President Muhammadu Buhari’s media handlers must be filled with trepidation every time he speaks in public. The president’ knack for talking BS is reaching epic proportions. It may have something to do with spending so much time with his cows in his farm in Daura.
But it is incredible that someone who rose to the rank of general in the army, has handled some high profile positions like governor, minister and ran for president on four occasions, can be so thoughtless in his utterances.
Buhari said at the All Progressives Congress caucus meeting earlier this week, in response to the violence during the Rivers State (s)election rerun: “I think that more Nigerians are killed or killed themselves in Rivers than in any particular state. At this stage of our political development, to remain brutal is shameful”.
What planet is this man on? While the deaths from electoral violence in Rivers State are deplorable, they pale in comparison with the thousands killed by Fulani herdsmen (at least 300 were reportedly killed during a siege of Agatu Local Government Area in Benue State last month), Borno State has borne the brunt of Boko Haram deaths, and the Nigerian army massacred an estimated 300 Shia Muslims in Zaria from December 12 to 14 last year.
Buhari’s response to the terror of Fulani herdsmen has been lukewarm at best. He appeared to condone the army’s massacre in Zaria during his “media chat” early in January.
Something is seriously wrong with a president who was cavorting in Ogun State and then flew out to France in the aftermath of about 100 people including children being burnt to death by Boko Haram militants in Dalori, near Maiduguri in January this year, and then finds it “shameful” that people are dying from electoral violence in Rivers State.
I mean, he is not embarrassed by his silence on Fulani herdsmen terror. He is not embarrassed to be flying out of the country immediately after close to a hundred of the people he is supposed to protect have been killed. He is not embarrassed that soldiers that are meant to protect Nigerians, carry on like an occupying army and massacred over 300 civilians with impunity. He is not embarrassed by declaring “technical victory” over Boko Haram as Nigerians are still being killed by the terrorists.
The shame is all yours, Mr President, as you turn yourself into an international embarrassment.