26 August 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari (or his handlers) in responding to the hoopla around his 800 metre walk in Daura a few days ago, tweeted:
Much has been said about my walk in Daura,a few days ago. I didn’t do it to prove my fitness to anybody. The people of my constituency came out in large numbers to see me, & the car in which I was had tinted windows. So I decided to come out of the car so the people could see me.
— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) August 24, 2018
Buhari doesn’t seem to understand this democracy business. Daura is his hometown. His constituency is Nigeria. A “constituency” is: “a group of voters in a specified area who elect a representative to a legislative body”. Buhari was elected not to represent Daura, but the whole of Nigeria. He was voted in by the electorate in the entire country.
Former president Olusegun Obasanjo wrote in January this year about Buhari’s “nepotic deployment bordering on clannishness and inability to bring discipline to bear on errant members of his nepotic court. This has grave consequences on performance of his government to the detriment of the nation. It would appear that national interest was being sacrificed at the altar of nepotic interest”.
Well, it appears that Buhari has inadvertently admitted that Obasanjo was right. The president was putting “clannish interest” before national interest because, despite his pretense during his inauguration in May 2015 when he said: “I belong to everybody and belong to nobody”, Buhari actually sees Daura as his “constituency” and not Nigeria. He is in power to “represent” Daura, belongs to Daura and not “everybody” in Nigeria.
The things is, he has always acted that way. Now, his words have matched his actions.