Why General Muhammadu Buhari Must Come Out Of Hiding By Sonala Olumhense

Muhammad Buhari
Columnist: 
Sonala Olumhense

We have seen all of this before: an election, followed by a challenge of the result in the court of law.

 We have seen all of this before:  a legal process that runs all the way up to the Supreme Court, ending in a predictable result.

We have seen all of this before:  that legal challenge consuming so much time that by the time it is concluded, the country is getting ready for new elections.

We have seen all of this before: the decision of the judiciary shredded by controversy as we have two “winners”: the moral victor side by side with the winner at the judiciary, who is normally the same as the electoral commission’s declared winner.

Since 2003, the claimant of the moral victory in the presidential election has consistently been one man: General Muhammadu Buhari.  For three straight elections, in two different parties, he has lost to the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), “winning” 32 per cent of the presidential vote in 2003, 18 per cent in 2007, and 31 percent in 2011. 

Buhari is currently in court once again, trying to get the judiciary to intervene in an election that was flawed.  That is his right, but I now invite him to do something far more important and beneficial to Nigeria than winning an election or an appeal: to do something in-between elections. 

Let us go back a little bit.  As was the case in 1999 and 2003, Nigeria’s opposition parties spent a considerable amount of time in mourning, following the 2007 elections. 

They screamed on our television sets.  They wept on the streets.  They vowed that at the next election—in 2011—they would defeat the PDP.

Well, the 2011 elections are over, and the PDP is still in control.   The PDP certainly manipulated the election in clever ways, but the opposition did not really present a challenge.   The reason that the PDP can claim not only that it won, but that it did so in a free and fair contest, is that there was no opposition solid enough to take advantage of its duplicity. 

And the reason for that is that we seem to see politics in Nigeria only in terms of the frantic few weeks before the elections.  Nigeria’s political life should not be reduced to an attempt to defeat the PDP, unless—like the PDP—your only interest is power, not service. 

And even if politics was simply about defeating the PDP, somebody must invest greater imagination and commitment to ensuring such feasibility, so that such a transition does not simply mean transferring the asylum to a different bunch of inmates. 

This is where I call upon General Buhari by name, because the problem with our elections is the content of our concern in between elections. 

In between our elections, sadly, two sets of betrayals creep into our national life: the winners ignore the responsibility of office in favour of what Professor Richard Joseph has called prebendalism, while the losers creep into their shell, counting the days to the next election. 

Think about it: on Animal Farm in between our elections, you do not hear many winners talking about electoral promises they have fulfilled.  That is often because they are too busy at the buffet table.

And you do not hear much from the opposition animals much, either.  That is often because they have their injured paws in their mouths as they glare menacingly at the greedy winners.

You do not hear them talking about party organization, or of activity aimed at boosting the party’s image or membership.  You do not hear about new party offices or officials at the grassroots as a party tries to extend its reach and enhance its profile.  You do not hear about engagement with other parties to explore cooperation opportunities.  You do not hear about party leaders making appearances in areas where they did badly in the previous election in a determined effort to improve that party’s fortunes there. 

You do not hear of emerging stars of a party on the basis of their accomplishments.  And certainly, you do not hear about inter-party discussions of possible mergers or collective candidacies. That is treated as an unimportant issue until the next election is hours away and even the blind beggar at the street corner can see such cooperation as the only way to victory. 

One reason why this happens is that many party chieftains d not really care if they ever win an election.  They simply want to play our “Big Man” game and maintain sufficient fidelity to the law to remain registered.  That way, they can enjoy the benefits of being recognized as being important, thereby enjoying a direct line not only to the electoral commission, but also to whomever wins. 
This nonsense has to stop.  I urge General Buhari, to whose presidential ambition I offered my unsolicited support last March, to lead the charge.

I say this in the assumption that he will not be running for office in 2015.  If this is correct, I must make another: that he would like to see Nigerian politics boosted by an opposition that is strong and national enough to present a real challenge in the future. 

If these assumptions are fair, General Buhari must come out of hiding and lead the way.  Being either a candidate at an election or a challenger at the tribunal is not enough.  Nigeria is not short of men and women who want to be called President; what she is short is men and women who want to serve.

