INEC says that it is too early to begin the campaign for 2019 presidential elections in its reaction to the declaration of Governor Ayo Fayose for president.
Even though this may be as stated in the Electoral Act, this comment by the INEC Chairman shows, with respect, political naivety. Reality is that campaigning never stops in politics, in one form or the other! Even a politician’s utterances (or silence!) amount to campaigning.
Which brings me to the kernel of this piece. In the recent past, there appears to be a cacophony of voices who have suddenly constituted themselves into ‘friends’ of President Muhammadu Buhari (PMB), urging him not to re-contest in 2019; either (a) to take care of his ‘fragile’ health, or (b) to take the ‘Mandela option’ of being president for just one term, or (c) warning him that those encouraging the president to seek a second term are his ‘worst enemies’.
There is another group who try very hard to interpose their views as the aggregate views of Nigerians by claiming that, (a) a second term for Buhari would be ‘strange’ indeed, or (b) PMB does not deserve to second term because the economy has ‘performed badly’, or (c) poor masses are suffering etc., or (d) the war on corruption has been lost, or (e) cattle rustlers are wrecking havoc all over the place, or (f) the president’s party, APC has been unkind to its chieftains who helped the president into office; and a plethora of other arguments.
Interestingly, I have seen that most of these commentators are either those who, in the height of the president’s health challenges, condemned him to a crypt prematurely and rejoiced that their nemesis is on the way out; those who think the president has affected their free access to our public commonwealth; or those who truly appreciate that with PMB’s block vote in the North is unassailable and likely to be replicated despite how the economy performs; or active participants in the government that was in office for 16 locust years!
Well, news flash!
(1) PMB is constitutionally allowed to try for another 4 year term in office as President, Commander-in-Chief!
(2) NIGERIANS, not ‘opinion shapers’ would ultimately determine who their president would be, through the ballot box.
(3) It shows the panic of many, does it not, that now that the economy is slowly showing signs of recovery, they all of a sudden deign it wise to ‘counsel’ PMB on what is best for him. There was even this political operative who had been an active participant in the worst rape of our democracy who now thinks he knows what’s best for Nigeria! What insult on my intelligence!!!
I have no apologies to say these:
(1) God sparing his life and mine, I intend to be an active campaigner for a second term for PMB. Does it mean we have no better options? You may disagree, but for me, yes. Why? Because contrary to the norm, we have for the first time a president who is determined to get it right! Has he got it right yet? Far from it! But he’s had just TWO (2) years at trying! I’d rather a fellow who has shown unusual commitment to the cause of Nigeria in practical terms than folk who promise to get it right but whose antecedents show they really DO NOT GET ANYTHING RIGHT, even their families!
(2) I am equally ready to spend and be spent for his re-election, as the future of my children and grand-children (who want to live in Nigeria, and not go to ‘the abroad’ despite being so privileged) depend on it!!! I understand that you may have your preference for president – and I respect that. All I ask is that you respect mine too! It is only fair, right?
(3) I will intervene and air my views where I see anyone try to malign this president as is within my capacity to do. Why? I am tired of subterfuges, innuendoes and manipulation of Nigeria’s fault lines of ethnicity and religion by politicians and their followers, just to get ahead. It may work with others, but by gosh, it will not work with me! Stake out your stall, offer your goods, and if it appeals to me, I might buy (but I seriously doubt it!)
Above represents my personal views, and I humbly state that I have no apologies for them. Why? I have functional faculties by His grace and I can make up my own mind, THANK YOU VERY MUCH!
And by the way, I am not interested in being a public office holder; so I am not angling for political appointment; which if offered I shall reject, as I have a better task master!
We were once, all of us,
young and free, vibrant together.
Neither pretense nor grudge.
Then we grew up, and we
became competitors. Nay enemies.
Where has our salad years gone?
But, I cannot hate anymore
You, refuse to fight me any longer.
Even if we all may be hurting …
You may be down, I may be lost.
