opinionBy Mohammed Nura
The Nigeria project currently cuts the perfect imagery of surviving on a life-support machine, and reeling in the throes of decay, whilst the combined effect of these paralyzing maladies has secured her tightly in the grip of objective need and historical necessity; thanks to the excesses of the political leadership. The question then is, who possesses the requisite capacity of willpower and courage to enact the extraordinary feat of daring a well-entrenched and deep-rooted system and rescue the nation from the iron grip of corruption and impending state failure?
Emblazoning the typical solid character and traits required of anyone capable of extruding the nation from the ignoble pit of leadership failure and decay, Prof. Tam David West, in his recent book - 'The Sixteen Sins of Buhari' ran an exciting array of extrapolation with philosophical exegesis on those traits and character of Buhari perceived by his critics as extreme, rigid and uncompromising yet account for the very reason he is admired by many. In a feat of profound scholarly erudition, the revered professor engineered in a fresh theme of the virtuous appeal in Buhari's controversial moral standpoints and rigidity as the necessary requisites for overhauling the Nigerian state from the narrow confines of deepening corruption, decay and collapse of values to the wide expanse of openness and national integrity.
Individuals with appetite to overturn these untidy records and redirect national effort in nation building, rest on the commitment to the radical advocacy of reformism and rectitude built around incorruptible character, honesty, devotion to public good and above all, the taste for equity, justice and fairness. Africa parades few courageous individuals, who embody a nation's dreams and struggles in attempting to break the shackles of excesses and undoing of traditions that have held her hostage to retrogression and underdevelopment. Gripped by varying objective needs and historical necessity of their time, Ghana and South Africa's historical moments were pioneered by Jerry Rawlings and Nelson Mandela respectively. Seen from the broad spectrum of the nation's ethno-religious and political divides, academic circles, mass of the deprived population and toiling serfs, Buhari enjoys an 'unmatchable' warm perception of character, competence and uprightness and believed to be in the grip of robust willpower and courage to rewrite, reverse and correct the embarrassing paradox that defines Nigeria's chequered political history.
A nation trapped and troubled by its own fabrication of national character of this mould and form is in dire need of exceptional personalities whose strength of character and vision are sourced and originated from the reassuring and appetising drive of iconoclastic reformism. Marooned in its own peculiarity and hunted by the urgent necessity to reverse its misfortune, Nigeria needs an individual with a radical orientation and character, woven around commitment to defeat the monstrous albatross of deepening corruption and collapse of values that have arrested the nation's development. This much the behemoths in the PDP missed when the unnecessary chest beating supremacy display over zoning saga assumed a cantankerous duel and was blown out of proportion at the expense of a more honest reflection for quality leadership. Buhari's refusal to be drawn into the polemics of the zoning saga underscored the purity of his vision and honest conception of power as only for service to humanity, and this singular display of worth of attitude gained national currency with blistering flammability to his credit.
The signification around the character and personality of Buhari, presents a radical departure from the contagious, well-entrenched and rampaging culture of corruption deceit, double standard, dishonesty, rapacity and offer the exact opposite of these negativities as his trademark. This intresting sharp division on the character and social class of those who love and dread him offers rich evidence on the cult personality that Buhari has come to symbolise in our recent political history. The huge population desires him to liberate the nation from the stench of decay whilst the ruling class considers him as an albatross to sustaining the swing of the moment.
The centrifugal political repositioning and realignment around CPC, followed by the mass exodus of the members of the splinter groups of the PDP, ANPP and the hint given by former Speaker of the House, Aminu Bello Masari, that a lot of his colleagues will be joining in due course, having been disillusioned by the PDP's incapacity and unwillingness to embrace holistic internal democracy and reform, are pointers to the significant political development that the nation may yet witness in the months ahead. The arrays of significant issues and unfolding developments in the polity aggregated and interpreted to arrive at the decision of migrating to the new party, CPC, centres on the perceived value that Buharis's personality has brought to the new party as against the devaluation that his exit inflicted on his former party, the ANPP. The political lexicon that describes accurately the spontaneous explosion of Buharism in the contemporary Nigeria politics is conspicuously embossed in the narration that emphasises the necessity and suitability for close partnership, understanding, cooperation and a sense of national emergency among members of the opposition parties to save the nation's tottering democracy.
Still smarting from the zoning-induced debacle, which has unnecessarily heated the polity and factored in a destabilising dichotomy that now threatens the fragile cohesion in the PDP, the impending implosion that would arise out of internal wrangling and dissatisfaction in the party is an evolutionary process that is beneficial to the nation's democracy and a precious appetising piece of meat in the nation's political menu for the opposition to whet their appetite. The flow of the unfolding mass of opposition and the surging band of immigrants across all party levels must coalesce into a solid bloc and stream away from the offensive triviality of reducing the serious issue before the nation to mere supremacists power tussle and in effect, maintain a mien of sobre reflection to lead the way out of the injury the PDP has inflicted on the nation.
Nura is the coordinator, Front for Middle Belt Expression