My Fellow Nigerians,
Not exactly 24 hours after the first post but I had to pause and watch the kickoff of both campaigns by the presidential candidates. For the first time in history GEJ sounded like he had some balls. Although he rambled on and on and was mostly on the defensive with almost every statement being prefixed with “they say”. However I do commend the passion he showed, a passion I never thought he had even though it was a bit of passion without substance. He did defend some of the accusations against him and dropped some new bombs at us (MEND hired to assassinate him, really bro? After you exonerated them 4 years ago?). Even if the opposition does not win the presidential elections, I believe our democracy has become richer because of the strong opposition we have. We are now seeing the ruling party sit up so to say because of their fear of the opposition which isnt an achievement in itself because indeed all governments should fear their people and we should be their first priority. Anyway, today let us enter the valley of the shadow of APC.
In the blue corner looking like an electric pole that can be blown by the wind, weighing somewhere between 0 to whatever pounds stands the once brutal dictator and enemy of free press and expression, he who must be remembered for flogging Nigerians and denying them the right to take a piss or shit on the road or in the bush, he hates indiscipline, the man rumored to have used PTF to build roads only in Northern Nigeria, the man who has now contested for elections more times than there are parts of Lord of the Rings, the man who is a rumored bigot who keeps picking pastors as running mates as if to prove the point that he is a bigot, the man who forced Nigerians to sell their goods below cost price in the 80s, Our once and future Supreme Leader hellbent on destroying corruption, the 2nd coming of Sardauna, General Muhammadu “Buh Buh” Buhari aka GMB aka I m too old for this shit.
WHY VOTE FOR GMB
What does GMB have going for him? Well as a former military head of state with war experience who is rumored to have been one of the stars of the military academies he attended in England and the USA as well as being a former Governor of the Northeast, he can be perceived to have what it takes to end the insecurity situation in that area of the country. He also has some sort of magical respect of the northern masses the kind that has not been seen since the days of Sardauna which theoretically could help him with ending he insurgency and bringing peace to a region that is the food basket and meat basket of the nation. He is perceived to be a crusader for anti-corruption and this comes at a time when Nigerians feel that corruption is at an all time high. Of course his party has some rumored kingpins of corruption who seem to be running the show *cough* Tinubu *cough* Atiku *cough*. Now that I have released the phlegm I can continue with my washing of the General. He has picked a very learned running mate (I didnt speak about GEJ’s running mate because well I dont know what he adds to the ticket) who could bring an academic and intellectual side to his administration. A vote for Buhari signifies a vote to try something different, I dont want to say change or transformation because the proof of the akamu/pap is in it’s taste. In some sense, a vote for Buhari will show that Nigerians are not pushovers who can be maltreated and still vote for the same party. A vote for Buhari can be seen as a Protest against the PDP and GEJ administration. Basically if you are tired of Eba, perhaps it is time to try Tuwo!
WHY YOU SHOULDNT VOTE FOR BUHARI
Where do I start from? How about his credentials as an anti-democratic SOB! He took power in 1983 in form of a military coup and proceeded to have what can be described as one of the most oppressive regimes Nigerians have ever witnessed second only to that of Abacha. His war against indiscipline did more than discipline Nigerians, it humiliated many. His attempts at preventing inflation resorted to flogging traders who did not lower their prices. Freedom of the press was out of the window under his regime. He detained Fela Anikulapo Kuti (a personal hero and hero of the people even though on reading the story Fela did contravene an existing decree). The man seems power hungry, who contests for a position 4 times! I mean that is more than a darn trilogy! Let’s talk about his age, how do you trust a man to plan for the future if he wont be there? He is well on in age and some fear that some of his ideas might be analog at best and anachronistic and useless at worst. It is a shame that we are looking for change from an older man be it a morally upright and anti-corruption old man. In his time as head of PTF many roads and hospitals were built but as the perception goes only in the North. He is seen as a Northerner’s Northerner. The perception of Buhari the fundamentalist/bigot hell bent on bringing the fulfillment of the Fulani Muslim illuminati prophecy that they and only they have the divine right to rule is still alive. This perception put off most Northern christians and middle belt Nigerians from voting for him in 2011 and could still work to some extent in 2015. That he has picked another pastor does not deter his critics who would see it as the desperate act of a man with something to hide. For the most part Buhari is a bit of an unknown factor as unless we have a crystal ball we are not sure what his administration will bring. All we have to go by is his past record and the campaign promises. If you are looking for a change in guard at the Aso Rock, he is the only other option.
So dear readers, Who is GMB to you? Why should we vote him? Why should we not vote for him? Is he the long awaited Messiah Nigeria has waited for or shall we wait for another? What are you perceptions? Are we better off sticking with the devil we have? Let’s discuss!