If the United Kingdom’s Foreign Minister, Boris
Johnson, can describe the Leader of the Opposition
Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, as a “mutton-headed
old mugwump” and an “Islington herbivore” how on
earth should we describe our very own President
Muhammadu Buhari in Nigeria?
As each day passes he looks more and more like
the colourful creature called Golum in J.R. Tolkien’s
‘Lord of the Rings’ and behaves more and more like
the goblyns and orcs in that same book.
This is a man who came back from the United
Kingdom as an ailing and fading ghost and who,
despite all entreties and pleas from men and
women of goodwill, has refused to resign.
Since he came back he has not been seen in any
public function, apart from the usual friday mosque
prayers, and he has not presided over or been able
to attend any of the weekly National Executive
Council meetings in the last three weeks.
Worse still when his high profile and once very
powerful Secretary to the Federal Government,
Babachir “the Grasscutter” Lawal was asked what
his reaction was to the fact that he had just been
suspended and stripped of his job by the
Presidency, he asked, in a contemptous and
condescending manner, “who is the Presidency?”
I worked in the Villa as spokesman to President
Olusegun Obasanjo 13 years ago for three good
years before I was appointed as a Minister and
joined his cabinet and I recognise the import of that
Simply put the SGF was asking the journaliat that
put the question to him who exactly had suspended
him in the Presidency because, as far as he was
concerned, the President was no longer in control
and other individuals are now making unauthorised
decisions in his name and on his behalf without his
That is how badly things have degenerated in
Buhari’s government as different forces and factions
are attempting to grab the space and fill the
widening power vacuum.
Again three curious events took place in the last
few days which all confirm this dangerous state of
Firstly a Punch Newspaper reporter was marched
out of the Villa by the President’s Chief Security
Officer, without any reference to the President’s
media team or aides, simply because he wrote a
story suggesting that the President’s ailment was
Secondly as many as 20 Ministers and the
President’s Chief of Staff refused to attend the last
Federal Executive Council meeting which was
presided over by Professor Yemi Osinbajo, the Vice
This begs the following questions: was this a well-
orchestrated protest and boycott or was it just
holiday-time for all those Ministers that were
Thirdly the lying Minister of Information, Lai
Mohammed, happily told Nigerians that the
President “needed to rest” and would henceforth “not
atted NEC meetings” but would instead be “working
He also said that from now on all files that needed
to be treated should be sent to the Presidents
Do we need to hear anything else before we can
safely come to the conclusion that our President is
no longer himself and is indeed on his way out?
Whilst all this was going on and the confusion
continued to brew another complicated and
dangerous mess was silently unfolding in the
This is of course the deadly, venomous and utterly
shameful snake fight of double-speak, treachery and
betrayal that is going on between Ibrahim Magu and
his EFCC on the one hand and Ayo Oke and his NIA
on the other with the National Security Advisor,
Babagana Mongunu, dancing somewhere in
With accusations and counter-accusations from all
sides they are all dancing naked in the streets like
madmen and bringing shame and opprobium to the
institutions that they lead and to our nation and
This is indeed bedlam in its fullest and most
pristine form. It is worse than the cacaphony of the
loud, strange and divided tongues that bellowed
and screeched from the biblical Tower of Babel.
A situation where the intelligence and security
agencies are merrily “Tarkaring” and “Daboing”
themselves before the entire world and exposing
one anothers dirty little secrets all in a squalid
attempt to gain the upper hand in an unfolding
internal struggle for power and supremacy, is not
good for the country and is even worse for the
government that they all claim to serve.
The bottom line is that the Presidency is in utter
disarray and confusion and the health of the
President, despite all pretentions, is obviously
getting far worse and is degenerating by the day.
Last week one rather bold commentator went as far
as to describe him as looking like a “bag of skin
and bones” and described him as a “walking ghost”.
Many, including some of those around him, are
wondering why he does not just resign, hand over
the reigns of power to his Vice President and go
back to Daura to take care of his health.
Does he find it so difficult to let go? Has his desire
to hold on to power at all costs become as
obsessive, compelling and all-consumming as
Golum’s “precious ring?”
