Buhari, Boko Haram And The Northern Establishment By Salisu Suleiman

By Salisu Suleiman

One of the greatest ironies of Nigeria’s current political dialectics is the fact that the only man who probably has the moral authority to end the Boko Haram imbroglio also happens to be one of the men most distrusted by the northern establishment and the government.

Characteristic of the sectionalism and obduracy that followed the bitterly divisive 2011 presidential elections, some Nigerians still hold on to the idea that former Head of State and opposition leader, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, is behind Boko Haram and had promised to make Nigeria ungovernable if he lost the election.

This charge goes against the grain and substance of Buhari: As an army captain in the 1960s, he fought for Nigeria’s unity. As a general in the 80s, tasked with removing marauding Chadian rebels and bandits who had been pillaging Nigerian towns and killing citizens, Buhari not only chased them out, he followed them far into Chad and, in his own words, gave them a ‘bloody nose’. His action secured that border from foreign fighters for the next 20 years. Would Buhari have betrayed the people of Bakassi?

Anyway, what is the connection between Buhari, Boko Haram and the Northern establishment?

One arm of the tripod is the Boko Haram insurgency. Despite the religious colouration, the movement is basically a rebellion against a feudal system that seeks to enslave the majority while a privileged few – mostly traditional rulers, military brass and business elite – control the political and economic spaces. As a reaction against decades of oppression, a deliberate policy of emasculation and ever growing poverty, the group is only the most visible and violent.

The second arm of the tripod is the Northern establishment. Before the British conquest in the early 20th century, the emirates in the north had well developed and highly efficient social and political systems that were essentially feudal in nature, separating rulers from peasants. With British control came Western education. As in many parts of Africa, initially only the children of peasants were sent to schools – only to come back as powerful colonial clerks and messengers. Realizing the powers of western education, the establishment quietly tried to limit the ‘commoners’ access to education.

Which was why, when the then Premier of the Western Region, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, introduced Free Education in 1955, the North, already educationally disadvantaged, did not copy the policy. And that is why today, for example, Ogun state alone has more universities than the entire six states in the North-east Zone. There are more private universities in Ogun state than the entire north has. The result is that in virtually every area of human enterprise, the region lags behind other parts of Nigeria.

The third arm of the tripod is Gen. Buhari. The simple fact that he is educated should make him part of the establishment. That he joined the military and rose to the rank of General should make him a prominent leader of the establishment. That he was a military governor, petroleum minister and head of state should make him one of the richest members and de facto leader of the establishment.

But Buhari is none of these. Not only has he displayed an aversion to the politics of exclusion that is the ideology of the establishment, he also committed a cardinal sin when as Head of State, he offended (and even arrested) high-ranking members of the clique. Theoretically, Buhari lost his bid for the presidency in 2003, 2007 and 2011, but in reality, he lost long before then. Actually, Jonathan had no reason to campaign in the north, nor expend as much public funds as he did during the elections because the establishment would have stopped Buhari by any means. It was a matter of life and death.

Back to the tripod. For analysts trying to understand Buhari’s popularity among the northern masses, there is no magic to it; he is adored simply because he represents their best chance to topple a class that has systematically impoverished the region and its people. The establishment fears Buhari because they know he will dissipate their power base and end their corruption and nepotism. In essence, Buhari has the moral authority without the political power; the establishment has political power without the moral authority, while Boko Haram is fighting the establishment to create their view of a moral authority.

The tragedy is that many of those who would have championed a moderate transition from old traditions to a progressive society have been largely assimilated into the establishment, leaving the fight to the Boko Haram extremists. Where are the progressives in the North today? Rather, the dream of many young Northerners not born into the establishment is to acquire wealth and power by whatever means to buy their way into the system and to repress the less fortunate – who are responding with bombs and bullets.

Until the establishment develops just and equitable systems that would confer them with moral authority, until leaders with moral authority get the needed political influence to create a progressive society and until Boko Haram realizes that killing and maiming innocent people will bring neither political clout nor moral authority, the region may continue to reel in confusion.
 

 

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LOL

Explain your killing of innocent and child first fag.

Re: buhari-boko-haram-and-northern establishment!

