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Buhari and post election violence in Northern Nigeria
Author: Musa Augustine | May 09, 2011



There is no doubt about the popular saying that âwhat makes good relationship between a teacher and a student is the understanding the teacherâs teachings. General Muhammadu Buhari, a presidential candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in the just concluded general elections, who contested in 2003 under the platform of then All Peoplesâ Party (APP) now All Nigeria Peoplesâ Party (ANPP) and lost to the then President Olusegun Obasanjo, went to court to seek nullification of the election in allegation of irregularities. But lost his case from Court of Appeal to Supreme Court for lack of merit. In 2007, Buhari contested the election again under the ANPP and lost again to late President Umaru Musa YarâAdua of the PDP. Buhari again did not hesitate of taking the same process of approaching the court from Court of Appeal to Supreme Court as provided by the constitution of the land, but once again lost. Many Nigerians at that time thought that Buhari as an elder statesman, who ruled this country for about 18 months would have understood that there is no vacancy for him to rule this country again. Surprisingly, which I believe to every well meaning Nigerian, when Buhari came out to declare his intention to run for the same seat he lost two times and not only that but decided to dump his initial party that sponsored him in 2003 and 2007 to form a party that he believed would give him the mandate to rule Nigeria at all cost. Having had many supporters, within and outside the shore of Nigeria, thinking that General Muhammadu Buhari would learn from his past mistakes that led to his two time defeats in 2003 and 2007. In General Buhariâs early campaign ahead of the 2011 elections in Maiduguri came out to tell Nigerians that yes, he is still the same man we know by saying that the ruling PDP came to power and still in power through rigging and alleged that the same thing was going to happen in the 2011 elections. Although he expressed confidence in the INEC chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega, Buhari said his supporters should not only come out enmass to cast their votes but also wait till counting and that in any attempt to rig, ku buge. As a student who always believed whatever his or her teacher said, accepted the message of their godfather. President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, who was committed to ensure free and fair elections, not minding his being among the contestants kept saying that let all Nigerians join hands together to make the election free, fair and credible. While taking this gospel to all nooks and cranny of this country was saying that Nigerians should know that no oneâs ambition worth the blood of a single Nigerian with a call that no Nigerian should rig the election for him. Instead of Buhari supporters to hold onto the attempt to rig, but advanced the message to âif we lostâ and showed Buhari in Gombe that they are ever ready to do it if he lost in the election, not only in any attempt to rig, but by destroying bill boards belonging to other political parties in the state and even the airport where he landed was damaged. Although Buhari apologized to the Governor of Gombe State, Alhaji Muhammadu Danjuma Goje, who did not hide his love for Jonathan by telling Buhari that he is 100 per cent in support of Jonathan and he is happy Buhari apologized to Jonathan, the PDP and the government of Gombe State. But with that Buhari could not call his supporters to order and never ends there but spread to other parts of the North. The Federal Government responded immediately by calling on all political parties to call their supporters to order because the present administration is well committed to conduct a credible election that will be acceptable by every Nigerian, and that government would hold the leader of any political party that is responsible for any break down of law and order during and after the election. Surprising enough, on the 16th April, during the National Assembly election, Buhari was quoted by newsmen as saying he was satisfied with the system put in place that he was confident that the election was going to be free and fair with the caliber of person like Professor Attahiru Jega as the INEC chairman. Only a week letter, the same Buhari raised alarm that electoral materials were carried by helicopter to some places undisclosed. Glory be to God, the first ever free, fair, credible and internationally recognized election was conducted in the history of our great country Nigeria which both local and international observers commended the way and manners Nigerians conducted themselves during the election. As Nigerians both from home and abroad were happy with the commendations of the international communities lifting the country high in the comity of nations, some uneducated miscreants as described by the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Hafiz Ringim, went wild in the North destroying property, maiming and killing innocent people in the name of Ba mu yarda ba (we do not agree). What I did not understand is, is it the free, fair and credible election that was bravely conducted by President Goodluck Jonathan and Professor Attahiru Jega that they did not agree or because Buhari lost in a free, fair and credible election? Or is it because President Jonathan, being a southerner and not a Muslim but a Christian that they did not want? I was surprised when I heard Buhari distance himself from the crisis but insisted that the election was rigged, saying why should all the votes from South-South go to PDP and the PDP went ahead to secure votes from the North? Forgotten that the PDP is not a regional, religious party as the CPC, and that the PDP is a national party that covers nooks and cranny of this country? Buhari, who during his campaign rallies exhausted his energy in preaching the gospel of âA kasa, A tsare, A rakaâ which was actually done but still not satisfied now dissociates self from the crisis that have consumed many innocent lives including NYSC members for nothing. I remember when reacting to the violence, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Force Headquarters, Abuja, Mr. Sola Amore said, he who did not agree with the outcome of the election and felt aggrieved should channel his grievances to the appropriate quarters, and he that refused to do that is instigating violence. And Buhari said the election wasnât free and fair as commended by both local and international observers, but he will not go to court. Please, who do we fool here? Musa can be reached on 08039295842

