Abubakar Dangiwa Umar isn’t any longer a stranger to stirring up a hornet’s nest. He has walked this path for a range of of his adult life. The payment has been huge. His promising militia profession became once cut short. And he quit as a colonel.
From talking against the annulment of the June 12, 1993, presidential election to opposing Gen. Sani Abacha’s dictatorship and President Olusegun Obasanjo’s third term convey, Umar has remained a thorn in the flesh of public perpetrators of inequity and injustice.
Umar the day outdated to this known as out President Muhammadu Buhari for dividing the nation alongside ethnic and non secular strains, warning that lopsided appointments in authorities would spell doom for the nation’s unity.
In an originate letter to President Buhari, Umar acknowledged the nation became once come the precipice as a outcomes of his alleged unpopular policies which private undermined the unity of the nation. He warned that except the Buhari’s administration changed its form of governance, Nigeria may perhaps perhaps further be confronted with disaster.
Within the letter titled “Mr. President, Please Belong To All Of Us”, the frail express militia administrator acknowledged: “Right this moment and in the light of all which private came about because you took diagram of work, any conversation with you Mr. President can no longer gloss over the chaos that has overtaken appointments into authorities offices in your administration.
“All folks that wish you and the nation effectively must mince no words in warning you that Nigeria has became dangerously polarized and dangers sliding into disaster on chronicle of your administration’s lopsided appointments which continues to present undue preference to some sections of the nation over others.
“Nowhere is this extra evident than in the leadership cadre of our security products and services. Mr. President, I regret that there don’t appear to be any form or light words to repeat you that your skewed appointments into the offices of the federal authorities, favouring some and traumatic others, shall bring rupture and destruction to this nation.”
Umar quoted Sheikh UsmanDan Fodio as asserting that “One among the swiftest methods of destroying a kingdom is to present preference of one particular tribe over one more or list favour to 1 neighborhood of folks moderately than one more. And to draw come folks that needs to be kept away and bewitch away folks that needs to be drawn come”.
Umar continues in the letter:” I had been precipitated to write you this originate letter, Mr. President, by the loud sounds of drums, singing and dancing that erupted interior many groups in the outdated couple of days on the grounds that you just attained the fifth three hundred and sixty five days moderately than work as president of Nigeria. It comes as no surprise that enthusiasm for the bag together isn’t any longer shared equally by segments of the general public. While your admirers and supporters believe you doubtlessly can private done effectively, many others negate regarding the 5 years you’ll had been moderately than work as our President has no longer met the yearnings, expectations and trade promised Nigerians.
“Mr. President, you know me effectively ample and my diagram on factors to save that I will doubtless be neither a rabid supporter nor a fanatical opponent of yours. I believe being a to blame citizen is ample motive to desire you effectively and to work to your success. As we now private seen all too clearly these previous few years, your success is ours as is your failure. We swim or sink with you!
“It is likely you’ll perhaps possibly admire to take that after the implications of the 23rd of February 2019 presidential elections had been announced, supplying you with victory, I addressed a press conference in some unspecified time in the future of which I urged the runner-up, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Celebration (PDP), to concede defeat. The motive became once positive: tensions had been working excessive and slight missteps by the leaders may perhaps perhaps ignite violence, as continuously came about after predominant elections. Some supporters of Abubakar Atiku disagreed with me and told me off. Because it came about, Alhaji Atiku went ahead to mount an even concern to the implications of the elections as a lot as the Supreme Court. Mercifully, his actions did no longer stay in outbreak of violence as we feared.
“On the identical event, I counselled the declared winner, your appropriate self, to exercise the opportunity of your 2d term to redeem your pledge of being a leader and president of all Nigerians. On the event of essentially the predominant-three hundred and sixty five days anniversary into your 2d four-three hundred and sixty five days term, I truly feel there is an pressing must revisit this enviornment cloth.
“Mr. President, you doubtlessly can private continuously expressed the hope that historical previous will doubtless be form to you. It is miles interior your competence to write that historical previous. However you doubtlessly can private decrease than three years wherein to enact it. It is likely you’ll perhaps possibly admire to list that any legit historical previous must be devoid of fantasy. It’ll be a ethical, lawful rendition of the document of your performance.
“And truth be informed, Mr. President, there are moderately a good deal of issues that consult with your outstanding accomplishments, no longer least of which is that for essentially the predominant time in our democratic historical previous, a sitting president became once defeated. That feat became once accomplished by Muhammadu Buhari. The motive became once the general public belief of you as a particular person of integrity.
“The corollary to that is that at the expiration of your 8-three hundred and sixty five days tenure in 2023, your achievements is doubtlessly no longer measured fully by the physical infrastructure your administration built. A lasting legacy would be in step with those intangible issues admire how important you uplifted the spirit and lawful tone of the nation. How effectively private you ever secured the nation from ourselves and from exterior enemies?
