Buhari And Smiling Sympathisers
Nigeria News takes a look at the various condolence visits to Buhari by political elites including APC governors in the last few weeks.
A renowned playwright, Professor Akinwunmi Ishola died last weekend in his Ibadan home, Oyo State. Before then, the president had mourned over the death of Senator John Shagaya. The two prominent Nigerians died almost a week interval.
On February 14, scores of innocent citizens of Zamfara State were massacred in broad daylight by suspected cattle rustlers. Senator Shehu Sani, representing Kaduna Central described the situation as a period in which the cost of blood is cheaper than that of fuel in Nigeria.
Recalled that Buhari had earlier lost two of his relatives Malam Mamman Daura and Halima Dauda. The president had to travel home to pay condolence visits to the immediate families of the deceased.
However, the president welcomed barrage of sympathizers who had come to pay condolences to him not for the loss of the 36 but for the loss of the two Buharis.
While residents of Zamfara were mourning over the loss of their loved ones, the state Governor Abdulaziz Yari led other APC governors to Daura to console Buhari. Yes, they went to console the president but their countenance radiated felicitation.
The governors said that they had not visited to discuss 2019 election but to sympathise with President Buhari over many losses of souls the nation had recorded under him in a short time.
Just a few months ago, 73 Benue citizens were killed by suspected herdsmen. The state government picked the carcasses and gave a mass burial to the victims. The Federal Government did not send a delegation to the burial.
Even the Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbe who happens to be from Benue refused to show up. Despite that many of the deceased were farmers, Ogbe taught it would be unwise for him to appear at their burial.
Funnily, the president invited the bereaved Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom and leaders of the Tivs to the Presidential Villa, where he told them to accommodate their brothers, the Fulani herdsmen.
He also told them to allocate a large expanse of lands to establish cattle colony for the herders. How do we describe a situation of the bereaved paying visit to the sympathizer? To me, Benue’s predicament looks so repressive.
But because Buhari lost his relatives, not to herdsmen this time around but to old age and sickness, the governors put on their best attires, off to Daura on a condolence visit.
When will this ever stop in Nigeria? In his letter, ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo carpeted Buhari on this lack of empathy for the families of ordinary Nigerians who have continued to lose their lives through the bullets and swords of hoodlums in some parts of the country.
As Benue was mourning the 73, it would be recalled, six northern governors paid a visit to Buhari and boasted that they were in support of his second term presidential ambition.
Led by Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, the governors showed how unmindful the present government could be when innocent blood flows on the ground.
The visits did not end until Sunday when the Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari led elders and political leaders of the state to the president.
After the visit, Masari said that the state elders would soon reply a letter from former President Olusegun Obasanjo in which he advised their son not to contest for the second term.