Think about it: after two terms in 1999 and 2003, President Olusegun Obasanjo wanted an illegal one in 2007.  Ibrahim Babangida, after the political distress he engineered in 1985, sought the presidency in 2003, 2007 and 2011 (withdrawing at some stage each time).  Buhari himself has sought the leadership of the country in 2003, 2007 and 2011. 

Our presidency should not be the retirement home of former military generals.  As I have observed elsewhere, it is a shame that each of these men gives the impression they are all that Nigeria has, and that they know no younger people who are patriotic, passionate and capable. 

This is where Buhari can make a genuine difference: by helping to develop a vibrant and patriotic political opposition, and a new concept of leadership:  community and institutional drivers who are willing to get their hands dirty in order to empower the ordinary Nigerian.  What we need are leaders who can lead progress in such fields as education, agriculture and political participation without the prospects of personal gain. 

Nigeria needs leaders who use government hospitals and clinics in order to ensure they are actually fit for ordinary people who can afford no better. 

Let us have leaders who can identify with, and rally popular causes that will benefit and nurture Nigerian talent.

Let us have leaders who, outside government, can lead the offensive against mediocrity, corruption, indolence, poverty.  Let us have men who are big enough to provide opportunities for poor children without feeling they are doing this country a favour. 

I do not know what happens in the National Council of States when our former leaders come out of their stone palaces and sit at a table for no better reason than that each of them once ruled this country.  That table is, and will remain an aggregate of failure until one of them can stand up, look into the eyes of the others and tell them they are the laughing stock of the developing world.  Nigeria has no other problem than at that table. 

Buhari has a good chance to make a genuine contribution towards distinguishing himself, repairing his image and helping this country to move forward, but unless he is willing to be the one who publicly challenges his fellow former tyrants, he should not expect History to remember him with greater kindness than any of them.
•    sonala.olumhense@gmail.com

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Nigeria is totally bad in

Nigeria is totally bad in nature and corrupt. Any country which is corrupt shall always rule by corrupt leader. God gave Nigerian a leader who look like the country it self. Buhari can not rule Nigeria because he is not corrupt. IS ONLY A CORRUPT LEADER THAT CAN RULE NIGERIA. I AM SORRY FOR YOU GUYS ON BASELESS ARGUMENT HERE. ALL WE NEED TO DO IS TO MOBILIZE OUR SELVES AND GO TO ABUJA AND STONE DOES LOOTER CALLED THEM SELF POLITICIAN....

@Yusuf kuchi kebba mustapha

@Yusuf kuchi kebba mustapha
I ve repeatedly asked the Jonathanians to respond to Jonathan's promises he made during campaign. But guess what ? That is when they change my nativity and call me Fulani (funny people) and come up with names and excuses ranging from Buhari, Tinubu, Awo, Zik, American govt. How difficult is it to justify promises made willingly? Tunde Bakare was a patriot when he led SAVE NIGERIA to rescue poor Jonathan from Turai Yaradua; No Niger Deltan of note raised their voice then, same Tunde Bakare is now a Boko Haram according to some warped minds. ACN as a party was at the fore-front of making sure constitutionality was upheld when poor Jo was at the mercy of Turai. PDP kept quiet !
Again, below is the promises made by Warrant Officer (says he's no General) Jonathan with dates and location, please can the Jonathanians give us updates on them.
http://saharareporters.com/column/non-governing-governance-3-4-mountain-...

@tope: Re: BUHARI - THE BEST LEADER FOR ALL TIMES!

@tope
what do you expect from a populace who are used to "Ikeja bus-stop under bridge" gist. No inquisitive mind. Nigerian govt knows they rule over bunch of numskulls so would throw a kite of tribal/religious sentiment and the whole nation goes into an overdrive with very few asking the govt probing questions. And the few who do ask are accused of bring down Jonahan's govt as if criticism isn't part of governance.
I have gone through the journal written in 2007 and bring out a few points there, pray the numskulls here have the mind to go through journals because they would rather live on rumour mongering. Fed. Govt. setup panel on BH and they came back with their report with no one mentioning Buhari but some thick head would insist it is Buhari because "somebody said Buhari said "; Isaiah 5:13 says "Therefore my people are gone into captivity for lack of knowledge". That sums up the situation of Nigerians !!

