10 Reasons Why Going ‘Back-To-The-Future’ With Buhari Is A Good Thing

By on February 11, 2015

10 Good Reasons Why We Need To Revisit our Past As A Country.

One of the big ‘issues’ the ruling party have be using to scare Nigerian voters, and discourage them, from the CHANGE that Buhari represents in the 2015 elections, is the mischievous allegation that a vote for Buhari is a vote for travelling back into the past as a country.

One of the allegations, being pushed hard by The PDP Mis-Information Machine, driven by the Unholy Trinity of Femi Fani-Kayode, Doyn Okupe and Reuben Abati, is that Buhari will be taking all of us back 30 years, into a scary past that must be avoided at all costs. They have tried to tell Nigerians that old age is bad, and any attempt to revisit any part of our past is something to be avoided at all costs.

However, a sober reflection by any reasonably intelligent Nigerian will show that a Buhari Presidency is definitely a viable alternative, considering the calamitous record of the incumbent on critical issues such as Corruption, Security, Economy, Power, and Morale etc. for 6 years now. The current momentum of the Buhari Insurgency, who represents a blast from our past, is indeed a welcome development for our fledgling democracy.

In order to set the records straight and put into perspective what GOING-BACK-INTO-THE-PAST WITH Buhari really means, I am going to discus at least 10 things we need to go back into our past to rediscover as a nation, if indeed we want to have a glorious future.

My personal record as a commentator will show that I am as progressive as the next guy, and I have always agitated for progressive ideas and always fought for progressive people. However, I have never believed that going back to the past is always a bad idea or always regressive.

Sometimes, when you are lost, the only sensible way to find your way forward again is to first go back into a past that you have lost and find a better forward route. In other words, I firmly believe that that going back sometimes is probably the best progressive step you can take when you are hopelessly lost in your current journey

Unfortunately for us as a country, I have come to believe that going back is our best chance for moving forward into the future. Our forward movement in critical areas of our survival like security, economy, power and employment looked so hopeless, that the best progressive move we can make right now, is to ‘Go Back To The Future’. In Nigeria we have lost our way is so many ways, that the only way we can figure out how to get back on the right track as a nation, is to actually go back in time and recapture some of the swagger and magic we have lost.

In taking that step, we definitely need someone who was there when it was a thing of pride to be a Nigerian, and someone who was part of creating that swagger,  to help us regain it, even if that man is considered very old at this point in time.

back to the futureWe surely need someone who can take us back to the path of progress that we have lost for decades, and then march us back to a better present. I call it GOING BACK TO GET TO THE FUTURE

So, there is really nothing so bad in a Buhari taking us back to a time in our past when Nigeria was good and where our young men saw visions, even as our old men dreamt dreams.

As a matter of fact, it appears that millions of Nigerians who understood the mess we are in, are actually begging Buhari to indeed take us back. While the corrupt and wicked who are benefiting from the present destructive forward movement want us to vote for more of the same, those who love this country, and those who are tired of the status quo are rallying around the BACK-TO-THE-FUTURE symbol of a better times in our past. Those behind the Buhari symbol of hope and change are all betting, and praying, that he could help us to find our way again back into the future by first taking us back to our gloried past

Why should be celebrate a back to the future agenda? Here are 15 reasons why the idea of Buhari taking us back to the past may not be a bad idea at all

  1. We Need To Go Back To The Past Where We Had A Strong Economy And Naira –

I personally would love to see a Buhari Government take us back into the past where the rate of exchange was $1 N0.64. When Buhari ruled in 1984, the Naira was actually stronger than the dollar. The Naira free fall started under Babangida and it has not stopped falling since.

Now with the way we are going, the Naira might become N1, 000 to $1 by the time GEJ is done with his ‘Luckonomics’ driven by a clueless Okonjo Iweala. Seriously, If Obama can take Americans back to a PAST where the price of petrol went down to what it was 12 years ago in America, why should we be afraid of Buhari taking us back to a past where our Naira was strong again?

