Going! Going! Gone! Nigerian Northern Elites And The Auctioning Of Buhari

By Obinna Akukwe

Auctioning is a process of disposal of tangible goods to the highest bidder at the time the auction cry is over.

The highest bidder takes the goods except if a higher bid comes up before the bid is closed. I do remember with nostalgia my early years when after every annual harvest and thanksgiving church service the parishioners gathers for the bazaar sales. The goods offered to The Lord as thanksgiving offerings were usually gathered together for disposal to the highest bidder. The items include tubers of yam, livestock, cattle, clothes, kitchen utensils, bicycles, motorcycles and whatever item the parishioners came to church with. A goat could be sold for twenty times the market value to the cheering   of parishioners or  in rare cases at the market price especially minutes before the end of the bazaar. The money realized is used to further the work of the Gospel.

The Nigerian Northern Elites have auctioned their greatest chances to reclaim the presidency they lost during the Obasanjo era. Some northern militaricians led by former military president Ibrahim Babangida repackaged Obasanjo for a puppetist agenda in 1998 banking on their knowledge of the former Head of state - fearful, loyal, and subservient and they never bargained that Obasanjo would want to be his own man. Years in Maidugeri prison have turned the former Head of State to another personality as he saw himself as the second Mandela of Africa. Since then the north lost grip of power. The greatest chance for the north to regain power back since 2003 was in the personality of former head of state General Muhammadu Buhari.

In 2003 presidential elections the ruling party agreed to allocate Buhari 11 million votes in an election the foreign media had already reported Buhari as leading other aspirants with Ojukwu and Obasanjo trailing . Buhari saw votes coming to him and suddenly the votes disappeared in a twinkle when the ruling PDP rigging wonders appeared. When Nigerians wanted to revolt against the presidential charade called elections, the ANPP governors-elect from the north led by Adamu Aliero of Kebbi state  campaigned  that the aggrieved should go to court for redress. He was supported by The Nigerian Labour Congress of Oshiomhole ,who contrary to earlier affirmations, refused to bring workers out for protests.

The court process was another judicial exercise as all the Justices saw a most wonderful elections with just a few hitches . His own Katsina kinsman and the then Chief Justice of Nigeria, Muhammadu Uwais and his seven man panel blessed the electoral  fraud with holy piousness.

In 2007 Buhari came again for the presidency. His greatest enemy was Sanni Yerima , the governor of Zamfara State who introduced Sharia to Nigeria. Governor Yerima with his counterparts in the ANPP so much ganged up against Buhari’s presidential ambition that it took only intelligence reports that the PDP would prefer a Yerima candidacy to that of Buhari for the former governor to step down.  Yerima then took a pound of flesh by imposing Edwin Ume-Ezeoke as the running mate against Buhari’s preferred choice of Mike Ahamba. Immediately after the fraudulent 2007 election was over Yerima and Ume-Ezeoke abandoned Buhari and scrambled to submit names to the Yar’adua government for patronage and appointments to the cheering of his northern brothers in the ANPP. Seven man panel of Justices of the Supreme Court handled the case , the three from the north namely Justice Idris Kutigi, Katsina-alu and Dahiru Mustapha and Niki Tobi from the south south saw nothing wrong in the fraud while George  Oguntade led other two justices from the south to reject the forgery in a minority judgment. In fact it was the justices from the south that always made futile attempts to salvage the case of the general while their northern colleagues followed the ruling party starting from rtd Justice Nsofor.

In 2011, a man that rode on Buhari’s back to become governor in Kano state, Ibrahim Shekarau, started challenging him. In fact Shekarau drove Buhari out of ANPP and the general had to form his own party, months to the presidential elections. During the presidential campaign eighty percent of funds of the Goodluck –Sambo campaign organization went to the pockets of the northern elites including traditional rulers, opinion leaders and religious leaders. They helped President Goodluck get the mandatory 25% votes in 2/3 states of the federation. It was a charade of securing 25% votes for Goodluck in core northern states. In fact most states of the core north did not display the posters of Goodluck except on the eve of every President campaign  and the posters disappeared  as quickly as Goodluck leaves the states. There was no radio jingles, nothing to show that another candidate existed but when the results was coming President Goodluck was getting 25% and above in many areas. The northern elites colluded with the ruling party to avoid a run-off election and as such securing the 25% in as many northern states as possible was the major task. Those purchased for the assignment did it without caution and the voter’s suspicion of high level collusion triggered the post election violence.

