Dissecting the inimical deceptions in President Buhari’s independence day address | By Momoh, Emmanuel Omeiza


“Conscience is an open wound, only truth can heal it”, a famous Nigerian during his lifetime asserted. Sadly, the reverse seems to be the case in the self-styled country regarded as the giant of the African continent.

From the pinnacles of power and authority to the corridors of discipleship, the tales and stories of lies and deceit like a gift are been told even to generations unborn. It is not surprising then that even the youths who are leaders of tomorrow are now following the paths of their fathers.

We cannot blame anyone. After all, the possession of a father ultimately belongs to the child even after the demise.

If there is anything that keeps me wondering and surprised about the current government, it is the way in which it has constantly utilised the framework and instrumentality of deceit effortlessly.

As though the psyche of Nigerians have been alienated and their minds gullible, Nigerian leaders prefer to sway off the minds of its citizens. From the days of yore, the Nigerian empire has suffered losses innumerably both within and without no thanks to the activities of our garrulous leaders who have been schooled in the skill of utilising deceit to achieve their whims and caprices.

It is with a frabjous approach to know that the current crop of Nigerian leaders have affirmed the fact that where the principles of democracy are lacking, propaganda takes its course speedily. Lies are told severally so as to cover for misdeeds, impunity and corruption. This has been a factor ripping the strong woven used to tie Nigeria and Nigerians together.

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Another episode to the trailer movie was released by the honourable President Buhari during the speech delivered on the commemoration of the sixtieth independence anniversary. Key elements of the address contained which contained lies and propaganda rested on the pillars of social awareness, moral equity and a sense of nationalism cum patriotism.

As though they were expecting the inevitable, Nigerians didn’t wait any moment to express their angst and disgust on several of the issues raised by the President.

In the first instance, the President had hinted that Nigeria’s forefathers “understood the imperative of structuring a national identity using the power of the state and worked towards the unification of Nigerians in a politically stable and viable entity”. From the purview of reality, it is evident that there were imbalances with the assertion. The annals of historical archives have valuable records to prove that the chords of disunity being played in Nigeria’s political and social cathedral have their roots with many of the revered personality we bow to as our nationalists.

Lest we forget, the jihad war which till tomorrow is ad infinitum was successfully orchestrated by the Ahmadu Bello group who adhered strictly to the teachings of Uthman Danfodio. The consequences of their actions which spans over three decades have set the edge of Nigerians at edge with each other.  Similar instances abound of others in the likes of Nnamdi Azikiwe and Obafemi Awolowo who saw the request for Nigeria’s unity as an illusion and not a realia.

As if that were a tip of the iceberg, Buhari had confidently opined that Nigeria was for all and that it was expedient for all to play their parts in eschewing the mantra of disunity among others. The truth to be told that Buhari’s regime and successfully planted the nepotism and tribalism which are the causative factors of ethnic wars and interreligious conflicts speedily.

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This is evident in the lopsided and uneven appointments into enviable positions which contravene the principles of federal character and equity. The recent revelation of appointments into the nation’s secret service which favoured the North exclusively are mere pointers that the call for a united Nigeria may not see the light of the day even under the current administration.

On a final note, the President had justified the recent sufferings meted out Nigerians in the form of hikes and subsidy on essential commodities as justifiable putting into mind what obtained in other neighbouring countries. He had cited classical examples of Ghana, Chad, the United Arab Emirates among others. The President needs be reminded that the economic advancements which were made available to citizens in these countries couldn’t be juxtaposed with Nigeria’s.

Nigerian workers continually recount disheartening tales of the refusal of the government to increase the minimum wage which could have cushioned the effects of the economic downturn occasioned by borrowings, unaccounted expenditures, looting of the public treasury by officials among others. No wonder, the country had been given the appellation of one with the headquarters of extreme poverty.

Is it then not unimaginable that a speech which was meant to be a sigh of relief for Nigerians was characterised by excuses, trading blames on previous governments and justifying hardships meted out to citizens?

On the issue of enthroning the rule of law as the standard of guidance by Nigerians, it is clear that the President was only trying to say the usual like a custom as his actions contradicted what he preached as he was a progenitor of impunity. He had at several instances utilised the Nigerian Police Force and the Department of State Security to clamp down on protesters and oppress those who criticised his government’s misdeeds. Why then the call for the enthronement of the rule of law?

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Clearly is the fact that Buhari’s government was a cudgel to whip the back of Nigerians countlessly. Sooner or later, Nigerians will be able to tell if they had been bequeathed with the change mantra they bargained for in 2020.

Until then the motor remains the same “Unity and Faith, Peace and Progress”.

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