An Adamawa State-based politician, Dr Umar Ardo has said that President Muhammadu Buhari in particular and Northern Elders in general are “wolves in sheep clothing”.
Dr Ardo said this in an essay he wrote on Monday titled “Disappointing Northern Elders” published earlier by Elombah.com.
In the essay, Ardo took his readers through a long story of betrayal and ingratitude by none other than President Buhari himself.
He expressed deep disappointment with northern elders in politics whose attitudes on political reciprocity towards their juniors who supported them with everything they got, he said, leave so much to be desired.
He said that “they’re not essentially what they portray themselves to be.
“They portray themselves to be harmless sheep – but they’re not; they’re wolves in sheep clothing.”
He stated that haven personally done his best in their support both at the state and national levels, he had lost all respects for them.
According to the embittered politician, two of such elders that deserve neither his approval nor condemnation are former Adamawa governor, Murtala Nyako at the state level, and President Buhari at the national level.
In the essay, Ardo claimed that he is “singularly responsible for Buhari’s fourth contest and victory, after 3 unsuccessful attempts”.
“Buhari told me and told others as well,” he laments, “that he trusted and admired me more than any other Nigerian politician.
“By then whenever l visited with him, I was most welcome by his entire household.
“Buhari himself always escorted me to the frontage of the house or hotel suite even against my protests when l was leaving.”
He recounted how he invested time, human and financial resources, wisdom and intelligence, etc. to see Buhari through after several botched attempts.
“It was I who generated $3m from my friends to help in the final days of his election in 2011.
“It was I who put in N84m to his election in Adamawa state in the same year when his CPC’s key stakeholders in the state were sabotaging him.
“It was in my house that CPC leaders, including Modi, his brother-in-law, Sarki Abba, his PA, Sen. Mo’Allahyidi and the state party chairman came to get money distributed.
“It was I who convinced him to get CPC to go to tribunal when Attahiru Jega, INEC’s chairman, pronounced him defeated in 2011.
“It was I who sourced N120 million to pay for the biometrics component of the suit at the presidential election tribunal.
“It was I and Abubakar Malami who coordinated the entire tribunal episode: Malami the legal aspect and I the political and financial aspects!
“It was I who convinced him to approach Tinubu for a merger with ACN after the Supreme Court’s dismissal of the suit.
“It was I who drafted and gave him the merger blueprint after he told me he discussed it with Tinubu and the latter had accepted the idea in principle.
“It was I who worked to destabilize and weaken the PDP and taking Jonathan to Supreme Court.
“It was I who atimes write appropriate press statements for him to sign to counter PDP’s propaganda on him.
“In short, It was I who laid the very foundation of his contest and victory in 2015.”
Alas! He lamented how things changed from March 28, 2015, the day of the presidential election.
He said that after he spoke on the phone with Mr President, “till date Buhari never picked my calls again, never responded to my numerous texts (except once on 27 August, 2015 on the 30th anniversary of his overthrow), he never saw me to even say to him congratulations on his victory.”
He surmised his long and bitter essay with some words in his local Fulfulde dialect: ‘ko juti fu be kerol, sei Lamu Jaumirawo’ which he failed to translate.
In conclusion, he said that “this is a warning to all our young and upcoming Northerners to be weary of our so-called Northern Elders, especially the politicians amongst them.
“They’re not essentially what they portray themselves to be. They portray themselves to be harmless sheep – but they’re not; they’re wolfs in sheep clothing.”
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