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Buhari Can’t Be Compromised Through Sycophancy –Adegbenro

Posted: Aug 7, 2015 at 12:52 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Adejare Adegbenro is a political analyst and an inspirational speaker. He is also a grandson of Pa. Alfred Rewane. In this recent interview with IFEOMA ONONYE , urged Nigerians to be patient with President Muhammadu Buhari, saying two months in office is not enough to assess a government that has a four year tenure. Excerpts:

How can you assess President Muhammadu Buhari’s two months in office? 

The government being led by President Muhammadadu Buhari has done remarkably well, given the short time of its existence in office. And the reason I am saying this is very simple but rather complex. People need to understand what is called governance. When you have a government that means to work for the electorate, the first thing you need to do is to be realistic and to be objective. By so doing, you need to understand the magnitude of the problem that is on the ground, diagnose it and then you start to apply treatment to it. I will give you an example. It is very easy for people to tag Buhari “Baba Go Slow”. It is very strange and abusive. You are talking about going into the treatment without knowing the root causes of the ailment. Who do you need to tell you that the system in Nigeria is not working? What works in Nigeria? Why don’t you think of the filth, mismanagement and corruption and those who steal? It even goes beyond that. So, we need to have a reorientation in everything.

But he was given a handover note before his assumption of office…

Yes, I know people will be quick to say Buhari was given a hand over note before his inauguration by the previous government so he should hit the ground running. When was it given and what was he given?

Now, another reason I said he has done remarkably well is that we have countries that are not faithful towards our government. The government like the United States of America is not friendly to us, if it were, there would have been so much assistance of collaborations that could have solved a lot of our national problems. But what happens? Today, they are going to sell this to us, tomorrow they are no more selling to us. Yet, with this cat and mouse posture, we still maintain diplomatic relationship with them. Then, what can we do?

Can we attribute his advanced age to his seeming slow pace?

I do not care about his age. My concern is for Nigeria to work. If the President of Nigeria is to work from the intensive care unit of a hospital, God forbids, and he would give direction on how the country would work, so be it. I need political maturity, sincerity of purpose and dedication, which, I am convinced, this gentle man Buhari possesses. I am a Nigerian. I don’t want to be described as either a Yoruba, Ibo Hausa or Itsekiri. I am a Nigerian and I need somebody who feels for Nigeria. And let me tell you one thing, when I see Buhari, I see somebody who feels for Nigeria and who is ready to make the system work in the country. I now understand that Buhari is a man of very few words but great actions.

But come to think of it, Buhari is somebody nobody can compromise through sycophancy. If you think that by singing his praises he would go out of his way to patronise you unduly, that would amount to winking at somebody in the dark. Meaning you are wasting your time.  So, I pray to God to prolong his life and give him sound health to be able to take us to the path of honourable society. We pray that God gives him the courage and wisdom to succeed because if this man fails in his efforts at cementing the unity of this country further, I do not see a Nigeria again.

Are you still convinced that he will succeed in fighting corruption in the land going by the rot he has found on the ground?

I am not saying President Muhammadu Buhari is a saint. But let me tell you one thing, he was about the most honourable Nigerian that came out to ask for people’s mandate. And he can never succeed until we, the over 150 million people of Nigeria back him up to take us to the promise land. We don’t need to steal to be rich and become millionaires in dollars. All we need to do is to be hardworking, prayerful and be lucky. He has started on the right way and we need the support of the media in that course. He has made it clear that no Nigerian is above the law and that is what we want. And that is why Nigerians should support the government. You and I know that Nigeria is a corrupt country. My prayer is that may God give this man the political will to continue what he is doing. And one thing I know, by the special grace of God, we will get to a point where the majority of Nigerians would support this government and they would say, whatever you do, we support you. But I will never support anything selective. But anything that is for the betterment of Nigeria, let us go.

When can you withdraw your support from Buhari?

If tomorrow, after his tenure, it is established that Buhari himself is corrupt, I will support the government of the day to take up the matter and prosecute him. I pray almighty God to touch the hearts of Nigerians to rally round this man to succeed rather than talking about whether he is slow or he is fast. What do we want to achieve? We want a Nigeria where institutions work. That is the most important thing. Interestingly, this is the same Buhari that some people said was the sponsor of Boko Haram! Today, Buhari is the  cleanest of the clean and that was why we voted for him. Today, Buhari is Saint Buhari. Afterall, the late music legend, Fela Anikulapo has once said that in the city of the blind, an eyed man is the king.

How do you think the National Assembly crisis can be resolved?

Well, on the crisis in the National Assembly, I will like to call on President Buhari, who is the father of all to exhibit spirit of forgiveness in the larger interest of the country. He should intervene to douse the tension so that the country can move forward. I don’t have full information about how it happened. But as it is now, God has reasons for everything. The almighty God, in both the Bible and the Qur’an teaches us to have the heart of forgiveness. And I have the confidence that President Buhari will open an avenue for smooth transition and amicable settlement of the crisis. If we start to pass bulk and apportion blames on who did this and who did not do that, before we know it, four years would have gone bye. It has happened and it has happened. The best option now is to harmonize our positions to find a way forward. Nigeria has no time to waste. And for me, I believe Mr. President will do what is right over the matter.

And nobody is saying that Senator Bukola Saraki is not qualified to be Senate President. He is eminently qualified like other Senators. He is just one among the equals. And going by his pedigree and antecedents, the cap fits Saraki just as it would have fitted other contestants for the position. And for now, he is doing well as Senate President. I pray God to give Saraki the wisdom to assist his principal and father, President Buhari to succeed in his onerous task of taking Nigeria to the promise land. I also urge other Senators to bury their hatchets and support Saraki in passing laws that would assist the President to move the country forward.

And from President Buhari’s utterances and body language, one would decipher that he desires a true country. I therefore urge all Nigerians to rally round him and be patient with him because problems of 16 year cannot be solved in two months. And I can assure you that with the way he has started, by 2019, Nigerians will beg Buhari to contest for a second term in office because his government will be a success story by the grace of God.