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Buhari Blasts Jonathan “You Have Declared War On Nigeria”

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July 22, 2014 – Buhari Blasts Jonathan “You Have Declared War On Nigeria”

In a blunt remark Monday, Mr. Buhari, now a leader of the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, blamed Mr. Jonathan for the impeachment of the Adamawa State governor, Murtala Nyako, and the recent gale of impeachment threats against other APC governors.

“Whether or not President Goodluck Jonathan is behind the gale of impeachment or the utilization of desperate tactics to suffocate the opposition and turn Nigeria into a one-party state, what cannot be denied is that they are happening under his watch, and he cannot pretend not to know, since that will be akin to hiding behind one finger,” Mr. Buhari said in a statement.

He accused the government of subverting the constitution to impeach a governor, and deploying the institutions of state “just to kick an out-of-favour state governor in the groin”.

“’The dangerous clouds are beginning to gather and the vultures are circling; and these have manifested in Nasarawa where the ordinary people have defied guns and tanks to protest the plan to impeach Gov. Umaru Tanko Al-Makura in a repeat of the bitter medicine forced down the throat of Gov. Murtala Nyako,” Mr. Buhari said.

“’The people’s protest in Nasarawa is a sign of what to come if the federal authorities continue to target opposition state governors for impeachment. In the long run, the impeachment weapon will be blunted. Positions will become more hardened on both sides and Nigeria and Nigerians will become the victims of arrested governance and possible anarchy.”

Mr. Nyako was removed last Tuesday by state lawmakers, accused of misspending government funds.

The opposition APC accuses Mr. Jonathan and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, of being behind the move, an allegation fuelled by speculations that more APC governors are targeted for impeachment.

After Mr. Nyako’s ouster, lawmakers in Nasarawa State moved against their governor, Tanko Al Makura, threatening impeachment also on allegations of mismanagement.

The presidency and the PDP have denied responsibility for the happenings in Adamawa and Nasarawa States.

But Mr. Buhari said as president, Mr. Jonathan cannot feign ignorance of the unfolding political events, and warned of serious threats against a nation already facing grim security troubles with attacks on defenceless civilians by the extremist Boko Haram sect spiralling out of control.

Mr. Nyako’s impeachment, or similar threats against other APC governors, are aimed at “decapitating” the opposition, he said, warning of dire implications for Nigeria’s “tenderfoot democracy”.

Mr. Buhari, who has thrice vied and failed to become president, said President Jonathan should remember no democracy can thrive without a virile opposition, “hence it will amount to a man cutting his nose to spite his face for anyone to embark on a journey to decapitate the opposition, as the current central government is doing”.

He said a man of power must realize he cannot always do things just because he could do them.

“I, along with many other patriotic Nigerians, fought for the unity and survival of this country. Hundreds of patriotic souls perished in the battle to keep Nigeria one. The blood of many of our compatriots helped to water the birth of the democracy we are all enjoying today.

“Let no one, whether the leader or the led, the high or the low, a member of the ruling or the opposition do anything to torpedo the system. Let no one, whether on the altar of personal ambition or pretension to higher patriotic tendencies, do anything that can detonate the keg of gunpowder on which the nation is sitting. It is time for all concerned to spare a thought for the ordinary citizens who have yet to see their hopes, dreams and aspirations come to reality, within the general context of nationhood,” Mr. Buhari said.

The ex-military ruler said he has a duty to speak out regardless of his status as a politician and an opposition leader, and that he resorted to public comments after unsuccessfully trying to have the president reconsider his tactics after he discussed with him privately.

“In my capacity as an elder statesman, rather than a politician, I have spoken to President Jonathan in private over these issues, but indications are that the strategy has not yielded positive fruits,” he said. “I cannot, just because I am an opposition politician, fail to do what is expected of me as an elder statesman to help rescue our nation in times of great trouble and palpable uncertainty.”

The retired general said history will not be kind to him if he sits back while things turn bad only to avoid being accused of partisanship.

“Yes, I am a politician. Yes, I am in the opposition. Yes, there is the tendency for my statement to be misconstrued as that of a politician rather than a statesman,” he said. “But I owe it as matter of duty and honour, and in the interest of our nation, to speak out on the dangerous trajectory that our nation is heading.”

Mr. Buhari said in his extensive leadership experience since the civil war, he is witnessing the worst violations under the current government.

