Nigeria is 56 years old today. Consequently it is time to speak some home-truths and look at where we are in the scheme of things.
It is time to consider how well our government has fared since coming to power and to compare their record of service to previous governments that were in the saddle before them.
Sadly the score sheet does not look too good.
The rigging of elections, the persecution of opposition figures, the demonisation of dissenters, the destruction of the economy, the pauperisation of our people, the introduction of famine, the humiliation of Nigerians coupled with violence, impunity, aggression, intolerance and tyranny: that is all President Muhammadu Buhari and his government have served our people since he was sworn in on May 29th 2015.
The last one year and four months have been the worst since independence in terms of the violation of human rights, civil liberties and court orders by our government.
We have witnessed unprecedented mass murder, butchery, carnage and barbarity by well-armed and highly favored Fulani herdsmen and ethnic militias coupled with genocide and unprecedented extra-judicial killings by our military personnel and state security forces.
We have witnessed the resurrection of Abubakar Shekau and the mutation of Boko Haram into two powerful new factions. We have seen them re-take towns and communities that they lost years ago and hoist their dirty black flag in parts of the north-east.
Our government has given up on the Chibok girls and we witnessed the humiliation, insults and physical harassment by security forces that those who have fought for their return in the BBOG group have been subjected to in the last few months.
We have seen the rapid depreciation of the naira, the total decimation of our industrial, agricultural and manufacturing sector and the destruction and decay of virtually all our roads, airports, power generating facilities and infra-structures.
Our government has:
– squandered our foreign reserves,
– driven away local and foreign investment,
– caused the dollar to fly away,
– created an atmosphere of fear and uncertainty in the markets,
– forced people to spend their life savings and capital just to survive,
– reduced many Nigerians to eating just one meal a day,
– caused many to withdraw their children from school simply because they cannot afford to pay fees.
And they have driven many to depression, suicide and despair.
Unemployment is at a record high. The banks and indeed the entire financial sector is dying because there is no liquidity.
The naira is approaching 500 naira to one US dollar which represents over 100 per cent depreciation in the space of one year.
We are in the middle of the worst economic recession that we have suffered in our 56 years of existence as an independent nation-state.
Thousands are being laid off on a daily basis. Graduate and non-graduate unemployment is at a record high. Food prices, the price of transport and the price of fuel, diesel and kerosene have shot up.
Finally we have witnessed the total and complete dashing of the hopes, aspirations and dreams of the Nigerian people.
Our government is corrupt, weak, paranoid, incompetent, cowardly, fearful of criticism, terrified of a strong opposition, unable to cope with dissent, insensitive, delusional, wicked, sociopathic and psychopathic.
Worse still they have attracted the opprobrium, contempt, derision and scorn of the entire international community and the derision of major corporate investors and multi-national corporations.
The only thing that they are good at doing is blaming President Jonathan and indeed all past PDP Presidents and governments, including President Obasanjo, for their failures and inability to perform.
I have been told that Buhari hates me so much that
he has issued orders that his Gestapo should come
for me again and this time around to torture me or
even poison me whilst I am in their custody.
They are also pretty good at conducting media trials and witch-hunts and indulging in Soviet-style propaganda and the demonisation of their perceived enemies.
Yet most frightening of all is the fact that our President is out of touch with reality. He does not appear to be living in the 21st century.
His solutions and remedies to the complex economic problems of a modern-nation state in 2016 are the same ones that he proffered and which failed him woefully when he was military Head of State between 1983 and 1985.
We really appear to be going down the drain under his leadership.
I pray that God intervenes soon and does something extraordinary because this accursed government simply has to go.
They have divided us along religious and ethnic lines more than any government in our entire history. They have come to spread poverty and distribute shame.