The Buhari administration has been the butt of jokes in the social media in recent weeks. The administration has been blamed for everything from the increase in dollars, economic recession and soon will be blamed for the partial eclipse experienced recently.
Even yesterday’s men who ordinary should be in jail or covering their heads in shame have suddenly turned experts on the economy, forgetting they contributed greatly to the present economic mess. It is pertinent to note that economic recession does not happen overnight. Years of bad policies, lack of saving and planning and looting of national treasury are some of the factors that have triggered the recession.
In a country where most people have amnesia, some Nigerians are beginning to look at the past looters of the treasury as saints. Even some members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who are still engulfed in corruption trials and still struggling to shed their Jekyll and Hyde mentality have suddenly remembered how to play the opposition.
Not known for subtlety or political correctness, President Muhammadu Buhari has a reputation for being blunt- saying it as it is, not minding whose ox is gored- a rare trait you would thing of expecting from a politician. In politics that is not an option, but Buhari has never pretended to be a politician; rather a born again democrat would have been a more appropriate description.
During the fantastically corrupt comment saga involving former UK Prime minister, David Cameron, when Buhari was asked if Nigeria was corrupt, as a matter of fact, he simply said, yes. I can give several examples where subtlety was required and the president just bared his mind.
The Presidency has been accused severally of blaming the past administrations for its failures and it is beginning to sound like a broken record but that has not deterred the President from still taking shots at the PDP administration. During the week, at the peak of the Sallah celebrations at his home town in Daura, Buhari fired another shot at PDP.
He said, “I want Nigerians to realise that what this government inherited after 16 years of the PDP government was no savings, no infrastructure, no power, no rail, no road and no security. Nigerians can see what we have done on Boko Haram and what we are doing to resolve the problem in the Niger Delta”.
Recall that some prominent Nigerians have called on the President to dialogue with the Biafra agitators. But for the President, discussing any issue that has to do with Nigeria’s unity is a no go area.
President Buhari has severally reiterated that Nigeria’s unity is not negotiable. He also re-echoed the same sentiment during the Sallah celebrations when he received over 100 National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members serving in Daura local government area, in his residence.
Speaking specifically to corps members from the South Eastern states, the President said, “Tell your colleagues who want Biafra to forget about it. As a military commander, I walked from Degem, a border town between the north and the east, to the border between Cameroon and Nigeria.
“I walked on my foot for most of the 30 months that we fought the Nigeria-Biafra civil war, in which at least two million Nigerians were killed. We were made by our leaders to go and fight Biafra not because of money or oil- oil was not critical factor then- but because of one Nigeria. So, if leaderships at various levels failed, it was not the fault of the rest of Nigerians who have no quarrel with one another.
“So, please tell your colleagues that we must be together to build this country. It is big enough for us and potentially big enough in terms of resources. Those who work hard will earn a respectable living. I have seen this country, I fought for this country and I will continue to work for the unity of this country”.