Sunday, May 16, 2021

Atiku isn’t the loser…, by Abdullahi Haruna Haruspice


Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a 30-year-old graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The loser(s) of this election is/are certainly not Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party but the many actors who turned a mere political contest to a religious war, to a family feud and regional warfare.

On the top list is former president Olusegun Obasanjo who lost his reverence as an elder statesman to demystified political god drenching in battered rains of shame. Instead of playing the mother who should lie between her two children, he decided to turn his back on one of the children thus exposing him as a biased mother. His posts are enormously riddled with irreparable damage. In his book titled ‘My Watch’, he wrote in permanent ink how Atiku stole silly the Nigerian treasury amongst other unprintable verdicts. Atiku, however, is lucky to have these negative labels on him dropped as he walks away a clean man while Obasanjo is left to lick from his sores of inconsistency and doublespeak.

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Religious leaders particularly some pastors and Imans who suspended the anointing and borrowed the oil of politics to anoint one candidate against the other are licking from the sores of their partisan stances. How would they look at their congregation next Sunday and the coming Jumaat? When you decide to dabble into politics that is not your turf, you weaken your spiritual potency. Politics is not a mystery, it is scientific. Invocation does not win elections. Our God is an impartial umpire, like in the game of football; he provides equal opportunities for every team and will never give undue advantage to anyone. We must tow the unbiased path of our Lord. Some pastors and Imams are not helping the sanctuaries of God, they are desecrating the earthly throne of God with their prejudices thus exposing celestial authorities to ridicules.

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The friends who turned their friends to enemies because of an election between two Fulani sons are also on the sore losers list. I repeat you have no right to be offended by the choice of your friends to the extent of begrudging them that is madness that is insecurity. Nothing in life should be taken too hard. When you spend time worrying yourself about the choices of others you suffer the disease of paranoia. I have had my person castigated, demonized and wished evil simply for my choice of who to align my inalienable right of choice! Imagine how odd the world would have been if we all align ourselves to one monolithic choice?

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In the words of Vincent Unogwu, ‘Do not mock the losers; they did not lose because they are the worst. Do not praise the winners, they did not win because they are d best’. In a contest, only the lucky one takes the lead so that there can be an end to the exercise. Buhari is neither the winner nor Atiku is the loser; the people take the credit for whatever it is their choices. Ultimately, Nigeria is the winner and winning shall we continue to be winning as a nation.

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Buhari won’t be seeking re-election again, the time it is we drop whatever resentments we have for him and his party. Let’s not waste energy in the negatives as we did in the last four years tabulating and regurgitating the many wrongs of Buhari. This is the time to open our minds to leadership and collectively work together to move Nigeria to the next level. There is an undeniable conviction that PMB will be that final transition point or force that can redeem Nigeria from the hand of acclaimed owners and hand the same over to the people of Nigeria, younger and can build on the precursors he will place for the country to rise again. Redeeming oil license back to the state and no more in the hands of powerful individuals.

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For the first time, the elites who say they control the system have been dislocated. Nobody will say he made Buhari president but the people, he spoke to the minds of the masses and they responded in loud acceptance.

For the first time, we went into an election where the sitting president refused to use the state’s resources for his reelection campaigns. He stopped the reign of money politics. For the first time, the people’s votes counted and not allocated. Indeed this is the change we talked about long ago and its manifesting.

Congratulations to both the Buharists and the Atikulates, you all made the contest very memorable. May your wish for the Next Level be assured and your wish of Making Nigeria work be fulfilled, in the long run, Nigeria wins.

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This is the musing maestro musing.

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