Good News – President Muhammadu Buhari By FAROOQ KPEROGIIt has reach to light that Muhammadu Buhari has permitted N1.4 billion from Nigeria’s coffers (without the approval of the Nationwide Assembly!) to abet the Republic of Niger steal autos for its government officials to battle insecurity whereas insecurity engulfs Nigeria and whereas ASUU is peaceable on strike.Many Nigerians are understandably angry and are asking why Buhari appears to be like to gain extra loyalty to Niger Republic than he does to Nigeria. Neatly, here’s what I wrote about that in my June 12, 2021, column titled “Making Sense of Buhari’s Nonsense Now Mindless”:Or resolve his justification for building a railway in Niger Republic whereas most facets of Nigeria are devoid of current transportational infrastructure. “I gain first cousins in Niger,” he said. “There are Kanuris, there are Hausas, there are Fulanis in Niger Republic gorgeous as there are Yorubas in Benin Republic etc. You would possibly perchance perchance’t fully prick them off.”Whereby world does this manufacture sense? So, he isn’t building infrastructure in Benin Republic, Cameroon, and Chad because he has no cousins there? And, maybe, he hasn’t constructed infrastructure in different facets of Nigeria because he has no cousins there?Buhari is purported to be “president” of Nigeria. It’s miles to Nigeria and its constituents that he owes allegiance, no longer his cousins and kin in yet another country. It’s miles borderline treasonable to deprive a rustic you lead of its resources and wealth in train to function yet another by which you’re no longer even a licensed citizen gorgeous because a portion of your ancestry is traceable to that country.Certain, colonialists arbitrarily imposed unnatural borders on the African continent and created nation-states without regard to pre-novel polities. I also reach from a border neighborhood. Borgu, where I am from, outdated skool to be a confederacy that stretched from facets of what is now Kwara Suppose, Niger Suppose, Kebbi Suppose to what’s now northern and central Benin Republic. More than 80 p.c of the contributors that talk my native Baatonu language stay in northern and central Benin Republic.Most contributors from the border states of Lagos, Oyo, Ogun, Kwara, Niger, and Kebbi gain family in Benin Republic. Trusty love contributors from the border states of Unhealthy River, Taraba, and Adamawa gain family in Cameroon. Folk from Borno, Yobe, Jigawa, Katsina, Sokoto, Zamfara, and Kebbi gain family in Niger Republic, and Borno also shares borders with the Republic of Chad.Nevertheless our nation-states gain existed for higher than 5 decades and gain received autonomous identities despite their unnaturalness. Niger Republic is a Westphalian sovereign assert love Nigeria is. Buhari’s feelings can’t override that fact. If all individuals from Nigeria’s border states becomes president and decides to divert resources from Nigeria to function their kin in a neighboring country, what’s going to change into of Nigeria?Right here’s extraordinarily relating to because Buhari has shown repeatedly yet another time that he has extra emotional investment in Niger Republic (because his father migrated from there to Dumurkul in the Daura Emirate of Katsina Suppose) than he has in Nigeria which he leads. (He would possibly perchance maybe perchance to boot inch the total hog and manufacture infrastructure in Senegal since it’s the ancestral dwelling of the Fulani, his paternal family).He talks about Igbo contributors, his Westphalian compatriots, with unconcealed animosity and genocidal fury nonetheless builds infrastructure for his kin in a foreign country the usage of resources derived from a portion of the country he overtly disdains supposedly because they gave him very top “5 p.c” of their vote. That’s no longer methods to slump a sleek assert.