Opinion| Nigerians and President Muhammadu Buhari’s ‘pistanthrophobia’ Updated for 2021

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Updated: February 28, 2021


By Taiwo Lawrence Adeyemi


In 1558, Phillip II of Spain launched the Spanish Armada against Britain. The fleet of 130 ships carrying more than 24,000 men, sailed up the British Channel, only to suffer defeat by the British navy and fall victim to contrary winds and fierce Atlantic storms. This event marked the decisive passing of naval superiority from Spain to England”, said one historian.

“The world hates CHANGE, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress” – Charles Franklin Kettering.

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Winston Churchill, British statesman, author, and war prime minister from 1940-1945 and 1951-1956 said, “Politics is almost as exciting as war and quite as dangerous! In war you can only be killed once, but in politics many times. The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.”

Vince Lombardi quipped, “The real glory is being knocked to your knees and then coming back. That’s real glory. That’s the essence of it.”

Dominating the land, which is larger than Texas and Oklahoma combined is the Niger River, 2,600 miles in length. This gives Nigeria the meaning “the land of the mighty river”, and it’s flag of three broad vertical stripes [green- white-green], which symbols of unity, peace and agriculture.

“There is a dynamism about Nigeria’s 1960 that far exceeds anything the nation now offers, Nigeria was vibrated then with; technical power, cultural power, economic power, intercontinental power and good governance. But as the nation grows, Nigeria political class and leaders sat at tables appearing to be friendly, but in their hearts were inclined to do what was bad. Speaking lies at tables that could not benefit Nigerians, because they all aim in succeeding in their political ambitions.”

He Came, He Saw, He Was Humiliated! The recent mass defections of All Progressive Congress [APC] members both in the Senate, House of Representative, State governor, State Assembly Members & Local Government Chairmen across the country is a ‘Tsunami’ message to President Muhammadu Buhari that All Progressive Congress [APC] is heading for obsequies in 2019.

President Muhammadu Buhari rode on Nigerians ‘TRUST’ to humiliate Goodluck Ebele Jonathan’s corruption cancer ridden Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] in 2015. Many has thought President Muhammadu Buhari will re-invoke his 1984 -1985 energy [as Nigeria Head of State]  to rebuild  Nigeria that is heading for collapse in the hands of Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] 16 years of mis-governance, ineptitudes and cancer looting disease.

14 All Progressive Congress [APC] serving senators, 37 members of House of Representatives decamp from the ruling All Progressive Congress [APC] to the Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] regarded as one the biggest political carpet crossing in Nigeria history. In another twist of fate, a serving governor, Samuel Ortom of Benue State alongside 22 local governments represented by the councillors and the 13 local government chairmen decamps fromAll Progressive Congress [APC] to Peoples Democratic Party [PDP].

 The controversy of PMB being able to steer the ship of Nigeria continue to elicits apprehensions amongst Nigerians. Despite his ineffective security chiefs, #AdeosunGate [NYSC CertifiGate], The N62.3 billion Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund [NSITF] Looting Spree, Abacha Loot $322.51 million refund by the Swiss government, The Massive APC Vote-Buying-Scheme in Ekiti State, The Untamed ‘Vampires’ of the Sahel [Boko Haram Terrorists], The Herdsmen & Mad Cow Disease ‘Killing Squad’, Zamfara Untamed Banditry, Nigeria Becoming the Poverty Capital of World, e.t.c

The unjustifiable political vendetta of the regime is glaring, perceived political opponents are hounded and detain on flimsy and frivolous charges. Babachir Lawal, former Secretary to the Government of the Federation who was embroiled in grass cutting contract and diverted aid funds meant for humanitarian crisis in the North East is yet to be charged to court. Senate President, Bukola Saraki who has being having a running battle with ‘I mean, transmission transmission’, sorry Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris over the alleged later in the Offa armed robbery attack, in which took over 30 lives and 9 policemen.

The Nigeria Police has vaguely tried to link Dr. Bukola Saraki with the infamous Offa bank robbery. It took the intervention of Mallam Abubakar Malami, the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation to clear Dr. Bukola Saraki and Kwara State Governor, Abdulfattah Ahmed’s name and said, “There is no evidence to link Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and Kwara State Governor, Abdulfattah Ahmed with the Offa armed robbery that left over 39 persons dead.”

PMB must now be glaring with the handwriting on the wall of All Progressive Congress [APC]’s imminent drowning in 2019. It is explicit. Like the All Progressive Congress [APC]’s armada in 2019, the flotilla of Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] advancing against All Progressive Congress [APC] in 2019 will be similar to 1558, Phillip II of Spain launching the Spanish Armada against Britain. The fleet of 130 ships carrying more than 24,000 men, sailed up the British Channel, only to suffer defeat by the British navy and fall victim to contrary winds and fierce Atlantic storms. This event marked the decisive passing of naval superiority from Spain to England.

The newly elected All Progressive Congress [APC] National Chairman, Adams Aliu Oshiomole has being spitting fire and threatening party members of suspension is his orders are not obeyed [especially, Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr. Chris Ngige] this has already created a face-off between the duo. The fallout is simply what Nigerians are witnessing. The crumbling of President Muhammadu Buhari’s ineffective and weak governance. Most ministers are simply working [non-performance], yet, President Muhammadu Buhari has simply turned blind eyes and deaf ears.

President Muhammadu Buhari is firmly holed up in the hillock of Aso Rock, Nigerians must now be asking themselves if they are suffering from ‘Pistanthrophobia’?

 Nigerians are not ‘Athazagoraphobians’!

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