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Faith    Abuja, Nigeria    January 10, 2015
What Buhari never said By: Peregrino Brimah
2015-01-09 19:31

Let us set the records straight. As Nigerians prepare to vote for progress and change in the upcoming Presidential elections, it is pertinent certain popular statements attributed to chief opposition candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari are set straight for God and man.

Firstly, did General Buhari ever say he or they will make Nigeria ungovernable? The answer to this is a resounding, no!
In an earlier write-up we carefully researched this inflammatory statement and discovered that it was made by a then PDP politician, Lawal Kaita from Kaduna. This is why the late NSA, Andrew Owoye Azazi said that it was internal PDP politics and their squabbles on zoning/rotation of the Presidency that led to the “sudden sophistication of Boko Haram.”

It was within PDP that the discussion of rotation of the presidency came up, and Lawal Kaita was perturbed with Jonathan’s decision to continue late Umaru Yar’Adua’s term in violation of the parties zoning policy. This was when Jonathan promised to only contest/occupy the top spot one additional term (in addition to his completing Yar’Adua’s term) and also when some northern PDP stalwarts and party founders threatened to make Nigeria ungovernable. There was no such confusion in Buhari’s CPC and thus no need and reason for such inflammatory pronouncements from his quarters.

When Reuben Abati spun this statement upon the person of Buhari, the General took him to court for libel and the court judgment as awarded in Buhari’s favor. Buhari dragged Abati and The Guardian to court via suit no. ID/837/2011 and demanded N1billion damages. President Goodluck Jonathan then begged Buhari to settle out-of-court. See in DailyPost of January 13th, 2013: http://dailypost.ng/2013/01/13/presidency-begs-buhari-to-settle-slander-case-out-of-court/.

The empathetic General agreed and Reuben Abati and the Guardian where the libelous article was published were made to publish an unreserved retraction of the slander against Buhari which they did in the Guardian of July 11, 2013. This is why Reuben Abati is called Nigeria’s evil genius. Our full article on this with all references can be read here on ENDS.ng: http://ends.ng/fact-it-was-pdp-that-promised-to-make-nigeria-ungovernable-in-2011-buhari-never-did/

Did General Buhari promise election riots in 2011? The answer to this is again, no!
General Buhari never prescribed riots or made any threat related to such in regards to the 2011 elections. He took the case of election rigging to court and never made a single statement containing threats in relation to it. The Lemu panel investigation of the post-election riots cleared the General of any guilt of complicity. The General released an exemplary press statement on the court’s ruling which can be read on SaharaReporters of December 28, 2011: http://saharareporters.com/2011/12/28/statement-general-muhammadu-buhari-regarding-verdict-supreme-court-jonathans-election
Buhari did however state that if 2015 was a repeat of the rigging on 2011, there will be a fierce fight He used the kare jini biri jinni Hausa proverb, which roughly cuts as ‘the dog and baboon will be soaked in the same blood,’ but is an idiom which means, there will be a real battle- could be legal; could be protests or any other battle, as this is a mere proverbial statement.

Of course those who wished to paint this statement with the ‘blood’ contained in it did so eagerly as we see they have done in many other of his statements and statements attributed to him. Read more on the idiom here, by Dr. Aliyu Tilde on PremiumTimes: http://www.premiumtimesng.com/opinion/5195-buhari_vs_pdp_the_dog_and_the_baboon.html
The third hallmark statement attributed to the General: did Buhari ever say that a war on Boko Haram was a war against the north? The answer to this statement as with the rest is a resounding, no!

Why are all these false statements attributed to Buhari? Well, for one reason the General is rather not that outspoken and is a man of extreme patience and tolerance who evidently only used legal means to redress the libel and false accusations against him planed and sponsored by the Presidency.
So what did General Buhari say in 2013? He said, the institution of a State of Emergency in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states was a declaration of war on the north of Nigeria.
He did not say that fighting Boko Haram was a declaration of war against the north; no, after all he fought and destroyed not only Maitatsine terrorists, but also the Habre fanatical forces of Chad. He clearly understands the need of a real war against terror; he however saw that Nigeria’s President and the then army Chief, General Azubuike Ihejirika who has been labeled a Boko Haram sponsor by my organization, ENDS and Boko Haram negotiator, Stephen Davis, were not fighting any real war against the terrorists but were silently facilitating the continued reign of terror and seeking all means to destroy the northeast as it is today.

