By Reno Omokri
Bandits killed 50 Nigerians on Thursday April 5, 2019. 24 hours later, there was a loud silence from President Muhammadu Buhari. Not a word of condolence or comfort to the people of Zamfara. However, when a terrorist killed 49 people in New Zealand, within 4 hours the same Buhari was crying more than the bereaved.
How can the world value your people if you as President does not value them? The funniest thing is that Zamfara voted for #NextLevel and New Zealand did not.
The recurring deaths in Zamfara have become too worrisome for comfort. A true leader would have gone there by now to perform an on the spot assessment of the situation to understand what he could do to put an end to the bloodshed of innocents.
On April 2, 2019, the media reported another set of Nigerians killed by bandits in Zamfara. The figure was put at 40.
I waited in vain for President Buhari to say or do something and I saw a glimmer of hope when the Presidency announced that it would be issuing a statement. I waited with baited breath for the statement and then it finally came.
The Presidency announced that President Muhammadu Buhari would be flying out on April 4th to visit Amman to honour an invitation by King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein of Jordan to participate in the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa holding at the Dead Sea, Jordan.
Nigeria is not even part North Africa. Would King Abdullah II of Jordan visit Nigeria for an African Union summit a day or two after bandits had slaughtered even 10 Jordanians? I very much think not. But here we have President Buhari off to Jordan two days after bandits slaughtered almost 50 people in Zamfara. Does Nigeria even have a government?
What we have is just an old stone aged despot who cares only about himself and his family such that he can run to London at the slightest medical issue and do same for his son, but will not be bothered to even condole, talk less of visiting Zamfara when more than a 100 Nigerians are killed within a week.
When Obasanjo was President, tens of people were killed in clashes between Muslims and Christians and within days, President Obasanjo visited Plateau state on Wednesday May 12, 2004 and he refused to take sides with either Christians or Muslims. He sided with peace and justice.
When he was confronted by the Plateau state Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, on why he visited only when Muslims were killed, Mr. Obasanjo retorted as follows:
“What role have you played to bring about peace as CAN chairman in Plateau State? CAN, my foot! What kind of CAN chairman are you? Did your own Christianity teach you about revenge? You are an idiot. A total idiot. And I have no apologies for that”.
President Obasanjo then went on to visit all the crisis zones and a week later, he imposed a state of emergency in Plateau state, removed the governor, brought in a General and restored peace almost overnight. When you compare Obasanjo’s handling of Plateau to Buhari’s handling of Zamfara, you immediately see that Obasanjo was a President Buhari can NEVER hope to be!