LETTER OF APPRECIATION TO MRS AISHA BUHARI

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PEDULUM By Dele Momodu, Email: dele.momodu@thisdaylive.com

Pendulum

By Dele Momodu

Your Excellency, let me start by telling you that this letter is not intended to flatter you but to show my profound appreciation, and that of so many like minds, for your uncommon sagacity at a time it seems wisdom has taken leave from most people in our dear beloved country and they are more engaged in flights of fancy. You are a classic example of that adage that says “behind every successful man is a woman.” Let me assure you that you are in a class of your own. And I thank God for blessing Nigeria with your kind. 

I decided to write this letter only yesterday when I came across your tweets, or retweets, of the Oak Television videos that have since gone viral. I have never seen any wife of a Nigerian President who would openly criticise a government in which she is a major beneficiary. I’m even more surprised that you would voluntarily endorse and promote videos that criticised your government on social media. You may not know it but you’re setting new standards in our country. You shall be called a quintessential pacesetter, when tomorrow comes. I have no doubt that no matter what, when all is said and done, and the present administration is long gone, you would have left behind a positive enduring legacy, an epitome of womanhood and wifely rectitude.  My prayer continues to be that we will be able to say the same of your husband, our dear President Muhammadu Buhari, notwithstanding the fact that he now has little time to address and redress so many shortcomings.

I’m certain that if your husband had listened to your wise counsel much earlier he would have, probably, averted the mess in which he is currently enmeshed. Your husband rode to power with so much love and goodwill, the type we’ve not experienced since June 12, 1993, when Chief Moshood Abiola won the Presidential election, fair and square. The expectations were very high, in a similar fashion, in 2015, when majority of the voters, including former critics of your husband chose to support or vote for him. His was a miraculous resurrection. No one expected him to waste such humongous goodwill at all and, nevertheless, not so soon after his return to power. But before we blinked our eyes, things had started falling apart. It took forever to assemble his team. And when he finally did, many wondered why they could not have been selected much earlier, given the nature and calibre of people selected. Indeed, it was as if Nigerians expected that your choices were going to descend from heaven and some angels were going to be appointed. The government started losing steam and stamina from that moment.

Not just that. Your husband’s ruling Party, APC, started a war of attrition in the National Assembly. Some of his biggest supporters were suddenly pounced upon and humiliated publicly while your husband kept a straight poker face, as if he knew nothing or it was not any of his business. This fierce battle inadvertently united and aligned some of his own party faithful with the opposition and they even succeeded in sharing very powerful positions with them. I’m sure your husband had been misled into thinking he still had the power of life and death like he did as a military Head of State after the overthrow of the Shagari regime in 1983. He also forgot an important characteristic of Nigerians, our ability to forgive and forget easily. The same Nigerians who would shout “crucify him” today are the same people who would scream “don’t kill him” for various reasons, ranging from ethnicity to religion or even pecuniary gains. There is also the quotalisation of corruption, a situation where stealing enjoys Federal Character.

As if that was not bad enough, the Nigerian economy suffered its worst cataclysmic fall in decades, perhaps, because of the ill-informed decision of your husband’s government to ban people from depositing United States Dollars into their accounts. As interpreted by laymen like me, a country that desperately needed an injection of foreign exchange into its Central Bank was actually rejecting the medicine it badly needed. Maybe this was the beginning of the end. All manner of freaky controls followed. Kids who were schooling abroad began to suffer untold hardships. Those with scholarships from home were being dishonoured. I remember writing a memo to the President begging him not to offend those kids. Education had always been a major investment in Nigerians and any attempt to deprive our youths the best education at home and abroad was an invitation to trouble. Before the decision was properly sorted, many young people had given up on this government to protect their future. In a country that found easy money for pilgrimages, it was very unfortunate that education was never a priority.

You blew me apart when you found your voice and spoke up openly and candidly and lamented the way your husband’s government was shattering into smithereens. You were in a position to know, and very right to tell the whole world, that your husband was not in charge and that if the situation continued unabated, you were not likely to support his second term bid. Though you were told to mind your own business at the time, the point had been made so eloquently and poignantly. Today, and looking back, it seems, you’re indeed a prophet without honour at home. Everything you said has become gospel truth.

One more example of your admonition to our President. Why would he abandon the key figures who made his winning the election possible? Those Party Chieftains who ensured his electoral victory were either studiously ignored or conveniently abandoned. It was as if the President had laboured alone on what had been a remarkable collaborative effort. As you rightly noted, Ma, the people you started seeing in the Presidential villa were strange faces that you didn’t see in the heat of the battle. I’m aware of the personal efforts you made reaching out to some of such people to appease them and assuage their sore feelings. That is what every good woman and supportive wife should do in the face of wanton disregard and disrespect of the gallant warriors who fought to demolish the PDP behemoth when it was least expected.