Dear Salisu;

If what you said in paragraph 3 is true that he Maj Gen Buhari(RTD) is correct and what you said he said in paragraph 2 is also correct and i quote "... some Nigerians still hold on to the idea that former Head of State and opposition leader, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, is behind Boko Haram and had promised to make Nigeria ungovernable if he lost the election."

The truth is, how can someone who so much fought so hard for the unity of Nigeria, turns oneday and said, same country will be .."ungovernable if He looses and election..". Certainly and conclusively, it happened after the election.

The so called Gen; who left as a Maj Gen should be questioned! Let me remind you, there is no way He can be president of this Nigeria...

9ja prblms

I have been reading articles about Nigeria and come to realize all the articles are almost the same which include insult and blasphemy of either the North or the South of Nig. I realize about 70% of those come from the Yoruba which are eager to create faction between the North and South of Nigeria God knows what their aims are is it because Nig. capital is no longer Lagos but Abuja why can't the South and Northern Nigerians see the Treachery of the Yoruba community do they think the next president will be Obasanjo again. As a Northerner i know life is not about Oil but about water and land which provides food and cloths.We all know about renewable energy (Solar and hydroelectricity)Please Nigerians wake up and embrace knowledge for the advancement of our economy if the Yoruba's are afraid to come out and embrace the truth so be it. We northerners believed the only think that can't be hidden is the Truth.

@NAGODI.

My last posting was directed to you.

BH and Buhari's silence

My problem with the above analysis is that if BH problem is with the establishment that is causing the deprivation,why then are they targeting Christians,Churches and Southerners?They should have been targeting govt.offices and political leaders in the north.The perceived crime of the targeted group is that they denied Buhari votes in 2011 elections.With the viscious attacks on churches,Buhari has not openly condemned the attacks but continues to use the above logic to justify the said frustration of the BH advocacy.He has not come up to tell BH that they are misdirecting their frustration if any.There are many clean and upright Nigerians,young and old,who have not soiled their hands,no one should claim the monopoly.

PDP SERIAL ELECTION RIGGER

THE ARTICLE IS FACTUAL. BUHARI IS THE BEST MAN FOR THE JOB COME 2015.

why rigging

Why do PDP and Jonathan rig if they know Buhari can never win? Why was CPC votes in Kano counted for Jonathan before the deal was exposed? If not for rigging how did Jonathan won over 90% in South south and South East while Governor of these states won with less than 40% so Governors campaigned more for Jonathan than themselves?

THE PEOPLE WILL TAKE WHAT BELONGS TO THEM,JONATHAN OR NO JONATHA

Your understanding of fundamental human rights and self determination is suspect,it is not for Jonathan to dictate to the people,they will claim what belongs to them at the right time,hopefully in a peaceful manner through legitimate means.I cannot lay claim to an oil well in maiduguri or Sokoto,the recent event n Anambra where,exploration,drilling,ownership of proposed refinery,technological expertise etc was locally sourced and controlled is a model of how natural resource is managed in a free society.
The retrogressive nature of the northern elite psyche is very burdensome to progressive society,the north with its natural agricultural endowments and mineral resources cannot be classified as "poor",the problem is the "human variable".The status-quo whereby the resource in another man's land is controlled by another against his wish is untenable,it is a potential source of disunity,it will not stand the test of time as the oil-block owners dont help the northern poor.

ADD THE U.S GOVT FACTOR TO GET BETTER PICTURE

A beautiful analysis by Salisu. But, on Boko Haram the report by Desert Herald that U.S gov't is the mastermind(behind the scene) is more convincing. DH reported that for the political reason that Nigeria has started commanding some real influence above that of the U.S through the military successes of ECOMOG missions, the U.S govt decided it must halt!; that CIA does the training and provides weapons; that suicide bombers were injected with LSD before they,re sent on targets...etc

MR PEE

"By 2015, i'm looking forward to the South East presenting an acceptable candidate for presidency, not one cloned by IBB, OBJ, GEJ and their clique. In the absence of this, Buhari is the man. "

I AM A NORTHERN MUSLIM, BUT I WILL VOTE FOR ROCHAS ANY DAY. JUST HOPE THE SOUTHEAST WILL PRESENT HIM FOR THE PRESIDENCY.

