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Saturday, December 14, 2019

Buhari Doesn’t Rule Nigeria. His Wife Confirms It

By Farooq A. Kperogi, Ph.D.
Twitter: @farooqkperogi

When I publicly voiced my concerns in 2018 that Muhammadu Buhari was too cognitively and physically ill to have the capacity to govern Nigeria and that the country was being ruled on his behalf by an unorganized and unelected gaggle of corrupt cronies and family members, some people didn’t believe me.

But his wife’s unprecedentedly stinging public censure of presidential spokesman Garba Shehu and Mamman Daura, Buhari’s nephew, on December 11, 2019 provides evidentiary grounding for what most of us have always known and said: that Buhari is too weighed down by dementia and physical infirmity to even control his immediate family, let alone rule a country of nearly 200 million people.
In my January 19, 2019 column titled “Buhari’s Physical and Mental Health is Now a National Emergency,” I noted the following:

“On November 23, 2018, for instance, I tweeted that a doctor who has met Buhari during a personal, non-medical visit told me he was troubled that Buhari appeared to evince tell-tale symptoms of dementia (of which Alzheimer's disease is a type), which is often characterized by repetitiveness, unawareness, mental deterioration, impaired memory, diminished quality of thought, slurred speech, and finally complete helplessness. That’s why neurologists call dementia ‘failure of the brain.’

“A friend whose dad has dementia and who has also met Buhari in the recent past had earlier told me Buhari reminded her of her dad whom she forced to retire, adding, sadly, that Buhari’s dementia is way worse than her dad’s is. She was, and still is, concerned that Nigeria has no president. She's right, and the evidence stares us every day. Buhari barely has any awareness of his existence, much less the requirements of being president…

“People around the president are intimately familiar with his considerably diminished sentience and his notoriously declining short-term memory. As a consequence, he is being taken advantage of by several people close to him. Aso Rock insiders say Buhari doesn't remember anything, so no one even obeys his instructions--if he gives any at all. The last person to see him gets him to do whatever they want. Someone from the Presidential Villa told me it’s precisely because of this fact that governors frequent the Villa several times in a week; they are in a race to be the last people to see the president before he takes decisions and signs off on them.

“If you think with Buhari as president Nigeria has a president, you should sue your brain for non-support; you're NOT thinking! We have a national emergency on our hands. Buhari appears infirm both in mind and in body. Without a doubt, other people are ruling on his behalf, and his own wife hinted at that when she said her husband’s presidency had been hijacked by a three-man cabal.”

Aisha also told TVC’s “Journalists’ Hangout” that she doesn’t have private conversations with her husband. “There is no pillow in the villa,” she said. “No, because we are always busy listening to one story or another. I think the people he puts in the cabinet, they should just sit up and do the needful. That is why it is not good to have godfatherism.”

A lot of people were flustered by the revelation that she has no access to her husband. But I am not. I actually hinted at that in my October 22, 2016 column titled “Aisha Buhari and the Evil Aso Rock Cabal.” Here’s what I wrote:

“This [her BBC Hausa interview chastising her husband’s government] can only mean that although Aisha is formally married to President Buhari, she is actually isolated from him. This is consistent with what I’ve heard from inside sources about the relationship between the first couple. Buhari is held hostage by an evil, sneaky, corrupt, vulturous, and conniving cabal that ensures that his wife doesn’t see him even in the ‘kitchen,’ the ‘living room,’or ‘the other room.’

“The BBC interview was Aisha’s vigorous ventilation of pent-up anguish against a cold, calculating, and corrupt cabal that has made Buhari a stranger to his own wife.”

And I had written about Aisha’s December 11 revelation that Garba Shehu and other Aso Rock media aides have no access to Buhari and take directives from Mamman Daura and other unelected Buhari cronies and family members.

In my August 26, 2017 column titled "Garba Shehu,Presidential Villa Rodents and Bad PR," I wrote the following, which Aisha just confirmed:

"First, it’s obvious that both Adesina and Shehu don’t have a robust, direct access to the president. Directives don’t seem to always come directly from the president to his media aides. It’s usually, it would appear, from the president to a tortuous labyrinth of surrogates before it gets to the media team. Most of the times, it’s actually influential people connected—or thought to be connected—to the president who dictate what the presidential media team says to the public.

