• His final request to NASS
Cynicism. Nonchalance. Sarcasm. Belligerence. Dr. Junaid Mohammed introduced all of those into his politics when telling the reality to energy. He was fixed and constant in his interventions within the nationwide political discourse. He has been a prepared useful resource for journalists, particularly relating to problems with the tangled presidential democracy in Nigeria.
His journey into the Nigerian commentary concerned the seek for an egalitarian society inside a dysfunctional federation. Maybe as a consequence of the truth that he was born within the Dala space of Kano, the place the Common Hospital is situated, Mohammed grew up and determined to check drugs in Russia.
After returning to Nigeria, he joined politics and determined to anchor on the Peoples Redemption Get together (PRP), the point of interest of socio-political ideology within the area. On this platform he appeared to symbolize the federal constituency of Dala within the Home of Representatives of the Second Republic.
After the discharge of the Second Republic by the Buhari / Idiagbon Junta in 1983, Dr. Mohammed in politics, however his participation was restricted to celebration administration and mobilization. His final lively political involvement was two years in the past when he emerged as a vice-presidential candidate for the Social Democratic Get together (SDP), a place he mixed along with his place as nationwide vice-chairman of the celebration.
Commenting on the choice of the previous lawmaker as his ally, SDP presidential candidate within the election, a former Cross River State Governor Donald Duke, mentioned he was blessed with a wealth of data and expertise: “Dr. Junaid Mohammed brings geopolitical attain and acceptance in addition to in-depth information of Nigerian politics to the SDP presidential ticket. ”
Earlier than these aggressive partisan positions, Mohammed had remained a fighter, albeit a lone ranger who howled within the political wilderness. He was fearless, caught between discovering the reality about energy and the contradictions of the nation’s ethnicized politics. The favored impression amongst many Nigerians after his demise was that he can be missed, particularly at a time when his tribal mates have been thinning of fearless commentators, together with Balarabe Musa.
Mohammed was not a proponent of the ability shift and the anticipated 2015 presidency of Buhari, however modified course not lengthy after the previous navy head of state climbed the saddle because the democratically elected president.
The physician turned politician remembered his progressive ideological background and have become a thorn in President Buhari’s aspect. He noticed early within the authorities’s life that President Buhari, and particularly his battle towards corruption, wouldn’t win laurels or lower ice cream as a nationwide program.
Splinters of Fireplace
More often than not, Muhammad’s interventions come violently and tingle within the ears of those that hear or learn his postulations as a result of they sound fairly atypical to a member of the northern Nigerian intelligentsia at a time when a northerner holds the reins of political energy.
This was the impartial mindset of the previous legislature when, late final yr, the Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Sokoto, Rt. Rev. Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, gave his fiery Christmas sermon denouncing the presidency of Buhari. Mohammed firmly agreed with the Catholic prelate’s observations.
Commenting on Bishop Kukah’s statements, Mohammed had said: “I have to admit that the core concern he raised about nepotism is actual, and naturally the marginalization of sure components of the nation is actual and nepotism in favor of the individuals who do it are near Buhari, particularly his pals, cronies, relations and in-laws. Over 99 p.c of the appointments made by Buhari are usually not based mostly on benefit. ”
Early final yr, when the federal authorities closed the nation’s land borders, Mohammed puzzled what this authorities coverage was supposed to realize, regardless of noting that banned rice imports within the north continued, albeit at an exorbitant value.
Beforehand, too, the Second Republic legislature had whistled the profile of President Buhari’s appointments, claiming that the president had ennobled mediocrity within the type of nepotism on the expense of earnings.
Across the identical time, the previous lawmaker advised The Guardian that the transfer by the Kano state authorities to overturn the then Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sunusi III, was no massive deal, claiming the emir was, in spite of everything, a authorities consultant.
Along with his demise, the voice of authority towards impunity and excesses within the north fell silent. It will take time to discover a substitute. Though Dr. Mohammed belonged to the elite, he took a pan-Nigerian view, however by no means forgot that he was a product of the Kano Talakawa coverage.
