Plainly Speaking is asking Nigerians, has President Muhammadu Buhari absolutely failed the citizens? This is a big question. Every Nigerian probably knows the right answer.
President Muhammadu has spent almost two and half years on the seat of power. His inauguration as the 5th democratically elected president of Nigeria on Friday, May 29, 2017, came with so much promises. The general public should be quick to remember one of the famous lines of his swearing in speech, “I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody.”
The former military Head of State changed name from General Muhammadu Buhari (GMB) to President Muhammadu Buhari (PMB) afterwards.
Before GMB changed to PMB, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) showered so much praises on Buhari.
Tinubu said Buhari was the General Charles de Gaulle, needed to take over from the 16-year impunity enshrined government of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The former lawmaker and ex Lagos state governor said Buhari was the panacea to the numerous problems bedeviling the country.
The presidential election of Saturday, March 28, 2015 came and GMB contested and conquered the sitting president then, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (GEJ).
After May 29, 2015, so much was expected from President Buhari in terms of democracy dividends. Some Nigerians even believed he was the Messiah they had been waiting for since 1960.
As days rolled by and changed into months, nothing much was done by the APC-led federal government. The high spirit the new ruling party came with, later vanished into thin air.
What really could have made President Buhari to have absolutely failed Nigerians? According to some sections of the populace, they believe the president failed in 6 major areas.
1. Corruption is still endemic
War against graft was one of the tripod of the Buhari-led administration. The other two being fighting insecurity and revival of the economy.
The first person the new APC government went after was Col Sambo Dasuki (rtd). The former National Security Adviser was said to have mismanaged billions of dollars actually meant for arms procurement under the GEJ government.
After Dasuki was the current Senate president, Dr Bukola Saraki. The former Kwara state governor appeared before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT). Saraki’s major undoing was false asset declaration and other sundry charges.
Other corruption issues that came up include: Panama Paper, discovery of millions of naira and foreign currencies in a building at Ikoyi area of Lagos state. Billions of naira also discovered in grave yards, soak-aways, houses, and other places.
Fast forward from 2015 to the current moment, Babachir Lawal was alleged to be involved in a contract scam. The suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) is yet to know his fate.
The most recent indictment of the Buhari presidency is its alleged role in the pardon of former Chairman of Pension Funds, Abdurrashid Maina, who was said to have mismanaged billions of public funds.
2. No fat cat has really yet been dealt with
Nigerians hear huge and asphyxiating figures every day. Names are mentioned but no real prosecution. Apart from Sambo Dasuki, which other notable person with corruption allegation is behind bars?
A good number of Nigerians are sincerely disappointed that many unscrupulous elements are not in jail.
We only hear mind-blowing figures of money stolen, but nothing to show for it.
3. High rate of unemployment
President Buhari is known for N-Power, just as GEJ was known for SURE-P. All these anti-unemployment schemes are laudable. However, the real issue hasn’t been tackled. The real issue is high rate of unemployment.
More and more has to be done by the federal government to revive moribund industries. These industries can employ hundreds of thousands and even millions of Nigerians. The interesting thing is that all states of the country have their own potentials for specific industries to thrive.
4. Economy recovery is like a mirage
The simplest way to know if the economy of a nation is moving in the right direction is to assess indices like poverty index, per capital income and living standards.
Right now, a great number of the people wallow in abject poverty. The government of the day may think all criticisms are from her perceived enemies. However, the gospel truth is that non-partisan and observant Nigerians are not happy with just economy growth on papers.
People are tired of being fed with statistics that there is no more recession. The gap is too wide between the realities on ground and what the government reads to Nigerians. People are suffering daily and the government seems really not to care.
A large number of states are owing civil servants backlog of salaries, with Kogi state as the worst example. What government officials are good at is to give excuses and raise cosmetic hope for a better tomorrow.
5. Partisanship and ethnocentric politics
The late Masanin Kano, Maitama Sule, advised Buhari to be a president for all sometimes in 2015.
The late Northern elder statesman and orator per excellence urged Nigeria’s current number one citizen not to see himself as a Northern president.
Almost three years down the line, it seems the president hasn’t really lived up to that piece of advice. Why do Nigerians say so? People from the Southeast region perceive President Buhari as anti-Igbo. They say the president is not favouring them in terms of various appointments. They have brought so many instances the president jettisoned them. They have been crying foul play, not fair play, since the president started appointing people into various positions. They see Buhari as a president for only a particular section of the country.
A few months ago, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, an Afenifere leader in the Southwest likewise was reported to have said President Buhari wasn’t favouring the Yorubas in the running of his government.
Nigerians themselves should score the president on his equity and fairness to all regions.
6. Crime rate taking a new and frightening dimension
Although, a president cannot control what and which crime is committed under his watch. However, a president has the powers to direct law enforcement agencies to be alive to their responsibilities.
Recently, gunmen said to herdsmen sniffed out lives of several people in Plateau state. This is just a case among myriads of preventable crimes in the country.
Kidnapping and abduction has reached its crescendo. Also, some frustrated Nigerians take into drug peddling. The list is endless.
A certain video went viral a few months ago. It showed a Nigerian who committed suicide in faraway Italy. The Nigerian was deported back to Nigeria by the Italian authority. In order not to find himself in Nigeria again, he took his life, by falling off a high rise building.
Suicide is condemnable in all its totality. Therefore, no one should take his life no matter the challenges confronting him.
Some suicide cases have been reported. One or more frustrated Nigerians have jumped to their death off the Lagos Third Mainland Bridge.
All these are warning signs that all is not well with the country.
It’s not yet too late for President Buhari to find a way of turning around the direction Nigeria is heading presently.
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