What Buhari never said
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,
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
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.
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