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Presidential Election: Umana Umana Predicts Buhari's Failure

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The Akwa Ibom State Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC Mr Umana Umana says that former military dictator and APC Presidential Candidate General Muhammadu Buhari is too unstable and unrefined to lead a country in the 21st century.

According Umana, “Buhari is too unstable to be President” and he went on to describe Buhari as a savage whose  favourite imagery  for  the nation which  he  wants to lead is always death, anarchy and destruction.

Mr Umana who trounce Buhari through a release endorsed by Mr. IboroOtongaran his media aide, (see http://www.elombah.com/index.php/articles-mainmenu/26875-buhari-is-too-unstable-to-be-president,)

According to Umana Umana who still runs a campaign office named Goodluck Support Group for President Jonathan’s re-election at C line Ewet Housing Estate, there is no alternative to Jonathan if the country is to be transformed.

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Don’t Support APC, Buhari

BY Iboro Otongaran

“When Buhari became a military head of state on 31 December 1983, he told the world in his maiden press conference that he had a score to settle with the Nigerian media. Buhari’s grudge with the media played out in a most unconscionable legislation called  Decree 4, which  made  the truth in a publication an offence punishable with two years imprisonment, so long as the truth was adjudged to be embarrassing to his government.  The first victims of Buhari’s Decree 4 were two young Nigerian journalists, Nduka  Irabor  and Tunde Thompson, of  The  Guardian,  who  served  two  years  in  jail for factually publishing yet-to-be-announced diplomatic postings. That was a  sampler of  the  Buhari  vindictiveness.

The combative general is not just vindictive, he also loves to throw mud around, calling everyone else corrupt and incompetent. Did Buhari rate as a touchstone for competence and uprightness when he had opportunity to work as head of state, and at another time as executive chairman of the Petroleum Trust Fund? A peep into the records: The most valuable assessment of Buhari’s leadership skills and talent at economic management comes from The World Bank. In Adjustment in Africa: Lessons from country case studies ((1994, pp 242-243), The Bank states,

“The Buhari military government came to power in January 1984 and augmented the austere measures of 1982. It  sought to control public expenditures by imposing a wage freeze on public sector employees, enforcing the redundancy of a large number of civil servants, and  requiring user fees in the education and health sectors. These measures made a dent in Nigeria’s budget deficit, which declined from 13 per cent  of  GDP  in 1983 to about 3 per cent in 1984. Yet, the Buhari  regime continued to fund inefficient parastatals, while cutting funds  for  maintaining  infrastructure  and  equipment.

“The decline in public expenditures had its severest impact on the construction and service sectors, but employment  and  production  also declined sharply in most other sectors of the economy. Capacity utilization declined and plant closures were widespread as  the access of the import-dependent industrial sector to imported inputs was sharply curtailed. Imports declined by 22.7 percent in 1984; non oil  exports  declined  by 44.2 percent.

“Accompanying the declines in imports and exports was a significant rise in domestic prices and an increase in inflation to 40 per cent.  Domestic savings and investment also declined; investment fell to 12 percent of GDP, down from 24 percent in 1981. Private investment suffered a most drastic decline, accounting for only 25 percent of total investment in 1985, compared with 50 per cent in the 1970s. External debt service requirements on private debt and rescheduled arrears reached 34 percent of exports of goods and non-factor services in 1985—tripling debt service requirements from the 1982 level.

“By 1985 the distortions in the economy were pervasive and serious. The exchange rate was grossly overvalued, and despite the oil revenue boom, the budget deficit again rose to an average of  7 percent between 1980 and 1985.  Moreover, despite efforts to control the budget deficit, public sector funding again burgeoned, and the number and size of public enterprises increased sharply.”

Buhari’s bull-in-a-china-shop policies spawned historic shortages and massive lay-offs.

His leadership record at the Petroleum Trust Fund was not better. At the Fund he promoted nepotism to high art, and showed that his heart is Arewa, even though his passport indicates he is a Nigerian. He used the resources of the Fund for intervention projects mostly in the North to the virtual exclusion of the South.  Buhari thus presided over the most sectional allocation of our national  patrimony, with  his  in-law  in  charge  as Chief Operating Officer.

That is Buhari’s track record in leadership and economic management. I invite the judgement of readers here.  Is the  General’s  record  exemplary?

As for his  incendiary  speeches  and  death  wish for Nigeria, the diary is equally grim. On 21 July 2014,  following impeachment proceedings against the governor of Nasarawa State, Buhari predicted apocalypse for the nation, warning of “dangerous clouds beginning to gather and vultures circling” to come down and feast on the carcass of Nigeria if Al-Makura were removed from office. Buhari’s  favourite imagery  for  his  nation  which  he  wants to lead is always  of  death,  anarchy  and  destruction.

In a comment in 2011, Buhari warned, “God willing, by 2015, something will happen. They either conduct a free and fair election or they go a very disgraceful way. If what happened in 2011 should again happen in 2015, by the grace of God, the dog and the baboon would all be soaked in blood.”

In the ongoing struggle against terrorism in the country, Buhari clearly sided with Boko Haram in a 2 June 2013 comment in  Kaduna: “You see, in  the  case of Niger Delta  militants, the  late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua sent an airplane to bring them, he sat down with them and discussed with them, they were cajoled and they were given money and amnesty. They were trained in some  skills and were given employment, but the ones in the North are being killed and  their houses demolished.”

On 28 December 2011, after he lost his appeal on the 2011 presidential election dispute at the Supreme Court, Buhari entered a characteristic doomsday prediction for the nation: “The country now is in an emergency situation. Law and order can break down at any time.”  It was a self-fulfilling prophecy; the nation was convulsed in an orgy of blood-letting soon after.

Buhari once called on muslims to vote for only muslims in the country.  On a VOA programme, Buhari rejected the national identity card project, arguing that it was not in the interest of the North.

Buhari has nothing to recommend him to the Presidency. He is neither patriotic nor competent.”

Iboro Otongaran, Reference Nigeria 27.10.14

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