What Legacy Will Buhari Depart Behind?
With the present state of the nation, can anybody beat one’s chest and say that Nigeria is destined to get to the place it’s imagined to be as a nation underneath this current management? When one travels by air, which occurs to be the most secure technique of transport, one is assured and optimistic that the pilot will fly one to 1’s vacation spot safely. I liken the state of Nigeria to the air journey with the President, Main Basic Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), as our amiable pilot at the moment.
In most events, one doesn’t get to see the pilot of an airplane as a result of they’re locked up contained in the cockpit of the plane getting issues prepared for a deliberate flight. The identical method our President is locked up contained in the Presidential Aso Rock Villa having bought issues prepared for a visit Nigeria, as a nation, had launched into that has lasted about 5 years with none clear path midair or of a secure touchdown.
The President rode on three main mantras into assumption of workplace in 2015. They included safety, economic system and preventing corruption. I additionally liken this to how the captain of an airline would announce the climate situation, the altitude at which they might fly and likewise anticipated time of arrival on the vacation spot.
I wish to submit that the President has carried out under par on all of the three promised indices. I sincerely anticipated that as a retired military common, the President would get safety proper and we might stay safely in our expensive nation. However the reverse has been the case. The insecurity within the land is alarming. The ugly killing in southern Kaduna that has gone unabated, the fixed herdsmen-farmers clashes which have ravaged the nation particularly within the Center Belt area, and the endless Boko Haram scourge that I really feel is a struggle our navy have misplaced the desire to carry to an finish. Former president Olusegun Obasanjo as soon as mentioned that within the navy they’ve a saying that you just don’t reinforce failure and having attended a navy faculty myself and likewise being the son of a former navy officer, I discover this place to be true. The least the President might do is altering the service chiefs, as their physique language speaks loudly of how drained and worn out they’re and even wish to step apart however because the President has not requested them to go, they fairly cling in there with no innovation exterior what they’ve given thus far within the final 5 years. A brand new set of service chiefs will include recent concepts and if for nothing will at the least wish to impress by hitting the bottom working, so we should always count on to see new onslaught in opposition to the Boko Haram terrorists.
I just lately carried out a ballot on Twitter on how the inhabitants feels concerning the President’s efficiency thus far within the space of safety, economic system, and preventing corruption.
It could curiosity you to know that whereas eight per cent felt he did properly in securing the nation, 4 per cent thought he did properly within the space of the economic system. None nonetheless felt he did something within the space of preventing corruption whereas a whopping 88% believed his efficiency usually was abysmal and had not finished properly in any of the promised areas.
The primary few months after his swearing-in as President in 2015, the sensation of a brand new sheriff on the town took over the nation. All of us thought it wasn’t going to be enterprise as standard however we had been improper. Even with the Financial institution Verification Quantity coming into place, the corruption within the nation is on a brand new excessive, you simply must look extra to see it for your self. It’s so unhealthy that our President will hardly discover one even when he was proven the proof. You might be additionally more likely to go free when caught in an act of corruption by simply belonging to the ruling APC. It’s solely in Nigeria underneath President Buhari that billions of naira might be earmarked for the varsity feeding programme throughout a pandemic with all college students at dwelling. I wasn’t shocked when the pinnacle of the Unbiased Corrupt Practices Fee introduced a number of days in the past that billions of naira of the varsity feeding programme was traced to non-public accounts.
Corruption abounds in every single place in Nigeria, you discover it in authorities circle, the personal sector and even in our spiritual homes. It has so wound into the material of the nation the place to turn into a really wealthy man or girl may be very simple; you simply get to know a number of individuals throughout the corridors of powers and that’s it, whereas within the personal sector is all about cash exchanging palms and you’re positive to get no matter you wish to get. You break few legal guidelines and that’s it since you are nearly positive you’ll go unpunished even when caught. It is a very unhealthy place to be as a nation. The case of the corruption within the Niger Delta Growth Fee involving the Interim Administration Committee has gone instantly chilly with nobody dropped at ebook. That’s the scenario in Nigeria.
That Nigeria is the poverty capital of the world is not information having overtaken India in that place. The economic system is at an all time low with Nigeria already in recession. The naira exchanging at over N400 to a greenback, with oil worth low and no refinery within the nation working at 40% of its put in capability, the scenario appears to be like very unhealthy. Nigeria has resorted to borrowing for nearly all the things you’ll be able to think about. Now we have borrowed our future away with no ample plans to repay aside from relying on oil proceeds which you can’t depend on as a result of worth fluctuation and likewise having the world taking a look at different sources of vitality which sadly just isn’t oil.
The scenario within the nation has turn into so unhealthy that Nigerians now search for greener pastures exterior of the nation not minding how they’re handled. The latest instances with Ghana, South Africa and the UAE come to thoughts.
Leaders are supposed to guide their followers, channel a imaginative and prescient and a transparent street map for attainment of that imaginative and prescient. Sadly, it has not been so with our President. We haven’t seen a transparent street map, even after 5 years, of the place he’s taking us to being the captain of this flight known as Nigeria at the moment. Now we have been saddled with a frontrunner that hardly engages together with his individuals; we used to have presidential media chat the place the residents get to listen to from the mouth of their President firsthand and never him at all times studying from a ready speech by a speech author. He hardly visits any state however does so solely throughout political campaigns. What might be that one legacy Mr. President will go away Nigeria with when his tenure winds up in 2023?
After 60 years since independence, Nigeria has at all times taken two steps ahead and 4 steps backward due to the form of leaders we’re saddled with which in most occasions should not the desire individuals.
When you get right into a airplane known as Nigeria subsequent time with this similar captain, would you be keen to embark on such a flight?
Sule, an vitality knowledgeable, wrote in from Lagos