Letters to the editor
History will judge you Mr President
History will judge you Mr President
By Kazeem Azeez Idowu
If you read my article titled: THE GOODLUCK NIGERIANS EVER HAD published on this same website, it ended on the note that ‘All I do know is that this train of event has not yet reached its destination and that we are patiently waiting to watch more as the funny heart-warming scenes will subsequently unfold themselves’. Now, the train has begun its voyage again.
It is good to have one’s name written on a platter of gold and to set world record as the first person to achieve what others have failed to achieve. With this, I salute the courage of Mr. President and his desire to set the world record straight as being the most stubborn President in the world.
His desire to be resolute might be influenced by the belief that at times a leader just has to take the bull by the horn. And if this is his belief, I pity him and I sincerely sympathize with him in advance. Because a person who wants to do what has never been done before must be ready to face what others have never faced before.
Mr. President, if you will listen and take heed, I want to sound it to your hearing that art of war and art of governance are not far from each other.
Art of war requires proper governance and effective coordination of military troops while art of governance has some element of war in it. And as every war has elements of destruction and vandalism, I will urge you to remember that you are not the first most-stubborn president in the world.
The uprising in the Arab world is still fresh in our memories; the experience of Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, Moamar Gadhafi of Libya and a host of other presidents are something to worry about, then why don’t you learn from history? History will judge you Mr. President!
In art of war, it is not every time that a General needs to prove to be stubborn. A generalissimo who not only wants his victory to be celebrated after his demise but also in his life time must master the art of war by learning when to advance, when to retreat, and when to surrender.
A leader who doesn’t want history to judge him wrong must learn the art of leadership by exhibiting leadership skill in his decision; in his action; in his reaction, in his interaction, in his transaction and his disposition.
A leader that is not trustworthy, must first work to regain the trust of his subjects. But it is worrisome that you don’t seem to be bordered that most Nigerians do not have faith in you. And who is to be blamed for this? Me? Nigerians? Or you?
Why do you always promise heaven and earth every time you want favor from Nigerians when you know you cannot fulfill earth not to talk of heaven? You, know that the maximum vote you would garner during election would be the only vote you cast for yourself, if you had included subsidy removal in your manifesto. History will judge you Mr. President!
Robert Greene advised in his book titled: 48 Laws of Power in Law 22 that ‘When you are weaker, never fight for honor’s sake, choose surrender instead. Surrender gives you time to recover…’
Dear Mr. President, I want you to know that surrender itself does not in any way imply defeat; it is but a tactic to guard against consequent defeat. Your personal ego and your desire to set the world record straight may not permit you to throw in the trowel.
I will advise you to know the people you are dealing with as Robert Greene advised in Law 19 of the same book, ‘Do not offend the wrong person. There are different kinds of people in the world, and you can never assume that everyone will react to your strategies in the same way.
If Ghana has succeeded in removing subsidy, Ghanaians and Nigerians are not the same, you know. Even if it is the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that is misleadingly giving you go ahead as alleged, you should remember that it is your administration and not the administration of the IMF. If history will judge anyone, it would be you, Mr. President first before the IMF. History will judge you Mr. President!
The significant percentage of what you promised in your manifesto have not been fulfilled, I don’t know why you always passionately immerse yourself in the ocean of controversy, are you the only one?
Controversies trailed your swearing in as the acting President during Umaru Yar’adua’s (the former President before his death) administration. Controversies surrounded your candidacy as the presidential aspirant of April 2011 Presidential election, controversies accompanied your re-election. And since you became the president in April 2011, you have only succeeded in getting yourself involved in one controversy after another.
Mr. President, I do not feel sorry to say that in the history of humanity, you are the first most controversial President ever in the UNIVERSE. History will judge you Mr. President!
You are a Dr. of Zoology, Mr. President so you may not know much about history. Let me remind you that the Aba Women Riot of 1929 which claimed several lives started like this. The Nigeria Civil War in 1967-1977 also began like this too. As you know, it is difficult for a state to survive civil war twice.
According to newspaper reports the numbers of dead victims in Lagos State, since the beginning of the strike on 9 January, 2012 up to 11 January, 2012 have increased to three with fifteen casualties.
A police officer was killed, cars were destroyed and houses burnt on 11 January, 2012 in Minna, the capital of Niger State. Senator Remi Tinubu, the wife of Senator Bola Tinubu of Lagos State was allegedly attacked in Ibadan with her escorts on 11 January, 2012 while she was going by road to Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria because of her failure to go by flight as a result of the Nigeria Labor Congress (NLC) strike. The NLC leader vows that the strike will continue while Mr. President is quiet. The beginning of it is known, the end of which is not yet known, but at the end Mr. President, history will judge you.
Mr. President, you are now a generalissimo, in your own opinion, who wants to take the bull by the horn. You advance with your civilian troops, who do not want to consider the option of retreat on removal of subsidy. You will soon realize that proper mastery of art of attack; retreat and surrender are the virtues of a good generalissimo who wants to leave far beyond his victory.
Do you know what the NLC’s strike has caused? If not for my roommate, Maslaw, hunger would have killed me inside my room and this is how it is happening in some other places.
Do you think you can escape the wrath of my curse if I decide to place one on you for the pain you have succeeded in inflicting in me and some other Nigerians?
You want to prove you are stubborn and resolute. Do you know Muarmar Gadhafi of Libya and Hosni Mubarak of Egypt were more stubborn and resolute than you? I guess you know what happened to them thereafter. Even if for this pain alone, Mr. President Heaven will not forgive and I know HISTORY WILL JUDGE YOU.