By Khalifa Ja’afar
Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, is a mild – mannered former Nigerian military, head of state in the 1980s who, again, became an unlucky elected president in 2015 and, therefore, faces his biggest challenges amidst worst economic crisis, religious violence, cattle rustling and kidnapping across the country. The whole idea of electing Muhammadu Buhari was to make life cheaper, enjoyable and build more bridges of unity in four years and beyond. But, reverse is the case in the sense that 85% of Nigerians become extremely disappointed, crying, displaying dissatisfaction in his government policies and programmes. Compared to Jonathan’s regime, it has become and levelled worst under Buhari. Even thought, considering the fact that Jonathan was the worst president Nigeria ever had. In addition, the recent huge crowd that welcomed Jonathan, in the seat of the Caliphate Sokoto, asking for his return is a clear reflection of how bad things have become in Nigeria. It is believed that Nigerians are truly passing through hunger, hard times and can hardly withstand the pressure.
The clarion call made by the former CBN Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, on Buhari’s economic policies is a clear indication that there is, hardly, a silver bullet that solves our economic and financial problems under his watch. Buhari’s administration, according to the National Assembly, has no economic blueprint to pull Nigeria out of recession and, like wise, minister for power, works and housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola confirmes thus: “prayers alone cannot take Nigeria out of recession”. This is the most annoying statement which deeply broken many Nigerians’ heart especially those who are waiting for some magic wands from his government. The above statements made by the respected people have clearly signified that the present government is not doing enough to lift us out of hunger and economic recession. So, if we believe Jonathan is an incompetent and clueless, i wonder what incumbent is? If, however, in two years time, President Buhari has successfully made the life of an average Nigerians more hellish and cannot take us out of it, what assurance does he have in the next two years? How Nigerians would have become before he completes his first four years?
Many of our elders who know more about President Muhammadu Buhari, had foreseen all these and warned us not to cast our votes for him but we were bamboozled with vague promises and lies. We, therefore, owe them apology for our ignorance and the danger of electing him whilst they cautioned us. He brought a lie and we bought it like a dodgy salesman. He promised to transform Nigeria into a financial centre, a trading, export-oriented agricultural and manufacturing nation, thriving on free market policies and a vibrant private sector, sustained by a well-educated, trained, skilled, healthy, self-reliant and enterprising population and guaranteeing a well-balanced eco- system and a decent standard of living for one and all under a system of government based on the consent of the citizenry so as to strengthen Nigeria’s democracy, economy and make the country a better place for all.
The vision sounded great and promising during the electioneering campaign but he only succeeded in making things worst for Nigeria and Nigerians after he won the election. His government is directly or indirectly increasing the suffering of Nigerians even though it claims to be the opposite. Instead his government forgets about the past and focus on the future, but he has been claiming to fight corruption from the past, yet, forgetting that Nigerians did not vote for him to help fight corruption alone but to help Nigerians live a better and resound life. We have no business with the things that happened in the1980s; because we are not living in the past. This is 2016! After all, the recovered funds are not doing any good (yet?), but keeping our government busy in borrowing external US$30bn loans to embezzle and mortgage the future of the country in a huge foreign debt crisis when you must have left the throne.
Nigeria’s name; the giant of Africa, has disappeared. We are no longer a beacon of hope! We are not being governed according to the motto – “Peace, Unity and Progress” that is inscribed on our national coat of arms. His promise to instill accountability, transparency and probity in the heart of government is dead and buried 1,000 feet deep. The regime is not accountable to the electorates, nor is it transparent and trusted by the very people it claims to be serving. It is coincidence that what happened in 1983 is what is happening now. Many lives are being lost for hunger and starvation and, over 85% of our people are frustrated, hopeless, hungry, angry and disappointed in most of his government policies that only a blind man with no conscience would either ignorantly or hypocritically refuse to admit.
The average Nigerians become poorer by the day than how they were before 2015 and many families are struggling to make ends meet as well.Youth unemployment is at record level and many young Nigerians are now forced to take the long and dangerous journey across the sea in search of greener pastures. Is there brighter future for those Nigerian youths who are waiting for a gentle push? I doubt! Mr President, I do not really believe your equitable treatment policies because it does not seem to solve our problem rather escalating it. These policies are ill conceived and anti-masses that have instantly impoverish the lives of over 170 millions innocent Nigerians as a consequences of subsidy removal and banned of rice importation which inflict more pains and hardship on Nigerians. Price of goods and services in the market hiked, leaving the common man in pain and the President refuses to listen to our innocent tears because he is a pachyderm, especially now that he is surrounded by sycophants who are ready to clap for his failures and insensitivity.
Buhari has ditched the principle of democracy and the rule of law and has become a tyrant. He is tightening his grip on power every day and is ruling the country with an iron hand, showing no mercy to the poor people, which is capable of throwing the nation into the state of anarchy. Nigerians crying, shouting and complaining anywhere in the country, yet he don’t care, is it that no person with conscience or man enough to whisper it to the man that he should down on travels?
Finally, Buhari has failed the leadership, credibility, honesty and whatever test you could think of. He has caused so much harm to Nigerians and it is generally believed that he is incapacitated of ruling the country judiciously and, In fact, has failed woefully, So, if he really loves Nigeria the way he wants us to believe, we urged him to immediately reverse all his anti-masses policies and evolve feasible policies that will engender development in the country or, simply, step down for the sake of Nigeria and Nigerians.
Written by:– Khalifa Ja’afar Gusau
E-mail – Khalifjgusau@gmail.com