There is this laugh that you would made that a Nigeria person will tap his neighbour and ask him if at all you haven’t been seeing a psychiatrist of lately. Such was the amusement that engrossed my mouth when I saw the post: “Fear That Son of Buhari Called Muhammadu” on a Facebook post recently. It was really funny to me, maybe not to you anyway. Though the post was satirical, but, far from it, I didn’t senselessly laughed at the post like truly I have been diagnosed of mental malady, but it was a laugh which the poster was duly expecting from whosoever stumbled upon those words, and while the laugh goes on, he would have also expected a close romance on the semantics of those words. It is for the latter I choose to write this piece.
Hardo Adamu, the Fulani Chief of Daura, who gave birth to Muhammadu Buhari, the incumbent ‘head of state’ of Nigeria, was said to have died when his twenty-third child – Buhari, was still someone carried on shoulder to the farm, or his widow, Zulahiat, who groomed Zahra’s father to manhood, would have been perplexed if a neighbour had told one of his child to fear their child. What could have been questions begging for prompt answers in their minds would have been; is my child a bad one? Why must he be feared among peers? Is it not God that needed to be feared, why is my child liken to Him?
Alas, the Muhammadu we got to know of isn’t a bad man, neither nor is he equal to the Supreme man. He is, as believed by many, a man of integrity and a fierce anti-corruption crusader, the reasons why he was toasted by the likes of Tinubu and Co to merge his Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) political party with Action Congress party which later birthed the All Progressive Congress (APC) party of today to come oust out the era where corruption has scattered around like toro-kobo in the country.
When the husband of Aisha, locked horns with Goodluck Jonathan and the ‘weak power of incumbency’ during the 2015 general election and defeated GEJ on landslide victory. Jonah could have known the type of driver driving him, he wouldn’t have let pride eaten him up to his thinking faculty to know that Obasanjo – his then Godfather, is not who you can spat on his face and say what will happen! He became a cocoa tree, who turned a wild wood after been groomed by the Banana tree of Ebora owu. Obasanjo would have lessoned him about Buhari. So he was put into political flight mode since then. However, in the history book of many, GEJ is an hero of democracy. It has never happened in the whole of Africa that a sitting President would accept defeat without rendering some human blood for the earth to drink. Jonathan didn’t do like a ‘Nigerian’, he picked up his phone and congratulated Muhammadu, paying deaf ears to any Orubebe and Orubebeism. That act of accepting defeat won him a peace ambassador honor somewhere outside the country. In his words; “No Blood is for my election”.
You remember “The Rock”? No! Not that American wrestler cum Hollywood actor. It is that one in Ekiti. Yes! Peter The Rock. Relegated king of street in Ekiti. The man who gifted my honourable man, Mr. Ajekuniya manuscript of drama for him to be an expert in political-comedy extravaganza. When he was at helm of power in Ekiti, there was nothing he didn’t compared Buhari to. He was among the pioneers of those who falsefully announced Buahri’s obituary before someone who is living like a spirit sent in a message from nowhere, after Buhari’s return that the Buhari in Aso Rock is one Jibrin of Sudan and not the real Buhari. All his noise seems like a mosquito voice in Buahri’s ears, not until Buhari went to Ekiti to campaign for his former Minister vying for the post Ayodele Fayose was sitting on that made him had a reply which had confined him in a political flight mood till date. You are asking about the reply? Don’t you remember “I am in pain” saga anymore? Though Fayose is still hale and healthy but not on the street of Ekiti anymore but on Twitter, where he presently wine and dine.
Around 2018, when the storm of 2019 general election was gathering, some big wigs in the ruling party for most importantly, their personal interest claimed not to support Buhari any longer, that all Buhari’s policies are causing havoc to Nigeria’s economy and Buhari had failed to listen to them, this is why Nigerians are experiencing hardship. People like Saraki, Atiku and Co. left APC for the old ruling party-PDP, which is their former party. Mr, Atiku, the Waziri of Adamawa, with more dollars, emerged the presidential flagbearer of the PDP. Social media was awashed with #Atikulate, even the Next Level people were begin to wet their pants of the intimidation in the #AtikulateObidiently movement. However, Nigeria hasn’t developed to the stage of using electronic voting, Atiku would have won but the real voters are not social media users, they are the market women, the farmers, the commercial drivers and all of that, who believed a man with virtue is honourable than a man with riches without virtues. So, Buhari’s effect affected the Atikulate movement and put a dash to Atiku’s lifetime ambition of becoming Nigeria president. “If there is life there is hope” that part of old saying should be opened before him as he heads to Tribunal to claim his mandate.
Abubakar Bukola Saraki also had issue with Baba go-slow. And somehow somehow he has been put to political flight mode by Buhari’s party at the just concluded election. Had it been he was smart enough like he used to be, he would have sensed that the O-to-gé movement had some magic twisted in it which would cut off his arms from affairs in his state and at the top, which is Abuja. Bukola’s atrocities against the president government is a talk of another day.
Of those that have been put into political flight mode by Buhari’s effect is the Ebora of Owu. Since the back of Democracy in 1999, Obasanjo has been having a say in who becomes Nigeria president. There is this an unverified rumour that say “if you want Aso rock seat, you must see Baba”. It is true not until this last election that the rumour was put to be rumour. Baba like he has always do, go back to his letter-writing work and begin to write all sort of things. The height
of the letter that Buhari shouldn’t go for second time. Buhari listen not to the words in his letters and got Baba Obj angry to the extent that he shamlessly ate his vomit. He rallied around Atiku, the person he had came to said he won’t ever forgive and even trashed him in his book called; “My Watch”. And since the defeat of Atiku, Baba has not be heard of. Thanks to the Tribunal in Osun which murdered mathematics and announced the dancing senator to have won the last governorship election in the state, which gave Ebora owu something new to chew, we wouldn’t have known that he is alive.
The last of the big wig on political flight mode by Buhari’s effect that I will like to talk about is the Riverian prince, Uche Seconds who was elected as the National Chairman of the PDP with the sole agenda of returning power back to PDP. He tried his best, truth be told, but the task saddled upon him is not the load he can carry. And as Buharideens will say to put all the talk to rest of the PDP head; when you have a someone named second-us as a group leader, how will you take first position?
Buhari’s effect is a not fire for any politician to leave atop his roof and go to sleep. Else, what had been built by such person will turn to ashes before the blink of an eye. Can you tell me why APC is given that son of Buhari called Muhammadu a new born baby’s treatment?.