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Buhari: Lessons from Canterbury, By Ken Tadaferua

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Mr. President, thank you for visiting Lambert Palace. I hope you heard the glowing words of the Archbishop about Nigeria. Please learn and quickly too. Nigeria is a great nation.

“Nigeria is a country which has more promise, more opportunity, more potential than anywhere else that I know in many continents, not just in Africa. Its people are so intelligent, so full of energy, so full of commitment, that when Nigerians work together, the world – not just Africa – is affected by that beneficially.”Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, when President Buhari visited him at the Lambert Palace, London.

Good move, Mr. President to pay a thank you visit to the Archbishop who recently defended Nigeria after British Prime Minister, David Cameron poured unguarded corruption slime on Nigerian before the Queen of England.

It is heart warming that the British press covered the event and The Daily Mail robustly reported the visit and the Archbishop’s praise of Nigeria.

I hope the two men irritating me right now, with unlimited capacity to mud sling Nigeria will learn from the Archbishop. One is Cameron, who sits atop heaps of billions of pounds looted by rogue Nigerian elites and tons of illicit funds carted away by British corporate raiders from Nigeria. I think he is adequately shamed by Archbishop Welby.

The other is President Buhari, who draws an absolute blank, when it comes to image, brand and capacity of his country. He is so suffused with building an image of anti-corruption czar and Mr. Integrity for himself that he willingly destroys the image of the country with arrogant conceit in international fora. Cameron’s outrageous blast of Nigeria is merely the mirror of the horrible picture that President Buhari so loves to paint of his country. He too has been shamed by the Archbishop.

It is indeed shameful that our president will not sell our great capacity, our illustrious people, our mighty natural endowments. Rather he delights in delivering the country in the dirty, slimy, grubby, rogue image of the members of his class: the ruling elite.

As for our President Buhari, I say hold your ears. Yes, hold your ears and listen real good. Nigeria is a great country.

He should also learn from Britain and other great nations of the world. No where else in the world is free unearned rent shared monthly to ministers, governors, presidency, local government chairmen, legislators, etc. Nigeria has indulged in this sacrilege every month in the past six decades and still does, in spite of the mantra of change by Buhari’s government. The hopes for change has been ringing more and more hollow in the past one year.

This is a major oil producing country that depends solely on oil, shares the oil revenues for free without savings and imports refined fuels as all its refineries are dead. This madness continues until today. Our leaders, past and present, are the locusts decimating the land. And for one of them, President Buhari, to flippantly tar us all, who labour silently under visionless leadership, as corrupt is absolutely unacceptable.

Mr. President, thank you for visiting Lambert Palace. I hope you heard the glowing words of the Archbishop about Nigeria. Please learn and quickly too. Nigeria is a great nation.

Take away your ever present ilk in leadership, dump the unitary system masquerading as federalism and dump that cesspool of corruption called the federation account and see how your country will blossom in its huge potentials.

Thank you very much, Archbishop Justin Welby, for announcing to the whole wide world who we Nigerians truly are. I hope the weather is pretty today in London. It must be, considering the light you poured into that great gloomy dark image being painted of my country, even by our president. May the lights of Heaven continue to shine through you and guide your tongue and feet in holiness and truth.

As for our President Buhari, I say hold your ears. Yes, hold your ears and listen real good. Nigeria is a great country.

Ken Tadaferua is a media and marketing communications consultant. Twitter: @ktadaferua




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Sydney Chesterfield

Poet, Playwright, Philosopher, Humanitarian, mad lover of children and unflinching fighter for equality on all grounds viz. Women's rights, child rights, sine die.

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