“I belong to nobody”, obvious dig at Tinubu – Aribisala

By Amako Nneji June 2, 2015 17:26

“I belong to nobody”, obvious dig at Tinubu – Aribisala

A public commentator and social critic Femi Aribisala has criticized what he called the lip service declaration made by President Muhammadu Buhari at the May 29 inauguration ceremony where the President in his speech declared

    “I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody” stressing that Buhari belonged to Tinubu and the North.

Aribisala who made this known in an article made available to journalists on Tuesday tagged “Is Buhari born again?” affirmed that Buhari’s wife, Aisha, admitted during the campaign that her husband is indebted to Tinubu.

The social critic quoted Aisha saying; “My husband, General Muhammadu Buhari, has been contesting presidential elections for over a decade now, but this particular election is unique because our leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, jettisoned his personal interest for the sake of Nigeria.”

According to him, “I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody, this assertion is likely to infuriate his South-West ACN supporters in particular.

    “It is not far-fetched to insist the statement is pointedly directed at Bola Tinubu.

    “Yes, the born-to-rule Northern cabal is also already claiming Buhari, but everyone knows they did not play a prominent role in his campaign and election.”

He added; “While Buhari might not be said to belong to Tinubu, there can be no question that he owes his Presidency to him.

    “Without Tinubu, Buhari would not have even secured the APC presidential nomination. Northern APC members preferred Kwankwaso and Atiku to him.

    “Therefore, this is a cynical time to declare his graduation and independence.

    “If Buhari were to distance himself from Tinubu, now that the election is done and dusted, this will be viewed as a great betrayal.

    “It will lead to the fulfillment of our prophecy that the two of them are strange bed-fellows engaged in a marriage of convenience that is bound to end in divorce sooner than later.

He therefore stated that Buhari’s inaugural speech cannot raise the dead, which abound, in Nigeria; neither can it inspire the living.

Aribisala further quoted the Prophet Habakkuk who wrote “Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it,” before summarily adding that Buhari’s speech and comments were hollow.

    “There is nothing to run with in Buhari’s speech. Apart from ‘I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody,’ it was even lacking in sound-bites.