The mirage of problems plaguing the administration of the incumbent President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, cannot be readily quantified nor valued as it has reached astronomical heights that calls for reflection of our electoral process and competence and capacity of would be leaders.
Of course, the race for 2019 is already warming up and contenders are being sought out. But do we have what it takes to confront the 40 thieves plaguing our nation?
That President Buhari came in on a mantra of change is now stale news, perhaps, the first sign of chaos to come in his administration was when it took 6 months for him to name a cabinet. And come to think of it, the whole nation was on pause in anticipation that the anti-corruption messiah has finally arrived. But unfortunately, things went South and the forty thieves began to have a field day.
The anti corruption war, which was the wave he rode to be elected President began suffering epileptic failures when it was began to take the shape of partisanship. The initial wave of arrests and indictments where just to tantalize the nation that the war is on course, until members of his own cabinet were fingered in huge scams and scandals and nothing came out of it. The Presidency simply went mute. The “Brand Bus” being used to pack the alleged public fund looters suddenly developed issues associated only with “2nd hand Naija used” vehicles.
And that was not all. The President’s health took a devastating blow and his handlers had a field day trying to dribble the nation and hustle for power among themselves all the while keeping information about the President’s health in the realm of speculations of whether he was alive, in coma or dead. For more than 6 months, the nation was held ransom by a cabal of power brokers who were determined to hold on to power in the face of blatant disregard to what the constitution stipulated, that, the Vice President is to be the Acting President. Even Buhari’s wife needs permission to see him on his sick-bed. How interesting.
Following swiftly were the Secretary to the Government of the Federation grass-cutting scandal, The NIA, Ikoyi safe house scandal, NNPC Scandal, Maina-gate scandal, NPF Scandal, Melaye recall drama, and the list goes on….
Who are the forty thieves by the way, you may be wondering. They are all around us, we voted them in, we hail them, we love them, banter with them, we adore them, and we vilify them all in the same breath. The 36 State Governors+FCT+Judiciary+Legislature+Executive = 40 thieves. They together with all the agencies and parastatal working for and with them.
Buhari and his Forty thieves are not to be blamed in any way, rather, we the People of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, that stood by and allowed stooges to be fielded and voted into office. We refused to allow credible men, men can stand before a demagogue and damn the treacherous flatteries without blinking, men who have honor, and who have the intellect to lead and not be a ruler.
We have a choice in this coming election, to either seat at home and watch the match from the comfort of our homes, or be in the spectator stands on the field, or be in the locker room, where those critical decisions are taken about who to field in the tournament.
This is the time, the words of JF Kennedy rings through for us as a nation, “My fellow Nigerians, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country” We must wake up from the doldrums of what is in it for me, to what can we achieve collectively as a nation-state, devoid of ethnic bigotry and religious sentiments. I must be able to relate and deal with you firstly as a Nigerian and secondly as a human being created in the image of God. We must eschew dealing with each other along state of origin lines religious lines. They are the greatest divider of nation, people and families.
Let us invest in our young children, invest in qualitative education, invest in research and development in Education, IT, Health, Automobile, Agriculture and Tourism.
We must see ourselves as One Nation, One People, under One Sovereign God!
- Nigeria we hail thee,
- Our own dear native land,
- Though tribe and tongue may differ,
- In brotherhood we stand,
- Nigerians all, and proud to serve
- Our sovereign Motherland.
- Our flag shall be a symbol
- That truth and justice reign,
- In peace or battle honour’d,
- And this we count as gain,
- To hand on to our children
- A banner without stain.
- O God of all creation,
- Grant this our one request,
- Help us to build a nation
- Where no man is oppressed,
- And so with peace and plenty
- Nigeria may be blessed.
- (First Nigerian National Anthem, 1960-1978)