It’s been more than a month since President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria was sworn into office for his second and last term, and just as it happened in 2015, he is taking months again to form a cabinet with men and women of impeccable integrity he often fails to find.
His slow pace at tackling pressing issues in Nigeria, including the sluggish economy and the deadly Boko Haram insurgency as well as wide spread banditry across Africa’s most populous nation has earned him the sobriquet “Baba go slow”.
The last time, Mr. Buhari’s deputy, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, claimed that the President was searching for a “new tribe” of incorruptible Nigerians.
However, when the cabinet was formed after months of searches, it was the same old faces, men and women accused of corruption or of questionable characters.
On Tuesday, Mr. Buhari asked Nigerians to move past the 2019 elections still being challenged by former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.
He said Nigerians had spoken and the results of 2019 elections clearly reflect the interest of Nigerians, and having received the mandate for a second term, he will not disappoint the people.
President Buhari spoke when he received the Buhari Support Group Centre led by the Director General, Alhaji Umaru Dembo, at the State House in Abuja, according to a statement his office sent to TODAY NEWS AFRICA USA in Washington D.C..
He said his administration will serve honestly and genuinely with a focus on unleashing the human and natural potentials of the country for growth.
“The 2019 elections are behind us. Nigerians have spoken, and they have spoken loudly in our favour. It is now time to serve them, and serve well. We will not fail.
“We will serve honestly, genuinely, and with our heart and might. Our country has oscillated for too long at the level of promises and potentials. It is now time to explore and exploit the potentials for the good of all Nigerians, particularly the ordinary people. It shall be accomplished,’’ he said, according to the statement.
The President commended members of the Buhari Support Group Centre for their steadfastness, assuring them of inclusiveness in pursuing the goal of good governance for the country.
“This group is composed of people who have identified with me since I threw my political hat into the ring in 2002. And they have stood with me through thick and thin, abiding with me in the electoral and legal processes of 2003, 2007, 2011, till God gave us victory in 2015, and also 2019.
“Many more people joined us along the line, and the Centre expands by the day. I salute your faithfulness, your persistency, and your ruggedness. It never ceases to amaze me that you have kept faith, even when I have not given you much, or even anything, in return,’’ he added.
President Buhari said the group’s interest in the growth and development of the country through good and honest governance, and not personal gains or interests, will be remembered by posterity.
In his remarks, the Director General of the Centre assured the President of the continuous support of members for the actualisation of his mandate for Nigerians, noting that the Centre had already started work on institutionalising the philosophy of “Buharism’’.
He said the Buhari Support Group Centre will be renamed Buharism Centre in order to share the political vision and philosophy of President Buhari.
Born in a small village in Cameroon, groomed in Nigeria's most populous city of Lagos, and now in Washington D.C. to practice journalism at a global level, Simon is an investigative journalist and publisher of TODAY NEWS AFRICA, USA based in Washington DC