Statement Of General Muhammadu Buhari Regarding The Verdict Of The Supreme Court On Jonathan's Election

Rtd General Muhammadu Buhari
By General Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR

As in 2003 and 2007, the Supreme Court this morning rejected CPC’s appeal against the Lower Court verdict that the rigged Presidential election of 16th, April 2011 was properly conducted. All who witnessed the conduct of the 2011 elections would know that this decision of the Supreme Court is politically motivated and has little judicial content.

This Supreme Court has proved no better than the Supreme Courts of 2003 and 2007. For the records, let me refresh the public memory about what happened in the litigations after the 2003 and 2007 rigged elections. In 2003 we presented a cast iron case before the Court of Appeal citing several major infringements of the Electoral Act 2002. In particular we subpoenaed INEC to furnish the Court with proof of the “result” they declared. They did not, because they could not. The Court still declared the result as valid. Worse still, the Supreme Court upheld this dubious ruling of a dubious election.

In 2007 I and my Party the ANPP produced copious proof that the presidential election was rigged in the most blatant fashion. For one, ballot papers were distributed to polling stations on blank sheets of paper, making it impossible to carry out an audit trail. Secondly, during the process of tallying the result, the egregious Professor Maurice Iwu, then Chairman of INEC excused himself from the collation venue (after only 11 states and Abuja of the 36 states were tabulated) and announced the “result”. At the time he made this announcement voting materials had not even fully arrived in some states. Only in Nigeria and only under a government like PDP’s would these criminalities pass the sanction of the Judiciary. Yet on appeal, the Justice Idris Kutigi Supreme court after a long adjournment, declared the election valid, with three justices dissenting. In both elections, local and international observers condemned the elections in no uncertain terms.

What happened in this year’s 2011 elections eclipsed all the other elections in the depth and scope of forgery and rigging. Initially there were high hopes that after 2003 and 2007 a semblance of electoral propriety would be witnessed. The new chairman of INEC, Professor Jega, was touted as competent and a man of integrity. He has proved neither. After asking for - and getting – close on #100 billion for the election including biometric data with all ten finger prints to conduct a thorough electoral exercise, he botched it. When our Party CPC demanded forensic material, finger printed ballot papers to prove colossal and widespread multiple voting throughout the country rendering the election invalid in at least 25 out of the 36 states of the federation, INEC refused to provide them in Court, citing national security. A laughable excuse if ever there was one. The national and international monitors having seen their work wasted and ignored this time took the line of least resistance and declared the elections as o.k. Who can blame them? Yet the Justices of the Supreme Court have now seen nothing wrong in this.

To nobody’s surprise therefore, that spontaneous violence broke out in parts of the country after the announcement of the “result”. The Lemu Panel has come up with detailed causes of the riots and given lie to those who wanted to label the riots as my handiwork. The facts are that people were deeply angered and deeply provoked at the wanton conduct of the elections: the snatching and stuffing of ballot boxes, violence unleashed on opposition supporters, use of the police and elements of the army to intimidate injure and kill opposition supporters and flagrant change of results after collation such as in Niger, Bauchi and Kaduna states. Moreover the declaration of 86% - 90% of votes registered and cast in most part of the South-East and South-South states was highly implausible given the general turn-out of 50% - 60% in the rest of the country. No election is credible where 100% of votes cast were for one candidate in many constituencies and 90% in some states. This is plain fraud. No election can be validated if 100% of those registered all cast their votes in favour of the same candidate. It is for these reasons INEC refused to release the biometric data. The Supreme Court has turned a blind eye and deaf ear to these gross irregularities. That is the theme running through all three elections since 2003.

The country now has to live with the consequences of the actions of PDP government in collaboration with INEC, police and security services over the last 10 years. A country on the brink of developing into the major continental Power in 1999 is now a fractured society, corruption everywhere, violence everywhere, a sense of helplessness and hopelessness nearly everywhere. While the country is sliding into this chaotic state, PDP governments at the centre and in the states are engaged in massive and mindless plunder of the country’s resources in total disregard of the suffering masses.

