TIMELINE: Four Staunch Critics Of Lawless Buhari-led Government Who Have Died Within Eight Months

Four staunch critics of the Muhammadu Buhari-led authorities have died within the final eight months.

They embody a 2nd Republic lawmaker and in style authorities critic, Dr. Junaid Mohammed, who died on February 18, 2021.

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In 2015, Mohammed, who skilled as a medical physician, started to tackle the Buhari-led authorities.

He had in 2016 accused the President of operating a authorities that’s based mostly purely on nepotism quite than advantage.

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The deceased was one of many first Nigerians who acknowledged publicly that the President’s nephew, Mamman Daura, had turn out to be essentially the most influential man in Nigeria.

He had mentioned, “The most influential person in the Presidency today is one Mamman Daura who as you know, is a nephew of the President. His father was Buhari’s elder brother.

“In addition, Mamman Daura was the one who singlehandedly brought up Abba Kyari, the current Chief of Staff to the President. In fact, Abba Kyari knows Mamman Daura more than he knows his own father.

“Next, the Personal Assistant to Buhari himself is the son of Mamman Daura, next is what they call SCOP, State Chief of Protocol, and is also a son-in-law to Mamman Daura because he is married to Mamman Daura’s daughter. Next, the minister they unilaterally chose, against the interest of the party and against the wishes of Sokoto people, happens to be the daughter of the younger sister of Mamman Daura’s wife. Both of them are daughters of Sultan Dasuki, who was sacked by General Abacha.

“We have the Aide De Camp to Buhari himself, Colonel Abubakar. He is married to the granddaughter of one of Buhari’s elder sisters. Next, we have the woman who represents Kaduna in the Federal Executive Council, she is a cousin to Kaduna State governor, Nasir el-Rufai. It is well known that el-Rufai is one of the closest governors to Muhammadu Buhari. 

“Next, we have the Minister for the Federal Capital Territory. The Minister of the FCT is the man called Musa Bello, who used to be the Managing Director of the Northern Nigeria Development Corporation, which used to be the biggest holding company that belonged to all the northern states. His only qualification to be FCT minister is the fact that his father has been Buhari’s friend over the years.

“Now, there is a young man called Sabiu Yusuf, nicknamed Tunde – probably because of the late General Tunde Idiagbon. He is another PA to President Buhari. He is also a grandson of another sister of Buhari. This is enough to prove to you that this is shamelessly the worst form of nepotism in the history of government in Nigeria. In fact, in the history of Africa, let me make bold to assert that I have never seen any level of nepotism that has equalled or surpassed this in my entire life – I am now in my 67th year.

“Another thing I also want you to know is that, Amina Zakari, who was and still a national commissioner in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) representing the entire seven states in the North-West, it is being claimed that Buhari knows nothing about her appointment (before he became President); it is a lie.

“When President Goodluck Jonathan was re-organising the INEC and he was bringing in Prof. Attahiru Jega, he reached out to Buhari and asked Buhari to nominate somebody from the North-West so that that person would be a national commissioner. Of all the people in the North-West, Buhari decided to nominate his own niece, the daughter of his elder sister- Amina Zakari. She has been there; when Jega left, Buhari was determined to make her chairman, it was because of the massive backlash that he dropped the idea like hot potatoes. As we are talking today, that woman is a national commissioner which means she is one of the principal election umpires. Throughout my reading of history, political science, and social sciences generally, I have never heard of any dictator or any tyrant under any system of government whether totalitarian or fascist, appointing his own niece to conduct elections in which he was either a party or going to be a party to; Buhari has done that. The immediate younger brother to Amina Zakari is currently the Minister for Water Resources representing Jigawa State in the same Buhari government.

“In addition, even though they are from Kazaure, Kazaure is contiguous to Daura. The eldest sister of both of them is now the Commissioner for Education in the All Progressives Congress (APC) government in Jigawa State. If this is not nepotism, then I don’t know what is nepotism and anybody who has the guts, the brutal arrogance to appoint these relations not bothering about public opinion, about the sense of justice, about competence, then you can see that he has a very serious question to answer. There are two mysterious cases.”

