Beaf: [size=14pt]Why was Pa Ajasin jailed after being proven innocent over and over?[/size]
Like your Boss, GEJ, all you know is divide and conquer. After serially insulting Yorubas all over NairaLand you now want to pretend like you have their best interests at heart by throwing up that Buhari jailed certain Yoruba Men. I'm hoping you don't think everyone is as dumb as you are and is falling for your tricks. Mumu, Tsunami don almost carry your Oga go Atlantic Ocean you dey here dey type rubbish.
Anyways, try save up as much of your loot as possible because you'll definitely be out of a job soon. Abi how else Oga go take pay you salary when him self no go get job?
^ --Beaf ignores a fool who has no point to make, so is competing for the "dog and baboon" trophy--
Beaf: [size=14pt]How $2.8bn Disappeared from Midland Bank When Gen. Buhari was Petroleum Minister in 1977[/size] NAIWU OSAHON
All our military heads of state were largely insensitive, corrupt, almost illiterate, self-appointed tyrants who seized their stripes of honour (dishonour is probably more appropriate) through coups rather than the rigours of formal training, experience or war. Each one of the military heads of state simply got up from bed one chosen morning, pistle on the hip, jackboots on the ready to besmear our constitution to loot our treasury to their hearts content. Of course, they soon made up on the job for their lack of proper war or soldiering experience by detaining, tear gassing, shooting and bombing citizens protesting against their high-handedness and misrule. Everyone of our coup Generals aspired to be the richest lazy fool in the world sitting like an over-fed [size=14pt]baboon [/size]atop the tallest tree in our devastated and rotting vineyard, savouring their exploits amidst squalor, hunger and decaying corpses. General Muhammadu Buhari was one of such military heads of state.
[size=14pt]Shagari's regime (1979-1983), incurred Buhari's wrath when it decided to investigate the US$2.8 billion that disappeared from the Midland Bank, London account of the Nigerian National Petroleum Cooperation, (NNPC), during General Obasanjo's era as military head of state that preceded Shagari's. Dr. Olusola Saraki, Turaki of Ilorin, was the majority party leader of the Senate at the time and he headed the Senate Committee set up to trace the stolen money after some three years of clamour for such an investigation by members of the civil society. The money was traced to the Midland Bank London branch fixed account of Obasanjo's appointee as military head of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company. The Committee's report was presented to the Senate during the tail end of Shagari's regime in 1983, so the House decided to deal with the matter and expose the rogue military head of the NNPC soon after the 1983 general elections. The attempt at civilian-to-civilian transition provided the fillip for mayhem at the time. The elections were marred by massive rigging because incumbent political office holders were refusing to slacken their stranglehold on Nigeria Plc., mortgaged as the leaders private property.[/size]
[b]On the 31st December, 1983 , Buhari struck under the cover of the political commotion that trailed the presidential election results. Buhari generally had no agenda for leadership but vendetta against those he called critics and rabble-rousers. Buhari did not see any moral wrong in his conversion of our oil money into his personal use. Rather he railed at the press and what he described as the self-righteous sections of the country for making a big deal out of the issue. He locked up without trial, politicians and critics including Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, notorious for clamouring for the exposure of the oil money rogue. Satire saved my neck at the time. Vera Ifudu, who was an NTA reporter then, was sacked through his prodding as military ruler, for reporting what Dr. Olusola Saraki had told her in an interview about how the missing money was traced to Buhari's account at a Midland Bank London branch. Vera eventually won her case of wrongful dismissal in court against the NTA and was financially compensated. Buhari's 'War Against Indiscipline' was obviously a swathe to camouflage his moral decadence. He did not see anything wrong with the over 50 suitcases an Emir smuggled through the Murtala International Airport without routine checks. And as a master of selective justice, he refused to convict Shagari, claiming not to find direct evidence against him but making a mountain out of a molehill on the indulgencies of Shagari's lieutenants. His regime's masterstroke to divert attention from his moral ineptitude was exemplified by his crating of Umaru Dikko to airfreight back to Nigeria from London .