State House Press Statement
The attention of the Presidency has been drawn to unfortunate statements in the media made by former Head of State and presidential candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), Major Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) in which he allegedly predicted bloodshed in 2015 and labelled the Federal Government led by President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, as “the biggest Boko Haram”.
But perhaps the most unfortunate part of the statement was the portion in which Buhari said that, “Since the leaders now don’t listen to anybody but do whatever they wish, there is nothing the north can do.”
We find it very sad that an elder statesman who once presided over the entirety of Nigeria can reduce himself to a regional leader who speaks for only a part of Nigeria. We now understand what his protégé and former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Nasir El’Rufai, meant when he wrote in a public letter in October of 2010, telling Nigerians that Buhari remains “perpetually unelectable” and that Buhari’s “insensitivity to Nigeria’s diversity and his parochial focus are already well-known.” Who can know Buhari better than his own political associate?
Come to think of it, as the CPC presidential candidate in the 2011 election, how many states in the Federation did he visit to campaign for votes? Buhari never bothered to campaign in the southern part of the country and consistently played up the North-South divide to the chagrin of patriotic and well-meaning Nigerians. As the results revealed, Nigerians will never vote for anyone who wants to divide the country. Is Buhari going to continue to be a sectional leader?
The Federal Government led by President Jonathan is not Boko Haram. Boko Haram means Western Education is sin. That being the case, one wonders how a government that devoted the largest sectoral allocation in the 2012 budget to education could be said to be Boko Haram. Between 1983, when Buhari forcefully seized power from the democratically elected administration of President Shehu Usman Shagari, and 2012, no other administration has committed the same quantum of resources as the Jonathan administration to education in the part of Nigeria that has witnessed the most Boko Haram-related insecurity.
Only on April 10, 2012, President Jonathan commissioned the first of 400 Federal Government Model Almajiri Schools, equipped with modern facilities such as a Language Laboratory, Qur’an Recitation Hall, classrooms and dormitories as well as a clinic, vocational workshop, dining hall and quarters for the Mallams. As Nigerians read this, more of such schools have been completed.
We now challenge Major General Buhari (rtd) to tell Nigerians what he has done, whether in his capacity as the head of a military junta or in his private capacity, to bring education to vulnerable children. If he cannot live up to this challenge, perhaps he has to reassess who really is Boko Haram.
Buhari claims that the Federal Government does not listen. Such an accusation ought not to emanate from a man overthrown by his own hand- picked colleagues in the military for refusing to listen to advice and behaving as if he had a monopoly of knowledge.
It is on record that the Federal Government led by President Jonathan is a listening administration hence its decision to pursue all means of resolving the Boko Haram insurgency including through dialogue.
When Buhari says that “if what happens in 2011 should again happen in 2015, by the grace of God, ‘the dog and the baboon would all be soaked in blood”, we hereby state that it is Buhari himself who does not listen. He has obviously refused to listen to the Nigerian People, the European Union, the Commonwealth Monitoring Group, the African Union and a multitude of independent electoral monitors who testified that the 2011 elections were free and fair and “the best elections since Nigeria returned to civil rule.”
Indeed, such a reaction from Buhari is not totally unexpected since he has become a serial election loser who has never taken his past election defeats graciously even when such elections were generally acknowledged to be free and fair.
Still on the issue of Boko Haram, we wonder what locus a man whose party’s Secretary General, Buba Galadima, told the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in December, 2010, that the Federal Government is underestimating the support base of Boko Haram, has to accuse a government that has been threatened on camera by the leaders of Boko Haram of itself being Boko Haram?
Major General Buhari (rtd) also boasts of his knowledge of the Petroleum Industry because of his time as Federal Commissioner for Petroleum. We wonder why he did not boast of the infamous scandal that occurred in that ministry where under his watch billions of Naira (in the 1970s) were reported stolen, a matter which led to the setting up of the Justice Ayo Irikefe panel.
Finally, we wish to make it known to Buhari that given his reference to “dogs and baboons”, perhaps his best course of action would be to travel to the zoo of his imagination because President Goodluck Jonathan was elected by human beings to preside over human beings and it is human beings who will determine what happens in Nigeria at any material time not “dogs and baboons”.