@Azibaola Ukueje: These were 2007 reports compiled by (2)

@ Azibaola Ukueje

Page17 "Thieving Nigerian leaders and their elite collaborators are known to have stashed large stolen portions of such private
wealth outside the shores of the country. Over time, three leaders' names have been associated with this looted wealth.
They are President Shehu Shagari (a civilian leader); as well as Generals Ibrahim Babangida and Sani Abacha"

If you ve got the inquisitive mind, go thru the report b4 you spit out your "Ikeja bus-stop under bridge" stories. Check out the END NOTES and see those who have contributed to this report Also provide the report, if any, where Buhari was accused of corruption.

http://www.afrodad.org/downloads/Nigeria.pdf

ponder well

It is true that people could hardlY use their head,mind and sense at a reasonable cause. sometime never reason why an action took place ;in the SHAGARI coup those who see the lavishiness and impunity with which politician flaunt our monies,laws and order wolud be talking except those whose parents are caught in the same act as corrupt and lawless. to my surprises some questioned the track record of GEN Buhari as if GEJ has any credit to himself.even as governor what does he do? If not ZOning even good people of SOUtH-SOUtH wouldn't and will never have presented him as their flag bearer;if he was a northerner allof you would finished calling us names. the genetic fallacy employed to rubbished Buhari can not work because down here we know his worth,my advise is that we should not let sentiment or personal interest to over ride our emotions;I sincerely sympathised with those who suffered abusive words but seek same from those who see nothing Good in us too. May Allah save NIG

@Azibaola Ukueje: These were 2007 reports compiled by (1)

These excerpts are from a foreign journal with inputs from Nigerian govt in 2007
Page 14 says "Nigeria was ruled by 8 dictatorial, military and unelected regimes for a total of 28 years before the enthronement of civilian democracy in 1999.These regimes - apart from those of Murtala/Obasanjo (1975 - 1979) and Buhari/Idiagbon
(1984 - 1985) - were very corrupt."
Page 14 "A report (1986) by a committee of the Federal Ministry of Finance clearly stated that loans taken by both the state and
Federal Governments between 1979 and 1983 were looted."
Yet u claim the politicians sacked by Buhari in 1983 were innocent.

@Azibaola Ukueje: Getting unnecesarily agitated does not make y

@Azibaola Ukueje
No matter how much you try to lie, truth would be constant .... this is from a foreign journal
""Corruption started during the Shagari period and when the Buhari Idiagbon (administration, 1984/85) came, we saw what they tried to do (putting corruption in public places in check). But the government after them (Babangida, 1985 -1993) institutionalized corruption"

Geting unnecessarily agitated while lying does not necessarily make the lie the truth. If you wanna read more check

http://www.afrodad.org/downloads/Nigeria.pdf
Have you ever heard Buhari's name mentioned in any of the corruption cases ? Have you ever heard IBB, OBJ, Jonathan, Oyinlola, Kalu, Ibori's names mentioned in any shady deals ? what do they all have in common ? PDP.

Yes

I have never been a fan of Buhari for many reasons. However, I agree with the writer that he should take the lead in building a strong opposition that can present a young and vibarant non-military nigerian (preferrablt not a core- notherner) to stand for elections. it does not matter if this candidate is muslim or christian but he or she should have shown evidence of performance whereever they are coming from.
if buhari does this, then he will earn a the respect of many nigerians and a good place in history. lets watch and see...

GOODMORNING NIGERIANS...BUHARI, RIBADU & OTHERS DE ASLEEPOOO !!!

...NOT ONLY THAT OUR OPPOSITION PARTIES'RE WEAK,THEY'VE NO VISION BEYOND ELECTIONS'RESULTS.THEY'RE POWER SEEKING PARTIES,THAT'S WHY EVERYTHING IS DONE FOR ELECTIONS&RESULTS,AFTER ELECTIONS ALL THE PARTIES GO BACK TO SLEEP.THEIR SUPPORTERS'RE HIRED OTHERWISE THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN HOLDING POLITICAL RALLIES INSTEAD OF THROWING BOMBS EVERYWHERE.THE MAIN RESPONSIBILITY OF THE OPPOSITION PARTIES IS TO CHECK-MATE THE PARTY IN POWER WITH CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISMS AGAINST GOVT'S UNFAVORABLE DECISIONS/ POLICIES ON THE ECONOMY,EDUCATION,RELIGION,FOREIGN POLICIES,ETC-TO CARRY MASSES ALONG.IN NIGERIA,IT'S JUST OPPOSITION FOR ELECTIONS RESULTS-WINNER TAKES ALL FOR BUNCH OF ROGUES AND HAWKS COMING TOGETHER FOR THEIR SELFISH INTEREST.OUR PROBLEM IS NOT RELIGION, BUT THE COOPERATE&MEGA COMPANIES,CIVIL-SERVANTS,RELIGIOUS LEADERS,TEACHERS/LECTURERS, MEDIA, JUDICIARY,POLICE/SECURITY AGENCIES,THEN POLITICIANS WHO CAPITALIZE ON THEIR DECADES OF CHAMELEONIC LIFESTYLES TO DEFRAUD HELPLESS MASSES.PERIOD!

