“I won’t settle old scores”, Buhari reaffirms demi-god status

By Post Nigeria May 31, 2015 01:57

“I won’t settle old scores”, Buhari reaffirms demi-god status

President Muhammadu Buhari, has reassured those who had expressed fears that he would come after them for ills done against him in the past, saying there are no scores to settle and what happened in the past will remain there.

Buhari who stated this on Friday after his inauguration at the Eagle Square, Abuja, listed corruption, insecurity, fuel scarcity as well as poor power supply as the immediate challenges that he intends to tackle.

President Buhari’s supporters had projected him as a tough leader who will not tolerate fraud, and who will be brave enough to bring past and present corrupt officials at all levels to justice.

The former Military dictator during his presidential campaign in Akwa Ibom State vowed to go after corrupt officials who looted the treasury.

    “When we come into power, anyone who steals Nigeria’s money will end up in Kirikiri Maximum Prisons. We are going to make sure that Nigeria’s wealth belongs only to Nigerians,” he stated.

Post Nigeria’s investigations revealed that the hope of the masses, who expect the man they voted to fight corrupt government officials, past and present has been shattered, when the billions of Dollars allegedly looted by corrupt Government officials are swept under the carpet under the guise of “I won’t settle old scores.’’

Sequel to his inaugural speech a cross section of Nigerians asked “does Buhari have the constitutional right to forgive corrupt officials?

    “Forgiving those who raped the economy, plundered the resources of tax- payers money, turn our roads to death traps and those involved in subsidy scam, is it a service or disservice to humanity?”

According to a Post Nigeria political analyst Ahmad Sanni, “Buhari must be playing god for ascribing himself the power to absolve sins.”

Since the election of Muhammadu Buhari on March 28, 2015, Nigerians have been getting signals of possible leniency of some sort for the politicians and businessmen who looted the nation’s treasuries, after riding on the pretense of fighting corrupt officials to win the last general election.

If treasury looting is worse than terrorism as he said, and he decides to grant treasury looters some form of amnesty, then it behooves him to give imprisoned common criminals a better deal.

Prof. Wole Soyinka said “Forgiving corrupt people is as an act of impunity and a symbol of a corrupt mentality.”

Nigerians have opined that the resolve to not go after those whom he claimed looted the treasury is because he was sponsored to power by alleged corrupt officials themselves.

However, his body language depicts that he might go after those who did not loot the treasury but personally offended him.

A few of the recent scores the President may have referred, to could be:

1. Fayose’s Death-wish Adverts

Nigerians woke up one morning to a provocative advert placed in major print newspapers across Nigeria by Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, allegedly wishing death on Buhari, the then presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

The adverts which were placed on front pages of the Punch, the Guardian and several other national newspapers, titled “Nigerians Be Warned” started with a quote from the book of Deuteronomy in the Bible talking about life and death.

Fayose then listed three former Nigerian Heads of State from North-westwest who had died tragically and placed Buhari at the end with a question mark placed over his photograph.

In reaction Buhari stated “I have become seriously disturbed by the volume of falsehood and desperation from the opposition campaign of the PDP.

    “I clearly underrated the panic and lack of integrity that leads people to tell barefaced lies, and must confess, it continues to confound me.

    “How can this campaign be talking about dead ex-leaders, jogging around the stadium and outright lies about my health?’’ he added.

2. Alleged hate campaign against Buhari by AIT and NTA

Buhari had petitioned the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, over alleged hate campaigns against him.

In his petition addressed to the Chairman of the commission, Professor Chidi Odinkalu, by the Director of Legal, APC Presidential Campaign Council, Chukwuma Machukwu Umeh (SAN), Buhari specifically urged the NHRC to take punitive measures against the African Independent Televi­sion, AIT, and the Nigerian Television Authority, NTA, for airing a fabricated documentary against him.

The petition read in part: “Campaign of hate, particularly when based on twisted facts and ill intentions, is a constructive incitement to violence. Campaign of hate is not only dehumanizing, it is against the spirit of our constitution and unwholesome to national interest. The electorate have right to base their evaluation of every election candidate on true facts, not deceptive and cooked manipulations.

    “As you are aware, the broadcasts contravened Sec­tions 34 (1) (a), 35, 36 and 37 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) as well as Section 95 of the Electoral Act, 2010. General election is a solemn process to enable Ni­gerians build a better nation, good future and real prosper­ity. Certainly, these cannot be achieved on campaign and broadcast of hate.

3. Buhari’s missing certificate saga

Buhari had said in an affidavit he deposed to the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory on November 24, 2014 before the general elections and received by Independent National Electoral Commission, on December 18, 2014, that all his certificates were with the Secretary, Military Board.

In reaction, the military denied that President Buhari’s school certificate was with it, stressing that the military was never with anyone’s certificate.

The last is yet to be heard on this matter, as all but one of the cases challenging his eligibility to contest the March 28 election is still in court.

4. Buhari’s brain is dead

Patience Jonathan, wife of Nigeria’s Former President, Goodluck Ebel Jonathan had during the campaign in Kogi State declared the brain of Muhammadu Buhari, her husband’s opponent in the March 28 election, dead.

She had described Buhari as unfit to be the country’s President.

    “Wetin him dey find again? Him dey drag with him pikin mate,” she said in Pidgin English. “Old man wey no get brain, him brain don die pata pata.”

Moved by the cheers of the crowd, she burst into songs, her voice husky and booming, to taunt Buhari: “If you vote Buhari, na your prison; if you vote APC, na your wahala,” she sang.

But in a statement signed by the APC’s campaign’s Director of Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, in Abuja the party had stated that the President’s wife words were insulting.

Shehu stated, “It is not only insulting for Mrs. Jonathan to describe Buhari as brain-dead, it is also demeaning of her status as the President’s wife to speak in the manner with which she did.”