His last intervention seemed to be a request to the Nationwide Meeting, his constituency, to cease President Buhari’s try and adorn former service chiefs with ambassadorial appointments, despite the fact that that they had finished lower than excellent efficiency in combating insecurity within the nation.
Closing request to his constituency
TWO weeks earlier than his demise, Mohammed spoke to The Guardian in regards to the causes for selling retired service chiefs to ambassadorial positions.
His phrases: “What Buhari did was smug and he confirmed that he didn’t respect the rule of legislation; He isn’t a democrat. He is nonetheless a navy dictator after which would not respect Nigerian public opinion. Should you run a rustic and you do not respect the individuals of that nation, we’re in deep trouble.
“The Nationwide Meeting ought to come to assistance from this nation and save us the embarrassment by passing a legislation that forbids generals, particularly service chiefs, from taking part in political appointments for a sure variety of years. The People did and it served them very nicely.
“Nonetheless, if they’re decided to train their govt overview mandate, they need to refuse to ratify the appointment of those ambassadors. That is the best, however provided that a lot of the senators and members of the Home of Representatives are corrupt and do not even know their rights, they’re solely there to earn cash. I’m not positive if you are able to do the best factor. However the least they will do is refuse to ratify their appointment.
“They sat down and designed retirement advantages that transcend what even former presidents have. So you’ll be able to see that there isn’t a justification for them to take the job except they wish to proceed to embarrass the nation.
“The service chiefs themselves, who I assume are all billionaires, ought to please decline the appointment and go someplace else in Nigeria or overseas to take pleasure in their filthy wealth. On this manner they save Nigeria and Buhari themselves from pointless embarrassment and rigidity. Buhari, his ministers and appointed individuals are massively unpopular.
“To me, the issues arising from Buhari’s appointment of chiefs of service as ambassadors may be summarized as follows: It was clearly an affront to public opinion. These generals had been accused of corrupting riches; They’re irresponsible and incompetent, particularly Military Chief of Employees Tukur Baratai, and aside from Airforce One there’s nothing to point out. The others don’t have anything to point out when it comes to efficiency within the positions they’ve simply left.
“These are individuals who have been assigned sure positions who’ve failed miserably and but have obtained an additional reward. I do not know of any nation that may transfer ahead with this angle and mind-set of high management, on this case Buhari.
“To ensure that a service supervisor to stroll by way of the revolving door as an envoy, he must be sure to examine his efficiency. And these are individuals who had been unnecessarily allowed to remain of their positions for 5 years. Now it is just honest that they need to be investigated as a result of they haven’t been accountable to anybody as the cash goes straight from the treasury to their private financial institution accounts.
“You need to make sure that the nation would not fall brief as a result of should you do not, you need to blame your self. Second, if you might want to ship an envoy with a navy background, you might want to just be sure you seek the advice of the nation you propose to ship him to. They are going to obtain an settlement earlier than it’s printed, which they name an Settlement, as a number of the international locations you intend to ship it to could not wish to settle for it. And there’s additionally a narrative we want to remember once we ship a few of these retired generals to diplomatic posts.
“Over the last time Buhari was in energy, navy intelligence tried to kidnap Umaru Dikko in London, put him in a field and convey him to Nigeria, despite the fact that that they had not tried him on something. Sadly, after they managed to place him in a field, British intelligence and police had been alerted however they didn’t put him on the airplane and so he was freed in London, inflicting quite a lot of dangerous blood between Nigeria and Britain introduced and, because of this, they’ve expelled our ambassador main basic. Anthony Hananiya.
“So we’ve to be very cautious, despite the fact that there have been others who went to work with out a lot downside. For instance, Colonel Sani Bello served in Harare, who was a navy administrator throughout Buhari’s time. We additionally had main basic. Ogundipe, who served as Excessive Commissioner in London through the Civil Struggle, when Common Yakubu Gowon, who was his junior, turned head of state.
“The British had been consulted earlier than he was appointed envoy in London. Then there was Brig. George Kurubo, additionally older than Gowon and despatched to Russia to function ambassador. “