The heat of politics is on. Nigeria’s 2015 Presidential election is just about one month away. But the sparks flying about from.
The inferno are still too cool for my temperament and liking. The People’s Democratic Party (PDP), the government party, is throwing feeble punches and scratching the surface, making light of the mood of this season. It is only asking the voters to give it power, all over again, without saying how it would use it to better their lot. The Challenging Party, All Progressive Party, (APC), has to prove beyond reasonable doubt PDP is running the country aground and suggests rescue measures.
The PDP has found Buhari a larger challenger than he was in 2011 and, so, is seeking to focus its campaign on his person, rather than challenge APC claims that Nigeria is a sick and dying nation. The first jab was at Buhari’s education. The electoral law demands that elective office holders have acceptable “O” Level certification or the equivalent. The PDP campaign says Buhari’s education is below the mark. I saw some PDP supporters rejoicing in Ilupeju, Lagos, when the news came on. But like in the tropical African Sun, they lost gear when they were informed the law accepts equivalents of “O” Level and asked if the training of a Nigerian army general did not make him or her intellectually superior to their own children who had just taken “O” Level exams. Buhari attended courses at the United States War College. Collin Powel who led American troops in the Gulf War and later became U.S. Vice President was Buhari’s course-mate during the war college training.
The second PDP attack on Buhari’s person is his age. Buhari is 72. President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, of the PDP , is younger. The campaigners say Buhari’s age is phlegmatic but Jonathan is choleric, and Nigeria need a choleric leader to rescue her from the wilderness. There may be a point in a man of Buhari’s age not being able to finish a 100 meters sprint ahead of a younger President Jonathan. But is governance all about this? I see it more related to the aura of the leader of government business. In bygone days in Yorubaland, when the Oracle was consulted through divination before a successor was found for a departed king, the man who would be king may be a poor foreign trader who survived a shipwreck nearby. The shipwreck may even be predestined to bring to this land a man whose aura befitted or suited the new time. Everyone has an aura. The aura has its root in the glow of the spirit, that is man, encased in the physical body of earth, bore, blood and flesh. Clairvoyants see it. Christians will recall the case of the man possessed by demons. As the Lord Jesus passed by, the demons recognised Him from his Aura. The inner eyes of some of his disciples were permitted to be open and behold the spectacle recorded as The Transfiguration. The aura attracts or repels. Good attract good, evil attract evil. Good and evil repel each other because, in the natural law which compels birds of a feather flocks together, only similar species find comfort in the company of each other.
Thus, the aura of Buhari, not his age, not his capacity for physical endurance, may be what his country requires at this time, for which reason he may have emerged again to give the presidency a crack. Many, if not all earthly events, are in the hands of earth-men. There is no doubt that they move the levers and set the ball rolling. But beyond that point, they lose control over events they let loose. There are forces beyond them which untie knots and smoothen the frills and then seek tools to effect on earth events already put together in other higher realms. This gives meaning to the expression, “as it is above, so it is below”. For people who watch the auras of world leaders, as anchor for extraterrestrial plans to materialize on earth, some names are not easy to forget. Gorbachev surfaced in the Soviet Union at a time a World War III appeared inevitable, according to Eastern and Western world security bookmakers. But Gorbachev defused the ticking bomb of the Arms Race and helped to dismantle communism, thereby ending the cold War. Nelson Mandela came out of prison in South Africa, has useful to himself and to humanity, wasted as many people thought. It was a time for Black Revenge. The blacks would have annihilated their white tormentors of the ages. But Mandela held the balance between the races, preaching the brotherhood of man.
We all know Nigeria is a potentially great nation held down by many foibles of man, in particular corruption, from which she needs deliverance. Has that time come? Or is the time for deliverance not ripe? Buhari dons an aura which suggests the time is nigh. In particular, he does not smoke or drink. This suggests he does not need to cling to external aids to be a balanced person.