Sunday, June 21, 2015

Bukola Saraki is A Political Title Chaser and Not A Nation Builder

Senate President Bukola Saraki.

The new Senate President, Bukola Saraki is a political title chaser and not a nation builder. And he brings nothing new to the table, because it is going to be business as usual at the senate.
Change of political leadership does not automatically translate to change of political policy or change in governance.
Changing the bottles or kegs of sour palm wine does not change the taste of the sour palm wine.

The desperation of Senator Bukola Saraki and his political gang has done more harm than good to the new ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC). He is the political joker of his political power group for the 2019 presidential election. And their plan is to upset the political apple cart of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
But can Saraki win the support of the south west?

Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, National Leader and Power Broker of the new ruling party APC.
President Muhammadu Buhari won the 2015 presidential election as the presidential nominee of the APC.

The political mantra of "Change" that won the presidential election for the party is now becoming the noise of clashing cymbals making discordant sounds of more noise than music, because the players are not obeying the conductor of their orchestra.
The national leaders of the APC who promised to take Nigerians to the Promised Land of a New Nigeria are already fighting over political titles, because that is what they are really after and not the nation building of a New Nigeria.
That is why on World Refugee Day June 20, instead of President Muhammadu Buhari to address the humanitarian emergency of Nigerian refugees abandoned and neglected in the neighbouring countries of Chad, Niger and Cameroon, he preferred to return to his farm in Daura to have a meeting with his cattle and not meeting with the National Assembly on the security and welfare of more than 100, 000 Nigerian refugees and over 3, 000, 000 internally displaced people (IDPs), the largest population of IDPs in Africa. The welfare of his cattle is more important to him than the welfare of Nigerian refugees and IDPs. Even former President Goodluck Jonathan would not have been that clueless on the World Refugee Day. It is a great pity.

The political crisis of national leadership plaguing Nigeria since 1960 to date is the lack of nation builders, because majority of them have been political opportunists and political title chasers and not nation builders. That is why their desperation for the highest political office has caused widespread political crises from the days of the bloody and gruesome wild wild west political riots in the western region in the First Republic to the first coup and counter coups that plunged Nigeria into the tragic civil war that left more than one million people dead and changed the fortunes of the nation. And since that terrible civil war, Nigerian political leaders have not repented, but have continued in their do or die political contests with more military coups disrupting the democratic system and the former successful military coup plotters forming and joining the leadership of political parties which they have used to contest for political leadership of Nigeria.

The Boko Haram insurgency ravaging  northern Nigeria would not have become worse if the political leaders have been nation builders. And without inspirational political leaders, Nigeria will continue to suffer in the crooked ways of political title chasers manipulating  the electoral system in their greed for political power and using the masses of poor and powerless voters as their political pawns and others as their sacrificial lambs from the Niger Delta to Lake Chad and from Lagos to Abuja. Nothing has changed.

The victory of Muhammadu Buhari may not fulfill our Nigerian dream for the nation building of a New Nigeria in the leadership of Africa in the 21st century.

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, author of The Victory of Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian Dream, In the House of Dogs, The Prophet Lied and other books.
The Victory of Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian Dream By Michael Chima Ekenyerengozi
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The Victory of Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian Dream: My Testimony on the 2015 Presidential Election is an important chronicle of the 2015 presidential election in Nigeria and the principal actors in the emergence of the first Nigerian presidential candidate to defeat an incumbent President in the political history of Nigeria.

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