Thursday, November 21, 2019

Those with glass jaws shouldn’t throw punches – Businessday NG


It’s pulsating making an attempt to ascribe any clever purpose to why the chief spokesman toMuhammad Buhari had penned a deceptive account of the final presidential election within the nation. Nevertheless it wasn’t all collectively a nasty concept. If something, Femi Adesina gave a literary expression to how jolt to the hilt individuals on the Aso Rock Villa had been concerning the inevitability of a win on the polls by the opposition Peoples Democratic Occasion and Atiku Abubakar throughout the February 23 presidential election. This a lot, Adesina himself, confessed to when he mentioned, ‘before the election, you saw and heard Atikulators everywhere… They were all over in offices, marketplaces, churches, mosques, schools, on television, radio, newspaper; almost in all traffic lanes of life.’ That was each a candid and surreal expression of concern that the Atikulators had been certainly poised for victory within the 2019 presidential election.
Nonetheless, if we’re to interrogate Adesina’s confession a bit of bit additional, we’d take away the maskand expose the chicanery that summed up the declare of victory by the APC and their Buharideens alike.
First off, earlier than the election, the APC band was busy chorusing round city that there was no Nigerian alive who was as much as problem and defeat Buhari in an election. They quickly coined the phrase of ‘No Alternative’ to ingrain the argument that Buhari was tremendous human and to scare the opposition from difficult a second time period ticket with him.
The APC and the likes of Adesina who’re disconnect from the truth of the angst of Nigerians towards the incompetence and cluelessness of Buhari-led administration instructed a misinform the president that he was cherished and adored by all. Thus, Buhari and the APC entered the 2019 presidential race with a silly and corrupted sense of entitlement a couple of towering expectation from the those who was nowhere to be discovered. The Buhari staff, in contrast to the Atikulators, lured their candidate into an election with out an trustworthy analysis of the power of their opponent. On the finish, they entered a panic mode and, utilizing the instrumentality of energy of incumbency, took sure actions to ensure victory in any respect value which finally compromised the integrity of the election.
The second irrational assumption is the declare that the Atikulators is an meeting of people that hate Buhari. In keeping with Adesina’s phrases, Atikulators are ‘those who didn’t like Buhari, both due to ethnicity, language, faith, or the person’s aversion for corruption… So, they adopted Atiku, not as a result of they cherished him, however they might have additionally adopted a goat…’
It’s typically mentioned that individuals who stay within the corridors of energy truly stay inside a bubble. If there are individuals on this nation who suppose that there’s something near aversion for corruption by this present administration, they should be people like Femi who’re too busy chopping and smiling, having a blurry imaginative and prescient of the cesspool of iniquities and the shortage of rectitude within the system. Regardless of what Adesina and his colleagues within the corridors of energy may say, Nigerians have already got their opinion concerning the vastness of area index for corruption within the Buhari authorities. And by the way in which, Femi and his co-travellers have to be reminded that these with glass jaws shouldn’t throw punches.
So, coming again to the query: who’re the Atikulators? Maybe Femi is a bit proper when he says that they’re individuals who didn’t just like the insurance policies of this president. The place he bought all of it unsuitable is that they didn’t should dislike Buhari’s character or identification in an effort to like Atiku as a result of each males share identical faith, ethnicity and even language. If these qualities are the rationale why some individuals hate Buhari, it should go with out begging that there should be another purpose(s) why the identical individuals will choose Atiku as a frontrunner.
There’s a in style American saying that ‘fool me once, shame on you!’ In 2015, lots of the those who supported and voted for Buhari really feel that they’ve been fooled. They didn’t think about that the person they might be voting as president would divide the nation within the approximation of 70-30 %. They didn’t consider that the person they voted could be clannish in his high appointments. They didn’t anticipate {that a} president who boasted thatthere wouldn’t be one corrupt particular person in his authorities will find yourself filling greater than half of his cupboard positions with identical ‘corrupt PDP people.’ They didn’t consider that the person who promised to crash the costs of petroleum merchandise, however ended up doubling it must be trusted once more. They felt betrayed by a person who promised them change however ended up altering his methods and his phrases!
One epic episode within the 2019 election cycle is the stay NTA interview anchored by Kadaira Ahmed. The interview afforded Nigerians a life time alternative to listen to the person referred to as Buhari unscripted. Have been Femi Adesina’s pen not beguiled by the lucre of energy, he will surely not discover any excuse for himself to nonetheless be a Buharideen after watching the person unscripted on the interview. Had Adesina been a mere mortal like the remainder of us, he would have longed to see the Atiku episode of that interview and given the brilliance that the previous Vice President confirmed at that interview, Adesina himself would have been an Atikulator. However he didn’t. Not as a result of Adesina hated the concepts espoused by Atiku throughout the marketing campaign path, however for him and his cohorts within the hall of energy the chorus is: Buhari will NEVER relinquish energy to Atiku.
The Atikulators are patriotic Nigerians. They wouldn’t have voted for a goat. I imply, they simply wouldn’t have doubled down on the identical mistake!
Once more, there was a reference to what Adesina referred to as hurricane Buhari sweeping all over the place throughout the size and breadth of Nigeria. Sure, he’s proper about that allegorical which means of hurricane in Nigeria blowing by the bellies and wallets of Nigerians. But when by any stretch of assumption the hurricane was describing Buhari’s electoral reputation, it’s secure to conclude subsequently, that our pal, Femi, is a match for stand-up comedy. Or how might he have forgotten so quickly what transpired in room 710 of Eko Lodge throughout his presidency of the NGE within the presence of my then colleague at Atiku Media Workplace, and now his colleague within the Aso rocked villa. However to avert a unnecessary distraction, I’m inclined to make sure that what transpired in that room is buried within the bowels of time.
The place on the earth would Buhari of all individuals really feel invincible in an election contest when the person might nottrust the place his personal spouse would vote on the Election Day.
Atiku went by the judicial course of to specific his grievance with the election. He by no means referred to as on his supporters to launch a violent assault, neither did he make a savage comment about baboons being soaked in blood. If Adesina feels what Atiku did is morally poor, then it solely exhibits the corporate he has been maintaining of late is already telling on his vanishing ethos.
And speaking about jokes, there’s a piece going across the social media that sensible individuals who serve in Buhari’s authorities have a approach of dropping it. For Femi, that’s greater than a joke. And when subsequent you will have the chance to learn Femi, make sure you have a bowl of pepper and salt by your facet. Will probably be smart to go away our pal with a preferred Yoruba saying that the sheep that flocks with canine will find yourself consuming faeces.
Paul Ibe

.Mazi Paul Ibe is Media Adviser to Atiku Abubakar, Vice President of Nigeria, 1999-2007

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