  1. We Need To Go Back To The Past Where Their Was Zero Tolerance For Corruption –

In the past where Buhari made his name and created the legendary status he still enjoys even to this day, there was zero tolerance for corruption.  Of course, a ruling party that symbolizes corruption from head to tail does not want to take that trip back to the past where you are likely to be thrown in jail for stealing government money, instead of being celebrated for making billions from government. We need the past where corrupt fugitives are more likely to be put in crates, rather than being given National Merit Awards. That may sound brutal, but when you play with the destiny of young children by stealing their future, you don’t deserve better than a crate no matter how many ignorant, amnesiac Nigerians want to romanticize thieves like Umaru Dikko today. I was there in 1984 and remember how much damage these people did back then. Yes, I say let’s go back!

  1. We Need To Go Back To The Past When Our Refineries Worked! – People forget that in the past of the Buhari era, our refineries Worked. Yes, some who are too young may not even know that there was a time in our times past that our refineries in PORTHAROCOURT, WARRI AND KADUNA actually worked! Yes, Buhari in his time was EXPORTING finished oil products, not importing it at 20 times the costs like the PRESENT Jonathan government is doing. Yeah, I say let’s go back.
  1. We Need To Go Back To The Past Where People With Questionable Wealth Are Afraid Of Showing Up In Public – I Remember a Past Where SPRAYING MONEY carelessly at parties is bound to get the anti-corruption people on your case. There was a time in Nigeria’s past where people actually understand that there were consequences for displaying obscene wealth with no visible means of income. If Buhari can take us back to those times where evil doers, 419 people, and thieves in government, are not in a position to rub salt into the injury of honest Nigerians, by flouting ill-gotten wealth at parties, then I am definitely for it.
  1. We Need To Go Back Into The Past Where There Was Zero Tolerance For Indiscipline – There was a time in the past where indiscipline was not tolerated in public offices, schools and indeed among the citizens. The unfortunate scenario right now is that when you go to our public services or public schools, the workers only show up when convenient, and disappear when they like. They often work as if they were doing the public a favour, instead of doing the work they were paid to do. There was time in our history past where workers would not dare or dream of treating their responsibilities with carelessness. Yes, the War Against Indiscipline may be unpopular now because it was enforced with military power, and of Buhari is a civilian now and cannot do that anymore even if he wanted to, but I still yearn for a past of discipline. This time hopefully we can get there with our law enforcement officers being motivated to apply the civil laws more stringently.
  1. We Need To Go Back To A Past Where 20 Oil Depots Were Built And Functioning – Under Buhari as PTF Chairman, we actually had about 20 oil depots working and delivering products like clock-work with transparency. Right now, not only is there no transparency, most of the depots are not even functioning at all. We are now completely dependent on imported oil, and our officers are busy sharing most of the proceeds for themselves. Also, instead of functioning oil depots, what we have now is oil bunkering on an unprecedented level. Please somebody give me a transponder to take me back to the past!
  1. We Need To Go Back To The Past Where Our Economy Was Not Running On Generators – While it may be difficult to explain this to the younger generation, there was actually a time in Nigeria where our economy was running by electric power. Yes, there was a time when NEPA was not a curse word. There was a time in our not too long past where you don’t have to iron your clothes for 2 weeks in advance anytime you have light for a few hours. Yes, there was time in the past where nobody on our street had a generator because we didn’t need it.

Now we live in an economy run by generators and where our kids are all having undiagnosed hearing problems because of the noise of I-PASS-MY-NEIGHBOR generators they were born under. (Many probably don’t know that most Nigerians now SHOUT every time they talk, in an unconscious need to be heard above the noise of the generators, even where there was no generator nearby. This serious national disease only becomes more noticeable when you travel outside the country, and people are asking you why you were SHOUTING, when you thought you were really speaking in a normal voice. Yes, that’s how bad we have been bastardized by a generator economy. Please somebody take me back!

 

  1. We Need To Go Back To A Past Where Neighboring Countries Treated Us With RESPECT and Dared Not Invade Our Borders With Impunity – There was a time in our past when Nigeria was the undisputed leader in the region, with everyone wanting to do business with us. Nigerian were respected and our sovereign land was sacrosanct. There was time Chad and Cameroon invaded our borders but the punishment they received from the decisive response of our military was enough to get them running for the bushes, and we had to be begged not to take over part of THEIR territory.

Now, in the present what we have is a President who is so weak at fighting insurgents within Nigeria that we are now reduced to BEGGING CHAD AND CAMEROON to help us fight Boko Haram Terrorists WITHIN our borders. Ha, somebody take me back!

