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Gifts Buhari Should Not Have Rejected, By Niyi Akinnaso by Islie: 2:59pm On Oct 14
Niyi Akinnaso

ORDINARILY, the celebration of a nation’s independence anniversary is an occasion for reckoning and self-assessment. The nation’s gains and failures are evaluated by the government and the governed. In the process, gifts are exchanged between the government and the people. Such gifts are often symbolic, rather than material.

The government’s symbolic gifts are often packaged in a speech by the nation’s leader, as witnessed on the occasion of Nigeria’s independence anniversary on October 1, 2020. Perhaps unkowingly, the President invited symbolic gifts of counsel from the citizens in Paragraph 9 of his speech: “Sixty years of nationhood provides an opportunity to ask ourselves questions on the extent to which we have sustained the aspirations of our founding fathers. Where did we do the right things? Are we on course? If not, where did we stray and how can we remedy and retrace our steps?” The gifts of counsel discussed below are various attempts to identify where things went wrong and how they could be remedied.

As usual, one-time military Head of State and two-term President, General Olusegun Obasanjo, initiated the series of citizens’ symbolic gifts on September 11, 2020. The shattered debris of the World Trade Centre, plane-bombed by a terrorist attack on the United States on September 11, 2001, lurked in the background as a coincidental backdrop for Obasanjo’s warning against the disintegration of Nigeria in the face of what he aptly described as “mismanagement of diversity and socio-economic development of our country”.

The “mismanagement” has engendered various indices of possible failure-terrorism, banditry, sectarianism, nepotism, kidnapping, religious and ethnic bigotry, a depressed economy, rising inflation, separatist agitations, and so on. The thrust of Obasanjo’s statement was a call to mend broken and breaking fences in order to avert state failure, realising that “… even if Nigeria is broken up, the separated parts will still be neighbors … they will have to find accommodation as neighbors or they will be ever at war.”

Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, followed with an endorsement of Obasanjo’s advice and chastised government functionaries for the insolent response in which Obasanjo was described, among other things, as “Divider-in-Chief”.

A few days later, Lt. General Alani Akinrinade, former Chief of Army Staff and later Chief of Defence Staff, offered his own gift of counsel to Buhari through Lt General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, the present Chief of Army Staff, on the occasion of the latter’s visit to commission projects in Osun, Akinrinade’s home state.

After highlighting popular public perception of President Buhari in mainstream and social media as an ethnic bigot, a religious fundamentalist, a purveyor of lopsided appointments, and a failed fighter against terrorism, Akinrinade called on him to take charge: “He needs to stand on his table against the motley crowd of advisers and take a firm stand on their organisation of our country, physically, politically, economically and socially.” The veiled reference to Buhari’s aloofness, torpidity, and tardiness cannot be missed in Akinriande’s speech. The key solution he suggested is the restructuring of the country, which he likened to “reorganisation” in the Army.

More recently, three respected clergymen came up independently with their own offerings, all reinforcing a similar message to President Buhari: Act quickly to avoid disaster in the face of various problems facing the country today.

Admitting that “Nigeria is sick unto death”, Catholic Bishop Emeritus of Lagos, Cardinal-Priest, Anthony Olubunmi Okogie, highlighted four significant sources of downfall to avoid, namely, (1) selfishness; (2) falsehood; (3) the 1999 Constitution; and (4) “those who would manipulate our ethnic, religious and regional differences to attain and remain in power”. Echoes of Obasanjo’s and Akinrinade’s gifts are unmistakable.


The Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Matthew Hassan Kukah, sees Nigeria literally as “a pool of blood”, starting with the cold-blooded murder of our first Prime Minister, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, in the name of a military coup in 1966. Today, “After 60 years of bloodletting, blood has become embedded in our culture of existence”, Kukah added. He concluded that “our country now looks like a boiling pot in which everyone is trying to escape” owing to disrespect for the nation’s Constitution, sectionalism, and failure to fulfill campaign promises.

The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, completes the trilogy of gifts by Men of God. Without mincing words, he advised the Federal Government to pay immediate attention to restructuring the country in order to provide a lasting solution to Nigeria’s economic challenges and separatist agitations. Adeboye recommended adaptation of aspects of presidential and parliamentary systems as well as the inclusion of traditional rulers in governance, by constituting a House of Chiefs.

