It took President Muhammadu Buhari barely two tenures to ensure that Nigeria becomes a full-blown lawless society where monkeys run the show and lunatics call the shots. The country is now rudderless and has remained on a consistent drift to total collapse. This is what happens when an airhead and inept individual is smuggled into leadership position by people who are barely informed.
It is without a doubt that Nigeria is currently without a leader. Many people have continued to make the mistake of asserting that Nigeria is on an ‘auto-pilot’ mode. Well, this is not the case because when an aircraft is on auto-pilot, the people on board the aircraft are sure of safety, they are guaranteed of direction and even a possible landing because there is often some sort of technological control. Sadly, this is not the situation in Nigeria today. Nigeria is directionless. There are no pilots, there’s no auto-pilot. Everybody is on his or her own. Thanks to Buhari.
President Buhari who is supposed to be the captain of the Nigerian aircraft is clearly missing in action. With less than six months to the day he will leave office as President, the demands of his position have grown totally overwhelming for him that he now occasionally screams that he wants to go home! What has been somewhat difficult to understand is why he has refused to resign and allow someone else to take over the cockpit.
Despite the massive goodwill, he came into office with, Buhari will be bowing out of Aso Rock on the 29th of May next year, an accomplished failure. Today, none of his actions or inactions suggests that he has been feeling the pain of Nigerians who have continued to groan under insecurity, hunger, and a near-total breakdown of basic infrastructures across the country. In the course of his wanderlust across the world, participating in and chairing inconsequential international meetings, it is clear that Buhari never got to know what it means to lose a loved one to bandits, be on interminable struggles of living from hand to mouth while working as an elephant; he clearly never experienced anything about the pain and frustration of living without electricity for many days. He is such a disconnected leader who is clearly out of touch with the Nigerian reality at the moment.
Under Buhari’s Nigeria, virtually all the sectors in Nigeria took a nosedive. The educational system is still in a coma. For many months, universities in Nigeria which are supposed to be the breeding grounds for future leaders were under lock and key and being overgrown by weeds over Buhari’s failure to keep to agreements with University lecturers under the umbrella of ASUU. Unemployment and youth restiveness has continued to rise at such an alarming rate that the sole ambition of many Nigerian youths is now to ‘Japa’ which is loosely translated to mean ‘escape’. One will ask, escape to where? they just want to flee the apparent bleakness of the home front for rewarding menial jobs in Western capitals. This is the Nigeria Buhari will be leaving behind for his successor.
Under Buhari, just like it is seen in Banana Republics, life has become almost worthless. Nobody is safe anywhere in the country anymore. In the air, on land, and over the seas, life has largely become too risky for everyday Nigerians. The killings, maimings, and abductions have remained too common that many Nigerians do not even take note of them any longer. When terrorists carry out abductions, the security agencies under Buhari have become so ineffective that only the victims who are able to pay for their freedom ever make it back home alive. Abductions are now a part of everyday life in Nigeria and people are kidnapped or killed in scores on a daily basis. Nothing happens! Nobody gets charged.
Over the last few years, Nigerians have fully realised who their president is, considering the lies that were sold about his strong personality, integrity, and sense of accountability. Confronted with the hydra-headed socio-economic challenges, the electorate in 2015 bought all the lies sold to them by the demonic the All Progressives Congress (APC). Almost eight years and two tenures down the line, Nigerians now know better and are living in deep regrets.
The regrets are emanating from the failed promises of the present maladministration led by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The realities of the campaigns in 2015 and 2019, which were based on the two mantras; ‘Change’ and ‘Next Level’, saw President Buhari and his party APC reeling out promises upon promises that are yet to be fulfilled in barely six months to the end of his eight years in office.
Rather than fulfillment, Buhari exceeded expectations in smashing the records for ineptitude and gross failure on all fronts.
The promises they sold to Nigerians were indeed enormous; from a ban on government officials from going abroad for medical treatment, public declaration of assets and liabilities, state police, National Gender Policy and offer of 35 percent appointment to women, creation of three million jobs per year, among others. Buhari and his criminal gang of looters called the APC, sold Nigerians an El-dorado and many of them fell for it.
Buhari didn’t just stop at making silly promises during the campaigns, he has continued to thread the same path even while in office selling Nigerians half-truths and propaganda just to stay in the good books of his deluded bunch of praise singers and supporters. He has continued to assure Nigerians that the insecurity which is currently bedeviling them will soon be history. To even sell the propaganda properly, he has on many occasions held security meetings. He has threatened fire and brimstone on several occasions to deal with those behind insecurity, yet, he has never succeeded in moving even a needle. Nigerians have continued to die in their thousands.
Under Buhari, Nigeria’s economy is in complete tatters and has been so since he took over the mantle of leadership in 2015. Despite his assurances and reassurances, the economy has continued to remain prostrate. The excruciating pain Nigerians are going through just to feed daily paints a rough picture of how badly the economy has been bastardised under Buhari. Under the Buhari Presidency, it is not difficult to locate poverty walking the streets; terrorists have almost taken over the country; insecurity has destroyed farming in the country and the level of corruption in the country has gone above the sky. Prices of foodstuffs have skyrocketed, the supply of electricity is at a low ebb, the unemployment rate is alarming, the value of the naira has dropped beyond imagination, and the rate of armed robbery is alarming, to mention but few.
It was under the Buhari administration that termites and snakes developed teeth and began to eat raw money. How else can one describe a Banana Republic? Buhari’s government has so destroyed Nigeria that many Nigerians have completely given up and are now committing suicide on a daily basis. At this point, young Nigerians must be careful with whatever decision they take in 2023. There should be on the lookout for a President who can clean up Buhari’s mess and then go on to restructure the country politically to make it more viable and efficient.