I write to warn the international community of a clear and present danger
to democracy in Nigeria in the person of President Muhammadu Buhari, a
pseudo fascist leader who is taking Nigeria the way of Venezuela.
Nigeria prepares for another round of Presidential elections, President
Buhari has unleashed the fascist in him taking steps to undermine
first is the incumbent Governor of Ekiti state, Ayo Fayose. Exactly one
hour after Governor Fayose declared, his Commissioner for Finance and
the state Accountant General were arrested on trumped up charges to
cripple the Fayose campaign.
when former Vice President Atiku Abubakar looked like he might be
interested in the 2019 race, the government of President Buhari on
October 11, 2011, curiously accused his firm, INTELS of not adhering to a
policy that runs contrary to a legally binding agreement between the
government and INTELS and on the basis of that unilaterally revoked a
contract that was still in force.
though, an international fugitive who is on INTERPOL’s wanted list,
Abdulrasheed Maina, was invited back to the country the Buhari
administration (according to a press conference his family). He was
reinstated to the civil service from which he had been dismissed after
he stole millions of dollars from the pension fund, and given a double
promotion the Buhari government.
that Maina’s gubernatorial campaign posters suddenly sprung up all over
Northern Nigeria, it is generally suspected that he was brought in by
the President to fund his reelection campaign with his loot especially
as the President has fallen out with people like Atiku Abubakar and Bola
Tinubu, who funded his 2015 election.
is all the more so given the fact that the head of the civil service
revealed in a leaked memo that she warned the President against the act
of reinstating a known criminal into the civil service, even though the
President had lied to the Nigerian public that he was unaware that Mr.
Maina had been recalled and reinstated.
head of the civil service, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, is now being
persecuted the Buhari administration and the President’s chief of
Staff was caught on video trying to intimidate her for exposing the
President as a liar.
is now a palpable fear in Nigeria about the fate of the 2011 election.
Some people fear that the unprecedented militarization and intimidation
in Nigeria under Buhari would render any credible election impossible.
each of those elections he was rejected the Nigerian people, yet he
refused to accept the results and encouraged his followers to take to
violence through combustible rhetoric including threatening that ‘the
dog and the baboon will both be soaked in blood’ if he should suffer the
President Buhari was unable to accept defeat as an opposition candidate
and even threatened bloodshed and non recognition of the government in
power, how reasonable is it to expect that he would be able to conduct a
credible election and accept defeat as an incumbent president?
international community should note that in preparation for his
reelection in 2019, President Buhari had nominated a woman, Amina
Zakari, who was revealed Junaid Mohammed, a former Buhari supporter
and prominent northerner, to be his niece!
outcry made the President drawback from that decision and in her place
he appointed the current chairman of the Independent National Electoral
Commission, Mahmood Yakubu.
International Community should note that in the 16 years that the
Peoples Democratic Party Governed Nigeria, there were never any
‘inconclusive elections’. However, in the two years that the Buhari
administration has been in power, inconclusive elections have become the
trend in various states including Kogi, Bayelsa, Osun FCT, Imo and
therefore call on the international community to urgently intervene in
Nigeria to prevent what may become a Venezuela style descent into
dictatorship and economic turmoil in Nigeria at the hands of President
man whose army killed 347 unarmed Shiite men, women, children and
infants because they allegedly interrupted the road trip of his army
chief during their religious procession is a man capable of anything.
democracy is allowed to fail in Nigeria, it will lead to a domino
effect in West Africa and perhaps Africa. Is the world ready for that?