“I needn’t remind you, Mr. President, that our political historical previous is replete with important acts of exemplary leadership which, at serious moments, managed to pull this nation succor from the precipice and assured its endured existence.”
He talked about some examples of how the nation survived intriguing moments in historical previous.
“In February, 1965, the NPC-led Federal Authorities became once confronted with a decision to appoint a successor to the outgoing Nigerian Military Trendy Officer Commanding (GOC), Trendy Welby Everard, a Briton. Four most senior officers had been nominated; namely, Brigadiers Aguiyi Ironsi, Ogundipe, Ademulegun and Maimalari. The first three had been senior to Maimalari however he became once deemed to be essentially the most qualified resulting from his superior commission. He became once essentially the predominant Sandhurst Traditional skilled officer in the Nigerian Military.
“His being a Muslim northerner admire the Minister of Defence, Alhaji Muhammadu Ribadu, and the High Minister, Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, granted him added advantage by at the moment time’s standards. However to the surprise of even the Igbo, and opposition from some senior NPC contributors, Minister Ribadu suggested Ironsi, pointing to his seniority. The prime minister concurred and Aguiyi Ironsi became once confirmed as essentially the predominant indigenous GOC of the Nigerian Military.
“When on 13 February 1976, the Commander-in-Chief, Trendy Murtala Muhammed, became once assassinated in a failed coup de tat, Trendy Olusegun Obasanjo, his deputy and essentially the most senior officer at the time, became once sworn in as his successor. The Chief of Military Workers, Trendy T.Y Danjuma, a northern Christian, became once next in line to prevail Obasanjo because the Chief of Workers, SHQ and Deputy Commander in Chief. Trendy Danjuma, however, waived his lawful and suggested a important junior officer, Lt. Col. Shehu Musa Yar’Adua, for the put up. Shehu became once promoted two steps as a lot as the detestable of Brigadier and appointed Chief of Workers, SHQ and Deputy Commander-in-Chief. Lt. Col. Muhammadu Buhari became once appointed Minister of Petroleum. This became once carried out to placate Muslim North which became once deemed to private lost one in all its private, Murtala Muhammed.
“Each and every the executive of workers, Mr. Sunday Awoniyi, and Dr. Ishaya Audu, the non-public doctor to the Premier of Northern Nigeria, Alhaji Sir Ahmadu Bello, an instant descendant of Sheikh Usman Dan Fodio, had been Christians.”
Umar endured: “Barely nine years after the civil battle in 1979, the NPN Presidential candidate, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, picked an Igbo, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, as his working mate. They loved a actually brotherly relationship as president and vice president. President Shagari’s political consultant, Dr.Chuba Okadigbo, and National Meeting Liaison Assistant, Dr. K.O Mbadiwe, had been each Igbo. His financial consultant, Prof. Emmanuel Edozien and his Chief of Personnel Workers Dr. Michael Prest, had been of Niger Delta extraction. Remarkably, all his militia service chiefs had been Christians aside from his final Chief Military Workers, Trendy Inuwa Wushishi below whose tenure he became once eliminated in a militia coup de tat.
“Mr. President, as a watch and beneficiary, it is our expectation that you just would emulate these important acts of statesmanship. Which is why we now private endured to interact with you. It is likely you’ll perhaps possibly admire to take that I had save off to allure to you, to substantiate Justice Onnoghen because the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria a couple of days sooner than the expiration of his three months tenure of performing appointment to get replaced by a Muslim northerner. We had been saved that embarrassment when his nomination became once despatched to the senate by the then performing President, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo.
“When he became once at final confirmed a couple of days to the quit of his tenure, he became once eliminated after a couple of months and replaced by Justice Muhammed, a Muslim from the north. Might well also I furthermore invite the attention of Mr. President to the pending topic of appointment of a Chief Pick of the Nigerian Court of Appeal which looks to be generating public passion. Because it is, essentially the most senior judge, Justice Monica Dongban Mensem, a northern Christian, is serving out her 2d three-month term as performing Chief Pick without firm possibilities that she will be able to doubtless be confirmed substantive head. I enact no longer know Justice Mensem however folks that enact attest to her competence, honesty and humility.
“She looks eminently qualified for appointment because the substantive Chief Pick of the Court of Appeal as she is furthermore acknowledged to be highly suggested by the National Judicial Council. If she isn’t any longer and is bypassed in favour of the following in line who happens to be one more northern Muslim, that is prone to be truly uncommon. Whereby case, even the largest contingent of PR gurus would battle to rebut the costs that you just, Mr. President, is either unwilling or incapable of performing to your pledge to belong to every person — and to no person. I hope you doubtlessly can observe your blueprint into pausing and reflecting on the very grave penalties of such failure no longer correct to your legacy however to the vogue forward for our important nation.”