President Muhammadu Buhari And APC One Year After

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The APC through Buhari won the Nigerian Presidential elections of 2015 and for the first time in the history of Nigeria swept away an incumbent President. Twelve months have followed after the politicking that led to the conquest by APC. These last 12 months have included ACP budget versus lost budget, change budget versus padded budget, promise of 1 Naira to $1 versus now 370 Naira to #1 and more. There is also Boko Haram versus Fulani herdsmen, a seeming ethnic cleansing killings in the middle belt, south-south and south-east versus blowing up of pipelines by the so-called Niger-Delta Avengers. The truth is that for now this Buhari led government lacks direction, has no guiding philosophy or spirit. What people have now described as Buharinomics has thrown Nigerians into essential commodities era of 1983/84. A bag of rice is now 18,000 Naira up from 8,000 Naira, 3 or 4 pieces of tomatoes now cost 200-300 Naira and public transportation is through the roof.  Though the government has led an onslaught against corruption, it has largely been labeled a political witch-hunt against enemies of government and opposition figures.

It is obvious that the lack of philosophy and absence of a spirit in this current government like prior administrations has continued to push the nation into decline and closer to precipice. After one-year of the Buhari-led Nigeria, the nation is dwindling, shrinking and deteriorating. Like his predecessors, he has shied away from the truth so far, however, there is still some time.  Some have argued that Buhari lacks the vision that could be a spring-board that will bring all nation states involved in Nigeria to align their individual spirit, philosophy and psychology for a bigger nation. It is once again important to state this for Buhari’s handlers and this is very pertinent because his co-travelers Babangida and Abacha described him so during their coup of 1985: “Regrettably, it turned out that Major-General Muhammadu Buhari was too rigid and uncompromising in his attitudes to issues of national significance. Efforts to make him understand that a diverse polity like Nigeria required recognition and appreciation of differences in both cultural and individual perceptions, only served to aggravate these attitudes.”

The struggle for Nigerian independence from Britain was powered by Azikiwe and Awolowo, with Ahmadu Bello the trio brought to bear this nation. These men were in their 30s when they embarked on the drive for independence and most of the recent leaders (Obasanjo, Buhari and Babangida) either served the first republic one way or the other. Nigeria is close to a make or break and therefore is in need of young men and women with character who will deliver them from the strangle hold of nepotism, incompetence, and ethnicism.

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