Ebonyi State Governor Dave Umahi, sometime in September, prayed that God should give Nigeria a president “who has good heart like President Muhammadu Buhari for the good of this country.”
It would be recalled that Umahi defected to the All Progressives Congress in November, 2020. Delineating on why he joined the APC, he had said “My defection to APC was in obedience to God’s will, respect for President Muhammadu Buhari and an honour to dignitaries present as well as obedience to the wish of Ebonyi people”.
His reasons for joining the APC are typical of the average Nigerian politician. His continued praises on the President are typical of the average Nigerian Politician and like others; a few people air their views about his exodus from the Peoples Democratic Party and have now held their peace.
It is very okay for Umahi to sing praises of Buhari, he has the right to eulogize the President at will, not only because Buhari is now his immediate boss, but also that he perceived the President as a god. The attitude of Umahi since joining the APC is typical of how former President Olusegun Obasanjo described former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode – “FFK is my boy, give him food and he will sing and dance for you”.
But, what is not acceptable is Governor Umahi’s prayer for the reincarnation of Buhari in 2023. What propelled this prayer is not farfetched but the political ambition of Umahi is not worth the suffering of any Nigerian.
Since the inception of the Buhari administration in 2015, the President has demonstrated gross incompetency on virtually all grounds. Buhari has demonstrated by his actions and in-actions that he is for a certain region of the country and against the other region.
With the growing insecurity under the current administration, with the economy ailing like a leprous child, with religious and ethnic differences at their peak, and more importantly, with the nation at the brink of total collapse, if truly the President has a good heart as claimed by Umahi, he would have long resigned over gross incompetency.
It is even more worrying that Umahi is blind to the inhuman treatment by melted at the Igbos by the president and is rather concerned about singing praises of Buhari to pave way for his 2023 unscrupulous ambition. How would you explain it that Buhari is pampering bandits and terrorists in the northern Nigeria, flying them in jets, treating them to presidential dinners, yet; he is clamping down on people from the eastern region who are clamouring for a better Nigeria? Buhari has continued to treat some people in the language they understand while he is romancing the real enemies of Nigeria – bandits and terrorists who are operating freely in the northern region of the country.
The prayer of Umahi is a clear indication that he is another monster waiting for the opportunity to explode – a President whose incompetences are visible to the blind and audible to the deaf is who Umahi is clamoring for in 2023? A president who turned the NNPC to Northern Nigeria Petroleum Company, who ensured that his stakeholders head all the major parastatals to avoid any form of eyebrows?
Has Umahi not heard the popular saying now very common among Nigerians that anyone who is alive by 2023 deserves a certificate of survival? Does Umahi really want Nigeria to continue this path of ethnic cleansing, religious bigotry, acute hardship, untamed insecurity, lopsided appointments, selected treatment of law offenders, increase in unemployment but to mention a few?
Of a truth, Umahi has the right to pray for whatever he desires, but the prayer that will turn a giant like Nigeria to a pauper should be decried with utmost alacrity. I join other well meaning Nigerians to pray God to have mercy on Nigeria and may Buhari never happen to Nigeria again.