Also read: Dear Buhari!
When Buhari wiped out Maitatsine in Adamawa state, he did not need to declare any phony state of emergency. He did not declare one either when he expelled the Habre Chadian forces from the 19 Nigerian occupied Islands in the northeast.
Today the entire Nigeria saw the wisdom of elder statesman Buhari’s position against the declaration of the state of emergency and the senate thereby refused to extend the more harmful than good emergency rule that failed to yield meaningful results since it was instituted in May of 2013.

I as a proponent of the State of Emergency in 2013 and one of those who canvassed and pushed for it did not quite agree with the General at the time but now I understand his reservations and how this declaration and all others by the President including his recent cessation of fire have all been declarations of war against the Nigerian people, particularly those being decimated and displaced in the northeast by French foreign forces being organized and directed from Idris Deby’s Chad.
In conclusion, the Jonathan government who without any investigation exonerated MEND who had claimed responsibility for the October 1st 2010 Abuja bomb attack, since then decided to pick on General Muhammadu Buhari, his most formidable perceived opponent and in so doing allowed and as some say, actually supported Boko Haram’s continued existence and carnage while his evil genius press and media men and the Femi twins continued to spew slander upon slander and libel upon libel against the person of Buhari, spinning his every proverb out of context, publishing twisted versions of his every word and even reflecting other people’s statements upon him.
Proverbs 19:9 says… who breathes out lies will perish.
Indeed the liars shall perish. For “Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive.” “The venom of asps is under their lips.” Romans 3:13 ESV.

- MyNews24
OMOTAYO, J. A.    Lagos, NIGERIA    May 14, 2011
Afunwa, I accept that I am a fool. First, I am a fool because I write to millions of supposed educated Nigerians who are impervious to reason. Second, I am a fool because I gesticulate before millions of Nigerians who have eyes but who do not see. Third, I am a fool because I speak to millions of Nigerians who have ears but do not hear. Fourth, I am a fool because I want to listen to millions of Nigerians who have mouths but are dumb. Fifth, I am a fool because I write against the "wise" Nigerians who have been gradually running the country aground rather than join the millions who praise them. Sixth, I am a fool because I have no god-father like other Nigerians. Finally, I am a fool because I believe in God. Wiser men (not gender sensitive) do not believe in His existence. God bless Nigeria.
Afunwa    Mumbai, India    May 12, 2011
OMOTAYO, J. A. You are just a f**l that is reasons why you don't know your left and your right Its very unfortunate that Buhari as an elder stateman and former leader of our great country, does know that there is peaceful protest in nigerian timetable especially during elections. I gues Buhari should be held responsible for all the atrocities committed in the northern part of this country after the election. CPC is a party of criminals and blood suckers.
OMOTAYO, J. A.    Lagos, NIGERIA    May 11, 2011
It is very absurd that millions of Nigerians rush to conclusion without facts and or recourse to what history has to give. By Mr. Yahaya's reckoning, the father of an armed robber should be prosecuted for the son's crime. Wonderful! Nigeria cannot be great if Nigerian elite refuse to grow in their thinking and judgement. The violence is condemnable. The loss of souls and properties is regretable.

But those who rigged the election and INEC that compromised caused the violence. A news alert on AIT television this afternoon showed that gunmen attacked the ACN chairman in Benue State and demanded tribunal documents. If the elections were free, fair and credible as widely claimed, why the attack and the demand? Whether the election was rigged or not, the attack on all southerners is unjustifyable. We must note that the security agencies that beafed up security ahead of the election have not told Nigerians why the security apparatus failed. Were there intelligence reports or not? Have arrests been made with Mr. Buhari implicated?

Many questions to ask. Perhaps our late Mr. Adekunle Ajasin of Ondo State who preached peace and non-aggression ahead of the 1983 governorship election would have been in Mr. Yahaya's prison after the violence that trailed the super rigging in favour of Mr. Omoboriowo. Rather than the courts hearing Mr. Ajasin's petition against the rigging, his level of involvement in the violence would have been the issue for determination. It would have been a ridiculous approach to the growth of democracy and the institution of justice. God bless Nigeria.
Yahaya    Kano, Nigeria    May 10, 2011
Its very unfortunate that Buhari as an elder stateman and former leader of our great country, does know that there is peaceful protest in nigerian timetable especially during elections. I gues Buhari should be held responsible for all the atrocities committed in the northern part of this country after the election. CPC is a party of criminals and blood suckers.
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