC states.
    There are only 2 states that provided Computer free of Charge to the student of the poor in PUBLIC SECONDARY SCHOOLS that’s Ekiti and
    Osun (Opon Imo an ipad) They are APC Governors.
    There are two states with HIGHEST civil servants employed by the Governors – Lagos and Rivers Ameachi employed 13,000 Teachers in a day!,
    Fashola convert KAI officials to civil servant!
    1.There are only 2 states that are owing workers up to 6 months salary – that’s Idris Wada Kogi & Gabriel Suswan of Benue. Both are PDP
    states.
    2.There is ONLY one state that sacked its workers, in thousands! For what Offence? You might ask. Because they are not indigene. That is
    Theodore Orji, Abia PDP Governor”
    Anyone who still pretends not to see major economic, ideological differences between this two PARTIES APC vs PDP will not see the Tallest
    Building in the World even if he stands in the front of it”.- Governor Babatunde Fashola

    • ismail umar

      Mr Ben, Stop adding to what Fashola has said, we all watched the speech at the birthday of Timpire silva, and you have clearly lied about what he said and that is pathetic of you. You just like your APC are full of deceit and by the way go to Rivers state and see the monorail before you can come here to applaud it. Trash !!!

      • BenO

        “I de laugh o” OBJ

        • ismail umar

          Pls do, Nobody is meant to cry, but laugh more at your ignorance.

    • COO

      YOU ARE BLIND GO TO IMO AND SEE THINGS FOR YOURSELF

  • Maria

    PDP will be buried and his gang of looters thrown into jail… be prepared… the train of change is here…

  • Enemona

    The inner me tells me that this man will never be president of Nigeria. In truth, the Nigerian elite is too corrupt for people like him. He is so different from the norm and they would do everything within their powers to keep this man outside Aso Villa. They know their stock would drastically diminish should this man get to the helms.

    It is a big surprise that he is still alive, his likes have either been acquiesced or murdered. I know there have been several attempt on his life and we should expect more. Those who have made Nigeria their milking cow would never want this man near power, they know what he stands for and he is inimical to their criminal interests. They have ‘invested’ too much in Nigeria to let a man so upright and unyielding in his resolve to change the country for the better to rule over them. He lives in a future Nigeria, he lives in a different epoch.

    Don’t get me wrong, I do not think he is that messiah that we need (if we, indeed, need one), he is that messenger we need, the man to pass the message across to the evil-loving, greedy, incompetent, unruly, self-serving, narcissistic elite of our country and the outside world that Nigeria is ready to rise. He is merely going to set the stage for the change we yearn for.

    Time and time again, he has proved to people that he is a man with intent, a man with purpose and love for the country. Buhari is simply a president of Nigeria that will never be and not because he is not capable but because we, as a people, are not yet ready to rise.

    • dudu

      Lets be hopeful this time around

  • Kabiru Karamba

    No leader in Nigeria can talk like this, going deep to the root of affairs. He knows what a society needs to progress. He is never corrupt and incorruptible. He has that natural wisdom of leadership. By Allah’s will you will come to our rescue from this barbaric, corrupt and blood thirsty politicians we have in Nigeria. May Allah protect you. Amin

  • Olaoluwa Peters

    But why is everyone talking about ”THEY? who are the people being referred to as THEY? If a larger population of Nigerians glaringly vote him in, nobody will dare rig the election.

  • COO

    WHAT HAPPENED TO OUR 2.8 BILLION DOLLARS MISSING WHEN HE WAS THE MINISTER OF PETROLEUM WE ARE NOT FOOLS HE HAD BEEN ONCE A PRESIDENT AND PTF CHAIRMAN WHAT HAPPENED THIS MAN SHOULD GO HOME AND REST THINGS HAVE CHANGED HIS TIME IS GONE FOR EVER HES NOT DESTINED TO RULE NIGERIA

  • burning spear

    May his soul rest in peace—————-sadly your anti-corruption credentials of Buhari does not hold–water–Buhari is corruption personified————time for the Fulanis to also to stop displaying this larger than life picture of Buhari—-we do not have erasable memory sticks in our skulls———–Here is a man who could not even present his WASC to INEC–LIED ABOUT IT–and we have some members of the Fulani dance band–attempt to raise and rate him above the thoughts of late Fela–whom he sent to prison because he called him a thief—-No Fulani governor–has ever been sent to jail—since we gained our freedom-in 1960-Even during the era of Obj and ribadu–not one–appeared in court–Bihari lied to us that he borrowed–27m from the bank to buy nomination form from APC–while at the same time the wife was busy spending over 300m on IDPs in the Fulani north—-Buhari was imposed on us by the CIA–NO MORE NO LESS————–THE RECORDS ARE THERE-4 all to see————————how can i see Buhari as my mentor—with his soul depressing comments against Nigerians–?—It was his comments——————that led to the murder of 11 youth corpers–and over 1,000 Nigerian during the 2011-post election riot—in the Fulani North—Till date he is yet to congratulate Jonathan———-over his victory at the polls——in 2011–while Jonathan told us—Nigerians—that–he would rather go back to the village than see Nigerians killed because of his ambition–Buhari was busy issuing threats-that the blood of Nigerian will flow like a fight between-baboons ati dogs—–Is that they type of person that we should be celebrating here———?–i begi– That man is a quota system general–who has no place in the history of Nigeria–

    • sam

      I am not surprised nobody responded to your demented comment for over two days.