A Dictator’s phantom plans

By Post Nigeria January 31, 2015 23:36

A Dictator’s phantom plans

General Muhammadu Buhari earlier this week declined the invitation of the Nigeria Election Debate Group, NEDG, to debate the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

With the All Progressives Congress, APC, backing their Presidential candidate’s move, wider concerns remain in the minds of the electorate as to the intellectual ability of the aged former dictator.

The initial slip up of calling his running mate “Osibade” instead of Osinbajo was airbrushed as nothing beyond an honest mistake.

Most Nigerians remain unconvinced nevertheless, asking why Buhari has remained less vocal than the Professor and even other Party members including national secretary Lai Mohammed and Presidential Campaign Director Rotimi Amaechi.

The APC candidate has been touring the nation since the year begun and despite going to over 30 states in the Federation he has barely clocked up to an hour of speaking time at the respective state rallies cumulatively.

Shockingly he has spent the most amount of time speaking in just Kaduna, Port-Harcourt and Kano, talking for an average of 2 minutes in each city with the bulk of the drum-beating coming from APC top dogs.

The problem here becomes what the plans for Nigeria are, as far as the General is concerned.

With the “Change” buzzword being peddled around cheaply by the party, it is yet to go into details as to what its plans are for the country.

The brevity of Buhari’s speaking time worries Nigerians across board, realizing that no economic or developmental policy can be well articulated in just two minutes, a majority of which is spent yelling “APC”.

His frail health has been brought up, to argue the point, with many recalling when he lost his footing in a rally in Port-Harcourt.

Spin doctors were quick to say the 73 year old did not collapse but it was just a “mere trip”.

The striking evidence as shown below, reveals the fact that the general’s speaking time continues to diminish.

After canvassing round the country, there still has been no word from the general on how he intends to end the problem of insurgency, or dwindling oil prices, which he long boasted about.

Nigerians have a right to be spoken to especially if you would like their votes. The least that can be done is to show respect and talk to them of course.