OSITA DIOKA, NICE REBUTTAL...

BUT I STILL WAIT FOR THE DAY GEJ WILL VENTURE TO TAKE AWAY THE OIL BLOCKS FROM THOSE HATED NORTHERN ELITE. IT IS THEN AND ONLY THEN WE WILL SEE WHO CONTROLS THE ASO ROCK STAFF, THE ARMY AND ULTIMATELY THE NATION!

GEJ CAN TRAVEL NOW WHEREVER HE WANTS TO GO, HE CAN APPOINT AND DISMISS WHOEVER HE WANTS, BUT WHY? HE PLAYS ACCORDING TO THE PREPARED SCRIPT AND HE PROVIDES A RELIEF FOR HIS PREDECESSORS WHO WILL PAY FOR A COVER AND THEY ARE GETTING IT FREE. FOR IF THERE IS ANYTHING OUR PAST MISRULERS WANTS ITS A PRESIDENT WHO APPEARS AND IS INDEED STUPID, SO STUPID THAT THE PUBLIC CAN SEE. A PRESIDENT SO INCOMPETENT THAT WE HAVE STARTED HEARING PEOPLE PRAISE ABACHA.

ABACHA WOULD NOT TRAVEL BECAUSE HE KNOWS HE DOES NOT CONTROL THE ARMY, GEJ TRAVELS BECAUSE HE THOUGHT HE CONTROLS THE ARMY. IGNORANCE IS A BLISS! GOING BY WHAT HAPPEN TO ABACHA WHEN HE CROSSED THE NORTHERN ELITE IT IS CLEAR WHO THE FOOL IS, ABACHA OR GEJ.

@ Tayoskey, I don't think you

@ Tayoskey, I don't think you understood what was written, read it over and over again and you may understand or not...

Salisu, You are an IDIOT

Salisu or whatever the hell you call yourself, you are really a MORON and a FUCKING IDIOT, just read through the rubish you just wrote...."One arm of the tripod is the Boko Haram insurgency. Despite the religious colouration, the movement is basically a rebellion against a feudal system that seeks to enslave the majority while a privileged few – mostly traditional rulers, military brass and business elite". If boko hara is truely fighting against the so called nothern establishment, how DO YOU EXPLAIN THE BOMBING OF CHURCHES AND KILLING OF INNOCENT CHILDREN, how many of the IBBs, ATIKUS, EL RUFAIs and ABDUSALAMIs had been targeted? your article is rubish

@NAGODI,YOUR CORE NORTH IS DESTINED FOR ISOLATION.

Mr Nagodi,your mindset is quite revealing,your misplaced pride lies in a chequered history of northern undemocratic misrule.Somehow you have tacitly accepted the anomaly in having 80% of the oil-blocks of the SS in northern control,as you rightly pointed out those oil wells are in President Jonathan's contaminated back yard.The middle-belt fought the last civil war with the SW,the SS even sided with the federal army against Biafra.I will leave you with the reality of how things have changed and how Nigerians have realised who the real enemy is,that is why your mindset is interesting.
May I inform you that President Jonathan is in solid control of the Nigerian armed forces,he travels any time he wishes unlike the northern military dictators who were afraid to venture outside the country for fear of coups-de-tat.The north may have lost the plot,the ball is already rolling relentlessly towards fiscal federalism as people claim their rights

@NAGODI,YOUR CORE NORTH IS DESTINED FOR ISOLATION.

