It was the great Afro-American novelist and social critic
James Arthur Baldwin who famously said ‘Not
everything that is faced can be changed but nothing can be
changed until it is faced.
It is crystal clear that President Muhammadu Buhari has
demonstrated beyond any iota of doubt that he is
unreservedly committed to facing these challenges that have
constituted a stumbling block to a free and prosperous
Nigeria that is fair to all not just a select few. President
Buhari’s commitment and service to Nigeria stretched beyond
two years ago when he was sworn in as a democratically
elected President. As a matter of fact, PMB’s work for a
prosperous, united and sovereign Nigeria started more than
50 years ago even before the Nigerian civil war. President
Buhari’s love, passion and commitment to Nigeria is
limitless. PMB is pan Nigeria in the true sense of the word.
Nigerians are rooting and calling for President Buhari to
contest the 2019 Presidential election so that he continues
with the cleansing process that he has started two years
ago. If he decides to run in 2019, President Buhari will
definitely win landslide. Of course President Buhari will
have Prof Osinbajo on the joint ticket in 2019. Prof
Osinbajo has over the last two years proven to be a
dependable ally and trustworthy vice President. What a
winning team the APC will present in 2019.
President Buhari is not in violation of any aspect of the
constitution if he decides to contest for the 2019
Presidential election. Section 137 (1) (b) of the 1999
constitution is clear that a person is qualified for
election as President for a maximum of two terms. Section
137 states inter alia that:
A person shall not be qualified for election to the office
of President if he has been elected to such office at any
two previous elections.
President Buhari has been elected to this exalted office in
only one occasion: He still has one more shot to go.
Some people may want to argue that President Buhari’s health
status doesn’t justify his contesting the 2019 elections.
However, currently PMB’s doctors have certified him fit to
return to work and as long as they didn’t say anything to
the contrary, he remains medically fit to continue in
office. Come to think of it, an unhealthy but incorruptible
President Buhari in Aso rock is one million times better
than any healthy but corrupt candidate. We need President
Buhari until 2023 even as a symbolic President as long as no
aspect of the constitution is breached.
This is no time for experiment. We simply cannot allow this
country to go back to the dark days when corruption held
sway. It must never be business as usual. As a matter of
fact, the good people of Nigeria are appealing to PMB not to
leave us at the mercy of corruption and Boko haram. A
general never deserts his troops at the middle of the fight.
Mr President has dealt a decisive blow to the inordinate
ambition of Nigeria’s bandwagon of recalcitrant looters in
their resolve to steal the last kobo in the nation’s
treasury. So far, only PMB has shown the capacity to
confront these looters of our commonwealth.
PMB has rescued our dear country from the clutches of the
merchants of corruption who appeared hell bent in their
resolve to destroy Nigeria using mindless corruption to take
money they don’t even need and spreading poverty to every
other person. These undesirable elements have pillaged the
resources of our dear country through corruption with
unbridled and seemingly reckless abandon. After all his hard
work for 16 years to get to the Presidency and chase these
corrupt elements and their cotravellers out of power and
dump them into the trash can of history, PMB will not allow
the looters an undeserved comeback to lead Nigeria anymore.
Nigeria has turned the page on corruption and moved on.
Corruption will never have a place in the future political
equation of Nigeria.
For all the corruption they visited on Nigeria, the God of
nemesis has caught up with the PDP as the party is now
officially dead with absolutely no chance of a resurrection.
The mPDP (Makarfi PDP) and sPDP (Sheriff PDP) factions of
the PDP will NEVER come under one roof because the God of
mercy and fairness is not sleeping. PDP is dead but we must
continue to remain alert not to allow any possible
resurrection of the PDP.
