“The way a man prepares for a journey would let you know how he will end it“. Old Zulu proverb.
In hindsight, we should have known what to expect at the beginning stage of this current presidency. Not long after his election, before the inauguration and while we still had a seating president, we heard how President Buhari had landed in London, ostensibly to see the Prime minister. Don’t mind that because of not following protocol, he was made to stay outside 10 Downing Street for a long time, we said “tsk, tsk” but put it down to enthusiasm for the job.
After the inauguration, the president embarked on a furious pace of foreign visits – over 30 within the first year of inauguration. Our dear president was visiting 2-3 foreign countries a month, we said “hmmm, hmmmm” but put it down as the need to make strategic alliances with other countries. Our president was working.
Another pattern emerged which has now become as permanent as the first, While the president went on all these official visits, the Vice President was defined as a local champion – subject to visiting the states of Nigeria. In one visit to an IDP, he escaped being blown up by a bomb.
Then will we digesting that, we were informed that the president was proceeding on a 10 day holiday to London. My mouth opened when I heard this. What had happened to the glorious Mambilla hills, the Yankari game reserves, the Obudu cattle ranches and all other holiday spots in Nigeria? As far as I knew, all foreign presidents usually went on holiday in their countries, this was the first time that we would hear that a president even in Nigeria was announcing going on holiday to a foreign country.
Then we were told it was a working holiday visit in which he would also use the opportunity to visit his doctors. At this point, our hmmmmmm went louder. The ten days turned into weeks and just as we had earlier been looking for the national budget, we also started looking for our president. All we got were photoshop sessions and blog news of visits by local and purported world leaders, we then started asking questions.
Now we have the answer, Aso rock has moved to London!!
Why do I say so? Well after the first “visit”, the president proceeded to pay us a “visit” in Nigeria. Of course, it was a visit because he never attended to anything. All the official matters were conducted by the Vice President. The president only came out once in a while for photoshop sessions.
After that visit, the president announced he was going back and would be away indefinitely ( chai, we don suffer!). Now, our president has gone back to Aso Rock, London. We hear of world leaders such as the Archbishop of Canterbury, the UN SEC. Gen and co visiting him. We hear of governors, the senate president and others visiting him in Aso Rock, London just as they used to in Aso Rock, Abuja. The president is even addressing matters of state from Aso Rock, London.
So it is official, Aso Rock now has two branches, the real branch in London headed by Buhari and a local branch office in Abuja managed by the vice president.
Now our president is readying to visit us once again in Nigeria. This would be a re-occurring pattern till the end of this first term and let me tell you something else, this President would be elected for a second term and this pattern would continue. I hear you say never! and my answer to you is Mtchewww!. Just watch this space!
Nigeria is really a nation that defies explanation. In other countries, the president would have either resigned, the senate would have either impeached him or the people of the country would have gone on the streets asking for his resignation.
But forget it, there would only be protests like those of Charly Boy which would be countered by Igbo smoking Pro Buhari protests. Don’t you realize that all the successful protest organizers are now in power? Go look at all the successful protests that have gone on in the country, Fuel subsidy, BBOG amongst others, they all had a prominent APC chieftain as part of the organizing team, now that they are in power, who would organize the protests?
Guys, I am not a fan of Charly boy but true true, our mumu don too much. Unfortunately, we have lived so long in this mumu that we don’t realize what the alternative is. In the history of Nigeria and I am sure in the world, this is the longest a sitting president of a nation at peace has stayed outside his nation.
Before now, our presidents never stayed too long away fearful that a coup could take place while they are outside, but our current president takes us so much for granted that in his mind that is settled. We are not even important enough to be addressed in video messages or press interviews. There is no need, we are now in the age of social media and our president is the perfect social media president – we are now being addressed via photoshopped pictures and blog posts.
Here is a song “e don do me” by Six Foot Plus. it sums up the feelings of most Nigerians. mumurity can only go for ever. one day, na one day….