The 2015 General Elections in Nigeria have been considered to be mother of all elections by most Nigerians and international community. As months have turned to weeks or days, many Nigerians are looking forward to an interesting moment in the nation’s history and the presidential election is seen as a battle royale between the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan, who is the Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd.).
Buhari, who appears to be getting set to make history, and who contested and lost the 2003, 2007 and 2011 elections, is seen as a different individual to different set of people.
To some people, the Katsina State-born former military head of state is the best man for the job in Aso Rock as the 2015 General Elections draw closer. But to some others, Buhari should not be trusted with the destiny of the country after many years of trials and errors, which discerning minds feel would make life uncomfortable for millions of Nigeria.
Just as many people might feel Buhari should be given a chance to prove his worth as he is contesting the presidential election for the fourth consecutive time, some damaging stories are pointing to the fact that the former head of state should not be allowed to become the president of Nigeria in the 2015 election. Placing Buhari side by side of President Goodluck Jonathan, they maintained that Jonathan would be a better choice for the country in 2015.
It was alleged that Buhari was in full support of all the atrocities of the late Gen. Sani Abacha against the Nigerian people.
Sources maintained that there is no single record of his criticism of Sani Abacha during those dark days when Nigeria was on precipice.
“It shows that he is a patriot of convenience. In fact on the 10th anniversary of Abacha’s demise, Buhari said that Abacha stole nothing from Nigeria despite millions of dollars recovered from banks around the world and the Abacha family signing a formal agreement to return over $1 billion dollars, Buhari still said that Abacha’s stealing remains an unproved allegation!!!Why? Because Abacha set Buhari up like an emperor and let him use oil money from theNiger Delta to develop the North without supervision or questions,” said a source.
Buhari reportedly supervised the smuggling of 53 suitcases filled with cash through the MMA against the protest of General Tunde Idiagbon and ironically Abubakar Atiku, the then Director General of Customs, who later became the Vice President and a compromised politician himself. This smuggling of the suit cases were supervised by buharis ADC, Col. Mustapha Jokolo.
It was alleged that Buhari does not accommodate women in the scheme of things and that he never had any woman in his cabinet. A source also faulted Buhari for announcing that he would scrap the office of the First Lady if elected into office in 2015.
One of our sources, who instructed that his name must not be published, pointed to the obnoxious Decree 4 by Buhari against which truth was no defence, and which was used to jail journalists, an alleged attempt to shut-up the media as a whole.
“That tyrannical legislation of buhari shows the essence of his intolerance…..He jailed Ndukar Irabor and Tunde Thompson of “The Guardian” on stories that were factually true. He again told Nigerian journalists then that, it did not matter whether the story reported was true or not, if his regime did not like it, the writer would go to jail. facts of recent history.
“Mrs. Vera Ifudu, who was an NTA reporter, was sacked on Buhari’s orders as military ruler, for reporting what Dr. Olusola Saraki had told her in an interview about how the missing, $2.8 Billion money, while buhari was petroleum minister, was traced to Buhari’s account at Midland Bank, London branch. In view of this, OBJ scraped PTF over Buhari’s misappropriation. Vera eventually won her case in court after providing evidence, and was financially compensated,” he said.
We also stumbled on a report, which had it that Buhari convinced all the northern political leaders against allowing the National Identity card program because according to him, this would unravel the myth of Northern population majority.
Sources said that has never been able to account to Nigerians what he did with the 20 billion Naira of the Petroleum Trust Fund of which he was the chairman under Sani Abacha. Also, He has not been able to point to any project he prosecuted outside Northern Nigeria with the trust fund.
“Buhari, as part of his tribalistic practices, placed President Shagari under house arrest inside a palatial mansion in Ikoyi, while he locked up Shagari’s Vice, Alex Ekwueme in Kirikiri Prison.Shagari is Hausa/Fulani like him while Alex Ekwueme is an Igboman. Ikemba Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, another Igboman who had just returned from 13 years of exile in 1982, following a pardon by then president, Shehu Shangri, was as well locked up in KiriKiri Prison by Buhari. Till this day, we are not told what Ojukwu’s offence was. Buhari discriminated against persons from other ethnic groups/faiths; and as PTF chairman, he employed an overwhelming numberof Fulani/Hausa/Moslem people at the detriment of other groups and concentrated PTF projects in the North. If in doubt, read El Rufai’s book,” said one of the sources.
