Date: August 20, 2019, 08:07:45 PM
On Buhari, Obiano doesn’t get it: Politics : Nigerialog.com - Nigeria's Premier Online Forum
The fact Obiano fails to appreciate is that between President Buhari and Ndigbo, there is no love lost.And this has nothing to do with the president’s ethnic origin or religion. Ndigbo have worked perfectly well with leaders from Buhari’s neck of the woods in the past. Only nine years after the civil war, Dr. Alex Ekwueme deputised Alhaji Shehu Shagari, a scion of the Sokoto Caliphate. Who can be more northern, more Fulani and more Islamic that Shagari? Ndigbo voted for and worked with President Umaru Yar’Adua, a blue-blooded Fulani Muslim from Katsina State. Even Atiku, the man majority of Ndigbo are rooting for, is a Fulani Muslim from Adamawa State.
The difference is that of all northern leaders – military and civilian – Buhari seems to be the only one still fixated on the unfortunate cataclysmic events of the 1960s. His body language and even utterances suggest he still feels that Ndigbo have not been punished enough for their real and perceived roles in those unfortunate sagas.That is why he would retort to a question thrown at him during a media chat, thus: “What do they (Igbo) want? Who is marginalising them?”It is disingenuous for anyone to claim that Ndigbo are not discriminated against in Nigeria, a reality that Buhari has taken to the ‘next level’ since he became president by excluding them from key appointments into the innermost sanctum of his presidency.
“The Igbo want the same thing every thoughtful Nigerian wants: a great nation of which they can be proud. They want equal protection, and the equal rights of citizenship; they want non-discriminatory standards applied, which does not undermine their individual aspirations towards economic justice and the pursuit of happiness.”This can only be achieved in a restructured Nigeria. Buhari does not believe in restructuring. Atiku does. It is only natural that Ndigbo will support the ticket that will protect them and promote their interest.That is called enlightened self-interest. Igbo support for Atiku is not necessarily because Obi, their kinsman, is on the ticket. Without Obi, majority of Ndigbo would still have preferred an Atiku presidency to Buhari’s. Insulting Nwodo does not change that reality.
Obiano’s dissent is sheer political naivety. For the governor to predicate that support on the so-called promise that Buhari would give the Southeast an additional state as he claimed on Wednesday makes it even worse. He simply does not get it.
But everything is wrong with his presumption that his position as governor confers on him the right to determine the direction Ndigbo should go politically.
The difference is that of all northern leaders – military and civilian – Buhari seems to be the only one still fixated on the unfortunate cataclysmic events of the 1960s. His body language and even utterances suggest he still feels that Ndigbo have not been punished enough for their real and perceived roles in those unfortunate sagas.