Buhari Must Go! Why Nigerians Must Vote Out PMB’s Government This Saturday

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THIS EMPATHYLESS GOVERNMENT MUST GO!

Why Nigerians Must Vote Out Buhari And His APC This Saturday

As I went for my usual early morning jug today, I came across a frail looking elderly woman. It was quite early and so the road was relatively deserted and lonely. On one hand she clutched the Holy Bible and on the other a huge bell.

Preaching her message in-between Christian choruses, the clinging of the bell and shouting on top of her voice, she called on the public to repent and accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, her aged voice ringing into the silence of the distance.

As I reached where she was, I felt deeply moved. This was an old woman, who probably felt she was close to her end and as such decided that the world must hear the good news she had received, something she believed had saved and assured her of meeting Jesus when she died.

The spectacle reminded me of late Mrs. Eunice Elisha, a pastor of one of Nigeria’s mega Pentecostal churches, the Redeemed Christian Church of God, who sometimes ago embarked on similar venture on one early Saturday morning in Gbazango-West of Kubwa, a satellite town in Abuja, but was brutally hacked to death by people suspected of being members of a certain religion.

rccg pastor wife murdered preaching abuja

Report was that some members of the other religion had “warned her to be mindful of what she preached and even had her husband advice her to take caution”. Her lifeless body would later be discovered in a pool of her own blood.

Recently, the governor of one of Nigeria’s 36 States, Kaduna, warned that “foreign powers planning to interfere in our elections would go back in body bags.”

Then came the President’s warning at an APC caucus meeting that “So I want anybody who thinks he …will snatch ballot boxes or disturb the voting system, he will do it at the expense of his own life…”

As usual, there was a huge outrage following both statements, as Nigerians aired their opinions on whether these statements were a license to visits death on Nigerians or not. Going by the provisions of our electoral laws, whether or not these statements were warranted in the first place is another matter.

From Mr. President, Governor El Rufai to the killers of Mrs. Eunice, the question is, what is it that formed the ideology of a certain people that shaped their outlook of life in way that, to them, even the most “inconsequential” of offences -i.e. a middle aged woman preaching her faith in the street- a thing deserving of the most severest of punishment? Now I am not trying to say snatching ballot boxes or attempting to derail our elections is an inconsequential offence, no. Why do I have the feeling that to some people, life can easily be discarded for reasons as mundane for example, as two goats locking horns, as it were? Why would anyone kill another person for what s/he believed, or what s/he said about what s/he believed?

For me, it is a common denominator, from the man on the street, to those who rule us; it’s a set of beliefs and an ideology that has led to a chronic lack of empathy.

Empathy is the capacity to understand and feel what another person feels from within their frame of reference, which is the capacity to place one’s self in another’s position. To try to feel other people’s pain exactly the same way they feel it. Ironically, we all want this from others, but we are stingy in giving it ourselves.

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Apparently, the people who hacked Mrs. Eunice, a mother of 7, to death have no empathy any more than a man who called for foreigners to be returned in body bags. The same goes for a man who suggests we discard our electoral laws, and liquidate ballot box snatchers, when he himself failed to give assent to reform the laws. And this may sound simplistic, but it is not. The point am trying to make is, our leaders lack the capacity of putting themselves in the shoes of us the followers. Over 20,000 people have been killed since this government took office, a government that has empathy would not play politics with the fight on terror, and it would take the bull by the horn and not pay ransom (indirect empowerment according to President Obasanjo) to killers or “forgive ‘repentant’ killers.

Even those who, obviously, are pulling the strings from behind the scene on President Buhari’s re-election quest, despite his age and physical limitations, according to he himself, lack empathy for the man too.

A government that is not bereft of any atom of empathy will not promise to amend our constitution with a view to devolving power, strengthen INEC to reduce, if possible, eliminate electoral malpractice, attract the best and brightest of our sons into our politics and public service and yet remain one of the most sectional and engage in the most lopsided appointment in our history.

Such a government won’t promise to prevent the abuse and misuse of Executive powers and fail to obey court orders.

