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Kaduna Killings: Before Buhari Is Crucified – By Musa Fomson


The backlash of criticisms of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration over the Southern Kaduna killings really pained the heart on account of its sentimentality. 

Commentaries by some Nigerians accused him of silence, conspiracy, inaction, shielding of murderous Fulani jihadists, failure to arrest and prosecute the perpetrators. 

The abrasive cacophonies were indiscernibly loud. Nigerians are so immersed in the character of unjustly vilifying their leaders. 

For instance, a respected Nigerian columnist at-large wrote a piece last Sunday expressing a wide range of his disappointments with the Buhari Presidency. 

He regretted being one of his ardent supporters for the Presidency in 2015 and writing about the “fall” of Buhari and his APC government, he insisted Buhari’s presence in Aso Villa has not proved to be the “missing link” and “an opportunity” in governance as he initially believed. 

In attempts to justify his criticisms of the APC–led government of Buhari, the columnist wrote; 

“Buhari says he is fighting corruption, but corruption is thriving in every measurement that matters. 

“Buhari has done nothing of note to make anyone wake up in the morning afraid, or respectful, of Buhari. 

“Sixteen years of the Peoples Democratic Party that Buhari lampooned daily, and yet you can count on the fingers of one hand of its members who are in trouble. 

“There is a ton of stolen funds all over the place begging to be creatively cornered and plunged into the national cause, but Buhari’s government would rather beg for foreign loans.”

The author of the piece is a veteran journalist and author of repute. He is by every stretch of imagination an intelligent Nigerian. 

But in the quoted words, it’s hard to believe this writer’s insinuation that President Buhari should have mutated into the judges in courts presiding over corruption cases to seize the looted funds.

He expects Buhari to coercively hound every suspected looter into jail and compel him to cough out what he has stolen? 

And if it happens; they will brand him a “civilian dictator.” 

The columnist has nicely turned his back on the legal processes and procedures involved in retrieving looted money and blinded himself from the actions and inactions of the Bar and the Bench in stifling the anti-corruption campaigns or corruption trials. 

But he feels elated and more convenient to blame Buhari for not doing enough. 

It has not struck him as anything useful to know that Buhari has not exuded any sign of shielding or supporting looters of Nigeria, as previous Presidents would do.

This is the unfortunate mentality of Nigerians. 

If someone as enlightened and exposed as the columnist could gladly share such unfounded sentiments, it explains in chilly details the predicament of Nigeria. 

Some Nigerians are propelled by this proclivity to believe President Buhari should double or even triple as the Senate President, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), the DG, DSS or the Inspector General of Police (IGP) at the same time. 

These are offices with separate lawful powers, which do not necessarily require the additional presidential orders to perform or act on any matter. 

They might argue that those who man the offices are his appointees, which is true anyway. 

But if they exude signs of weaknesses, why do these commentators prefer to shield them from exposure? 

Is it possible for President Buhari to be the sweeper of every compound in Nigeria or the third eye in every office? 

Now, several voices of condemnations were raised against President Buhari over the Southern Kaduna killings as earlier mentioned. 

The President was unduly castigated for authorizing his Fulani kinsmen to murder Christians. But at last, security agents who worked tirelessly have brought the matter under control. 

The Police have arrested and paraded 17 suspects in connection with the massacre in the Southern Kaduna communities as fruits of this security intervention. 

The Nigerian Army have also been drafted to tame the tide of violence and killings with the establishment of a military base in Kafanchan, Jema’a local government area of Kaduna state. 

While launching the military barracks, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusufu Buratai said the idea is to stimulate quicker response to threatening insecurity issues in the area. 

The Army Chief submitted that a military barracks in the area would consolidate the peace process. 

But some Nigerians, the columnists, the analysts and the opposition are unwilling to applaud the efforts of government in securing the lives of communities in the area endangered by the bloody swords of marauding suspected Fulani herdsmen. 

These cynics have not seen the neutrality of the Buhari government in the abhorrent misfortunes that visited the people.  

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