Just a few months later, on April 3, the loss of life of Yinka Odumakin, a human rights activist and critic of the Buhari-led authorities, was introduced.

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Odumakin performed a key position within the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) that fought the regime of General Sani Abacha after the annulment of the June 12, 1993 election.

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He was additionally one of many spokespersons of the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders’ Forum (SMBLF), the physique representing ethnic nationalities within the South-West, South-South, South-East, and the Middle Belt.

Odumakin, who was married to a different activist, Dr. Joe Odumakin, was one of many strongest critics of the current authorities.

He persistently took on the Buhari-led authorities over alleged impartiality and favouritism in appointment into numerous workplaces.

His voice was additionally very loud in condemning the actions of killer herdsmen in Yorubaland.

Shortly earlier than his loss of life, he warned the Nigerian authorities towards arresting a Yoruba Nation activist, Sunday Igboho for issuing a give up discover to the Fulani herders in Ibarapa, Oyo State and subsequently ejecting the Sarkin Fulani in Igangan.

Another vocal voice towards the present administration, Barrister Olusegun Bamgbose, National Coordinator, Concerned Advocates for Good Governance (CAGG) died on September 18.

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Bamgbose in one of many final statements he launched earlier than his loss of life instructed President Buhari to cease sleeping and maintain conferences at midnight to deal with the nation’s deteriorating safety state of affairs.

Making reference to the current assault on the Nigeria Defence Academy (NDA), which was carried out round 1 am, he mentioned it was apparent bandits don’t sleep, questioning why Nigerian leaders ought to sleep comfortably whereas the nation is on fireplace.

He mentioned the bandit assault on NDA, one among Nigeria’s strongest safety items, has proven that the criminals haven’t any atom of respect or worry for the Nigerian army.

The senior lawyer additional identified that on account of his fixed warnings with no accompanying motion, the bandits now haven’t any atom of regard for the President.

In April 2021, the deceased additionally questioned the morality of Buhari to stay on the Presidential Villa.

Bamgbose claimed Nigerians dedicated a terrific blunder electing Buhari in 2015 however those that repeated the error in 2019 can’t be forgiven.

Exactly two days after Bamgbose died, a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Dr. Obadiah Mailafia was pronounced lifeless.

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The former deputy governor, who was the Presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress within the 2019 election, was a identified authorities critic and had advocated for public sector and alternate fee reforms.

Mailafia had throughout a radio programme alleged that repentant Boko Haram members had revealed to him {that a} serving Northern governor was a commander of the terrorist group.

Early in September, he described the alleged ‘fulanisation’ of Nigeria as actual, simply as he disclosed that there was an ongoing plot by Buhari’s administration to foist an alleged Fulani and Islamic agenda on Nigerians.

Mailafia had mentioned, “The kind of Islam that is coming from Sahara is dangerous. They want to take over your land and enslave you. Christians must rise to protect it. They want to take over your land and enslave you.

“In the North East alone, more than 3,000 churches have been destroyed, more than 400 priests and pastors have been killed. Last year, the CAN (Christian Association of Nigeria) chairman of Adamawa was beheaded, even after a ransom was paid. We have been told that they are so-called bandits, who should not be called bandits because bandits do not bring down military aircraft.

“No bandit has the capacity to bring down military aircraft. No bandit has the power to attack Nigeria Defence Academy which is the premier institution for the training of armed forces. No bandit has the capacity to do that, only terrorists have the capacity to do that.

“We are being told that these terrorists are part of the insurgency because they did these kidnappings to raise money in order to fund the insurgency.”

Mailafia was born on December 24, 1956, within the Sanga Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

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He later graduated prime of his class at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, in 1978 with a B.Sc.

Mailafia was appointed deputy governor of CBN in 2005 from the African Development Bank (AfDB) the place he served because the chief economist liable for Strategic Planning and Corporate Reporting. 

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