President Muhammadu Buhari

When President Muhammadu Buhari was sworn into office on 29 May last year, many people believed change had finally come. Mr. Buhari pulled ahead of Mr. Goodluck Jonathan with close to three million votes. He won 21 states while President Jonathan defeated him in 15 states as well as the Federal capital territory Abuja.

It was the first time that an opposition party candidate had defeated a sitting Nigerian President since democracy returned in 1999.

During the campaign, Mr. Buhari and his All Progressives Congress, APC, promised to create millions of jobs, end corruption, defeat Boko Haram, free the Chibok girls and give a new direction to a country that had been despised in the comity of nations.

But in his second year in office, many find it hard to say in a concrete way what he has achieved. While some progress has been made in the fight against Boko Haram, Mr. Buhari declared during his inaugural speech in Abuja that the war against the terrorists would not be said to have been won if the Chibok girls, who were kidnapped in their school in April 2014, were not released.

Mr. Buhari and the APC lambasted Mr. Jonathan when the kidnapping took place and repeatedly said his failure to rescue them should send him out of office and propel them to power to do what he could not do.

But since Mr. Buhari took over power, the economy has virtually collapsed, with the naira now one of the worst currencies on the continent. Thousands of people have been sacked as the purchasing power of ordinary Nigerians continued to crash. Companies have closed shop and the jobs Mr. Buhari promised are nowhere to be seen.

Worse, electricity has crashed to its lowest level in many decades and with high oil fuel prices at the pump, many businessmen find it hard to afford the product to power their electricity generating sets.

Mr. Buhari has continually blamed the administration of Mr. Jonathan for massive looting and corruption and has said he found an empty treasury and a deluge of problems.

While many Nigerians understand his lamentations, millions of people are getting tired of excuses in his second year in office.

Mr. Buhari’s party members have been engaged in internal wrangling from the Senate to the House of representatives and the APC does not even have a Board of Trustees Chairman as at now.

It seems to many Nigerians that it is not about the people but about who gets what, about their personal interests.

It also seems that Mr. Buhari does not have a clear economic roadmap and decisions sometimes are not well thought before implementing them. The decision to sponsor pilgrims when the country is broke has also left many people wondering whether his priorities were upside down or not.

With low oil prices at the international market and his failure to solve the agitation in the Niger Delta that has crumbled oil production by at least 700, 000 barrels of oil a day, things have been made things worse for Nigerians.

Many people now believe that things have never been this bad since independence from the United Kingdom in 1960.

Excuses by Mr. Buhari are beginning to annoy many. The President should realise that he is in charge and should solve problems Nigerians sent him from his Daura farm to the country’s seat of power in Abuja to resolve.

Failure to do that will make him a failure just like Mr. Jonathan who also did not fix electricity, or our refineries or our dead factories.


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