The funds to used to purchase northern elites were drawn from PPMC, PPPRA, FIRS, Customs, MDAs. Ministers were ordered to mobilize money from their ministries for the purchase. The FCDA released the N7billion naira meant for the vice presidents mansion for this merchandise. When the senators led by Smart Adeyemi recently raised hell about the whereabouts of the money and were told how it vanished, the case died off as a family affair. Northern elites in the past have accused the Igbo politicians of being money conscious but the 2011 presidential elections showed that abundant greed resides in the north more than any part of the country.
Buhari’s attempt to get justice again was truncated by northern justices in the Supreme Court. They initially plotted the removal of uncompromising Salami, from the south west as the President of the Court of Appeal and went on to bury the general in their subsequent judgments which refused to admit audit of electoral materials.

The problem of the north is the north. Had Shekarau availed Buhari of the funds he used to prosecute his presidential campaign, the general would have penetrated the south. General Buhari’s campaign organization suffered severe cash crunch that they couldn’t even pay for party agents to represent them in the polls in some states in the south. Where they paid agents, the sum was paltry that the ruling party had a field day inflating votes. Shekarau chased Buhari out of the ANPP and appointed himself a presidential candidate and all his party could get was 917,000 votes while the man he chased away got 12, 214, 000 votes in his new party, CPC. What an irony.

If the northern elites had supported Muhammadu Buhari , the election wouldn’t be that easy for the ruling PDP, but alas they elected to fill their pocket to the brim at the expense of the north.  Like Judas Iscariot in the Bible who sold his master Jesus Christ for thirty pieces of silver and later on returned the money and committed suicide in Matthew chapter 26:vs 14-16 the northern elites have sold their political future for a mess of billions of dollars, pounds, euro and naira and as such have led the north into a state of political hara-kiri.

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That's why many Nigerians got

That's why many Nigerians got to think a way on how they can earn money and they always find it easy to scam people. That subsidy thing is really a pain to all Nigerians.

Good luck to the people of Nigeria. Please do not vote corrupt politician.

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we should look for the best

I think Obinna you got wrong, all these things that you had mentioned you need back them up with fact but, instead you decided to accused him black and white. If we have people like Buhari in this country at the helms of affairs, we couldnt have fine ourself in this kind of situation. I do mention this most often, had it been our leaders from both religion didnt succeeded in dividing us we could have made a right choice but, we are here instead thinking of how to move forward we are busy accusing our good leaders, is most unfortunate. Even the Boko Haram issue are they really BH?

chiedu, YOU ARE REALLY FUNNY

WHO IS EASIER TO MANIPULATE BY THE WEST THE ONE WHO HAS TO GO ON HIS KNEES TO BEG THEIR LAP DOG NGOZI TO COME BE HIS PRIME MINISTER, OR BUHARI WHO WAS KNOWN TO HAVE OPPOSE THEM BY HIS TRADE BY BARTER? WHO WAS THE FIRST LEADER IN WORLD HISTORY TO HAND OVER HIS PERSONAL SECURITY TO FOREIGN AGENTS?

IFEANYI THINK THINK AND THINK

off course corruption is Nigeria's biggest problem. if you get rid of corruption everything will be alright. Monies that go to personal pockest would have been used to build roads, schools, railway, fix electricity and create employment. No country can develop with the type of looting going on in Nigeria. See the subsidy scandal. The subsidy fund is simply shared without any importation and now the poor Nigerians will pay. The biggest problem in Nigeria is CORRUPTION>

BUHARI AND 2011 ELECTIONS

Every body seems to forget what alienated Buhari from majority of Nigerians in 2011 elections. The type of sms and messages being sent out by his supporters and team tended to portray him as a Northern and religious candidate. Unfortunately neither Buhari nor his campaign team made sufficient efforts to dispel this notion. Buhari should have come out more openly to rebuke such supporters and disown them. My advice to him next time around is to start repackaging himself as a National leader immediately not just when the election is near. Nothing stops him from visiting the home states of some of the Nigerians affected by BH isurgency to express his sympathy and build confidence across religious and ethnic affiliations.

