Last week, during a retreat to assess his stewardship, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari took to the podium to declare that his administration has made progress in all fronts to improve the quality of life of his country men and women and set the citizens on the path to prosperity. Apart from promising to ensure equitable distribution of the nation’s wealth and close the gap between different classes, he committed to lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next ten years. He, however, did not explain how he intends to achieve this. Speaking further, he commended his administration for addressing insecurity and insurgency through innovative approaches through rehabilitating and re-integrating repentant terrorists into the society. Seemingly triumphant, he highlighted the efforts of his administration to build strong institutional capacities to fight against corruption and urged his appointees to defend his government by going on the offensive to package information better.
However it appears that many Nigerians do not believe their President. They rather feel the opposite – that things have actually gone from bad to worse, under Buhari’s watch. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo expressed such sentiments saying he was embarrassed by how President Buhari is running the country, insisting that Africa’s most populous nation may be moving towards becoming a failed state. The former President openly accused the current administration of mismanaging diversity by allowing disappearing old fault lines to reopen in greater fissures with drum of bitterness, separation and disintegration. He is not alone. Even within the President’s own party, many people who worked for his victory now complain that the mission that brought them to power might have been willingly betrayed.
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