Buhari hides behind London doctors

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari arrives to attend a working session with outreach guests at the summit of G7 nations at Schloss Elmau on June 8, 2015 near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. PHOTO: Carl Court/Getty Images


Sir: Permit me to rejoice with Prof. Jamiu Olaoye Oyawoye in Offa town, on his 2017 birthday. He was giving annual support to our academic association when I was its general secretary. When my two terms ended, I passed-on his address. But this letter-article is about Nigeria’s rulers. They are mostly bad rulers, and they cannot be good rulers if they didn’t pass through good schools. In that wise, I commend the administrators of the Summit University, Offa, Kwara State, Nigeria.

They told us on radio that the school is not about religion, since it admits students across religions, but knowledge and ìwà ọmọlúwàbí (godly behaviour/ character/conduct/attitude) is crucial. Speaking in Yoruba, they said ìwà ọmọlúwàbí is the university’s watchword, and not religion (religion being about what you believe-in and the rituals/ablutions you perform). The Yoruba say, ìwà l’ọba àwúre (good character is king/superior to magic for good luck).

Assume that ìwà ọmọlúwàbí were the philosophy, motto, or fundamental option of Nigeria’s rulers! As things stand, they cannot even tell us why they attacked Boko Haram (BH) in the first instance in 2009 when that Islamic sect was only living its own life. Why did they kill the BH leader, Mohammed Yusuf, extra-judicially in Police cell, handcuffed and leg-chained? Count the costs of that senseless persistent war in human lives and economic resources, 2009 till date! Nigeria’s rulers rejected dialogue while BH craved for it. They (Nigeria’s rulers) stopped Madam Sarah Jubril from mediating dialogue with BH in 2012. 

They refused dialogue even when it would have saved the Chibok girls in April 2014. The current President, General Muhammadu Buhari (GMB), came and poured petrol on the raging fire, ravaging human lives and economic resources. God struck GMB with ailment. Instead of resigning, he is worsening his situation with God, holding Nigerians to ransom, claiming that he is fine in London but that doctors are holding him back. Is it the doctors or the state of his own health?

Nigerian Christian and Islamic rulers stress religion above ìwà ọmọlúwàbí and they are using religion to confuse, divide and rule Nigerians. The highest form of boko haram (academic fraud) is a situation in which African Religious Knowledge (ARK) is excluded from basic schools’ curricula in Nigeria. That haram is the matrix of all other harams, including the financial boko haram that is responsible for Nigeria’s gross underdevelopment and mass abject poverty. Spoils of office are causing GMB to refuse to resign, while he is pretending to be well in London. How can doctors detain a healthy person? Those who tag themselves pro-Buhari group are political jobbers. God Almighty will reward everyone according to deeds and misdeeds, based on good or bad ìwà.

Arising from the developments in the Peoples Democratic Party, you can see that opposition to zoning of key positions is based on selfish interests. Hence the constitution should legitimise zoning, for equity, peace, and stability. Don’t you concur?



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