Would there be any boko haram free Northern candidate ever?

"If the northern elites had supported Muhammadu Buhari, the election wouldn’t be that easy for the ruling PDP, but alas they elected to fill their pocket to the brim at the expense of the north. The northern elites have sold their political future for a mess of billions of dollars, pounds, euro and naira and as such have led the north into a state of political hara-kiri".
Yes, I agree with this submission and with the "boko Haram" problem seeming intractable by the day, I wonder how any Southerner will trust the Northern elite to present any "boko Haram free" candidate for the presidency of Nigeria and expect such candidate to "win" and go ahead to rule Nigeria as it is presently constituted
It is time for all of us to support and participate in a sovereign national conference
God help Nigeria.

RE:Buhari,a Boko Haram?

Buhari& the northern Governors are the main sponsor behind Boko Haram?

http://allafrica.com/stories/201201240026.html

@ibrahim saad: The north of

@ibrahim saad:
The north of Nigeria has ran Nigeria into the ground!

They were put there by the west, becos the west considered the north easier to manipulate!

The census was rigged in favour of the north!

A white man explained how things were rigged to favour the North!

http://haroldsmithmemorial.wordpress.com/2011/01/05/legendary-harold-smi...

The Human resources of Nigeria is in the SOuth!

The Mineral resources are in the south!

We will soon cut the barren North loose!

Watch and see!

The auctioning of Buhari

I really enjoy this piece. And I cannot but agree with you that the problem of the North is north itself. But mark my words, if these faceless northern elite refuse to commit the anticipated suicide just like the Judas we the masses of the region are ready to push them into the gave of history, soonest.

But remember, Buhari is not the only credible and reliable person in the whole of the region. We have such people in abundance and we are setting our strategies on how to overcome our own enemies

May Almighty save us from their treachery.

LET BUHARI BE

Well written and i commend mr Akukwe. We had an oppurtunity to change things during 2011 election but most of the voters left their brains at home and voted PDP again and are expecting miracle to happen. Good for them. Being a Nigerian first from the north, i completely agree that the northern elites are exceptionally greedy and clueless. Now the chicken have come home to roost.

I wonder why people can not leave Buhari alone,he is not Nigerians problem,corruption is. Let us fight and humiliate the corrupt persons amongst us rather than dissipating energy on somebody who is more than 65 yrs old.

YOU RECOGNIZE THEIR CONTRIBUTION

AT LEAST THE WRITER RECOGNIZE THAT THE NORTHERN ELITE CONTRIBUTED TO THE GEJ VICTORY BY WHATEVER METHOD. WE SHALL SEE WHAT WILL HAPPEN IN THE NEXT ELECTION BECAUSE THE SILENCE OF THE NORTHERN ELITE IS SCARING ME. DONT GET ME WRONG, HOWEVER I AM A NORTHERNER WHO HATES THE GUTS OF THE NORTHERN RULING CLASS. I KNOW THEM VERY WELL AND I AM SCARED MORE OF THEIR SILENCE THAN THEIR WORDS, ESPECIALLY WITH THE SOUTHERN JJC TO POWER RUNNING AROUND AND INSULTING THE NORTH IN GENERAL AS HAVING BEING DRIBBLED OUT OF POWER. POWER IS SUBTLETY AND SUBTERFUGE, THE KIND OF RHETORIC AND CHEST BEATING COMING FROM THE SOUTH IS TO SAY THE LEAST AMATURISH.
SAVE YOURSELF SOUTHERN POWER BROKERS, KEEP YOUR METHODS SECRET. IT IS FOOLISHNESS TO KEEP PROVOKING THE NORTH AND GO TO THE EXTENT OF PUBLISHING DETAILS OF YOUR STRATEGY AS IF POLITICS IS A ONE TERM GAME.

