Its Deja vu as Nigerians woke up yesterday to find the print and broadcast media awash with a powerful message from the Owu Oracle,whose ominous letter of similar content sounded the death knell for the Goodluck Jonathan’s PDP administration.
APPEAL TO REFRAIN FROM SEEKING RE-ELECTION
Obasanjo,in a strong worded message asked President Muhammadu Buhari not to seek re-election next year, saying that he has failed in his management of Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria.
“I only appeal to brother Buhari to consider a deserved rest at this point in time,” Obasanjo said on Tuesday in an emailed statement. “President Buhari does not necessarily need to heed my advice. But whether or not he heeds it, Nigeria needs to move on and move forward.”
This words reverberates the parable of the man whose head is used to break the coconut that may not live to savour the eating of the delicious fruit.He claimed then that Jonathan, his protege had failed and advised him not to seek re-election and at the polls he pulled the plug on his party and backed Buhari and we all know the outcome.
In his words, Obasanjo said “The situation that made Nigerians to vote massively to get my brother Jonathan off the horse is playing itself out again,” .
Buhari’s government had promised Nigerians on assuming power that he would fix the nation,end corruption,impunity,bring looters to justice,secure the nation which was at that time under terrorist incessant attacks and address the economy but with presidential elections scheduled to hold in February next year as well as vote for lawmakers and state governors, Buhari’s scorecard has been the least expected of a highly touted disciplined,incorruptible and visionary patriot.
UNHINGED KILLINGS AND IMPUNITY BY HERDSMEN
On the contrary, Nigeria has witnessed the greatest barbaric carnage and decimation of innocent citizens by a group of armed herdsmen that happen to be kinsmen of the president and he has done nothing about it to the chagrin of the Nigerian people.
ECONOMY IN DEEP DOODLE AND STAGNATED
The economy in perpetual recession, corruption rocketing to the top of the charts,with the president’s men all involved in this despicable act.
Nepotism at its highest in the country’s history, unemployment in double digits and his health never gave him the chance to articulate and execute his agenda.
Buhari had spent over 6 months abroad on treatment and several trips abroad on check ups. His Party, the APC has fragmented.
PARTY IMPLOSION AND EXODUS OF BIG WIGS
A coalition that mustered unprecedented support that gave Buhari victory at the polls, having failed in several attempts before to be president from 2003-2011. That coalition is now a house divided against itself, with many members accusing the president of adopting a non-inclusive style and appointing cronies instead of competent people to key positions. This implosion have seen heavy weights like Abubakar Atiku,Vice president under Obasanjo leaving APC and joining the PDP to seek a presidential ticket against Buhari, who in fairness has not declared his interest to contest.
Obasanjo fell short of what one may consider an honest mea culpa following his strong backing of Buhari’s candidature against Jonathan in 2015. Buyer’s remorse time for Obasanjo whose words are weightier in Nigeria’s political circuit and this missive has perhaps given Nigerians the verdict on a messiah that never lived to fulfill his promises on the account of ill health,Corruption,cluelessness and perhaps due to his easy acquiescence or capitulation to the whim and caprice of his cronies and pernicious cabal as his brave wife Aisha claims,which is plausible considering the seeming helplessness of Buhari with all that is going on around him.
CHANGE IS INEVITABLE
Nigerians can only pray and seek a new messiah to drive us out of this retrogressive progression. For whom the bell tolls, walking the gauntlet in Jonathan’s shoes as Nigerians turn the other way palm faced, shaking their heads in shock of his failings as a man that frittered away so much good will on the altar of Nepotism,Inertia ,Corruption and ethnic allegiance over the common good of the commonwealth of the Nigerian people.