Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, on Tuesday said it was confusing for President Muhammadu Buhari to honour the acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, late Chief Moshood Abiola while at the same time admiring his ‘tormentor-in-chief.’
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Daughter of late winner of June 12, 1993 presidential election, Chief, Moshood Abiola, Hafsat, on Tuesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, spoke on behalf of the Abiola family, gave the speech below:
Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja Pro-June 12 activists are already seated at the State House Conference Presidential Villa, Abuja as President Muhammadu Buhari is set to confer posthumous award of Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR) on the presumed winner of the June 12 presidential election, the late Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola. The president will also…
In William Shakespeare’s play “Julius Caesar,” Mark Anthony, while eulogizing his friend, the slain Roman Emperor, Julius Caesar – also a chum of Brutus and Cassius, his compatriots in the administration of the vast Roman empire, who turned his murderers – exclaimed thus “when beggars die there are no comets seen, the heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes. So let it be with Caesar.”
This tribute paints a picture of two kinds of reaction that trails human exit from our planet. While the heavens, as was claimed by Mark Anthony agonizes with man over the death of a prominent and important figure on earth, the passing on of ordinary folks, depicted here as a beggar, we can infer from Mark Anthony’s tribute elicits no such reaction in heaven or heavenly places. As a Christian, I know that this statement is fallacious to say the least, and nothing can be further from the truth.
The Bible makes us to understand that it is only the Spiritual rebirth of a sinner here on earth that generates excitement among the heavenly hosts, similar to what Mark Anthony described, regarding the death of the Roman emperor – Julius Caesar. We are also taught in the Bible that the heavenly beings rejoice more at the conversion of a sinner to a saint, compared to a saint who needs no repentance.
Why, you may ask are the heavenly beings so thrilled over a sinner who decides to make a U – turn from a life of iniquity? The answer is not far-fetched. Every sinner is destined for destruction in hell, where we are made aware the devil and his followers will continue to endure ever-lasting punishment. Note the word “ever-lasting.” This is why the heavenly hosts are delighted over a sinner who surrenders his or her life to Jesus Christ, making such a humble soul a candidate for heaven where condition is the direct opposite of what obtains in hell.
In hell, the devil is the alpha and omega, so to say, and he calls the shots there, he has also been dubbed “Satan” meaning “The deceiver.” Satan targets humans in his bid to add to his devotees, and he does this in several mischievous ways, oftentimes the most attractive ploy he uses to win zealots is lies, that is why our Lord Jesus Christ affirmed in the Bible that “when Satan speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.”
Satan uses the beautiful things of this world to lure and win converts into his fold, using money and the many comely things money can buy to beguile and ensnare people, turning it into a “must – have” god. While I concede that money is good and can buy us so many exquisite things that brings comfort into living, “mammon” as the Bible refers to money, has proved powerless and useless in the day of trouble. Perhaps you may ask again, when does this ‘day of trouble’ actually dawn or comes to man?
This ‘day of trouble’ which I have come to recognize as “death” may come gradually to us when it wants to be humane or occur suddenly. When it comes giving us notice over a period of time, maybe through sickness or longevity, it is giving us ample opportunity to re-consider our wayward ways and repent of our sins, knowing fully well that, as God’s messenger, our Heavenly Father does not derive any pleasure or satisfaction from the death of a sinner. But if one is unlucky to host death as a guest suddenly while still mired in sin, the repercussions can be catastrophic. While “Death” can be compassionate to some, the “Devil” shares no such sentiment or qualm. He wants more people to join him in hell, believing that the more the people with him there, the merrier.
Salman Rushdie, author of that controversial book “The Satanic verses” branded those who in any way relishes and derives pleasure in visiting suffering upon others as agents of Satan; and I cannot agree less. In the past forty (40) years in Nigeria, various regimes have held sway in this country, whose sole aim was not to add any tangible value to the lives of ordinary Nigerians. Some of them shot their way to power, while others rigged elections to get there, scuttling the people’s will to elect a government of their choice that they believe will make a positive impact upon their lives. The actions of those wicked and conscienceless regimes have been chronicled in my third book ” On the Brink” for the coming generations to read and learn from history, bringing to them, through the lives of leaders in those regimes that seeking and gaining power for selfish purposes brings only short-lived satisfaction. The long-range plan of service to fatherland and humanity pays, not only eternal dividends, but will even start generating its adherents rewards right here on earth.
