This Is Not The Buhari We Knew

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Abba Mahmoud 
 
There is confusion everywhere. The government lacks direction. There is no clear policy on anything be it economic, security, foreign, aviation, environment or any other issue of importance. Everyone is virtually doing what he or she likes with nobody to call anyone to order. President Buhari is not in touch with the party that gave him a platform to contest and come to power, even though last week he suddenly realize that he needs the party which necessitated his caucus and NEC meeting almost belatedly. He appears not be in charge of anything, even admitting that he gave directive for boards to be reconstituted since October 2015 but that directive is yet to be carried out! He appears to not only over delegate his presidential powers but apparently abdicates his responsibility too. Obviously, this is not the Buhari we knew.
Soon after he was sworn in as President, General OlusegunObasanjo released his first appointments on the same day of May 29, 1999. And no one could fault Obasanjo’s choice of key aides: General Mohammed as Chief of Staff; General Gusau as NSA; Chief Ekaette as SGF; Col. Areh as DGSSS, among others. Buhari took three months to appoint his own aides and ended up appointing some of the worst officials in Nigeria’s history. It took 166 days for Buhari to form his cabinet. Does it mean for more than ten years that he was contesting to be president he did not have a plan let alone a team to help him carry out his plan? Clearly, this is not the Buhari we knew.
General Buhari was voted for, basically to do two things: fight insecurity and fight corruption. There is an appreciable progress with regard to fighting the Boko Haram insurgency no doubt but the level of kidnappings and killings going on across Nigeria is simply scandalous. It is not restricted to the highways anymore. Last two weeks, a brother of the Chief of Staff to the governor of Kaduna state was kidnapped right inside Zaria city. And no one has yet been held responsible to account for this high level of insecurity. Indeed, this is not the Buhari we knew.
With regard to the fight against corruption, it is simply funny that the only place that was investigated in the last two and a half year is the Office of the NSA. The Ministry of Petroleum, where Buhari is the Minister and where most of the past corruption was perpetrated has been shield from investigation by those around Buhari. The CBN, the Ministry of Finance and the Office of the SGF are yet to be held accountable for their past misdeeds. All the billionaires created by the last regime are still keeping their loot, or even making laws for us as legislators thanks to those shielding them in this dispensation. In fact, this is not the Buhari we knew.
Since he joined partisan politics, Buhari’s main political base has been Kano which has been consistently voting for Buhari. In 2015, Kano was delivered one hundred percent to the APC thanks to the consistency and commitment of Senator, then Governor,RabiuKwankwaso and his associates. Buhari did not find it necessary to visit Kano since he became President. Kano is the oldest and second largest commercial centre in Nigeria. The city’s market got burnt but no one commiserated with them let alone gave them any support from the Buhari-led federal government. Truly, this is not the Buhari we knew.
Almost three years into this administration’s tenure, many, indeed most parastatals are still being run by those appointed by the last administration. No less a person than Col Hameed Ali, the CG of Customs had to say recently that 50 percent of Buhari’s government is PDP. Boards are yet to be constituted for almost all the federal agencies. Is it that the President doesn’t know or doesn’t care? For over two years even ambassadors to various countries are just reporting. What does it take to make appointments in Nigeria, a country that is full of talents across virtually local government in the country? Really, this is not the Buhari we knew.
President Buhari swore to an Oath of Office holding the Qur’an “to do good to all manner of people, without fear or favour, affection or ill will”. Two years on, the Lagos-Ibadan expressway is the best road in Africa while the Abuja-Kano expressway built by President Babangida thirty years ago is still a death trap even though one minister collected N1.8 billion to “repair” the Abuja-Kaduna segment when the Abuja Airport runway was being repaired. Buhari has identified those he appears to favour and he has chosen those he cannot sack, apparently because he fears them, all contrary to his oath of office. This is not the Buhari we knew.
As a General who served in one of the most national of institutions, the Nigerian Army, we expected Buhari to create a national platform where every section of Nigeria will feel a sense of belonging. Instead, this is one of the most exclusive governments in the history of Nigeria. From Jigawa state, for instance, virtually every appointee is from Kazaure – INEC National Commissioner; DG, NYSC; SCOP; Ambassador; and Minister are all from that single town. Is the President not aware of this? This is not the Buhari we knew.
Buhari came with a pan-Nigeria mandate enjoying enormous goodwill across Nigeria and indeed around the world. From that national, in fact international pedestal, Buhari’s constituency is now the two to five people who appear to exclusively have his ears. The party is aggrieved; chieftains like Tinubu are alienated; the National Assembly is feeling side- lined; in fact everyone is feeling marginalized. His government is a disappointment to Nigerians; a disgrace to those who insisted on him, particularly northerners; and indeed a disaster to the Africans who saw in him a hope which has now been dashed. This is not the Buhari we knew.
The wife of the President had reason to complain in public about the cabal that caged her husband; many well-meaning individuals both high and low have been complaining too. The verdict is that President Buhari is surrounded by very bad people who are destroying him, his government and even the country he loves so much. Is it that the President does not know or is not listening? We really love Buhari and we want him to succeed. That is why we have to complain loudly, before it is too late so that he can take necessary actions immediately. The verdict of history awaits him and he should know that. After all, history is on the side of the oppressed.
  • Agba