“I can say, in all sincerity, that I have seen it all, as an ordinary citizen, a military officer, a head of state, a man who has occupied many other sensitive posts and a politician. I have been a close participant and witness to Nigeria’s political history,” he said.

“Our country has gone through several rough patches, but never before have I seen a Nigerian President declare war on his own country as we are seeing now. Never before have I seen a Nigerian President deploy federal institutions in the service of partisanship as we are witnessing now. Never before have I seen a Nigerian President utilize the common wealth to subvert the system and punish the opposition, all in the name of politics,” he said.

He urged the president to “pull the brakes” and tarry “a while, take a deep breath and ponder the impact of recent events in the polity, under his watch, on the survival of the nation and the sustenance of its democracy”.

[Premium Times]



  1. Gracious Living

    July 22, 2014 at 6:06 AM

    Jonathan is on a mission he is not leaving until his mission is accomplished

  2. chi

    July 22, 2014 at 7:14 AM

    Living U re there……Buhari shuld let jonathan be for God’s sake,nigeria is nt Meant 4 one person nether or for a particular tribe…….

  3. musa sule

    July 22, 2014 at 7:49 AM

    Why was this warning not sounded when elected governors and legislators are moving from one party to the other. Then either the ruling party or the opposition party were jubilating. Can someone remind our dear general politics is just about what is going on now. Possibly he underestimate the powers of presidency. If that is the case then he made a costly mistake because he was once there. Tinubu was never a president. We ordinary Nigerians will take his statement as politics.

  4. lizyy

    July 22, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    Buhari leave our dear president alone! U were once dere,wat have u done to Nigerians lately? nothing! so leave our president alone

  5. lizyy

    July 22, 2014 at 8:24 AM

    wen u talk of war u’re de one causing war by sponsoring boko haram, and shading innocent blood, i which i have my way to put a bullet on ur stupid head! u’ve destroy so many lives with ur selfish political interest, God will rain down fire on u, Aboki osi

  6. ruffy

    July 22, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    jona o,buhari o,all of dem na patua una dey yan,wen d time come we nigerias go face una.we have so much crisis at hand now not telling us about who is starting war.BOKO HARAM have started d war killing nigerias for no reason yet our government cant handle situations….sorry to say but our leaders have failed us and in all ways.we have no leaders

  7. Rethink

    July 22, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    We need not play politics with the progress of our dear Nigeria. There will always be problems where the fools lead and rule the wise.

  8. FX2

    July 22, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    Let D General remove d beam dat is n is eyes b4 he looks 4 some1 else own.

  9. Chocolate

    July 22, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    If una wan war mak una find beta place where fit una…not for inocent pipu…Ok

  10. ella

    July 22, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    dis buhari sef everytym wot comes out of ur mouth is war war war, plzz leave our pres. alone. GOD is watchn and he knws our hrts. who know if its nt buhari dt is behind dis killins and boko haram. bcos bokom harm called his name as their spokes person for dialogue in first instance.

  11. nkiru

    July 22, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    from the day 1 of the reign of GJE mr Buhari have being against him so am nt surprise at all, but he should know that is God that gives power to anybody and our duty is to pray for him always. i dont think mr president is bringing war rather those who ar desperate to become president and other things are misleading Nigerian youth. the youth shuld be wise if anybody is sending u to do evil let the persons son led the group,lets be careful Oooooh

  12. sharton

    July 22, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    wahala dey.

  13. Carolyn

    July 22, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    Mr Buhari…it feels gud 2 hear dat u were once @ d top, but wat exactly did u do during those times?? Or you thought ~business~ as usual wil work in ur favour?? Pls governance is nt ur middle name. Give anoda person a chance and stop crying foul. Besides, we dnt need pple lyk u again. U had ur own fair share of d National cake, go and rest n stop being such a greedy toitoise. It’s new faces that we want nt pot-bellied old men wit kleptomaniac fingers n sucking filament

  14. Oga

    July 22, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    Buhari is the president of bokoharam, atiku vice president, shetima p.r.o, sanusi emier of boko haram, babangida ibb tresurer, tinubu directore of finance, babangida aliu cercretery, murtala nyako finacial cercretery ,gwongwoso adviser, amechi rotimi councilor, and sponsore ingenerally A.P.C, so buhari is the cause of Nigerian problem we er having today God is busy watching You people neaven is real,

  15. Jerry

    July 23, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    God help us n naija

  16. andu

    July 23, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    Comments should be objective

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