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2019 Election Timetable, TY Danjuma and Other Matters by Hassan Gimba

In any case, if their reason is solely dictated by the fear of being abandoned by a victorious Buhari in 2019, and knowing that what’s sauce for the goose should be good enough sauce for the gander, then shall we take it that the presidency too, and its minders, are afraid of being ditched by a legion of victorious legislators and governors after being elected in 2019, hence the insistence on the survivalist sequence contrived and instituted by Obasanjo?

We also, side by side, have to keep in mind that it was Danjuma, once described by President Muhammadu Buhari as the soldier’s soldier, who, at the risk of his life or career, or both, led a Northern revolt against General Aguyi Ironsi when the North believed, rightly or wrongly, that he was complicit in the killing of its leaders in the January 1966 coup. But then, the North had not been balkanised by its leaders into Muslim, Christian, Hausa-Fulani and the rest as it has now been by this crop of opportunistic, parasitic, self-serving, thieving and greedy so-called leaders.

He fought to keep Nigeria one. He and the late General Shehu Musa Yar’adua were also there breathing down Obasanjo’s neck to keep faith with the 1979 return to democratic governance. And it was to a Northern Fulani Muslim the baton of governance was handed.

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Danjuma contributed at least $10m in 2014 for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the Boko Haram-ravaged North East and is still contributing hugely to that cause through the Presidential Committee on the North East Initiative (PCNI) while those now desperate to label him ‘barawo’ and their paymasters cannot be counted among those who have helped their suffering brothers in the North East in any material way.

Yet, his comment is akin to giving up so late in his life of service to fatherland. So, what has happened to Nigeria now to warrant him losing faith in it just like that? The Nigeria he fought for and served for almost all his life? This is what we must ask ourselves and answer dispassionately.

2019 Election Timetable, TY Danjuma and Other Matters by Hassan Gimba

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