Buhari, according to a source, snubbed the same Nigerians he now wants their votes by refusing to appear before Justice Oputa “Truth and Reconciliation Panel.” Despite the fact that Buhari knew how important reconciliation is to the stability of democracy, buhari has never apologised at anytime.
“Buhari after locking up Sam Mbakwe, who was governor of Imo State, from October 1, 1979 to Dec 31, 1983 in jail, he went for one of Mbakwe’s wives. He established himself for what he was/is letting Mbakwe receive in jail, news of the death of another of Mbakwe’s two wives. He is an Islamic fundamentalist, who told his northern followers never to vote for anyone who was not a muslim and he is a coup plotter who overthrow a civilian government.
“He is an oligarch who does not believe in equality before the law. The way he jailed Lateef Jakande, Jim Nwobodo, Pa Adekunle Ajasin, Chief Ayo Ojewumi on cases that had no foundation and allowed Awwal Ibrahim, the then Niger State governor, who was arrested in Heath row Airport in London with 14 million (Pounds sterling) and several millions of Naira and dollars to be under house arrest is my evidence. (Ayo Ojewumi became blind as a result of his imprisonment over false charges and died shortly after),” said a source, who simply said he should be referred to as Daniel.
One other reason adduced for the call not to allow Buhari rule Nigeria was an allegation that against all canons of legal decency, Buhari executed Lawal Ojuolape (30), BernardOgedengbe (29) and Bartholomew Owoh (26).
“To put it quite plainly, one of those three –Ogedengbe – was executed for a crime that did not carry a capital forfeit at the time it was committed. After the military government of Major-General Muhammadu Buhari took power, Prof Ambrose Ali, one time governor of (Bendel) state, who had already retired from politics, was arrested and sentenced to 100 years in prison by buhari’s military tribunal over trumped up charges. He was finally freed when the Esama of Benin, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion, paid a fine to buhari’government. Ambrose Ali died shortly after his release.
“Gen Buhari allowed Shehu Kangiwa, the then Sokoto State Governor from 1979-1981, who conducted and supervised the famous “Bakolori Massacre” of poor peasant farmers, whose lands were seized without compensation, to remain under a very comfortable house arrest, without punishment or proper imprisonment,” said one Mr. Adewale, who added that a vote for Buhari is a vote for another round of northern hegemony.
Buhari’s CPC loyalists were said to have massacred and lynched Nigerian youth corpers after the 2011 election.
“A refined politician is expected to tender an apology on behalf of the ignorant loyalists, buhari refused to apologise. He said, the mob were angry because they felt the election was rigged. Is that sufficient to take the life of another?
“Buhari pretended to have forgotten, his CPC party, rigged the election by registering under aged voters. He who comes to equity must come with clean hands.
“On the 4th of September, 1984, minutes before leaving Nigeria for an extensive tour of the US, Fela Anikulapo Kuti was arrested at the airport of Lagos on orders of Buhari and was jailed for 5 years, on bogus charges under emergency law initiated by dictator buhari, which prompted the sentencing judge to later confess that, he was ordered to do so and apologized to Fela. Get Fela’s (Army Arrangement) song for more expose’.
“Mallam El-rufai who now sings Buhari’s praise famously said on Oct, 5th 2010 that ” General Buhari is perpetually unelectable because his record as military head of state and afterwards, is a warning that many Nigerians in the past have wisely heeded. His insensitivity to Nigeria’s diversity and his parochial focus are already well-known.”
“El-Rufai again said: “I was 25 years old when Buhari was Head of State and now am 50+ and he still wants to be President, I don’t understand that, i don’t understand that at all and I call on young people of Nigeria to take their future into their hands and ensure in the next election, they vote for a new generation of leaders,” one of our sources added.
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