Mr Nagodi,your mindset is quite revealing,your misplaced pride lies in a chequered history of northern undemocratic misrule.Somehow you have tacitly accepted the anomaly in having 80% of the oil-blocks of the SS in northern control,as you rightly pointed out those oil wells are in President Jonathan's contaminated back yard.The middle-belt fought the last civil war with the SW,the SS even sided with the federal army against Biafra.I will leave you with the reality of how things have changed and how Nigerians have realised who the real enemy is,that is why your mindset is interesting.
May I inform you that President Jonathan is in solid control of the Nigerian armed forces,he travels any time he wishes unlike the northern military dictators who were afraid to venture outside the country for fear of coups-de-tat.The north may have lost the plot,the ball is already rolling relentlessly towards fiscal federalism as people claim their rights

buhari has never won any

buhari has never won any election and i don't see him winning any in future. He lacks what it takes to be a Nigerian president. All the noise about his capabilities are mere stories people make up

On Salisu's "Buhari, Boko Haram and the Northern Establishment"

I understand exactly what the writer set out to address. Buhari is also loved in the South because of his strong morale background, a quality Nigeria is in dire need of for the much anticipated renewal. About Boko Haram, I consider this group an offshoot of the great Almajiri Dynasty born long before 1960. A group of unwanted and unloved people who were merely tolerated by existing Northern monarchies, military dictatorships headed mostly by Northerners, and their ever greedy political cousins. We in the South have our fair share of these oppressors in our midst as well. My question is, why has Boko Haram chosen to target churches, christians and Southerners in the North, when they should be dealing with those who have failed them? Why drag Islam into this? Since we are all victims of same oppression, why not cooperate to peacefully dislodge the oppressors in our midst and so save lives and property?

SOUTHERN FOOLS ARE BELIGERENT...

TO THEM BUHARI REPRESENT THE NORTHERN ESTABLISHMENT. BUT TO US WHO KNOW THE INNER WORKINGS OF THE NORTH, BUHARI IS IN A CLASS OF HIS OWN. THE NORTHERN ESTABLISHMENT STILL CONTROLS JONATHAN AND CENTRAL POWER. REASON; GEJ CANNOT PURSUE SECESSION, OR CONFISCATE THOSE OIL BLOCKS IN HIS BACKYARD AWARDED TO THE NORTHERN ELITE,HE (GEJ) CANNOT MOVE THE CAPITAL FROM ABUJA,...FROM CALABAR TO LAGOS, ENUGU TO PORTHARCOURT THERE IS NOTHING THAT WILL CHANGE FOR BETTER OR BE ANYTHING OTHER THAN WHAT THE NORTHERN ELITE PROVIDED WHEN THEY WERE AT THE HELMS. THIS IS TRUE BECAUSE THEY STILL RUN THE SHOW! THE YORUBAS HAVE SEEN THAT WITH OBJ. BUHARI IS THE NORTHERN ELITE'S NIGHTMARE.

By 2015, i'm looking forward

By 2015, i'm looking forward to the South East presenting an acceptable candidate for presidency, not one cloned by IBB, OBJ, GEJ and their clique. In the absence of this, Buhari is the man. Anybody accussing Buhari of being behind BH must be out of his mind. It is not possible for Buhari to promote the same interests for which the establishment in the North has sympathy for.

What if he transforms to Mohammed 'Odumegwu' Buhari? Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

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I Beleive with what my brother has said about the north, but what i want to add on the issue of winning or loosing election of our great Lover General Muhammadu Buhari. If we can remember when Gen.is Head of State, Nothern traditional rulers gathered there Ulama's to pray for the FALL of Gen. becouse he is not following what they want,therefor if we the Notherners want Gen to win election, we must gather our Ulama's again to pray for his success becouse he is the one that were prayed for his downfall.

Buhari, Boko Haram...

On the face of it, this piece would seem to be pro-Buhari but the spirit of it is to create easy win for Goodluck come 2015. Buhari, a serial loser is presented as the best candidate of the North. The aim of this article is to discourage other competent candidates from the North ant to see that Buhari is fooled to come out again and lose out.

GEN BUHARI,BETWEEN THE ROCK AND HARD PLACE.

To the average southerner Gen Buhari represents the distasteful northern establishment yet the General is perceived as a loose cannon by the heavily corrupt northern oligarchy,they do not trust him.Buhari is a true product of the northern feudal-military system which held sway for more than 40 years producing several Military Dictators and Generals who quickly rose in the ranks and became Generals before 40 years of age,as a military Dictator,he was a strict disciplinarian who hated corruption but enforced anti-corruption with bias,his junta dished out unequal treatment to indicted corrupt politicians,he set the northern politicians free while dishing out cruel punishments to the southerners.
Gen Buhari is also viewed as a fundamentalist islamist,he banned the importation of raw materials for alcoholic beverages gave preference to northern religious institutions and enforced a policy of marginalisation against the Christian SE,he disregarded human rights.He has few friends in the SE.

