By Dele Sobowale
“We are big in size and population, facing many challenges, but in many areas we are trying. In seven and a half years I have done my best” – Muhammadu Buhari, December 14, 2022, USA.
Poor Buhari, his last five and a half months in office is sure to deflate his ego; based on self-deception. When he announced on October 1 that he would leave Nigeria in a better place than he found it, the avalanche of bad news was brewing that will disprove him. He stated, without providing any evidence of the “many ways we try”. Since that’s basically a meaningless statement, you might ask, what are you trying to do? If the situation does not improve, trying has been futile. When the situation got worse, the wrong things were done. You are rowing the boat backwards all the time.
Unsurprisingly, only members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, who had everything to lose by admitting that Buhari’s eight-year tenure would have caused the worst socio-economic disaster in the country’s history, applauded. Admittedly, ‘You cannot take up politics as a profession and be honest’, as LM Howe, 1871-1936, warned. But Buhari/APC have taken lying as a government policy to the next level; as they promised us in 2019.
Only Buhari, who clearly lives in the Stone Age, can still go abroad and tout Nigeria’s “great size and population as economic assets; instead of the obligations they have now become for us. Those living in modern times have long realized that landmass and population are beneficial only if the country’s leader knows how to manage both. Buhari lacks that capacity. Therefore, everything he touched turned to dust. This gets repetitive and boring; but let me count one more time the “many areas” he and his party are trying to ruin Nigerians.
“133 million Nigerians live in poverty.” That was the statement of the National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, last month. That announcement provoked the same kind of reaction that marked Buhari’s leadership from the start. He was quick to pass the blame on to governors; while forgetting that majority of them are in APC. He told Nigerians that governors steal their money. Will he just find out? Anyway, 133 million Nigerians living in poverty out of an estimated population of 220 million makes population a liability; no gain.
“N42 trillion foreign and domestic debt, plus N24 trillion collected through Ways and Means have put Nigeria in a situation where our debt burden is sure to become unsustainable. Economic and financial experts were therefore not surprised by the report of December 12, 2022, which stated: “Debt redemption to gulp 123% by 2023.” The FG will have to borrow again in 2023 to pay salaries and pensions. His next two successors will struggle to pay the debt.
“20 million children out of school” is not what a leader wants to have written on his account; as Buhari did. No other country on earth comes close to this tragedy.
“Nigeria’s infrastructure quality low, says World Bank.”
That was a report on December 3, 2022; who also pointed out that Nigeria was ranked 132 out of 137 countries surveyed. Is that a “best” for any leader?
“Nigeria’s Development Slowed Under Buhari – World Bank.”
That was another report released on November 21, 2022. The bank provided evidence beyond a reasonable doubt. Here’s part of it.
“Nigeria’s development progress has stagnated. Between 2001 and 2014, Nigeria was a rising star in West Africa, growing at an average annual rate of seven percent, and was among the top 15 fastest growing economies in the world.
However, this trend came to an abrupt end as oil prices fell, the security situation deteriorated, macroeconomic reforms were reversed and economic policies became increasingly unpredictable… By the end of 2021, Nigeria’s real income per capita had fallen to the level of the eighties.” Should we clap?
As of 2015, Buhari had always refused to accept responsibility for the results of his government’s policies and programs. He still can’t understand that good governments borrow to fund programs that pay back the loans and provide returns on investment. Borrowing to pay inactive individuals, MDAs failed to generate enough revenue, to pay 44 ministers (half redundant) and to maintain the presidential air fleet, which amounted to paving to ruin Nigeria.
“Terrorists kill 55,430 in seven years.” Report, December 3, 2022.
With about 8,000 deaths a year, 22 a day and one an hour under Buhari, it’s just amazing that the man calls that his best. By giving Fulani herdsmen immunity to roam the land and destroy farms and farmers, Buhari’s only contribution was to the heightened state of insecurity in Nigeria. From 1960 to 2015, herders never killed up to 500 farmers — among them Balewa, Ironsi, Gowon, Mohammed, Obasanjo, Shagari, Military Buhari, Babangida, Shonekan, Abacha, Abubakar, Obasano, Yar’Adua, and Jonathan.
Their atrocities began in 2016 and continue to this day. More than two million farmers nationwide have been displaced from their farms; thousands have been killed. If this is the best that Buhari is proud of, what does the worst look like?
“Hypocrisy is the homage that vice pays to virtue.”
The Buhari/APC government has been the most hypocritical of them all. It started with the slogan CHANGE in 2014; it ended with record corruption attributed to a predecessor. A few memories are enough to illustrate the depth of unprecedented corruption under Buhari.
“Nine months later, the $3 billion customs modernization project stalled; Nigeria loses $176 billion.
—VANGUARD, JUNE 6, 2021.
“Paris Club Restitution: NGF took $100 million for Ekiti, Ondo, Bauchi Elections — CONSULTANTS —VANGUARD, AUGUST 21, 2022.
“NNPC not sincere about oil theft, exaggerated numbers – navy.
—Report, December 4, 2022.
The latest report from the Auditor General of the Federation, AuGF, was the 2019 report. In it, the most surveyed organizations under Buhari were the NNPC, the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Ministry of Finance. In total, more than N12 trillion expenditures were questioned in that year alone. As for oil theft, even a dunce knows that government officials collect the lion’s share of stolen crude earnings.
“Fake farmers take advantage of ABP – AFAN,” —Report December 8, 2022.
The All Farmers Association of Nigeria…said most of the beneficiaries of the billions of naira released by the Central Bank of Nigeria under its Anchor Borrowers Program were not Nigerians.”
A trillion naira went to the program to improve our food security. Almost half of the amount is lost forever; and famine had never been so close. Is that the best? Baba 80 just needs to rest easy, please.
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