Former minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has warned of an impending coup in Nigeria over the ill-health of President Muhammadu Buhari.
FFK as he is fondly called added that powerful force had decided to force Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to resign.
He stated this in an article titled ‘THE RINGING OF COUP BELLS AND A CAUSE FOR DEEP CONCERN’ and made available to The Boss on Thursday, noted that ever since 1966, the northern ruling class had always effected a coup d’etat whenever they feel sufficiently threatened with the loss of power.
“The only time that they failed to do this, to their eternal regret, was when President Goodluck Jonathan succeeded President Umaru Yar”Adua after the latter’s death in 2010.
“Up until today they blame my friend and brother Lt. Abdulrahman General Dambazau for that failure and they felt he was weak and cowardly.
“This is because he was the Chief of Army Staff at the time and he did not strike.
“He paid a heavy price for his “weakness” and for not doing their bidding a few years later because when Buhari came to power in 2015 instead of appointing him Minister of Defence or National Security Advisor, which is what he had originally been penned down for, he appointed him as Minister of Interior which is far less strategic and important,” he wrote.
Fani-Kayode said should President Buhari die in power, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will be threatened and asked to resign.
“President Muhammadu Buhari was “elected” into office that year and now his fate is similar to Yar’Adua’s. He is chronically ill and he is NOT coming back to lead and rule as he once did because he will NEVER be the same again.
“Once he dies the northern ruling class have already decided on what to do. They will give Vice President Yemi Osinbajo an ultimatum and they will threaten him and ask him to resign.
“They have resolved that they will not allow power to go to the south and they will encourage their senior officers in the military to effect a coup.
“In doing so they are only doing what they have ALWAYS done when they feel sufficiently threatened with the loss of power. That is their way. And that is the measure of their ruthlessness and determination to hold on to power.
“They would rather have a core northern military dictator in power than a southern leader or President. And they are prepared to kill anyone, no matter how highly placed, who stands in their way or who attempts to oppose or stop them.
“The only options that exist if they are to be stopped is, firstly, if someone beats them to it by effecting a “progressive” Rawlings, Orkar or Nzeogwu-type coup of junior southern and Middle Belt officers.”
The former minister stressed that a coup would lead to a second civil war “because even the army would be split down the middle along regional, ethnic and religious lines.”
“That is the catastrophy, madness, chaos and carnage that the northern ruling class are now leading us to and toying with in their insane quest to hold on to power.
“That is where they are pushing us to with their obsessive and insatiable appetite and lust for that power.
“It is for this reason that the plan by the cabal in Buhari’s government and the northern ruling elite to effect a coup in order to keep power for themselves and their people and to stop a southerner from enjoying it must be condemned and resisted by ALL men and women of goodwill.”
He warned that the Army must not be allowed to abort democracy even “though Buhari’s rule can hardly be described as one and would be better described as a murderous and despotic civilian dictatorship.”