Nor will it promise to bring permanent peace and solution to the insurgency issues in the North East, Niger Delta and other conflict prone states, yet watch as we organize mass burials.

In almost four years since President Buhari took power, over 11 million jobs have been lost, poverty level as increased and most Nigerians now live within less than a dollar a day.

In 2015, even before President Buhari appointed ministers, he approved almost 40 billion naira to prospect crude oil in northern Nigeria, as we speak, that has proven to be a waste of tax payer’s money, yet no comments on the matter. If President Buhari has the capacity to put himself in our shoes, he would at least offer an explanation because I don’t expect that if he sends someone on an errand with his hard earned money, and that someone returned with no results and no explanation that would go down well with him.

Before his election, he swore that subsidy was a scam, even in Lagos; protests were organized against former president Jonathan when the issue of subsidy and the pump price of fuel came up, and President Buhari also promised to sell off all the planes in the presidential fleet as a way of cutting cost, today, the wastage in government, from contracts awards to appointments smirks of the worst form of corruption, and the amount that has been paid for subsidy is unequaled.

Do we have to go far back into memory lane to remember the row between Ibe Kachukwu, Minister of State of Petroleum and the GMD of NNPC, over the whistle the former blew on the issue of 25 billion naira NNPC funds? Has there been a conclusive probe on the matter? Who else noticed that Mr. Kachukwu has gone quiet ever since? Who else doesn’t know that NNPC being a haven of corruption for successive governments in this nation requires urgent reform or outright scrapping or privatization?

Who didn’t hear about the issue of one Mr. Folarin Coker, a former Lagos state employee who was alleged of diverting 3 billion naira, and doesn’t know that the matter has not been conclusively investigated? Is he not an employee of NTDC now, employed by Mr. President?

Who didn’t hear about the issue of Abba Kyari, President Buhari’s Chief of Staff who was accused of taking bribe to help MTN evade fines, despite concrete evidence, has the matter been conclusively investigated?

On camera, when the issue of budget padding came up, President Buhari promised to punish those involved, like most of his promises, till date, has anything been heard of the matter?

Tell me, who among President Buhari’s inner circle of friends and re-election promoters, from the governor recently accused of taking bribes in raw cash, caught on camera to the man who many have accused of owning much of Lagos, to the one who said to join APC and have your sins forgiven, who among them is clean? Even when Babachir Lawal was sacked, he was replaced with Boss Mustapha his cousin, effectively retaining the position of SGF in the family.

Despite the fact that this president spent much of his tenure blaming past governments, he also spent a better part of it in medical tourism, even though he promised to end same, and in fact, the First Lady raised the alarm that funds appropriated for Aso Rock Hospital were looted, no heads have rolled.

Is the president somehow shocked that his tenure has ended this fast with nothing to show for it? How times flies, yet only a few people realize this truth.

From President Obasanjo to the UK House of Lords, people with conscience and lovers of Nigeria everywhere have all “expressed worry about the inability of the Buhari government to end killings in Nigeria”, shouldn’t we the voters?

And sadly, President Obasanjo has raised the alarm that “…Boko Haram has also been empowered by the Nigerian government through payment of millions of dollars as ransom…” should we not do ourselves the favour and listen to this old man?

Citizens, how much worse do we want things to get, in the name of God, let us show ourselves some empathy and vote out President Buhari and his APC at all level come Saturday?

God bless Nigeria…

Albert Afeso Akanbi is a writer and Humanitarian. He lives in Abuja, Nigeria.

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16 thoughts on “Buhari Must Go! Why Nigerians Must Vote Out PMB’s Government This Saturday

  1. SAI BABA BUHARI ” inshallah no amount of write up will change our mind we notherners have decided. Killings has been there before buhari come in to power stop all these hate speech enough of PDP they are nothing but criminals, hypocrites, and liers leave baba alone. All u people are fighting for is ur pocket. No one is perfect except the almighty.

