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Buhari’s London ‘Technical Stopover’: A Government Sustained By Lies

By now, you may have read that after his spectacularly underwhelming US visit, President Muhammadu Buhari decided to have a ‘technical stopover’ in London on his way back to Nigeria.

Technical stopover! How I wish the Buhari administration can show its creativity in things that matter? It is sad that they are only creative in coming up with absurd lies like the lie that rats chased the President from his brand new office forcing him to work from home. And now, we have the latest lie-‘Technical Stopover’!

Since I was born, I have never heard of ‘technical stop over’. Who is receiving technical support in London? Is it the Presidential jet or the President? The Presidency should stop embarrassing itself. If President Buhari wants to see his UK doctors, why won’t the Presidency say so, instead of this ‘technical Lie’!

Is it a crime to be unwell? Why attempt to deceive the people with childish lies?

After ‘technically defeating’ Boko Haram, they want us to believe Buhari has made a ‘technical stop over’ in London. What kind of government of ‘technicality’ do we have? They never do anything in actuality. It is always done in technicality. Nigerians must give them a Technical Knock Out with their PVCs in 2019.
And the lies are just a pattern of behaviour from a government that was conceived in lies, birthed in falsehood, and sustained on fallacies.

For instance, imagine that after all former US President Barack Obama did to help elect Muhammadu Buhari by frustrating the Jonathan administration, the Buhari government, in order to curry favour with President Trump, has publicly denounced President Obama and declared that he was not very helpful to Nigeria.

This again is another pattern of behaviour of the Buhari Presidency. Once they have climbed on your back to get what they want, they dump you, especially when you are considered no longer useful to their future aspirations.

Dino Melaye is learning about this the hard way. Dino helped misinform the public about the Jonathan administration through the use of propaganda and celebrated the defeat of the Jonathan government. He thought the government he helped elect would be his stepping stone to greater things.

Today, what are they doing to him? They have spent monies they refused to spend on bettering the lives of Nigerians on Dino’s recall and are concurrently using the police to persecute him so much so that Dino Melaye was forced to jump out of a moving police truck.

And look at the charge the police preferred against him-attempted suicide. This is what you call ‘technical stopover’ not the one Buhari did in London!

Thankfully, the attempt at recalling Dino failed spectacularly.
Sometimes, I wonder if ‪it is because the Governor of Kogi is named BELLO that his plans to unseat Dino failed BELOW expectation. I always say names affect destiny. Nigerians BOO BUhari, LAI LIES, FASHOLA can’t produce a FLASH of electricity, Femi AdeSINa keeps committing the SIN of lying and EL-Rufai turned Kaduna to HELL!

And their pattern of lies continues, with the latest lie being from a supposed pastor. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at this year’s edition of The Platform, alleged that three persons who served under former President Jonathan looted $3 billion from the nation’s coffers.

Of course, Vice President Osinbajo could not name these three persons because they exist only in his jaundiced imagination.
It is the same thing he did a month ago when he lied that former President Jonathan personally took 100 billion Naira in cash from the Central Bank of Nigeria and stashed it in his private residence in Abuja.

Of course, when challenged to provide proof, the Vice President hid behind ‘sources’ and never substantiated his claim. Why? Because Osinbajo is a liar!

The more President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo try to destroy the image of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, the more he continues to shine against their darkness. By the time Jonathan handed over to Buhari after five years, he had initiated started and completed 1979 projects. How many projects has Buhari initiated started and completed in three years?

And it is because they know that they cannot run on their record of performance that President Buhari and Vice President Osinbajo continue to make outrageous statements in order to divert the attention of the public from the fact that they have nothing to offer.

For instance, consider the latest gaffe from the President wherein he asked Nigerian youths to go to the farm if they wanted to earn his respect.

The President made two assumptions when he made that remark.

The first being that he thinks he has respect to give. Did President Buhari not see the way he was openly and publicly commanded by US President Trump to go back home and stop the killings in his country? Would Trump talk to the Egyptian President that way? Would he speak with such condescension to the French President?

President Trump, rightly reprimanded President Buhari, because he knows that Buhari has no respect to give.

Now, this shameless President is wanting Nigerian youths to believe he has some respect that he is withholding from them because they won’t go to farm?

The second assumption made by President Buhari is that Nigerian youths are not in farms already. Nigeria has over 20 million farmers who registered with the e-wallet system of the previous administration. If the Buhari government does not have those details, it is probably because they appointed a French graduate to man a ministry as sensitive as agriculture.

The fact is that a majority of those 20 million farmers are youths! Did the President think about that before he insulted Nigeria’s youths?

Buhari knows herdsmen are killing innocent Nigerians indiscriminately. He knows he has not done much to stop them. Yet, he asks youths to go to farm to earn respect! Does he want herdsmen to kill them? Has his son, Yusuf, earned respect by going to farm? Has Yusuf even served Nigeria via the compulsory National Youth Service Corp?

And yet, despite this legacy of failure and mediocrity, the Buhari administration persists in its folly of badmouthing its predecessors.

Buhari condemning Jonathan is like a student who came last laughing at a student who came second because he did not get the first position. In what area has Buhari done better than Jonathan? Jonathan’s corruption score on Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index is better than Buhari’s, while his performance on the economy is rated by the IMF as significantly better than Buhari’s, so on what basis does Buhari condemn Jonathan or any other former leader?

Just to give a snapshot of where we are coming from, Nigerians should remember that we voted for Buhari as President for his promise to:

·Make $1 equal to ₦1
·Create 3 million jobs yearly
·Provide job seekers allowance
After 3 years:
·Naira is now ₦365 to $1
· 10 million jobs were lost
·The employed became job seekers and nobody got the promised job seekers allowance.
We voted for Buhari because he said Jonathan had failed in the areas of:
·Security
·Anti-corruption, and
·The economy
After 3 years:
·Are you more secure under Buhari?
· Is Nigeria less corrupt Buhari?
·Has your economic situation improved?
What then is the basis for Buhari’s reelection or his condemnation of Jonathan’s administration?

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