They are too blind to see

Salisu,
Thanks a decillion for the article. unfortunately, Nigerians are too blind and deaf to see and hear the horn of a runnaway steamroller heading in their direction. How on earth some of us expected anything good from the confused smiling hobo PHD zoologist beats my imagination to pieces.
It is clear to everyone now abi. So until it hits us, we cannot see se? Ok. Some are still crawlling at stralls to support the GEJ. I believe they are all benefitting immensely from the spoilt, else they should be term irredeemable beast of no classification.
My nightmare is that if the Man Buhari passes one with clearing the stinking mess, who else can we dream of to do this?

Stop following PDP

It is a party of bastards! Enough of these masqurades like Obasanjo that I grew up to know his nickname in Abeokuta (Omo-Ale, meaning bastard) which was stemming from the fact that he was fathered by an Igbo man. They put tribal marks on him to erase that and ensure the Igboman never comes for his baby boy. IBB is a yoruba man born to an Ogbomosho man around Mobil area in Minna (Yoruba street) and a Nupe woman, elder sister to Abubakar Abdulsalami's mother. Will he deny they are first cousins? The man's name was Gbadamosi. OK ask IBB to show you his father's compound in Minna? Or Saraki to show you the Gaa that his father came from?

Let us Put away Sentiments

I hope one day Nigerians will unite behind a truthful patriot like Buhari. I will look at those contesting in 2015 and decide hoping we will all still be here by HIS mercies. let us put sentiments apart and work for th good of country. That was what I did in 2003, 2007, 2011 by voting Buhari. I am Yoruba, a Christian.

Truth is Bitter ,well said of General Buhari

Thank you Salishu Suleiman please send this write up to other media.Buhari is the best man for the job come 2015.

What ur article is saying is

What ur article is saying is saying is that buhari is the solution to the boko haram menace. Its a shame that you claim that he chased the chadian rebel away, when it was the duty of the then duty of the military to protect our territorial integrity no matter who was in power. The youth you claim wanted him in the north are either fanatical or sentimental groups who sees it fit to kill for his ambition. Buhari was and will always be a puppet while others do the job as it was evident wth his regime wth idiagbon doing everythng and he just sits wtht action and thts why when idiagbon was not around he cldnt hold unto power and there by cowardly handing over to ibb. If he ws poor as you claim then where is his source of campaign money? He choose to be regional president and thts why he can never rule again. Your article has not given me a reason to vote for him. He is fanatical and there is enough reason to show every one tht he is not a solution bt part of the problem.

You have no right to reach this conclusion Mr. Sulaiman

" the movement is basically a rebellion against a feudal system that seeks to enslave the majority while a privileged few – mostly traditional rulers, military brass and business elite" I beg to disagree on this one. When they kill innocent women and children in churches and schools. Your conclusion on this one is wrong my friend.

@polaroid: Re: What is the yard stick for measuring Performance

@polaroid

The yardstick of performance is obviously to compare notes on what you promised during election campaign to what you have achieved when u get into power.
Below is the link to GEJ's 2011 election campaign promises with dates and location he made those promises; please give us an update !

http://saharareporters.com/column/non-governing-governance-3-4-mountain-...

Hoping you will respond and not run away. Definitely in 2015, the animal will be returned to the Otuoke zoo where he escaped from and you can idolise him there !

Almajiri must rule!@ Deri(a lame)

Weather you like it or not almajiri is your superior and must rule nigeria come 2015, you accuses Gen. Buhari, then who do you bark for as a political dog? Jonathan? You are indeed a dumb with a blind mind, analysis shown that Jona is the worst president world ever seen in history,by the way his level of incompetance make it necessary that almajiri ,maloos and goro eater as you use to say come back and lead the nation towards progress. While you Deri and sultan of sokoto(as you named you self on SR) cannot prevent anything finally if you fail to repent you go and meet your pay master Reuben Abati in the Hell fire for denying the truth.