“Dogs & Baboons?” Reuben Abati Says It’s Time For Buhari To Visit The Zoo

Buhari Following the statement made by former military ruler of Nigeria, Muhamadu Buhari, about the present government, calling the president the leader of the “biggest Boko Haram” sect in the country, nodding to a “bloody” revolution in the 2015 elections and comparing federal government officials to “dogs and baboons”, the spokesman to the president has responded.

Read the full text of his press statement below:

By Reuben Abati

The attention of the Presidency has been drawn to unfortunate statements in the media made by former Head of State and presidential candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), Major Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) in which he allegedly predicted bloodshed in 2015 and labelled the Federal Government led by President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, as “the biggest Boko Haram”.

But perhaps the most unfortunate part of the statement was the portion in which Buhari said that, “Since the leaders now don’t listen to anybody but do whatever they wish, there is nothing the north can do.”

We find it very sad that an elder statesman who once presided over the entirety of Nigeria can reduce himself to a regional leader who speaks for only a part of Nigeria. We now understand what his protégé and former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Nasir El’Rufai, meant when he wrote in a public letter in October of 2010, telling Nigerians that Buhari remains “perpetually unelectable” and that Buhari’s “insensitivity to Nigeria’s diversity and his parochial focus are already well-known.” Who can know Buhari better than his own political associate?

Come to think of it, as the CPC presidential candidate in the 2011 election, how many states in the Federation did he visit to campaign for votes? Buhari never bothered to campaign in the southern part of the country and consistently played up the North-South divide to the chagrin of patriotic and well-meaning Nigerians. As the results revealed, Nigerians will never vote for anyone who wants to divide the country. Is Buhari going to continue to be a sectional leader?

The Federal Government led by President Jonathan is not Boko Haram. Boko Haram means Western Education is sin. That being the case, one wonders how a government that devoted the largest sectoral allocation in the 2012 budget to education could be said to be Boko Haram. Between 1983, when Buhari forcefully seized power from the democratically elected administration of President Shehu Usman Shagari, and 2012, no other administration has committed the same quantum of resources as the Jonathan administration to education in the part of Nigeria that has witnessed the most Boko Haram-related insecurity.

Only on April 10, 2012, President Jonathan commissioned the first of 400 Federal Government Model Almajiri Schools, equipped with modern facilities such as a Language Laboratory, Qur’an Recitation Hall, classrooms and dormitories as well as a clinic, vocational workshop, dining hall and quarters for the Mallams. As Nigerians read this, more of such schools have been completed.

We now challenge Major General Buhari (rtd) to tell Nigerians what he has done, whether in his capacity as the head of a military junta or in his private capacity, to bring education to vulnerable children. If he cannot live up to this challenge, perhaps he has to reassess who really is Boko Haram.

Buhari claims that the Federal Government does not listen. Such an accusation ought not to emanate from a man overthrown by his own hand- picked colleagues in the military for refusing to listen to advice and behaving as if he had a monopoly of knowledge.

It is on record that the Federal Government led by President Jonathan is a listening administration hence its decision to pursue all means of resolving the Boko Haram insurgency including through dialogue.

When Buhari says that “if what happens in 2011 should again happen in 2015, by the grace of God, ‘the dog and the baboon would all be soaked in blood”, we hereby state that it is Buhari himself who does not listen. He has obviously refused to listen to the Nigerian People, the European Union, the Commonwealth Monitoring Group, the African Union and a multitude of independent electoral monitors who testified that the 2011 elections were free and fair and “the best elections since Nigeria returned to civil rule.”

Indeed, such a reaction from Buhari is not totally unexpected since he has become a serial election loser who has never taken his past election defeats graciously even when such elections were generally acknowledged to be free and fair.

Still on the issue of Boko Haram, we wonder what locus a man whose party’s Secretary General, Buba Galadima, told the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in December, 2010, that the Federal Government is underestimating the support base of Boko Haram, has to accuse a government that has been threatened on camera by the leaders of Boko Haram of itself being Boko Haram?

Major General Buhari (rtd) also boasts of his knowledge of the Petroleum Industry because of his time as Federal Commissioner for Petroleum. We wonder why he did not boast of the infamous scandal that occurred in that ministry where under his watch billions of Naira (in the 1970s) were reported stolen, a matter which led to the setting up of the Justice Ayo Irikefe panel.

Finally, we wish to make it known to Buhari that given his reference to “dogs and baboons”, perhaps his best course of action would be to travel to the zoo of his imagination because President Goodluck Jonathan was elected by human beings to preside over human beings and it is human beings who will determine what happens in Nigeria at any material time not “dogs and baboons”.