  2. Obasanjo said the same thing in 2015 and that got Buhari elected.
    Your rational is wrong; your opinion is a one-sided bias and does not justify reason for
    removing a president.

    Religion tolerance must be preached in the interest of all without being bias
    as to one religion or the other.

    After all Buhari did not order the killing of the woman. Preaching Jesus in an
    hostile environment? Read Mathew 10:11-15

  3. U think baba will die before his time Allah is in control stop hates speech, stop bringing religion into politics.many people had died before these above people u mentioned here kaduna crisis started during obasanjo regime. But up till today we never complain.BUHARI is not GOD that can stop crises he can only do his best just like his predicessors y the hate.if it is the will of God that baba will rule again he will and there is nothing anyone can do about it unless you die of hate.as for me I still stand with BABA BUHARI with my pvc and there is nothing anyone can do about it SAI BABA inshallah . No shaking

    • Thank you Kemi. This man has been under attack right from the time he took power from PDP. In less than two years they have criticizing him for not stabilizing the economy. They want this man to fix their damage in less than 4 years Haba! let’s be sincere among ourselves, if PDP cannot fix what went wrong in 16 good years what makes you think Buhari will magically do this in 4 years.

      Buhari at least have done wonderfully in Transportation , Agriculture, Refineries and Bail out funds for civil servants. I cannot point out what PDP has done during the period of 16 good years now this guy is trying to convince the voters that Northerners do not like Southerners. There are many good people in the North who never liked Boko Haram. Even though Buhari is no more good as asserted, does that mean Atiku is the best man for now? I rather go with Buhari than Atiku.

  4. Nigerians, vote your conscience come Saturday. Vote for a futuristic, forward-looking, and civilised Nigerian State, come Saturday 23rd February, 2019. God Save Nigeria. Amen¡

  5. It is nice to publish articles from different writers. However, you need to differentiate individual opinions from your editorial publications. This will help us to determine upfront if the piece is worth our time to read or not. Some of these writings are very inflaming and are counter productive in these very challenging periods for the country.

  6. Afeso Akanbi you’ve always been someone agreeable to my heart because of your intelligence and exposure in the political affairs of Nigeria. This is another classic, insightful and highly informative article you’ve written to the benefit of those who have had their ears tickled. Such ones can only benefit if they are ready to hear and accept the truth. Much more bloodletting had occurred in this era of government even though their are uncountable security forces in the country. Many innocent citizens of different ethnicity have been slaughtered at will right in their home with no one held accountable for once. Corruption continue to rule as king among top
    APC politicians inspite of the functioning anti graft agencies in place. Bad economy policy introduced by Buhari-led government had crippled our economy and sent many big firms to liquidation with no hope of resuscitation in sight. Everything is simply wrong with the current administration of four years and need to be removed at all cost. Their ineptitude has clearly become manifest for all to see. Only the slow-witted will fail to see the handwriting on the wall.

  7. naijagists what happened.
    U used to support APC. I used to call ur blog APC blog in my comments on Nairaland. I can’t believe am reading this here.
    Sorry if I misunderstood you.

  8. This Afeso Akanbi has been writing series of articles that can create a form of war, hate speech and derogatory remarks against a religion. it can also incites religious hatred for some religions in the country. One needs to know that the killings this ***** was referring to happened politically and not in religious line at all. What did this man wrote out when Obasanjo in his time ordered killing of odi people in river state. The ***** forgot to realize Obasanjo was a Christian who ordered fellow christian to be wiped off the existence in Nigerian map. Where was this ******* when those things happened. Besides killing has been happening irrespective of religious affiliation. Had it being, the killings could have not claimed casualties from both two major religions. Upon all his ****** article ********, some fellow***** him applauded him for his handiwork. I will one day draw the attention of the authority to the admin of this site to stop them from allowing people like Afeso to write to them let alone publish his submissions. I know you guys will hide under freedom of speech and expression but hate speech, either religious, ethnic and political that can fuel conflict is exempted from freedom of expression.

