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PMB, APC: Of Magic, Chaanji and Chains

This is not an assessment of the first year tenure of the author and finisher of body language or how APC has so far fared in power. I have been working on this article for a long while but things have been happening in such a fuzzy pattern with inherent confusion and incredulity that it had been impossible to be on track. This is because while you are writing one line, another confounding event would throw the whole thing into disarray. Last week, Femi Adesina declared that it was mendacious for anyone to claim we were (are) suffering. When Professor Ilesanmi disagreed with him, Adesina crowned him the wailer in chief! It has been in the character of our presidential spokespersons, to insult anyone who questions the way our affairs are being run in a supposedly democratic government. The president’s men think they do him a favour by attacking anyone who disagrees Buhari. No democracy can survive if the citizens do not look critically at their government, and voice their concerns… Attacking someone for the mere sin of being critical of the government is a tactic used only under dictatorships. James Baldwin insists on the right to criticise America perpetually because of his great love for her, while Elbert Hubert reminds us that it is a proof of greatness to be able to endure criticism without resentment.
Even the Bible says that when you reprove a mocker or the wicked, you attract dishonour and contempt but when you rebuke the wise, he will love you for it because he grows wiser and gains more (Proverbs, 9:7-9).  For those who believe that it is sinful to criticise Buhari, Roosevelt in 1908 told them, that “patriotism means to stand by the country, not to stand by the president, expect to the degree in which he himself stands by the country”.
Jefferson while proclaiming dissent as the highest form of patriotism declares that ‘It is our duty, to question everything that can possibly be questioned, look into matters that involve us and every law or policy affects us… not to question the president would make him a dictator’. Roosevelt concured that embargoing any criticism of the president, is ‘unpatriotic, servile, and morally treasonous’. Adesina and co, should face their duties squarely; scan the media, gauge public opinion and pass on to their principal, correct wrong impressions where need be and collect the estacodes that accrue to them as they gallivant with PMB. Attacking those who have contrary spirits does not do PMB or APC, any good.
APC stalwarts have responded in diverse ways since they realised  the wide gulf between opposition politics, propagandist campaigns and  governance. They have introduced body language as an instrument of governance and blamed GEJ for everything, including the sorry state of the Naira and fuel price hike. They denied most of their documented promises. However, are their denials proper?
On 28/7/15, Tinubu while welcoming PMB from his ‘successful’ US trip, authorised us to attack the President if he didn’t perform in 100 days(it’s  366 days now) On 14/3/16, Governor Abubakar of Bauchi State wailed that it was unfair to judge APC in just 9 months and asked us not to expect magic. On 8/3/16, Femi Adeshina declared that PMB promised change while Nigerians were clamouring for magic. Just the other day (23/4/16), Amaechi declared that they never promised magic. I want to state unequivocally that PMB and APC actually promised magic expressly and impliedly during the elections.
Magic (also sorcery or trickery) entails the use of rituals, symbols, gestures and language to present things that are not as if they were. It is also the art of creating illusions or conjuring by the use of deceptive devices; performing tricks that seem impossible, too wonderful to be real or using special powers that make the impossible seem to happen. In effect, magic is 419.
So how did APC promise magic? By promising everything and anything to everybody, group and community when it knew that it lacked the resources, competence to deliver on those promises.
Before the election, Professor Soludo, warned APC that, an efficient national transport infrastructure alone will cost billions of dollars, even paying between N5, 000 and N10,000 monthly to 25m Nigerians will cost between N1.5 and N3trn per annum. Olu Fasan, a Diaspora intellectual also warned APC (The price of APC’s statist agenda, BusinessDay, 2/2/15). He recalled their numerous promises including six new universities, increase in the number of doctors from 19 to 50 per 1000; increase in health expenditure per person from N10,000 to N50,000per annum  and expanding the size of the state by creating several new agencies.  He then regretted that they ignored two critical questions: How much would they cost? In addition, where would the money come from? He emphatically declared that APC had over promised and would under deliver in office. Unfortunately, that is exactly where we are today!
Dr. Ikechukwu Muo (PhD), is a lecturer at Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ogun State

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