Karl Marx started the Communist Manifesto with the following famous words: “A spectre is haunting Europe — the spectre of communism.” A spectre is haunting Buhari’s government—the spectre of the PDP it defeated in an unprecedented electoral upset in 2015. Right from its inception, the Buhari government has spent its every waking moment quaking in its boots in debilitating dread of the ghost of PDP. For evidence, read the following recent comical quotes from the henchmen of the Buhari government:
On October 25, 2017, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity Malam Garba Shehu said, in spite of firm evidence to the contrary, that PDP was responsible for reinstating and promoting Abdulrasheed Maina. “[S]ome influential officials loyal to the previous government may have been the invisible hand in the latest scandal that saw the return of Maina to the public service, despite being on the EFCC’s wanted list,” he said.
On October 28, 2017, Colonel Hameed Ali, a Buhari confidant and Comptroller General of Nigerian Customs service, said, “Today, with all sense of responsibility, I want to say that we have 50 per cent of PDP in our government. How can we move forward with this load?…Today, we have members of the PDP calling the shots.”
On October 31, 2017, Personal Assistant to the President on Social Media by the name of Lauretta Onochie said PDP isn’t just 50 percent of the present government; it’s actually omnipresent and omnipotent. “That brings me to those in this government who are here to serve themselves [that] colonel Hameed Ali… called PDP. They said that there is about 50 percent of them in this government, but I say no they are more than 50 percent. They are everywhere; they are in the presidency, they are in the National Assembly, you can find them in the judiciary, they are in the law enforcement agencies…”
On November 2, 2017, Imo State governor Rochas Okorocha, who is the sole APC governor in the southeast, said, “It is not that 50 per cent of PDP are running this government alone, but that PDP members are holding major plum jobs in the country which if it were PDP government, they won’t have allowed. They are getting fattened as a result and ready to fight us.”
On November 3, 2017, Femi Adesina, the President’s Senior Special Adviser on Media and Publicity implied that PDP is the reason Buhari goes abroad for medical treatment. “The question is, ‘What did they do with that money? Why didn’t they fix our hospitals in all those years that we had boom?’,” he said.
At this rate, PDP may be accused of secretly and metaphysically inhabiting Buhari’s very body! An English proverb says a bad workman blames his tools. We can rephrase that to an incompetent, unprepared government blames the ghosts of the opponents it has vanquished.