[/b] Despite his moral degeneracy and his high handedness and intolerance of dissent, his regime was not a total disaster. He maintained a vibrant foreign policy with Africa as its principal focus. Nigeria was already a failed state economically when he seized government from Shagari. We had a staggering foreign debt load of US$18 billion, so Buhari stopped all further borrowing, and in defiance of the IMF and World Bank, provided a homegrown alternative to the IMF's SAP and pegged the exchange rate of the naira at one to the US$1.50. He stopped all further borrowing from abroad; instituted counter trade for essential or desperately needed commodities and put a ceiling (or an upper limit) on the amount of foreign exchange earnings to be used in servicing foreign debts. After sorting out and rejecting all the dubious and unverifiable foreign debts in our portfolio, he paid off nearly 50% of the genuine debts by the end of his regime in 1985. Even Britain was already scheming to enter into counter trade agreement with Nigeria when Babangida was sponsored in 1986 by the West to sack Buhari in a military coup that reversed our limited economic gains. Not much is known about Buhari's family background. Not a great deal has been heard about his educational qualifications either. As head of state, he was a recluse to the core. At least, that was the image he portrayed. His deputy, the late Gen. Idiagbon, was considered by most Nigerians to be the star of Buhari's regime. It is to Idiagbon that any credit due to that regime is generally attributed. Idiagbon was the defacto head of state. He was honest, upright, disciplined, and like Murtala Muhammed before him, he succeeded briefly in introducing order and sanity to our lives.
[size=14pt]After consigning the vexatious matters that brought him to power, to administrative oblivion with the help of Shinkafi, his Secret Service guru, Buhari announced his readiness to quit office. Idiagbon, as Buhari's lieutenant, naturally insisted on taking over as head of state from his apparently prematurely retiring boss. Babangida, who was Chief of Army Staff at the time and a member of the Supreme Military Council, insisted it was his turn to rule because he had been involved in virtually every military coup up to that time. The quarrel split the Supreme Military Council members almost equally behind the two principal combatants and eventually led to the overthrow of Buhari's regime by Babangida.[/size] America , Britain and the other leading western nations hailed Babangida's coup and immediately sent emissaries to strategize with him. President Reagan went out of his way to send him gifts including books such as Niccolo Machiavelli's: the Prince, advocating the destruction of civil freedom to strengthen despotism. The June 12 annulment provided Buhari with the opportunity to publicly wear a messianic toga while quietly pursuing private vendetta against someone he considered his enemy. He attended meetings at Ota to join with others to condemn Babangida's decision and as soon as the decision was reached to ask Babangida to step down, he stopped attending further meetings. He had achieved his revenge.
[b]Abacha rehabilitated Buhari with the chairmanship of the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF) before he (Abacha) died in 1998. When Obasanjo returned to power in May 1999 as civilian president, he found that over 2.5 billion naira had not been properly accounted for in the PTF and that there was not much on the ground to show for the colossal expenditure the agency was claiming. On the day Obasanjo announced the scrapping of the PTF, a non-staff brother-in-law of the boss, allegedly serving as his conduit on some PTF projects, died suddenly from what appeared to be heart failure. Most of what he was able to achieve in the PTF, was focused in his backyard. Haruna Adamu, who was appointed by Obasanjo to investigate the PTF before finally consigning it to the dung heap, quickly pocketed one hundred million naira of PTF's money before operating table could be set up for him, thus forcing Obasanjo to hurriedly close the place down without further investigations. Buhari has been trying desperately since to return to power, perhaps to get a chance to shred the PTF documents? [/b]
Buhari is a tribal and religious bigot. When he lost the presidential election in April 2003, he threatened the nation with mass action and refused to go to court. He organized a rally in Abuja, as one in a series of such civil acts of disobedience to protest what he described as the massive rigging of the election that brought Obasanjo to power the second time. He almost succeeded in launching his Jihad. The alleged taped sermon of an unnamed pastor at an unidentified church in Adamawa claiming that: 'Whether Muslims like it or not, Obasanjo must continue' and that 'any Muslim who does not want that, can die or move to Niger ' was obviously a blatant forgery. It was very likely to be the handiwork of the 'Crater of Dikko brigade. For a start, the language of the sermon was too brash to be true, especially coming as it was claimed, from a Christian minority likely to bear the brunt of the consequences of the offensive sermon in a predominantly Muslim state. The Christian minority would have had to be mad to the last man, to call for their own annihilation in such a careless and irresponsible manner.