"I recall an incident in late 2015 that left me in no doubt that the president’s media team members don’t enjoy the respect usually accorded to presidential spokespeople. I was having an argument with someone close to the Buhari presidency over something, and he suddenly said, 'I will tell the president’s media team to issue a statement to clarify this.' A few hours later, a statement was issued expressing the exact sentiments of my interlocutor who isn’t even officially a part of the government. That blew me away.

"So, basically, the presidential spokespeople are mere errand boys of Buhari’s shadowy surrogates and a motley crowd of official, semi-official, and unofficial power brokers who pull the levers of power in the presidency.

"No public relations person, however smart he might be, can function optimally in the kind of politically toxic and factious environment that the Buhari presidency exemplifies."

I warned Nigerians in the run-up to the 2019 election that if they voted APC, they were voting Mamman Daura and Abba Kyari, not Buhari who is barely aware of his own existence. People who thought I was merely being mischievous are now coming to terms with what I said.

For selfish reasons, Aisha won't reveal the true state of her husband’s mental and physical health, but she's opportunistically railing against someone who is taking orders from people who hold the real power. As they say, nature abhors a vacuum. If Buhari can’t exercise power, others will exercise it on his behalf and in his name.

 If Nigeria weren’t the dysfunctional theater of the absurd that it is, the revelations from Aisha Buhari would be regarded as a national emergency. 

The National Assembly would have constituted an independent team of medical experts to examine the state of Buhari’s physical and mental state. If he is found to have dementia, as I strongly suspect he does, he should be declared incapacitated and removed from office. That’s what Section 137 (c) of our constitution requires.

13 comments:

Dayyabu umar said...

Prof, I refer to ur last paragraph, calling the national assembly to the needfull of what everyone of us knew, even before 2019 elections.may be u have forgotten that apart of been ruber stamp stooge incumbent national assembly, it's leadership is also part of the prominent beneficiaries of our eiging incapacitated man on the helm of affairs presuming to be President of confused nation Nigeria. This reminds me of story of King Henry salese of Ethiopia, when cabals sieze power without him knowing while they continue to cage and show alligiance of of authority, while his country was drowning in famous Ethiopian hunger which later become a topic in history of WAEC.

Dayyabu umar said...

Prof, I refer to ur last paragraph, calling the national assembly to the needfull of what everyone of us knew, even before 2019 elections.may be u have forgotten that apart of been ruber stamp stooge incumbent national assembly, it's leadership is also part of the prominent beneficiaries of our eiging incapacitated man on the helm of affairs presuming to be President of confused nation Nigeria. This reminds me of story of King Henry salese of Ethiopia, when cabals sieze power without him knowing while they continue to cage and show alligiance of of authority, while his country was drowning in famous Ethiopian hunger which later become a topic in history of WAEC.

Kingdom Promoter said...

A prophet? We've been following your weekly column and of all you've written and you are still writing about this evil and corrupt government is being unveiled and fulfilled in our eyes. But, as you rightly put, we have a dysfunctional system called a country where party, ethnic and religious loyalty is placed above National interest. The National Assembly whose responsibility it is to rise up in critical times as these are also suffering from dementia (because they don't know what is happening in the country outside that their coven called National Assembly Building) and are incapacitated (50% of them are yes men of the Executive) to act in whatsoever way to salvage the President and the Nation. But one thing is certain Prof, there is always a "tomorrow" that will reveal every hidden plan and rewards everyone accordingly. Thank you Sir.

Anonymous said...

Aisha's public outbursts indicate that she doesn't have access to her husband or he is too mentally incompetent to listen to her and solve her issues. A normal First Lady will not make public outbursts but will instead simply go through her husband to deal with anyone that she wants to deal with. Aisha must be aware that she can't go through her husband which is adding to her frustration. Wives will only take on their husbands' associates publicly for two reasons: either they don't have access to, or influence on the husband or they know that he is incompetent such that they need to come out and protect him.

Unknown said...

Hmmmmmm

Alyasa'a Hassan said...

The fury of Cloepatra is a clear indication that all is not well with Caeser.

Unknown said...

Prof.may God give you more wisdom.No matter the cover up,it shall be expose one day.

Unknown said...

This aisha"s attitude is simply revealing

Unknown said...

May Allah protect you Prof.

SM said...

Thank you Sir, we really appreciate you for always exposing the canals and their evil intentions. They are working so hard to destroy our beloved Nigeria but they will never succeed

Muhammad Raji said...

Nice one, prof

Anonymous said...

Jubril Al-Sudan ?

Unknown said...

On point.