Today, the chickens have come home to roost. It appears the President has suddenly woken up from his slumber or maybe the mask  of the evildoers has suddenly been lifted and the President we all voted for has come back from the deep. Our President is now under pressure to reach out frantically, and desperately, to the same people who were used and dumped after that landmark election in 2015. The same people you pleaded for  and urged should be absorbed and assimilated into an all-inclusive government of patriots who worked to enthrone democratic principles and the change philosophy you became known as the apostle of.

Now, the President is working extra hard, using extra time and effort, to bring back some of those who have been ostracised for no justifiable reason. Suddenly, he is now making appointments which were pencilled in almost 3 years ago, leading to an understandably botched exercise. The flaws notwithstanding, key national institutions will be properly administered for the first time in your husband’s tenure. We hope that the necessary refinement of this list of appointees will not take forever again.  Time is fast spent and your husband will do well to quickly confirm the authentic list and let those appointed get to work.  Others may see iit as largesse to the Party Faithful but why not.  However, as discerning administrators and observers will know, the essence of these appointments is not just in rewarding Party members but in your husband fulfilling his statutory and constitutional responsibilities and not being seen as running an autocratic, exclusive government. Every government that observes the rule of law and not merely pays lip service to it is on the path of righteousness.

More recently and commendably, Mr President is digging deep. He is now interacting with the people that he needs to move the country forward and ensure that he himself has a lasting legacy.  It is gratifying to see the President having meetings and dinners with members of his Party, principal officers of the National Assembly and other key stakeholders. God is indeed wonderful. Those who felt you were seeking relevance, and personal comfort, have now realised your level of patriotism and love for Nigeria, as those things that you yearned for and spoke out about at great peril to your personal comfort and safety are now beginning to happen. It is my prayer that you will yet have the last laugh over the ignominious cabal that seemed to have held your husband hostage and attempted to strangulate our nation in the process. You are a woman of virtue and honour and Nigerians can’t appreciate you enough. So this weekend, on behalf of my fellow citizens I say bravo and doff my heart to a gentle Amazon, beautiful soul, visionary woman and invite my fellow Nigerians to do the same!

May God continue to bless and protect you and your family.

HAPPY 70TH BIRTHDAY TO PRINCESS ADENRELE ADENIRAN-OGUNSANYA

On January 18, 2018, one of the greatest women in Nigerian contemporary politics, Princess Adenrele Oyebola Adeniran Ogunsanya, turned 70, very quietly and simply. This unassuming, humble, humane and largely unsung patriotic woman deliberately stayed away from Nigeria and the public glare in order to avoid the usual jamboree that attends such events given the state of affairs in the country. However, despite her absence many members of her political group thronged her homes in Victoria Island and Ikorodu to celebrate and pay homage to her in absentia. They have promised that whenever she decides to return, she would be properly celebrated. Such is the aura of this personable woman of substance who comes from one of the biggest Nigerian political families, being the daughter of one of the formidable and renowned leaders of the erstwhile Zikist Movement, National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons (NCNC) and the Nigerian Peoples Party (NPP), Chief Adeniran Ogunsanya. Like her father was the doyen of politics in his time, Princess Adenrele Ogunsanya has ably demonstrated that, even as a woman, her father’s shoes have not been too large to fit for her, having distinguished herself not just as politician of note but as a diligent, professional and highly esteemed technocrat. Princess Ogunsanya was the Secretary to the Lagos State Government from 2007 to 2011 under Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola. She was well respected and loved by civil servants and politicians alike hence the adulation and adoration she continues to enjoy from both sectors long after she left office.

Princess Adenrele has brought her highly cultured Mancunian background and royal upbringing to bear in everything that she does which has been even more refined by the rounded education she received in her youth.  The multilingual Princess has a Diploma in Civilisation Francaise (French Civilisation) from the old, world acclaimed, temple of knowledge, the Sorbonne, University of Paris, and a Diploma in International Law, Industrial Law, Business Law form the University of Lagos. Before she ventured into politics, she worked with Shell Nigeria limited where she cut her teeth as a burgeoning technocrat.

Enhancing her impeccable royal and political pedigree, Princess Adenrele has carved a niche for herself in her own right and is well-respected for her vision, principle and character. She is a true woman of substance and value. As she continues to celebrate and mark her 70th birthday, I hasten to join her numerous well-wishers in felicitating with her on a landmark occasion and wishing her many more happy and prosperous years in good health, contentment and peace. A toast to the Princess of Ikorodu, the Omowonuade of Owu, and the beautiful half-caste from Ikorodu, Nigeria and Manchester, United Kingdom.

