Eventually, my view may not make any difference. Eventually, most Nigerians may not understand what I see. Eventually, they might choose Bola Tinubu as the following president this month. In any case, this is an enthusiastic position and I’ll be on record for making it: for saying unequivocally, even vociferously, that a Tinubu administration would be disastrous for Nigeria; that it would bring Nigeria utter humiliation universally; and that nobody who really cherishes this nation would need Tinubu as its leader. Indeed, with a little more than three weeks before the official political race on February 25, I need to proceed with that support by engaging the excellent and positive energy of a basic part of this country: the North!
Last week, I berated President Muhammadu Buhari over his “undeniable” support for Tinubu. Each time an unmistakable Tinubu ally scrutinized Buhari’s reliability, as Alhaji Tanko Yakasai did as of late, the president frequently immediately claimed his unfazed obligation to Tinubu’s constituent achievement. Unquestionably, those requiring Buhari’s solid help for Tinubu accept that just with such solid support would he collect an adequate number of votes in the North to win the political decision. Tinubu’s whole computations depend on recreating the discretionary settlement between the center North (with Buhari’s legendary “12 million coalition votes”) and the South-West (Tinubu’s base) that won Buhari the administration in 2015 and 2019.
For sure, Alhaji Yakasai, a tribal leader of Arewa Consultative Gathering, ACF, once concocted a “triumphant recipe” for Tinubu. He said: “With the South-West, all Tinubu needs is for him to get around 45 to 50 percent of the North’s votes to win the administration.” That stage proposes that regardless of whether larger part of South-East and South citizens disregard Tinubu, as they may, he might in any case bosom the tape in the official race assuming that he scratched an adequate number of votes from the North and got monstrous votes from the South-West. The North is hence a definitive kingmaker and could make Tinubu Nigeria’s next president.
Indeed, that is startling. Yet, how could the North foist a Tinubu administration on Nigeria? How could Northerners incur such a fantastic disaster for a country they probably love? Unfortunately, a few Northern legislators say: “The North is obligated to Tinubu, and it’s restitution time.” Obligated for what? Indeed, they’re alluding to how Tinubu assisted Buhari with becoming president. Tinubu himself broadly said: “I made Buhari president”!
Yet, what an absolute affront on the aggregate insight of Northerners to say that in light of the fact that Tinubu entrepreneurially assisted Buhari with acquiring power, the North is obliged to him! Is the North good today as a result of Buhari’s administration? Indeed, not with 20m out-of-younger students, not with 86 million (65 percent) elaborately destitute individuals, contrasted with the South’s 47 million (35 percent), and not with a few a huge number of individuals dead and many thousands uprooted because of persistent and intense frailty. The North is today an elite maniac!
All in all, for what reason does the North owe Tinubu an obligation for assisting Buhari with becoming president? In truth, Tinubu didn’t do it for the wellbeing of Nigeria or the North’s or even Buhari’s, yet simply his own. He scoured Buhari’s back, so to say, in the assumption that Buhari would rub his. It was absolutely entrepreneurial and self-serving; there was a lot of bad blood among them, actually isn’t right there! In his book My Cooperations, Boss Bisi Akande, previous Osun State lead representative, composed that after Buhari would not make Tinubu his running mate in the 2015 official political decision, following resistance by “the Northern Vested party” to a Muslim ticket, Tinubu said: “I have no faith in Buhari.” That doubt has persevered and prompted Tinubu’s presently two times disagreeable Abeokuta eruptions against Buhari for thought foul play.
Honestly, in the event that Tinubu became president, he would, sometime, show undisguised enmity towards Buhari and his acolytes, for example, the APC public director, Abdullahi Adamu, who he views as “double-crossers” for attempting to force Ahmed Lawan, the Senate president, as an agreement up-and-comer trying to prevent him from getting the APC’s official ticket. Obviously, the party’s Northern lead representatives acted the hero.
Indeed, a few repelled APC pioneers, for example, Naja’atu Muhammed, who as of late left Tinubu’s mission board and from APC, Rotimi Amaechi, previous vehicle serve, and Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, previous Priest of State for Instruction, have freely said that Tinubu “paid off” APC lead representatives, agents and individual wannabes to secure the party’s ticket. However, we should pass on that to the side and adhere to the APC Northern lead representatives’ public justification for supporting him.
Nasir el-Rufai, the Kaduna State lead representative, expressed that in concluding that power ought to move toward the South, APC Northern lead representatives asked themselves what their principal architects – Ahmadu Bello, Tafawa Balewa or Aminu Kano – would have done. Obviously, they would have upheld power shift toward the South following eight years in the North in the public interest. However, could they have upheld a Muslim ticket? No, on the grounds that they esteemed not exclusively Nigeria’s ethnic variety yet additionally its strict variety. “Solidarity in variety,” Sir Ahmadu Bello declared! However, while the “Northern Vested party” dismissed a Muslim ticket in 2015, APC’s Northern lead representatives support it now. They sell out their principal architects!
Also, could the North’s initial architects have needed somebody as horribly inadequate ethically and morally as Tinubu to be Nigeria’s leader? Once more, the response is no, on the grounds that the Ahmadu Bellos, Tafawa Balewas and Aminu Kanos had moral mental fortitude and high moral principles. Consider it. In the event that Tinubu became president, he would be the principal Nigerian president with a medication related criminal relinquishment against him in a far off country; the first multibillionaire president, with personal luxury planes, yet with no known genuine wellspring of his fantastic riches; the primary president whose family is covered in unadulterated dubiety; the main president with the most horrendously terrible person and uprightness shortages. Could the North’s principal architects have maintained that him should be Nigeria’s leader? Surely not. Unfortunately, their relatives have no such reservations. Yet, here’s my message toward the North. You are a basic kingmaker in picking Nigeria’s next president this month. Act energetically in the public interest. Try not to foist a tragic administration on Nigeria.