BUHARI Versus OBASANJO: The Nigerian Youth And The Need For A Political Moral Compass


Agreed that OBJ could actually have been as guilty as PMB on some of the issues he had accused PMB of when he was the President of Nigeria in his most recent letter, the Nigerian youths must remember this fact: nobody would have listened to OBJ if PMB had lived up to the expectations of those that voted for him in the first place.


Instead of questioning the morality of OBJ in being a moral compass within the political space of Nigeria, the Nigerian youths should ask this question: What is wrong in having a culprit who decides to identify another culprit?


The concept of “ethical altruism” in ethical leadership talks of the consequences of a leader who acts for the common good of all with minimal benefit for himself or herself.


Applying that concept to this issue, it is very obvious that OBJ is neither looking for any elective office nor political appointment from Nigerians but simply telling the Nigerian youths that their search for a credible leader must begin again.


In other words, the Nigerian leadership space must wear a communal face contrary to what PMB is currently offering to the Nigerian people, and indeed the youths of Nigeria.


If we accuse OBJ of unjust assessments, would we also assess the views of Pastor Tunde Bakare in the same light?


Pastor Bakare who traversed the nook and cranny of Nigeria selling a Buhari brand that was firmly hoisted on, the podium of integrity, the quest to bring down corruption, applying the incisive notion of creating jobs through diversification, and the establishment of peace through security.

Pastor Bakare had since established with empirical pieces of evidence and without any intent to disrespect President Buhari that Buhari’s words along those lines were not worth a dime.

The “deontological concept” in ethical leadership places the burden of responsibility on a leader to carry out specific duties that are inherently good in themselves. The word deontology is from the Greek word “deos” and it stands for “duties.” That is, the specific duties a leader who touts the tenets of integrity must engage in.

One of those duties is being just to all in the service of all. But has that been the case with PMB?

Certainly no!

We have seen PMB engage in lopsided appointments that were predicated on his 95/5 percent support structure. We have also seen him struggle to deny several of his campaign promises, refused to abide by several court orders and rulings, refused to come clean to Nigerians on his health issues while on the payroll of Nigerians abroad, kept mute in the face of several corrupt practices within the NNPC of which he is directly in charge, offered less than inspiring comments at the several killings orchestrated by the Fulani Herdsmen Association of which he is the life patron in different parts of Nigeria, exercised little inkling towards the acceptance of responsibility for any type of leadership failure under his watch. PMB’s prototype template for responding to issues has been for him to either blame his predecessors or his subordinates.

PMB is never wrong.


Unfortunately, many loyalists of the PMB style of leadership who proudly call themselves, “Buharists” have bought into that form of response on virtually every issue.


Peter Senge, a leadership expert indicated that the modern organization must be an organization that is steeped in the benefits of learning as a culture. According to the findings of his research, organizations with a learning culture thrive better than those that fail to learn from their mistakes.


Applying that view to this discourse, it bears repeating to note that the Nigerian nation is an organization of people that must learn from the mistakes of their pasts with the intent of preventing a repeat performance of the same set of mistakes.


The import of this submission is to humbly highlight the theme among several other themes that the noted goal of nation-building requires a correction of our past mistakes through the process of imbibing a new set of mental acculturation that calls on the average youth in Nigeria to pay closer attention to the words of people who mean well for Nigeria.


The dynamic, smart, and intelligent youths of Nigeria do not stand to lose anything in embracing the submissions of the likes of OBJ, Pastor Tunde Bakare, many other passionate Nigerians including this writer and several other contributors in helping to emphasize the need to starve incompetence with the reward of acceptance through a second term.


Despite all that I had endeavored to establish in the previous paragraphs, perhaps the most pungent view that seemed to show that PMB ought to heed the voice of reason instead of the political hackers around him is the voice of his wife, Hajia Aisha Buhari.


First Lady Aisha Buhari had not only doubted her willingness to support her husband’s second term bid on a BBC program but had also expressed her doubts concerning her husband’s abilities to execute the much-needed change that Nigerians are eagerly yearning for.


I personally do not know what could have led to the wife of a sitting president to chose the rather uncommon option of taking to the public airwave as a podium of criticism, nor do I subscribe to it as a worthy medium of domestic interaction and feedback.


Attempting to view it through the lens of Hajia Buhari, it might, however, be the offshoot of a frustrated voice who wants to vent instead of being chocked with the exasperation of silence.


As can be easily seen in the light of the above instances, the views of OBJ should not be trashed as some skeptics had tried to do.


Kindly recall that OBJ is not one of those leaders who either for good or for bad, decide to sit in one little corner of the globe without any attempt to frolick with the goings on in contemporary leadership.


OBJ continues to wield copious influences within the UN, the EU and indeed around the world. So, shunning him might have some implications since he might just be the emissary of a decided issue.


While I see the perspective of those who deem the views of OBJ to be the symptoms of old age and senility, the Nigerian youths must be reminded that within that inference of implied senility is the undeniable aroma of sweet sense.


Yes, enough sense-making narrative to tell PMB that he should bow out before he is forced out by the dogged determination of the Nigerian youths in their new resolve to express their voting rights.

As I conclude this piece, I call on the Nigerian youths to understand that this is not a call for violence but a call for vigilance. A vigilance that demands the input of their PVC voting cards at the appropriate time. A vigilance that places a responsibility to hold every leader accountable to his or her campaign promises. A vigilance that shuns money politics electoral distortions in Nigeria. May God bless Nigeria.

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By Iyke Nwambie

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