DUK YADDA KAYI DA JAKI SAI YA CHI KARA!

i thought only igbos are

i thought only igbos are greedy for money.well in addition to greed for money, there is greed for religion,women(marrying more than one),enjoyment(owa mbe),food,convoy of vehicles,poverty, illiteracy, diseases like polio,fuel subsidy, etc.then the main one - greed for power.where do you and your people belong?

Ifeanyi,the clown!

Ifeanyi,a clown you are!

Obinna you are a sell out

Why are you bothered about Buhari and the North, a Fulani Moslem when non of your fellow kinsmen has ever ruled nigeria. What kind of slave mentality is this? Are you guys jazzed, jinxed and juju-ed not to care about your own? Who d hell is this buhari? Are you happy that buhari incited his people to murder Igbos after the election? All you Hausa/Fulani moslem agents shall be put to shame. Nkita ra cha kwaa gi na buhari anaya (may dog lick your eyes).
Nonsense.

@Obinna Akukwe..,Stop FOOLING Around!

What was your assessment of Buhari's performance at the 2011 presidential debate? For me it was ABYSMAL. Many persons were of the opinion that Shekarau won that debate while Ribadu faired much better than Buhari. Back to the PAST of Buhari. Buhari and his party the CPC described the fuel price hike of 115% by GEJ in 5yrs(N65 per litre in 2007 to N141 per litre in 2011) as DECLARATION OF WAR on the Nigerian people. SHOCKINGLY it was the same Buhari that in 1994 gave his blessings to a MURDEROUS 700% fuel price hike within a year(from 70kobo per litre in 1993 to N5 per litre under Shonekan, then to N11 per litre in 1994 under Abacha). Buhari COMFORTABLY sat over the funds that accrued from that MURDEROUS hike as PTF head, and presided over a lobsided disbursement of the funds in favour of the north. Does this portray Buhari as 'good'? Does the discriminatory prosecution of Buhari's war against indiscipline and corruption portray him as 'good'? Is DISCRIMINATION not a form of CORRUPTION?

@Obinna Akukwe..,Stop FOOLING Around!

What was your assessment of Buhari's performance at the 2011 presidential debate? For me it was ABYSMAL. Many persons were of the opinion that Shekarau won that debate while Ribadu faired much better than Buhari. Back to the PAST of Buhari. Buhari and his party the CPC described the fuel price hike of 115% by GEJ in 5yrs(N65 per litre in 2007 to N141 per litre in 2011) as DECLARATION OF WAR on the Nigerian people. SHOCKINGLY it was the same Buhari that in 1994 gave his blessings to a MURDEROUS 700% fuel price hike within a year(from 70kobo per litre in 1993 to N5 per litre under Shonekan, then to N11 per litre in 1994 under Abacha). Buhari COMFORTABLY sat over the funds that accrued from that MURDEROUS hike as PTF head, and presided over a lobsided disbursement of the funds in favour of the north. Does this portray Buhari as 'good'? Does the discriminatory prosecution of Buhari's war against indiscipline and corruption portray him as 'good'? Is DISCRIMINATION not a form of CORRUPTION?

@Obinna Akukwe..,Enough Please!

What was your assessment of Buhari's performance at the pre-election presidential debate? For me it was ABYSMAL. Many persons were of the opinion that Shekarau won that debate while Ribadu faired much better than Buhari. Back to the PAST of Buhari. Buhari and his party the CPC described the fuel price hike of 115% by GEJ in 5yrs(N65 per litre in 2007 to N141 per litre in 2011) as DECLARATION OF WAR on the Nigerian people. SHOCKINGLY it was the same Buhari that in 1994 gave his blessings to a MURDEROUS 700% fuel price hike within a year(from 70kobo per litre to N5 per litre under Shonekan then to N11 per litre under Abacha). Buhari COMFORTABLY sat over the funds that accrued from that MURDEROUS hike as PTF head, and presided over a lobsided disbursement of the funds in favour of the north. Does this portray Buhari as 'good'? Does the discriminatory prosecution of Buhari's war against indiscipline and corruption portray him as 'good'? Is DISCRIMINATION not a form of CORRUPTION?

