By Denrele Animasaun
Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.-Eleanor Roosevelt
There is a saying that if you do not have anything good to say, then do not say anything at all. It seems that the advice got lost in the post or many did not get the memo. They say loose lips cost lives and yet some people say things to cause mayhem and uncertainty. Others repeat such untruths to validate their ulterior agenda. Regardless of what their motives are, we know them by their fruit.. Many have written PMB off and perpetuated the scare mongering to justify their motives; that the President was not going to return from medical leave but the rumour of PMB demise was wishful thinking.These mischievous people will never be satisfied, no matter what the President does and they will continue to look for ways of destabilising his legacy. It is not going to work because they know that Buhari is cleaning up their mess and the free lunch is off the commonwealth menu.
A year ago, I wrote in my column: ‘let them talk’-the very same observations about the naysayers and their doom mongering. It seems old habits die hard: ‘You would have thought that the president should be in the conference in the UK, after all, he was invited. But no, to some Nigerians, he should not have been travelling, he should be home. So, what are they going to say when, on his return home, he is due to travel to the Middle East. Now, they are going to have a lot more to say.
In polite society, they say that if you don’t have something good to say don’t say anything at all. An etiquette missed by many who are happy to give their kobo’s worth on matters they know nothing of and, to be honest, they do not care about. And why should they, they do not know how to build; they are good in destroying and thriving in chaos. I have been following the ruckus from these naysayers, who have taken umbrage at the president travels. You would have thought the man was going on holidays and gallivanting all over the world without a care about Nigeria and Nigerians. So what has the man done to warrant the disapproval emanating from certain quarters? Well, there is no surprise there then, whatever this man does will never meet with their approval and nor will he kowtow to them for that reason. After all, the mess that Nigeria is in today is because of these felonious collective.
They will continue to measure the man with their yardstick. In the past, the euphemism of foreign travels by the past leaders was another word for carting the commonwealth to foreign bank accounts and the unexplained trappings of sudden wealth. The rumblings from these quarters is, exactly that: a diversion from their dastardly activities.
It seems that the Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, has been calculating every presidential foreign trip and has totted up that every trip is around $1 million. This man has no filter or grace. He said: “Conservatively, about $1 million goes into every of the foreign trips and the way the President is going, foreign trips alone might gulp 20 percent of the Federal Government budget and that will be disastrous for the dwindling economy of the country and that “this year alone, President Buhari has travelled to the United Arab Emirate, Kenya, Ethiopia and he is leaving for France and United Kingdom today to spend four days abroad. So, who made Fayose the president’s accountant?
I thought he had a state to govern and his family affairs to deal with, why has he taken the unofficial role of tracking the president? He went on; “In most of these trips, about $500,000 is spent on escorts, transportation, accommodation, honorarium, media coverage, contingency and other expenses on accompanying Presidency officials.” Can someone give this man a muzzle, he definitely needs one and humility. The usual suspects have been banging on the same old gong for all those who care to listen or read that they are not best pleased with the president and his travels. They even complained about him travelling to neighbouring countries! They have a lot to worry about and I have a feeling that they are uncomfortable because PMB is making a mark on the world stage and maybe, just maybe he will untangle the mess that they have left Nigeria in and that he had inherited.
More crucially, PMB has been working closely with other world leaders; and given firm assurances of cooperation from these countries to recover and repatriate the funds stolen from Nigeria. Of course, this will make the guilty uneasy so, you can’t blame them for wanting the president to stay home and away from their tucked away loot. Never mind that, he has to forensically clean up the mess that many of these people have left the country and its citizens in order for the country to move forward from the mess that they made. So let them continue to make the noise, the louder they are, the more guilty they look”.
Those who do not learn lessons from the past are bound to repeat them don’t you think? So here we go again these people never learn. When people talk badly of others, we should be wary about that person or persons and their motives. They are insecure and cowardly and they are often wrong.
In the last couple of days of PMB’s arrival from abroad for medical treatment, those who had spread fake news, gas lighting and doom mongering are fast retracting their views, to the amusement of so many people. This naysayer went on record and swore blindly that PMB is gravely unwell and not long for this mortal plane. They were wrong,wrong,wrong. No matter who said and who repeated it, they were wrong.
The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, seems to be on putting a brave face but he seems to be digging himself into a bigger hole to cover all the unpleasant things he said about President Muhammadu Buhari and the state of his health.
Fayose had alleged that the president was on life support since June 6, and that the Nigerians were not told the truth and that he knew this for sure. Now, he does not seem sure of all the scurrilous things he had said, nor does he feel the need to apologise. He said: “If not for our efforts, Buhari wouldn’t have returned now. Buhari is sick and tired and even his physical appearance betrayed this and he needs to go home and rest.