The language of the above presentations may appear strident, conveying a sense of urgency. Nevertheless, the call for restructuring the country is an old song. Two national conferences have even been held, each suggesting various forms of modification of the current structure.

Central to these suggestions is the need to restructure the country in order to make it more governable and more responsive to the people’s yearnings and aspirations. This was also the key message of the Nigeria Governors Forum, as echoed by its Chairman, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, following the meeting of all 36 state governors last week. The Governors called for two types of restructuring. One, they want their present loans restructured. Two, they want the country restructured. Specifically, they called for the devolution of powers and fiscal federalism.

The average age of the six interventionists discussed earlier is 80! The Buhari administration may not always agree with their views. However, dismissing them with a wave of the hand and calling any of them names is the height of insolence, as acknowledged by Professor Soyinka: “In place of reasoned response and openness to some serious dialogue, what this nation has been obliged to endure has been insolent distractions from garrulous and coarsened functionaries, apologists and sectarian opportunists.”

By rejecting the gifts of counsel and remaining impervious to the calls for restructuring, Buhari is perpetuating widespread public perception of a sectarian leader, who panders largely to a particular ethnic group. The persistent resistance of leaders of that ethnic group to restructuring is all too familiar.

Yet, restructuring would have been Buhari’s major legacy had he listened. But whether he does or not, this country will be restructured sooner or later.

THE NATION

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Re: Gifts Buhari Should Not Have Rejected, By Niyi Akinnaso by Yahksbiz(m): 3:04pm On Oct 14
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Re: Gifts Buhari Should Not Have Rejected, By Niyi Akinnaso by Racoon(m): 4:01pm On Oct 14
By rejecting the gifts of counsel & remaining impervious to the calls for restructuring, Buhari is perpetuating widespread public perception of a sectarian leader, who panders largely to a particular ethnic group.

The persistent resistance of leaders of that ethnic group to restructuring is all too familiar.Yet, restructuring would have been Buhari’s major legacy had he listened.But whether he does or not, this country will be restructured sooner or later.
Unfortunately the president does not listens because he is deaf or dead to the impending doom his govt is driving the nation to with his govt obstinacy to good advice & national disenchantment.

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Re: Gifts Buhari Should Not Have Rejected, By Niyi Akinnaso by Racoon(m): 4:16pm On Oct 14
President Buhari has made it his lifelong ambition to oppose any form of restructuring. He has been an advocate of Fulani supremacy all his life. He has been a strong advocate and promoter of Sharia law and the Islamic faith.

He has been a loyal disciple of Uthman Dan Fodio who believed that the entire Nigeria was meant for the Northerners to occupy, rule and control. That is why Buhari has had a long standing ambition to become President to continue this hegemonic ambition of Fulanis to rule, control and dominate Nigeria. Now, the ambition is even beyond Nigeria.

The entire Fulani people across Africa are looking for a home for all Fulanis and Buhari has been seen as a suitable Grand Patron for that agenda.So, right now Buhari is acting as grand patron of that agenda for the pan- African Fulani people [/color][/b]

That is why you see a lot of killer herdsmen today, many of them are not Nigerians. They are coming from Mali, Niger, Gambia and all African countries where you have Fulanis. They believe that this is the place God has ordained for them to be their home and Buhari is facilitating that for them.

That is why they are killing our people & want to take over our lands.If you notice, as soon as they ravage a village and kill the villagers, they take over the village and they rename the village and give it a Fulani name. Very soon, they install an Emir and turn it into an Emirate. That is what they want to do all over the country through RUGA settlement.
https://www.independent.ng/buhari-has-made-nigeria-headquarters-of-fulanis-in-africa-okurounmu/

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Re: Gifts Buhari Should Not Have Rejected, By Niyi Akinnaso by lekki1444: 6:54pm On Oct 14
angry ze gift of ze oza room

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Re: Gifts Buhari Should Not Have Rejected, By Niyi Akinnaso by VirginSearcher(m): 6:54pm On Oct 14
Truly realizing that Buhari is Nigeria's president makes me want to denounce my citizenship for now angry

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Re: Gifts Buhari Should Not Have Rejected, By Niyi Akinnaso by Hoojay(f): 6:54pm On Oct 14
In other words: Buhari is a bad boy, Tinubu is a sugar daddy & Sanwolu is a runs boy. cheesy grin grin grin

