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Buhari, His Aides And “Bee Ni Sir” Syndrome: The Real Enemies Of The President

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Wednesday Feb 7, 2018 – Buhari, His Aides And “Bee Ni Sir” Syndrome: The Real Enemies Of The President

By Richard Akinnola

Sometime in February 1995, l told Chief Gani Fawehinmi l wanted to have a private meeting with him. I had noticed certain things around him which l didn’t like and because of our close relationship, l felt l needed to discuss with him one-on-one.

He fixed the date and at the beginning of the meeting, l instructed his office assistant that she shouldn’t allow any visitor or staff members to come in.

I spoke with Chief candidly, shooting from the hips. “I need to save you from yourself”, l told him. He was nodding intermittently. In the course of our meeting, the intercom buzzed and he attempted to pick it up but l “ordered” him not to pick. “Sorry Chief, you can’t pick that call”. And he complied. At the end of the meeting, he thanked me profusely and promised to make amendments.

He was not bound by my suggestions but because he respected me and he knew l did that out of genuine love, he appreciated my intervention.

Few days after, we were in his office and a close staff, instead of disagreeing with Chief over an issue, rather prodded him on by saying ” beeni sir”. I got angry and told the person “stop deceiving this man by telling him ‘beeni sir”.

Why am l saying this? The greatest problem of leaders are their diehard, blind supporters. To them, it is ” see no evil, talk no evil”. That is the stage Buhari is in right now. The “beeni Sir” crowd, both on the social media and around him, have blinded him not to see the reality, making him to live in the fools paradise, so to speak. Everything the government does, no matter how stupid, is rationalised. Criticism is an anathema.

But you see, praise singing would send a leader into perdition. Let the president feel the heat so that things can improve. It is in his own interest. “Beeni sir” syndrome would not help him, if you really claim to love PMB.



  1. iron bar

    February 7, 2018 at 2:30 AM

    Mr writer,while i concur with u on praise singingnas a disastruos tool in governance.i shall also blame all arms of govt and even the masses.zuma narrowly escaped being removed in office months again but yesterday dhe was banned from giving his nation wide speech as calls for him to step down grows louder even his party and mandela foundation has told him to resign due to corruption and incompetence.this is a man whose statue was built in a state in our nation by a foolish if assembly have all it takes to impeach the governor since the arms of govt stand independently to serve the people.such is applicable to the dullard in aso rock.whereby the national assembly can vote him out with a vote of no confidence citing incompetency and not doing nothing to curb the senseless fulani herdsmen killing.look at unemployment rate and how office of statistics who raised an alarm that a fiticious figure was published by labor ministry which claimed they have created million jobs,same govt where dead people were seen on payroll.our judiciary is also dysfunctional as well in prosecuting and jailing corrupt people.power belongs to people who will hold our public holders accountable.anything short of that is a sheer waste if time.

  2. DB

    February 7, 2018 at 8:12 AM

    Sycophants, that is what they are. Even if we condemn Buhari for his one sided appointments in parastatals as a means to an end, definitely the northernere will be happy with him. But what do we call the actions of the Igbo leaders, Ngige, Okorocha and co who are going about endorsing him for a 2nd term despite their cry about marginalisation? Igbos may decide to denounce them but the truth is that these are the people who will never allow the vicious cycle to end because they are benefitting from it.

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