IN an article by one John Wambai published in the viewpoint page of Sunday Vanguard of September 19, the author said that he is one of the supporters of IBB, that as Christians, we should accept whatever that comes our way as the will of God and totally submit to it.
Quoting the scriptures, he said that the Bible tells us that all things work together for the good of them who love the Lord, and that IBB remained the best candidate among those aspiring for the presidency.
Wambai further stated that he was trying to defend his hero (IBB), that he knew IBB right from his military days as Head of State and what he did for Nigeria, and that Chief MKO Abiola is dead and could not be resurrected.
I don’t begrudge Wambai for exercising his right to support any candidate of his choice. But we should be mindful of the fact that in the Nigerian polity of today, politicians have become emergency pastors preaching the word of God and trying to convince people on the right person to vote for.
Wambai in his article tried to sell IBB to Nigerians as the ‘best candidate’ for the presidency come in 2011. And in doing so, he made many mistakes. Certainly IBB is not yet a candidate. You can only become a candidate when you are nominated by a political party.
As of now, IBB is a mere presidential aspirant and it is contentious if he could go with the appellation of the best presidential aspirant.
Wambai also failed to understand what our Lord Jesus said in Luke 17: 1-2: “Then said He unto the disciples, it is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.”
I ask Wambai: What has IBB done for the country that will make him the best candidate for the presidency? I am not being scornful of John Wambai and his hero IBB, but as the saying goes: “The evil that men do lives after them”.
According to Wambai, Abiola died in detention while fighting for his mandate and cannot be resurrected. But 17 years after the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential election the country is yet to recover from the pains of the annulled election.
Because of the election the economy of the country was paralysed and industries were shut down.
Why has IBB to come 17 years after the annulment of the June 12 presidential election to ask for forgiveness from Nigerians whom he caused so much pain in his eight years of misrule.
Hitherto, Babangida has not shown any remorse for the annulment of June 12 presidential election. Many times he was asked about the annulment of the election, his answer was: “I have no regret in annulling the election”. And at one time, he said he had made amends for the annulment of the June 12 presidential election which was won by a Yoruba man, Abiola, by giving the Yorubas General Olusegun Obasanjo in 1999 and that the Yorubas should not bother again about the June 12 election.
I will also ask Wambai, how would Nigerians forget IBB’s eight years of misrule? IBB wasted eight years on a transition to civil rule programme, conducted a free and fair election and annulled the election that could have brought progress to the economy of the country.
Babangida could have been the best candidate for the presidency if he had handed over power to the civilian government in 1993 and written his name in gold.
Babangida’s problem goes beyond the South West and the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential election. There are several contentious issues Nigerians expect him to address before seeking for their votes in an election.
Babangida is yet to answer questions relating to the death of Dele Giwa, the Gulf War oil windfall and other begging issues.
By Peter OJO is a staff of Vanguard Newspapers.