@Obinna Akukwe..,Enough Please!

What was your assessment of Buhari's performance at the pre-election presidential debate? For me it was ABYSMAL. Many persons were of the opinion that Shekarau won that debate while Ribadu faired much better than Buhari. Back to the PAST of Buhari. Buhari and his party the CPC described the fuel price hike of 115% by GEJ in 5yrs(N65 per litre in 2007 to N141 per litre in 2011) as DECLARATION OF WAR on the Nigerian people. SHOCKINGLY it was the same Buhari that in 1994 gave his blessings to a MURDEROUS 700% fuel price hike within a year(from N70 per litre to N5 per litre under Shonekan then to N11 per litre under Abacha). Buhari COMFORTABLY sat over the funds that accrued from that MURDEROUS hike as PTF head, and presided over a lobsided disbursement of the funds in favour of the north. Does this portray Buhari as 'good'? Does the discriminatory prosecution of Buhari's war against indiscipline and corruption portray him as 'good'? Is DISCRIMINATION not a form of CORRUPTION?

@Obinna Akukwe..,keep your Buhari MADNESS to yourself! 2

What was your assessment of Buhari's performance at the pre-election presidential debate? For me it was ABYSMAL. Many persons were of the opinion that Shekarau won that debate while Ribadu faired much better than Buhari. Back to the PAST of Buhari. Buhari and his party the CPC described the fuel price hike of 115% by GEJ in 5yrs(N65 per litre in 2007 to N141 per litre in 2011) as DECLARATION OF WAR on the Nigerian people. SHOCKINGLY it was the same Buhari that in 1994 gave his blessings to a MURDEROUS 700% fuel price hike within a year(from N70 per litre to N5 per litre under Shonekan then to N11 per litre under Abacha). Buhari COMFORTABLY sat over the funds that accrued from that MURDEROUS hike as PTF head, and presided over a lobsided disbursement of the funds in favour of the north. Does this portray Buhari as 'good'? Does the discriminatory prosecution of Buhari's war against indiscipline and corruption portray him as 'good'? Is DISCRIMINATION not a form of CORRUPTION?

I salute you

Spot on. No additional comment. I salute you.

@Obinna Akukwe..,keep your Buhari MADNESS to yourself! 2

What was your assessment of Buhari's performance at the pre-election presidential debate? For me it was ABYSMAL. Many persons were of the opinion that Shekarau won that debate while Ribadu faired much better than Buhari. Back to the past of Buhari. Buhari and his party the CPC described the fuel price hike of 115% by GEJ in 5yrs(N65 per litre in 2007 to N141 per litre in 2011) as DECLARATION OF WAR on the Nigerian people. SHOCKINGLY it was the same Buhari that 1994 gave his blessings to a MURDEROUS 700% fuel price hike within a year(from N70 per litre to N5 per litre under Shonekan then to N11 per litre under Abacha). Buhari COMFORTABLY sat over the funds that accrued from that MURDEROUS hike as PTF head, where he presided over a lobsided disbursement of the funds in favour of the north. Does this portray Buhari as 'good'?

@ifeanyi-democracy

see how you just contradicted yourself. "he did not promise anything but to fight corruption and that it is not our only problem" you went further to say that "corruption is our biggest problem". when you have a problem i believe you will always try and and solve the biggest problem first. And yes all the question that you've asked once you eradicate corruption everything else will fall into place......i pity you.

