A Ghost In Aso Rock

By Ikenga Chronicles May 1, 2017

A Ghost In Aso Rock

From the moment of her “birth” in 1914, Nigeria has always had to bend to the wishes of a tiny clique. First, Britons, in their omniscient way (or maybe in their greedy pursuit of profit) felt that the best thing to do for a completely disparate people was to force them into an alliance (an alliance that gave birth to Nigeria’s most crushing problem, tribe worship). Then Lord Lugard, maybe as a gift to his paramour after a night of fierce lovemaking, asked Miss Flora Shaw to christen the child, and she gleefully named her “Nigeria”. Thus began a process of a tiny group of people making life and death decision for millions of people.

First, some Britons, aware of the need to maintain a firm hold on the newly independent Nigeria thought it pertinent that Northerners should hold the reigns of affairs in the country. To do that, they convinced them that the North was made to always lead. This mindset implanted in Northerners has continued to play out negatively on the country. But that is not all. From the first military coup, where a group of people again deviated from the core values of the mission, and went on personal vendetta, to the civil war where ego ruined the chances of an early amicable resolution of the conflict, Nigeria has always paid a stiff price for the choices of a few people.

Today, the same scenario is playing out again. A group of people hell-bent on foisting a particular man on the nation,in order to maintain their selfish stranglehold on power, has now held the country hostage by ensuring that a ghost continues to hide in Aso Rock as the country’s president.

The alarms rang out very loudly early in the year when the president, out for a few days for medical check up, ended up spending about 50 days away, with Nigerians denied easy access to their president. With the President away, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo became the acting president. But Osinbajo’s popularity began to grow tremendously and that apparently threatened the few men who must continue to exact the utmost influence in the country’s affairs. So they spirited in President Buhari, despite his apparent incapability to rule. And since then, one can count off his fingers, how many times the President has been seen openly in Aso Rock (he has not left the villa since his return, for any official function).

Recently though, even the usual Friday prayers and Federal Executive Council meetings that President Buhari had managed to attend before, have become impossible for him to attend. Yet there has been no official update from the Presidency bare a statement that the President will now be “working” from home.

So once again, Nigeria is being held hostage by a few people, who insist that the country must be ruled by a ghost now. So many questions besiege Nigerians; is their president okay? Can they see him or hear directly from him? Is he too incapacitated to rule? These are questions that need answers.

But who will answer the questions? The ghost in Aso Rock?