Many supporters of PDP are wont to throw mud at the opposition rather than address personality and substance. The chief of them all, Dr Reuben Abati, displayed cluelessness when he shared, on his Facebook page, an expose on Buhari from Wikileaks in his bid to mudsling the General. His followers immediately began to share the post with glee! Little did they know that they are actually extolling the virtues of Buhari and his lifelong desire to bring about change in Nigeria.
Let us look at the so-called damning evidence against Buhari according to Wikileaks being touted by Dr Reuben Abati, Dr Goodluck Jonathan’s media man.
1. ‘The eviction of Shagari came as a welcome relief as did Buhari’s promise to root out corruption.’
Does this not show that the Americans actually hailed the coming of Buhari then as a commitment to ‘root out corruption?’ It’s like America legitimised Buhari’s coup-d’etat as they saw it as a ‘WELCOME RELIEF!’(emphasis mine). Unfortunately, IBB truncated that reform and introduced the policy of ‘settlement’ which is the order of the day today, re: FFK, Alamesiagha, Bode, Mohammed Abacha and many others.
Methinks, if America is truly honest, it should be a welcome relief again if Buhari wins the 2015 election.
2. ‘Expulsion of 700,000 illegal immigrants from neighboring African states.’
Ok, so the article called it ‘brutal’ expulsion. Were not illegal immigrants a problem to Nigeria then and now? They even said then that Maitatsine wasn’t a Nigerian. Buhari it was, I think, that crushed the Maitatsine insurgency. So what was wrong in expelling illegal immigrants? What country is there that is not expelling illegal immigrants? Just this week, three guards were acquitted of the killing of a man that was being deported! How many NIGERIANS are being expelled everyday from other countries? Why is it a crime when a patriot expels unwanted and illegal immigrants?
Even now, many people have said that some Boko Haram insurgents are non-Nigerians. Would it be wrong to expel them? I think if Buhari was the President, he would have done so again and Nigeria would be spared of many headaches.
3. ‘Jailed hundreds of political opponents.’
I don’t know what America means here, but I’m not sure that a military dictator has ‘political’ opponents. Maybe they mean, democracy activists who were intent on restoring democracy. May be. I am not condoning coup-d’etats, but if Buhari came to power as a coupist, surely he would want to stabilise things, if it were possible, before tolerating the thieving politicians?
He did well to jail those corrupt politicians, as it should be happening if we had a serious government in place! If Buhari were to come back, many of these ‘fat’ politicians would be in jail today.
4. ‘Muzzled a once aggressive press.’
Buhari should have courted the media here as helpers in the reforms. True, he didn’t have to have promulgated Decree 4, but who knows how ‘brown envelope’ was a hindrance then as it is today? Some dictators sent parcel bombs and today they are big advisers to the government. Militants kidnap journalists and we are in a democratic dispensation! Hypocrites!
5. ‘Dismissed 30,000 soldiers as a cost-cutting measure.’
Ok, so America thought it was wrong to cut cost by reducing an army in a peace time? What was wrong with Buhari trimming an army feeding fat on corrupt politicians? The man was cutting costs and they were not happy! No wonder we have one of the most bloated governments today!
If Buhari was in power today, it would then mean that all these sycophants masquerading as special assistants and advisers would be jobless! Imagine the money saved from paying these unwanted lots for better projects!
Ok, does Abati prefer that his boss keeps a bloated but underfunded army that runs away from insurgents? Ha!
6. ‘Soured Nigeria’s relations with Britain, when he was accused of masterminding a clumsy and unsuccessful attempt in July 1984 to kidnap President Shagari’s brother-in-law, former Transport Minister Umaru Dikko.’
These same Americans would use any means to bring to justice people from any corner of the world but not so for other countries, abi?! This government would rather pay obeisance to Britain, abi?
What Buhari did with Dikko showed the extent to which he (Buhari) wanted to bring all corrupt politicians to book and instead of hailing him today, Abati wants us to vilify him!
When some politicians remember what Buhari did to Dikko, they quake to their bones and will do everything possible to hinder his presidency. If Buhari wins the 2015 elections, they know they have no hiding place anywhere in the world! No presidential pardons for convicted thieves as we have today!
Also, why should we pander to colonial masters and other superpowers?! They pushed away the ladder that they used to develop their countries and wants puppets they can control to impoverish citizens in other countries. We need a leader that would work with every country on the basis of mutual respect and accountability, not as masters and servants! Today, we have voodoo rebasings as Bretton Woods economists are handling our money/economy. On paper, we are the biggest economy in Africa but we have the largest number of people living on emptiest stomachs! And that’s not just because of our population oo!
7. ‘Undermined traditional rulers throughout Nigeria, slashing their benefits and questioning their authority.’
For the first time, there were no sacred cows and they say he undermined traditional rulers. What about the incumbent president who tampered with the wishes of the Kano Emirates in a time of democracy? While I respect traditional authorities, that is just what they are. If they meddle into politics they should be sanctioned! I felt good when the traditional rulers were not treated as sacred cows! Buhari would do it again! That’s why Dr Abati dug up this Wikileaks article to make traditional rulers reject Buhari!
Come to think of it, why should traditional rulers have benefits from the government when there is no welfare in place for the ordinary citizens? What authority should they have when they impoverish the people? May God bring Buhari back to put them in their places unless they earn respect and authority!
So for Dr Reuben Abati, I thank you for digging this eloquent testimony to Buhari’s patriotism and commitment to Nigeria.
For my friends who support PDP, such as Joan Oji, thank you for urging me to go to Dr Abati’s Facebook page to read this wonderful piece that has strengthened my faith in Buhari’s commitment and zeal to heal Nigeria’s fundamental problems and set her on her path to glory in the comity of nations!
Please, continue to dig up more of these nuggets of gold!