2019 Presidential Election As An Elixir For Nigeria, Particularly The Igbo:
By Sir Don Ubani; KSC, JP, Okwubunka of Asa,
Member, Media & Publicity, PDP Presidential Campaign Council.
13th February, 2019.
From whatever angle of definition or description any sane and critical mind may be constrained to look at, it would be very difficult, if not impossible, for one not to admit that the past three years and about nine months have been very agonizing for Nigerians.
The Buhari-led APC federal government had come into power on 29th May, 2015 on the promise that it would visibly tackle insecurity in the country, especially the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East, recover the economy which it had labelled ailing under the PDP administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan and fight corruption.
The Nigerian electorate, particularly those from the northern part who felt Jonathan did not keep to their understanding with him on power rotation, went ahead and voted for Buhari and his APC. This is Buhari that had been rejected three times by the same electorate in 2003, 2007 and 2011!
More than three and half years, it has become obvious that the Buhari-APC government has no idea of what democratic governance is all about.
In place of ‘technically defeating’ the Boko Haram insurgents as the federal government had severally claimed, the insurgents have rather assumed a bolder status, through alleged huge payments of ransom on abducted female students of Chibok Secondary School in Borno State and later girls from Dapchi in Yobe State.
They now have been emboldened, due to total negligence on the part of the APC government, to confront, in the deadliest manner, Army formations. Their interest is no longer in soft targets, which was the case when PDP held sway under Jonathan.
As if the atrocities of Boko Haram were a child’s play, a more heartless and blood-sucking gang of killers known as Fulani herdsmen came to the scene, under Buhari and his APC.
The notorious Fulani herdsmen have killed christian farmers in their thousands, looting, ravaging and setting the affected communities on fire.
The Buhari-led APC government has always looked the other way each time these acts of inhumanity are committed by Buhari’s kinsmen.
The escapades of the Fulani herdsmen even extend to Enugu, Ebonyi, Abia, Ondo and many other States in Nigeria. Therefore, on security of lives and property, the Buhari-APC government is a total failure.
Pertaining to his promise on ‘recovery of the economy’, any average Nigerian would readily attest to the fact that, like when General Buhari supplanted the democratically-elected government of Alhaji Shehu Shagari and unlawfully imposed himself on Nigerians as a military Head of State, Nigeria’s economy has gone through the worst managerial supervision since 1914 when the Northern and Southern Protectorates were amalgamated. Nigerians have witnessed the worst form of economic deprivation and hardship. No wonder the country has become the ‘world capital of poverty’.
With regards to Buhari-APC fight against corruption, the facts are not hidden that President Buhari’s government has become the most corrupt civilian government in Nigeria. A government that does not respect the rule of law can not justifiably claim to be fighting corruption.
Besides, it is clear that Buhari’s APC is a ready refuge for people who had allegedly looted government treasuries. No matter the level of financial crime committed by a public official, once the person embraces Buhari’s APC, he or she automatically becomes a saint.
As the time of writing this piece, President Buhari, who pretends to be a saint, has refused to make public his assets. This means he has skeletons in his cupboard.
Presidential election of Saturday, 16th February, 2019, only three days from today, will be the best opportunity for Nigerians to booth this government out of office. It can not offer any good thing as it has none to offer.
More insultingly is the fact that even Buhari’s wife; Aisha, has publicly informed Nigerians that her husband is not in charge of the affairs of the country. According to her,a cabal of two to three persons run the government of Buhari. Nigerians deserve to know who their President is.
If there is any region in Nigeria that has suffered the most under President Buhari, it is the Igbo. President Buhari has an overt policy of isolation against the Igbo and he makes no pretenses about it. In the history of Nigeria, no government has been as nepotic and tribalistic as Buhari’s.
It is, therefore, saddening to hear that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, leader of proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, could be asking his members not to vote in the forthcoming general election.
I do not want to be part of the rumour that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has been financially induced and, therefore, compromised by President Buhari to dissuade his members not to vote so that the voting strength of the Igbo would not constitute a stumbling block to his second term agenda.
Be it true or false, the Igbo should cease the rare opportunity offered by Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and Mr Peter Obi; Presidential and Vice Presidential Candidates of PDP, respectively, and come out in their millions and vote for PDP.
Both Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and Mr Peter Obi are experienced and successful business men, just like the Igbo. The policies of Atiku Abubakar as President will be business- friendly and would, therefore, be favourable to the Igbo who are known for their ingenuity. That would be unlike Buhari’s government that has no clue on how to grow businesses and would rather do anything possible to make the Igbo poorer, as he did to them when he was military head of state.
Mazi Nnamdi kanu, wherever you may be, please do not be a clog on the wheel of the survival and progress of the Igbo. As Asari Dokubo would put it, it would be cowardly of you to hide under any cover or pretence to discourage the Igbo not to come out enmasse and vote out Buhari and his clueless APC.
The Igbo have the numerical strength to effect the political retirement of General Muhammadu Buhari in 2019. Even though the voting strength of the people of South-East is said to be the least, according to the Independent National Electoral Commission, if cognizance is taken of the fact that the Igbo are the most itinerant and ubiquitous in Nigeria, the reality of census would be appreciated.
The Buhari-APC government has failed to fulfill any of her three promises to the good people of Nigeria. If any mistake is made and he is re-elected, the segregation and hardship he would reck on the country would terribly shake the foundation of Nigeria.
The best option is for Nigerians to vote for Atiku/Obi Presidency. Atiku knows the fundamental problems of Nigeria. He has promised to tackle them head-on; Restructuring, Security and Wealth/Job Creation.