In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 22nd, October, 2020

What Legacy Will Buhari Depart Behind?

What Legacy Will Buhari Leave Behind?

Muhammadu Buhari

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 alleged to be as a nation below 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 at least one’s vacation spot safely. I liken the state of Nigeria to the air journey with the President, Main Common Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), as our amiable pilot right now.

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 means 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 protected touchdown.

The President rode on three main mantras into assumption of workplace in 2015. They included safety, financial system and combating corruption. I additionally liken this to how the captain of an airline would announce the climate situation, the altitude at which they’d fly and in addition anticipated time of arrival on the vacation spot.

I need 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’d 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 battle our army have misplaced the need to convey to an finish. Former president Olusegun Obasanjo as soon as stated that within the army they’ve a saying that you simply don’t reinforce failure and having attended a army college myself and in addition being the son of a former army officer, I discover this place to be true. The least the President may do is altering the service chiefs, as their physique language speaks loudly of how drained and worn out they’re and even need to step apart however because the President has not requested them to go, they slightly hold in there with no innovation exterior what they’ve given to date within the final 5 years. A brand new set of service chiefs will include contemporary concepts and if for nothing will at the very least need to impress by hitting the bottom working, so we should always anticipate to see new onslaught towards the Boko Haram terrorists.

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I lately performed a ballot on Twitter on how the inhabitants feels concerning the President’s efficiency to date within the space of safety, financial system, and combating corruption.

It might curiosity you to know that whereas eight per cent felt he did effectively in securing the nation, 4 per cent thought he did effectively within the space of the financial system. None nonetheless felt he did something within the space of combating corruption whereas a whopping 88% believed his efficiency typically was abysmal and had not performed effectively 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 common however we have been fallacious. Even with the Financial institution Verification Quantity coming into place, the corruption within the nation is on a brand new excessive, you simply have to 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’re 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 below President Buhari that billions of naira will likely be earmarked for the varsity feeding programme throughout a pandemic with all college students at house. I wasn’t shocked when the pinnacle of the Unbiased Corrupt Practices Fee introduced just a few days in the past that billions of naira of the varsity feeding programme was traced to personal accounts.

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Corruption abounds in all places in Nigeria, you discover it in authorities circle, the non-public sector and even in our non secular homes. It has so wound into the material of the nation the place to grow to be a really wealthy man or girl could be very simple; you simply get to know just a few individuals throughout the corridors of powers and that’s it, whereas within the non-public sector is all about cash exchanging fingers and you might be positive to get no matter you need to get. You break few legal guidelines and that’s it since you are virtually positive you’ll go unpunished even when caught. This can be a very unhealthy place to be as a nation. The case of the corruption within the Niger Delta Improvement Fee involving the Interim Administration Committee has gone all of the sudden chilly with nobody delivered to ebook. That’s the scenario in Nigeria.

That Nigeria is the poverty capital of the world is now not information having overtaken India in that place. The financial 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 every thing you may think about. We’ve borrowed our future away with no sufficient plans to repay aside from relying on oil proceeds which you can not depend on as a result of worth fluctuation and in addition having the world taking a look at different sources of vitality which sadly just isn’t oil.

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The scenario within the nation has grow to be so unhealthy that Nigerians now search for greener pastures exterior of the nation not minding how they’re handled. The latest circumstances 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 referred to as Nigeria right now. We’ve been saddled with a frontrunner that hardly engages together with his folks; 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 all the time studying from a ready speech by a speech author. He hardly visits any state however does so solely throughout political campaigns. What will likely be that one legacy Mr. President will depart Nigeria with when his tenure winds up in 2023?

After 60 years since independence, Nigeria has all the time taken two steps ahead and 4 steps backward due to the form of leaders we’re saddled with which in most occasions aren’t the need folks.

In case you get right into a aircraft referred to as Nigeria subsequent time with this similar captain, would you be keen to embark on such a flight?


Sule, an vitality professional, wrote in from Lagos

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