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Existential threats: Buhari, act now!

It is no longer news that Nigeria tethers on a dangerous precipice if not urgently arrested could see the country witnessing another civil war barely 50 years after the first.





At no time in the history of the country has there been so much cacophony and disparate voices and ethnic agitation other than during the presidency of Muhammadu Buhari.

The recent happenings in Igangan, Ibarapa North local government of Oyo state, as well as, the quit order to herders illegally occupying government forest reserves in Ondo state and the febrile rhetoric’s from some section of the country, particularly the north, are grave indications that the Nigerian federation needs to be overhauled.

According to the American expert on leadership, Dr. John Maxwell, “Everything rises and falls on leadership. But knowing how to lead is only half the battle. Understanding leadership and actually leading are two different activities."

Dr. Maxwell further makes the point “that the key to transforming yourself from someone who understands leadership to a person who successfully leads in the real world is character.”

It is something of a wonder to this newspaper that President Buhari, who had previously ruled this country as a military dictator, and now in his second term as a civilian president, has failed to demonstrate the barest understanding of this. His character flaw of playing to his nepotistic weaknesses and kowtow to his ethnic proclivities have exacerbated the age-long suspicion and jostling for larger space by the various ethnic nationalities in Nigeria.

Rather than pursue a policy of inclusion and integration, the present administration has exhibited crass obeisance to northern ascendancy so much so that all but one of the security chiefs is from the whole southern Nigeria besides other lucrative appointments enjoyed by the north.

If the administration had acted in June 2017 when the Northern Youth Coalition, NYC, handed a three-month quit notice to Igbo living in the northern region, the likes of the rabble-rouser, Chief Sunday Adeyemo popularly known as Sunday Igboho, would not have the nerve to act as the State and lead his band of troublers to cause mayhem at Igangan.

Rather, what did the government do? Nothing! Instead a serving governor of Borno State the, Senator Kashim Shettima, met with the vexatious characters and “pleaded with them” to rescind their obnoxious order. In all of that period, the Presidency maintained a stoic silence same also for the Arewa Consultative Forum that has now found its voice.

Similarly, a few weeks back, the Muslim Solidarity Forum, MSF, asked the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto Matthew Kukah to “quickly and quietly leave” Sokoto.

Rather than the Presidency to strongly upbraid those behind such idiocy, in a tongue-in-cheek rebuke, it endorsed the quit order.

So when Sunday Igboho issued a quit order to the Fulani community in Iganga, Ibarapa North of Oyo State, he was, perhaps, following a dangerous precedent that had been set.

It is similarly incredulous that the police failed to act but is now conveniently poised to arrest Mr. Igboho. Such double standards do not engender national cohesion and unity.

For long the president has rejected any notion for the negotiation of Nigeria’s unity. But events continue to point to the inevitable fact that Nigeria needs to be negotiated if it must work.

In all, it is expedient that governments at all levels must work within the ambits of the law while dealing with criminal elements. Also, states that have engaged in extra-constitutional and federal means to destroy peoples’ businesses should be made to desist forthwith from such enterprises.









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