But together we are not out, not yet.
All we can do is carry each other.
All we must do is fetch for one another.
One for all, our horde for one.
Together … Stronger … Bolder
living, learning, laughing, loving.
That is all that is left to do, as we age.
No more jostling. Let us bare each other.
Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba, Fulani, Urhobo,
Bini, Birom, Baruba, Bachama, Anang,
Ishan, Isoko, Ikwerre, Degema, Efik,
Eggon, Egun, Gwari, Gwoza, Nupe
Ibibio, Igala, Idoma, Ijumu, Tiv … and more.
All together, carrying water for Nigeria!
© 14th July 2017. Adewale Adeniji.
The NASS threat to ‘do the needful’ about the Acting President, should he refuse to remove Ibrahim Magu as EFCC acting boss is an empty threat, and both the alleged author of the statement and his strange bed fellows know it.
But first, I need all to hear that this is an act of bully, and they are shamed by it. Why? Was it the Acting President that kept Magu in office despite his serial rejection by the Senate? No. It was President Muhammadu Buhari (PMB)! Why did Mesuru Jamba not threaten PMB with impeachment? Because he knew it would be shut down immediately by his followers. Why? Because they are not stupid! Who wants to cross a juggernaut?!
So, why now? Because they think the Acting President is not a politician. After all, was he not ‘an ordinary commissioner’? as the third citizen allegedly said dismissively in the past? So, this happening now is nothing but an attempt to bully rhe Acting President. That is the first reason this will fail, and they know it. Awon ole!
Second reason it is doomed to failure is that anyone who claims to know something about our democracy would know that all of this is posturing; and these legislooters know that. It’s all about the politics of 2019. My take is that this has to happen this way, so that the Nunc Dimitis of certain personalities can be well sung! Because post 2019, most of them will be deliberately winged! I know because I know!!!
Thirdly, and more importantly, to impeach an executive, you must raise an allegation, get a panel constituted, receive the report of the panel and then vote on the recommendation of the panel. Now, assuming that this set of legislooters raise an allegation, do they even know it would not be the Senate that would set up the panel to investigate? Do they even know that would be the duty of the CJN? Can their brains even fathom that this is not a state house of assembly in the pocket of an overlord? Woukd the Red Chamber be the only one to have a coice in the decision? What about the Green Chamber? Awon oponu!
Then the panel will hold hearings. Who would, in their right minds, convict a president for airing his views on the extent of powers of any branch of government. Has freedom of expression been removed from the constitution? This is legislative brigandry, and they know it! This should be easy work for a person properly using his medulla oblongata, but what do I know? When your brain has mixed with whoring, what do you expect?
Fourth, is what the Acting President accused of even part of the list of impeachable offenses the constitution recognizes? Awon ode!
Abegi, make them park for one side! Awon ole!
It is unrestrained hunger for power at all cost! The Acting President went on an official trip overseas to represent your country, and you quickly devised for one of you to become acting president? Awon ole!
Did the Acting President transmit a letter to NASS that he would be incapable of exercising the functions of his office, such that there would be a lacuna? Awon ole!
So, my take is this: it is again much ado about nothing. And it shows, yet again, the pathetic state of this Senate. And it is directly traceable to the way the Senate President and his deputy won office. A thief will always look over his shoulders, no matter how much you paper your theft over!
I wager again, none of the dramatis personae and their puppet master(s) would ever make it to Aso Rock! You do not have to agree with me: my opinion, that’s all!
©Adewale Adeniji. 5th July 2017.
I think, unthink then rethink
Methinks, You think, We think
Crypto or lucid, all stink!
You think, unthink then rethink
Can you, for sure rethink?
Will it, perchance be it?
When all, by pretense, think, But none really think shit.
Still all seek Olympic heights
Delphian native, oh enigmatic
Yet sore indeed – the sights
Trying indeed all to outthink.
© June/July 2016. Adewale Adeniji.