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As Buhari Accelerates Promised Change

Posted: Aug 10, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chukwudi Enekwechi

On account of what some people perceived as slowness in the take-off of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, former Vice President, Dr Alex Ekwueme had counseled Nigerians not to hurry Mr President since every leader comes with his own style. This obviously is a wise counsel considering the monumental problems the present administration inherited from the out gone government.



Among many of those problems include Boko Haram insurgency; drop in prices of oil, corruption in various spheres of our public sector, oil theft, indiscipline among others. In fact, it is now coming to limelight that in the area of mining, that some Chinese and other nationals were engaged in illegal mining in some parts of the North Central zone with full paraphernalia of state protection. These activities were being carried out on a monumental proportion.

As a shining democrat that he is, President Muhammadu Buhari has consistently listened to the other voices clamouring for equity in the system. For example, soon after he was sworn in, it was reported that some past officials in the Jonathan government were being barred from travelling outside the country or being humiliated at the nation’s exit points, he immediately called the affected agencies to order. Since then, he sent a clear message on his readiness to respect the fundamental human rights of all Nigerians.

President Buhari is a large-hearted individual, kind and upright, but has zero tolerance for corruption. Perhaps, this aspect of him does not appeal to the few individuals with skeleton in their cupboards. But to such individuals, Nigerians have no sympathy to offer them, after all in their quest for self-aggrandisement and unmerited wealth they shortchanged the majority of Nigerians who depended on them for leadership.

On the issue of slowness in doing most of the things expected from his first day in office, it is my considered view that a thorough preparation before full take-off as in the appointment of ministers should be more desirable if we must avoid the mistake of the past. We must realise that it has been the norm in the past for new administrations to appoint ministers immediately they assume office, but experience has shown that this has always been counterproductive, as most of them end up serving their pecuniary interest rather than the collective interest.

Therefore if the “change” Nigerians earnestly clamoured for is to be maximally realised, we must give Mr. President the benefit of doubt, as he diligently and methodically strives to put things right.

On account of the integrity and honesty of purpose, which the President is bringing to bear in the administration of the country, Nigerians are beginning to witness minimal improvement in social services. For example, since his assumption of power, electricity supply has improved significantly, while fuel supply is beginning to progress in a tangible way. In the public service, government officials are now adjusting to the new realities by discharging their responsibilities as stipulated in the laws governing them or at least they now pretend to do so. Therefore, if Nigerians sustain the high level of support which the high office of the President requires, then over the next three to four years, Nigeria will truly regain its lost glory.

“Change” all over the world is the only permanent thing, and it takes time to happen, especially in a clime like Nigeria where systemic corruption has tended to stultify national growth and development.

It is gratifying that in the person of President Buhari, we have a “change agent” with verifiable pedigree and accomplishments.

Buhari has started on a good note by keeping to his promise to bring the activities of the dreaded Boko Haram in check. This is understandable considering that no meaningful progress can be achieved without adequate security of lives and properties.

Additionally, his commitment to chart a new economic direction for the country by tackling corruption headlong in all facets of our national life will surely prepare the ground for smooth and uninterrupted economic growth in Nigeria. The bottom-line is that Nigerians are able to appreciate the efforts of government at tackling the arduous task of cleaning the Augean stable.