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|PMB: Kind To The Living And The Dead - Femi Adesina by presidency: 2:02pm On Jan 14|
The Board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited was inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari last week. Two names were very prominent in the assemblage: Margery Chuba Okadigbo, the Chairman, and Constance Harry Marshall.
The presence of the personalities gives more than an inkling into the character of our President. It confirms what some of us had always known. Muhammadu Buhari never forgets a good turn. He repays every kindness, every justice done to him, as much as it lies in his power.
When you show kindness to the living, it is a good thing, something to applaud. But when you go further to do the same to the dead, it is something that places you on a very high pedestal; a man to be emulated, acclaimed, a blessed of the Lord.
Hear what the Good Book says: “Blessed be he of the Lord, who has not left off his kindness to the living and the dead.” (Ruth 2:20).
Examples abound of many people serving in government today, who are there at the behest of the President. Their paths had crossed at one time or the other, they did him a good turn, showed him loyalty, faithfulness, and many years later, one good turn deserved another.
Before we dwell on Margery Okadigbo and Constance Harry Marshall, let’s consider what the President did to two jurists, who had given bold and fair judgments in the many litigation processes the then Candidate Buhari got involved in, on his way to the Presidency.
In 2003, his first shot at the country’s number one seat, the electoral umpire gave victory to Olusegun Obasanjo of the People’s Democratic Party, over Muhammadu Buhari of the All Nigerian People’s Party, ANPP. Buhari and his party went to court, and the Court of Appeal upheld the electoral victory of Obasanjo, the then sitting President.
But there was a man who gave a dissenting judgment. He was Justice Sylvanus Nsofor, from Oguta, in Imo State. In nullifying the election results, he declared: “I find that the substantial non-compliance with the mandatory electoral law amounts to no election. I also find that there was violence perpetuated by President Obasanjo. May Nigeria never and never again see a black Saturday like April 19, 2003.”
Justice Nsofor is Igbo. Buhari is Fulani. But justice knows neither race nor ethnicity. He ruled according to his conscience, though it was a minority judgment, which did not succeed in overturning the election results.
But what did Buhari do? Fourteen years later, when Nsofor was 82, and long retired, the President nominated him as Ambassador, and posted him to the United States of America. The Senate first balked, citing the man’s age, but the President re-presented him. Eventually, Justice Nsofor served in America from 2017, and died in 2020. Two times I met with him in the USA. What always struck me was his firm, strong handshake, and the quality of his mind. If you are healthy and strong, age does not truly matter. Age doesn’t mind, if you don’t mind it, goes the saying.
A second example. Anther jurist, this time, of the Supreme Court. George Adesola Oguntade. In 2007, Candidate Buhari felt shortchanged again, in the election in which Umaru Yar’Adua was declared winner. The victor himself confessed that the election was flawed. The case went as far as the Supreme Court, where the majority ruling gave victory to Yar’Adua and the PDP. But Justice Oguntade would have none of it. He upheld Buhari’s appeal, cancelled the polls, and ordered a rerun. But it was also a minority judgment.
What did Buhari do again? Ten years later, with Oguntade long retired, the President picked him as High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. Showing kindness to the living, and rewarding their good deeds.
Many other of such examples abound, but let’s go to the flip side. Showing kindness to the dead.
In his first outing in 2003, Buhari ran with the former Senate President, Dr Chuba Okadigbo, as vice presidential candidate. They both challenged the result of the election, and were determined to get justice. But in September of that year, Okadigbo died. Very painful.
Now, 19 years later, who has Buhari made Chairman of the NNPC Ltd Board? Margery, Okadigbo’s widow. “Blessed be he of the Lord, who has not left off his kindness to the living and the dead.”
What of Constance Harry Marshall, a relation of Marshall Sokari Harry, a political ally of the then Candidate Buhari in ANPP in 2003. A day before Buhari would flag off his campaign in Port Harcourt, Rivers Sade, Marshall, who had decamped from PDP to become National Vice Chairman of ANPP, was assassinated. Painful. And those truly behind the murder were never known.
Today, 19 years later, Constance Harry Marshall is on the NNPC Ltd Board. Yet, ignorant people say evil of this President. He’s a tyrant, wicked, unforgiving. Really? “Blessed be he of the Lord, who has not left off his kindness to the living and the dead.”
