Why General Buhari will lose once again!
"Oh God, this is old. Common Kingsley, from 2015? Are we not in 2018 already....?" Anyway, before you crucify me, know that I decided to add the article to my blog for three reasons. One, with this article, I predicted an outcome that didn't come through (means I can also be wrong). Secondly, It gives my readers insight into the fact that I have been interested in Nigerian politics for a while. And lastly, its one of the footprints you find about me on blogs and websites when you google my name (so I might as well own it here). So if you are still interested, you can go on to enjoy the piece.
Most times when you make any statement that suggests anything but a victory for General Muhammadu Buhari before or during an election period in a gathering of his supporters you may be either greeted with insults or treated with disdain like someone who has just blasphemed against a holy prophet.
In the best possible scenario, you might be lucky to get someone reasonable enough to ask “where are you from? The South-South right? No wonder, na Jonathan dem brother na.” Such statements leave me wondering, does one´s place of origin in Nigeria automatically disqualifies him or her from objectively holding an opinion on national issues? Putting National interest first, will it not be unfair to assume that someone like Nasir El-Rufai is unqualified to comment on President Jonathan candidacy only because he is from the North-West geo-political Zone of Nigeria?
Like many Africans in the diaspora who share the experience of living far away from home, I have come to see that our relationships are not influenced by tribe, ethnic group or country of origin. Like most people I have met, we have learnt to first be Africans before our tribe or nationality. It is from this position I will crave the understanding of all mainly supporters of General Muhammadu Buhari to allow me to exercise my fundamental human rights guaranteed under the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to comment on the political dynamics of my nation as it relates to the candidacy of the APC presidential candidate “General Muhammadu Buhari” in the 2015 General election.
It is no news that General Buhari previously contested the presidential election in 2003 against ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo and lost. In 2007 against Late President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua and lost. And in 2011 against incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan which he also lost. By the number of presidential elections General Buhari has participated in as presidential candidate of different parties, he is not only the most experienced candidate in Nigeria´s election history, but there should be little or nothing anyone should be able to tell him about presidential elections in Nigeria. With his wealth of experience in the last ten years, he is in a better position to school anyone interested in the subject matter particularly when it comes to the aspect of defeat and knowing when the odds are against you and cannot change in a presidential contest.
Buhari said in 2011 “This campaign is the third and last one for me since after it I will not present myself again for election into the office of the president,” by default, I assumed he had finally come to the reality of the odds against him. Thus, to be told that the General was pressured to go back and contest, defiles all sense of reason. Before 2007, I had no thoughts as to how General Buhari would fare in the election. But in 2007, I was more than convinced he would lose. Similarly, In 2011 I was convinced Buhari would lose. Just like in previous years before 2011, it is with that same conviction I am predicting once again that General Muhamadu Buhari will fail again come 14th, February 2015.
To ascribe his perpetual defeat to one factor will not only be unfair to historical antecedents but a total disregard to the truth and an injustice to the individuals, circumstances and scenarios that have characterised the Nigerian political landscape in the last couple of years and continue to play out against him. It is in this understanding that in the next couple of weeks before February 14th, I will try to bring to the fore some of the individual factors as they relate to the subject matter of a Buhari presidential campaign.
To begin with, as of today, Many “Buharists” will agree with me that General Buhari is an anti-corruption crusader who has showed that he would stop at nothing in fighting corruption. His antecedents as military head of state speak for him. But in the same vein, many of them might disagree when I say that for the General, this is a factor that has over the years influenced his continual failure in every election since 2003.
In August 1985, General Buhari was overthrown by General Ibrahim Badamosi Babaginda in a coup. Babaginda is the same man credited with being instrumental for him to be Head of State on the eve of 1984. Before the coup by Gen Babaginda, it was rumoured that Gen. Buhari had planned to retire some top military officers on allegation of corruption and Gen. IBB was to be among those to be retired. And as we would say today, corruption fought back. Once the coup took place, Buhari got detained in Benin City until 1988.
In the years preceding the government of ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo and after that, Gen. IBB and his friends have become not only wealthy, powerful and influential figures but also indispensable power brokers who have remained relevant through alleged corrupt practices. If Gen. Buhari wants to fight corruption, who are those that he will be fighting? Will Gen. IBB be spared?
No offence, but if Gen. IBB be the man that he is, it is one reason Gen. Buhari must lose again come 2015.