President Muhammadu Buhari took oath of office as Nigeria’s civilian leader 29th May, 2015 after his fourth trial. All seems not working under his government, with visible flaws in major sectors of the economy.
President Buhari has only on few occasions taken responsibility for these wrongs, but consistent in apportioning blames for these failures.
Here is a look at some of the times the President has done so.
1. In June 2015, President Buhari blamed the outgoing government of former President Goodluck Jonathan for delaying new ministerial appointments:
“I agreed with former President Jonathan that the ministers of the outgoing government should hand over their notes or their documents to this interim committee so that a position can be prepared for the new government to start from with clear records from ministers but unfortunately, the outgoing government did not cooperate.”
2. In August 2015, the President blamed all the past administrations from 1985 from Gen. Ibrahim Babangida’s to President Goodluck Jonathan’s for:
“Allowing the infrastructure in the energy sector to collapse so that their cronies can steal by bringing in refined products from overseas.”
3. November 2015, at a dinner of Commonwealth Heads of Government with Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, President Buhari blamed the fall of the late Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi for the terrorist attacks in Nigeria and the entire Sahel region:
“We have agreed to a joint task-force for the elimination of Boko Haram, but it may not be easy, especially after the events in Libya when trained people with weapons moved back to Sahel region from where they were recruited by the former Libyan leader.”
4. In December 2015, the President remarked:
“We uncovered that billions of naira and hundreds of millions of dollars were expended by the previous government to acquire good equipment and ammunition so that the military can use, but unfortunately, there was abuse of trust at various levels that cost Nigeria a lot of lives and goodwill.”
5. In a BBC interview in February 2016, President Buhari blamed the ‘death’ of the Naira on former military President Ibrahim Babangida’s Structural Adjustment Programme (SAP):
“I went through the devalue in 1984; its SAP that killed the naira, I have asked the governor of Central Bank and others to sit and see if they can convince me to murder the naira.”
6. In March 2016, President pinned terrorist sect Boko Haram’s activities on telecoms company, MTN’s inability to disconnect unregistered users:
“You know how the unregistered GSM are being used by terrorists…that was why the NCC asked the MTN, Glo and the rest of them to register GSM.
“Unfortunately, MTN was very slow and contributed to the casualties.
“That was why NCC looked at its regulations and imposed that fine on them.”
7. In April 2016, President Muhammadu Buhari held PDP’s 16 years rule responsible for the poor state of the Nigerian economy.
He said there was an all-time rise of crude oil prices at $100 per barrel but the PDP failed to put that to good use:
“We showed a lot of indiscipline in managing our economy and that is why we are where we are today but this time around, we’ll do our best.”
8. May 2016, President Buhari blamed the international community for not paying attention when corrupt Nigerians stashed stolen funds in bank accounts abroad:
“When it comes to tackling corruption, the international community has looked away for too long. We need to step up and tackle this evil together.”
9. In June 2016, the incompetence of the most recent past administration was yet again blamed for turning the country into a mono economy:
“We refused to save for the rainy day, now the rain is beating us. No money, no savings, nothing.
“And we are thoroughly wet from the rains.”
10. In July 2016, the presidency attributed the slow implementation of the 2016 budget to the crisis in the Niger Delta, saying that the economy has been largely affected:
“The budget has been passed, the intention is to implement it as much as possible but then the circumstances are making it difficult because projections are not being met because of what is happening in the Niger Delta.”
11. In August 2016, the presidency said the selfish acts of some government and military officials caused Nigeria thousands of lives, extended the reign of terror and strengthened terrorist’s hold on some 27 local government areas in the country at a time.
12. In his Sallah message on last Sunday, President Buhari’s had another blame-riddled speech for Nigerians:
“This present recession is as a result of cumulative effects of worldwide economic downturn and failure in the past to plan and save for difficult times.
“It is impossible to separate the present from the past to appreciate the extent to which mistakes of the past are affecting everyday life today.
By George Kerley