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Opinion: The Grudge President Of Nigeria by Ahmeduana(m): 9:41am On Jul 26, 2015
Story highlights:
– “It is worrisome to note that Buhari’s actions since
assumption of office has shown he is yet to change”.

– “No section of this country, no matter how small, is ready
to put up with any form of discrimination anymore”.

– “It is pertinent to advice here that the elections and
electioneering are over and governance should be all

This article expresses the author’s opinion only. The views
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Osilama Okuofu
For those still wondering why the political appointments so
far made by Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, are
overly skewed in favour of a certain section of the country,
the answer is in the ninety seven and five percent narrative
given by the president in far away United States of America
in answer to what was an otherwise simple and
opportunistic question to attain true statesmanship by a
reporter during a press briefing.
Asked how he intended to facilitate and run ‘an inclusive
government’, Muhammadu Buhari first had to be tutored on
what inclusive government meant by the moderator but
even still preferred to go on a brainless tirade of how it
would not be fair on those who gave him ninety seven
percent of his mandate to be treated equally as those who
gave him only five percent.
How he arrived at these figures is unclear; notwithstanding
the fact that they simply do not even add up in simple
arithmetic terms.
For a country still grappling with issues of
oneness, such poorly thought-out comment from her leader
is very unfortunate and unhelpful.
In a piece I wrote shortly after the last general elections
titled ‘Divided We Stand’, I averred unequivocally that the
election which brought Muhammadu Buhari to power as
president was the most divisive one in Nigeria’s history.

I also stated there that as a people, we are neither one nor
united and not capable of attaining that given our historical,
cultural and religious differences which will not allow us
mesh into one, seamlessly.

Recent events playing out in the National Assembly, where
certain sections of the country are deliberately being
sidelined because of their voting preferences and pattern by
a group of people in the ruling All Progressives Congress
(APC) acting like conquerors gives vent to that assertion.

President Buhari’s comment therefore is just cherry on the
cake. It is a pattern attempted to be played out before our
very eyes.

During the run-off to the elections, certain fears and
reservations were expressed over his sectional stance and
hard line attitude which made many people quite
uncomfortable having him preside over a delicately
balanced polity like Nigeria’s.

These fears were allayed by his supporters, image makers
and even himself, claiming he was now a changed person.

It is worrisome to note that his actions since assumption of
office has not shown that change and those who took a leap
of faith trusting him are beginning to feel they made an error
in judgement.

It is therefore not surprising that the militants in the Niger
Delta part of the country are working towards coming under
one umbrella called the Movement for the Emancipation of
the Niger Delta, MEND. One does not need to be an Albert
Einstein to surmise why these groups are uniting.

The region is already fearing marginalisation by the
majority ethnic groups and getting ready to take up arms
against the Nigerian state again like they did some years
back necessitating the Amnesty Programme which brought
peace to the region and restored Nigeria’s oil exploration
The handlers of this president need to up their game and
call him to order. No section of this country, no matter how
small, is ready to put up with any form of discrimination
The people of the South East and South-south
have the inalienable rights as enshrined in the constitution
of this Federal Republic to express themselves and
associate as they deem fit without recourse to anyone or
Holding events that played out during the last elections
against them is playing a dangerous game that would lead
to all sides getting bruised.
Nigeria cannot afford to expose herself to any form of
conflagration from any other part of the country especially
given that the theatre of war playing out in the North East
with the dreaded Boko Haram sect decimating parts of our
territory with impunity is far from over as reports indicate
that territories recovered from them a few months back are
falling into their hands again.
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Aiding Boko Haram, Blasts Leahy
It is pertinent to advice here that the elections and
electioneering are over and governance should be all
inclusive. It does not matter whether this president got
support from all parts of Nigeria. What matters now is that
he is the leader of the country and he must treat every
section with equality and fairness as contained in the oath
of office he swore to where he declared he belongs to
everybody and belongs to nobody.
All Nigerians hailed this statement but now grouping the
country in percentages goes against that assertion.
President Muhammadu Buhari got it wrong and he should
address this issue squarely like a good leader without spin
and make amends for it. We heard it clearly and this is not
the change that we want.
Re: Opinion: The Grudge President Of Nigeria by IdisuleOurOwn(m): 9:44am On Jul 26, 2015
Re: Opinion: The Grudge President Of Nigeria by Ahmeduana(m): 9:47am On Jul 26, 2015
Re: Opinion: The Grudge President Of Nigeria by Omino: 9:47am On Jul 26, 2015
Please summerise in 2 sentences one for each.
Re: Opinion: The Grudge President Of Nigeria by IdisuleOurOwn(m): 9:49am On Jul 26, 2015
yea it is.

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