Buhari is a hostage of power. He loves the pomp and pageantry of office, he enjoys the perks, and he adores the trappings. But he loathes the responsibilities, and the demands of the offices he has occupied over the course of his publicly served career.
“My dear Buharist friends, regarding this Sowore matter: when would you admit that the dotard you’re supporting is an aspiring dictator?
Are you guys the persons that you were, or you just pretended to care about truth and justice, in our youth? When would enough be enough for you? When?”
When I posted the above on Facebook a few days ago, quite a lot of friends took umbrage with the part of my submission that argues that Buhari is merely an aspiring dictator. They cited chapters and verses of the misdeeds and deeds, that has earned him the assured place, in the community of dictators. I am not convinced.
Power corrupts! The corruptive nature of power has never required absolute power to find expression, and power has always corrupted whenever it has been deployed in the absence of purpose, and bereft of a restraining vision. But for a man to be a dictator, he must have something to dictate, and a purpose for the powers that he has acquired, to dictate, and be above the laws over which he rules, and which laws, he dictates, and become. Buhari is not a dictator.
Buhari is a hostage of power. He loves the pomp and pageantry of office, he enjoys the perks, and he adores the trappings. But he loathes the responsibilities, and the demands of the offices he has occupied over the course of his publicly served career. Buhari is not an executive power wielder, he wouldn’t know what to do with it, he has always relied on other people to exercise the powers that enures to the public offices he has occupied, and his current presidency is not an exception.
Obasanjo! Now that is a man that would have been a damn good dictator. Aremu is a good student of power, and he has the egotistical beliefs of the classical dictator in the soundness of his own wisdom, genius, and vision. Obasanjo’s excesses were effectively controlled and curtailed by the historic confluence of interests that dictated that Tinubu had to fight him to survive, Atiku was also available, the civil society and the press were motivated to mount guard, and the Nigerian people still harbored hope of a better tomorrow: the same hope that was to be brutally exploited by the owners of Project Buhari and the Change 2015 fraud.
Buhari’s wife was the first to raise the alarm about the existence of a cabal that she accused of controlling her husband, and the president of the country. She has repeated these allegations publicly, and on numerous occasions.
Babachir Lawal of the grass cutter fame: the one that stole from the IDPs, and was the Secretary to the Federal Government, when informed of his removal from office by the presidency, asked a telling question, “who is the presidency?”. Babachir’s question might appear odd to the shallow, but the conscious understands what he was saying. The man knows that Buhari is never aware of anything going on around him.
The people around Buhari requires dictatorial powers for their nefarious activities and criminal capture of the Nigerian state, and these are the actions being cited as examples of Buhari’s lawlessness and burgeoning dictatorial excesses by my dear friends. You are very correct in your observations, but your conclusions are unsupported by the facts already known to you. Buhari is not a dictator, and does not have the capacities required to be one, but his handlers crave dictatorial powers, and are making the power grabs in his name.
The ongoing unraveling of the incestuous relationship between Buhari and his more intelligent idolaters, which has had the effect of muting their hitherto vociferous support for the serial madnesses, and which process began with the stupid pursuit of Sowore et al by the DSS, offers hope that principled opposition might just stop the aspiring dictator from becoming a dictator in the service of the cabal he serves, in place of the people he hasn’t.
First published 10 November, 2019.