The country now is in an emergency situation. Law and order can break down at any time. Those in charge of the country should be warned that promises and sweet words are no substitute for practical action. To avert the looming chaos in the New Year, immediate steps should be taken to drastically reduce the cost of governance in the three tiers of government. Salaries and especially allowances should be drastically reduced; security votes should be abolished – not increased as the 2012 Budget has done. Votes for the Armed forces, Police and Security Services should be transparent and accountable; foreign travel and estacodes should be stopped for at least six months other than for the Presidency, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and medical emergencies. Government House expenses in all the states should be drastically reduced, foreign travel suspended for a while. The National Assembly should give a lead in reducing their allowances substantially and stopping their foreign travels. These savings should be applied to education, infrastructure and agriculture with emphasis on youth employment through meaningful and practical emergency programmes. The public will see through any cosmetic or token gestures and will not tolerate a continuation of status quo. Corruption and plunder are the root causes of unemployment, insecurity, violence and unrest.

If all hands are on deck to help save our country from imminent collapse we should stabilize. When that happens Nigeria should take a close look at the country’s structure in a calm and unemotional atmosphere. Hopefully we may come to a better form of government to see Nigeria through the next 50 years.

Thank you.    

General Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR      
 

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YOU FOOL!!!

PDP does't care or mind with your religion ether you are mislim.christain or practising traditional rlgon,it will make you to be servant or begger and stay as you are,

Ifeanyi-Democracy 4ever, let

Ifeanyi-Democracy 4ever, let me tell u, Buhari is not trying to threatening our dare country but only trying to tell the truth to Nigerians. A lot of things had happen in the country but nobody says anything. SO allow the gentle man to speak his mind.

@ Ifeanyi-Democracy, good point for saying...................

You are about the first right thinking person to speak on this issue. Let the CPC in the house take the lead and BUHARI will be surprise how tired we are also on this issue.

Still in memory

Buhari has forgotten so soon his comment, Nigerians would not like to be ruled again by those who are religous biased.God is not interested about those who want to defend Him, but those He defends and put trust in Him

RE- NOT A STATESMAN

The problem of Nigerians is sentiments, only in ignorant minds do thoughts evoke. Just because Gen Buhari is a northerner, without any semblance of evidence, the boko haram issue is hanged on his neck. If the south thinks that benevolent leadership is reserved to it, let them field a better candidate than Johnatthan in 2015, someone who would deliver. The south rallied around johnatthan because he was a southerner, the price of the decision is insecurity, removal of subsidy on petroluem products and the quality of the 2012 budget. If you present with a better candidate a Fashola, a Pat utomi, why not? We in the north have demonstrated our

capacity to lay down sentiments and embrace ideals, as evident in 1993 and 1999 the elections of Chief Abiola and Chief Obasonjo.

We need peace in our belove country Nigeria

We need peace in our belove country Nigeria

peace unity

I love Nigeria

Re: Gen Buhri on GEJ victory

I dont blame you, because every right thinking person after going through your comment will believe you are sentimental. Back to unity Govt i dont think there's any right-thinking person(s) or party(s) that can associate themselve with these Govt, going by the high profile corruption perpetered by the highest office holders of the country. So Mr Maharaj Gen Buhari has give GEj solution to all the problems facing nigeria.

General Buhari,s on President Jonathan's victory

We have heard and we believe that by the elections and judgement from the Supreme Court of Nigeria that President Goodluck Jonathan is the elected President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Praise Maharaj Ji.

However, we cannot accept the statements credited to Buhari who had unqualifiably, along with other religious fanatics, shunned President Goodluck Jonathan's overtures to join a unity government, and therefore his comments after judgement is suspect bearing in mind the fact that he along with other military leaders in the north are not innocent of Boko Haram activities.

The new year 2012 can be promisingly beautiful productive and rewarding if they can change their fake born to rule posture based on the wrong history about blacks in the south who have a culture and tradition higher than any civilization before the advent of english and alien religious practices which unfortunately is threatening world peace. Happy New Year to all Peace makers.

GEJ dont really have Nigerians at heart.

