By Kenneth Uwasomba: 08060932883
I wouldn’t want to sound disrespectful, but President Muhammadu Buhari’s National Broadcast last week, on the nation’s sixty years anniversary was hollow – a mere rhetorical statement. He didn’t and could not have convinced Nigerians of his commitment and determination to sustain the corporate existence of the country.
The president failed to tell Nigerians how he intends to tackle and surmount the myriad of problems confronting the nation in all sectors – the wide-spread poverty, for which it has been described as the world’s poverty capital; the daily slaughtering of innocent citizens by his ethnic Fulani herdsmen, the gradual destruction of the country, particularly in the North by the terrorist group – Boko Haram, the infrastructural decay across the country, its poor health and educational facilities, among others, as the highest moral duty of any responsible government is to do good for its Citizens.
Under the president’s watch, the country’s fortunes have continued to nosedive, I mean to an unprecedented level, life is no longer sacred and precious, yet he and his security Chiefs appear not to have any clue on how to stop the trend.
I have every reason to doubt the* president’s sincerity, and I believe that at the back of his mind, he may be mocking Nigerians on his claim to sustaining a democratic culture that leaves power in the hands of the people; supporting the enthronement of the rule of law, and demanding accountability of elected representatives and appointed political officeholders. For me, this is mere lip-service.
Corruption is at its highest point, even when it is a cardinal project claimed by his administration. At no time had the judiciary been more compromised than now, and no other administration has promoted nepotism and ethnicity more than this. No president before him has had the stereotype of thinking of himself as coming from a particular ethnic group before seeing himself as a Nigerian than President Buhari. So, who is deceiving who? How can he claim to have increased his commitment to peaceful co-existence in a peaceful, secured and united Nigeria when its citizens are daily slaughtered for no just cause. As was pointed out in an interview by Mazi Chuks Ibegbu, the National Publicity Secretary of Ohaneze Ndigbo. “this is Sixty years of sorrow, Sixty years of hunger; Sixty years of tears. It is not a sign of independence”, he stressed.
After five years in office, one would have expected the president to be focused on providing governance to Nigerians instead of constantly casting aspersions and accusations on his predecessors. In spite of his claimed disproportionate spending on Security, the questions that beg for answers are: If indeed, so much had been spent on security, why is there so much insecurity in the land; why is the entire Northern region under siege of Boko Haram, why has the group not been defeated; why is the conflicts between the herdsmen and farmers not yet curbed; are there no competent intelligence officers to monitor and proffer solution on how lives and properties of the citizens should be protected, and many more.
He cannot be considered as being serious to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years, with the level of insecurity thriving in the country.
However, he still has the opportunity, with his remaining years in office to write his name in letters of gold, if and only if, he will change his style of governance – putting round pegs in round holes; seeing himself just as a Nigerian before a Northern and provide equal opportunities for all, irrespective of ethnic, religious and political inclinations and ensuring that the letters of the constitution which he swore to, are upheld, for it must be admitted that he is not entirely responsible for the woes that had befallen the nation.