  1. We Need To Go Back To The Past Where There Was Decisive Action Against Islamic Fundamentalists – Many of us still remember how the dreaded Maitatsine was crushed with a vicious counter attack by our military, and the sect had to escape into Cameroon and chad. In the past that the PDP is so afraid of, Nigerian were UNITED in confronting the evil of Islamic fundamentalist, and NOT divided along tribal lines, as we have been reduced to under President Goodluck Jonathan
  1. We Need To Go Back Into A Past Where Nigerians Did Not Care If Their Leaders Were Muslim Or Christian – In the past Nigeria had not really cared about whether their governors or Presidents were Christians or Muslims. We were not so distrustful of each other to the point on insisting that each election ticket must have a Muslim and a Christian, as head and deputy to be electable.

In fact some of the most successful administrations we have had in the past were Muslim-Muslim, or Christian-Christian, tickets and nobody really cared, or even noticed the religion of the leaders. Now we live in a nation where there was a major uproar simply because one party was ‘foolish’ enough to consider same faith ticket for a few moments. Somebody help me to go back!

In conclusion, it is a fallacy to suggest that everything in the past is bad. It is also suicidal to assume that we must continue moving forward into a path of destruction simply because we are afraid to look back. Jonathan Goodluck may keep threatening us that Buhari will take us back into the past, but the reality is that it will be suicidal for us as a nation to keep moving forward along the path of calamity, that a continuation of the Jonathan government represents.

 

I agree Buhari is old. I agree Buhari was once a military dictator. I even agree that some people in his party may not be as honest as they are pretending to be. However, I remain convinced that the presence of Buhari at the Head of Government will take us back in into a past that will see us emerge into a glorious future. My continued support for Buhari Candidacy is based on my unshakeable belief that, in that journey to find our regenerative moment of greatness, a lot of the corrupt people around him, and in the opposition to him will become ‘born again’ by force and all of us will be the better for it.

Yeah, I believe that taking a chance on an old Buhari is certainly better than continuing to eat the fruits of affliction that have been forced down our throats, by a cabal of corruption, these last 6 years. I refuse to join the forward march into oblivion being offered by the Jonathan Camp and his mis-information cabal. NO. I would rather go back and take stock with where we went wrong as nation and then re-emerge into a better future with a solid foundation.

This may be HardTalk, but it is definitely True-Talk all the same.

About Dr. Ope Banwo

Dr. Ope Banwo is an Attorney; Pastor; Business Consultant; Author; Motivational Speaker, and Corporate Solutions Provider. He holds several degrees in Law including a Bachelors, Masters and a Ph.D. He was admitted to the Nigerian Bar (1986), New York Bar (1997) and Federal Court of Nebraska (1997) in the United States. Ope Banwo has written several published books on different topics over the years including bestsellers in Christianity; Lifestyle; and Business such as The Kingdompreneur, Overcoming The Gideon Complex, The Kingdom Citizen, The Return of The Prodigal; The Blessings of Adversity; African Internet Business Manifesto; Confessions Of A Guru-Wannabe; Social Media Marketing Genesis; Offline-Online Business Manifesto, Digital Marketing Without Tears For Company Executives etc. Deeply committed to public service and service to humanity, Dr Ope Banwo has also initiated several public initiatives including the Ghetto Dreamz Foundation to empower economically-disadvantaged Youths; The Omega Wealth Club to teach youths legitimate ways to employ themselves online; The Kingdompreneur Academy to impact Christians in Business and the Nigerian Market Ombudsman to ensure transparency, accountability and fairness in the market place.

2 Comments

  1. Bashiru Haruna Ikara

    February 12, 2015 at 5:00 am

    My brother I Rilly love your idear. We are all Nigerians. Keep it up. Thank you.

  2. Jesse Daniel

    March 5, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    True, I loved the then administration of General Buhari and Idiagbon’s government, Nigeria needed an iron fist government which General Buhari and Late General Idiagbon provided. I appreciate the testimony of the Christian general, about General Buhari’s stand on discipline that is what Nigeria needs and it would have been good if he rules Nigeria again but unfortunately Nigerians will sigh and cry if he is voted to power, I belong to no political party I am interested in the future and well beign of Nigeria were there is religious freedom, justice and equity. Long live Nigeria, long live Africa.

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