The lesson: Let us not be quick to condemn what or who we don’t know or understand. President Buhari is strict, unbending on certain issues. But wicked? Not so. In the days of Gen Murtala Ramat Muhammed as head of state, one senior military officer described him as a bully, “a kind-hearted bully.” Same with Buhari. Not a bully, but strict man with a kind heart. A man who does not forget to show kindness to both the living and the dead.
You now see why some of us have chosen to follow the President through thick and thin? “Blessed be he of the Lord, who has not left off his kindness to the living and the dead.”
*Adesina is Special Adviser to President Buhari on Media and Publicity
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|Re: PMB: Kind To The Living And The Dead - Femi Adesina by Kriss216: 2:04pm On Jan 14|
To defend failure is one of the hardest job on earth.
My special prayers are with all the BMC miscreants both local and national.
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|Re: PMB: Kind To The Living And The Dead - Femi Adesina by danielbello(m): 3:24pm On Jan 14|
|Re: PMB: Kind To The Living And The Dead - Femi Adesina by Lalami3232(m): 3:24pm On Jan 14|
I no get time to read this long epistle atall but I wan pass a message. 2023 go soon come and our politicians go come up with same formula and antics to deceive the vulnerable again. Make una no forget say any wrong choice wey we make in 2023 go affect us till 2031. Everybody go suffer if "you" make wrong choice. No vote because of tribe, religion or political affiliation. But vote because you know say the person dey competent. Una see as we suffer since 2015 abi? Una see as blood full everywhere since 2015 abi? This should be a lesson to us all. Abeg, make we do the right thing and vote only candidate wey fit help us.
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|Re: PMB: Kind To The Living And The Dead - Femi Adesina by osuofia2(m): 3:25pm On Jan 14|
We love you baba Buhari, the incorruptible general.
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|Re: PMB: Kind To The Living And The Dead - Femi Adesina by Ogaga87(m): 3:25pm On Jan 14|
I'm not shocked
|Re: PMB: Kind To The Living And The Dead - Femi Adesina by MyVILLAGEpeople(m): 3:25pm On Jan 14|
Normal thing. Just defending where his daily meals comes from.
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|Re: PMB: Kind To The Living And The Dead - Femi Adesina by SarkinYarki: 3:25pm On Jan 14|
Is that why he allows bandits to kill NIGERIANs so he can be kind to the dead
|Re: PMB: Kind To The Living And The Dead - Femi Adesina by MANNABBQGRILLS: 3:25pm On Jan 14|
God bless our Darling Daddy ,
God bless our darling Daddy President Muhammadu Buhari and his amiable Vice president Prof Yemi Osinbajo for all they are doing to make this once battered and looted nation work again.
osuofia2:We will always love our darling Dyears.
Nothing can ever change that.
For the children of perdition that wake up their fathers with bicycle kung-fu kicks in the house every morning, na dem palava be dat if dem no love dem papa for dem yard.
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|Re: PMB: Kind To The Living And The Dead - Femi Adesina by Racoon(m): 3:25pm On Jan 14|
It is never easy to whitewash a well known devil. A wicked irredemable tyrant compensating political allies is now a benevolent act? This foolish Femi Adeshina zombie asslicker of a man will never be cured of his extreme foolishness in asslicking.
|Re: PMB: Kind To The Living And The Dead - Femi Adesina by Authoreety: 3:25pm On Jan 14|
Adesina, who takes his words serious?
|Re: PMB: Kind To The Living And The Dead - Femi Adesina by Anigreat: 3:25pm On Jan 14|
Yes, he so sympathetic to both death and the living, reason the idiot doesn't wait a second to express his shock when the terrorists he loves so much and protected at all cost commit mass murder.
He's so sympathetic to the living too to the extent through his woeful administration, the living hardly have what to eat...what a Caring and sympathetic leader President Buhari is.
Fool, big fool like you are Femi.
|Re: PMB: Kind To The Living And The Dead - Femi Adesina by DSC7: 3:25pm On Jan 14|
Please who the F is Buhariiaa that is kind to the dead and living? ....
|Re: PMB: Kind To The Living And The Dead - Femi Adesina by salbis(m): 3:25pm On Jan 14|
The only President in the history of Nigeria to appoint both the living and the dead. Is Buhari not wonderful?
