Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd.) President , Federal Republic of Nigeria
.....And it came to pass in those days that the PDP lost her first Presidential Election 16 years after the rebirth of Democracy in Nigeria, perhaps because the people wanted a change or it was time to let others try.
It has been a great year for some,at least for the President and those who have been appointed into offices, for some it's been quite a sad year as most Nigerians would say and for others it has been an extremely horrifying and hectic year defending every decision made by the President, rightly or wrongly.
From the fight against corruption to the fight against the opposition,from the fight against insurgency to the fight against resurgence of militancy,from the fight laced with long aged acrimony to the fight against the key drivers of economy,from the fight against inconclusive budget padding to the fight to sustain inconclusive elections, the Buhari led government has been saddled with loads of controversies that has wriggled the foundation of the government making governance take the frame of a joke like Rob Allen Riggle would say during his display on "the daily show".
No doubt the government has had her own challenges and successes and yes! her excruciating uglifications, many of which her media handlers have blamed the previous government for; howbeit irresponsibly.
Sincerely,I have no doubt that Buhari is passionate about Nigeria,it would have been absurd if he wasn't, I mean,how could one explain his shedding of tears on National TV after he lost the 2011 elections, but if what we see today is anything to go by, his commitment to Nigeria as a Nation is at best suspicious.
Today,Nigeria is more divided along religious,political and ethnic lines than it has ever been in my lifetime and his earnestness to initiate a strategic plan to unify the nation is non-existent.
The Nigerian economy has suffered a plethora of setbacks from divestment from the Stock market,to reduction of foreign investment by over 40%,increased unemployment, catastrophic drop in power generation, increased insecurity in relative Christian dominated settlements by Fulani herdsmen, the global crude oil crisis, the double digits inflation rate, the negative economic growth profile (worst in 25 years), painful 11 months of unending fuel Scarcity and above all,the inability of the government to establish an economic plan.
The implementation of the TSA, the fear of financial misappropriation and fiscal rascality with impunity by government officials and the reduction of insurgency in the north-east have been the perceived gains in the last one year of the Buhari administration and we congratulate the government for those positives.
As we progress to her second year,I would suggest that the Political and Social architecture in addition to the rules of engagement needs to be revisited and redefined immediately, people arrested for allegations of corruption should not be detained by the EFCC without charging them to court. It is said that America was founded as a nation under God but it appears that Nigeria is becoming a nation under a gun.
Also,the current anti-corruption hogwash campaign should be greeted with utmost seriousness and not some mundane media praise singing culminating in what some have termed ludicrous media trial. I think corruption has been one of our greatest undoing against ourselves and our children and it should be dealt with from all angles and strata no matter the political divide.
The economy now in recession should for once get the attention of the President, no nation with a negative Q1 GDP and a double inflation rate would attract an investor, the needless travels has proven to be exactly what they were; needless as the looted Abacha funds would still have come anyway.
A nation that cannot develop her human capital is a dead nation, having over 4 million jobs lost directly and indirectly in less than a year is symbolic of a failed state.The cost of living today has climbed an all time high and Nigerians cannot sustain this hardship.
The savagery with which the Fulani herdsmen Kill and maim innocent Nigerians is most condemnable and shameful and sadly enough the body language of this President hasn't affected this evil for amazing reasons.
Nigerians deserve the truth and the truth is that most Nigerians are losing confidence in the government, not only because most of her campaign promises have been amended and some denied but because the media handlers of the government churn out information not within a thousand miles of the truth as Nigerians marry their daily experiences with the information made available by government and should the seeming "deceit and lies" continue where 2 different information are released by same government within few hours or days,or where the report from the government is at variance with the reality, the government could then be regarded as a joke.
I think the government needs the support of everyone of us just as we need the government and the nation to succeed. Nigeria is a great nation of very hardworking and resilient people, in unity we can make tremendous progress and fashion out a nation we can be proud of.
Happy Democracy day Nigeria!
Ifaluyi-Isibor Ogbeide, a mechanical engineer, wrote from Benin City, Nigeria.
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