    Buhari is brain dead,and handed Nigeria to ABBA KYARI to rule,Nigeria is in COMA right now.stealing here and there Under this apc govt.

    • vic

      you can say that again a million times and yet that will not be enough.

  • Auta62

    We need more Lamentations from those who brought the disaster called Buhari to governance. By so doing they would free themselves of self imposed opinion on a man they saw as their ‘messiah’

    • vic

      sadly, i am one of them.

      i thought buhari would be a honest and a clean man. what a pity, he turned out to be otherwise. buhari deceived poor masses of nigeria. because of this, buhari has already gone to hell.

      it is a great lesson for us all not to put an old decadent deadwood dumb at the helm of affairs of nigeria.

      • Bakanridi

        Point of correction. I have being following your posts, you have never been Buhari’s lover. You are free to air your views and opinions, but do it honestly without being mischievous.

        • vic

          i am not a politician nor do i belong to any political party. in fact, i so much trusted and believed in buhari that i voted for him and supported in 2015 elections but truly speaking i am totally disgusted with him, the way he has treated poor masses of nigeria, workers and country’s old age pensioners after he became president of nigeria.

          truly speaking, buhari is not a man of word, no honour, no character and no promise. i am being very honest and truthful in my comments on buhari. in a nutshell, buhari is a cold-blooded beast of no conscience, whatever. for a majority of well-meaning nigerians, buhari is already dead and buried. since his arrival, he has turned the aso rock, the government treasury and the central bank of nigeria as his personal property. most nigerians do not trust buhari and have no respect for him. trust me, if there were elections today, buhari will disgrace himself woefully and will be beaten badly. this old sick man has destroyed nigeria and its economy and is unfit to rule nigeria. for now, i cannot say honestly if there is a single leader in nigeria, who is not a mega looter leaving us with little or no choice. buhari is a hypocrite , a lair, a cheater and and a deceiver. he is the man who can desert his mother if his own life is in danger. buhari does not love himself, which is a necessary condition if he is to love others. buhari is a mockery and a disgrace to himself and nigeria.

  • vic

    IT IS NOT SURPRISING GIVEN THAT WE HAVE ILLITERATE BUHARI LEADING THE GOVERNMENT.

    BUHARI IS A OLD RUSTED MAN WITH SERIOUS DEMENTIA AND MEMORY PROBLEMS. SOME PEOPLE HAVE EVEN CALLED HIM A MAN WITH DEAD BRAIN.

    WHAT CAN NIGERIA EXPECT FROM SUCH A DEMENTED LEADER. BUHARI’S CABAL IS ALWAYS BAMBOOZLING AND CONFUSING HIM. ASO ROCK HAS BEEN REDUCED TO A DEN OF THIEVES AND LOOTERS.