Two people from our recent past will be used here to illustrate this concept of rewards here on earth for good and for bad leadership. Generals Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida – IBB – and Muhammadu Buhari were two military Heads of State who led our country in two opposite directions. While the motive of IBB & Co for seizing power was selfish and parochial, he acquired illicit wealth and prestige during his 8-year tenuous hold on power, at our expense, but time has since revealed him as a pretender who should never have come near the seat of power in the first instance.
As if living in a dream-world of self-delusion, he attempted to come back to power as a democratically elected president under the Peoples Democratic Party – PDP – a political party that was well suited to his personality and agenda. To his surprise, his ambition was stiffly rebuffed by his colleagues in this party of self-centered and greedy people, who unfortunately held Nigeria and Nigerians by the jugular during this 4th republic’s first 16 years. IBB met in the PDP people who are more selfish, greedy and desperate to rule Nigeria and ruin Nigerians more than him, and they deployed everything in their arsenal to scuttle his ambition. By the time he emerged from this experience, he had realized that “a good name” according to the Bible “should be treasured much more than gold.” He has since resigned to his hilltop palace in Minna, Niger state, playing the role of a godfather, bank-rolling the selfish ambitions of his fellow party men who choose to give him recognition. After all, the money he is using to install these people in position of authority is not his hard-earned money, they were stolen from Nigeria.
On the other side of the divide, we have Gen Muhammadu Buhari, who during his first time around as Nigeria’s Head of State had a completely different mind-set from that of IBB and his co-conspirators, who along with Buhari shot their way into power too, but decided to choose Buhari to lead their team. They soon found out to their chagrin that Buhari was not a man like them, whose aims for this putsch was to enrich themselves, deceiving Nigerians as their saviors after unseating from power an equally kleptomaniac civilian government of Alhaji Shehu Shagari, which was rigged into power by the Obasanjo military administration of 1976 – ’79.
Buhari came briefly, making an indelible positive mark upon our country between 1984 and ’85 and by the time he was edged out by his colleagues in a palace coup, he had clearly demonstrated to like-minded people in our country that he means well for the generality of Nigerians. IBB and his followers who removed Buhari deployed lies in a manner never seen before in Nigeria to paint Buhari a villain who deserved his fate. In ignorance we shouted and hailed these self-seeking and greedy swindlers, especially by youths of my day, and the political elites and few business people whose fortunes at milking Nigeria were waning by the day due to Buhari’s tough stance against indiscipline in all areas of our national life.
Yes, you are right, this article is not wholly about these two very distinctly different former Nigeria’s HOS, even though both of them are still very visible in our political arena. Buhari, just like IBB, when democracy was restored in our land in 1999, attempted three times to come back to power as a democratically elected President between 2003 and 2011, but failed, not because he is unpopular but due mainly to Buhari’s unmatched record as a man of integrity and discipline, which politicians then still remember very clearly, and which may hinder their plans to continue the looting spree of our country’s coffers, since they were not done yet with milking Nigeria, if allowed until she collapse and dies.
Corruption, that canker, had brought Nigeria nothing but international ridicule in the comity of nations, with our taskmasters in the ruling PDP during this period not bating an eyelid. But then came 2015 when the suffering Nigerian masses, who had been pushed to the wall turned back to face their tormentors, fighting, not with guns, but their voters cards. In a landmark election victory, the masses vote, for the first time in our voting history counted, even though every imaginable ploys, including the use of their illegally acquired resources, especially our money which they had stolen and were heaping up for this election, were deployed to alter the outcome of this historic election, but finally, after shifting the day of this election for 6 weeks, ostensibly to fight Boko Haram which had been terrorizing our people in the north-eastern parts of the country unchallenged, annexing and inflicting untold suffering on the ordinary Nigerians, thereby ridiculing the Goodluck Ebele Jonathan’s government of the day, in this 4th attempt Buhari clinched the Presidency of Nigeria and was eventually sworn-in as President.
