Nigeria News: Buhari’s Integrity Then And Now
Nigeria News takes a look at President Muhammadu Buhari and his integrity tag.
I was engrossed in the trial of the former US President, Bill Clinton over his sex scandal with Monica Lewinsky. I saw the debate on television towards the impeachment of the president by the US lawmakers but Clinton was never removed.
And in one of the scenes, a lawmaker had stood up to paint Clinton as a man but not a saint and that as a man he could err. I could not pick the name of the lawmaker but his words had continued to live with me.
He said, “Our forefathers have given to us, the government of men but not of saints.”
The God who created man knows the limitation of man. That is why God in his mercy will always grant the grace to save the sinful world being ruled by the fallen man.
However, it amazes me when politicians describe President Muhammadu Buhari as saint, incorruptible and the best and only option available to rule Nigeria. He is dubbed as Mr Integrity.
No doubt, Buhari has shown some signs of integrity but with some dirty spots that could easily question the sincerity of his incorruptibility.
Some of us were teenagers when Buhari ruled between 1983 and 1985. He introduced the War Against Indiscipline but went to the extent of jailing many of the country’s old generation politicians.
They would never forget the dictatorial regime of Muhammadu Buhari that lasted for just two years. As a matter of fact, they were the highest number of politicians today that are vigorously campaigning against the second term bid of Buhari. These set of Politicians do not see Buhari of having any integrity.
Yes, many of the members of the All Progressives Congress regularly claim that Buhari is a man of integrity. That is not for me to believe. I will always ask about the integrity of Mr Buhari when Alhaja Kudirat Abiola, wife of the acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993, presidential election, Chief MKO Abiola was killed by late Dictator Sani Abacha in whose government Buhari played a prominent role.
Buhari was in Abacha government as the Chairman of the Petroleum Trust Fund when Chief Alfred Rewane was also killed. Mr Integrity did not say anything about it.
It was while Buhari was serving Abacha that Gen. Shehu Musa Yar’Adua was also killed by Abacha. Bashorun MKO Abiola had to die needlessly too. Buhari was there when Abacha looted Nigeria silly. We are still making efforts to get back countless Abacha loots from different parts of the world today, several years after the tyrant’s death on the laps of a prostitute. Yet, Buhari has integrity.
Today, Buhari needs to take stock of the Management of our Armed Forces, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (especially its Intelligence gathering arm and Strategists) and dedicate himself to tackling the killer herdsmen wreaking havoc all over the place. He needs to repeat what Obasanjo did when the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) was tamed by a Yoruba president.
Right now, Buhari continues to behave as if he is still with Miyetti Allah, during his visit to Ibadan to complain about the killing of herdsmen by Yoruba militants in Oyo State when Alhaji Lam Adesina was the Governor. Buhari needs to become a Nigerian in words and deeds. We need military equipment. But the first thing we need is a Nigerian President and Commander in Chief of our Armed Forces, who is interested in the country tomorrow.
Heeding Lt. Gen. Theophilus Danjuma’s private and public admonitions cannot be haram. Information at the disposal of former President Olusegun Olusegun Obasanjo, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida and Danjuma should be far more than what Buhari gets daily despite being the incumbent president of the country. Buhari has displayed so much ignorance about goings-on around him since he got to the office. He continues to acknowledge this ignorance directly and indirectly too. He prefers to be called Mr Integrity even when things are gradually falling apart.