Sunday, August 18, 2013
BUHARI'S REPORT CARD, EL-RUFAI REFRESHES NIGERIANS' MINDS?
"It is strange that a Buhari who protests when allegations of N2.5 billion (about US $3billion in those days!) missing oil funds are levelled against him can gleefully elevate similar claims into facts when it concerns others. Buhari has remained perpetually unelectable because his record as military head of state is a warning that many Nigerians have wisely heeded. His insensitivity to Nigeria’s diversity and his parochial focus are already well-known.
In 1984, Buhari allowed 53 suitcases belonging to his ADC’s father to enter Nigeria unchecked at a time the country was exchanging old currency for new. Against all canons of legal decency, he used retroactive laws to execute three young men for drug-peddling after they were convicted by a military tribunal and not regular courts of law. Buhari was so high handed that he gave himself and his officials immunity even from truthful reporting. That obnoxious Decree 4, against which truth was no defence, was used to jail journalists and attempt to cow the media as a whole. That tyrannical legislation shows the essence of his intolerance. These are facts of recent history.
Having seen his version of discipline, Nigerians are not likely to cherish an encore. The story of counter-trade and import licensing, the cornerstone of Buhari’s stone-age economic strategy and those whose interests it served, is a tale for another day. Now is time for a new generation of leaders with new thinking and wholesome democratic attitude to move our nation forward." - Mallam el-Rufai on why Nigerians must shun Muhammadu Buhari on his quest to rule Nigeria ever again. Icheoku says well encapsulated and states that Nigerians have already since taken NOTE of the fundamentalist tendencies of the gaunt army man.