It is not logical that the Christian cleric would send hundreds of his suicide sermon tapes, not to Christians, but to Muslim clerics and the media around the country. Someone who desperately wanted to kill Nigeria must think we are all morons and I suggest we look for him at the backyard of our current number one Jihadist. Where else to look when Buhari was threatening he must occupy the Presidency whether he won the election or not. We begged him to go to the Electoral Tribunal to settle the matter but he insisted that he would rather clubber us to death, with religion than subject himself to the in indignity of being judged by another man. That is how badly he cares about our welfare and survival. One is not always sure if he is truly a Nigerian because let's face it; no true Nigerian would hate Nigeria so much as to threaten her with a Jihad. May be the problem is of a mental nature considering the gutter snipes often credited to the supposed statesman on the Hausa service of the BBC and other foreign media about his fatherland. He seems to love to speak before he thinks. There is something definitely troubling about the mind of this crater genius because it is probably not just Nigerians that he hates but life itself in its totality. In other words, we are probably all trapped in the vicious grip of a cool and calculating sadist. In fact, I am told that no one has ever seen him smile or laugh. Sam Omatseye, writing about Buhari in the Sun newspaper at the time said: 'He (Buhari) uses Sharia to justify his worldview; to justify a certain selfish view of the world that serves his interest at a particular time. He played that card in the presidential election in order to secure a base for himself. But he needed more than his northern base to become president. You must be flexible to pull non-sharia base with you and the man has no flexibility in his bones so when he tries to play the chameleon, he fails. He tries to carry a veneer of a man of principles but falls short when selfish interest is involved.' Buhari has no respect for democracy. Under his behest, the ANPP humiliated five highly respected South-Eastern Presidential aspirants at their primary for the 2003 presidential election despite having Dr. Okadigbo as Buhari's running mate. After rigging his party's primary to become its presidential candidate, Buhari then felt he stood on moral grounds to preach election morals to the world. Buhari ignored the South-West completely, as if it did not exist and offered the South-South, the unattractive, legally diminished constitutional option on derivation. To rob salt into injury, he threatened to swap NDDC with PTF. If he wasn't playing with words, he betrayed his selfish ethnic agenda because we all know what happened in his PTF. It concentrated its activities in the North.
Buhari definitely was not a sellable presidential candidate across Nigeria . What happened was that the incumbent ANPP governors needed a Buhari to help them hold on to their states on religious grounds. Even in the area of public debate, Buhari was not articulate or detribalized and he lacked charisma. He ignored all entreaties to explain his programmes to the 'bloody civilians.' Arrogant and condescending, he was unable to climb down from his high horse as a former military dictator. Infused with the moribund myth that Nigerian leadership was the sole property of his ethnic group, he assumed he could cow the rest of us with a jihad. If that failed, some said, military coup was a possibility because a kaferi must not continue to rule. He concentrated his campaign (if it could be called that, because he said very little at every stop), in the North-East and North-West of the country. The little he said, was only in the Hausa language to titillate the warrior nerves of his jihadist gang.
With 19 states in the North, he was convinced he could, at least, force a re-run in the elections, forgetting that the North Central states are already a little weary of jihad. Even the core North itself has some 30% Christian population. Awolowo and Zik exposed the fallacy of the monolithic north by winning elections all over the place during their time. Abiola proved that religion is not the cocoon the Buharis think it is in modern Nigerian politics.
