Tuesday, March 31, 2015

What Buhari win might portend

General Muhammed Buhari is one the few respected leaders to have presided over the affairs of a sometime promise often disappointing British contraption called Nigeria.

Buhari was a member of the cohorts of idealistic middle level soldiers responsible for the third coup, and the only the second successful coup in a young, expectant and now potentially rich African nation. When Murtala Mohammed was swept into power as part of a coup that ended then General Gowon's long reign Buhari became the Governor of the then North Eastern State, and on Mohammed's assassination in another coup just 18 months into his widely acclaimed government, Buhari again ascended, this time as Federal Commissioner for Petroleum, Nigeria's black gold.