As build up towards 2019 elections particularly presidential election intensifies, many gladiators have begun to strategize in order to get maximum support for their projects.
Characterizing Nigeria’s political landscape is, pull-him-down-syndrome (phds) – where rivals tag one another with notorious pseudonyms like: thief, bastard, imbecile, Boko Haram, misogynist, womanizer, etc.
Since Nigeria’s democracy is still at infant stage, our campaign strategy is of puerile nature like two youngsters struggling to get keke down the road. Maybe because electorates are ignorant, and do not know how to demand dividends of democracy from their leaders.
In Nigeria, it is believed that politicians are thieves but some are seen to be bigger thieves than others. Somebody once argued that any political office holder that has not stolen in Nigeria should come out and explain the source of his/her wealth.
Nigerians are so fortunate to have Muhammadu Buahari as president, many believed he would change Nigeria to ‘small London’ because of the wider perception that he is one politician or a changed democrat that has not stolen much, some say he has not stolen a dime.
Regrettably, the country’s economy nosedived during the first twenty months of his administration; corruption still persists in his administration – ‘Ikoyi gate’, ‘Lawal gate’, and ‘Maina gate’ and many more ‘gates’.
People say that, despite the corruption in previous administration, though as the present administration made them believe, that the economy was better: civil servants were not owed salaries like this present administration, foreign exchange rate was bearable, people were able to eat comfortably, and premium motor spirit (petrol) was affordable. Many see the present fight against corruption as victimization of opposition. Due to the hardship experienced by the masses under this present administration, people chant ‘give us back our corruption’. That previous administration was by far better compared to the present.
Let us now look at a case of pot calling kettle black, or kettle calling pot black. Who has ever recommended an angel in the annals of Nigeria’s political space, Obasanjo or Babangida? What have the angels so recommended before done to the growth and development of Nigeria? I think we should be done with recommendation.
Alhaji Atiku Abubakar was the vice president of the federal republic of Nigeria during the regime of the fomer president Olusegun Obasanjo. Both piloted the affairs of this country for eight good years, although a lot was done to extend their regime to twelve years of three terms. This agenda – ‘third term agenda’ created disagreement between the two of them.
Alhaji Atiku, the great Waziri of Adamawa, a philanthropist, a business mogul, a generous, and a distinguished chief from Adamawa state – home state to the wife of the present president. Most people consider Alhaji to be a generous man and his generosity is highly appreciated among his business associates and top government functionaries – during his time as the vice president of the federal republic of Nigeria. Atiku, a detribalized Nigerian a husband to the famous and beautiful Titi Atiku who hails from Aregbesola’s state of Osun, home state to the famous and handsome former minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode.
Alhaji Atiku was one of the founders of APC, he was a ‘mover’ and ‘shaker’ of things, his presence in APC brought respect and financial balance to the party, because when we talk about financial power, no-one would dear ask what Waziris would do. He was one of the financiers of the APC. Then what happened within the party that made Alhaji Atiku to go back to the PDP? I think a lot of things must have happened like lack of proper coordination in APC’s administration; Mrs. Aisha Buhari complained about that, she suspected that this present administration had been hijacked from her husband. Alhaji’s influence once upon a time mattered in APC.
Because of his 2019 presidential ambition, many have begun to see Alhaji Atiku as an enemy, a thief, an inconsistent and a political prostitute. But what has suddenly made Alhaji Atiku a thief? Can anyone come out with evidence to show what he has stolen from Federal Republic of Nigeria? Why must someone suddenly see a thief in a person when he/she leaves for another camp? Accusations like these occur in Nigeria’s politics. I think we need to be careful about the way we see thieves, so that we do not downplay the efforts of our anti graft agencies that have the constitutional powers to arrest, investigate, and prosecute thieves. I still believe that no individual is too big that a country cannot investigate and prosecute if found culpable.
I think it is time for Nigerians to look at aspirants; vet them themselves accept or reject as they deem fit, rather than allow aspirants to be foisted or recommended by somebody. How have angels presented fared in delivering the dividends of democracy to the people? Has anything changed? I think Alhaji Atiku is one individual that we need to test for four years and see if the black he has been painted is his true colour. I believe Baba Obasanjo has not called Alhaji Atiku any bad name. Obasanjo must have been trying to let people see another thing in the life of this great man – Alhaji Atiku.
Who is the angel in Nigeria? The political angel should come out and explain to us Nigerians how his father handed over wealth to him. It is better for us as Nigerians to test and see the stuff that Alhaji Atiku is made of, than believing what somebody else has said about him – Alhaji Atiku.
I know that good people are not always embraced by majority; they do not always get the link to the top seat. Kogi State experienced same when people painted Hon., James Faleke black. People called him Lagos state indigene, Tinubu’s ‘boy’, and a killer. But I am sure that a new song is being sung in the state now that ‘pepper’ is being dished out to state civil servants and state pensioners as many of them have been denied their pays for more than twenty months, almost two good years. That is what their ‘son’ has given them.
Finally, fellow citizens, let us try to test and see if there will be any evil in Atiku as his political rivals have painted him. I do not want to believe that our refusal to support Alhaji Atiku is a spell from the enemies on the citizens. Up till now, we have not seen the angelic part of the ‘saints’ they have always presented to us. Time waits for no-man, let us take in and digest this piece.