Better An Ex-Dictator Than A Weak President – UK Telegraph

Mohammedu Buhari may be a ruthless and ageing former dictator but he is neck and neck in the polls leading up to Nigeria’s presidential election Even by his own admission,General Mohammedu Buhari’s time in charge of Nigeria is not one to be misty-eyed about.

After seizing power in a coup in 1983, he threw critics in jail,kidnapped enemies off the streets of London, and ordered soldiers to whip Nigerians who did not queue in orderly fashion at bus stops.

By any normal standards, the ageing ex-dictator should now be a relic of the dark days of military rule, when the only way to stop the country falling apart seemed to be an iron fist.

Instead, he may be about to voted in again as president.

At an age when other politicians are considering retirement, Mr Buhari, 72, has emerged as the main challenger to President Goodluck Jonathan in Saturday’s vote for the head of Africa’s most populous state.

With Boko Haram still running rampant, 200 kidnapped schoolgirls still missing, and poverty and corruption still rampant, many Nigerians feel Mr Jonathan has not proved up
to the job .

Why won’t Nigeria let foreign journalists cover its election?

Hence the nostalgia for a dour ex-strongman like Mr Buhari,who is now running neck-and-neck with the incumbent.

“Given the option between a failed present and a former dictator with a track record, I think the choice is going to be pretty clear for most Nigerians,” Mr Buhari’s chief spokesman,Lai Mohammed, told The Sunday Telegraph. “You have to look at the challenges Nigeria is facing in security and corruption and the economy. Frankly Mr Jonathan hasn’t proved up to them.”

The last time he was in power, having ousted a hopelessly corrupt civilian government in 1983, Mr Buhari pursued his vision of a more orderly Nigeria with single-minded ruthlessness.

In what he dubbed the “war on indiscipline”, he beefed up the country’s secret police, prosecuted hundreds of officials for corruption, and threw journalists and anyone else who dared criticise him into jail, including Fela Kuti, the legendary pioneer of Nigerian “high life” music.

Notoriously, the long arm of his law also reached out for Nigerians who fled abroad. In 1984, his government despatched agents to London to kidnap Umaru Dikko, a minister in the previous government accused of embezzlement.

The plot was only rumbled when a Customs officer at Stansted Airport became suspicious about a crate marked “diplomatic baggage” that was due to be picked up by a Nigerian airliner.

Inside, he found an unconscious Mr Dikko, as well as the professional anaesthetist who had drugged him. The incident sparked a major diplomatic fall-out with Britain and saw four men jailed for kidnapping.

At home, such outlandish gambits won Mr Buhari grudging respect. He is also seen as relatively clean of corruption and his efforts to clean up Nigeria’s civil service, an Augean stables of graft and incompetence, also won him praise. At one point he punished civil servants who turned up late for work by making them do frog jumps.

For the upcoming election, he has had to polish his democratic credentials a touch.

In a recent speech at London’s Chatham House think tank, he described himself as a “converted democrat”, who had realised the futility of one-party rule after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

“I cannot change the past, but I can change the present and the future,” he said. “So before you is a former military ruler, who is ready to operate under democratic norms.”

A remarkable photoshoot also saw him pose with his children and grandchildren in a range of costumes, from traditional tribal to a dinner jacket and bow tie.

Some are unmoved. “Buhari is instinctively not a democrat,” said Osita Chidoka, an aviation minister in Mr Jonathan’s government. “It is a sign of the desperation of the opposition that they have to fall back on someone like him.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/nigeria/11487876/Nigerian-election-Better-an-ex-dictator-than-a-weak-president.html

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The UK telegraph and other foreign press and journalists should make sure that they get their PVC and be ready to vote for the Dictator or adopt him for their national presidency. As long as Nigerians are concerned, we are renewing the tenancy of President Jonathan in a matter of days.

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Where as a dictator knows what he wants, a weak and clueless president is like a toothless bulldog.

Jonadumbo is akin to a toothless dog, he can only bark – wo! wo!! wo!!! But cannot bite.

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A weak and clueless president is easily run over by anything. Crooks, criminals, militants and terrorists have taken over GEJ’s government and all he can do is wring his hands in typical clueless fashion and say he “doesn’t know”.

Goodluck Jonathan has failed Nigeria and should be thrown away
#MarchOutGej
#MarchInBuhari

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Give Jonathan a break, after all, Boko Haram have been wiped out. Missing NNPC money proved wrong. There is no more campaign issue for APC.

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No be Gentle Jona everybody they call toothless? Watch and see when he become ruthless. Infact, watch out when he start biting with great ferocity.

@madris :
Where as a dictator knows what he wants, a weak and clueless president is like a toothless bulldog.

Jonadumbo is akin to a toothless dog, he can only bark – wo! wo!! wo!!! But cannot bite.

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Imagine nonsesical!!!

This is another worthless article from those foreign journalists. Would the UK dear allow a former dictator to even mention they want to rule again? Spits on the author’s face and walk away.

Hypocrites

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@goodluck :
No be Gentle Jona everybody they call toothless? Watch and see when he become ruthless. Infact, watch out when he start biting with great ferocity.

Let him just bite, at least for once. LOL!!!

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