Buhari’s first 7days in office Plagued By Lies, Hypocrisy and Controversies New York[RR]Abuja– Today is the 7th Day or One Week in office for President Muhammadu Buhari. It is long enough for this new government that promised to hit the ground running, to demonstrate that it is ready to walk the talk. Unfortunately, what we […]
Buhari’s first 7days in office Plagued By Lies, Hypocrisy and Controversies
New York[RR]Abuja– Today is the 7th Day or One Week in office for President Muhammadu Buhari. It is long enough for this new government that promised to hit the ground running, to demonstrate that it is ready to walk the talk. Unfortunately, what we have seen is a wobbly and indecisive government that seems to be confused and not to ready to deliver the change it promised.
While the likes of Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has actually hit the ground running, by bringing to life so many comatose state agencies and bringing his team mates on board, the Buhari presidency is yet to appoint principal officers like Chief of Staff and Secretary to the Government. The Buhari presidency has been embroiled in missteps, lies, hypocrisy, controversies and scandals. It looks like a case of One Day One Wahala Presidency.
This unexpected turn of events so early in the life of this government has caused huge embarrassment to some of its ardent supporters. President Buhari had been painted in the psyche of some Nigerians as a Superhero who is coming to wave some sort of a magical wand that will fix all the problems with the nation at a blow. Now that we have been confronted with the reality, some do wonder if they had made the wrong choice. Many have been forced to make things worse for team Buhari by making excuses that are rather more damaging.
Day 1 – 29th May, 2015
In his inaugural speech he ordered that Nigeria’s Army Command and Control Center should be moved to Maiduguri to confront Boko Haram. This position was purely for political posturing. In matters like this, President Buhari ought to have made pronouncements based on the outcome of full security briefings and strategy sessions with the nation’s security chiefs. Making a decision devoid of such critical input portrays him as a man that is going to rule on a hunch or whimsical choices. This is not good enough for a 2015 Nigeria that has started taking its rightful position in the comity of nations.
Secondly, he used a now popularized one liner “I belong to everyone and I belong to nobody” in the inaugural speech. The problem is that he got involved in plagiarism by failing to give credit to the source – Eric Burdon & WAR from their song titled Out Of Nowhere .
Day 2 – 30th May, 2015
Garba Shehu made the first official presidential press statement. Embed within was a totally needless lie in an effort to impress Nigerians
While informing Nigerians that President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo have declared their assets in fulfillment of a constitutional requirement by submitting their Assets Declaration Forms to the Code of Conduct Bureau, he falsely claimed that it amounts to the fulfillment of their campaign promise of Public Declaration of Assets .
By declaring their assets, President Buhari and Vice President Osinbajo may have not only fulfilled the requirements of the Nigerian Constitution, but also fulfilled the first of their many campaign promises.
“While seeking election into the highest office in the land, the President had promised Nigerians that he would publicly declare his assets as soon as he took over government,”
Day 3 – 31st May, 2015
President Muhammadu Buhari made the first two official appointments for Media Assistants – Femi Adesina as the Special Adviser (Media and Publicity) and Garba Shehu as the Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity)
While these appointments looked innocent enough from the outside, it was a sad demonstration of hypocrisy and failed promises.
Gen Buhari promised to run a lean government with an intention to bring the cost of governance down. The APC crowd condemned the use of Rueben Abati and Doyin Okupe as President Jonathan’s media mouth pieces. President Buhari now decided that it is a good idea to use two media assistants himself. How hypocritical can one get?
It did not even end there. Gen Buhari also promised that anyone appointed into positions by his government must make Public Declaration of their Assets before the fact. He also demonstrated that he is not interested in living true to his word in this matter.
Day 4 – 1st June, 2015
Breaking Times, a Nigerian online newspaper, shocked the world with the fact that the watch Hajia Aisha Buhari wore to the inauguration of the husband as the new President of Nigeria was worth a whooping N10 million (£34,500)
This story need not have raised an eyebrow but for the fact that Buhari has managed to paint a picture about himself of a man of austere means and taste coming to fight corruption. This revelation lampooned the cultivated image of a man of integrity with modest purse and needs, who had to raise a loan to purchase the N27.5 million APC Presidential Nomination Fee.
Day 5 – 2nd June, 2015
It was all over the news media that President Buhari may have opted to appoint himself as Minister of Petroleum Resources. Furthermore, it was revealed by a blog closely associated with President Buhari and APC in a screaming headline – EXCLUSIVE: Buhari To Relocate To Maiduguri To “Lead The Fight” Against Boko Haram
One then wonders how President Buhari will manage to combine leading the war against Boko Haram in Maiduguri and Sambisa Forest, running the Petroleum Resources Ministry without a Minister and generally overseeing the running of the Nigeria enterprise. This is another way of asking Nigerians to brace up for a directionless comedy show.
Day 6 & 7 – 3rd & 4th June, 2015
President Buhari made a state visit to Niger and Chad on these two days. The purpose was to strengthen ties and collaborate deeply in the fight against Boko Haram. Normally, this move should be encouraged and applauded. Most Nigerians continue to encourage this level of co-operation as these nations face a common enemy – Boko Haram. Many Nigerians however will not applaud this move for a simple reason. This is a program that former President Goodluck Jonathan initiated and nurtured. Gen Buhari speaking to Reuters on Feb 7,2015 said that it was Nigeria’s ‘disgrace’ that neighbors must take on Boko Haram.
“It’s a big disgrace for Nigeria. It is now Cameroon and Chad fighting the insurgency more than Nigeria. We will build the capacity and Nigeria should be able to secure its territorial integrity,” Buhari told Reuters.
When you criticise President Goodluck Jonathan’s policies and go right ahead to adopt same, you lose respect.
Meanwhile, within these first seven days, Boko Haram has succeeded in carrying out numerous attacks on Nigerians with over a hundred lives lost. Gen Buhari has been largely tacitum, despite the fact that along with his clique, they lambasted former President Goodluck Jonathan unceasingly for not wearing his grief over such attacks on his sleeves.
At the rate things are going, the Change that President Buhari and APC promised Nigerians seem more like a mirage. Nevertheless, we are Nigerians, we are optimists and we pray. We hand President Muhammadu Buhari over to God so that he will be caused to give Nigerians the leadership we deserve as we march towards our glorious future which is within grasp.