Does our country not deserve to have a president
that is physically and mentally fit and that is hale
The fact of the matter is that for those of us that
are not in the corridors of power but that are in the
know, all this is very disturbing.
The truth is that the consequeces of such confusion
and turbulence for a nation that is not only suffering
the worst economic recession in its history but that
is also going through the greatest pain, trauma,
division, strife, butchery, hardship and suffering
since its civil war, are dangerous and unimaginable.
Yet sadly it gets even worse. The most troubling
assertion that is making the rounds is that the
President has lost it to such a degree and that he is
so incapacitated by his health challenges that he is
hardly ever lucid.
We are told that consequently the country is now
being run by a small band of unelected, dark and
evil men and an obsessive, paranoid, unstable,
dangerous, volatile, ruthless, power-obsessed,
ethnic and religious ultra-conservative cabal who
have simply refused to let him resign in peace and
who are covertly making all the decisions and are
actually running the country.
When one marries this explosive cocktail to the fact
that many are fully aware of what will happen in our
country if Buhari dies whilst on the throne it is
enough to give us all sleepless nights about the
That fear is compounded by the utterly chilling and
callous public comments made by one Inusa Saidu
Biu who claims to be an officer in the Nigerian
A few days ago he said that Buhari had been
“poisoned by his enemies” (meaning southerners
and Christians) and that if the President dies he
would personally “shoot 200 people dead”.
His assertion and threat, made openly and publicly
on his Facebook page, in full police uniform whilst
carrying weapons and hardware, says a lot and
invokes deep concern.
The truth is that Biu’s words betray the mindset and
reflects the thinking of millions of people from
Buhari’s core northern constituency, who think like
him, who do not give a damn about anything or
anyone other than Buhari, who see the President as
their god and who are ready to kill for him at the
drop of a hat.
There are literally millions of murderous and
genocidal maniacs like Biu crawling all over the
landscape and under the woodwork of the core
north and who are waiting to vent their spleen and
anger and shed oceans of innocent blood in the
event of anything untoward happening to the
Sadly all this sounds familiar.
Does anyone remember what sparked off the
genocide that took place in Rwanda in the 1990’s?
It all started when the Hutu President was killed in a
plane crash and the Hutus were told that the plane
had been shot down by their rival Tutsis.
The result was that in the space of one month close
to one million Tutsis were hacked to death and
butchered in their homes by Hutu mobs who were
motivated by nothing but hate and a desire to effect
The rhetoric of people like Biu points in this
direction. Only they will kill far more than one
million if given half a chance.
The truth is that we are sitting on a keg of
gunpowder in this country and I sincerely hope and
pray that the Presidents health improves and some
measure of order, predictability, sanity, peace and
stability is restored.
If this happens we will have the historic opportunity
to organise ourselves and vote the APC out in a
peaceful election in 2019 but if it does not and
Buhari dies before the end of his tenure, no-one in
his right mind should expect a smooth transition of
power to the Vice President.
This is because the cabal and Buhari’s hard-line
supporters and footsoldiers simply despise him and
will not allow it to happen.
If the President dies whilst on the throne there will
be chaos, carnage and destruction on an
unprecedented and massive scale in our country
because his core northern support- base will
unleash mayhem on Nigeria and particulary on
southerners and Christians that reside in the north.
What they fail to appreciate is that if that were to
happen there will be an equally massive and
unprecedented retaliation from the south and from
the people of the Middle Belt and Nigeria will not
It is unfortunate that things have come to this but
let no-one make any mistake: the will of the south
must not be tested.
We are ready for the very worse and whether anyone
likes it or not southern unity and solidarity is on the
Gone are the days that our people will be butchered
at will in the morbid quest for northern Muslim
power and in an attempt to perpetuate Hausa-Fulani
hegemony without a robust and equally devastating
We pray for our President: that God will forgive him
of his many sins, grant him good health and spare
his life but we also warn those that are planning to
harm our people to sheath their swords before they
set off a chain of events that will cause an
unprecedented, historic and massive conflagration
on the African continent, the likes of which have
never been seen before.
May God help us all.