I have been an admirer of GEJ from may 2007 not untill when he became the president of Nigeria, after his emergence he showed us his true colour, just take a look at what happen on xmas day, all that he could say was 'boko haram will not last forever and that its a borden nigerians must live with' a clear indication that that he is weak and in uncapable to rule nigerians, but suprisingly this man came out via all media channels including his facebook page to tell Nigerians how happy he was on an upheld stolen mandate of majority of nigerians. Oil subsidy removal is step 1 to nigerians suffering and its a burden we all have to bear too.

Problem in Nigeria U wonder how long to wait for it to subside!

[All who witnessed the conduct of the 2011 elections would know that this decision of the Supreme Court is politically motivated and has little judicial content..]

Reading through this presentation, you wonder did Buhari read law to know that there is what is referred to as ‘ratio deci-den-di’ for cases! Besides when do we expect to have statesmen in Nigeria? Buhari had been once a Head of State - he has had his cake he still wants to have it more! That OBJ came back 2nd time was circumstantial people knew it due to the mistakes/machinations of the military administration of IBB and the obvious apathy, cynicism and disenchantment or distrust in the country then; even his kinsmen did not vote for him that much; he was lucky you might say! It does not mean that U must come back to rule Nigeria again particularly when U ousted Shagari in 1983! U wonder what is wrong in Nigeria! An ambition you’ll never contemplate in organised economies if we had strict laws in Nigeria, folks!

Problem in Nigeria U wonder how long to wait for it to subside!

[All who witnessed the conduct of the 2011 elections would know that this decision of the Supreme Court is politically motivated and has little judicial content..]

Reading through this presentation, you wonder did Buhari read law to know that there is what is referred to as ‘ratio deci-den-di’ for cases! Besides when do we expect to have statesmen in Nigeria? Buhari had been once a Head of State - he has had his cake he still wants to have it more! That OBJ came back 2nd time was circumstantial people knew it due to the mistakes/machinations of the military administration of IBB and the obvious apathy, cynicism and disenchantment or distrust in the country then; even his kinsmen did not vote for him that much; he was lucky you might say! It does not mean that U must come back to rule Nigeria again particularly when U ousted Shagari in 1983! U wonder what is wrong in Nigeria! An ambition you’ll never contemplate in organised economies if we had strict laws in Nigeria, folks!

Election and insecurity in Nigeria

I used to be a fan of Buhari until his appointment and role in PTF. 'nemo dot quod non habet' is an expression in latin meaning u cant give what u dont have. If u dont have integrity, u cant give it to others. Any one who is stained with corruption has no moral standing condeming others. I dont believe in any of them any more. They are all insincere & criminal. some of them should dead or allowed to rot in jail for life. On violence in the north, those religious fanatics should know that when you pursue a cow to the wall, it will turn back at u to fight and u will be the one running. The time for that is very close. No man is justified doing evil on the ground of expediency. For GEJ, he should remember that security is part of his responsibilities not just fair speeches. I wish all Nigerians a peaceful 2012.

Does that mean he should not

Does that mean he should not make any comments on the fraudulently won election? Take these as his contributions to the nation building you are talking about. If you have any issues with what he said, pick on them one by one and make your argument. Don't be stupid.

Does that mean he should not

Does that mean he should not make any comments on the fraudulently won election? Take these as his contributions to the nation building you are talking about. If you have any issues with what he said, pick on them one by one and make your argument. Don't be stupid.

Not a statesman 3

Buhari is hereby reminded that the case of 2.8 billion was not completely resolved under his watch.

It is important also to remind Buhari that if the president were to adopt his leadership style of the eighties a lot of his cohorts would have been executed by now or servving life sentences.

We should all endeavour to contrubute to nation building rather than sponsor violence after prophesying doom.

Not a statesman 2

Who is sponsoring Boko Haram? Why was the Leader hurriedly executed?

Who is sponsoring the Killings in Jos?

How come he never mentioned the massive underage voting in the North at the courts or in this write up?

As a true lover of democracy, how come he never mentioned transition to civil rule when he was military leader?

As a true lover of democracy why was he mute when Abiola won the election fair and square and did not even have the opportunity of going to court but ended up murdered?

Which of these things he is now prescribing he actually gave effect to during his leadership?

Granted that a section of our security is collaborating with sponsors to kill innocent Nigerians, discerning Nigerians know the few self centred Northerners who think that they can cause complete break down of law and order to pave the way for coup or the type of protests in the Arab world.