@tundemash - Buhari ko, Discipline Ni

With much evidence of poor character against Buhari, Im amazed anyone still stands up for him. Such must come from same tribal or character clan as him. IBB in many supreme councils? Enough for Buhari to know him better. Obasanjo did and kept IBB away from power till now. These are words from Frisky Larr's article:" Buhari’s transparent tribal and religious leaning in favor of northern hegemony and extreme intransigence clearly makes Goodluck Jonathan the best bet that Nigeria had on Election Day. It does not matter how well Muhammadu Buhari tried to disguise bigotry by choosing a wayward self-proclaimed preacher Tunde Bakare as camouflage deputy”. Not my words. I love discipline but Buhari is hardly a symbol of it. Jonathan is rebuilding our foundation and in years to come Nigerians will call him a true statesman. By the way, Buhari is not resting because his words are still causing mayhem in the north with many already killed after the elections. Why scared of Deri?

@tundemash - Buhari ko, Discipline Ni

All knowing Tundenash. Who tell you say I vote? Jonathan got considerable number of votes in the North, won in the middle belt that would normally vote for a northern candidate, won in the west, won in the east and won in the south. He only lost in Boko Haram states or the Sharia enclaves that naturally had affinity for Buhari the religeous bigot. Analysis: PDP governorship candidate loosing in the west tells me they voted for Jonathan and not PDP at the presidential level. Were Yorubas tribalistic also against themselves? I guess you believe the Ibo's were tribalistic also? Please ask Sahara Reporters not to publish this name again if you dont like attacks against him. You cant anyway because the have the press freedom Buhari hated as head of state.

GOODMORNING NIGERIANS...BUHARI,RIBADU&OTHERS DE SLEEPOOO !!!

NOT ONLY THAT OUR OPPOSITION PARTIES'RE WEAK,THEY'VE NO VISION BEYOND ELECTIONS'RESULTS.THEY'RE POWER SEEKING PARTIES,THAT'S WHY EVERYTHING IS DONE FOR ELECTIONS&RESULTS,AFTER ELECTIONS ALL THE PARTIES GO BACK TO SLEEP.THEIR SUPPORTERS'RE HIRED OTHERWISE THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN HOLDING POLITICAL RALLIES INSTEAD OF THROWING BOMBS EVERYWHERE.THE MAIN RESPONSIBILITY OF THE OPPOSITION PARTIES IS TO CHECK-MATE THE PARTY IN POWER WITH CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISMS AGAINST GOVT'S UNFAVORABLE DECISIONS/ POLICIES ON THE ECONOMY,EDUCATION,RELIGION,FOREIGN POLICIES,ETC-TO CARRY MASSES ALONG.IN NIGERIA,IT'S JUST OPPOSITION FOR ELECTIONS RESULTS-WINNER TAKES ALL FOR BUNCH OF ROGUES AND HAWKS COMING TOGETHER FOR THEIR SELFISH INTEREST.OUR PROBLEM IS NOT RELIGION, BUT THE COOPERATE&MEGA COMPANIES,CIVIL-SERVANTS,RELIGIOUS LEADERS,TEACHERS/LECTURERS, MEDIA, JUDICIARY,POLICE/SECURITY AGENCIES,THEN POLITICIANS WHO CAPITALIZE ON THEIR DECADES OF CHAMELEONIC LIFESTYLES TO DEFRAUD HELPLESS MASSES.PERIOD!

...BUHARI, RIBADU & OTHERS........... !!!!

