On President Buhari’s new (dis) appointments

While, in my opinion, it’s still too early to attempt to gauge President Buhari’s performance, even so, it might not be wrong to pose a comment on his probable dispositions, especially the one that raised so far the loudest outcry across the nation’s media platforms. I’m particularly concerned to see sudden changes in the discourse of interlocutors, a disquiet that may likely lay on the line the hard-earned change Nigerians collectively fought for in the last election. Mr President’s recent appointments, unlike his previous actions that caused inconsequential name-taggings, call for reflection. I decided to comment on these because learning from former President Jonathan’s case, there is no doubt the Hausa axiom says, ‘when you see your brother’s beard is on fire, you should quickly bathrobe yours with some water.’ Continue reading “On President Buhari’s new (dis) appointments”

The gallantry of Captain Sagir on Ekiti vote

The worst and most dangerous mistake a country could make is to politicise its defence system. Two or three things are apparent from my perception of Captain Sagir’s action, and this gallantry hopefully will become the whistle that sounds the victory of Nigeria in the hard-hitting game of nationhood.

At first, blowing a whistle as fierce and sensitive as this nature is, without a doubt, a daring bravery, and Nigeria salutes Captain Sagir’s courage, prays and hopes for more from courageous Nigerians like him across all sectors!

Secondly, it is true to say his action exposes not only the profligacy of Nigerian politics, which is no longer news around the world but also a dreaded indication of a corrosive activity that has begun to eat the foundation upon which the country stands. Some people, especially within the military institution no doubt may see the action of Captain Sagir as an act of betrayal or cowardice, but this claim, controversial it might be, only justifies the bedlam within and the ardent need for the Nigeria military and all security institutions alike to put their house in order quickly! If they were as divided as they are now, Nigeria would have been forgotten a long time ago. It was their patriotism and resilience that kept the country alive, and so they shouldn’t allow corrupt politicians to systematically waste their sacrifice in vain.

To these ends, because Captain Sagir did what he did, though only God knows how much this heroism will cost him, as, based on his words, it has started, I strongly believe, his action and other incidences that preceded his are a sign of a defining moment for Nigeria. And, hopefully, these are what would eventually culminate to set the country finally free from its bondage.  So, help Nigeria, God.

A lesson to take home: An interview with Asari Dokubo

Given the experience Nigeria has gone through in the last six years of present administration, characterised by a high deterioration level of public service, law and order and security, I strongly doubt if President Good Luck’s capabilities are comparable to General Buhari’s. It is evident, leadership requires more than just an impractical humility to ox a diverse and convoluted country like Nigeria.

In this interview by Laylah Aliyu Mai (Voices of the Youth), a more evenhanded I have never seen granted by Alhaji Mujahid Asari Dokubo, there is a lesson to take home if fellow Northerners put off emotion and read between the lines. In my opinion, at least in this interview, this is someone who combines pride in being a Muslim, an Ijaw man and a Nigerian – all inclusive – and ready, without any predisposition, to sit on a dialogue table!

Again, in my opinion, Goodluck surprisingly appears to have far less in evidence to convince Nigerians to risk another four years of a plodding collapse, perhaps, we may with a more competent Nigerian-Ijaw.

For now, we have every reason to believe, Buhari, irrespective of his regional and religious identities, remains a strong hope of a drowning country.

See the continuation of the interview.