An Open Letter To Nigerian President, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari, Rtd, (GCFR)

By Ikenga Chronicles January 9, 2021

An Open Letter To Nigerian President, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari, Rtd, (GCFR)

— Iloh Friday Okechukwu

After a deep reflection on the daily decline of the Nigerian state, I came to the conclusion that it is important that l write you an open letter.

In the year 2015, in the buildup to the General Elections, in which you were one of the major contenders, on the platform of your political party, APC, you made electoral promises to Nigerians. The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, declared you a winner; the icing on the cake of your victory popped up when the outgoing president, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, without being promped, gleefully conceded defeat.

Lots of Nigerians, especially, those ones that either were not born, or were too young to know what you were, during your stay as a military jackboot ruler, heaved a great sigh of relief, that the change mantra, your political party slogan, is finally here.

Of course, without a needless consultation of the crystal ball, it was obvious, that you are not poised to do ordinary and casual accomplishments, let alone great exploits. As your presidency wobbled and fumbled, from 2015 to 2019, all the ineptitude of your administration was heaped on your scapegoat, your predecessor in office, Dr. Good Ebele Jonathan, whose administration was, regrettably, not fantastic. Jonathan’s name was harped upon so much that one would think he had not left Aso Rock, the nation’s seat of power.

In 2019, at another round of General Elections, you were declared winner, to your gladness and that of your admirers. Why am I going down memory lane? It is because we either forget too soon, or pretend to so do!

This is the close of year 2020, and by reckoning, you have been in power for five years, of which you are in your second term. You are left with three years, of which 2023, an election year, would hardly count; and 2022 will predictably be filled with electioneering that almost nothing else will matter. Given this, and more particularly, the untoward damage being done to this country and its inhabitants, it is not unsustainable to reflect, evaluate and gauge the consequence of your APC government.

The obvious question is, how far has Nigerians fared so far? I know that the answers this question will attract would be varied, depending on many factors; geographical, religious, political divide. In a country like Nigeria, with its peculiar marriage, of strange bedfellows, that is not unexpected.

In this letter, let me state categorically that my views, from the fountain of my conscience, are objective.

How sacred are human lives in Nigeria, between 2015 to the present? What is the worth of lives, not chickens’, but human beings? Human lives, to answer that question frontally, is far less than nothing! Under your nose, as the commander-in-chief of the armed forces, the Fulani Herdsmen, rightly declared the fourth deadliest killer group in the world, by the United Nations Organization, killed, raped women and children, in Igboland, Agatuland and Tivland. In Tivland, human beings were slaughtered like chickens, their corpses mutilated, and a video of this macabre brutality made and published. The nation’s Inspector general of police, sent to the scene by the commander-in-chief, took a detour to a place that caught his fancy.

It is no longer news that Buhari claimed that he has defeated Boko haram. The shameful paradox, is that “inexplicably” this terrorist group and their myriads of cousins, have laid waste the North-East of Nigeria; they have surged into the North-West. In the matrix of the much-mouthed defeated Boko haram, is the interspice of banditry, striking horrors and fears, even in Buhari’s village of Daura. Only recently, tens of defenceless rice farmers, who put their sickle to harvest, were happily slaughtered by Boko haram. And Boko haram has been trounced and defeated! In Katsina’s Kankara, scores of secondary school boys, in what seems like a scene of a badly written horror film, were harvested by terrorists, in the dead of the night. With all these armageddon, Buhari’s cretinous supporters, who railed against his critics as wailers, gave him more than a pass mark, that he is doing well. The statistics of insecurity is vast and devastating so much that it cannot be exhausted.

In Southern Nigeria, the narrative is not significantly different. Only this year, the defenceless, and young husband of an undergraduate classmate of mine, had his life snuffed out of him by persons, suspected to be bandits or Fulani herdsmen.

There is an uncanny humour to criminality in today’s Nigeria: security operatives seem to be as vulnerable as hapless unarmed civilians. Police area commanders and divisional police officers have been kidnapped and their freedoms given them upon payment of ransom! A couple of weeks ago, police officers who were on the trail of kidnappers, and the recovery of their victims, somewhere along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, were in turn kidnapped themselves. Thousands of Nigerians have needlessly lost their lives in avoidable circumstances.

Mr. president, your government has served Nigerians more putrid dishes of insecurity and nepotism. The whole security apparatus: police, customs, immigration, navy, airforce, army, etc are exclusively peopled by northerners, from your region of the country. Your admirers, in justifying your avid nepotism, put up the imbecil excuse that you chose people you trust and can work with. However, the question is, how much security has your trusted kinsmen afforded Nigerians?

Mr. President, with the way Nigerians, unsuccessfully, beg you to address them, in live broadcast, at the occurrence of avoidable agonies of death and carnage, you will go down in history as the most uncaring president.

Even with sustained killings and destruction, you see no reason to change guard with respect to your service chiefs. Nigerians wake up daily to the morbid news of death, thereby developing insensitivity.

No matter how apparent your malfeasance is, your critics are swiftly branded wailers and coupists!

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