NOT ONLY THAT OUR OPPOSITION PARTIES'RE WEAK,THEY'RE AIMLESS AND WITHOUT VISION.THEY'RE POWER SEEKING PARTIES,THAT'S WHY EVERYTHING IS DONE FOR ELECTIONS&RESULTS,AFTER ELECTIONS ALL THE PARTIES GO BACK TO SLEEP. THEIR SUPPORTERS'RE HIRED OTHERWISE THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN HOLDING POLITICAL RALLIES EVERYWHERE INSTEAD OF THROWING BOMBS EVERYWHERE.THE MAJOR RESPONSIBILITY OF THE OPPOSITION PARTIES IS TO CHECK-MATE THE PARTY IN POWER WITH CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISMS AGAINST GOVT'S UNFAVORABLE DECISIONS/POLICIES ON THE ECONOMY,EDUCATION,RELIGION,FOREIGN POLICIES,ETC.IN NIGERIA,IT'S JUST OPPOSITION FOR ELECTIONS RESULTS-WINNER TAKES ALL.THAT'S WHY I SAID WE'VE NO DEMOCRACY YET-JUST BUNCH OF ROGUES AND HAWKS COMING TOGETHER FOR THEIR SELFISH INTEREST.OUR PROBLEM IS NOT RELIGION BUT THE COOPERATE&MEGA COMPANIES,CIVIL SERVANTS,RELIGIOUS LEADERS,TEACHERS/LECTURERS,MEDIA,THEN POLITICIANS WHO CAPITALIZE ON THEIR DECADES OF CHAMELEONIC LIFESTYLES TO DEFRAUD HELPLESS MASSES.PERIOD!

...JUST OPPOSITION PARTIES FOR ELECTIONS RESULTS!!!!

..NOT ONLY THAT OUR OPPOSITION PARTIES ARE WEAK,THEY ARE AIMLESS AND WITHOUT FOCUS.THEY'RE POWER SEEKING PARTIES,THAT'S WHY EVERYTHING IS DONE FOR ELECTIONS&RESULTS,AFTER ELECTIONS,ALL THE PARTIES WILL GO BACK TO SLEEP.THEIR SUPPORTERS'RE HIRED OTHERWISE THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN HOLDING POLITICAL RALLIES EVERYWHERE INSTEAD OF THROWING BOMBS EVERYWHERE. THE MAJOR RESPONSIBILITY OF THE OPPOSITION PARTIES IS TO CHECK-MATE THE GOVT IN POWER WITH CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISMS AGAINST UNFAVORABLE DECISIONS/ POLICIES ON ECONOMY,EDUCATION,RELIGION,FOREIGN POLICIES,ETC-TO CARRY MASSES ALONG. IN NIGERIA,IT'S JUST OPPOSITION FOR ELECTIONS RESULTS. OURS IS WINNER TAKES ALL.THAT'S WHY I SAID WE'VE NO DEMOCRACY-JUST BUNCH OF ROGUES AND HAWKS COMING TOGETHER FOR THEIR SELFISH INTEREST.OUR PROBLEM'S NOT RELIGION BUT THE COOPERATE/MEGA COMPANIES,CIVIL SERVANTS,RELIGIOUS LEADERS,TEACHERS/LECTURERS,THEN POLITICIANS WHO CAPITALIZE ON THEIR DECADES OF CHAMELEONIC LIFESTYLES TO DEFRAUD THE HELPLESS MASSES.PERIOD!

@Azibaola Ukueje: Could this be Deri again ?

@Azibaola Ukueje

So because I support Buhari I must be Fulani; that shows your real problem is tribalism; i guess the only reason you voted Jonathan and not PDP is because you are Niger Deltan. Not because you think he could do anything really. YOU NEVER COULD CONVINCE ETHNIC BIGOTS BECAUSE THEY ONLY SEE THROUGH THAT ETHNIC PRISM. Could this be Deri again ?
U claim Buhari supported IBB because IBB was in his cabinet, well IBB has been in a member of Supreme Military council since 1976 with OBJ who is now the Grand Patron of Jonathan. You talk like a loose cannon, splashing mud here and there hoping one would stick.
Once again, you guys have made your choice so deal with the mess in the land now and leave Buhari quietly alone ! There is so much to do from the empty promises .
http://saharareporters.com/column/non-governing-governance-3-4-mountain-...

