”I Will Not Be A Failed President”- Buhari

By Suleiman Umaru

 For those who had prepared themselves on how to tongue-lash, President Muhammadu  Buhari, a retired Army General, when he quits office , On May 29, 2023, over the lingering security and economic challenges in the country had better sheath their sword.

President Olusegun Obasanjo, who has never hidden his  dislike against  the Buhari  Administration  because  because of the high level of insecurity and the bartered economy   may have given a word of Advice  to Uche Secondus, National Chairman of the Opposition People’s Democratic , PDP, described as a government in waiting , that the political elites  and the  ruling All Progressive Congress government, should  ‘’prioritise security and the economy of the nation  , rather than the current agitation  about the 2023  general elections.  The former Nigerian President may have thrown a challenge to the Katsina state born Nigerian President when he said ‘’the major focus should be the challenges facing the country which is impeding its growth and development’’.

The Ogun state born politician, who claimed that he has been managing Diabetes for the past 35 years, in which had killed most  his Contemporaries  over the years may have shocked many  when he said   that’’the country  not attained  its destined position in the comity of nations after many failed opportunities’’.  Addressing the PDP loyalists that all hands must be on deck to rebuild the country may have emboldened Secondus, the Opposition Party Chairman to boast that’’ the country would be great again under its Leadership’’.

Obasanjo: Advises The Political Elites To Pay Priority To Security And Economic Issues

But the Nigerian President has made it clear to those that cares to listen that, he will ‘’leave Nigeria better than he had met it in 2015, when he first assumed powers and now. He was emphatic.  I will not exit the government in 2023 as a failure but as one who had improved the fortuenes of the country that Nigerians would be proud of.

The retired Army General may have been forced to speak out based on briefings from the service chiefs during a  security council meeting recently at the Presidential villa based on what is happening in the north east geopolitical region where the Islamic Fundamentalist Group and BokoHaram, have laid siege over the last one decade. The crisis situation in the region may have gotten worse  with the factionalisation of BokoHaram and emergence of the Islamic  State of  West Africa, ISWAP,  in 2015, which were said to have entered into the war to further dive the Nigerian military  and Multinational National Joint Task Force, MNJTF,  prosecuting the insurgency war in  the north east.

Now Buhari could beat his chest that the current insecurity situation  in the country  is gradually dying down   as  there had been  tremendous  progress   in defeating the insurgents since  the appointment of the new service  Chiefs .  This is evident, according to Babagana Munguno, a retired Major General and National Security Adviser, NSA,   going by the large number of the  of the  Abubakar Shekau, led BokoHaram and Al. Barnawi led ISWAP,  in the recent time Borno state and other flashpoint states in the north east.

BokoHaram And ISWAP Insurgents Who Had Surroundered To The Nigerian Army In Borno State

 The NSA, may have corroborated the Nigerian President’s  Statement that the large number of the insurgent that had surrender to the Nigerian military in the recent time in the north east  was a clear evidence of the  relentless efforts  of the military , and other security a and intelligence agencies personnel.

Only recently,  Musa Adamu , , known in the insurgent circles  Mala Musa Abuja and who incidentally is the BokoHaram  and ISWAP, Bomb Manufacturer  as well as  Usman Adamu, popular,  Abu Darda, and the two Insurgent Groups, Deputy Chief Bomb Manufacturer with 335 of the loyalists   , including 746 members of their family  members  , comprising of women and Children and  of the Chibok girls who had been radicalized  on how to detonate Improvised Explosive, Dvices, IED, Bombs,  had surrendered   to the  Lt. General Farouk Yahaya , the Chief of Army Staff, COAS, troops  at  the Army Headquarters  Bama  Local government Area, of Borno state,

An elated Munguno, had attributed  the large numbers  of the the BokoHaram and ISWAP,  insurgents surrendering  to the Nigerian Army  to the infighting   among the various  factions of the terrorists Group, which was said to have resulted in the death of late Shekau, the BokoHaram Leader.

He averred that   that  have been  greater cooperation, synergy, and intelligence  gathering  as well as the country’s partners, Particular, Chad and Niger, both countries in the West African sub-region and Cameroon, a country in the Central African subregion.

In a related development,  the sucessful conduct of the Anambra state governorship election in November 6, 2021, by  Mahmood Yakubu, a Professor, and Chairman  of the Independent  National Electoral Commission,  would determine whether the 2023, general election, that would usher in a new set of political Leaders in the country. The NEC, boss had sad said   the Electoral umpire  will continue to deepen  the use  of technology  in conducting  elections in the country amidst the sharp divisions   in the National Assembly whether the  electronic transmission of results  should be sacrosanct as contained in the newly passed   Electoral Act Management bill.

Perhaps to ensure that there would be no problem in the results that would be announced by the Commission would not be disputed by the parties, may have informed why  Yakubu, the NIMASA, helmsman, had pledged  that  they would use the the Anambra gubernatorial election as a test case  to test   new and innovative  technology  fort the 2023, general elections. The outcome of the south east state gubernatorial electoral election would determine whether Former President Obasanjo was right  to have advised the Political elites  to give priority to  solving the nation’s security and economic Challenges rather than paying attention to the  2023, general elections.       

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