Buhari 2019: The Daring Face of Incompetence
By Tom FredFish |
President Mohammadu Buhari has finally declared his intention to run for a second term in 2019 after series of speculations and controversies.
According to his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, who broke the news, “President Buhari made the declaration at a closed-door meeting of the National Executive Committee of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Meeting”.
Continuing, Garba said that “the president said he was responding to the clamour by Nigerians to recontest in 2019, adding that he wanted to give NEC the honour to notify them first.”
This has put to an end speculations in many quarters if the president would heed to calls by prominent Nigerians not to contest due to his dismal performance in office.
Before now, a microscopic few had registered their displeasure over the poor performance of president Buhari since he assumed office in low tones, former president Olusegun Obasanjo set the tone for loud criticism. ln a 13-paged article on the state of the nation in January 2018, Obasanjo advised president Buhari not to seek reelection due to what he described as “the lice of poor performance in government – poverty, insecurity, poor economic management, nepotism, gross dereliction of duty, condonation of misdeed – if not outright encouragement of it, lack of progress and hope for the future, lack of national cohesion and poor management of internal political dynamics and widening inequality.”
He noted that president Buhari cannot give what he doesn’t have as the economy does not obey military order, accusing the president of not dealing adequately with matters of urgent importance such as insurgency, corruption, Fulani herdsmen/farmers crisis amongst others, concluding that “we must not continue to reinforce failure and hope that all will be well. It is self-deceit and self-defeat and another aspect of folly” thus the president should retire to his home and take a deserved rest.
Following Obasanjo closely was former military dictator. Ibrahim Babangida who admonished president Buhari for allowing the flow of blood and neglecting the vices that preserves Nigeria’s diversify stating that “in 2019 and beyond, we should come to a national consensus that we need new breed leadership with requisite capacity to manage our diversities and jump-start a process of launching the country on the super highway of technology-driven leadership in line with the dynamics of modern governance. It is short of saying enough of this analogue system. Let’s give way for digital leadership orientation with all the trappings of consultative, constructive, communicative, interactive and utility-driven approach where everyone has a role to play in the process of enthroning accountability and transparency in governance” therefore, the president should leave the stage for younger generations of leaders.
The statement by both leaders opened the flood of criticisms of the APC government and policies.
The president who replied Obj and IBB through the Minister of Information and Culture said that “we believe that Chief Obasanjo, because of his very busy schedule, may not have been fully availed of developments in the government’s efforts to revamp the economy, which was battered by the consequences of over-dependence on a commodity as well as unprecedented pillaging of the treasury. Today, most of the indices by which an economy is measured are looking up” as the three key issues that formed the plank of Buhari’s campaign: fighting corruption and tackling insurgency are on course.
Notwithstanding the Minister’s response which came with a long list of Buharis achievements, Northern leader totally disagreed with him.
Leading the North were the Arewa Consultative Forum, the Northern Elders’ Forum and 16 other leading groups in the northern region, who passed a vote of no confidence in politicians of northern extraction, saying most of them had failed especially president Buhari.
They made the declaration at the end of a Summit of northern groups held at the residence of the late Premier of the defunct Northern Region, Sir Ahmadu Bello, in Arewa House, Kaduna.
They stated that, “No northern politician should expect to be voted for in the next general elections unless they demonstrate a willingness to champion a massive assault on poverty and underdevelopment in the North. Most political office holders from the North are hereby served a notice that they have failed the test to lead the region towards economic recovery and growth hence they will not get the support of the groups.
With the declaration of president Buhari to via for a second term, the call for him to retire has been put to rest but not forever. Many opined that Buhari’s declaration was not unexpected judging by the fact that recontesting is his inalienable right while others see his contest as a prelude to more waste of human if Buhari should lose the election due to his cult-like followers and bloodthirsty antecedence.
The irony of Mr. President’s declaration is that Nigerians from all works of life has before now condemned the Buhari-led administration saying that the president has nothing to offer Nigerians if reelected especially with his very low performance in three years – contesting in 2019 is a grave error that will lead the president to political sobriety (read):
For Mrs. Rosemary Emurotu, a resident of Ugheli who spoke to Vanguard Newspaper “We do not need a spiritualist to even tell a blind man in the country today that things are really difficult for everyone. Whether those in government feel it as we do is what I cannot tell because things are really tough right now”.
As millions of Nigerians recount their traumatic ordeals in the hands of the APC administration, progressive minded people agree that the declaration of president Buhari to seek election in 2019 will be a systemic and strategic failure lurking in his face. Others are in unison that the president will loose the election landslide to any other but Buhari (aobb), analysts view the president’s intention as daring Nigerians with a bold face of incompetence.
All are agreed that Buhari will lose in 2019.
…FredFish is a Public Affairs Analyst