In response to Isa Ali Pantami, PhD, who wrote #ChangeBeginsWithMe and quoting the Qur’an, Indeed, Allah will not change the condition of a PEOPLE, until they change what is in themselves (Q13;11), Professor Farooq Kperogi, Professor of Journalism and Emerging Media at Kennesaw State University, who lives in Atlanta, Georgia, wrote on his wall on Facebook that:
Precisely! I agree with Dr. Pantami. As student union leaders in BUK in the early 1990s we used this verse to mobilize students to take ownership of their lives and fight injustice. You shouldn’t sit listlessly and watch a president who got elected on the promise of change live in the lavish luxuries of the past while the people he governs starve and die. A president who promised you change went to London, spent 6 million pounds (that’s up to 3 billion naira) just to treat an ear infection when all Nigerian teaching hospitals combined were allocated less than 3 billion naira in the budget–and when he budgeted up to 4 billion naira for Aso Rock Clinic that he doesn’t even use AND after he banned all government officials from traveling abroad for medical treatment. We should fight to change this. Allah will not change this for us until we change the self-annihilating stupidity in us that allows us to think that it’s OK for leaders to lie and cheat and exploit the masses so long as the leaders share the same region and religion as us. Allah will not change our condition until we purge ourselves of the predilection to ignore home truths, evade uncomfortable facts, dwell in sentimental escapism, and attack purveyors of home truths and uncomfortable facts. This is a great verse, and I thank Dr. Pantami for bringing it to our attention again.
President Buhari took a break on 5th June and proceeded on holiday to London on 6th in which his Media Aide, Mr. Femi Adesina issued a press statement that he would be there to see an E.N.T Specialist for a persistent ear infection. The President was examined by his Personal Physician and an E.N.T Specialist in Abuja, and was treated. Both Nigerian doctors recommended further evaluation purely as a precaution.