Femi Fani-Kayode: Does President Muhammadu Buhari have a conscience?
”Aside the 105 soldiers killed by Boko Haram, additional
34 soldiers were killed 2 days ago but it wasn’t in the
news”- Deji Adeyanju.
I concur with Mr. Deji Adeyanju. The most heartless
and reprehensible thing that our government could have
done is to cover-up the fact that 105 of our soldiers
were killed by Boko Haram a few days ago. To do such
a thing is simply evil.
A soldier ought to be honored in death and this is
especially so if he dies in the course of doing his duty
and fighting for his nation.
The government has not only dishonored them by not
acknowledging their sacrifice but they have also buried
them in the wilderness like rabid dogs.
Buhari, his Chief of Army Staff and his Minister of
Defense should bury their heads in shame.
Anyone that buys the lie and propaganda that the 105
soldiers never died and that they are still alive is a
compound fool or village idiot.
Will the military also deny the fact that a few days ago
34 of our soldiers were killed by Boko Haram? These
boys died for their country. Why deny them?
I am outraged by the fact that a soldier will sacrifice his
life for his country yet the citizens and authorities of
that country don’t even appreciate it.
media. Everyone in the military knows that those
soldiers are dead. It is an open secret. Yet because
government denies it so many people just choose to
The truth is that Boko Haram must have used chemical
weapons in the attack.When you look at the pictures of
the dead bodies this is obvious. It was probably
All we want from the military is the truth. If 105 soldiers
were not killed then how many actually were?
The whole episode happened last week in Borno state
and the military authorities are denying it. I am
sickened by that.
If others cannot appreciate the importance of honoring
our dead soldiers, I can. I will not be intimidated and I
will not remain silent.
Tell us where our boys are buried and if you refuse to
do so we will keep asking. There must be
accountability and respect for those that have made the
supreme sacrifice just to keep the rest of us safe. Our
soldiers deserve that much.
Finally let it be said loud and clear that since President
Buhari came to power he has not bought one bullet for
the military. Considering the fact that we are in the
middle of a protracted and very bloody war I believe
that this is utterly shameful. If you say you want to
fight and defeat Boko Haram then why are you not
buying arms for your troops?
This brings me to other matters and raises other
questions about our President’s sincerity of purposes
You say that you are fighting Boko Haram yet you are
travelling the world drinking tea with world leaders
whilst your soldiers are secretly being slaughtered.
You say you are fighting Boko Haram yet you were
nominated as their spokesman and chief negotiator 2
years ago in proposed peace talks with the Federal
You say you are fighting Boko Haram but the man you
appointed as your National Security Adviser was retired
from the army a few years ago for ordering the release
of Boko Haram terrorists under suspicious
You say you are fighting Boko Haram but the first thing
you did when u came to power was to remove military
checkpoints.This guaranteed Boko Haram free
movement and access to the entire country.
You say you are fighting Boko Haram yet last year you
told the world that an attack on Boko Haram is an
attack on the north.
You say you are fighting terror yet since you came to
power Boko Haram has grown in strength, has
regained lost territory and has been declared the
”worlds number one most deadly terror group” by the
Global Terror Index.
You say you are fighting terror yet since you came to
power Nigeria, according to the Global Terror Index, has
been declared as not just having ”the first most deadly
terror group in the world” which is Boko Haram but
also of having ”the fourth most deadly terror group in
the world” which is a group that the Index describe as
the ”Fulani militants” and that we call the Fulani
You say you are fighting Boko Haram yet since you
came to power Nigeria has been declared the world’s
”third most terrorised country” by the Global Terror
Index after Iraq and Afghanistan which were declared
first and second respectively whilst Syria and Pakistan
were declared fourth and fifth.
You say you are a ”born again democrat” yet you voted
against the protection of human rights at the United
Nations alongside Iran, Zimbabwe and North Korea.
You say you respect human rights yet you barricade
Colonel Sambo Dasuki, the former National Security
Adviser, in his home, endanger his life, deny him
medical attention, flout court orders and make him
You say you respect human rights yet you arrest
Governor Boni Haruna simply for standing as surety for
Dasuki and you try to force him to abandon his friend.
You say you respect human rights yet you raid
Governor Attahiru Bafarawa’s home and arrest and
detain his son simply because he is friends with
You say you respect freedom of speech and human
rights yet you lock up Nnamdi Kanu indefinitely and
your security agents shoot two unarmed and harmless
pro-Biafra youths to death in Enugu simply because
they were involved in a peaceful demonstration.