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Re: Gifts Buhari Should Not Have Rejected, By Niyi Akinnaso by 124Graphicz(m): 6:55pm On Oct 14
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Re: Gifts Buhari Should Not Have Rejected, By Niyi Akinnaso by Incandescent(m): 6:55pm On Oct 14
Buhari and the sycophants around him need help

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Re: Gifts Buhari Should Not Have Rejected, By Niyi Akinnaso by WandaNara: 6:55pm On Oct 14
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Re: Gifts Buhari Should Not Have Rejected, By Niyi Akinnaso by Angrykidd: 6:55pm On Oct 14
angry

What's the relevance of this piece of information?
Re: Gifts Buhari Should Not Have Rejected, By Niyi Akinnaso by Madibahisback: 6:55pm On Oct 14
Mtchew undecided
Buhari needs slap and brain reset

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Re: Gifts Buhari Should Not Have Rejected, By Niyi Akinnaso by saphiere(f): 6:56pm On Oct 14
Hmm
Re: Gifts Buhari Should Not Have Rejected, By Niyi Akinnaso by Emmmy360(m): 6:56pm On Oct 14
EndSARS
EndASUU

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Re: Gifts Buhari Should Not Have Rejected, By Niyi Akinnaso by Abilistic(m): 6:56pm On Oct 14
It's not today that he exhibits traits of sectarian leader, but some greedy politicians "rebranded" him for their own selfish gains.

We warned them

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Re: Gifts Buhari Should Not Have Rejected, By Niyi Akinnaso by Suspect33(m): 6:56pm On Oct 14
Buhari is a farmer, this presidency na side hustle grin grin

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Re: Gifts Buhari Should Not Have Rejected, By Niyi Akinnaso by lekki1444: 6:56pm On Oct 14
VirginSearcher:
Truly realizing that Buhari is Nigeria's president makes me want to denounce my citizenship for now angry
truly realising a demon is searching for virgins to defile makes me wantto disnounce my citizisnship from this country

and no i dont support buhari lol. but you are not a saint mr virgin finder
Re: Gifts Buhari Should Not Have Rejected, By Niyi Akinnaso by Prechgold1180(f): 6:56pm On Oct 14
VirginSearcher:
Truly realizing that Buhari is Nigeria's president makes me want to denounce my citizenship for now angry
I buy and sell citizenship just incase you want to sell yours
I also offer Citizenship swap just contact me
Re: Gifts Buhari Should Not Have Rejected, By Niyi Akinnaso by Sonnobax15(m): 6:57pm On Oct 14
This regime is a curse we shouldn't have accepted at the first place (2015).

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Re: Gifts Buhari Should Not Have Rejected, By Niyi Akinnaso by chiedonedoor(m): 6:57pm On Oct 14
Nigerian have been so quiet, it time to act.
Revelation 21:8 KJV
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. Christ Jesus is coming soon.
Get right with God

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Re: Gifts Buhari Should Not Have Rejected, By Niyi Akinnaso by Kendumazy(m): 6:57pm On Oct 14
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Re: Gifts Buhari Should Not Have Rejected, By Niyi Akinnaso by Bravelady: 6:58pm On Oct 14
End SARS now

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Re: Gifts Buhari Should Not Have Rejected, By Niyi Akinnaso by Karlovich: 6:58pm On Oct 14
He's a dullard and not even aware that he's alive

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Re: Gifts Buhari Should Not Have Rejected, By Niyi Akinnaso by bigdammyj: 6:58pm On Oct 14
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Re: Gifts Buhari Should Not Have Rejected, By Niyi Akinnaso by VirginSearcher(m): 6:59pm On Oct 14
lekki1444:
truly realising a demon is searching for virgins to defile makes me wantto disnounce my citizisnship from this country

and no i dont support buhari lol. but you are not a saint mr virgin finde
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So who is the demon no loose guard oo angry
Re: Gifts Buhari Should Not Have Rejected, By Niyi Akinnaso by Jeremiahgynag(m): 6:59pm On Oct 14
Real yarns
Re: Gifts Buhari Should Not Have Rejected, By Niyi Akinnaso by Sonnobax15(m): 7:00pm On Oct 14
Prechgold1180:
I buy and sell citizenship just incase you want to sell yours
I also offer Citizenship swap just contact me
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