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|Re: PMB: Kind To The Living And The Dead - Femi Adesina by ILoveDemMANNA: 3:25pm On Jan 14|
Dem MANNA my role models and mentors,
Some fraudsters and online criminals that do not have any love or respect for their fathers in their homes will be pained reading this from you o.
I won't be surprised to see the children of hate and frustrations quoting this your innocent post now.
They will soon start answering their names in 5 seconds.
|Re: PMB: Kind To The Living And The Dead - Femi Adesina by BAZ001: 3:26pm On Jan 14|
The dead that his administration killed with poverty and insecurity.
We the Nigerian youth dey wait for you and lair Mohammed after this administration.
Let’s see what will become of you.
|Re: PMB: Kind To The Living And The Dead - Femi Adesina by oyeb15: 3:26pm On Jan 14|
He is a weak man. Kindness is not a primary quality of a good leader.
Therefore he is kind to:
Boko Haram terrorists
Terrorists in his government
Corrupt people in Apc
|Re: PMB: Kind To The Living And The Dead - Femi Adesina by visijo(m): 3:26pm On Jan 14|
Two random Nigerians:
“Go and on the light na”
“Its not onning”
|Re: PMB: Kind To The Living And The Dead - Femi Adesina by Baawaa(m): 3:26pm On Jan 14|
This is an irony
|Re: PMB: Kind To The Living And The Dead - Femi Adesina by Mysticwebb: 3:26pm On Jan 14|
No wonder he also gives appointments to the dead as well as the living.
|Re: PMB: Kind To The Living And The Dead - Femi Adesina by MyVILLAGEpeople(m): 3:26pm On Jan 14|
Give us your address I wan come buy BBQ for Your stand.
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|Re: PMB: Kind To The Living And The Dead - Femi Adesina by jojo1415: 3:27pm On Jan 14|
He knows they r drawing closer to the end of their disaster government...such a pity
|Re: PMB: Kind To The Living And The Dead - Femi Adesina by andysmith123(m): 3:27pm On Jan 14|
|Re: PMB: Kind To The Living And The Dead - Femi Adesina by Laggafin: 3:27pm On Jan 14|
He will soon realize he has Bleep his brains up even more than Reuben Abati wen he becomes unemployed in the next few months
|Re: PMB: Kind To The Living And The Dead - Femi Adesina by ILoveDemMANNA: 3:28pm On Jan 14|
|Re: PMB: Kind To The Living And The Dead - Femi Adesina by merits(m): 3:28pm On Jan 14|
you must be a dead man for saying this adeshina mumu man.
|Re: PMB: Kind To The Living And The Dead - Femi Adesina by Sleekfingers: 3:28pm On Jan 14|
Because he is not sharing our money, like that drunk called jonathan abi?
|Re: PMB: Kind To The Living And The Dead - Femi Adesina by lexy2014: 3:29pm On Jan 14|
Am glad u said "the incorruptible general". We were told in 2015 that because is "incorruptible" corruption will cease to exist in Nigeria. We were now hearing of "anti-corruption war". Can u pls tell us how far with that war? As a general, how has buhari gone in d war?
Also, how has the general fared in securing the lives of Nigerians?
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|Re: PMB: Kind To The Living And The Dead - Femi Adesina by nkemoma(m): 3:29pm On Jan 14|
|Re: PMB: Kind To The Living And The Dead - Femi Adesina by ekukeku(m): 3:29pm On Jan 14|
Omo dis Shina know book o
To read d story self tire m, I quickly jakpa to register my presence here
Make I go eat & come back to read his trash/meaningful narration
|Re: PMB: Kind To The Living And The Dead - Femi Adesina by MyVILLAGEpeople(m): 3:29pm On Jan 14|
You still dey grill dead vultures
|Re: PMB: Kind To The Living And The Dead - Femi Adesina by asmovic(m): 3:33pm On Jan 14|
presidency:Mr Adesina. What you are telling us now is President Buhari is ruling to favour those who had rendered assistance to him before. You and your boss must be high on whatever. But you people can't be the most high. Your days are numbered. Father and son.
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