  • sunny okocha

    Please half caste is an offence word just to note mixed race better

  • gohen

    Dele, please also take out time to appreciate all of us that STOOD against your type since the beginning of this administration, it clear we were all wiser than you lot. I remember you calling us all different names, it is very interesting that same policies that we criticized then that you and your type supported are the same policies you are citing today that caused the problems and failures of Buhari.
    For me, the real problem is not even Buhari because the man lacks the mental capacity to do good. the problems are from people like you who kept urging the man to carry on even when it was clear the man Buhari was a clear and present danger, and that he was heading for destruction.
    We were able to decipher from day zero what took you guys three whole years to figure out. At last Shaka Momudu has been vindicated .

  • Daniel D Okeleke

    Let’s watch and see

  • Iskacountryman

    talaq…talaq…talaq…

  • ademolaadebayo

    Whist I stand by the fact that Buhari is part of Nigeria’s problem, I believe that his wife is wrong to criticise him publically. My view is rooted in the bible. That stated, I do not expect a Muslim to meet biblical standards. It is impossible, it is just like asking a Leopard to remove its spot or a lion to become friends with a Hyena.

    • Nnaemeka Odo

      If you believe Buhari is part of Nigerians’ problem, why are you against his being criticized publicly even when the wife knows he is the problem.

      • ademolaadebayo

        If you read my note, I made it clear that the bible commands a wife to respect her husband.

        • Baron Roy

          Maybe he ain’t the husband really so no point respecting him! Heck, the guy is difficult to give respect to…how does one respect a monster, please?

          …the man unabashedly ignores the federal character and plants his Fulani goons everywhere. The leadership of all arms of security might as well be his immediate Daura family, all aspects of the Nigerian life are moulded in the image and likeness of the Caliphate, all policies are geared towards enhancing the cause of Islam and the Fulani. A man who claims to fight corruption sits over corruption hitherto unknown worldwide. Such gargantuan propaganda and in-your face lies that make one shed tears. Such ineptitude…

          …oh, and the little matter of the tacit support for Fulani Miyetti Allah Terrorists? The continuous release of Boko Haram members? His open disdain towards the old South East and Mid-West? His total disregard of the Rule of Law? His inability and total lack of interest in democracy? His love for the enthronement of Fascism as a way of life and overt desire to cover the Nigerian space with Fulani Lords and have everyone surreptitiously bow to Mohammed…

          His total destruction of the economy to the point that people have absolutely refused to invest. His Budgets of Embarrassments that are geared towards expropriating funds and distributing same legally to party members? The flight of foreigners and Nigerians from Nigeria? His inability to listen? His determined and focused desire to destroy the country?

          …and so much more…

          How on earth would one respect such an individual? Who in tarnation would want him as a president, a brother, a husband or anything? Whether Aisha is playing games or not, all I have for her is pity at the man she calls a husband!

    • josvinco

      @ademolaadebayo. Take religion out of this thing .Don’t desecrate the holy book. You guys are full of hypocrisies. Truth is bitter. With all the Churches in Nigeria, truth is still lacking.

  • James Gunn

    The scales have fallen from the eyes of those who voted for Buhari. It’s not about Pdp or apc. It’s simply that he has been found to be NOT good enough to continue. He simply cannot do the job. We will try another person in 2019. Whatever party is irrelevant. Nigeria has not started voting for party ideology. We vote for the individual we think can do the job. Whenever we find a president who does excellently in his first term, we the people will decide if he’s worthy enough to get a second term. As for Buhari he is not worthy to be given a second term. All this reaching out to people and late appointments is just a case of medicine after death. Never again. I can’t wait for Buhari to debate in the lead up to the elections or will he come again and say he is not interested in debating anybody.

  • Toby

    She knows something about the husband that the rest of Nigerians do not know. After all she controls za oda room. She is strategically thinking of her future after the sickly old man is gone.

    Buhari is a failure. A punishment to Nigeria.

  • Nanw

    This president should ask himself who has he helped among the masses that brought him to office? Apart from his kinsmen he gave jobs in high places I just can’t think of anything he did. His is feudal politics at its best.

  • Michael Kadiri SocioPolitical

    I do not believe that a wife should be publicly criticising her husband. He role is ceremonial and if she wants to join politics and participate she should and settle that score behind closed doors.
    She has this platform only because her husband is President and whilst I am opposed to her husband with every fibre in my body, this does not extend to agreeing with any wife who is publicly embarrassing her husbands efforts or lack thereof.
    A wife’s counsel to her husband should be done behind closed doors and if there are irreconcilable differences, then that is a marital issue that we do not need to know about.
    I do not know what her game is. I don’t believe it is for the love of country. It is wrong to use her husbands platform as the First Lady to criticise Government policy. This is not as some commentators would have us believe an act of uncommon valor it is an act of a wife stabbing her husband in the back and it is terrible viewing.
    In any event, if Dele Momudu is praising you, maybe you should check yourself because the cameleon of a journalist is to be called consumed with anti vomit medication.

