Nigerians can’t wait to see Buhari go

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If Buhari is sincere, rather than waiting another 10 months pretending to do a job he is far from doing, he should resign and leave. He need not wait until May 29, 2023. He will do a lot of good for himself and indeed for long-suffering Nigerians because with him still in power things will only get more complicated at the moment. Nigeria for Nigerians.

By Ikechukwu Amaechi

President Muhammadu Buhari finally admitted he was overwhelmed with the job he was dreaming of and crying for. But Nigerians came to this conclusion long before him. After patiently waiting, albeit in vain, for the president to deliver on his 2014 campaign promises, beleaguered Nigerians who still wonder how they got ripped off seven years ago, however, have moved on.

They no longer place any stock on its ability to do the job. Even members of his party – All Progressives Congress (APC) – are too ashamed of the mess Buhari has made of governance.

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So when the president jokes that he can’t wait to go as he did on Monday when he received APC governors, lawmakers and political leaders at his residence in Daura, Katsina State, he must be told that the feeling is mutual, Nigerians are more impatient. They can’t wait to see his back to Aso Rock.

” I can not wait to go there. I can tell you it was hard. I am grateful to God that people appreciate the personal sacrifices we have made. I wish the best to the person who comes after me,” Buhari said.

Of course, whoever succeeds Buhari needs all the prayers as the damage is massive, but it seemed ridiculous to hear him lamenting the phantom toll that official duties had imposed on him.

When he talks about his personal sacrifices to lead the country, it smacks of entitlement. Pride is unbearable. Buhari thinks he is doing Nigerians a favor as president when he is not.

But if he is now eager to go, Nigerians are even more fervent in this desire. In fact, for the average Nigerian, the best time for the president to leave was yesterday.

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It is hard to imagine those who he says appreciate his so-called personal sacrifices, but truth be told, Nigerians will not miss him because even if he leaves today, Buhari will leave the country in a precarious situation. much worse than when he took office on May 29, 2015.

If Buhari is sincere, rather than waiting another 10 months pretending to do a job he is far from doing, he should resign and leave. He need not wait until May 29, 2023. He will do a lot of good for himself and indeed for long-suffering Nigerians because with him still in power things will only get more complicated at the moment. Nigeria for Nigerians.

His ineffective leadership, even on issues where he should have a comparative advantage like security, given his military background, is scandalous to say the least.

Take for example the audacious attack on the Kuje medium security detention center in Abuja on the penultimate Tuesday by dozens of armed terrorists and the President’s response.

The Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria pretended to be shocked by both the scale and the audacity of the attack.

And what did he do? Nothing, except asking rhetorical questions. “How did the prison defenses fail to prevent the attack? How many inmates were there in the facility? How many of them can you count? How many staff did you have on duty? How many of them were armed? Were there guards on the watchtower? What did they do? Does CCTV work? »

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The reason why the prison defenses failed to prevent the attack is simply the failure of Buhari’s leadership. He should know. Asking this childish question further exposes his ignorance.

After inspecting some of the points impacted by the attack, he expressed his disappointment as follows: “I am disappointed with the intelligence system. How can terrorists get organized, have weapons, attack a security installation and get away with it?” Again, pretending not to know the answer to your own poser is the height of hypocrisy, because that is exactly what terrorists have done across the country under his leadership for the past seven years.

They regularly attack security installations, kill Nigerian soldiers and take away military equipment even as the government continues to lie to citizens, claiming otherwise.

After spending about 30 minutes at the Correctional Center where no less than 450 prisoners, including more than 63 hardened terrorists escaped, Buhari relapsed to his hobby: jumped on the presidential jet to attend the Summit of the International Association (IDA) for Africa in Dakar, Senegal. .

Any other president in the world whose country has been so violently attacked would have canceled this trip, but not Buhari.

His special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, said cutting off the trip would be tantamount to giving in to terrorists.

“The president should go (to Senegal), because there is an international conference for heads of state and presidents; he should attend.

“You should never give in to terrorists. The moment the terrorists start stopping you from doing things, then you might as well give up in surrender. The president should go ahead. Yes, it is an international obligation,” Adesina said even when there is no evidence that Buhari’s presence would add value to the conference. The world wouldn’t have missed him if he wasn’t there.

It is also ridiculous to suggest that junketing all over the world to attend conferences to which the Minister of Foreign Affairs or at most the Vice President, who in any case are more learned and competent than him, are better suited , is proof that we do not hold the white handkerchief to terrorists.

More than a week after this despicable attack, the president, who said he was disappointed with the intelligence failure, did not see fit to punish anyone. He is still waiting for the report of what happened as if he does not know, even when the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP), a notorious terrorist organization, not only claimed responsibility for the attack almost immediately, but also explained why: “Yesterday, Islamic State fighters attacked Kuje prison in Abuja and managed to free dozens of prisoners,” said the agency A ‘maq of the Islamic State in a 38-second video mocking the president, his government and Nigerians.

But by far the worst thing Buhari has done in Nigeria during the seven years of his abysmal stewardship is to deliberately awaken the heretofore dormant primal monsters of religion and ethnicity, thus widening the fault lines that the leaders before him since after the Civil War have worked so hard to fill.

So when Nigerians resent the Muslim-Muslim APC ticket in the 2023 presidential election, it is in protest against the demons Buhari has unleashed on the country. To allow APC presidential candidate Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to get away with the insult of the Muslim-Muslim ticket is to reward Buhari’s transgressions in power.

Those who argue that Tinubu’s indiscretion should be excused on the grounds that ability should trump all other considerations in the leadership recruitment process are either missing the point or are deliberately malicious because the choice of Senator Kashim Shettima, former Governor of Borno State, was not informed. by capacity. It was a decision made purely on the basis of his religion, with the APC leadership coming to the far-fetched conclusion that a Christian running mate cannot win votes from the North even when the presidential candidate from the South is Muslim.

This is the tragic legacy of the Buhari presidency, as the former Secretary to the Federation Government (SGF), Mr. Babachir Lawal, poignantly pointed out in a statement on Tuesday.

With the ruling party parading a cast of “Muslim Candidate for President (Lagos), Muslim Candidate for Vice President (Borno), National Muslim President (Nasarawa), National Muslim Vice President (Borno), Muslim President (Katsina ); Muslim Senate Speaker (Yobe); Muslim Speaker (Lagos); Muslim Vice President (Plateau) etc!” which will challenge Lawal’s chilling conclusion that with the Muslim-Muslim ticket, Tinubu and APC are laying the groundwork of an “Islamic Republic of Nigeria?”

This is Buhari’s heinous legacy. It will get worse in the remaining 10 months, which is why he has to leave now.

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