The Nigeria project currently cuts the perfect image of one surviving on life support and reeling in the throes of decay. Corruption has taken strong hold of its jugular and insecurity wraps up the land in hopeless grip. The question then is, who possesses the requisite capacity and courage to enact the extra-ordinary feat of daring a well entrenched, deeply rooted system, and rescue the nation from the grip of institutionalized corruption and impending state failure?
Professor Tam David West, in his book, The Sixteen Sins of Buhari, ran an exciting array of extrapolations with philosophical exegesis on those traits and character of Gen Muhammadu Buhari, perceived by his critics as extreme, rigid and uncompromising yet account for the very reason he is admired by many people across the nation and beyond. In a feat of profound erudition, the revered professor engineered a fresh theme of the virtuous appeal in Buhari’s strong moral convictions and standpoints, ditto, his rigidity and resolute reflexes, as the necessary requisites for overhauling the Nigerian state from the narrow confines of deepening corruption, decay and collapse of values to the wide expanse of openness and national integrity in governance.
The caliber of intellectual giants scattered across the nation’s ethnic and religious divides who subscribe to Buhari’s radical philosophy is an absorbing reminder that when values and honest purpose combine to confront national emergency, the barriers that differentiate our individual identities and persuasions, which are so often tossed up for exploitation to weaken national spirit, unity and togetherness dissolve with teasing and accelerating ease.
Nigeria’s over 50 years of independent national existence and her attempt to secure reasonable placement in the continent as a decent democratic nation have offered nothing in return but deep seated corruption, recurring misadventure of embarrassing electoral fraud and scandalous manipulation of popular will. The nation’s headache and worry for now, in the true depth of what constitutes its most daring challenge is its inability to overcome these identified and identifiable malaises. Individuals with appetite to overturn these untidy records and redirect national efforts in nation building are favoured with exceptional traits of commitment to radical advocacy of reformism and rectitude built around incorruptible character, honesty, devotion to public good and above all, the taste for good conscience, fairness, equity and justice.
A nation trapped and troubled by its own fabrication of institutional failures and the attendant unedifying and ignoble national character of this mould and form is in dire need of exceptional personalities whose strength of character and vision are sourced and originated from the reassuring and appetizing drive for moral reorientation, iconoclastic rebirth, and reformism of national values. Such strong content and proportion of extremism identified in their views and character, more than just being in the opposite direction and antithetical to the general trend, offers portent remedy to the decay that has gripped the nation. This edifying symbolism transforms them into exceptional super personalities and popular reference point for positive change in a nation’s unrewarding downward slope and decay .
Marooned in its own peculiarity and hunted by the urgent necessity to reverse its misfortune, Nigeria needs an individual with radical orientation and character, woven around commitment to defeat the monstrous albatross of deepening corruption and collapse of values, which effect have for long arrested the nation’s development. This much the behemoths in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), their cohorts and local sympathizers know that the arrival of Buhari on the scene this time, and its peculiar message of Buharismexplosion under a larger platform of consolidated opposition parties sounds a deafening death knell to its brutal and tyrannous hold on power for an unbroken stretch of 16 years. Thus, the tepid kick out of certain death that the ruling party is exhibiting in its desperation to cage the Buharism phenomenon is just an expressive pointer of the fear of a Buhari victory, certain to end underserved, ruinous and exploitative privileges, abridgement of national benefits for unduly privileged few, bent on continuing the despoliation of our national patrimony and values.
Their hopelessness and fear are well marked out in the series of orchestrated blackmail, willful lies and character assassination as seen in the abhorrent cruelty and utter shamelessness exhibited in the forged /false medical report of Buhari and the cacophonous falsehood over his certificate. Buhari’s refusal to be drawn into the polemics of these orchestrated propaganda underscored the purity of his vision and the clear-headed conception of power as only a means of service to humanity.
The signification around the character and personality of Muhammadu Buhari presents a radical departure from the well-entrenched and rampaging culture of corruption, deceit, double standard, dishonesty, rapacity, and offer the exact opposite of these negativities as his trademark. Though an entity of the political extraction, Buhari embodies a rare character of peerless stoicism and stubborn resistance to corrupt temptations and extravagant life style -the raison d’être for his electrifying popularity which is quite offensive with choking toxicity and a source of hyper phobia to the super -rich and the ruling class of those who love and dread /hate him offers rich evidence on the cult personality that Buhari has come to symbolize in our recent political history. The huge population desire him to liberate the nation from the stench of decay, whilst the ruling class considers him as an irritating albatross, patently intolerant to any machination aimed at sustaining the swing of the corrupt status quo. Indeed, the centrifugal political repositioning and re-alignment of hitherto disparate regional opposition parties around the new All Progressive Congress, APC, followed by exodus of the members of the splinter groups of the PDP, are pointers to the significant political development that the nation is set to witness in the next few days when the Buhari phenomenon, around which the progressive potentials of the APC’S presidential quest is rested would be given a perfect mass expression on the 28 March, 2015 historic presidential election. The arrays of significant issues and unfolding developments in the polity aggregated and interpreted to arrive at the decision of migrating to the new party, APC are fundamental to the overriding need to attain democratic maturity via a vibrant and credible opposition party – a significant blow to the ruling party’s desire for a unipolar stranglehold it had enjoyed for well over a decade . It is worth stating that the central philosophy of ‘CHANGE’ embedded in the campaign slogans of APC is organically linked to the perceived value and credibility that the Buhari’s immense personal popularity would bring into the party.
The political lexicon that describes accurately the spontaneous explosion of Buharism in the contemporary Nigeria politics is conspicuously embossed in the narration that emphasizes the necessity and suitability for close partnership , understanding, cooperation and a sense of national emergency among members of the opposition party , APC to save the nation’s tottering democracy .
Still smarting from the barrages and intense degree of PDP-engineered campaigns of calumny against Buhari which heated the polity to a boiling point , the attendant destabilizing pranks not unduly mentioned , but aimed at deepening the seed of mistrust and mutual suspicions among the people , to wit, a wickedly unnerving cold blooded attempt to contain the Buharism explosion , a new twist, with its unwise cruel wish of death for Buhari climaxed the PDP’s rudderless desperation for power retention. However, the good attraction which counts as paradoxical revolution to the foregoing reveals a notable positive exception as Buhari’s magnetism soars on in an uncontained progression. The spontaneous spread of Buhari’s popularity across the nation’s geo-political zones , his adoption by hitherto sworn opposition members, critics and adversaries are new additions to the phenomenon of the Buhari persona, we dare say a redeeming feature for the many unwarranted attacks and campaigns of calumny targeted at him and above all a precious appetizing piece of meat in the nation’s political menu for the APC to furnish its taste and preference in the March elections and beyond.
We therefore advise that the APC put to great use, its enormous structure and professionalism in managing the unfolding mass of goodwill and surging band of immigrants across parties into its fold , strive with excited and exciting enthusiasm to coalesce all into a solid bloc and stream away from the offensive triviality of engaging or falling for the PDP’s preference for reducing serious issues before the nation to mere supremacist tussle , and above all, deploy more effort in contemplating and reflecting on ways to lead the nation out of the woods and the plague that the PDP had inflicted on the nation.