He prost!tutes his political ambition by moving from party to party, with the sole aim of becoming the presidential candidate of any party he joins. He is not prepared to serve under anyone else, definitely not under a southern candidate. On seeing that he would not be able to realize his selfish ambition in the mega party he initially joined with others to form, he hurriedly formed a break away party where no one would challenge him as presidential candidate. Since there is no hope of his legitimately ever becoming the Nigerian president or head of state again, Nigerians need to be preparing now for a possible jihad led by this man in the not too distant future.
Does the image of Buhari in tears from losing an electoral joust match the one that has been created for Buhari with the aid of an edifice of lies? No it doesn't!
I will tell you why it doesn't too. It is because, the real player in Buhari's regime was the late General Tunde Idiagbon who took over after Buhari resigned (when the job of shredding and burning increminating NNPC documents was completed). General Tunde Idiagbon was a no nonsense, unsmiling, morally upright, disciplined guy. A man of few words.
Today, just as Buhari stole $2.8billion, so he has stolen the achievements of General Tunde Idiagbon. Today, Buhari, a shameless old man is exchanging words with politicians who are his childrens mates.
[size=14pt]The late, Great General Tunde Idiagbon[/size]
Beaf: ^ I hope there isn't a competition going on among the Buhari brigades for who can say the silliest thing?
mucheche...mucheche... Beaf,u funny die!! D big kweshion ...IS BUHARI BIGGER THAN THE GOVERNMENT? Y not ARREST AND TRY HIM 4 WOTEVER CRIME HE HAS COMMITTED? Make ur master focus on governance and 4get Buhari! Is dat 2much 4 u to understand.me as a person no send Buhari.all of them na same same.but u keep acting as if GEJ himself is innocent. Nb. I keep using d word MASTER cos u act as if GEJ owns ur life.
[size=14pt]The story of Buhari and his false prophet (birds of a feather flock together)[/size]
[size=14pt]“Let me tell you the truth by the spirit of God, neither (President Olusegun Obasanjo), OBJ, Atiku (Abubakar), IBB and this tall one, (Muhammadu) Buhari are part of the new. They are part of the old that is decaying. That old one is passing away. The new is emerging and these ones are not part of that new.”
- Tunde Bakare[/size]
What happens now that the CPC ship is intractably marooned, capsized and torpedoed on very hard rocks? . . .Will it be more "Prophesies" to re-undo the "prophesy" he had previously undone? . . .More prophesies from smooth tongued charlatans bearing gifts from Egypt and Tunisia of religious, sectional and ethnic bigotries to his mythical "wild-wild" North?
Chineke me e!
Nigeria desperately needs to say a firm goodbye to such primitive politics and its proponents.
Ah - Let’s get now into another, underground spiritual game Just go to help me the answer, go to say, "Aiya-kata"- Oh ya
O’feshe-Lu [Chorus] Aiya kata O’feshe- g’Ba
O’feshe-Woh [Chorus] Aiya kata O’feshe-Weng Aiya kata Aiya Koto Aiya Kiti Aiya Kutu
O’feshe-Lu [Chorus] Aiya kata O’feshe- g’Ba
Basket mouth wan start to leak again, oh- [Chorus] Basket mouth wan open mouth again, oh Abi you don forget I say I sing, ee-oh [Chorus] Basket mouth wan open mouth again, oh Oh, I sing, I say, I go my mouth like basket, ee-oh, Malan Bia-gbe-re
Basket mouth wan start to leak again, oh- [Chorus] Basket mouth wan open mouth again, oh
Fela, wetin you go sing about? [Chorus] Dem go worry me…
Dem go worry me, worry me-- worry, worry, worry, worry [Chorus] Dem go worry me Dey wan to make us sing about prison Dem go worry me, worry me-- worry, worry all over da town Dey wan to know about prison life Dem go worry me, worry me-- worry, worry all over da town
Fela, wetin you go sing about? [Chorus] Dem go worry me Dem go worry me, worry me-- worry, worry, worry, worry
The time weh I dey, for prison, I call am “inside world” The time weh I dey outside prison, I call am “outside world” Na craze world, na be outside world
