The handwriting on the wall says: “mene, mene, tekel, parsin”.
According to The Book of Daniel 5:26-28 the interpretation was:
Mene[e]: God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end.
27 Tekel[f]: You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting.
28 Peres[g]: Your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.”
This is the message to King Belshazzar of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari which the US Secretary of State will deliver to King PMB.
Presidential watchers would have noticed that it has been two months since His Excellency has not traveled abroad. He is becoming less welcome overseas.
Why would the supervisor of Nigerian affairs, the USA, number the days of PMB and bring it to an end?
1. If you can hire you can fire. US hired and are firing.
2. PMB has been weighed on the scales and found wanting for example:
a. The economy has gone bonkers and South Africa has once more overtaken Nigeria as the most dominant economy in Africa.
b. PMB announced the BH has been virtually defeated and it is now clear that he lied.
c. Not only is BH still around the Avengers have emerged and are even more menacing than BH and is a greater threat to the sovereignty of Nigeria
d. Biafran agitation for independence has re-emerged and PMB has handled it like an amateur by imprisoning the leader Mr. Nnamdi Kanu without due process in the PMB;s Gulag.
e. Human rights of the citizens are constantly abridged from the north to the south: murders of unarmed Biafran protesters; massacres of Shiites on a peaceful religious procession; killings of farmers by the marauding northern herdsmen on the farmers’ farms in their villages (60 in Nsukka alone) without consequences; etc.
f. Insecurity. US has declared 20 states as unsafe for Americans, some are in the south and some are in the north. This makes it difficult for American businesses to do business in Nigeria.
g. Corruption! Oh corruption! It has progressed from corruption to “FANTASTIC CORRUPTION” in a mere 15 months. There was first a budget fiasco. Then another budget fiasco and now budget padding. Nobody knows what is in the budget. Funds for salaries are not released, funds for Olympics are not being released, even defense funds to pay for US military supplies are not available. GEJ was bad but not this bad.
h. The other corruption, the probe. Nobody knows how much has been recovered or from whom. PMB in collusion with the looters decided not to let the public, from whom the funds were stolen, know who robbed them. How can you hide the patient from the doctor? There has been no change in the system that enabled the fraud in the first place and that is enabling the budget padding to continue. No trials and convictions. Zero progress.
i. Dictatorship tendencies on the upswing. The most visible officer to the world in any government is the foreign minister. Does PMB have one? Why is he not meeting with his counterpart but instead his counterpart is meeting with the Northern Governor’s Council? Why is the Secretary of State not addressing the combined House and Senate? US could work with Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala, under who the economy grew by 6%, and who was very visible. Her replacement is as invisible, as the rest of the cabinet. A one-man government is a dictatorship. The convert has reverted to his heathen beliefs and ceremonies.
Mr. Kerry will has announced the punishment of Daniel 5:28: 28 Peres[g]: Your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.”
Who are the Persians? The first choice is the Northern Governor’s Council.
During this trip the secretary would interview the governors to see who would be PMB’s replacement. They have the rights to first refusal.
If he finds one US would start in time to groom him (there is no she in the council). If there is none US would turn to the gentiles. As for PMB he is now a former president 2015-2019.
Can PMB be rehabilitated?
It is an uphill task. The first is that his reputation for getting things done has been destroyed.
He did not demonstrate that he could get anything done. He misses Col Idiagbon too much and has not been able to find a suitable replacement.
Mr. Tinubu could have done played the role for him but he finds Tinubu too conniving to trust him.
The second reason why it is an uphill task is that PMB has lost the popular support he gathered at the election and inauguration and wasted. Today if he were to re-run against GEJ, he would lose by a landslide.
Another reason why US would have doubts is the PMB is not a man of his words and is living above the law.
He announced that there would not be foreign medical check-ups and when he had sore throat he ran to London while denying others with more serious ailments the required foreign exchange to do so.
He asked those who have students abroad to bring them home as no more foreign remittances were available but his daughter has continued her studies abroad.
He promised to release his assets but the report is nowhere to be found. ETC.
Among other problems is PMB’s health. It is not clear if he is sick or lazy.
But it is clear that he is not up to the day-to-day management of the government.
The required weekly Executive Council Meetings is now held by weekly; visits to crises locations (Nsukka, during killings) are not undertaken; public speeches and interviews are not held; nor town meetings conducted.
There is not public education of the direction of the government and therefore no room for public participation in the management of the nation’s affairs.
Add the dysfunctional Legislature and you find you have a country that is not going anywhere fast.
Mr. Obama will be out of the office in five months. He is bound to remember Gen Colin Powel’s advice: “if you brake it; you own it”.
Obama broke Nigeria by imposing PMB on the people and he owns it. He is making sure that the country does not fall completely apart.
Is it too late?
Benjamin Obiajulu Aduba, Boston, Massachusetts