Dissecting The Reactions Trailing President Buhari’s Declaration For Second Term, By AbdulRahman Agboola
Haste has certainly created some level of aversion against the personality of President Muhammadu Buhari, whose leading appointees managing the anti-corruption crusade and economy, have not exhibited extra ordinary brilliance to engage in aversion therapy required at this era to bring people to terms with the hindrances against their responsibilities which has slowed than the gains expected by the masses.
An appraisal of the mixed reactions trailing the declaration of President Muhammadu Buhari to seek re-election revealed apathy among previous volunteers and well-meaning Nigerians that aided his victory at the 2015 Presidential Election.
Notable among them are already mobilizing against the declaration, this situation must be properly addressed and corrected, using extrasensory perception in order for the ruling party not to lose to opportunity to consolidate on the templates for a better Nigeria designed by this administration as reflected in the roadmap for development newly designed as a response to the challenges confronting the administration.
That many young people are unfamiliar with fine herbes makes it difficult to be promoted in the modern world, its bitterness is discouraging but the benefits are greater than sweeter pills. Manufacturers and farmers invest strong energies, techniques and time to make a produce, but the end users only consider the usage especially when affordable, not minding that it underwent processes before the consumption stage.
One had not thought of the exigency to canvass Nigerians who felt as though to be on the threshold to new lives after the last general elections, to consider that making everlasting positive changes in Nigeria is highly tasking, considering the long era of rot and systemic failure inherited by President Muhammadu Buhari, but the understanding of the difficulties encountered by this administration to make positive changes imperative commands canvassing the populace to repose their confidence in President Muhammadu Buhari to take Nigeria to greater heights soonest.
It is a known fact that productions are subjective to raw materials, shortage or inadequacies usually lead to depression for manufacturers. In the same manner, natural tendencies like rain, heat, humidity and soil fertility affects farm produce and this could lead to anxiety and austerity as the case may be. Even reproduction takes certain duration before delivery and it requires patience to watch a child grow into maturity. Comparing these to governance in Nigeria, the mindsets of instant effectiveness of the change mantra in the polity to translate to immediate economic boom has portrayed Mr. President as not doing enough to fulfill his electoral promises to the populace.
In the essay of James Fallow of the Atlantic Magazine in his master piece titled -How the World Works, he appraised “Automatic growth versus deliberate development” from the Anglo-American approach that emphasizes the unpredictability of economics considering changes in technologies, tastes, political and human circumstances. He expressed, life is so fluid, and hence attempts at central planning are virtually doomed to fail. The best way to “plan,” therefore is to leave the adaptation to the people who have their own money at stake, that if each individual does what is best for him or her, the result will be what is best for the nation as a whole.
He further stated that; just as seeds blown by chance by the wind may sometimes grow into big trees, the growth of industries is a process that may take hundreds of years to complete and one should not ascribe to sheer chance what a nation has achieved through its laws and institutions.
Aligning with James Fallow, the unpleasant circumstances that abound in our polity in Nigeria today is a reflection of what our Country has achieved through our laws and institutions over the years, namely: corruption, impunity and disorderliness, which are the albatross on the neck of President Muhammadu Buhari since his assumption of office in 2015. In the build up to the 2015 Presidential Election, Mr. President was tagged a dictator unfit to lead a democratic Country, this blackmail he successfully defeated with his strong inclinations with the rules of law, a situation that allowed his detractors to compromise the change mantra at the expense of masses’ collective goods.
It has been a tug of war between President Muhammadu Buhari and beneficiaries of the era of decadence sabotaging all efforts of this administration in the bid to strengthen laws and institutions to combat corruption, impunity and disorderliness.
The National Assembly is being headed by Mr President’s fellow party man, but the assembly is populated with self-serving individuals whose interest in the protection of looted resources in their possession endeared them to use the hallow chamber to undermine the capacity of anti-corruption and other security agencies. The lacklustre performance of EFCC in particular arose from the depression created by the Senate when members were subjected to probity.