@Obinna Akukwe..,Enough of this Buhari NONSENSE! 2

Lets look at the person Buhari critically. Some say he is a 'good' person. Assuming we admit he is 'good' or that 'he's a man of integrity' as some persons will want us to beleive, does being a GOOD MAN make one a GOOD BUSINESS man or does being a GOOD MAN make one a GOOD MANAGER of persons or country? Was the siting of 80% of PTF projects in the north GOOD?
What is the COMPETENCE level of Buhari? As a guide in answering this question lets look at the his PAST. What was the sense in Buhari terminating the LAGOS MONORAIL project that was conceptualised by JAKANDE who had foresight of the need for mass transit to cater for the growing population in Lagos? If Buhari was sound in mind &reasoning to realise that DEMOCRACY will MATURE over time, he wouldnt have participated in the truncation of democracy in 1983. Buhari basically led us from FRY PAN TO FIRE(into the hands of Abacha &IBB). In fact in sane societies Buhari ought to be spending the rest of his life full of REMORSE &APOLOGIES

with love from the south east to the fulani emirate of buhari

Buhari was forced out of retirement to help chase OBJ out of Aso Rock by the king-makers in 2003. Again prior to imposing OBJ on us, which ethnic group was instrumental to the failure of late Chief Gani? Was it the Fulanis, Yorubas, or Ibos. The likes of Buhari dont win elections in democratic societies. No matter how u market them. Apart from having the worst human rights records in the history of the country, the biggest problem confronting Buhari, is his unforgiving spirit. Does not behave like a sports man. If Buhari had congratulated his opponents, 9jas would have had a soft spot for him. Rigid to a fualt on the south. Apart from being a liar! He swore never to go court. He went in the name of his own party. Told us he wld not venture into politics in 2015. Only for him to change his mind hrs before the protest over fuel subsidy. He has now transferred his lynch mentality to boko haram. Buhari was behind the post elect riot. Did BH not go on rampage after atiku lost to GEJ?

The same old lies-from East to the North-national confab biko!

Buhari was forced out of retirement to help chase OBJ out of Aso Rock by the king-makers in 2003. Again prior to imposing OBJ on us, which ethnic group was instrumental to the failure of late Chief Gani? Was it the Fulanis, Yorubas, or Ibos. The likes of Buhari dont win elections in democratic societies. No matter how u market them. Apart from having the worst human rights records in the history of the country, the biggest problem confronting Buhari, is his unforgiving spirit. Does not behave like a sports man. If Buhari had congratulated his opponents, 9jas would have had a soft spot for him. Rigid to a fualt on the south. Apart from being a liar! He swore never to go court. He went in the name of his own party. Told us he wld not venture into politics in 2015. Only for him to change his mind hrs before the protest over fuel subsidy. He has now transferred his lynch mentality to boko haram. Buhari was behind the post elect riot. Did BH not go on rampage after atiku lost to GEJ?

Buhari,a Boko Haram?

Please don't write on what you know not.None of our leaders,either from the north,west,south or the east is a member of Boko Haram or sponsoring same;talkless of Buhari.This your thinking is thus,senseless!

@Obinna Akukwe..,Enough of this Buhari NONSENSE! 1

Kindly stop boring us with your Buhari NONSENSE. I looked back and asked myself what really was the manifesto of Buhari going into the 2011 elections? Nothing seems to stand out apart from his promise to fight corruption? Is corruption our only problem? Will fighting corruption create jobs for over 70% of our population who are unemployed or will it make a 2nd Niger bridge appear suddenly? Buhari never promised to build even a single electric pole in the southeast during his campaign. Sounds ridiculous but its a FACT. And when i refused to vote him, some IDIOTS said i voted based on sentiments. I agree that corruption is one of major problems but certainly there are other big monsters hindering our development. Even at that Buhari did not give us a road map on how he intends to fight corruption. Furthermore, we've been fighting this corruption since 60's. Remember corruption was the excuse for the first 1966 coup.

well, well.

As a nation, we missed the opportunity to put in place somebody who could have caged nonsense in this country. Buhari should not worry however, he will become the hero he wants to become, whether he ends up governing the country or not.

well, well.

As a nation, we missed the opportunity to put in place somebody who could have caged nonsense in this country. Buhari should not worry however, he will become the hero he wants to become, whether he ends up governing the country or not.

The meeting between ASUU and

The meeting between ASUU and the Federal Government negotiating team to find a resolution to ASUU's 7 week-long strike action is under way.