The doubting Thomas’s who chose to deliberately progress in errors of damnable ignorance, and play the Ostriches on verifiable facts, are pitiably laying regrettable legacies to their yet unborn generations that would indisputably demand clarifications from their graves.
Feelers emerging from Nigeria’s Presidential elections conducted on 23/02/2019 by President Muhammadu Buhari and his INEC umpire Mr Mahmood Yakubu indicates that, the Presidential candidate of the Opposition Peoples Democratic Party – PDP, Waziri Atiku Abubakar, undoubtedly won the election against the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress – APC,
Unbelievably, by reason of the integrity status of the man in the eye of the storm, the election was glaringly rigged massively by APC using the deadliest three prongs human rigging tools of Buhari’s official political tugs in the deceptive cloak of
- The INEC umpire – Prof. Mahmood Yakubu
- The Nigeria Police
- The Chief Of Army Staff – COAS, Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai
to overturn Waziri Atiku’s victory, which he vehemently refused to concede defeat rather heads to the court to challenge INEC’ verdict against his victory.
This has attracted a lot of emissaries’ of Buhari’s loyalists and sycophants trying to persuade and prevail on him (Atiku), to concede defeat as the will of Allah.
These include the so-called “Peace Committee” headed by former Gen. Abdul salami Abubakar which met a stone wall as Waziri Atiku Abubakar knows that Allah does not support injustice and cheats, nor an advocate of ruler-ship hooliganism.
My vexed issue, however, was the rebuttal of this crystal truth with the wave of the hands by the riff-raff called the Buharideen, and the Baba Sope’s, that it was untrue that Waziri Atiku Abubakar is being pestered and persuaded to accept the broad day robbery of his mandate.
Now, seemeth it not strange and worst as being ominous that Pa OBJ kept mum since Buhari’s INEC boss, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu manipulations of the Feb. 23, 2019, Presidential election in favour of Buhari who is less esteemed by the elder statesman for reelection.
This reminds me of an old adage by Africa’s renown poet, and literature icon, Nigeria-born late Prof. Chinua Achebe of blessed memory. In one of his popular novels, “Things Fall Apart” – “Do not kill a man who did not say anything, for there is something ominous in his silence”
Recall that last week while in Dubai to attend the Global Education and Skills Forum meeting, Obasanjo received the news of the judgment of the Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal declaring Senator Ademola Adeleke the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), the winner of the 2018 Governorship election in the state.
In his characteristic manner, the elder statesman did not only commend the tribunal for its courage in nullifying what was clearly an illegality, but also condemned and made remarks that gave a lease of hope on Nigerians who were grossly discouraged by reason of the criminalized-type-Buhari’s INEC 2019, national election.
Let me take this opportunity to commend the tribunal for its courage in nullifying what was clearly an illegality. This action by the judicial officers, albeit a first step in the legal process, gives renewed confidence in the judiciary at a time when there are coordinated efforts by some political leaders to undermine, if not destroy, it.
As I have repeatedly said, the world is watching events in Nigeria with keen interest. What we do or do not do right in our electoral process will have implications not just for Nigeria but for Africa and indeed the world. By correcting what was clearly a desperate attempt to change the will of the Osun people, the tribunal has saved Nigeria from great embarrassment and started the process of saving and strengthening our democracy.
Let me also commend Sen. Adeleke for his statesmanship in going to court to seek justice. This is the right and proper thing to do in any decent society. Going to court must be encouraged and not discouraged as some people are now attempting to do.
While I have refrained from commenting on the 2019 elections because one of the parties has gone to court, may I point out that those who call themselves our development partners and friends and preach sacrificing justice on the altar of so-called stability are enemies of justice, democracy and Nigeria. We will continue to sustain Nigeria in stability and unity on the altar of justice, equity, fairness, freedom, human rights and democracy. Stability cannot be successfully built on injustice, corruption, inequity, and divided nation, and incompetence, nepotism and one-sidedness.
Nigeria will march forward with or without those who will want to feed us with diet of values and actions that are not acceptable in their own countries. Nigeria is of age. And if Buhari could go to court three times to seek justice, even without reasonable cause, any Nigerian who feels denied of justice must feel free to go to court.
Those who have conceived and are promoting the narrative that if Atiku Abubakar continues to seek legal redress there will be violence, are evil minds looking for excuse to unleash violence on Nigerians. At no time in history has sustainable peace been built on theft, injustice, corruption and inequity. These merchants of chaos and violence should have no place in any decent society. And they must know that no intimidation or prophesy of violence and doomsday will cow anybody.
Nigeria belongs to all Nigerians. We will respect as friends those who believe that what is good for their country should be good for Nigeria. Yes, we are Africans but we have values that are consistent with international standards. Court is part of our democratic process and it must be used when necessary if only to achieve justice, stability, unity and progress for our country.
These are humble submissions of a detribalized leader, and elder statesman of inestimable value who has genuine concern and unconditional love for Nigeria and Nigerians.
Ironically this submission wasn’t without rains of abuses, curses and insults on the elder statesman by his Yoruba brethren who would not see anything good in him, even when the whole world commends him. Gosh!