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|Oxford Dictionary’s Word Of The Year Describes Trumpism And Buharism by finaly01: 7:11am On Jan 14|
Buharism’s Post-Truth Politics
It isn’t just Brexit and Trumpism that luxuriate in and exploit our emergent post-truth world; post-truthismis also the lifeblood of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration in Nigeria. In the face of its crying failures and ineptitude amid the worst economic crisis in recent memory, the administration is whipping up emotions, turning logic on its head, and doing so muchunconscionable violence to truth and basic decency as a defense mechanism.
Lies, deceit, and mindless propaganda are now the oxygen of the Buhari administration. If you deprive it of lies, deceit, and mindless propaganda, it will suffocate and die.
And there is a shrinking but nonetheless potent corps of Buharists, especially in the Muslim north, who perpetually lie to themselves-and to others-to the point of believing their own lies that Buhari’s administration is the savior of the nation. For example, they believe their own-and the Buharigovernment’s- lies that Boko Haram has been “technically” defeated. The fact of the unceasing Boko Haram attacks in Borno State and the tragic spike in the murder of our soldiers there do nothing to change this narrative.
The fact that Nigerian soldiers have not been paid their legitimate salaries, not to talk of their allowances, for at least three months is hidden from the public by government’s propaganda machine and is dismissed as “untrue” byBuhari supporters blinded by the plague of post-truthism. So is the heartrending malnutrition among, and deaths of, internally displaced Boko Haram victims, especially children-and the sexual exploitation of their young women.
Buhari is hailed as “fighting corruption” even when no one has yet to be prosecuted for corruption more than one year after the government came to power-and when clear cases of corruption against the president’s own loyalists are brazenly swept under the carpet. Post-truthistBuharists almost always retort that “corruption is fighting back” when anybody calls attention to the invidious selectivity and insincerity in government’s so-called fightagainst corruption.
Buhari is still called a “man of integrity” even when it came to light that he didn’t tell Nigerians the truth when he claimed he was so poor that he couldn’t afford to buy his party’s presidential nomination form and had to take a bank loan. At the time he made the claim, at least two of his children were studying at UK universities.
The president had said in the past that he had no other house other than the houses he had in Kaduna and Daura, but his partial, half-hearted asset declaration in 2015 said he has a house in Abuja. Only multi-millionaires and billionaires own homes in Abuja. Yet the president feigned that he was poor in order to win voters’ sympathy-and their donations.
He has repudiated even his most basic campaign promises, such as fully declaring his assets like the late President Umar Musa Yar’adua did, yet he is still touted as a “man of integrity.”
He is also called a “frugal” and “modest” man even when evidence shows that he is probably Nigeria’s most profligate president. He is, for instance, the first and only president to spend millions of naira to build a helipad for his exclusive use in his hometown, which will be useless after his presidency. He is the only president in recent memory who officially goes abroad for “holidays” while the vast majority of the people he governs writhe in agony as a consequence of his economy policies, and so on.
It is only post-truthism that can blind anybody to the truth that Buhari’s government is pushing Nigeria to the brink of the precipice, that he is not the poor person he said he was, that his claims to “integrity”“modesty” and “frugality” have no basis in evidence.
But for post-truthers, emotion is all that matters. Evidence is a pesky, expendable encumbrance.
|Re: Oxford Dictionary’s Word Of The Year Describes Trumpism And Buharism by brightahia(m): 7:26am On Jan 14|
buharia; meaning OneChance
|Re: Oxford Dictionary’s Word Of The Year Describes Trumpism And Buharism by GMBuhari: 7:43am On Jan 14|
People didn't vote Buhari because he claimed to be poor
He was voted for impeccable records and integrity
Still crying over Jonathan's loss?
God will heal you
Five homes and two mud houses, as well as farms
An orchard and a ranch with 270 head of cattle,
25 sheep, five horses and a variety of birds
Shares in three firms
Two undeveloped plots of lands
Bought two cars from his savings
That's Buhari's assets as provided by BBC
He never said two houses as claimed by this writeup
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