The Jonathan-Buhari Conundrum

Ever since Buhari emerged as the Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), so many schemes and debates have begun. So many juxtapositions between the incumbent President; Goodluck Jonathan of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and his rival General Muhammad Buhari. So many of them misleading too.
Let me give you a brief history here. The incumbent President belongs to the PDP and the PDP which is the largest party in the country has been in power since 1999. The symbol of opposition in the country is the APC. Ever since there was a merger between all the other opposition parties a few years ago which birthed the APC, they have grown stronger and stronger but in influence and superiority.
To tell you the truth, ever since this election brouhaha and shenanigans started, I have steered clear from it reason being that the two candidates both have what I need when merged together that is.
I, like many other Nigerians would love to see what an aversion to our democratic system would usher in, the PDP has been in power since 1999 and we really haven’t had the chance to measure their development rate because despite the fact three people have been elected president since then, they are all the same kind. So the APC provides us with a chance to see what we have either achieved over the last 15 years or what we have missed. And because one of the things that change brings along with it is ambiguity, we are all eager to see what this change may bring, if it will be worse, we only then have to endure for just four years before we boot it out of government, but what if this change will bring better? You see, we really can’t tell unless we elected them.
So many Nigerians agree with what I have written in the previous paragraph. Actually, why so many people are still sticking with the PDP is because they lack faith in the candidate of the APC whose past to be honest isn’t anything but nice.
But here is where the dilemma lies. Should we stick with the current administration for yet another four years? Despite the fact that all they have fed us with have been lies upon lies and nonperformance? Or should we try a leader who many believe to be a religious bigot and an ethnic jingoist?
For the first time ever, I have sincerely come to really see the APC candidate as someone who may likely win this election, it had never crossed my mind before now reason been that Nigeria has a good history with power and Incumbency.
The populace is truly fed up with this current administration but what makes us think Buhari will be better? No one is doubting the fact that this administration haven’t lived up to the standards promised when we elected them without shoes back in 2011. No one is doubting that, no one!
If the APC had presented someone else other than Buhari, it is safe to say they would have been coasting into the elections. But then we all fail to see the silver lining in the cloud.
What if Buhari is truly a changed man? Yes, he jailed people when he was a military leader, he campaigned for Sharia rule but are we not all free to publicly express our religious beliefs? Especially when that belief is strongly supported in the book your religion is based on? Why are we holding it against Buhari for standing publicly with his faith?
Those saying Buhari will Islamize the country are far-fetched, they forget his Vice President is a Christian, a Pastor at that.
You see, we really can’t tell which Buhari will turn up at Aso Rock if he is elected just as we really don’t know which Jonathan will turn up for his second term? Who knows, he may do better, or worse. Like I said earlier, we don’t know until we vote.
You see why so many Nigerians are still undecided about which risk to take, I pray which ever you take leads us aright…as for me; I remain neutral which is why I will vote for a neutral candidate. There are 24 other candidates after all.

Stay True!

Miracle Roch

On Open Letters, Cheques, Jets, Oduahficate, Impersonations and Awards



I see the trend of open letters have continued although I must confess this recent one from Chief Edwin K. Clark has a different undertone to it with some ethnic tones. The letter is scathing attack on Obasanjo but sadly he diverted at some point in the letter and focused mainly on Obasanjo’s negatives which doesn’t bode too well. We haven’t see the end of “open letters” though.




So Adams Oshiomole gave out another cheque to another hawker. There are so many things wrong with this; I hope he’s ready to be offering cheques to every hawker because what is good for the goose is good for the gander. Is the money his personal money or government money? I don’t think it is under his jurisdiction to be giving money away to random citizens like that. What are the odds he won’t be setting up “beggars” and giving money to them too.




We once heard Nigeria had the highest number of private jets in Africa or so; how fitting then that the President of this same country has over 10 jets in his presidential fleet. There’s been rumours and counter rumours of the President going to Kenya with 7 Jets. When reports came in that the President recently acquired jet number 11, tongues were wagging. For a country that spends so much on irrelevant things already; I’m thinking of a better explanation the presidency will give.





How long will it take Stella Oduah to realise her cup is getting full? Reports of her faking an M.Sc in one of the schools in the US is alarming. And the fact they were removed from her credentials and CV adds credence to the reports. I find this very disturbing, a committee should have been set up to verify these reports but we all know how these things work.





One has got to wonder how much these guys who impersonate others make from these shameful acts of impersonation. We saw a purported picture of Banky W engaged in debauchery making the rounds, thankfully he refuted the claims. Doris Simeon also complained about the same thing; while I can accept hers under the auspices of people trying to make money, I still don’t get Banky W’s own. Why would you want to tarnish someone’s image? It’s so unfair.





I understand the support for Mikel to become the African player of the year but I was dismayed at the fact it was only Nigeria that canvassed for him. Why Drogba made that list I would never know but CAF should know that aphorisms like this can degrade the award and make a spectacle of it, meanwhile congrats to Yaya Toure for scooping the award for a 3rd time. There’s no denying he’s in superb.



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