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Buhari’s Last Months Are Like A Badly Written Horror Movie

The news from Nigeria in recent weeks reads like an implausibly dystopian fictional plot written by an incompetent author. The events of the past few days are particularly like a series of unstable and disorderly parades of terrifying mental images and emotions that may seem perfectly logical during subconscious moments of sleep but seem completely illogical in conscious wakefulness.

I had initially dismissed several reports I had read as false due to their improbability in the normal order of things, but they all turned out to be factual.

Take, for example, TheCable’s exclusive story that the money the Buhari regime spent on the oil ‘subsidy’ in 6 months exceeded the revenue it made from the sale of crude oil by up to 210 billion naira! Or that, for the first time in a long time, Nigeria is now spending more on servicing its debts than the revenue it collects.

Then during the week it emerged that the Buhari regime had squandered Nigeria’s surplus gross account at a rate we have not seen since independence. He inherited $2.1 billion in 2015; what’s left now is a mere $376,655.

How is this mind-blowing level of squandermania even conceivable? Just as I was about to recover from the shock of the shocking news, Finance Minister Zainab Ahmed reportedly said the money was being used “to strengthen security”. Security?

The same security that is the rarest commodity in the country? So Buhari spent over $2 billion to lose security while “strengthening” it? In what universe does this make sense, even remotely?

Nigeria is in its most precarious state since the end of the civil war in 1970. Even Abuja, the previously secure seat of power, is proving to be the epicenter of terribly crippling insecurity.

It is now so insecure that days after the terrorists bragged about abducting Buhari, three brigades of the presidential guard were gunned down by the same terrorists who attacked Buhari’s convoy unchallenged in Katsina weeks earlier. ; private universities have closed; the federal government and the neighboring state government of Nasarawa ordered the closure of primary and secondary schools; a traveler recorded a viral video of a “troop of deadly looking men on more than 30 motorbikes carrying automatic rifles entering Abuja from the Kogi axis”; and heavy fighting was reported Thursday at Zuma Rock between terrorists and military.

Even ECOWAS sent a note to its staff in Abuja on July 27 warning them of the growing precariousness of life in the Federal Capital Territory.

“Intelligence reports warn of plans by undesirable elements to infiltrate various parts of the country, particularly state capitals, including the Federal Capital Territory, to carry out crimes such as kidnappings and kidnappings for ransom, or as a means of obtaining recruits for terrorist activities,” the Peoples Gazette quoted an ECOWAS memo.

And reports indicate that Abuja is becoming a scrawny, depressed and desolate city as people are increasingly deserting it due to the gradually spreading and deepening insecurity.

Recall that on July 5, terrorists attacked the Kuje prison in Abuja, which according to the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ahmed Idris Wase, occurred despite 44 reports from the security services of the State to Abuja security agencies warning of impending attack.

We also learned that no less than Buhari’s national security adviser confessed on Thursday that “people are getting tired [of the growing insecurity in the country] and begin to turn to other means of self-help.

But a citizen journalist and lawyer with no military intelligence background named Yusuf Anka who was not involved in the looting of $2.1 billion “to boost security” in the country bravely and deftly combed through the hideouts. bandits in Zamfara, located the bandits, spoke to them and shared his findings via the BBC news program African Eye.

One would think that the government would be contrite and ashamed. No, they conveniently used former BBC journalist Kadaria Ahmed’s flawed and professionally impoverished article against the BBC as a crutch to threaten sanctions against both the BBC and the Daily Trust for shedding light on the scourge terrorist banditry in Zamfara.

The government hates the unflattering images it sees in the mirrors that the BBC and the Daily Trust have become by highlighting the plight of ordinary people in Zamfara and elsewhere, so it wants to smash the mirrors instead of doing something about About the ugly images that the mirrors reflect.

(Reminds me of incompetent CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele’s threat to AbokiFx owner Oniwinde Adedotun to “get out, let’s fight” because Emefiele said the naira was losing ground against the dollar U.S. and British Pound due to posting daily trades on the AbokiFx website (rates that reflected the perilous state of the naira!) Clueless idiots!

The revelations in BBC and Daily Trust reports that the government is misrepresenting itself weren’t even that earth-shattering. We all know that terrorists are untouchable overlords who are protected by members of the government.

For example, a poorly known bandit named Ado Aleru who openly confessed to killing people (he told BBC African Eye: “My men don’t [the kidnapping]; I’m just going to kill them”]and about whom a wanted poster was issued by Katsina Police for killing 52 people in Kadisau, Katsina State in 2019 was knighted as “Sarkin Fulani by the Yandoto Emirate of Zamfara in a public ceremony.

Zamfara police did not arrest him, and the same federal government that invested resources and intelligence to extradite Nnamdi Kanu from East Africa showed no interest in arresting the bandit. And, although there is a 5 million naira bounty on Aleru, he walks freely, grants media interviews and defies the government.

There is also the case of another savage bandit named Ibrahim Umar who was arrested in May 2019 after leading a syndicate of kidnappers to terrorize the Abuja-Kaduna highway. In a widely shared video of his interrogation by a DSP Hussaini Gimba, the bandit confessed to drinking the blood of the people he murdered.

“I remember killing about 10 people,” he told DSP Gimba in Hausa in the 2019 video. “Usually we release abductees when they have paid. Those who did not pay were killed. After my first murder, my friend who is an officer asked me if I had drunk the blood of the people I had killed. I didn’t, so he advised me to always drink the blood of everyone I kill to avoid going mad. My spiritual malam also said the same thing: that I should always lick the blood of the people I kill. That’s exactly what I did from then on.

Well, the public record after this confession was that Ibrahim Umar had been kept in custody pending trial. But on July 26, when the military demobilized and arrested a host of kidnappers blocking the Katsina-Jibia road, the same Ibrahim Umar who was supposedly in custody was among those arrested by the military!

As if that weren’t absurd enough, we learned from Governor Nasir El-Rufai that Buhari, the country’s security chief, didn’t even know that bandits had threatened to kidnap him.

El-Rufai said, “That’s why I met the president on Sunday and told him about these issues. I also told him about the video because until that day he was not even aware of it. I told him and the next day the Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matagall, also confirmed to him that he had also seen the video in order to take action.

Everyone in Nigeria knows that bandits threatened to kidnap Buhari and El-Rufai (I really hope they do because that may be what we need to solve this problem), but the he man who is supposed to receive daily security briefings from all Nigerian security agencies did not know this.

Even with the craziest extent of dystopian fantasy, I can’t conceive of anything more offbeat than this. A director reading a dystopian horror movie script with that kind of plot would edit that part for its sterile implausibility.

Why wouldn’t the president of a country who is supposed to receive periodic security updates from all security agencies know that terrorists have publicly sworn to kidnap him? Isn’t the instinct of self-preservation the first law of nature?

You have to wonder what exactly Buhari does as ‘president’ if he’s not even sensitive enough to be aware of the immediate threats to his own life. No wonder a very popular Nigerian meme on social media claims that Buhari is the only person minding his own business in Nigeria because all he does is sleep, wake up, eat, excrete , travel and settle in the blissful ignorance that the bubble of the presidential villa generates.

I think a fitting ending to this ongoing real life horror movie would be Buhari getting kidnapped.

Farooq A. Kperogi, Ph.D., is Professor of Journalism and Emerging Media at Kennesaw State University, Peoples Gazette columnist and author of Glocal English & Nigeria’s Digital Diaspora.