    • American Abroad

      Tough one, Michael, tough one.
      I admire the fair Ms Aisha Buhari, I almost always agree with her on most national issues, but I certainly see the merit in your line of reasoning, especially for non-elected “officials”, from Winnie Mandela to Turai Yar’Adua, to perhaps, the Trump children, who have become the ne plus ultra of governmental nepotism. However, tough/unusual conditions call for tough/unusual remedies. If she already has a “bully pulpit”, I think Heaven would surely forgive her for using it for the common good. But you are right, it is an ethical conundrum.
      Any President deserves some assured comfort at the Home Front.

    • Iskacountryman

      she is a suicide bomber…

    • share Idea

      If have said it somewhere else that Aisha is just playing games with Nigeria in order to safe herself and children from public humiliation in the event that Buhari is voted out.

      She knew the kind of treatment the husband is given to opposition members especially GEJ’s family is not grounded in law but sheer vindictiveness. Dele is happy that Buhari have started sharing the spoils of electoral victory (positions), and not that Buhari is doing things to uplift the nation.

  • Akin Malaolu

    Busy Body who should have embraced ‘SILENCE’ than this ‘NONSENSE’.
    Some people should know when they’re ‘SNUBBED’.
    We all worked for the emergence of Buhari and the Wife’s role is not greater than the Helpless and Hapless millions who honoured him with their votes.
    Have you heard the news Dele, that we shall vote him back to help make Nigeria and Nigerians recover fully and away from ‘WHETTED MATERIALISTIC APPETITES’.
    Our faith in Buhari is very ‘FIRM’.

    • ……and I wouldn’t know where a domestic affair of a man and his wife becomes Dele’s concern. In my opinion, HE the First Lady just retweeted what was supposed to expose the leeches in her husband’s party. Sen. Isa Misau, if Dele cares to check his background, is a snake, whom I know very well. Who went looking for one of Aisha’s Daughter s hand for marriage, and got kicked out, who was stoned at his constituency over the IGP saga. For Her Excellency to have retweeted that tweet, she had now exposed Misau for another bout of confrontation with his constituent.

      • josvinco

        @Ahmed Omar. Your likes are the reason they call us shit hole nation. To what you care, let Senate Misau be a snake but his name will be written in letters of Gold. He has done the needful for exposing your incompetent IGP who thinks his headship of the police is for money spinning venture and nurturing affairs with a subordinate.

    • josvinco

      @Akin Malaolu. You can have faith in a man who is a sectionalist and vote him again. A man of whose AGF would file an ex-parte application to stop the probe of a felon who defrauded the pension fund in billions and reinstated at the Nation’s top most ministry. Is that an integrity ? The corruption fight has lost its juice because it a war of personal vendetta against the opposition and perceived enemies….

      • Akin Malaolu

        You have only LIED.

        • josvinco

          @Akin Malaolu. This is a clear fact in the face of facts. Prove me wrong with what is a lie ?

    • gohen

      In my tribe, malaolu means cow. I am just thinking aloud

  • Full blooded Nigerian

    Hajia Aisha Bubari, you are a role model and an example of who and what a good wife should be like. God bless you and yours.

    • remm ieet

      Role model? At the end of the day, she is just from the Oza Room.

  • chyke

    Buhari like Trump has fractured Nigeria along religious, ethnic and economic lines. The cleavages that were once papered over have now bursted at the seams. All Nigeria needs now is a new beginning. Aisha can’t redeem a fossil set in his geologic past.

  • Fidelis A.

    History will be very kind to Mrs Aisha Buhari. She is indeed a first, amongst the many first ladies that has graced our corridors of power.

  • Daniel Obior

    Please make no mistake. Buhari’s recent attempts to reach out is not because he has realised it is the right thing to do. It is instead because elections are just a year away and he will again need those people, if he decides to run. If the man is genuine, he should have been reaching out to the rest of the country. But his mentality of a local champion continues to restrict his view and outlook to just his constituencies (the north and the army).

    • Fidelis A.

      How many has he really reached out to……… President Buhari is done, there is no turning point for him. And the people who are presently having dinner with him every night at the villa knows this. His fall will be a cataclysmic one. You can’t fool people all of the time, it can only be sometimes.

      • Samson Judah

        I completely agree with your view. Buhari is done and his fall will be a shameful one that most Nigerians can’t wait to witness. #revenge

    • Arabakpura

      Daniel, President Buhari has outlived his usefulness and it is time to go home!

      He shouldn’t bother remedying himself because he has already dragged us back to the 20th century; any attempt at anything will take us further back to the 19th century!

      We have had enough for a century!

      • onyema22ohaka

        The daura dullard never had any usefulness and we have known that all along.The worst is yet to come as I have said time and time again.