Special Adviser (Media & Publicity) to the President
May 15, 2012.
Lets stop deceiving ourselves with this propaganda. While Buhari’s statement shouldn’t have come from him, there is nothing he has said that some other Nigerians president jonathan has not said before. When Jonathan stated that there are Boko Haram in his administration, is he not admitting that the federal government is afflicted by this group? IS Azazi’s statement not also an indictment in this regard? And by the way, are Nigerians not bleeding to death already under this clueless PDP government? Corpers alawi are not paid, salaries come half a month later now for civil servants, the south east has turned into the den of kidnappers again, and armed robbers are having field day. And this is besides the reign of terror of Boko Haram.
I don’t know what Jonathan is waiting for. Buhari should be arrested at once. He should be behind bars by now
Once again my pple this noisome fulani Migrant caled Buhari has d audacity 2 tel us 2015 blood wil flow, I don’t blame d fool,bcos when he ignited same last year April nd corpers were raped, kiled, churches burnt nd valuables in quantum destroyed of those dat ar not CPC members,by now he ought 2 av bn hanged nd vultures feeds on his carcass,in an advance country by now he wil be in handcuffs.
Let no body gets twisted Buhari is a coward who glory under late Tunde Idiagbon,IBB know dis that’s why Idiagbon was lured 2 Mecca bcos 4 Buhari he’s not an issue,when IBB ask him 2 giv up by resignin he didn’t put up a fight only 2 hand over our destiny 2 a man who brought us 50yrs backward,pls dis man is lily-liver,if realy he’s a man of intregrity what make him fraternise witTinubu, Area father, who has 17 foreign acounts,he has neva criticise Boko Harams bcos they ar his sent children woe btide dis man,one day b4 an angry God u wil acount 4 d blood of d inocent u killed nd ur colaborators,CPC said he’s like Abraham lyncolm, in what way? Lyncolm was neva a bad looser, neva overtrow a civilian president tru gun nozle,he neva ask pple 2 kil bcos he lost an election,he neva substitute an elected person 4 a favorite one like he did in Bauchi, kano candidates of CPC who were flag bearer.Quote me any time any day,if Buhari rule us for 30days war looms,d Nation wil break up into 30pcs. By d way why did he chose sky blue noted 4 d Arabs world and a local pen “alkalami” used by Almajiris for Quranic writin on a wooden slate as a symbol of his CPC party,dis man is pursueing 100% Islamic agenda,we ar not daft.Let him keep boasting of kiling evry body 2 bcome presidnd,let me remind him d GOD dat killed d All powerful ABACHA is stil alive
Sammy, u r a fool who doesn’t even kno d world we r in today, go back and tell ur father to pls teach u wat life is all about
Haba Sammy, have u not read what Aziza said, please get the write up of Dr. Tilde about the relationship b/w Aziza during his last yrs in the military and the governors of Rivers n Delta States.
I am not holding brief for anyone, but every one knows how elections are conducted in Nigeria.Secondly, corruption, nepotism, political thuggery knows no boundary. Agreed, Babangida is partly responsible for Nig’s economic backwardness, but who gain from his infamous ‘SAP’?
Look at the genesis of Boko Haram and am sure you will have a change of heart.
Remember, as matured and educated people, we should always discuss issues not personalities.
Am of the opinion that, Lagos State has been and still is one of the most advanced economically, socially and in having an election that at least represent 60% to 70% of the electorate wishes.
Best Regards @ Sammy.
When was the last Time magazine piebushld positive news on Nigeria or Africa? Why is it focusing on the president now if this is not April Fool? What is Time magazine’s strategic interest? Is Time magazine trully transparent and objective in all its transactions? Does Time magazine care about Nigeria and Africa?Above all, Africans, Nigerians and Ndigbo must maintain their dignity without looking up a foreign media outlet for justification. Be mindful that anytime foreign media praises any Nigerian or African, his/her base are sold out. It is part of global battle of ideas. Knowledge must liberate not imprison the mind.