REUBEN ABATI
Special Adviser (Media & Publicity) to the President
May 15, 2012.

  1. jamarans adeolu Reply

    No beta reply answers buharis rantings as this. Until his lots nd his political associates re ‘bokoharamed’, including the contrversial, power hungry mate who has misinterpreted his supposed call due ‘spiritual arrogance re erased from history, we might still be contending wit this political malaise.

  2. RIP NIGERIA Reply

    Nigeria my father land is in hand of crooks,thieves and those whose reasoning are blocked.imagine the wordings of this crook reuben,u re nt even ashame of urself saying 2011 election the most r free n fair in the history of Nigeria. everybody what pdp n gej cooked. u re only using the power security u hav at ur disposal. we masses re tired of ur continous looting. wait n see what will happen in2015. ourland will suck ur bloods oll crooks n thieves.

  3. Switness A. Reply

    Buhari as far as i’m concern is an absent human being whose sense of reasoning is myopic and has no foresight. Cos 4 leader n elder statesman 2 utter such statement then i’ll classify him as a “FANATIC.

  4. Femarc Reply

    Good defence Abati, but I put it to you that you and your boss are also regionally and politically sectoral, which is patent in you only able to boast of 400 mega schools for your almajiri alone.
    Now what happens to the other religious groups who perhaps place more importance on education. For crying out loud, this country is a secular nation, why not allow the religious-base groups to execute their religion bias establishment?
    It is also shameful to notice that just an ordinary report from the interview of a man who could be rationally unstable could send the power house into confusion.
    Is there still exists freedom of speech?
    Have people no more right to their ideologies and fanaticims?
    “A CLEAR CONSCIENCE BEARS NO GUILT.”

  5. adebowale segun Reply

    Reuben shud visit d sick rather than condem Buhari cos Reuben is sick dat he has never c anythg wrong with jonathan rather loot and hail d clueless govt of all time.Shame on u reuben,u will die like a chicken!Idiot.

  6. zaks Reply

    Reuben if there is anyone that deserve to be in the zoo i think is u bcos u are not different with a monkey, and i think u and ur boss share the same feature. Reuben let me remind if u have forgotten so soon, b4 u join this gov. u are always in the lead in condeming the gov of that time in media, now that u are being used by the dogs and baboon u lost ur sense of reasoning thats if at all u have that. General Buhari only exercise his constitutional right and u animal u are calling names. Wait and see when d Revolution start we will see whether u are going to have a hiding place.

  7. Markboy Reply

    @Reuben totally u’re nt seriouz, nd u’re d knd ov bad pple dat ‘re tryn 2 currup nd disprprity ov our gud nation, so u better mnd ur peace nd peace, if nt u’ll b supper 4d concecncys.

  8. ibrahim aliyu Reply

    pls fellow nig we should nt listen 2 a childish words like that of abati reuben who is been shambo with money, pls what did he knw about is own state first n famous before he could say about his nation. Many of the rulers knows that government is the bigest boko haram bt they can say it n pls when i say rulers i mean d so called leader who are only there for lootin nig economic whch is nt there fathers properties believe me all of u dis regin would have nothing to write home about. And am tellin abati that buhari did not study zoology so think about ‘jornathan’ that is havin dactorate award in it.

  9. Aminu Reply

    Rueben……close that ur stinkin mouth.

  10. As Hadejia Reply

    I dont no why those people are worry about Buhari’s speech? why dont you do justice to all? that the only solution.

  11. mooktar Reply

    reuben abati u r da one suppose 2 be dogs nd baboos bcos u r did not understand why buhari called the federal government as a biggest boko haram but he did call GEJ as boko haram who wil suppose 2 be the biggest boko haram.

  12. mooktar Reply

    reuben abati u r da one
    suppose 2 be dogs nd
    baboos bcos u r did not
    understand why buhari
    called the federal
    government as a biggest
    boko haram but if he did nt call
    GEJ as boko haram who wil
    suppose 2 be the biggest
    boko haram.

  13. binta Reply

    Sory to say buh this is d worst regime hav witnesd so far!d kilings,bloodshed,poverty etc!y wunt we suspend d issue of election n concentrat on d problems we hav?nigeria @d moment is faced wt so mani problm!

  14. Sam Reply

    I think we need to pray for our dear country to avert the prevailing disaster that is about to blow us up. When thieves clash…

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