The PDP during their reign between 1999 and 2015 had been revealed as coming not to develop Nigeria and improve her people’s living standard, but came to destroy our country through the monumental looting of our treasury during their stay at the helm, for which they, through their new party Chairman – Uche Secondus – have accepted as true and sort the forgiveness of Nigerians through a public apology.
During OBJ’s administration, when scandalous contract awards such as the Siemens and the Halliburton deals were uncovered and brought to the attention of the nonchalant postured Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, our country, as revealed by EFCC had lost fortunes in several billions of dollars to the thieves in the PDP who paraded themselves as our saviors and leaders, but their mission was to steal our money, details of which are highlighted in my fourth book “What a bumpy ride.” which covers the retrogressive and obnoxious period of PDP administrations between 1999 and 2015.
As I said earlier, and from the title of this article, Satan the deceiver has adherents and many of his cohorts are in Nigeria, and they thickly populate the PDP where their sole aim is to kill the hopes, dreams and aspirations of ordinary Nigerians. They used our limited resources to live big, sending their wards to the best educational institutions around the world, while neglecting and allowing to go into ruin, our own educational establishments, when in power. The general human development indices under these evil administrations did not only paint a gory and damning picture of their ineptitude, but also showed them as being conscienceless.
But when our God, who neither slumbers nor sleeps rose to the rescue of the Nigerian masses, Gen Muhammadu Buhari, who at this point in time was thoroughly fatigued about running again for President was persuaded and prevailed upon to try again in the 2015 election. One of the protagonists of this laudable effort, Nasir el-Rufai – a prominent and influential figure in the deceptive administration of OBJ between 1999 and 2007 had repented after seeing the light. They were able to convince Buhari to run again in the 2015 Presidential election, and to the glory of God, candidate Muhammadu Buhari emerged victorious, defeating an incumbent President in an election he was seeking a 2nd term. Money and lies were shamelessly deployed to influence the outcome of this election as ordinary Nigerians are now being inundated with, but both could not deliver Aso Rock villa to their candidate – Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
What magic wand, you may ask again ensured this eventual victory for Buhari, apart from the hand of our Almighty God, which was glaringly manifested before, during and after this epoch-making election? Buhari’s good works, his untarnished and unrivalled integrity over the years spoke for him. His antecedents in government and public service as Chairman of Abacha’s Petroleum Trust Fund – PTF – which he prudently and responsibly managed under an administration that was well noted for sleaze, spoke for him. His campaign slogans “Change”, “Buhari a man you can trust” among many others re-echoing this man’s unassailable probity in the past, spoke for him when it mattered most. He was voted massively into power by the Nigerian suffering masses and, as they say, the rest is now history.
The 2nd and concluding part of this article is going to address squarely that pertinent question “Has Buhari performed in the last three years? Has he fulfilled his campaign promises to the Nigerian people since coming to power as a democratically elected President? Answers to these questions are apt and very necessary, because the opposition parties, led by the PDP, once more had started their campaign of deceit, deploying what they know best, money and lies to ensnare and cajole Nigerian voters into voting for them, come 2019.
I SEE IT AS A PERSONAL DUTY AND RESPONSIBILITY, BOTH AS A STAKE-HOLDER AND VOTER IN NIGERIA, AND HER SPEEDY DEVELOPMENT, TO SPEAK OUT FOR BUHARI.
If this is the only contribution I can make, I believe history and posterity will vindicate me. But this task is much more desirable now that the looters of our treasury in the past are ganging up again against Buhari and the good works he is doing on our behalf, with former Nigerian HOS’s and Presidents in the frontline of this battle to return us to Egypt. We all must be vigilant and be patriotic. God bless Nigeria.
A LUTA CONTINUA! VICTORY IS SURE!! NIGERIA MUST SURVIVE!!!
Abayomi Bamigboye. Lagos, Nigeria. 7th June, 2018.