Buhari Must First Change Himself Before Attempt to Change Nigeria & Famished Compatriots
Fela Anikulakpo’s protégé, Dede Mabiaku, conveys the fury of Nigerian masses as he lambastes President Buhari personally for use of his daughter’s wedding to exhibit affluence despite the fact that he presides over 170 million Nigerians who are currently finding it very difficult to feed themselves due to the massive poverty wrought on the citizenry since he came to power on May 29, 2015. According to the social critic, President Buhari showed poor judgment by enabling the orchestration of a lavish public wedding for his daughter amidst widespread outcry of economic hardship across the country. Since the inauguration of his administration on May 29, 2015, the value of naira has lost more than half of its purchasing power against US dollar and other major currencies. For a country which relies on importation for nearly all its consumer goods, including basic staple foods and refined petroleum products, the radical depreciation in value of the national currency since Buhari’s tenure connotes massive impoverishment for the 170 million citizens of Africa’s most populous country.
Mabiaku spoke for all Nigerians who he chided Buhari as well as all elected “representa-thieves” and “legis-looters” for caring only about how much of the natural largesse that they can grab for themselves while the average citizen goes to hungry with empty stomach due to economic hardship. Buhari campaigned to gain political power for himself and the former opposition party, the APC, during the 2015 general elections because he promised “CHANGE” from alleged corrupt and incompetent governance of his predecessor and the former ruling party, the PDP. But since the ascendancy of Buhari presidency life has become nightmarish for all Nigerians due to unrelenting decline in all aspects of the national economy. The incumbent administration’s pledge to fight widespread corruption and enhance security of lives and properties of Nigerians is yet to be delivered upon even after supposedly trying for the past 18 months.
Buhari is being taunted to sack all his ministers, most of whom are deemed to be grossly incompetent and obvious misfits for the portfolios assigned to them. It should not be forgotten that President delayed picking his ministers for more than 6 months into his presidential tenure under the pretext that he wanted to carefully assemble the team with which to bring about the CHANGE on which he based his electoral campaign. For the Buhari presidency to be deemed as a failure, despite the preceding, is damning, to say the least.
Evidently, Buhari’s legacy shall be judged for turning Africa’s largest economy into an economic failure of humongous proportions within such a short period of time. This is definitely not the CHANGE for which Nigerians voted on March 15, 2015. Nigerians voted for change for the better but what was delivered by the Buhari administration, thus far, is clearly a change to the worse. By casting the vote for Buhari to became president, Nigerians literally opted to jump from the frying pan into the fire.
Some may now have the opportunity to say – I told you so, but our admonition was discountenanced in run-up to the March 2015 presidential election which brought Buhari to power.