BUHARI - THE BEST LEADER FOR ALL TIMES!

i was researching online and came across this case study written by a zimbabwean, of the nigerian debt crisis and the role of its leaders, foreign banks and govts. Buhari stood out as a sterling leader. He was perhaps the only one who did not take any new loan and serviced the burden that obasanjo loaded on nigeria. Abacha too didnt take any new loans but refused to service. The western countries went into overdrive and slammed Nigeria. we ended up paying 12billion dollar - close to 2 trillion naira. Buhari is a great man for ALL TIMES. A true patriot who has put his life on the line too often for these godforsaken nigeria. and all nigerians who talk nonsense against him are only fit for the jungle. useless people! check this link

http://www.afrodad.org/downloads/Nigeria.pdf

@tundemash - Buhari ko, Discipline Ni

@tundemash. I guess you will be asking me next if I have heard of Hitler to make it look like you know history. What is your real Fulani name? Come out of hiding like Sonala wants buhari to. Cup of tea is not a good descript for Buhari. You will do better by calling him fura-de-nunu. Many of those he brutally and unjustly locked away from their families now have better records than him and the virus he let loose into our nations blood stream (IBB) is still on rampage. He should go and plant groundnut in kaduna.

@tundemash - Buhari ko, Discipline Ni

One thing you cant change is the fact. I only stated them. To say people like me praise Murtala is all knowing. Kookooland error. Its fact that Buhari had IBB in his cabinet. Its fact that he killed a democratic government and supported another rotten dictator that killed june 12. I guess because MKO was not fulani. Its fact that he served that dictators government, fact that he supported the call for violence if he lost the election, fact that his government was corrupt, fact that he was biased against the south as PTF chairman, fact that he backdated a law to kill young nigerians. How many more do you want and how do they add up to your own cup of tea, Mr disciplined Nigerian. How do you explain Idiagbons under 16 son going to mecca when the law prohibited it. One law for them and another for us. He is an expired drug that did more havok to society than good. You write like you are older than metusella or Mandelas mate and I am 13.

hmmmh

It is not only Buhari or his fellow ex-presidents alone that are this Nations problem. It includes the likes of this writer and all of us. We are more of sycophants and boot clickers,or opportunists. I f we had been all along sincere. we would have collectively rejected GEJ by persuasion or through the ballot, because he simply can not deliver. At least every free thinking sincere Nigerian knows by now.

@Azibaola Ukueje: your history is as good as rumour mongering

@Azibaola Ukueje

U claim "Outcome from Rawlins was a stable Ghana in the making but outcome from Buhari was IBB, Buharis choice and an unstable Nigeria in the making. "
People like you always work to the answer. How much of Rawlings ruling did you know that made you conclude he was not corrupt ? IBB was Buhari's choice ? hmmmm you had a good understanding indeed. Bad company ? I thought IBB is now in PDP along side breath of fresh air Jonathan, OBJ, Ibori, Kalu, Oyinlola; what do you have to say about such company? sounds like company of looters to me.

U claim Buhari assaulted Nigerians ? and yet people like you would praise NMurtala Muhammed .. have u heard of him at all ? If you are indisciplined and corrupt, Buhari is not your cup of tea ! Stop being a stereotype. By the way, i thought Jonathan is the President and Buhari is quietly in his hiometown .. so what is the issue with Buhari ?

@Sonala, Buhari's time is gone.

Nigerians had 2 clear choices, 3, if you consider that Tinubu's spoiler, ACN, a confused wolf in sheep skin, a sort of Trojan horse gift to Nigerians, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trojan_Horse is a possible option as well.

Nigerians had the choice of going the PDP way of more of the same PDP CORRUPTION or THE BUHARI WAY.

The LATTER was INITIALLY APPEALING but when you LOOK CLOSELY you will start to see that Buhari's ISLAMIZATION of Nigeria AGENDA blinded him to the greater good to Nigerians. If he had been forthright and agreed that religion is A PRIVATE issue and Nigerian constitution needed acknowledgement and acceptance as the guide for a potential President; despite its deficiencies, he would have had a chance.

I clearly recall that Elmango Meat gave him the challenges of declaring this stand, and he never took it up.

@Sonala, Buhari's time is gone.

Nigerians are the victims of the betrayals from the Political enemies of all shades.

Let those who suffer

Let those who suffer collective amnesia remember that Buhari kept loudly quite on June and even went on to serve the co-annuller and commander-in-thief! How's that for a true patriot!!

