SIR: If Nigerians had been disenchanted by the previous administration of Goodluck Jonathan because of corruption, insecurity, poverty among other issues, they must by now have been depressed and flabbergasted by what is happening under the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
President Buhari, no doubt, is among the few, honest-hearted people Nigeria has ever produced. However, leadership is beyond that; honesty per se is insufficient in dealing with barrage of challenges that leadership comes with. Compassion and proactive response to issues that are directly germane to the existence of the poor masses is also a requirement in government business. When the two are combined with honesty, success is assured!
I remember vividly before 2015, Buhari had identified himself with the masses and gave them the impression that when elected president, his policies would be purely in their favour.
Was it not the then candidate Buhari that blamed the hardships due to inflation and high cost of essentials that Nigerians were going through during the PDP regime to poor leadership? And was it not he who pledged to bring change when elected president?
Let’s assume people were suffocating under the PDP; how much were Nigerians purchasing a bag of maize and locally produced rice then and how much are they buying it now? How much was the price of fuel per litre then and how much is it now? Was it not Buhari that led a protest when President Jonathan increased fuel price?
How can any unbiased observer who heard the utterances of the president before he got into power and sees all that is happening now not express disappointment with how things are turning out?
We complained about the ineffectiveness of the Jonathan presidency; of his lackluster leadership in the face of the Boko Haram onslaught in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states – the epicenters of the terrorists. But now that the same Boko Haram is still unrelenting just as armed banditry is pervasive and herders-farmer clashes daily claim the lives of innocent people in the Northwestern states; yet some cadres of conspiracy theorists want Nigerians to keep suppressing their disappointment. Is it because the president is from our part of the country?
Even on corruption, not few Nigerians must have been shocked by the twist in the anti-corruption fight; now the story is that the person who has been hunting the looters of public fund in the last five years is himself now being hunted for the same crime.
We shouldn’t give up though. As they say, “when there is life, there is hope”. The president still has three years ahead and Nigerians want to see him renew his strength to tackle the problems with full vigour. We are still optimistic.
Bayero University Kano.