[Chorus] Craze world Na be outside- da police-i dey Na be outside- da soldier dey Na be outside- da court dem dey Na be outside- da magistrate dey Na be outside- da judge dem dey Na craze world be dat [size=14pt]Na be outside- Buhari dey Na craze man be dat Animal in craze-man skin-i Na craze world be dat Na be outside- Idia-gbon dey Na craze man be dat- oh Animal in craze-man skin-i Na craze world be dat Na be outside- dem find me guilty Na be outside- dem jail me five years I no do nothing Na be outside-dem judge dey beg ee-o Na craze world be dat, Na craze world be dat Na be outside- dem kill dem students Soweto, Zaria, and Ife Na craze world be dat, ee-oh Na craze world be dat, Na be outside- all dis dey happen[/size] Na craze world be dat, ee-oh Na craze world be dat, ee-oh Na craze world be dat, ee-oh Na craze world be dat, ee-oh Na craze world be dat, ee-oh…,
[size=14pt]Make you hear this one War against indiscipline, ee-oh
Na Nigerian government, ee-oh Dem dey talk ee-oh “My people are us-e-less, My people are sens-i-less, My people are indiscipline”
Na Nigerian government, ee-oh Dem dey talk be dat “My people are us-e-less, My people are sens-i-less, My people are indiscipline”
I never hear dat before- oh Make Government talk, ee-oh “My people are us-e-less, My people are sens-i-less, My people are indiscipline”
Na Nigerian government, ee-oh Dem dey talk be dat Which kind talk be dat- oh? Craze talk be dat ee-oh Na animal talk be dat – oh Na animal talk be dat – oh
[Chorus] Many leaders as you see dem [Chorus] Na different disguise dem dey-oh [Chorus] Animals in human skin [Chorus] Animal-I put-u tie-oh [Chorus] Animal-I wear agbada [Chorus] Animal-I put-u suit-u[/size]
These disguising leaders ee-oh, na wah for dem Dem-o hold meeting everywhere, dem reach America
Dem call the place, the “United Nations” Hear-oh another animal talk Wetin united inside “United Nations”? Who & who unite, for “United Nations”? No be there Thatcher & Argentina dey No be there Reagan & Libya dey Is-i-rael versus Lebanon Iran-i-oh versus Iraq-i East West Block versus West Block East No be there dem dey oh- United Nations Dis “united” United Nations One veto vote is equal to 92 […or more, or more] What kind sense be dat, na animal sense
[Chorus] Many leaders as you see dem [Chorus] Na different disguise dem dey-oh [Chorus] Animals in human skin [Chorus] Animal-I put-u tie-oh [Chorus] Animal-I wear agbada [Chorus] Animal-I put-u suit-u
[size=14pt]Dem go hold meeting, oh, Dem go start yab human beings Animal talk don start again Dash dem, human rights
Dem go hold meeting, oh, Dem go start yab human beings Animal talk don start again Dash dem human rights
How animal go know-say dem no born me as slave? How animal go know say slave trade don pass? And, dey wan dash us human rights Animal must talk to human beings Give dem human rights
I beg-I, oh, make you hear me well-u well I beg-I, oh, make you hear me very well
Human rights na my property So therefore, you can’t dash me my property Human rights na my property Dey wan dash us human rights
Some people say, “Why I dey talk like dis, No be talk like dis, dem take to carry me go prision ee-oh” No be me dey talk, na Prime Minister Botha dey talk, ee-oh
Him say, “this uprising will bring out the beast in us” [Chorus] this uprising will bring out the beast in us[/size]
Eh Ji Keke- my argument
Botha na friend to Thatcher & Reagan Botha na friend to some other leaders too And together dem wan dash us human rights Animals wan dash us human rights Animal can’t dash me human rights Animal can’t dash us human rights
[Chorus] Many leaders as you see dem [Chorus] Na different disguise dem dey-oh [Chorus] Animals in human skin [Chorus] Animal-I put-u tie-oh [Chorus] Animal-I wear agbada [Chorus] Animal-I put-u suit-u
Beasts of no nation- Egbe Ke Gbe na bad society
[CHORUS] Beasts of no nation, egbe ke gbe [CHORUS] Beasts of no nation, oturu gbe ke
Another tireless social crusader of the time, Tai Solarin (RIP) was jailed by Buhari for simply asking when there would be an elected government. Despite the fact that it was well known that Tai Solarin suffered serious asthma, Buhari refused to allow him drugs, hoping he would die. Nigerians of all hues amnd complexions begged and looked on in horror, but Buhari wasn't moved. Somehow, God smiled on the man from Ikenne and he lived through the ordeal.
