What President Buhari Should have Done on Tuesday August 7, 2018

By Ikenga Chronicles August 10, 2018

What President Buhari Should have Done on Tuesday August 7, 2018

–Benjamin Obiajulu Aduba

When news reached the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari in London about the invasion of the National Assembly premises by the forces of the Department of Security Services (DSS) under his command, he should have hopped on his jet, which is parked in London, and flown back to Abuja. He should have taken over the command and control of the situation and assured Nigerians that lawlessness has no place in his administration and during his tenure as president and Commander-in-Chief of Nigeria. He did not do that and that is a failure of leadership.

After he had subdued the tea pot rebellion, he should have addressed the nation on national TV and expressed support for democracy despite our political differences and apologized to the House and Senate members for the embarrassment. Since he did not do any of these, there is enough room to believe that he is complicit in Daura’s moves and expressions of insubordination.

 General Muhammadu Buhari’s Hatred Of Civilian Administrations

All the national security apparatus is run as military organizations including the police. Each head has levels of authority and ought to stick to his/her level of authority. If there is need to secure NASS, that order should have come from the highest authority in the land and must be communicated to the Heads of Senate and House. The entire arms of the government (executive, legislature and judiciary) should be put on alert.

Why did Mr. Buhari not rush back given the threat posed by the attempted coup by Daura?

1. Could be that he is too sick to travel. If this were the case, he is excused, but this information ought to be communicated to the nation he presides over, during or immediately after the rebellion was subdued by the prompt action of VP Osinbajo. Since we have not heard from PMB we must try another explanation.
2. Could be that he is part of the plan. Can it be that he had set up his VP to be the fall guy if the plan failed? Is it possible that PMB was planning the overthrow of his own government?
3. Finally can we assume that PMB did not understand the gravity of what just happened? This explanation is the most troublesome of all three possibilities. Some people had theorized that our president is not smart enough to be the president of Nigeria. This possibility is playing into the hands of PMB’s enemies. And subsequent events will demonstrate what Nigerians will accept as the intellectual ability of our president.

 Buhari’s Edifice About To Collapse

If the president is well enough to travel but did not and he continues to enjoy his vacation, he would have done worse than Nero who played his fiddle while Rome burnt.

Nigeria should declare a day of mourning.


  • Benjamin Obiajulu Aduba writes from Boston, Massachusetts.