PMB’s active commitment to the Nigerian project started with
his enlistment in the Nigerian army (an area many youths of
his age at the time were not in a hurry to join), through to
the civil war, to his days as governor of the North east
region, as head of the board NNPC, to his 20 months as
military head of state, to his days as chairman PTF and now
as President and commander –in-chief. In all these roles he
played in service to our country, he has not been found
Particularly in the last 2 years, President Buhari has
proven to be an asset to this country and the right captain
that we need to steer the ship of state to that destination
where we all dream of. That destination at which Nigeria has
realised her full potentials as a world super power. PMB is
working to make Nigeria claim its status as a world super
Indeed Nigeria is potentially a world super power but a mix
of bad leadership and other forms of self-inflicted miseries
have conspired to relegate our country to the background in
the comity of nations. Nigeria is today the only nation with
all the ingredients of a global super power that has chosen
not to be one. Through a combination of inferiority complex
and self-defeat, we have accepted to lag behind rather than
take the lead at the front which should be our natural
position. Smaller and less endowed nations look down on
Nigeria. We are much more than this.
Indeed the period 2015 - 2023 is our last best chance to
institutionalise probity, decorum and make corruption an
aberration rather than a normality. We must never allow
power to fall back to the cruel hands of the corrupt blatant
bandits who think politics is all about personal
aggrandisement and corruption.
Within just two years, PMB has successfully redefined the
psyche of Nigerians regarding the ills of corruption to our
nation’s existence. Everybody in Nigeria today is lending
their voices against corruption. All the debate in Nigeria
today is about corruption and how to tackle it. From private
citizens to students to clergymen to even politicians, there
is a concurrence of opinion that for our country to achieve
its goals and reclaim its values, the current endemic
corruption in Nigeria must be eliminated.
To all intents and purposes, President Buhari has proven
that he can be trusted to lead Nigeria and has delivered in
2 of his 3 campaign promises while working on the 3rd.
Mr President promised to tackle 3 key challenges facing
Nigeria: Corruption, insecurity and the economy. He has
delivered in his signature policy i.e. the fight against
corruption and made stealing of public funds the exception
rather than the norm. However, the fight against corruption
is not over yet. Corruption is still fighting back in
different forms using different government structures
particularly the Nigerian senate which has now been taken
over by agents of corruption. The non-confirmation of
Ibrahim Magu by the senate is one clear example of
corruption fighting back.
At the rate which stolen cash are discovered in private
homes, all of us will be millionaires before the end of
PMB’s second term in 2023. In the last 4 months alone,
Nigeria recovered N73 billion through the whistle-blower
policy. This is remarkable!. The fight against corruption is
never a cup of tea. To assume that corruption can be
eradicated within 3 or 4 years will tantamount to playing
On Boko haram, PMB has provided inspiration to our troops
and displayed unquestionable political will in the fight
against insurgency. Our gallant soldiers have successfully
pushed Boko haram to the back foot and inflicted mental
defeat on the terror group. Appreciable and reasonable
normalcy has been restored in the North east as our gallant
soldiers continue to make gains in the efforts to root out,
dismantle, degrade and ultimately decimate Boko haram.
The key symbol of success recorded by Mr President in the
fight against insurgency is the fall of Sambisa forest which
is Boko haram’s spiritual capital and their last bastion.
But for PMB, Boko haram would have taken over Abuja and
spread their terror network to all parts of Nigeria. We must
commend PMB and our military for the successes recorded
against Boko Haram expecially when juxtposed with what
obtains during the days of Goodluck Jonathan administration
which willingly ceded 14 local governments of Nigerian
territory to Boko haram. However, Boko haram has now been
dislodged by our gallant soldiers from all the occupied
territories and there is no local government or town in
Nigeria under the control of Boko haram.
However, Boko haram is still breathing and waiting in the
wings to stage an unlikely comeback if President Buhari
leaves office because they know he is the only Nigerian
leader who knows their weak points and who has the will to
fight them. If PMB leaves in 2019, there is the danger that
Boko haram will bounce back and stretch their network all
over the country. This is the more reason why PMB should
continue in office for a second term until 2023
Mr President has made very reasonable inroads on the economy
through the diversification efforts using the nonoil sector.
