Does Buhari Want Us As One?



That 2 of the 3 major tribes are actively clamouring for their own separate nations is in itself a failure for the Buhari administration. What makes it even more pathetic is how the government has made available an enabling environment for such agitations to fester and escalate to a point where we may just be fighting a civil war this October instead of celebrating our 57th independence.

Like I always say, President Buhari’s promise of placing those who voted en masse for him on a higher pedestal than those who didn’t breathed legitimacy into the Biafra and Ijaw nation struggles and as such, he is contributorily culpable of foisting this sad predicament upon us. The yorubas are the latest to join the train.

To take the loudest and perhaps more righteous of the struggles, after more than 31 non-ministerial appointments by this administration, the South-East was still waiting for its first. Add the lopsided appointments, Nnamdi Kanu’s incarceration contrary to court orders and the fact that the Minister of transport still hasn’t appeared before the Senate to defend the non-inclusion of a single South-Eastern state in the proposed rail projects and you have how Buhari justified the agitation for a Biafran state and won more converts for it.

I had planned to write on the need for Nigerians to demand updates on the efforts being made by our law enforcement agencies to apprehend Yerima Shettima, the Arewa Youth Council Forum and his gang of hoodlums that issued the satanic ‘Kaduna declaration’ asking Ibos resident in the northern states to vacate by October 1st but that was before the Presidency, with utter disregard for the possible consequences of doing such, released an Eid el Fitr audio message by President Buhari in Hausa. The sheer insensitivity to the current climate of the polity is shocking.Perhaps the non-arrest and prosecution of Yerima and co. is not entirely down to the inefficiency of our system but due to the fact that they enjoy sympathy from the ‘very top’. The call for their arrest by the FG appears now more than ever, a means of disguising that.

It is regrettable, to say the least, that at a time when all government efforts should be geared towards preserving the unity of this country, our president is exhibiting divisive tendencies.A coalition of Yoruba groups have towed the path of the Biafrans by advocating for an Oodua nation just in case they are also asked to vacate the north and it baffles me that our president doesn’t think that a delicate situation requiring caution.That the president thought the earlier written goodwill message insufficient but felt the need to follow it up with an audio message in Hausa arouses suspicion. It appears more a deliberate attempt to further heat the polity from a rational stand point.

The reason for the audio according to some reports, was that the President’s media team was in a hurry to debunk rumours his speech had been impaired but that doesn’t make sense. If anything, the audio does more damage than good in that regard as anyone who has heard President Buhari speak before has to know the voice on that audio tells that the President is very ill. His speech really has been impaired and i don’t see any reason why Buhari’s media aides would try to disprove an obvious truth. The Arewa youths have come out to reiterate their Ibo quit notice stand after the order for their arrests by the FG and Kaduna state governments and one is now bound to think they had long been assured of their untouchable status before we even started suspecting.

The unity of this great nation is sacrosanct and its sad to watch our leaders fan the embers of disintegration in these dire times. Does Buhari really want us as one?.

Umar Sa’ad Hassan is a lawyer based in Kano.

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