How Emeka Ojukwu unmasked Buhari in 1989

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​Have we not witnessed, under the military regime of Generals Buhari and Idiagbon, a perfectly egoistical dictatorship? Have we not witnessed a period when the cries of of the innocent were ignored in a carapace of indifference and vulgar cynicism? Have we not watched justice debased to tokenism and cynical symbolism?

We have watched helplessly the virtiginous rise of scapegoatism as a national pastime, and our government degenerate into a veritable industry of blame. We all witnessed, in the final stages of that government, the perversion of political idealism, when by some sort of divine intervention by some sort of an internal dialectic, everything that the group did turned against it? Citizens were brutalized and the judiciary emasculated. I have not mentioned the more traditional accussations because no one has yet turned the searchlight of accountability on them.

Emeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu (1989: 47) Because I am Involved.

The Dim; Emeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu

For the purpose of emphasis, the book “Because I am Involved” was written by The Dim; Late Eze Igbo gburugburu; Emeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu and was published in 1989 by Spectrum Books; Ibadan.

The above xray of Buhari’s first attempt at governing Nigeria between 1983 and 1985, was lifted from page 47 of that book.

There is no doubt at all that Buhari is such a monumental, pretentious failure. No iota of doubt. The book made it clear that it is even a traditional believe that Gen. Buhari is a very corrupt man. The Dim aptly described the blame game which unsurprisingly, is characteristic of Buhari’s government today, in fact, it was then a national policy, today, it is still the same. Tokenism and scapegoatism were the cardinal points of Buhari’s agenda in 1983. Today, it is still the same. The book mentioned how the cries of innocent people were ignored.

Today, Olisa Metuh, El Zak zaky and the former NSA have been granted bail on several occasions but they were ignored by the government. So, Buhari has continued to ignore the cries of the innocent. Even a common man on the street who complains is tagged a wailer or a corrupt person fighting back.

Next year 2019, it will be exactly 30 years the book was published.

There is nothing more to add. That “divine intervention” of 1985 will repeat again in 2019. Sending Gen. Buhari back to Daura is an honour we all must do ourselves.

Ebuka Onyekwelu

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