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In the wisdom of African folklore [and religious upbraiding], beware and be careful what you say or pray for; you will get it. What invaluable advice! President Buhari is now being confronted by issues he strongly enunciated long before he became President. How he probably wishes now, that those pronouncements had never been made in the first instance.

            It took Buhari four tries before he became President. He lost to Obasanjo in 2003; to Yar A’rdua in 2007; and to Goodluck Jonathan in 2011. He, finally, won in 2015. As he piled up his initial losses, his language and utterances, reflecting his frustrations at the polls, became very foreboding.

            Remember in 2011 when he lost the election to Goodluck Jonathan, he was quoted as assuring the world that the country would be “ungovernable.” All hell broke loose in the North shortly after the statement as violent riots and sectarian killings erupted in the northern states of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Niger, Sokoto, Yobe, and Zamfara. Relief officials estimated that more than 65,000 people were forcibly displaced.


Nigeria: Post-Election Violence Killed 800

Promptly Prosecute Offenders, Address Underlying Causes



Protesters demonstrate in the northern Nigerian city of Kano on April 18, 2011,

 following the presidential election.

© 2011 Seyllou Diallo/AFP/Getty Images

(Dakar) – Deadly election-related and communal violence in northern Nigeria following the April 2011 presidential voting left more than 800 people dead, Human Rights Watch said today. The victims were killed in three days of rioting in 12 northern states. Nigeria's state and federal authorities should promptly investigate and prosecute those who orchestrated and carried out these crimes and address the root causes of recurring inter-communal violence.”

            Undeterred, Buhari continued to unleash his venom especially after the Supreme Court upheld Jonathan’s victory with more incendiary pronouncements. The comments elicited scathing responses from many along the lines in this report.


“Call Buhari to order, cleric tells Jonathan.”


On May 18, 2012 1:10 am

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ADO-EKITI – CATHOLIC Bishop of Ekiti Diocese, Most Rev. Felix Ajakaye, has challenged President Goodluck Jonathan to call the former Head of State, General Mohammadu Buhari (rtd), who recently threatened that the country would be bloody if the 2015 election was rigged, to order.

Ajakaye argued that the statement credited to the former Head of State was provocative and unguided and must be checked, noting that the former Head of State was in the habit of threatening the nation as he similarly threatened the nation that he would make government ungovernable for the president if the election of 2011 was rigged.


Speaking with newsmen in Ado-Ekiti, yesterday, he said” “Nigeria belongs to all of us, we have no other place to go and we should watch our utterances, no matter our status.”


            Before that, at the throes of late President Yar’Ardua’s illness and the shenanigans perpetrated on the country by his family and handlers, Buhari went before the world press to express his views that the National Assembly, especially the Senate, should go right ahead and impeach Yar’Ardua and replace him if he was unable to govern the country after 90 days.

Here is a newspaper account of his assertions.  

“Sun Newspaper

Wednesday, March 10, 2010


Kaduna, Sun Newspapers

Former Head of State, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), has declared that the only solution to present political uncertainty in the country is for the National Assembly to set machineries in motion for the impeachment of ailing President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua.

The 2003 and 2007 presidential candidate of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) made the declaration yesterday while addressing members of the National Unity Forum (NUF) which had visited him in Kaduna.

Buhari was more forthcoming when he further said the Federal Executive Council must save the nation from the current agony by declaring the president incapacitated to pave the way for his impeachment.

He further argued that Nigeria, as a nation, should not have been in the present situation if the provisions of the constitution were respected by the leadership of the country, insisting that the constitution has specific provisions on how an ailing president could be succeeded, even as he noted that the refusal by the FEC to respect and apply the constitutional provisions had led to the present crisis in the country.”


He was also quoted as saying: "Political expediency won't remedy this kind of problem because if the Executive Council of the Federation had acted in accordance with the constitution, by invoking the necessary sections to declare the President incapacitated, we would not have found ourselves in this present situation.


 "As you can see, adopting extra-constitutional measures have not addressed the problem. If it had, we would not have been subjected to the raging debates and controversy going on. So, we must go back to the constitution.


"The Executive Council of the Federation must do the right thing because once we start moving away from the constitution, then we are inviting anarchy.”



            Now, both issues are staring at him right in the face; with all of the economic, political agitations, insurgency, kidnappings and other issues, Nigeria seems to be “ungovernable.” Regarding his continued absence from office and the country, perhaps the Federal Executive Council of the Federation is best advised to, in Buhari’s own words “do the right thing because once we start moving away from the constitution, then we are inviting anarchy.” It should act, again, in Buhari’s own words, “by invoking the necessary sections to declare the President incapacitated,” so that “we would not have found ourselves in this present situation.”

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