Only Buhari Is Resting Now, Others Are Running Around
Nigeria News takes a look at the behaviours of the key leading actors as the country prepares for the 2019 election.
President Muhammadu Buhari came back from London on Saturday after about two weeks of holiday. He had travelled to rest at the time the political tension was rising in Nigeria.
It was when Buhari as a military head of state left Nigeria for Saudi Arabia on a holy pilgrimage alongside his vice, late Gen. Tunde Idiagbon that Gen. Ibrahim Babangida overthrew his government.
The president yet again went to the United Kingdom but with the comfort that only election could truncate this administration, which of course will take place early next year.
Buhari was not on medical vacation but on official leave to have some rest from the rigours of politics and governance. Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has been holding the forte and as expected, doing marvellously well to the delight of the citizens.
Having ruled between 1983 and 1985, Buhari knew long ago what it takes to be Nigeria president, a sophisticated society where people always yearn for change.
And having contested three times and lost before winning the presidential election in 2015, it is obvious that Buhari knows the importance of the position he is holding.
But Buhari cares less when an opponent is fiercely seeking to unseat him. I learnt that he once asked former President Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida not to labour too much if his wish was to overthrow him in 1985.
Babangida eventually overthrew him on August 27, 1985. Buhari knew it would happen and it did happen that Babangida succeeded to unseat him while on Hajj trip.
Today, Babangida is one of the retired military brass that is viciously against the second term of Buhari. Their most senior colleague, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, his former Defence Minister, Theophilus Danjuma do not want Buhari to contest again.
These retired generals do not rest, they strategise by the day to kick out Buhari who was enjoying himself abroad.
Politicians fly from one hilltop in Minna, Niger State, another hilltop in Abeokuta, Ogun State to see both Babangida and Obasanjo on which best way to oust Buhari.
They have quickly become friends with some of their enemies because they do not want Buhari to succeed anymore.
The Senate President Bukola Saraki whose head is being asked for by the leadership of the All Progressives Congress has been running from pillar to post.
He is doing this to keep his seat. Saraki is not keeping the vigil alone, he has engaged some of his colleagues to always be around the National Assembly perhaps the APC senate caucus may want to impeach him in the midnight.
But to the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, this is not the time to rest or run around but a time to come up with a formula that can knock out Buhari’s foes.
The lion of Bourdillon as he is fondly called is not leaving any stone unturned towards 2019.