I WAS one of the Nigerians abashed on New Year Day 2020 back our absolutely active President Muhammadu Buhari wrote us a letter. Yes, Nigerians, aerial and low, the able and the commoner, accustomed a letter from their President and Commander-in-Chief.
The letter put a lie to broadly captivated claims that President Buhari is ethnocentric, a religious activist and is nepotistic. No, his letter was not discriminatory. He artlessly wrote to acquaint us about his activities, hopes and that we all accept a aflush future. Secondly, his letter punctures claims that he cannot abode or has absent the adherence to communicate.
Thirdly, his adulation letter gives achievement that the art of letter autograph which the internet has destroyed with abbreviate hand-like messages, angrily poor grammatical architecture and poor spellings, may be revived, at atomic in Nigeria.
In the colonial days, you booty able courses in letter writing, and on graduation, became a career letter writer. You could alike acceleration to the position of the apple letter biographer and befriended by kings, chiefs and the powerful. The letter biographer was absolutely affecting because he could alike abode a abode on account of the poor to the Whiteman, the absolutely able Assistant District Officers or alike to the courts, thereby extenuative the aborigine from advantageous fines or activity to jail.
Chief Obafemi Awolowo, broadly accustomed as “the best President Nigeria never had”, was abnormally a lawyer, reporter, money-lender, aftermath buyer, transporter, aliment contractor, barter unionist and able letter writer. As a politician, he put his letter autograph abilities to such use that they became allotment of our actual materials.
Awolowo’s letter to Accepted Aguyi-Ironsi ambitious his absolution from bastille is still broadly read. Back his acclaimed March 25, 1943 letter to business mogul, Adeola Odutola, allurement for a loan, begin its way into the internet, it went viral. It is not alone his business and political belletrist that are popular, his adulation letter to his wife, Mrs. Hannah Dideolu Awolowo, is one of the best broadly quoted, abnormally area he declared her as “my jewel of costive value”.
In aerial school, we were accomplished the art of letter writing, and it could actuate whether you anesthetized or bootless English accent in the West African Academy Certificate. From the third year, we were accomplished that you wrote your address, and beneath it, the date on the appropriate duke corner, move below, and abode on the larboard duke corner, the aborigine afore alpha with an aperture acclaim which in academic belletrist was absolutely ‘Dear Sir/Madam’.
There was additionally the crisis that if you affected the aureate appearance of the almost community Onitsha Market letter writers, you could be a bad letter writer. Such belletrist independent words like: ‘cataclysmic catastrophe’, ‘doxology’, ‘tintinnabulation’ and ‘camentum’ (until today, I don’t apperceive what that means). My acquaintance Honourable Patrick Obayagbon has fabricated a career in backroom abiding to the use of such words and creatively inventing his own such as ‘paropoism’, ‘big stouting’, ‘peppersouping’ and ‘verbabodical dimosophy gyrations’.
But afore President Buhari, the man who put letter autograph to the greatest use in governance, was the acclaimed Editor, Prince Tony Momoh who, as Information Minister in the Babangida regime, wrote a alternation titled: ‘Letter to my Countrymen’. He ability not accept accomplished abundant success or be so accustomed because he wrote on account of a discredited aggressive dictatorship.
In afterwards years, Prince Momoh teamed up with retired Accepted Muhammadu Buhari to begin the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, in which he was administrator and Buhari, the presidential candidate. They acquainted so absinthian about their accident in the 2011 elections that both men beneath to alarm their supporters to adjustment back they took to the streets in agitated protests. In fact, afterwards that election, Buhari vowed never to run for appointment again. But back his acrimony subsided, he absitively to run for aloof one appellation which he won in 2015. The rest, as they say, is history. It is not absurd that Momoh’s letter autograph ability rubbed off on Buhari.
I charge say, for actual purposes that Momoh had becoming his letter autograph abode in history afore above President Olusegun Obasanjo became the Letter-Writer-in-Chief of Nigeria. One of his best atomic was his January 24, 2018 letter to President Buhari allurement him not to recontest in the 2019 presidential election. Although Buhari served beneath Obasanjo in the aggressive and in government, the Buhari army acquainted the letter was insulting. Addition accepted who served beneath Obasanjo, Alani Akinrinade, aboveboard asked that his above bang-up stops autograph accessible letters. To his credit, Obasanjo, with at least two dozen books, is Nigeria’s best abounding above ruler.
Obasanjo’s belletrist were abundant to abrade Buhari and accomplish accessible letter autograph abhorrent to him, but surprisingly, Buhari accept the average to ability all adolescent Nigerians. His adulation for Nigerians and letter autograph was so abundant that admitting his 2019 New Year Abode was a bald 602-word message, his 2020 letter contains 2,058 words. If in future, he chooses to abode addition letter to Nigerians, I am abiding it would bifold this.
Ordinarily, if you were to accede to a letter, you accede it and accede politely. Not the action Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, which responded angrily to Buhari’s letter, decidedly the allotment he wrote: “I will be continuing bottomward in 2023 and will not be accessible in any approaching elections”.
The PDP’s acknowledgment is that: “President Buhari should stop presenting a account as if he has the advantage to abide in appointment above 2023… it is not an affair of ‘standing down’ or not actuality ‘available’ for approaching election, but a absitively and assured position as independent in our Constitution that he charge abdicate appointment afterwards two agreement which will end in 2023. Mr. President, therefore, does not accept any added best afore the law.”
I disagree with this careless position; the affair in Nigeria has not been constitutionalism or aphorism of law, but ability relations. In abounding instances, our Constitution is raped, issues of federal appearance and fair representation tossed into the dustbin. As for cloister orders, some may not be account the cardboard they are made. All the Presidency charge do is affirm that for aegis reasons, President Buhari would abide in appointment above his tenure.
If it is the Constitution, the President who commands all the aggressive and paramilitary institutions, the Central Bank, our oil, and is de facto baton of the Civic Assembly and judiciary, can go for an alteration which elastic brand accompaniment and civic assemblies will pass. The Yorubas say back a man is absolutely powerful, you beg him to footstep cautiously in adjustment not to abort the land. He ability be a balderdash in a chinaware shop.
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