Editor’s note: The author Sani Muhammad Uzairu, a political commentator in this piece talks about how Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari is yet to explain why and how his second term will be any different or better than the first.
He doesn’t seem to think that is even necessary. Which is only one more reason to question his seriousness and his leadership.
We are un-oblivious that the economy is sluggish despite alleged economic growth. But now we learn that the security situation is far weaker than previously understood. But that is not the only unflattering truth that has come to light. Our national unity is equally in far troubling shape than we thought few years ago.
It isn’t as if job growth isn’t even keeping up with population growth. It isn’t just that the federal government has effectively thrown in the towel and admitted that underemployment is at its all time low.
It isn’t just that the Federal Bureau of Statistics month after month, revises the jobless numbers further downward — making what was bad news then, even worse news now. It isn’t just that the previous quarter’s economic growth has not translated into economic development.
It isn’t just that in recent months more Nigerians have given up hope and stopped looking for work than have found a job.
It isn’t just that more than half of manufacturers and small business owners say that they would not have started their businesses in today’s climate. It isn’t even that well more than half of such business owners said that Ghana and Benin republic are more supportive of their small businesses and manufacturing than Nigeria is, of its own.
It isn’t just that the North East is in flames and people are killed daily and school children abducted in droves. It isn’t just that the herdsmen/farmers clash we were inexcusably unprepared for caught us flat-footed.
And it isn’t just that Buhari has been deceptive about our security situation, the actual cause, what the government has done to contain it, progress made so far, beyond the inanities of oft – repeated ‘technically defeated, terribly degraded, completed defeated’ and all other semantics.
It is all of these factors combined into a squalid mishmash of amateurish leadership, self-aggrandizement, childish blame-shifting, and blind adherence to failed ideologies.
But that is not all, Buhari mixes into the reeking emulsion of bitter partisanship, amateurish leadership, demagoguery, and failed policies, a fundamental dishonesty. He does not actually debate those with whom he disagrees. He simply and grotesquely misrepresents their position and tortures it beyond all recognition.
Once he has created a dishonest and false “straw-man,” he then battles only the straw-man he disingenuously fabricated — carefully avoiding any serious debate with serious people, and never seriously discussing ideas or solutions.
It is not clear whether it is simply a function of his penchant toward grandiosity or his lack of intellectual rigor, but this is the man who allegedly said that his mere inauguration would stop the insurgency in North East. Today that statement is self-evidently absurd, but even on the day he first uttered it, it was inane.
On energy, Buhari has consistently lowered the nation’s collective IQ by dishing out rhetoric. As APC flagbearer, Buhari is said to have argued that his government will generate 20,000 megawatts of electricity in four years. But in his independence day speech on 1st October, 2017, he asserted that power is a huge problem.
That is simply not even close to being true. It is completely false and laughably absurd. If a high school student made an argument like that in a civics class, he would fail the assignment. How is it that a president was so misinformed, yet speaks so confidently notwithstanding his lack of anything useful or intelligent to say on the topic?
Didn’t he realise that power was a huge problem when promised 20,000 megawatts as a presidential hopeful? What has changed since then? Let it be known that power is not and would never have been a problem. Our major challenge is clueless leaders like Mr. President that serve as cog in the wheels power delivery with its confused policies.
Buhari is intellectually lazy. He is, quite frankly, a lazy president. He likes being the president, but he doesn’t like doing the work of the president. He took a similar approach to being a head of state in the early 80’s, I would learn.
Whilst in opposition, he was always coming into national discourse with shocking frequency. Once he arrived Aso Rock Villa , he had little interest in doing the work of a Nigerian president. Rather he almost immediately began making indirect statements about his second term ambition.
Once Buhari became president, he left the work of actually governing to Maman Daura and Abba Kyari. He only once lifted a finger to pass a budget in the last two years. His budget has always come with so much controversies that balancing the budget was apparently a laugh line for him.
The N- power welfare package, which clearly has not worked as promised, wasn’t even his work product — again, he left the heavy lifting to Osin