Editor's note: As the 2019 election draws near, President Muhammadu Buhari faces an uphill task to win the heart of Nigerians. There has been criticism that his fight against corruption has failed to yield any major success with some accusing him of not doing enough to attend the corruption in his own government.
In this opinion sent to NAIJ.com by Doga Bash, the writer lashes out at those criticising the president insisting that he is busy trying to fix the rot in the system left by his predecessor.
He also criticses former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, for working against President Buhari claiming he cause some of the problems Buhari is dealing with now.
Read the opinion below:
The shameless plunderers, the looting colonies, the unconscionable thieves and the unrepentant criminals who stole everything in sight in Nigeria in 16 years are now talking tough, telling us how they plan to return to power in 2019. We see them every day pretending as if we have forgotten the rot they visited in the land in 16 years. They maintain bold face or what a friend described as evil ‘whispering in the dark’ (fake courage) in the face of devastation and decimation they inflicted in the land of 180 million people. They stole what they do not need, they stole for themselves, stole for their children, their grandchildren, great grandchildren, and they stole for their girlfriends and concubines. PMB has collected trillions from them, houses worth trillions and cars and SUVs worth billions and yet they show no remorse. They pretend as if there was no yesterday, as if all of us have short memories. They mock us as if their fathers and fore fathers own Nigeria and others are mere foreigners. They talk as if we owe them apologies for the decimating and debasing the commonwealth.
My friend tells me that the medicine man that placed this curse on them died with the antidote. If the medicine man did not die with the antidote, tell me where the fake boldness is coming from. Of what meat are they fed? Who is beating the drum for them? Where is the boldness coming from? Maybe we are a bunch of Never-do-wells, without sense of history, without understanding, without heads, without ideas, without knowledge, without life.
One of the unrepentant masters of lies and deceit is the former President Obasanjo who rode to power in 1999 by dancing on Chief M.K.O Abiola’s grave. Chief Abiola won a Presidential election on June 12 1993 but Obasanjo claimed he is not the Messiah. He encouraged those who annulled the historic elections to get away with it and incarcerated Abiola for 5 years and eventually killed him, and destroyed his huge business empire.
Obasanjo later became the President in 1999 because South West had to be appeased and compensated for the June 12 saga that claimed thousands of lives. Now, how OBJ ruled Nigeria for 8 years, with his Deputy, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is another big story. While in office for 8years Obasanjo could not recognize Chief MKO Abiola or make an attempt to immortalize his name.
The ingrate did not remember his collapsed businesses and the totally devastated family. Not even a single project was built in the South West by Obasanjo in 8 years and not even the road leading to his farm in Otta Ogun State was fixed. Instead he deliberately punished South West for 8years for not voting for him in 1999. Obasanjo seized Lagos LGA allocations for years until the late President Yar’Adua came in to release the funds. Obasanjo wasted 8years in office which Yoruba would have used to reposition Nigeria. While in office Obasanjo set up Bells University and extorted money from Nigerians to build a Presidential library.
This is the man who wants President Buhari, who is very busy and breaking his back to fix a battered nation OBJ and his co-travelers left behind to go. PMB is busy fixing the rot they left behind, healing the wounded country and wiping away tears from the eyes of the offended. Obasanjo has been running helter-skelter to disrespect and harass a sitting President, but all to no avail. He wrote letter to PMB not to run in 2019 thinking that he will be supported and instead he got public opprobrium and condemnation. He formed the so-called 3rd force and it collapsed like a pack of cards. He went to form alliance with ADC and it did not fly because the pilot is incompetent.
Recently, OBJ took the matter to God and said “God will remove PMB the way he removed Abacha”. Now, does he want PMB to be killed? For fixing Nigeria? For recognizing Abiola? For fixing Ajaokuta Steel Complex, the power sector, second Niger Bridge, 450 Federal Roads, for cleaning Ogoni land, for fixing the rail projects across Nigeria? For jailing the corrupt entities and seizing their property? For healing the wounds of 40 years? For bringing justice to all or planning to bring back the National carrier? For financial prudence, discipline and incorruptibility?
I can go on and on. The other day, his Deputy Alhaji Atiku Abubakar was in Bayelsa to campaign and I watched him talk about insecurity, division in the land, economy and others. He thought we have forgotten. Atiku has been part of the problem, part of the looting gang and part of those who crushed and decimated our yesterday.
Atiku who want to rule Nigeria cannot travel to the United States of America for fear of facing corruption charges. Atiku’s hands are dirty and tied in every ugly deal in Nigeria right from his days in the customs to his exploits at Intel, Nigeria. In the fullness of time, i will say it all, how can we vote a president who is afraid to travel to USA?
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