By Basil Okoh
Northern Nigeria is not ready to relinquish power even after President Muhammadu Buhari leaves as president in 2023.
This aught to be obvious to the politicians of the South, particularly the Niger Delta variety where Atiku Abubakar and Bola Saraki have been junketting and prowling recently.
Bola Saraki and Atiku Abubakar are both Fulani and both belong to the inner sanctum of Fulani decision making and power, along with Muhammadu Buhari and Abubakar the third, Sultan of Sokoto. All Fulani power players act together.
Buhari may belong to the ultra reactionary flank of the Fulani establishment but all of them have benefitted from the hegemonic chokehold on Nigeria by Fulani power.
Atiku Abubakar lived all his productive life gaming Nigeria from the Department of Customs and Excise before moving on to seize all the seaports in the Niger Delta, from Koko to Calabar ports.
For thirty years, Atiku Abubakar stole the Niger Delta ports dry. He rendered the people deaf, dumb and blind, stopping them from any form of protest against the plunder of their seaports even while emasculating their trade with the outside world.
Bola Saraki, an Ilorin Medical Doctor, had to plunder and sink a publicly quoted and established bank, “Societé Generale” to force his way into the Government House of Kwara State.
These men are not much different from Muhammadu Buhari and would do worse to realise the driving objective of Fulani power seeking.
Let Nigerians not make the mistake of believing that because these men have better education than Buhari, that they consequently will be better men in presidential power. They will not be. They may have more finesse and panaché arising from better education but they are brutal buccaneers as destructive as Buhari.
These men are Fulani and the only business of Fulani is power seeking, power trading and power abuse for personal and ethnic gain. The same Fulani ethnocentric proclivity that flows in the veins of Muhammadu Buhari, flows also in Atiku Abubakar and Bola Saraki. No difference.
Let the gullible Niger Delta politicians who are forever fooled into underwriting the bills and quaint lifestyles of Fulani power seekers not ever think that Saraki and Atiku will be any different from Buhari in the treatment of Niger Delta people, including themselves. Fulani will always be Fulani.
The Fulani determination to keep presidential power, partly now arises from the abiding fear that the ceding of power to the South will erase all the gains procured by Muhammadu Buhari for the ethnic Fulani.
There is also the palpable fear of an imminent disintegration of Nigeria if a Southerner takes charge of the armed forces as Commander in Chief and implements the restructuring that Southern Nigeria proposes.
They know that Muhammadu Buhari has pumeled Nigeria with enough body blows to destroy faith or belief in the republic.
Have sense, Southern Nigeria.
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