FEATURE ARTICLE

Sunday, November 1, 2020
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BUHARI'S PLACE IN NIGERIAN CONTROVERSIAL HISTORY!

“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” — Charles Darwin, Scientist

“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.” — Theodore Roosevelt, 26th U.S. president

“Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.” — Colin Powell, Secretary of State; Four-star Army general; and National Security Advisor.

he three quotes above are very instructive for our POFRON----President Of the Federal Republic Of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari. In Nigeria's geopolitics, dissent voices seem to have been lost to the ocean of grievance, injustice, inequity, and gross abuse of power and position. We have journeyed on this road before; we are currently witnessing another chapter on this same famished road to our collective woes and untrustworthiness. Our mutual suspicion is also our mutual destruction, and this is the more reason we have to thread it softly, softly, to prevent the calamities from hovering over Nigeria. We must carefully avoid the MAD (Mutual Assured Destruction) rush!

In a nutshell, the Plebeians in Nigeria have twice given Buhari their mandate to steer their ship; the ship is callously (adrift) floating without being either steered or moored. President Muhammadu Buhari is providentially privileged to rewrite our ugly history in Nigeria. Still, Buhari's occasional muteness and recalcitrant attitude to trigger a national conversation will determine his controversial place in our tumultuous history. The recent mayhem in Nigeria with a particular reference to the Lekki tragedy was conspicuous handwriting on the wall, and it is very instructive for everyone. How Buhari deconstructs; and how his handlers interpret the ugly nuance of Lekkigate will determine the ultimate legacy and pronouncement of Buhari's tenure in office. The unguarded utterances coming from the North and the bottled grievances of Nigeria's oppressed people may soon consume our fragile unity. And after Buhari, what next?

Meanwhile, the unsuspecting compatriots do not pay close attention to these individuals' utterances and plan to destabilize Nigeria. In reality, no component from any structure should have the stereotypical tendency of "being born to rule Nigeria." And any structure or entity that claims a monopoly of power at the expense of others is doomed to fail.

In another configuration, no group from any system should claim the exclusive prowess of knowledge and entrepreneurship in Nigeria. The Nigerian entity's diversity should be of paramount importance, and it should be in harmony with each group's strength that makes up the entity. With no equivocation, the disadvantages of disintegration in Nigeria may outweigh its advantages. It is accessible to mouth wishes, but the preponderance of the outcome may not be pleasantly favorable to all of us. We must collectively explore our mindfulness. We must not get carried away by our emotions and grievances in this precarious situation in our nation's history.

Furthermore, Nigeria is a marriage of convenience. The constituents that made up Nigeria were hurriedly put together by the brutish British for their administrative convenience. Nigeria's forefathers' indeliberate ignorance, naivete, and shortsightedness gave birth to hydra-headed children that make up Nigeria. Nigeria is on a shaky and false tripod stand. The union of Nigeria is in dire need of urgent and peaceful renegotiation. President Buhari of Nigeria has ample opportunity to begin re-engineering the historical and shaky structure and chapter in our nation's history. This renegotiation might lead to argy-bargy, but the authentic national conversation is long overdue and imminently inevitable. This writer must not be misconstrued to be in the cocoon of the advocates of Nigeria's disintegration. President Buhari must begin to initiate a crucial national conversation. Anything short of this patriotic advice, prophetic submission and prescription will be like postponing the evil days in Nigeria!

A decade ago, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi predicted the violent disintegration of Nigeria in 2025. In other to avert this predictable doomsday, there's a dire need for us to talk aloud to prevent the impending doomsday as predicted by the late Momar Ghadafi. Our pseudo-unity in diversity is being threatened by the bigoted dispositions of ethnic, religious bigots, and mindless politicians in Nigeria. There are so many unscrupulous enemies fanning the embers of discord just to cause chaos. The President of Nigeria-PON seems to be playing into the hands of these unpatriotic individuals. These individuals have their agents planted in Nigeria's geopolitical enclaves to hatch their agenda and eggs of trouble.

Lastly, the awakening Nigerian Youth Movement under the aegis of #EndSars has constructively spoken and loudly to the ears of the POFRON-President Of the Federal Republic Of Nigeria. It's now up to President Buhari to yield to simple but poignant demands of the youth, and other concerned patriots. The youth's demands are the end to the evils of SARS, and engendering good governance in Nigeria----so simple! Nigeria is currently under siege of mindless politicians. The silence in Nigeria now after the pogrom of Lekki is the silence of the graveyard. How President Buhari navigates the miasma of socioeconomic and political upheavals in Nigeria will either make or mar his administration's legacy, and Buhari's moral persona and integrity. A stitch in time saves nine, Mr. President!

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