Not statesmanship

I sympathise with the frustration of Buhari. Having contested elections three times and felt shortchanged, it can be heartbreaking.

But some of the sentiments like voters turn out in certain sections of the country, changing of results in some states etc are not hard evidence the court can rule on in his favour. It appears like in previous elections Buhari has not done his home work very well in the run up to the election.

Evidence on ground shows that he could not sell himself and his manifesto to the south successfully. This is evident from his choice of running mate, the number of times he actually campaigned in the region, and identified supporters from the south. Buhari must acknowledge that the effect of the Ciroma led campaign against Jonathan was enormous. Buhari is not particularly popular in the North as the Ciroma group could not agree to support him as a last resort after their campaign hit brick wall on all fronts.

There are few posers for Buhari though.

Taking the war of terror to Boko Haram and supporters

The Government of President Jonathan must reconsider its cowardice attitude towards Boko Haram and those behind this religious sect and go all out war against them and let the chip fell where it may.Enough is enough.

OH LORD THIS COUNTRY SHOULD COME TO AN END

The best peace for this country called Nigeria is that all this activities should come to an end by bringing this country to an end OH LORD. if we have disagreement in peace we can always disagree to agree. But every one is saying am the best am the best who do you think is not born to be a leader who do we all think is suppose to be suffering. Who is the person that is not suppose to be in power? All of you saying power, good governance,leadership, authority and position, who told you, you are better than me look everybody in this country must be very careful. we are looking day and night people are dieing our brothers and sisters and we are all playing over the citizen life who is the man born not to make a name.
I am very angry with this country and everyone should be ready my own will be HOLY GHOST BOMB.

dat man na witch.

the only solution on this is for the christians to pay back without looking back.

Mr Ifeayi, i guess u re

Mr Ifeayi,
i guess u re having a great time with this govt. employment oppotunities, available elect3city, good education ,security, even in the south south region, bumper economy, good health facility amd even good governance. please go and learn how to read simple expression and understand it and not just reading and understanding rubbish. this govt is the worse ever had in nigeria. the niger delta were curropt even before now. is it the northerns that made them that way? ur south south leaders are even worse than ever being a good leaders. ... oil subsidy removal... i piety u mr Ifeayi

PEACE

This old man should rest,Age is nt ur side pls live FG alone.

This old man should

This old man should rest...its time has past,live FG in peace.

peter on terrorist

Peter,

your very wrong to say that terrorist are born by muslim parents.Pls recall the biggest terrorist ever on earth in the list of FBI/CIA is adolf Hitler who killed over 6 million jews, and if you dont know he is strong catholic christain. live in Abuja.

Nigeria

All I know is that Buhari mean well for Nigeria better than GEJ take this to any where. The past has shown it.

Good point

Im realy highly disappointed in ur level of understanding and commitment towards this project called Nigeria. We are talking about serious problems this country is facing, and u are here talking rubish on political and sectional deffernces. Better wake up and do away with this misinformation

@Buhari.., STOP Threatening Nigerians!

Buhari should STOP threatening us in this country because we did not vote for him. What does he mean by "law and order could brake down at any moment"? His foot solders(boko haram) are already on ground making the north ungovernable. This followed his earlier threats. The postelection violence that claimed the lives of innocent Nigerians among them youth corpers,followed Buhari's charge to his foot solders(Almajiris) to lynch those who 'rig' elections. What more do we expect from this latest threats. These hausa fulani are just carrying on with a false delusion of grandeur so much so that they make RECKLESS statements that threaten national unity and jeopardise national security. Atiku it was who said "those who make peaceful change impossible make violent change inevitable" Then the Ciroma group told us they would make the country ungovernable. And now another threat by Buhari. And this is the same ethnic group that has ruled this country for the most number of years.

That is just the fact. More

That is just the fact. More so that power has been shred among the illiterates and people that have no knowledge of pure administration to rule, they keep exploiting the country and putting the innocent lives in a no security state. May God deliver us.

Restructure Nigeria

Nigerians should take a close look at the country’s structure and restructure it accordngly.

Its either we agree to live together and on how to do it or we agree to divorce peacefully and on how to do it.

Thats about the only way out for everyone.