    • Their is a common adage that says “the truth is bitter”. You keep reprimanding and rebuking Afeso Akanbi just because he has said nothing but the truth. Can you dispute any of those things he said in this article ? Can you tell me they are all lies and not true? Let me make it emphatically clear to you that first, you can’t stop him from writing his opinion article and posting it on naijagist, why? because he’s exercising his right that is well guaranteed and within the confines of our constitution. He has never made any hate speech remarks in his article. And beside, I really don’t know what you called hate speech. Maybe you should be more concern and focus more of your attention on your president who is the father of all hate, who thoughtlessly and blindly ordered shoot at sight of those attempting of snatching ballot boxes on the day of election when the (electoral act) prescribed two years in jail not death, for person found guilty of snatching ballots boxes or destroying electoral material and we call him a democratic president? Isn’t it clear enough that we are been governed by a ruthless president who has no regard for human life and who encouraged extrajudicial killings of civilians in the country? How come in all your criticism of Afeso, terming his intelligent righ-tup as full of hate speeches when you failed to call into question kaduna state governor El-rufai inflammatory comments, who publicly threatened international observers with death💀? When Buhari who is the father of all hate publicly threatened during the Goodluck administration that “he would make his government ungovernable” where were you too? you dumb APC follower! Because killings have always occur in Nigeria, so we should allow people to kill at will without anyone been held accountable for their crime against humanity? Why Can’t you be reasonable for a second before criticising others for their opinion ? Why have we allow politics to weakened our perceptive power of reason? Obasanjo you mentioned who ordered Odi invasion and subsequent killings that ensued was latter charged for his crime and was ordered by the high court to pay heavily as a compensation running into several billions of naira. Has your president apprehend and charge all those invading and sacking people from their indigenous lands? killings of innocent citizens continue to be reported almost on a daily basis mostly by the Fulani militiamen with non of them held to account and you are hear saying all sort trash? Go and draw the attention of APC authority to ban all articles submitted to naijajist because you owned the site, nonsense.

  9. No solution to Nigeria problem than to restructure, decentralize everything so that people of each region should take care of themselves. It need to be agreed upon before any election, otherwise things are going to get worse regardless of who will occupy that Aso rock.
    Voting will never change anything as it has not in the past.

  10. This post is both interesting and biased. Either we like it or not Nigeria need restructuring and Nigerians need a very rude shake-up. God used King Nebuchadnezzar to straighten the Israelites and even called him His servant (Jeremiah 27:6). I think God gave Nigeria the kind of leader she deserved. A corrupt nation to the core. Corruption is not limited to embezzlement, it is wide in definition, including apathy which is very pronounced in this write-up. It is God that choose leaders, all we can do is to pray that God give him wisdom to run the country well. I can see God’s hand in the affairs of this nation. We have to start from somewhere. It takes a crazy man to deal with crazy people. Since President Buhari came into power, the European countries have not been finding the systematic siphoning of our commonwealth easy any longer, so they will hate him. President Buhari definitely is not our messiah, what l am sure of is that at God’s own time, He will bring in the desired messiah after Buhari has played his roles. We need a leader that will give us a direction to follow. Sentiments apart, in any article we throw to the public, we have to be very straight and objective. What kind of future do we want for our children? Furthermore, l am not and will never be intimidated by these cry that Nigeria may be Islamised. I am a Christian and a preacher of the word for that matter, I can say emphatically that the Church of Jesus Christ cannot die. Jesus said He will build His church and the gate of hell shall not prevail against it (Matthew 16:18). Persecution started from the very day Jesus was born. Herod killed so many innocent children just to get at Jesus. And as for the killing of Christians, He already warned His followers in John 16:1-3, and l quote: 1 These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. 2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. 3 And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me. According to this statement of Jesus, Jihad is not of God. To me, neither PDP nor APC have the characters that can move this nation forward. The looting of the treasury must stop. See the judiciary, the last hope of the common man defending the indefensible. A serving CJN amassing such wealth? What a shame. All the system have collapsed. Buhari is just about scratching the surface and we are all crying foul. All is not about money but forthrightness.

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