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From The Archives: Buhari A Ticking Time Bomb – By Femi Aribisala

The Buhari administration is shaping out to be the most incompetent and inconsequential in the history of Nigeria. It is full of sound and fury signifying nothing. 

What exactly was the point of electing a “Mr. Do-Nothing” as president of a country of 170 million people?

After 100 days, it should now be abundantly clear that Buhari is not qualified to be president of 21st century Nigeria. 

The president has neither agenda nor direction. His cardinal objective is apparently the prosecution of Northern hegemony. 

The APC desperately needs to organise an intervention, before Buhari drives the country into the ditch. How can an ethnic champion be expected to lead Nigeria into the future?

After the 2015 election, I predicted on Twitter that when critical decisions are to be taken, Yemi Osinbajo, the token Southerner in Aso Rock, would be sent to go and buy “guguru and epa.” 

This has proved prescient. The vice president was barred from attending a national security briefing on the grounds that he did not have security clearance. 

But who can have more clearance than a man elected by the people? How did Buhari himself get his?

On August 30th, 2015, the vice president was again publicly embarrassed when armed men shut down the Aso Rock Chapel, preventing him from worshipping there.

After shouting myself hoarse, warning Nigerians not to elect Buhari as president, I decided to keep quiet and watch things unfold from the sidelines. 

Fela said about Buhari’s first-coming: “The people wey no sabi dey jubilate, the people wey sabi dey shake their head.”

It is now passed 100 days since Muhammadu Buhari became president and many of my worst fears have been confirmed. 

President Buhari is a ticking time-bomb that might precipitate the disintegration of Nigeria!

PRESIDENTIAL DICTATORSHIP

In the middle of a national economic crisis, the president has been comatose. He made himself the Sole Administrator of Nigeria; a role not envisaged by the Constitution.

These 100 days, Buhari has been the Minister of Finance, the Minister of Petroleum, as well as the Attorney-General. 

He has been the Minister of Education, even though we are yet to see his school-leaving certificate. He alone has been the minister in all the ministries of the federal government.

As a result, the country has ground to a halt. There has been no national direction, no economic policy; no government. 

Only bombastic anti-corruption rhetoric. Not surprisingly, the economy has gone from bad to worse. 

Official reports from the National Bureau of Statistics indicate that while like Nero, Buhari fiddles as Nigeria burns, our GDP has plummeted to 2.35 percent; a 40 percent decline under Buhari.

Job-creation has dropped by 69 percent.

The CBN, in its Monetary Policy Committee Report of August 2015, complained that: “lack of fiscal directives is behind (Nigeria’s) current economic woes.” 

This is a big indictment of the administration. The coming of Buhari has brought about stagnation in domestic and foreign direct investments. 

The stock market has nose-dived, with investors scared away due to uncertainties arising from the government’s indecisiveness in the face of national economic adversity.

ONE-CHANCE PRESIDENCY

It is now clear that Buhari obtained votes from Nigerians during the election through false pretences. 

Contrary to his highfalutin campaign promises, he has not stabilised the international price of oil. Instead, it has fallen drastically from $60 to $40. 

Buhari has not made the naira equal to the dollar. As a matter of fact, it has depreciated considerably under his short watch. 

He has not used his vaunted military experience to defeat Boko Haram. On the contrary, the insurgency has become far more deadly, with over 1,000 innocent Nigerians killed within just three months.

Buhari’s promised free meals for school-children, allowances for discharged Youth Corpers, and 5,000 naira monthly allowance for indigent Nigerians have all turned out to be poppycock. 

He has not even mentioned the coal industry in Enugu, how much more made any moves to revive it. 

His boast to APC governors that he will recover billions of dollars of stolen funds within three months has proved to be hogwash. 

With the election over, he quickly backtracked on Chibok, saying: “We do not know if the Chibok girls can be rescued.”

In my years as a public policy analyst, I have never seen a government anywhere spend its vital first 100 days doing absolutely nothing like this one. 

In defence of the president’s ineptitude, Lai Mohammed said in a recent interview that: “Buhari never promised he was going to do anything in 100 days, that’s the honest truth.” 

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