Another political chieftain of the time Ebenezer Babtope was jailed for no reason as usual. While in detention without charge, his father died; despite the loud volume of remonstrations to his person, Buhari refused to allow the innocent Babatope to attend the burial of his father (even under armed gurad).
What are Buhari's dogs and baboons afraid of? The truth?
Beaf:At the time Buhari was smuggling in 53 suitcases of raw cash for the Emir of Gwandu, he was also trumping up charges against Fela for bringing a few thousand dollars he had sweated for on a Eauropean tour.
Fela was jailed on Buhari's orders, but the conscience of the judge was so weighed down that he visited Fela in jail, apologised and confessed that he acted on orders because Buhari's govt had "decided to deal with this Fela problem once and for all."
Are the dogs and baboons too scared of the truth to engage logic with logic and fact with fact?
[size=14pt]Again, more from Wole Soyinka on Buhari[/size]
One is only too aware that some Nigerians love to point to Buhari’s agenda of discipline as the shining jewel in his scrap-iron crown. To inculcate discipline however, one must lead by example, obeying laws set down as guides to public probity. Example speaks louder than declarations, and rulers cannot exempt themselves from the disciplinary strictures imposed on the overall polity, especially on any issue that seeks to establish a policy for public well-being. The story of the thirty something suitcases it would appear that they were even closer to fifty – found unavoidable mention in my recent memoirs, YOU MUST SET FORTH AT DOWN, written long before Buhari became spoken of as a credible candidate. For the exercise of a changeover of the national currency, the Nigerian borders air, sea and land had been shut tight. Nothing was supposed to move in or out, not even cattle egrets.
Yet a prominent camel was allowed through that needles eye. Not only did Buhari dispatch his aide-de-camp, Jokolo later to become an emir - to facilitate the entry of those cases, he ordered the redeployment as I later discovered – of the Customs Officer who stood firmly against the entry of the contravening baggage. That officer, the incumbent Vice-president is now a rival candidate to Buhari, but has somehow, in the meantime, earned a reputation that totally contradicts his conduct at the time. Wherever the truth lies, it does not redound to the credibility of the dictator of that time, General Buhari whose word was law, but whose allegiances were clearly negotiable.
[size=14pt]Prof. Wole Soyinka with yet more on Buhari[/size]
What else? What does one choose to include or leave out? What precisely was Ebenezer Babatope’s crime that he should have spent the entire tenure of General Buhari in detention? Nothing beyond the fact that he once warned in the media that Buhari was an ambitious soldier who would bear watching through the lenses of a coup-detat. Babatope’s father died while he was in Buhari’s custody, the dictator remained deaf to every plea that he be at least released to attend his father’s funeral, even under guard. I wrote an article at the time, denouncing this pointless insensitivity. So little to demand by a man who was never accused of, nor tried for any crime, much less found guilty. Such a load of vindictiveness that smothered all traces of basic human compassion deserves no further comment in a nation that values its traditions.
Even Buhari's gang of hypocrites are saying the same thing.
[size=14pt]El-Rufai insists Buhari is unelectable [/size] By Segun Balogun
Mohammadu Buhari’s record as a military head of state will perpetually render him unelectable because Nigerians will never desire a repeat of such administration, said Nasir El-Rufai, former FCT Minister.
