Buhari’s administration 1984/85 and now: Is This Déjà Vu?


The power brokers in government now should know that there is a potential that at the end of the day the same speech in August 27 of 1985 coup that ushered IBB may be the trend, perhaps more by the populace this time. This is an excerpt from that speech: “Regrettably, it turned out that Major-General Muhammadu Buhari was too rigid and uncompromising in his attitudes to issues of national significance. Efforts to make him understand that a diverse polity like Nigeria required recognition and appreciation of differences in both cultural and individual perceptions, only served to aggravate these attitudes.” PMB’s recent media chat portrayed more as the same man who was in the saddle that Nigerians then wanted to quickly get rid of. To make matters worse that parties spokesmen have only given credence to this thought, Oyegun (APC Chairman) in his speech at countering PDP’s impression “we will not condone or tolerate”. Specific to PMB’s speech, “I cannot release Dasuki or Kanu”. Meaning he is the one holding unto them after they were awarded a bail relief by the courts. How is this not the same person who was described as “too rigid and uncompromising in his attitudes”? Rigidity and uncompromising may be a good quality, but it may also be a fatal flaw especially when there is an aspect of “knowing it all”. Nigerians must continue to pose questions at this government and stand to be heard. Nigeria is a largely a state owned by the state because its people have not demanded for it to become a state owned by the people therefore inherently making it impossible for it to grow as a nation. How can a state owned by a state have a philosophy, a spirit and a belief if it is not a state owned by the people?