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A Retired General is Sworn in as #Nigeria’s President


https://www.facebook.com/157457414278806/videos/vb.157457414278806/987892781235261/?type=1&theater

Amazing how history repeats. Sixteen years ago a retired general was sworn in as Nigeria’s president and vowed to fight corruption. He vowed:

“The beneficiaries of corruption…will fight back with all the foul means at their disposal…There will be no sacred cows. Nobody, no matter who and where, will be allowed to get away with the breach of the law or the perpetration of corruption…”

Video Scenes: #Buhari Sworn in as #Nigeria’s President


From Eagle Square in Abuja, Nigeria. A lot of “chatter” about Buhari’s new aide-de-camp (ADC) Lt-Colonel M. Lawal Abubakar (of the military police). People were curious about his white uniform and red cap. Incidentally a military police officer as ADC to the President gives a strong clue as to who is likely to be the next National Security Adviser or Minister of Defence under Buhari. It has been rumoured for a while that former Chief of Army Staff Lt-General Abdulrahaman Bello Dambazau would have a prominent role in Buhari’s government. Well, when he was in the army Dambazau served in…the military police (the same corps as Buhari’s new ADC)…

The military ceremony was led by the Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM) of the Brigade of Guards Master Warrant-Officer Kolo Aboko (under the command of the commander of the Brigade of Guards Brigadier-General Anthony Bamidele Omozeje). They presided over the handing over the ceremonial instruments of office (Nigerian flag and armed forces flag from former President Jonathan).

Buhari’s full inaugural speech: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/05/read-president-buhari-inaugural-speech/

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/05/29/uk-nigeria-politics-idUKKBN0OE0SM20150529

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9euJ8Xtu4Iw

#Buhari 1.0: “The Most Authoritarian Government of All”


https://www.facebook.com/157457414278806/videos/987714334586439/

A video report on the controversies of Buhari’s first tenure in government.

Photos of President Jonathan Taking #Buhari on a Tour of #Nigeria Presidential Villa


Outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan led president-elect Muhammadu Buhari on a tour of the presidential villa at Aso Rock in Abuja. Jonathan gave Buhari the presidential handover notes. Buhari was accompanied by his son and daughter.

#Buhari Version 1.0 and Version 2.0


My article for Cassava Republic’s blog about the impending presidency of Major-General Muhammadu Buhari. What can Nigeria expect from Buhari in his second tenure in government; given how he ruled last time?

http://www.cassavarepublic.biz/blogs/main/29532929-gmb-1-0-and-2-0

Buhari’s return to power is an implicit “you were right, we were wrong” confession by Nigerians to Buhari. Nigerians now understand the devastating consequences of not having someone to curb their and their leaders’ appetite for the corrupt acquisition of wealth. They have turned back to Buhari like a person returning to a childhood sweetheart, after having their heart broken in multiple abusive relationships. – See more at: http://www.cassavarepublic.biz/blogs/main/29532929-gmb-1-0-and-2-0#sthash.fMWXZxYm.dpuf

Over the next four years, Nigerians will find out whether what Abubakar and Tinubu did for Buhari was a gift, or a loan that must be repaid with collateral. – See more at: http://www.cassavarepublic.biz/blogs/main/29532929-gmb-1-0-and-2-0#sthash.fMWXZxYm.dpuf

“Buhari My Hero” – Film Trailer (#BuhariMyHero)


http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2rkec8

Official film trailer of “Buhari My Hero…” – a documentary film produced by Ireti Bakare-Yusuf (co-produced by Heavywind Studio). The film is on Nigerian president-elect Muhammadu Buhari and features interviews with his family and colleagues such as Buhari’s wife Aisha, daughter Halima Buhari Sheriff, nephew Mamman Daura, former military coursemates Major-Generals Mohammed Magoro and Paul Tarfa, friend Dr Sule Hamman, Asia El-Rufai (wife of Kaduna State governor Nasir El-Rufai), and Kunle Mohammed Idiagbon (son of Buhari’s former Chief of Staff, Supreme Headquarters Major-General Tunde Idiagbon).

The film will be screened in Lagos and Abuja.

The producer Ireti Bakare-Yusuf gave away goodie bags to those who attended the premiere. Each goodie bag contained a copy of my book “Soldiers of Fortune”:

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#Nigeria’s Governors-Elect: All 36 States – #NigeriaDecides


APC: All Progressives Congress
APGA: All Progressives Grand Alliance
PDP: Peoples Democratic Party

STATE GOVERNOR PARTY
Abia Okezie Ikpeazu PDP
Adamawa Bindo Jibrilla APC
Akwa Ibom Udom Emmanuel PDP
Anambra Willie Obiano APGA
Bauchi Muhammed Abubakar APC
Bayelsa Henry Dickson PDP
Benue Samuel Otom APC
Borno Kashin Shettima APC
Cross River Ben Ayade PDP
Delta Ifeanyi Okowa PDP
Ebonyi Dave Umahi PDP
Edo Adams Oshiomole APC
Ekiti Ayodele Fayose PDP
Enugu Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi PDP
Gombe Ibrahim Dankwambo PDP
Imo Rochas Okorocha APC
Jigawa Badaru Abubakar APC
Kaduna Nasir El-Rufai APC
Kano Umar Ganduje APC
Kebbi Atiku Bagudu APC
Kogi Idris Wada PDP
Kwara Abdulfatah Ahmed APC
Lagos Akinwuinmi Ambode APC
Nasarawa Tanko Al-Makura APC
Niger Abubakar Sani Bello APC
Ogun Ibikunle Amosun APC
Ondo Olusegun Mimiko PDP
Osun Rauf Aregbesola APC
Oyo Abiola Ajimobi APC
Plateau Simon Bako Lalong APC
Rivers Nyesom Wike PDP
Sokoto Aminu Tambuwal APC
Taraba Darius Ishaku PDP
Yobe Ibrahim Geidam APC
Zamfara Abdulaziz Abubakar APC

#Buhari: What Should #Nigeria Expect from Buhari Version 2.0? A Different Man #Nigeriadecides


My Op-Ed article in the New York Times about how Buhari is likely to govern in his second stint in power.

In order to succeed, he must learn from what happened to him in 1985.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/09/opinion/can-nigerias-former-dictator-muhammadu-buhari-become-a-democrat.html
Excerpt:

In most countries, a 72-year-old retired general who once led a severe military dictatorship that imprisoned its opponents without trial, publicly executed convicts by firing squad, arrested journalists who criticized it, ran an Orwellian intelligence apparatus that bugged the phones of government ministers — a man whose overthrow three decades ago was welcomed with relief by his countrymen, and who lost three consecutive presidential elections in 12 years — would be considered unelectable.

http://t.co/8ut41QNiZO

#NigeriaDecides: Nigeria’s New First Lady: Aisha Buhari


#Nigeriadecides: Is #Buhari a Dictator or a Reformed Democrat?


http://www.npr.org/2015/04/02/397096933/nigerian-president-elect-calls-himself-a-converted-democract

My interview with National Public Radio’s Melissa Block regarding Buhari’s first sting in power as Nigeria’s military ruler between 1984-1985.

Some excerpts of what I told NPR:

A government in Nigeria today has to behave in a far more benevolent manner…the citizenry has evolved as well and are a lot more sophisticated; a lot more cognizant and aware of their rights, and would not tolerate some of the excesses that the military got away with during the decades of military rule.

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