Barely a week ago, a South-West governor embarked on a campaign using the scarce resources of his state, one of the poorest in the Southern part of Nigeria, to allege that Buhari was in the UK on a medical trip; after Buhari appeared on a TV program in London, he embarked on another campaign to say the interview was actually held at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja. Meanwhile, PDP was organising a protest against him in London. Which means while one arm of the party was deceiving the whole country that he wasn’t making any speech at Chatham House, another arm of PDP were organising a protest against the speech they told Nigerians he wasn’t going to make.
I believe every Nigerian who is interested in the forthcoming general elections should take out about thirty minutes to listen to General Buhari’s speech delivered at Chatham House, London.
PDP supporters in particular should listen to his speech in order to appreciate the level of opposition they are faced with. I’m sure Femi Fani-Kayode has listened to the speech, which is why he has rushed out a pathetic response in panic.
Buhari’s main speech lasted for less than 25 minutes and you can watch it here. In less than 25 minutes however, he uttered more memorable quotes than Jonathan has in six years that he has been president of Nigeria.
One portion of Buhari’s speech that stood out was when he lauded Nigeria’s economy, which has been growing steadily at an average of 7 percent per annum for the past decade, as the largest in Africa but went ahead to define the economic growth as only “paper growth”. He went on to say, “the growth that on account of mismanagement, profligacy and corruption has not translated into human growth or shared development.” Even a self deluded PDP sycophant will not disagree with that statement.
In his pathetic response, Femi Fani-Kayode made an attempt to refer to the things Buhari did not mention in his speech.
There’s a lot he didn’t mention in his speech; to start with, he did not mention the name of any PDP politician in his speech, not even his opponent, Jonathan, demonstrating to the whole world that he had risen above petty, personal politics that seems to be the only trick left in the PDP bag of tricks.
Buhari talked about policies, issues and problems confronting Nigeria. He even defined the APC as a left leaning political party with welfare at the core of its program.
I doubt if any prominent PDP politician can define what side of the political spectrum PDP belongs to. They really don’t care as long as the ‘Ghana must go’ bags continue to come their way.
Buhari’s speech at Chatham House is probably the most ideological sound speech any Nigerian politician has delivered since the likes of Chief Nnamdi Azikiwe and Chief Obafemi Awolowo departed from Nigeria’s political scene.
PDP apologists would say, “they wrote the speech for him”. Only a stupid politician would deliver a speech he has written by himself. All of Obama’s speeches were written for him by a team led by a man called Jonathan Favreau who left in 2013 and succeeded by Cody Keenan.
To say that the PDP campaign bus has run out of fuel is putting it mildly: With their conspiracy theories, fabricated stories and pettiness, it is PDP behaving like the challenger and not the government in power.
This is my advice to any Nigerian – who hasn’t been paid to vote for PDP – listen to Buhari’s speech carefully and compare it with any such speech Jonathan has given, if you can find one, before making up your mind. The PDP politicians you’re supporting have listened to that same speech and they are running all over the place, panicking.