The London Economist, is a magazine that
bases its reportage on sheer objectivity doubtless and this same
magazine drummed support for President Buhari in the build-up to 2015
presidential election in Nigeria.
It was very critical to the
administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan, part of the many
factors that worked against Jonathan's re-election and critics of the
former president fired from all cylinders.
Today, the same London Economist has
kickstarted another process to work against President Buhari as another
election year draws near.
In a piece titled ''The Unprecedented
Level of Patience Shown to Buhari'' published by The Economist says
Buhari is plagued with failures across every single sector in the
Read the full article below:
have never shown such level of patience and tolerance towards any of
their past leaders for his record and strange policies as that shown to
their current leader, Muhammadu Buhari – a former military dictator now
self-confessed democrat who said he came to fight corruption.
75, is being plagued with failures across every single sector in the
economy, the like as has never been seen before. Less than a year into
office, the economy plummeted into recession, an economy which had till
then grown at an average rate of 7% in previous years (2011-2014). The
nation’s currency lost 70% of its value, unemployment rose from 6.5 to
26%, commodity prices tripled across many quarters and the
state-regulated premium motor spirit prices were hiked by 67% without
practically anybody batting an eye.
have been stern opposition to his policies however and to his very
personality as well, notably in the South East and South- South regions
in the country as they are called, where he both received less than 5%
of the votes cast at the last Presidential election and where he has
always been sternly unpopular for his history of bigotry against the
people, perceived incompetence and dictatorial tendencies. But in many other regions across thecountry the
people have rather resolved to suffer patiently, drawing up excuses for
him at will, blaming everyone including his hundreds of political
appointees, anything and anybody but never the man himself. Buhari’s
party, the APC, promised Nigerians unprecedented swiping changes in
government and the eviction of all corrupt individuals.
possible explanation for this could be his party’s hope narrative in
the 2015 General election where citizens were promised an unprecedented
crackdown on corruption and the abolition of all government waste by a
man whose financial worth they declared to have been less than
N30million ($150,000 then), a historical low for a former top official
in the country and most especially a former leader.
a country plagued by acute corruption problems and with the unremitted
crude oil revenue scandal of 2014 still fresh in the people’s minds,
many were eager for an abrupt change, the like as never been seen
before. He was seen an army general, already experienced in government,
with a great strength of will, tough to take on the nation’s cabal of
hardened criminals. He promised to appoint only technocrats to head the
country’s departments and to see out the lingering Boko Haram insurgency
from the war front. For a nation lacking basic amenities such as power
supply in spite of its huge energy resources and with the lingering
insurgency crises, the choice seemed easy to many- the general with
integrity was the man for the country.
cheap then but now reality has taken its course. His earliest opponents
pointed out to his track record and not to his speech, noting that the
last time Nigeria fell into dismal failure, currency woes and
commodity shortages was when he had seized power as a military general
in 1983 and stating that the facts of that record contradicted the poems
of his image brokers.
however just wanted “change” as it was then called and so voted the
General and sat to wait for the sung promises. But from the onset of his
government, the course was as his critics had predefined: Incompetency,
bigotry and dictatorial tendencies plaguing the country.
He ignored the newly born genocide in the middle belt of the country perpetuated by
the Fulani herdsmen of his kindred against the Christian communities in
Benue, Plateau and later on Kaduna. He breached the Central Bank’s 2007
Act of Independence, telling it to suspend forex disbursements to steel
importers and other manufacturing sectors in a bid to defend the Naira,
a disastrous action which kick-started a spiral of recession.
took 3 months to appoint his Chief of Staff, 6 months to appoint a
cabinet and now 23 months and yet counting to appoint heads of agencies
and board members he was so eager to fire upon his assumption into
office and rose import duties on the most basic of commodities in a bid
to raise government revenue.
And as for the corruption fight, the facts on ground do not show any one at all. Apart from a few officials harassed or imprisoned without court order, the country is yet to witness the first victim of the said campaign at the court stands.
waste is on the rise, officials publicly caught in graft acts were
swiftly excused, the 2016 Budget year passed without implementation and
most worrisome, the Central Bank’s foreign reserves were being shared
among unknown Bureau De Change operators at variable rates at the
detriment of critical manufacturing, business and banking sectors.
government continues to praise itself but the people seem to be
increasingly tired of the paraded self-righteousness. The President’s
recent illness was greeted with cheers by many. Many are just tired of
the government. But the remarkable level of patience shown so far has
been unprecedented and many a time the general reactions towards acts of
constitutional violations were one of calmness or insensitivity.
the Change narrative of the 2015 election and the songs of a man of
integrity are to account for this, then Nigerians may have just
certified themselves on the world map as a nation easy to fool with
propaganda. An adult should be judged on his track record, not on his