Reacting to statements made by the Mohammadu Buhari’s party, Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), regarding the advice he gave the retired army general to retire from politics, Mr. El-Rufai, in a statement on Monday, said age is certainly a factor in the coming presidential election since Ibrahim Babangida has already defamed young Nigerians as unfit for national leadership.
[size=14pt]“While it is true that neither youth nor age supplies wisdom on their own, it makes sense to ask those who have been recurring decimals in our country’s sorry history to leave the stage. I’m amazed that General Buhari cannot debate this matter without scurrying to the gutter, making claims that are baseless and unsupported by any facts,” said Mr. El-Rufai, describing Mr. Buhari’s leadership style as parochial and insensitive to Nigeria’s diverse background.[/size]
He asked whether “the failure [of Mr. Buhari and Mr. Babangida] to do their best for Nigeria when they had the chance qualifies them for a return to office. Our people surely deserve better.”
He was obviously irked by the claims made by CPC regarding his administration as a federal minister, describing them as fictitious and prejudicial.
“Despite the difficult decisions that had to be taken to restore Abuja, Mallam El-Rufai continues to receive deserved praise and recognition for his achievements in restoring the Abuja master plan, introducing Nigeria’s first computerised land registry, and helping thousands of Nigerians achieve their dreams of home ownership in the federal capital,” the statement said.
“In 1984, Buhari allowed 53 suitcases belonging to his ADC’s father, to enter Nigeria unchecked, at a time the country was exchanging old currency for new. Against all canons of legal decency, he used retroactive laws to execute three young men for drug-peddling after they were convicted by a military tribunal, and not regular courts of law.
“Buhari was so high handed that he gave himself and his officials immunity, even from truthful reporting. That obnoxious Decree 4, against which truth was no defence, was used to jail journalists and attempt to cow the media as a whole. That tyrannical legislation shows the essence of his intolerance.
These are facts of recent history,” the statement said.
A new mindset
Mr. El-Rufai said it will take more than slander to become electable in 2011 because Nigerians will rather cherish an intellectual discourse about their daily problems.
While saying he still respects both Buhari and Babangida as elder statesmen, he emphasised his belief that their age, experience, and guidance are best used to contribute to the success of any future government.
Mr. Buhari, according to him, is not the kind of leader that can move the country forward because “now is the time for a new generation of leaders with new thinking and wholesome democratic attitude.
[size=14pt]“The vicious response by the Buhari camp to a simple statement that their almost-70 principal should retire, is proof enough that a Buhari, the new Democrat, tolerant of views different from his own, is yet to evolve. And that is sad, for his fledgling party and its leadership,” the statement said.[/size]
Check out the album sleeve of Fela's beast of no nation. Can you notice that Idiagbon is portrayed as much bigger than Buhari, who in turn is potrayed as only a secondary figure? That is because Ifiagbon was the defacto ruler, while Buhari spent his loafing around since the NNPC documents had been destroyed.
If you look in the right hand corner, you will notice the judge lying protrate before Fela after begging him for wrongfully jailing him.
[size=14pt]More from Soyinka on Buhari The truth sears the wicked to the bone, but truth cannot be hidden.[/size]
What is being eroded, through the power of suggestion, is a people’s confidence in itself, and this is the beginning of mass suicide. Without that confidence, no powers on high or on earth, external or internal, can rescue the community from both the palpable and symbolic chains of slavery. To invite back into power a man who did so much to destroy a people’s self-esteem, dignity, and faith in law and justice, is a sign of self-abasement, lack of self-esteem, a slave mentality that dooms, not only the present, but succeeding generations.
I wish to declare, unequivocally, that those of my party, the ARP/DFPF shall not participate in such a degrading surrender.
But then, speaking the truth was not what Buhari, as a self-imposed leader, was especially enamoured of enquire of Tunde Thompson and Nduka Irabor both of whom, faithful to their journalistic calling, published nothing but the truth, yet ended up sentenced under Buhari’s decree. Mind you, no one can say that Buhari was not true to his word. shall tamper with the freedom of the press swore the dictator immediately on grabbing office, and this was exactly what he did. And so on, and on, and on.