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Buhari’s Change Taking Longer Than Necessary

Posted: Jul 14, 2015 at 5:06 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The government of President Mohammadu Buhari appears to be taking too long to settle down to the critical business of governance as expected since its inauguration two months ago, and Nigerians are beginning to express some feelings of disenchantment about his style of governance. Even though people appreciate quite frankly that the challenges facing the country are enormous, yet they have thought that President Buhari possesses the magic wand to turn the socio-economic situation of the country around in a jiffy. That was why their ecstatic expression in welcoming his government was almost infectious on May 29. The excitement rested absolutely on the great promises he made to Nigerians on campaign grounds, and much more closely on the ones he made on his inauguration day. Those speeches actually gave most Nigerians hope.

Everybody now seems to be in a hurry to wriggle out of the present multifaceted economic problems threatening both the country and people’s private lives. Considering President Buhari’s antecedents as somebody not given to frivolities, people had believed that his government would start showing some sparks immediately after assuming office. But surprisingly, the same old story is still being told today by Nigerians as the change ideology of the All Progressives Congress, APC, remains a mere slogan.

The President promised to keep his oath and serve as president of all Nigerians. He said that he belonged to everybody and to nobody but the lopsided appointments he has made so far which unequivocally favour the North run contrary to that declaration. Also, he said that he appreciated the fact that Nigeria was facing enormous challenges such as insecurity, pervasive corruption, unending fuel and power shortages and assured Nigerians that he would tackle them head on. But people have not seen much progress made in these areas two months after his government is in the saddle.

Although it is right to ensure that the federal executive does not encroach on the duties and functions of the legislative and judicial arms of government as the President pontificated, still Buhari’s early fatherly intervention in the disagreement among federal legislators would have nipped in the bud the current imbroglio rocking the upper and lower chambers of the legislature.

We appreciate government’s efforts in confronting the Boko Haram insurgency but we counsel that other methods of combating the menace should be tried since this conventional warfare is not producing the expected results as quickly as desirable. Now that insurgency rages,  rescuing the Chibok girls and all other innocent persons held hostage by the insurgents remains a mirage.

President Buhari acknowledged Nigeria’s poor power situation and traced the country’s poor economic performance to the continuous tinkering with the structures of power supply and distribution. He then promised not to allow that to go on. He pledged to attack the problem of unemployment frontally through the revival of agriculture, solid minerals and credits to small and medium-size businesses. These are still being expected.  He said that he would quickly examine the best way to revive major industries and accelerate the revival and development of Nigerian railways, roads and general infrastructure. Nigerians are still waiting.

President Buhari should quickly appoint his ministers to assist him in all these areas which he promised to address. He should also unveil his economic policy and the plan to achieve it so that Nigerians can start experiencing the much expected APC Change.