@tundemash - Buhari ko, Discipline Ni

@tundemash. I was younger in 1983 obviously but not as young as you imagine and did have a good understanding of all that happened, good and bad. Outcome is always a measure of input and process. Outcome from Rawlins was a stable Ghana in the making but outcome from Buhari was IBB, Buharis choice and an unstable Nigeria in the making. A case of Bad judgement and bad company but I say birds of same feather. Rawlins was clean but Buhari was corrupt(24 suite cases and allowing Idiagbon's son to hajj against his own law and we call this discipline). He called those politicians bad names to kill them. Most of them today have been proven to be men of good character but died because of the islamic tendencies hidden in a military coup leader. Romania is still as bad as it was. Flogging a child does not necessarily make the child better. It is what you teach the child afterwards that makes the child better. Buhari assaulted Nigerians and showed bad conduct and we call it discipline?

Re: Yoruba Lady

May God Bless you abundantly. You said the right thing, our leaders are reflection of our society. May God assist us in the right direction and not go astray.

@Azibaola Ukueje: If you are indisciplined and corrupt, Buhari r

@Azibaola Ukueje

People like you were probably too young in 1983 to comment on happenings then so you are probably listening to hearsay .
Buhari scuttled democracy in 1983 and Jerry Rawlings scuttle democracy in 1981 but Nigerians now go to Ghana to study, set up business and spend holidays. What was the diference ? Jerry lined up the politicians and shot them, I wish Buhari had done that. the NPN politicians of 1979-1983 wouldn't have metamorphosed into the PDP of 1999-2011. Read history properly and stop mixing oranges with apple.

If you are indisciplined and corrupt, Buhari regime might not be your cup of tea ! You can keep going about in circles, Nigeria and Nigerians are indisciplined and corrupt. The leaders including the present pretender needs to be lined up and shot point blank like it happened in Romania !

Nigerian voters had a CHOICE and you made your choice in Jonatha

It's strange how some people would always want others to take up their responsibility.
Buhari lost election and he's in court and yet you want him to lead the opposition........ seriously if Jonathan isn't pussy-footing about everything would anyone be clamouring for Buhari's view ?

Nigerian voters had a CHOICE and you made your choice in Jonathan so face the music and leave Buhari out of it. Buhari is not even leading the opposition and some fools would clain=m he's funding BH (though with no proof) how much more if he's leading opposition, then he will be accused he makes Jonathan loses his senses !

Buhari Scuttled Democracy!

Mr Anonymous, that Nzeogwo aborted democracy does not make it right for Buhari to do same. Wrong is wrong especially with Buhari now wanting to lay claims on the dividends of democracy he once and still shows disregard for. No body praised Nzeogwu for doing so. He is not the object of discussion and so no body is looking at his own sins now. Buhari is the object of discussion and his attitude just like in the past still stinks.

Well spoken Onitire Okafor, Sonala got it wrong here!

Well spoken @Onitire Okafor, Sonala got it wrong here! Buhari have always been rigged out and some of us make it look like PDP is a "strong force" electorally. Nobody wants them it is the same pattern of rigging using state resources- our cash for bribes, police SSS and INEC in their pockets. Those who "halucinate" and by saying GEJ "won" ghosty millions of votes in SS and SE because he is "son of the soil" should go check what Obj and Yar Adua scored in same states in 2003 and 2007 presdiential elections. They all got the same millions: Verdict: Same characters have been rigging and writing election results since 1999, and Nigerians are helpless. The idiots who say Buhari did nothing in his military stint as HOS with Idiagbon must remember he was only there for 19 months before the "evil genius2 and the gang overthrew him!

buhari shud go n rest

Buhari had the chance of changing this cou
-ntry instead he chose to harrass n arrest
Southern leaders such as ekwueme,solarin
Babatope,ambrose Ali etc.buhari shud know
that the evil that men do live with them
and after them

Buhari idea has expired

Even though a military general, he look so frail and confused.Buhari do not have the ability to lead anybody, his party is in disarray because other people are cutting the shot.Some of his party members came on air denounce his leadership with vote of no confidence.Since he can not manage his northern political party, I don't know what he will contribute to Nigeria.His lack of military tact led to his overthrown by a smarter and intelligent military officer.Few unscrupulous politicians regard him as pawn they can use to achieve their political goal. They went as far as dragging him to watch match at Abuja stadium, in any case hopefully I will meet him again in Abuja for Nigeria vs Guinea match.

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