2019:Buhari Widening The Gulf With Nigerians
By Stephen Ubanna
President Muhammadu Buhari may have played into the hand of former President Olusegun Obasanjo and other political leaders, when he invoked a curse on Nigeria former Political leaders for mismanaging the economy of the country. ”God will Judge Nigeria past Political leaders who squandered the resources of the nation with nothing to show for it: no roads, no electricity or functional rail lines.
Buhari had alluded to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, 16 years of misrule that includes the eight year rule of former President obasanjo when he said that between 1999 and 2014, the country produced 2.2 mbd when the price of a barrel of oil at the international oil market then was at least $100.
Godwin Emefiele, CBN, the governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, may have provided the ammunition for him to say ”God will judge past political leaders for mismanaging the resources of the nation over the years.
”I went to the governor of CBN on assumption of office and asked him how far and he said ” nothing was left apart from debts”. I had reminded him of the revenue generated within the period from the sale of Crude Oil in the United States, Europe and the Asian countries of China and India which he confirmed but disclosed that ”all is gone”.
This is may have forced him to say ” only God will judge this thing”. Many believe that his major target of the attack were former Presidents Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan of the then ruling PDP. Many see the President’s emotional outbursts as a bottled anger against duo, particular obasanjo, over his open letter to him last January on the state of the nation and urging him not to run for the 2019 Presidential election.
It would be recalled that former President Obasanjo was among the power brokers who endorsed Buhari of the All Progressive Congress, APC, which facilitated his victory over the then sitting President Jonathan.
Aware that he has lost the support of Obasanjo for his Presidential bid in,2019, his supporters may have gone back to the drawing board to link the former President with the alleged endorsement of Buhari to run for 2019. The former President may not have the claim funny as he was forced to come out harsher on him. ”He is a failure and unworthy of a second term in 2019”, Obasanjo had said on Wednesday, April 2, 2018.
He stressed that” the mediocre performance of Buhari in the last three years cannot be described as superlative by anybody even by morons”. The former President, who is known for speaking out on national issues when it matters assured Nigerians that he has not endorsed Buhari re-election bid , insisting that he cannot ”endorse failure.
in apparent reaction to his recent visit to the United States on the invitation of Donald Trump, Obasanjo described it as a waste as nothing was achieved from it for the country. ” Buhari bungled another opportunity to self-redeem”, he had said. the visit , he said only succeeded in making mockery of Nigeria as Trump confirmed that the US will continue to reduce purchase of Crude Oil from Nigeria but will export Agricultural products to Nigeria , which the president nodded in approval.
He may have described as an indictment on the Buhari’s government over the directive given to him by Trump to ”stop all the killings taking place in Nigeria by herdsmen”. There is no gain saying the fact that the President had attributed the killings to expatriate herdsmen trained late President Mummar Quadaffi of Libbya, noting that ”no Nigeria is to blame and Buhari cannot do anything to stop it”.
The World Bank may have given a killer punch to Buhari re-election bid when it said that ”unemployment and poverty had increased in the country despite the government’s claim of exit of recession in the economy in 2017. Kemi Adeosun and Udoma Udo Udoma, ministers of Finance and National Planning respectively as well as Emefiele, the CBN, governor could not hesitate in telling the World/IMF, officials, at their various meetings that recession is over in Nigeria, stating that the economy has picked up .
The Brettoon Wood financial institution in its latest report on Nigeria fragile economic recovery” had said that the ”decline in the non-oil and non-Agricultural sectors of the economy had continued as aggregate demand remained weak and private sector credit low. The president may have to convince Nigerians that he is not failure to actualize his 2019 re-election bid. The Christian Association of Nigeria , CAN, may be warming up to participate fully in the 2019 election.
Already, Supo Ayokunle, President, CAN, in his efforts to ensure that the right Candidate would be elected as President of Nigeria in 2019, has urged members across the country on the need for them to fully participate this time around by to trooping out in mass to obtain their voters card with which to play a role in the emergence of new set of political leaders .
Ayokunle may hit the nail on the head when he said that Nigerians need a leader would” guarantee their security and safety”. This is where Buhari may have to do more work as Nigerians may have lost interest in his capability to deal with the notorious armed herdsmen who have been innocent citizens, particular Christians in Benue, Taraba, Adamawa, Plateau, Nasarawa and Zamfara states. the recent killing of two priests in Benue state bear eloquent testimony to nefarious activities of the herdsmen who have no respect for human life.
The killing spree of the armed herdsmen in parts of the country is not different from the killings of the Boko Haram insurgents in adamawa, Borno and Yobe states, their traditional areas of operation. The worry of most people was that Buhari had ridden to promise on the promise to stop the Killings in the north north east within six months in office. He had declared severally that the Islamic Fundamentalists had been technically defeated. But that was how far he could go, as the insurgents had continued to make mockery of the government tight security network in the region to launch attacks.
Only recently, 68 people were killed in twin suicide bombing in a Mosque in Mubi town in Adamawa state. The suicide bomber was said to have detonated explosives at the Mosque during Afternoon Prayers, forcing worshippers to scamper for safety. Indeed, the last time that so many people were killed in an attack blamed on Boko Haram, was in Borno state in in 2016, when at least 90 people were killed in Dalori, at the outskirts of Maiduri, the Capital. The incessant killings in the country may have put the President in a tight corner to convince Nigerians that he can do really do the job.