2019 Elections; Should we Vote for Buhari or Atiku?

President Muhammadu Buhari: President Muhammadu Buhari, a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was born on the 17th of December 1942 in Daura, Nigeria. He is the 23rd child of his father who died

President Muhammadu Buhari: President Muhammadu Buhari, a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was born on the 17th of December 1942 in Daura, Nigeria. He is the 23rd child of his father who died when he was only four years old. He spent most part of his early years in Katsina where he attended secondary school.

Education; Despite the claims and rumours that Buhari never obtained substantial education, it appears that the current president of Nigeria obtained relevant education. Buhari attended primary school in his hometown and Mai’adua. Afterwards, he attended middle school in Katsina after which he proceeded to Katsina Provincial Secondary School, now called Government College Katsina. From there on, he switched trains to pursue his military career;

Nigerian Defence Academy (Then, Nigerian Military Training College) ; 1961-1962

Mons Officer Cadet School; 1962-1963

Defense Services Staff College; 1973-1974

US Army War College; 1979-1980

Buhari’s Political Career; Buhari eventually became head of state in a military coup to overthrow the civilian government of Shehu Shagari. His military regime focused on getting the country rid of corruption and Buhari launched “War against discipline”. Although his intentions were good, the measures taken to accomplish his goals were seen to be too stringent by some. The regime was marked by restrictions put on the press and trade unions. Due to his authoritative style of running the country, many were dissatisfied. Buhari was eventually overthrown in a coup by Gen Ibrahim Babangida on the 27th of August 1985.

On the 29th of May 2015, Buhari was democratically elected as the president of Nigeria following the Government of Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. Many were moved to vote him in due to his stand against corruption, a worm eating into the fabrics of the nation. Many also believed he will be able to take a stand against the violent Islamic group; Boko Haram.

Buhari’s first term (2015-2018); Although Buhari has been judged harshly for being the one who brought Nigeria to its knees economically, several economists have revealed that Former president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, actually left the country in a moribund state. The foreign reserves were practically empty and the economy about to take a free fall. Nevertheless, Buhari is still criticized for not being able to respond effectively to the economic repression the country faced.

Atiku Abubakar; Atiku Abubakar, a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), was born on the 25th of November, 1946 in Jada, Adamawa State. He was born into a very religious Islamic home and was kept from western education for a while due his father’s resistance.

Education; After losing his father at a very early age he continued his primary education at Jada Primary School. He proceeded to secondary school at Adamawa Provincial Secondary School in Yola. He went on to obtain his diploma in Law in June 1969.

Before completion however, he assimilated into Customs and Excise department of the country in June 1969 where he remained for over 7 years.

Atiku as a Business Tycoon; Atiku having a good drive for business began to take baby steps towards it from 1974. He built his first house with a loan of slightly over 30,000 naira and rented it out immediately. From there on, he became a tycoon in property investment. Atiku did not only dip his feet into property but later ventured into oil business. He registered his company, then called Nigeria Container Services (NICOTES), following advice from Italian Gabriel Volpi. This company has grown into today’s INTELS (Integrated and Logistics Services) , now a multi-billion Naira corporation creating jobs for Nigerians and Africans at large.

Atiku’s Political Career; Atiku Abubakar, before serving as vice president of Nigeria, was the elect governor of Adamawa state in the year 1998 before being picked as a Vice President. He served as the Vice President of Nigeria under the controversial Government and presidency of the then President Olusegun Obasanjo. Controversial because the tenure of this government was marked by both positive and negative traits.

In regards to his role as vice president, the then president celebrated him for his commitment to home and internal affairs. In his words;

“Even when we were in Abuja and we were dealing with national and international affairs, you did not take it lightly the cultural affairs at home”.

Olusegun Obasanjo

Funny enough, before backing up Atiku, the then president had mentioned that Atiku was incompetent in certain ways to lead Nigeria. In his own words to Seun Adebajo, he said;

“The first thing I found was that his judgement was not right and, on a number of occasions, I pointed this out to him…As president of Nigeria, there are certain things that you should not do. I believe it was too much for him to be able to understand and to learn. So, I gave up.”

Olusegun Obasanjo

It is however hard to take anyone’s word to form proper perception on the person of the aspiring President due to the nature of political games we are well aware of. Today a politician says a person is a saint, tomorrow, he is the devil himself.

Health of both candidates;

A major topic during this election has been the state of health of both candidates. Although a candidate may be smart and enterprising, a debilitating state of health can greatly impact his or her ability to rule the country.

We are all aware of Buhari’s recent health dips. At some point, he spent months in the United Kingdom owing to poor health. We are however, unaware of any health issues the opposition’s candidate has.

In conclusion, this post is not to tell you who to vote for or who not to vote for. It is however to open room for discussion on facts that need to be considered when casting our votes on the 16th of February. We most also not forget that they are other candidates from other parties running the presidential race as well.

List of other presidential candidates not mentioned above;

Donald Duke – Social Democratic Party, SDP

Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim – Alliance for New Nigeria, ANN

Omoyele Sowore – African Action Congress, AAC

Oby Ezekwesili – Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, ACPN

Obadiah Mailafia – African Democratic Congress, ADC

Kingsley Moghalu – Young Progressive Party, YPP

Chris Okotie – Fresh Democratic Party, FDP

Hamza Al-Mustapha – Peoples Party of Nigeria, PPN

Habib Mohammed Gajo – Young Democratic Party, YDP

Olusegun Mimiko – Zenith Labour Party, ZLP

John Gbor – All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA

Davidson Isibor Akhimien – Grassroots Development Party of Nigeria, GDPN

Ali Soyode – Yes Electorate Solidarity, YES Party

Ike Keke – New Nigerian Peoples Party, NNPP

Sunday Chukwu-Eguzolugo – Justice Must Prevail Party, JMPP

Eunice Atuejide – National Interest Party, NIP

Hamisu Santuraki – Mega Party of Nigeria, MPN

Edozie Madu – Independent Democrat Party, IDP

Peter Nwangwu – We the People of Nigeria Party, WPNP

Ahmed Bee Buhari – Sustainable National Party, SNP

Tope Fasua – Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party, ANRP

Ade Fagbenro Bryon – Kowa Party

Moses Shipi – All Blending Party, ABP

Yahaya Ndu – African Renaissance Party, ARP

Chuks Nwachukwu – All Grassroots Alliance. AGA

Habu Aminchi – Peoples Democratic Movement, PDM

Yabagi Yusuf Sani – Action Democratic Party, ADP

Babatunde Ademola – Nigeria Community Movement Party, NCMP

For analysis on the manifestos of the political candidates above, the following articles are relevant;

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