    BUHARI IS A CURSE TO NIGERIA AND NIGERIANS. IN FACT, FOR A MAJORITY OF NIGERIANS BUHARI DOES NOT EXIST AND IS DEAD AND BURIED LONG AGO. HIS BODY IS NOW RESTING IN PIECES.

  • vic

    BUHARI HAS THE BLOOD ON HIS HANDS OF TENS OF THOUSANDS OF INNOCENT NIGERIANS BEING SLAUGHTERED, KILLED AND KIDNAPPED EACH DAY. AS A COMMANDER-IN-THIEF OF THE NATION BUHARI HAS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF PROTECTING LIVES AND PROPERTIES OF ALL NIGERIANS.

    THIS MAN, CALLED BUHARI SHOULD BE DRAGGED OUT FROM ASO ROCK AND HANGED UPSIDE DOWN. THIS DIABOLICAL SATAN CARRIES THE BRAIN OF AN ANIMAL.

  • vic

    BUHARI CAME INTO POWER FOR TWO MAIN REASONS.

    1. TO LOOT EN MASS THE OIL MONEY WHICH IS A SWEET HONEY FOR HIM.

    2. TO SEEK PROLONGED MEDICAL TREATMENT FROM THE BEST LONDON HOSPITALS AT THE STATE EXPENSE FROM A DISEASE HE SUFFERED BEFORE HE CAME INTO OFFICE.

    BUHARI KNEW THAT HE COULD ONLY AFFORD THAT TREATMENT THROUGH HIS PRESIDENTIAL PERKS. IF BUHARI WAS NOT PRESIDENT THERE WAS NO CHANCE THAT HE COULD AFFORD THAT TREATMENT AND SURVIVE UP TO THIS DAY. BUHARI WOULD HAVE DIED LONG AGO.

    BUHARI IS A MAN WHO CARES TWO HOOTS WHETHER NIGERIANS LIVE OR DIE. FOR THIS REASON, THERE IS NO WAY, NIGERIANS WILL EVER AGAIN VOTE FOR BUHARI. BUHARI IS SELFISH TWIT WHO CAN SELL HIS MOTHER FOR SELFISH REASONS.

    NEVER AGAIN BUHARI.

  • vic

    MR WRITER YOUR ARTICLE IS ONLY BEING READ BY BUHARI’S CABAL AND NOT BY BUHARI. SO YOUR ADVICE/CRITICISM OF BUHARI IS NULL AND VOID. BUHARI IS DUMB AND BRAIN DEAD. EXPECT NOTHING FROM HIM.

    TRY SOME OTHER WAY.

    GOOD LUCK

  • AAGachi

    In as much I criticise this gov in some areas, I still remain grateful to God that this gov has done well in other areas and that my preference of it over the previous one is unshaken

    • abodes_124

      Actually since Jibrin took over there have been a few noticeable changes – the instant ‘sacking’ of Maina, the sacking of the SGF and the response to the Niger Delta Avenger threat . Jibrin may yet salvage his image at this late hour

      • AAGachi

        I don’t know who Jibril is, but I know there is some improvement in security, fighting corruption and loot recovering and agriculture…

        • abodes_124

          Jibrin is Buhari’s lookalike who is standing in for him. He is said to be from Sudan. I was taking it as a joke until I compared recent pictures of Buharis face with past ones. Uncanny . Try it.

  • abodes_124

    I can say proudly that the way Buhari has acted and behaved is just as i expected, feared and warned from the when he was running for the presidency.

  • Bitrus Ajang

    Please let us realise that there is a marked difference between the Head of the Military Government, Maj Gen M Buhari and His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, the Executive President of Nigeria. As a military leader, he had the support of all the Supreme Military Council members and the state governors. Once an issue arises, all he need to do is issue directives and all will rally round and find a solution. All the executive members and the governors support him 100%. But what do we have here? majority of the people in government are working against him while others are praying he should fail. The man Buhari is here to fight corruption while almost every other person in government is looking for a loop hole to steal. Under this arrangement, how can he succeed?