Haters! Are you ready to die if Buhari succeeds as president?

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Editor’s note: The administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is already facing serious challenges and criticisms have continued to rain. Some critics have taken a pessimistic stance on the possibility of the new administration succeeding.

In this opinion, Peter Clavah Oparah argues that people who are so firm in their stance that the administration will not succeed should be ready to wager with their life and be stoned if Buhari succeed the same way some people are ready to do so if he succeeds.

To succeed or not to succeed

Recently, Prince Tony Momoh cane out boldly to state that he has offered himself for stoning should President Muhammadu Buhari not perform at the end of his present four-years tenure. That may seem a dangerous gamble: staking with one’s own life over an issue that presently draws contestation between the supporters of the President and those who are yet to live down the fact that President Buhari comprehensively defeated their political tendency last year. It may seem that Prince  Momoh threw an audacious challenge, wagering with his life on such issue as presidential performance in a country that is bristling to the seams with an array of former presidents and governments that disappointed and fluffed the people’s expectations since independence.

Buhari inauguration


But looked from another angle, Prince  Momoh is only demonstrating the factuality of the position of those that promoted the ascension of this president and had thus believed in his capacity to overwhelm where others have failed. Prince  Momoh was being candid. Tony Momoh is not one unknown, anonymous quantity or a moral cretin hiding behind very nebulous interests to pursue base political interests as most of the hideous fellows now wailing heedlessly over everything are. He is a former Minister, an erudite lawyer and veteran journalist. He showed he is a man with worth who believes in what he says. He is not a chance-taker like the hordes of inconsolable Wailers that had been naive to write the final report card of a candidate on a four year-course just at the beginning or at the middle of his first year.


Those who want Buhari to fail at all cost

One would have expected those that have been straining themselves and crying themselves hoarse since Buhari came to cleanse the sordid Augean stable last May, to take Prince Momoh’s bet and wager with their own lives and offer themselves to be stoned should Buhari perform at the end of his four years mandate. That is an even way of walking their vow that the president will fail than  the silly prank of mounting a coarse and disoriented wailing business and ranting on just everything under planet earth since Buhari came to power. One would have expected them to be men enough to stake their lives on what they have been noisily heckling us to buy. I had expected the wailing Wailers and their hideous patrons to come out from their closets and take up Prince Momoh’s bet and put their lives on the line if they really believe that Buhari has failed even before he started cleaning a sixteen years’ gargantuan rot they deliberately did on this country.


If they so believe their cacophonic and often unreasonable clattering on just anything under the sun since Buhari came, let them stake with their lives on the issue of Buhari’s performance and at the end of the four years, let Nigerians decide whom to stone based on their opinions of Buhari’s performance. If they are so sure of their disjointed position that a man that met a treasury they raided to the bones, an economy that was in tatters, a state of rabid corruption, a chaotic governance that rather exacerbated the  crisis of statehood, an acute unemployment situation, a country almost divided into two by uncurbed sectarian siege, a horrible state of insecurity, an infrastructural base that was decrepit and who has started by plugging every rat hole and gathering what was left of their sordid feast, redirecting the moral tempo of governance and is about to unleash a maximum rehabilitation of the nation’s run-down infrastructure despite the very harsh economic conditions he met, will fail after four years, they should not be afraid to offer themselves for stoning if their mischievous doomsday prophesies fail, as Prince Tony Momoh has done on the other side of the aisle.

President muhammadu Buhari

President muhammadu Buhari

Will you die if Buhari succeeds?

So can the wailing Wailers still their chaotic and silly cry and be man enough to bet with their lives on what they believe and have trenchantly laboured to let other Nigerians buy; to wit, that President Buhari will not perform as Nigeria’s president? Can those that have become permanently heart-broken that the regime of filth and pervasive stealing was ended with Buhari’s present scorched-earth umbrage against roaches and plunderers, quit their unreasonable wailings and wager with their lives, as Tony Momoh has done and countless others who supported and still support the present Buhari regime are ready to do? Can those that are engaged in the naive pastime of twisting everything, fabricating silly lies, forging infantile propaganda, cooking and inventing innuendoes, misinformation and fables to promote their nauseous political interests quit such idioces and take up the bet from Prince Momoh if they are so sure of what they are venally trumping at every street corner today? Can the scare-mongers who are indulged in building a fearful scenario of mass extermination in the present effort to cage corruption, offer themselves for stoning if their dreadful apocalyptic fore-warnings fail to happen and Buhari succeeds in pulling a crestfallen nation up on its legs after his four years at the helms? What can prevent those who are today swearing and prattling that Buhari will fail from staking their lives for such ‘accurate’ reading of our president?

Why Buhari was voted as president

We are not deceived. We elected President Buhari to end the venal reign of vampires that ensured that a rich country like ours was hobbled in 16 better-forgotten years of unbridled freeloading where nothing but raw stealing and outright prebendalism reigned. He is doing that and issuing forth very high hopes for the rebirth of a country where corruption has so mutilated the ways of lives of overwhelmed citizens. He is plugging all the ancient fonts of looting, securing the yam barns and calling the rodents, the shameless yam eaters and lascivious devourers that ate away our yesterday and today to account.


Because corruption has so perverted the psyche of the people and its sordid value chain grown so deeply engraved in the people’s lives and their twisted ways of doing things,  those that deliberately cultivated this negative value chain are now mounting a  high-octane scare-mongering that the anti corruption antidotes are killing the people and that Buhari will fail in the task of rescuing an abused nation from their atrocious acts. Those that ran the country down and who, by the way, swore that Buhari will never be president, are now changing tactics, sponsoring all manners of desperate lies and propaganda to distract and stop Buhari’s efforts to secure the country and her treasuries for all Nigerians. They are the same characters now staging a naked dance on how Buhari will fail, or has already failed, in their queer yardstick of governance which is all about plundering and purloining for their ilk while Nigerians die from preventable want. That is exactly what is going on today and the idea is to at worst, detract and distract the present government from tackling the single most important affliction that has hobbled Nigeria and has grown their filthy ilk. That silly wailing clap trap was what Prince Momoh was responding to when he wagered with his life. It is naturally expected that the Wailers would have walked their own talk by equally wagering with their own lives but so far, they have not done so.

This opinion first appeared in Sahara Reporters

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