By Eseoghene Al-Faruq Ohwojeheri
If it was rightly reported or not, any sincere observer can tell that if Obasanjo said same of the South it may not even make headline. Why? He was in Sokoto yesterday with a big Turban on top a horse, tomorrow he will be talking of Nigeria and he will be referring to Enugu then Ibadan then Katsina and Gombe. Can same be said of Buhari? NO
The President cannot even as much as boast of a friend in the South outside politics. He served in Benin before but you won’t hear Benin or Edo State in his mouth, all his examples are Kano, Kaduna, Sokoto….the man does not see much beyond the North.
Added to this, while Jonathan was rocking Arewa attires daily, Mr. President does not find any need to be seen identifying with cultures outside Arewa with what he wears. Before you say he does not have to, remind yourself that he did so when he wanted votes.
All of these, yet there is still the 97% and 5% statement hanging on his head AND it is not such a far fetch impossible thing that he wants the North favoured afteral we know that there was a political policy called Northernization in the Ahmadu Bello era and its not even necessarily bad. It just says the North is “backward” so it needs a push to level up with other regions.
Even worse the President has played this South-North game when he, despite being a national leader and former President, went on radio to say while the Niger Deltan militant are well fed, Boko Haram members were being killed. I can say this now, but i can’t say so if i am a national leader who millions of people listen to.
The point is when you have all these on your neck, you can’t honestly be surprised that something the World Bank Governor said which suggests you wanted to favour the North is “misconstrued”. You fit the part!
President Buhari must learn to make EFFORT to come off as being for everyone. Even a President without much of these on his head does. Yar’adua bombed the Niger Deltan militants to surrender but nobody says he hated Niger Deltans, because he does not fit the part.
All these excuses will not help. Lets go to the real issue which is that a large chunk of Nigerians do not trust the President to represent them and this is as a result of his track record.
Tell your Oga at the top to change his posture, maybe people will stop “misconstruing” everything he does or say.