General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd): Between
Reckless Rhetoric & A Sordid History (in Leadership) by
Now that we are working hard and across the
clock to re-build a democracy which would have been far more
matured by now if General Buhari and his leeches had not
truncated the democratically elected government of President
Shehu Shagari, this former dictator-general wants to call
for a revolution.
Only in Nigeria!
Clearly, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) seems to have a
penchant for violence unlike our President Goodluck Ebele
Azikiwe Jonathan GCFR. Buhari wants a revolution in a
democracy he once fought so hard to kill and then killed in
That was not his first coup d’état. In 1975, a group of
Colonels of the Nigerian Army namely, Col. Muhammadu Buhari,
Col Abdullahi Mohammed (then Director DMI), Col Joseph Nanven
Garba, Col Shehu Musa Yar'Adua & Col Ibrahim Taiwo conspired
to overthrow General Yakubu Gowon after which they transfered
power to General Murtala Muhammed as Head of State.
In 1983, barely months after
President Shehu Shagari was re-elected as President of Nigeria for
a second term, General Buhari, then GOC, 3rd Armoured Division,
struck with his military boys again. Barely two years in his
military government, the boys with whom he struck out President
Shagari in 1983, struck him out.
Since then, he kept quiet. He knew what the boys would do to him
if he opened his mouth. On October 17, 1986, Dele Giwa,
editor-in-chief of Newswatch Magazine was summoned to the offices
of the Ismaila Gwarzo led State Security (SSS) in Lagos where
Colonel A.K. Togun accused him of planning a social revolution and
of smuggling arms into the country. On October 19, 1986, two days
later, Dele Giwa was killed by a parcel bomb which was delivered
to his front door.
In 1984, General Buhari, in a campaign to brutally repress the
press, promulgated Decree No.4. On July 4, 1984, the Guardian
Newspaper and two of its journalists Tunde Thompson, then Senior
Diplomatic Correspondent and Nduka Irabor, who was Assistant News
Editor, became the first victims of this very obnoxious decree.
The two journalists were eventually jailed for one year without an
option of fine! Guardian Newspapers was fined Fifty Thousand Naira
What was their crime? They had published in The Guardian of April
1 & 8, 1984 stories with the headlines “Eight Military Chiefs
Tipped as Ambassadors” and “Haruna to Replace Hannaniya” Imagine
what would have happened to them if they had called for a
revolution if the military did not leave power!
General Buhari (rtd) did not stop there in his drive to crush free
speech and free press. He began to allocate import license for the
importation of newsprint to Newspaper organizations. Media houses
that were critical of his government were denied import license
while some other newspaper houses had their newsprint seized and
shared by the Federal Government owned newspaper houses.
Today, this same despot and dictator enjoys the beauty of free
speech and even has the effrontery to call for a revolution in a
democracy which he once fought hard to kill.
We will not allow him again! If need be, we will take the war to
his doorsteps. General Buhari (rtd) went hungry for a long time.
He went so hungry that he jumped up to Abacha when Abacha dangled
a survival carrot. He agreed to serve under a despot & dictator
General Sani Abacha in whose watch Shehu Musa Yar' Adua was
murdered and in whose watch, one of Nigeria's most legendary
politician, businessman and businessman MKO Abiola was thrown into
jail. He died in that jail.
Now Sani Abacha instructed General Buhari to make sure that 20% of
PTF proceeds should be channelled to the military. Buhari did not
ask questions. General Buhari served as PTF boss under the worst
leader that the Black Africa has ever produced. It took the
Almighty God to take that leader down. In that time, General
Buhari kept quiet. He could not even dare talk about a revolution.
He knew he had to survive.
The same way he tossed others like Fela Anikulapo Kuti and the
many others who his press decree hunted and hounded. When he (Buhari)
was head of state, he had no plans to hand Nigeria over to a
democracy but he wants to enjoy gains of our democracy When Abacha
suddenly decided to retire and automatically become civilian
president, General Buhari did not call for a revolution. When
Abacha was framing soldiers and civilians for coup plots, General
Buhari did not call for a revolution. When Abacha’s killer squads
were rampaging the country killing and assassinating Nigerians,
General Buhari did not call for a revolution.
While Buhari pretending to be busy at work at PTF, Kudirat Abiola,
Pa Rewane, Alex Ibru and many others were gunned down in cold
blood, Buhari kept quiet.
Now that we are working hard and across the clock to re-build a
democracy which would have been far more matured by now if General
Buhari and his leeches had not truncated the democratically
elected government of President Shehu Shagari, this former
dictator-general wants to call for a revolution.
Only in Nigeria!