One thing that has come to stay in the minds of most citizens of Nigeria is SATISFY ME OR SATISFY ME. Every man should ordinarily crave for satisfaction how much more the poor. Unfortunately, our country has fallen into the deepest pit reserved for the author of evil little wonder we have a bad government, bad decisions, and a hungry country. Democracy, a system of government where the majority poor rules according to Aristotle, is clearly in the non-feasibility region of the transformation curve; what we have is a rule by the few and for the few rich beings who enjoy using the majority poor as puppets. We are subjects not objects but do this power driven lunatics know not this? Of course they know this, of course they do not give a hoot. The extant government gave us a feel of recession, it gave us reasons to have lesser patriots and many parrots. My submission is Buhari is not dead until proven so. But then, maybe the parrots have a point though trapped in a world where rationality battles with emotions. Without further ado, an analysis of various points will be pinned infra.
According to a report of Nation, two senior advocates of Nigeria, Yusuf Alli and Sebastine, said that the further stay of the president is not an act in violation of the constitution as the president duly notified the National Assembly. Verily, the reasoning of these lawyers are sound and not one I have a problem with. Our president was out of the country for what he called a vacation – no problem. Surely, it is not outside the scope of our laws as s.145 (1) CFRN 1999 stresses that whenever the President is proceeding on vacation or is otherwise unable to discharge the functions of his office, he shall Transmit a written declaration to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives to that effect, and until he transmits to them a written declaration to the contrary, the Vice-President shall perform the functions of the President as Acting President. But that we be careful not to show teeth, the fact that there was no written declaration from Pr. Buhari to the legislative arm does not give a leak in the procedures as laid down in the constitution as subsection 2 rolls in calmly to state that in the event that the President is unable or fails to transmit the written declaration mentioned in subsection (1) of this section within 21 days, the National Assembly shall, by a resolution made by a simple majority of the vote of each House of the National Assembly, mandate the Vice-President to perform the functions of the office of the President as Acting President until the President transmits a letter to the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives that he is now available to resume his functions as President. The implication of this therefore is that Buhari was not acting arbitrarily by not transmitting a written declaration – bottom line is that we have no vacuum, Prof Osinbajo is acting and if he was incapacitated, the President of the Senate will (vide s. 146 CFRN 1999). It is without disbelief and not one pinpointed to personal knowledge that it be said that the essence of the closing up of loopholes in governance is to ensure that the citizens are not left without good governance. If we know this, then one would wonder why the pandemonium. Is it worth giving a listening ear? Is the extant crisis one that suppresses the relevant provisions of the constitution (supra)?
Government wan play us wayo! The proles have let their assumptions crowd their reasoning box. They believe that since the President has refused to disclose the nature of his ailment with an extension of an indefinite stay in the UK for health issues, then this ‘might’ just be a repeat of what befell lt. President Yar’Adua. One would say that the president is under no compulsion to say the kind of ailment he is battling with but maybe we need more than a photograph to know if the gossip that our president is dead is true or outright rummage. The parrots pretend to care but from heated conversations with them they prefer Buhari dead – they even deem him dead with utter finality. A patriot would cling to the constitution and the faith that the president is indeed not in a critical state and would return safe and sound. A patriot would beat his chest and say that peradventure the president is deemed plagued by outrageous infirmities of the body and so has no ruling chance, then the constitutional procedure which allows the vice president to rule be manifested. One question is WHAT IF THERE IS A BIGGER PICTURE?
Speaking from a no mendacious angle or biased perspective, the Northerners want to have their share of presidential spin. They had their shot in the time of Yar’adua but due to ill health which had his life on earth extinguished, the Northerners had a short time to merry. Ever since then, records have that the Northerners would be the happiest beings to hear that the votes favour their representative. If one would welcome my upcoming analysis, then it is only necessary we answer this question inwardly: DO POLITICIANS CARE ABOUT YOU? Remember 2011 elections when Buhari threatened that heads would roll if he does not emerge ruler of this country? Tinubu assumed the role of a godfather and ensured the change mantra be the item 7 served hot on the tables of the hungry polis. It worked. The North had control but maybe the North did not smell a rat. Everyone knew we had a sick contender, only one saw his death before a comfortable 4 year term in office. Flowing with distance analysis, the question WHERE IS BUHARI? Is not one that might be politically and technically answered as HIS DEATH BED or IN UK; Buhari might just be in the greedy hands of Tinubu who craves for power – the only HOW is by making Osinbajo remain in power. Buhari might also be in the hands of wealthy northerners discussing how to effect a removal of the acting president lest a repeat of history slaps them right in the face. This is favoritism and politics, this is out of legal reach. Osinbajo can refute to the general audience that he is not on a boiling seat, I cannot have a mathematical accuracy on a speculative ground but I have the right to reservations.
The parrots want to hear just one news i.e. the death of Buhari. This is due to the hardship we were combating but currently cannot conquer. The long and short of this piece is that I will not say Buhari is dead until proven so; I will not say that the possibility of the government trying to fool us saying that the date of Buhari’s return is indefinite or four months, or that he is in good health or entitled to keep mute until properly diagnosed, is not one that should not be considered. A patriot can at best hope for a better Naija but if the above analysis is the case, – with Atiku Abubakar springing forth from APC’s camp who wants to be of political relevance once more (a northerner), and Osinbajo (Tinubu’s alleged project) – then if it is declared by medical practitioners that Buhari can no longer act in his official capacity, we might just be looking at a bloody gridiron or battle field come 2019. All these may play as lyrics due to the general stand that it cannot change the plan of the political fathers, but then some lyrics should serve as an awareness. How long should we wait before we see a better Nigeria?