Nigeria is now pushing fast-forward to reclaim its glory as
Africa’s largest rice producer. PMB has also pursued Job
creation through the noble N-power initiative leading to the
gainful employment of hundreds of thousands of jobless
youths. The economic recovery and growth plan (ERGP)
presented by Mr President is a realistic road map to
economic recovery and a sustainable all-encompassing plan of
action to reposition the economy in the face of the global
economic recession. The good news is that Nigeria is now
officially out of recession as confirmed by the World
economics, a London based organisation dedicated to
producing financial analysis, insight and data relating to
questions of key importance to the world economy.
the first time in the history of our country, vulnerable
members of the society including unemployed youths and the
disabled now smile to the bank every month to receive N5,
000 cash as a result of PMB’s social intervention programme.
N5, 000 in their pockets just like that! The social
intervention programme is the right step in the right
direction even if to establish a bond between the government
and the people. For unemployed youths, N5, 000 is like a
lifeline meant to lift them up to go look for a job.
through the last two years, PMB has displayed maturity,
quality, commitment and full grasp of the enormous
challenges facing our country. It is remarkable that despite
all attempts to distract him, PMB has remained untiring,
focussed, committed, resolute and somewhat ruthless in his
signature war against corruption. It is more satisfying that
PMB has successfully done all that he did in the last two
years including the war against corruption within the ambit
of the law and the constitution of the federal republic of
Nigeria. That is the right way to go.
Cutting legal corners and autocratic circumvention of the
constitution always backfires and brings us back to square
one where we have to start all over again. Once the law and
due process are adhered to, all situations will resolve in
an acceptable manner, the system will mechanically realign
its parts into where they all rightly belong and a
sustainable solution will apply.The most potent danger to
the corporate existence of our dear country is corruption.
Indeed, PMB has demonstrated beyond any iota of doubt that
he is unreservedly determined to eradicate corruption from
the polity or at least bring it to the barest minimum.
Indeed all progressive elements in Nigeria owe it a duty to
support PMB for a second term as President and
commander-in-chief of the armed forces.
Despite the vociferous cries and antics of a few elements
who think corruption is not a crime, Mr President enjoys
tremendous support and goodwill across the length and
breadth of the country. This was aptly demonstrated during
his last trip to the U.K for medical purposes. No sooner had
it became clear that Mr President is having routine health
issues than people organised themselves into prayer groups
to pray for the quick recovery and safe return of Mr
President. In several state capitals, prayers were conducted
and the affection for Mr President was clearly evident.
President Buhari’s expected electoral victory in the 2019
elections will come to pass by the grace of God almighty.
The major thing going for PMB is his integrity which has
been acknowledged by even his worst enemies. Much as they
tried, PMB’s political adversaries have not been able to
link one allegation of corruption to PMB. In politics, wild
and often times baseless allegations bordering on sentiments
are routinely made to discredit the opponent. However, even
at that no one has been able to rub any sands over PMB’s
integrity. There are 3 major reasons for PMB’s expected
victory in the 2019 elections. The first is PMB’s
performance in office which realistically is 75% (2.5/3).
This figure is based on the fact that PMB has done well in 2
of his campaign promises: the fight against corruption and
The 0.5 is on the economy which the government is also doing
well but still needs time to come to fruition. The second
reason is the fact that there is currently no credible
opposition party in Nigeria. No new party/coalition can
muscle enough support from the electorate in less than two
years to beat President Buhari at the polls. Yes, the APC
did it in 2015 because the PDP had outlived its usefulness
then and the APC presented a very good candidate in
Muhammadu Buhari. The third and equally important factor is
that majority of Nigerians have found a trusted ally in
President Buhari and feel comfortable with him as President
because he is not interested in eating their money or taking
what doesn’t belong to him. President Buhari believes that
he came to this world with nothing and will leave it with
nothing so why should he steal?
Nigeria needs President Buhari for another 4 years so that
by the end of his second term on 29th May 2023,
he would have fully set Nigeria on an irreversible path
towards a future free of corruption. Indeed, the fight
against corruption is a long one and cannot be completed in
4 years. After 8 years as President, PMB will have reset the
paradigm and mentality of Nigerians such that citizens will
be stoning corrupt leaders who steal their money.