NIGERIA FORGETS TOO QUICKLY: WHO IS PA BUHARI AND WHAT HE INTEND DOING.
This whole hype that General Muhammadu Buhari is this clean guy who should be the next President of Nigeria is baffling, to say the least. It may simply be that people have not bothered to find out the truth about Buhari and his past, or that they are deliberately trying to make a mockery of all of us, orthey just forget too quickly. It is just over 30 years ago when Buhari forcefully overthrew the democratically elected government of Alhaji Shehu Shagari in December 1983, and became the self-installed Military Head of State of Nigeria. For overthrowing a democratically elected government in itself should disqualify Buhari for life from political participation, but somehow, he is in there andnow being branded by the All Progressives Alliance (APC) as the greatest democrat who will save Nigeria. It is quite clear that he does not truly believe in democracy.
Under his regime he detained many people without trial, including anyone that showed any sign ofcriticisms or opposition to his government. Just a few of those detained under his brutal dictatorship include:-
Musical genius Fela Anikulapo Kuti
Tai Solarin, who was also refused the use of his asthma drugs while in jail
Chief Lateef Jakande
Ayo Ajewumi, who apparently went blind because of his imprisonment and later died.
Busari Adelakun, who is said to have died in prison from ulcer
Bisi Onabanjo, who also died in circumstances similar to those of Busari Adelakun
Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu
Ndukar Irabor and Tunde Thompson from the Guardian Newspaper
He also sent his military men to ransack the home of Chief Obafemi Awolowo for incriminatingevidence but could not find any.
For me, one of the most horrendous crimes committed by Buhari is the execution of the following ‘drug smugglers’ under Decree 20:-
Bartholomew Owoh (26)
Lawal Ojuolape (30)
Bernard Ogedengbe (29)
Under Decree 20, drug smuggling carried the death penalty. In order to show the world that he was a tough guy, Buhari backdated this Decree so that Bernard Ogedengbe was also executed, even though he committed the offence way before the Decree was passed. Despite a global outcry, Buharis still executed him by firing squad. This was the height of Buhari’s cruelty and brutality towards mankind. If you truly want know who Buhari is, please ask the parents, relatives and friends of Bernard Ogedengbe. The man does not believe in justice and fair play.
Many referred to Buhari as anti-Yoruba and Ibo.
This is just a tiny history of the ‘hero’ Buhari. There are just too many unpleasant things about Buharito write about at the moment. How can such a man be marketed to be the next president of Nigeria?This is really shocking.
When you confront Buhari’s supporters of these facts, surprisingly some are not even aware of them; those who are aware of them may say something like “that was his military days, all that is passed now”. However, the same people are very prepared to use that same passed military record to justify his credibility. Some others would even say Buhari was not the real evil man in the administration,and that it was his second in command, General Tunde Idiagbon. Really? Then, what was the boss doing while his second in command was completely out of order?
The bottom line is we cannot afford to take the risk of having Buhari as the next president of Nigeria, considering his very dark history. We should stick with President Goodluck Jonathan to complete his transformation of Nigeria. Though the president has encountered so many challenges and testing times during his first term in office, President Jonathan is a lot less evil than Buhari.
The problem is Nigeria forgets too quickly. Europe does not forget at all, even if it is 200 years.