The National Assembly comprises of representatives of electorates across our national divides and many among Nigerians with vociferous voices have affinities with them and often lean on their purses to make ends meet, a horrible situation which has paved way for defense of their benefactors, not minding the implications on the polity.
Going by extrapolation, the burden being suffered by Nigerians are products of failure of State Governments over the years to manage resources accrued to them in the best interest of their subjects. It is a known fact that the Federal Government allocations to States were mismanaged in previous era to a tune where salaries were owed with degradation as the Governors subjected Civil Servants in particular to degrading situations until the present administration offered bailout funds to reduce the burden.
Many State Governors today inherited strong liabilities from their successors who are leading members of this 8th Senate, Nigerians have not deem it necessary to vent their angers against those leading figures who have made life unbearable for the masses over the years, but could easily rub all the blames on President Muhammadu Buhari who has selflessly ensured that the dignity of labour must be sacrosanct despite frustrations by those whom we expected to have repented or bury their heads in shame for the comatose state of our economy.
Economic recession occurred in Nigeria due to poor planning of the economy over the years, getting out of this mess can be eased by improving our gross domestic products, proper diversification of the economy and solving inflation palaver. This is a national emergency that can only occur if the masses are ready to sacrifice their unholy alliance with corrupt politicians and business moguls who are their benefactors, until this is achieved, every successive government will continue to be ineffectual in handling economic matters.
There is no doubt that there are many qualified Nigerians that can lead the Country, but leading the Country to greatness again is the key word. There is yet to be a specific wake of sound ideologies among the political parties, we already witnessed 16 years of ignoble rule by the Peoples’ Democratic Party led Federal Government of which notable among their offshoot accidentally in the present administration already caused havoc to the present administration and responsible for the difficulties encountered by the ruling party to implement the manifestos that endeared Nigerians to the much touted “Change Mantra in 2015”.
The travails of the present administration is already separating the chaff from the wheat as most of the political demagogues that belonged to the bedeviled Peoples’ Democratic Party have shown leopard spots and are already overtly or covertly seeking solace in other platforms in their bid to exonerate themselves from the inadequacies of the ruling All Progressive Congress.
Due to systemic rot and avalanche of opportunities offered to leading members of the PDP in the Senate majorly acknowledged of being in possession of looted resources and protecting the interest of their co-looters using the influence of the Senate as a reward holding on to the leadership of the National Assembly in proxy has undermined the anti-corruption fight as they achieved leeway through politics of patronage during the power play that produced the current leadership of the National Assembly.
The recent pronouncement of party primaries and national convention is a channel to strengthen and reposition APC to evaluate the strength, weakness, opportunities and threat as President Muhammadu Buhari seeks a re-election bid.
Out of 70, 383, 427 registered voters in 2015, less than 30 million votes were casted and a winner emerged with less than 3 million votes margin in a Country with over 180 million population. It means the election is unpredictable as the aggrieved citizens are seriously being romanced by the defeated PDP, but if the ruling party succeeds in appealing to their disenchanted supporters, Mr President will coast home to victory at the 2019 polls considering the emergence of third, fourth and fifth forces as the case may be.
That the beneficiaries of former Presidents and those wishing for continuity of disorderliness in the polity are condemning the declaration for renewal of mandate by President Muhammadu Buhari is just an indication that we still don’t respect the liberties granted to citizens by the Constitution, the people can decide to protect their future by considering a review of impediments mitigating against the President’s resolve to promptly provide solutions to economic and security crisis tearing the Country apart or mar the future by throwing the baby away with the bath water just to score political point of self-correctness.
Nigerians must rise in defense of their President, though with caution and strict warning to immediately fire those appointees misrepresenting his good intentions, in order to regain the absolute confidence of his backers among the populace. The level of anxiety in the Country today must equally be reviewed in such a way to assure Nigerians of better life in no distant future.
The Youth in particular must be properly carried along in the build up to the 2019 general election to repeat the magic wand of 2015 again. It won’t be wise if Nigerians return to their vomits but Mr. President must help himself by presenting himself as the best choice again.
National Youth Council of Nigeria
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