Temple Chima UbochiThursday, August 24, 2017
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I am patient with stupidity but not with those who are proud of it (Edith Sitwell)

Don't try to buy at the bottom and sell at the top. It can't be done except by liars (Bernard Baruch)

The world is not fair, and often fools, cowards, liars and the selfish hide in high places (Bryant H. McGill)

The problem with the world is that everyone does not have a brain, but everyone does have a tongue (Raheel Farooq)

igeria never ceases to amaze me; things unheard of in other climes, become news in Nigeria, and the problem is that gullible Nigerians swallow everything hook, line and sinker. How come that many Nigerians don't put their "thinking cap" anymore, and have become so undiscerning and unable to separate the wheat from the chaff?

It's good that Buhari and his hangers on want us to believe that the rodents in Nigeria are so powerful as to do what the people calling themselves Nigerians have been unable to do. The rodents in Nigeria have driven Muhammadu Buhari out of office, as such that he will now work from home upon his return from his medical leave in England. That has been what human beings calling themselves Nigerians have been craving for, but have been unable to accomplish that. Afterall, most Nigerians want Buhari to relinquish the office he's holding, as he's unfit to occupy it.

Those thinking that Muhammadu Buhari is the president of the human beings of Nigeria, should now think twice. From what they're telling us, it means that Buhari has been the president of the rodents of Nigeria, and not the human beings of Nigeria. That's the reason we're being told, now, that the animals damaged furniture and air conditioning fittings in the president's official Abuja office while he was in London receiving treatment.

How can one blame the rodents of Nigeria for taking over the office of their president since he absconded, leaving them forlorn and on their own? The rodents of Nigeria, as living organisms also, are made of flesh and blood; they have conscience, their own ups and downs, likes and dislikes, sense of good and bad, feelings, needs, wants etc. The rodents of Nigeria must have felt abandoned by their president, and decided to display their grievances by causing a lot of damage to the furniture and the air conditioning units in his office. The thinking of the rodents must have been to make the place unbearable for their president to work in, since he has abandoned the place for too long. The rodents of Nigeria must have done this to condemn their president's dereliction of duty.

Let's get to the facts: President Muhammadu Buhari returned to Nigeria, on Saturday, August 19, after spending more than three months (about 103 days) in London, England, on medicals. He left Nigeria on May 7. Then on Monday, August 21, they told us that he will work from home after rodents damaged his official office during his medical absence. The presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, didn't say the type of rodent that caused the damage.

That Monday, Buhari's pre-recorded address was released. In that address, Buhari ended up saying nothing tangible, as he failed to assuage the worries and stresses his long absence from office unleashed in the country. His speech was full of bones and no beef. After his speech, I wrote, in my Facebook Page, that "talk is talk, and talk is cheap". A Chinese Proverb says that talk can't cook rice. One thing for sure is that Buhari had no input in that address; it must have been written and handed over to him to read. Those weren't Buhari's words or ideas!

Buhari said he would stop separatist activists spreading unrest. Here, he was threatening those clamoring for self determination, and the social media users calling for the breaking of the country. He repeated the already obsolete quote that "Nigeria's unity is not negotiable". Buhari has stayed away too long to know that Nigeria has passed that stage when its unity was not negotiable. That's now a past tense; nowadays, everybody is clamoring for either the restructuring or the breaking up of Nigeria. Even those who opposed the ideas hitherto, are embracing any one of them now.

Buhari is a bigot and a hypocrite: He can't be supporting the independence of Palestine and Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) from Morocco, while at home he's against the actualization of Biafra etc. He argued for the emancipation of those foreign entities everywhere, even upto the United Nations' General Assembly, the last he addressed it. He should know that charity should begin at home!

According to Reuters, Buhari, a northern Muslim, has spent more time out of Nigeria so far in 2017 than he has inside the country, prompting fears that he is not well enough to run Africa's largest economy, which is mired in its first recession in 25 years. The former military ruler's refusal to disclose details of his illness have prompted calls for greater transparency. In a televised speech, his first since his return on Saturday, the 74-year-old said he followed events in Nigeria on a daily basis. He added that some ethnic violence was fueled by political mischief makers. He did not mention the recession gripping the oil producer due to low oil prices, the main issue for many normal people trying to survive amid inflation of 16 percent. Hear him: "I was distressed to notice that some of the comments, especially in the social media have crossed our national red lines by daring to question our collective existence as a nation. Nigeria's unity is settled and not negotiable. We shall not allow irresponsible elements to start trouble".

Many Nigerians have expressed dissent with that Buhari's "opinion" that the unity of Nigeria is non-negotiable, and the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) told him to wake up and face the reality of the situation and stop relying on outdated notion of Nigeria's unity. In its words: "Nigeria as presently constituted is suffocating and the federating ethnic nationalities can no longer bear the suffocating effect of the defective structure which hampers the development of the country. It is in the interest of all Nigerians to renegotiate the future unity of Nigeria. Nigerians want a country that is united on mutually agreed terms and not the present defective structure."

What Buhari doesn't know is that he's the greatest separatist in Nigeria; infact, he made the imminent breaking up of Nigeria inevitable. No other Nigerian has done more to destabilize Nigeria than Buhari, and he achieved that inglorious feat in less than two years. Buhari complains that campaign groups have been stepping up calls for a separate southeastern state known as Biafra; that Militants and community groups are also calling for the independence of the restive southern Niger Delta oil hub, and that the Islamist Boko Haram militants are fighting for a separate caliphate in the northeastern part of Nigeria. Buhari helped to fuel the causes of these groups.

Buhari emboldened IPOB and the agitation for Biafra by his arrest of Nnamdi Kanu, and through that he made Kanu an instant hero from zero, and the secession bid unstoppable. He should have ignored Kanu then. Buhari emboldened the Niger Delta militants when he criticized his predecessor for "feting" the Delta militants while "killing" the Boko Haram insurgents. Buhari emboldened the Fulani herdsmen when he drove to Ibadan in 2000, in a long convey, to ask the then governor why his people were killing his people (the Fulani herdsmen), while demanding apologize and compensation from the governor for the dead Fulani herdsmen who were even the aggressors. To refresh, on October 13, 2000, General Muhammadu Buhari led lorry loads of Northerners mostly Fulanis to Governor Lam Adesina over the killing of Fulanis in Saki, Oyo State. Fulanis had clashed with Yoruba farmers in Saki, over grazing.

Moreover, just like the 20 months Buhari forced himself unto the leadership position of Nigeria as a military head of state in 1983, and for the two years he has been the president of Nigeria, he has only created hardship, and no other leader of Nigeria did more harm to Nigerians, in terms of hardship, suffering, tribal and religious animosities like him. Infact, he made the agitations for the breakup of Nigeria inevitable than any other Nigerian leader before him. The basis for Nigeria's continuous existence as a nation is no longer there, all thanks to Buhari who has hastened things up.

For all those who're fed up with the concoction called Nigeria, they should thank Buhari for making the demise of Nigeria possible and easy. We didn't know it would be possible and so soon, but Buhari came and made everything possible. It will never be the same again, and there's nothing that can save Nigeria from disintegrating except restructuring.

To be concluded!