You say that you are a believer in the rule of law yet
you ordered your secret police to storm a sitting
governors official home in Akwa Ibom knowing that he
enjoys immunity from such matters.
You say you love Nigeria yet a bomb goes off in Kano
killing over 21 people and instead of coming back home
to mourn with your people you continue junketing
around the world.
You say you know how to run Nigeria but according to
Paul Wallace and Michael Cohen of the United States
magazine known as Bloomberg Business your ”bounce
has become bust”, your ”policies irk investors”, you
have ”destroyed Nigeria’s economy” and you ”do not
have the capacity to move the country forward”.
You say that you know how to manage the economy
yet stocks and shares have crashed, small businesses
are folding up, our foreign currency has dried up,
industries are collapsing, agricultural output has
decreased, our foreign reserves have been spent and
the value of the naira has depreciated since you came
to power and it continues to fall.
You say you know what you are doing and how to
manage Nigeria’s affairs yet the U.S,-based
Washington Times newspaper says that you lied to
America about your so-called good intentions for
Nigeria and that you have ”duped the United States of
America” with your false promises and empty words.
You say that you are fighting poverty yet according to
the Business Day Newspaper Nigerians are ”getting
poorer for the first time since 1999”.
You say that you will restore our countries fortunes yet
the fuel queues are back and the prices of food,
transport and basic commodities are soaring by the
You say that you are a man of your word and after you
were declared winner of the election you promised not
to malign, persecute, witchunt, demonize, disrespect or
go after President Goodluck Jonathan and members of
his administration unless you had concrete evidence of
wrongdoing yet when you came to power you did
You say you are fair-minded, true to your friends, loyal
to your supporters and always reasonable yet you did
not concede even one ministerial slot or approve one
ministerial nominee of the two men that helped you
more than any others to win the presidential election,
namely President Olusegun Obasanjo and Governor
You say that you want the country to change, that you
believe in fairness and equity, that you are a
progressive, that you believe in a generational
powershift and that you want the country to move
forward yet you are trying to destroy Governor Bukola
Saraki simply because he won an election and became
You say that you are fighting corruption yet no-one has
been made to face the music or brought to book over
the 25 billion naira REMITA and Systemspecs scandal
and neither has the matter been clarified or resolved
even though it has been established that the whole deal
was struck under your watch.
You say you love Nigeria and all Nigerians yet your
Fulani kinsmen, under the guise of herding cattle, are
slaughtering thousands of innocent people all over the
south and Middle Belt, yet you remain their Grand
Patron and you refuse to utter to a word of
condemnation for their actions.
You say you respect Nigerians yet every time you travel
out of the country you spend your time telling
foreigners and the foreign media how useless, rotten
and corrupt your people are and how you are the only
saint in Nigeria.
In view of all this I am constrained to ask whether
President Muhammadu Buhari has a conscience or is it
that he has just lost touch with reality? Everything that I
said about him during the Presidential campaign has
been confirmed and in just six months he has betrayed
the trust and squandered the goodwill that the Nigerian
people bestowed upon him in the March presidential
elections. I have to say that I am not surprised by this
because his ”change” mantra was just an illusion.
What he and his APC failed to disclose to the Nigerian
people during the campaign is that what he meant by
”change” was a change from light to darkness. Sadly
our people trusted him and now he has plunged our
nation into that darkness.
May God enable him to find the courage to retrace his
steps before it is too late and may the Lord deliver
Nigeria from those that are around him that fail to tell
him the truth.
I gather that they call those of us that oppose President
Buhari and that are PDP supporters the ”wailing
wailers”. That is an interesting expression because by
the time Buhari finishes with Nigeria I have little doubt
that the entire country will be wailing.
The truth is that I would rather be a ”wailing wailer” that
posterity vindicates than a ”lying liar” or a ”howling
howler” who has lost his way and who continues to
have confidence in a man like Buhari and a party like
the APC that is hell bent on destroying our country and
our cherished democratic institutions with their Rambo-
like insensitivity and total ineptitude.
All those ”lying liars” and ”howling howlers” that voted
for President Buhari should clap for themselves for the
terrible mess our country is now in. We will remember
them in our prayers too.