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Can President Buhari Stoop To Conquer?

Bola Ige
Posted: Jul 4, 2016 at 2:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)


By William Bozimo

Stooping to conquer is neither a virtue nor a vice. But in rare circumstances, leaders often find it appropriate to step down from their high horses to ensure that whatever plans he has could be achieved through the bending of certain rules without losing his face and dignity.

It is often in the nature of ossified mental makeup and militarized trainings that certain former military rulers find it difficult to compromise on their austere attitude to life for the sake of wanting to be called a man of integrity.

The present scenario where President Buhari is facing the true test of his life is caught between bending the rules to achieve peace in the National Assembly where the two principal officers, Dr. Bukola Saraki, the Senate President and his second in command, Chief Ike Ekweremadu, would be in court to try and absolve themselves of the twin charges of forgery and corruption in alleged changing of the Senate rules of engagement in   the selection of its leadership.

Bowing willy- nilly to the dictates of the hawks in the APC, who may have played a major financial role in funding his presidential elections in 2015 , they felt peeved by the fact that the names penciled down for the two positions were never considered. So they want to take a pound of flesh from Saraki and push him down the dust bin of political history.

The second, and perhaps, the more pressing brewing revolt on his hands is the arrival of a brand new outgrowth of militants whose major concern is to reduce Nigeria’s oil bearing capabilities from 2.6 million barrels a day to an all- time low of between 750 and 800 million barrels a day.

The President’s initial reaction was a resort to gun boat diplomacy and out- right military action to level the communities, the people and all the pipelines from air and sea, since there is no land accessibility to the mangrove swamps.

Agreed, the Boko Haram impasse, though partially nipped in the bud, is yet to be fully accomplished. Occasional snipers still wag their tails from time to time and Nigerian soldiers still engage them as soon as they pounce and bounce around the spaces in North East.

Recently, the Niger Delta Avengers, the neo- revolutionary group in the Niger Delta, seizing on the heels of the successful referendum by the people of UK to pull out of the European Union did it successfully and the Prime Minister, David Cameron who had described Nigeria and Afghanistan two fantastically corrupt countries in the world had politely agreed to step down from office as Prime Minister by October.

These seem to be tough demands from a revolutionary group seeking for a Republic within the zone that produces 90 per cent of the wealth of this country.

It is a big bone crossing the throat of Mr. President, which he can neither swallow nor spit out without doing incalculable damage to his health. And secondly, the Oath of office he took on his swearing day to uphold the unity of Nigeria would be difficult to upturn.

President Buhari is between the Deep Sea and the Devil.  But surprisingly, he had pleaded with the Avengers to come to the table for a peaceful resolution of the crisis. On the part of the Avengers, the point had been made sufficiently loud enough to for all Nigerians to appreciate the gravity of their demands and the damage they had caused the oil industry.

Two key demands seem to catch my fancy. The call for the implementation of the conclusions of the Abuja 2014 National Reform Conference is applicable to all parts of the country. And the damming demand for a 60 – 40 ratio for the Oil blocks distribution is fair enough for equity and fair play.

When holding talks there must be some give and take on both sides for the parties to arrive at a   workable and implementable process without rocking the boat.

We all believe in jaw jawing as opposed to war- warring. At the end of the day we need peace to implement some of the agreement and without money in the coffers of the country, even running the Amnesty programme would be a pipe dream, especially, when all the gas and oil pipes are damaged beyond repairs.