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‘Change’ must start from Buhari!

By dayan (M)September 13, 2016, 07:26:55 AM
By OCHEREOME  NNANNA
THIS President Muhammadu Buhari regime will never stop amazing us in its capacity to disappoint or fall hand, as we say in our Pidgin English. Can you imagine? Fifteen months after it swept into power on the crest of a litany of promises garbed in the mantra of “change”, he has turned around to tell us that “change” begins with us!

How can “change” begin with us? Were we the ones that promised “change”? Was it not him and his All Progressives Congress,APC, that asked the Nigerian electorate to vote out the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, regime of Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (GEJ)?

GEJ ran this country on his own Transformation Agenda. He was lucky to be in office at a time of unprecedented rises in the price of oil, which went as high as $140 per barrel at a point.

Jonathan, in early 2012, about two years after he first assumed full presidential powers, wanted to remove the age-long subsidy on petroleum products. He felt that the oil boom was the best time to remove this subsidy since there was money in the system and Nigerians would be able to cope while the government would invest the proceeds in diversifying the economy and effecting massive infrastructure upgrades. If the opposition which is now in power had cooperated, the level of suffering that Nigerians are now facing under their watch would not be so much.

If they had cooperated when former Finance Minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, proposed for us to save for the rainy day, we would have been in a much better position to weather through the crash of oil prices to $30 per barrel for about a couple of months before it resumed its gradual rebound to the current $50 per barrel or so. It was because former President Olusegun Obasanjo created the Excess Crude Account,ECA, virtually with impunity, that we saved enough to weather the worldwide economic meltdown of 2008 (coupled, of course, with the consolidation of the banks by former Central Bank Governor, CBN, Charles Soludo, which prevented bank failures).



When the current APC Federal Government and its rapidly shrinking hordes of noisy supporters talk glibly about “sixteen years of PDP rot”, we forget so easily, that the economy was in competent hands during the Obasanjo, Umar Yar’ Adua and Jonathan years. Efforts made to rescue the nation from falling into the pit we now find ourselves were made. Yes indeed, there was large-scale corruption and mindless pandering to the comforts and vital interests of a few super-wealthy privileged individuals. The middle class enjoyed an unprecedented new lease of life. The economy was growing in leaps and bounds (up to 7.5 per cent at a time) and we became the largest economy in Africa by 2013). Yet very little of it was reflected in the lives of the lowest classes.

That was why, when Buhari came along, in his well dressed-up borrowed robes of a messiah, promising “change”, the gullible masses thought they now had the leader who would bring the benefits of good and inclusive governance that would integrate the poor into the prosperity basket of the nation. During the campaigns, Buhari wore suits and bow ties. He wore Igbo, Yoruba, Niger Delta and other native attires. He even attended church events!

He promised that if voted into power, no Nigerian would ever go to bed hungry again. He promised to create 3 million jobs every year, diversify the economy, pay N5,000 per month to unemployed youth and the most vulnerable in our society, defeat Boko Haram before the end of 2015, make the Naira equal to the Dollar, fight corruption without minding whose ox was gored and jail those who stole from our public till.

Buhari promised to devolve power to the peripheries, ban all government officials from seeking medical attention abroad (though he has been to London at least twice for medical tourism, one of which concerned mere ear ache!). There were a total of 81 campaign promises posted on the APC official website before the election. But the party started deleting them one after the other when they won. Not only that, they started officially denying Buhari ever made such promises. And now, they have pushed the responsibility for effecting the “change” they promised us to you and I! Haba!

Before I go on, let us not forget the roles that the APC leaders and its paid supporters in the civil society groups, sponsored online platforms and Labour conspired to thwart the deregulation of the downstream oil sector. They capitalised on the “occupy” protests that were going on in the Western world against extreme capitalism to shut down the economic capital of Nigeria and other cities through their own “occupy” street parties in Ojota, Lagos early in January 2012.

Secondly, the plan by the Federal Government to save some of the excess oil revenues above the budget benchmarks set by the National Assembly, was fanatically opposed by former Governor Rotimi  Amaechi’s faction of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF). The governors, with Amaechi and Rochas Okorocha of Imo State at the forefront, argued that the plan to save was unconstitutional. The states insisted on collecting their shares of the Federation Account accruals as there were many pressing infrastructural needs that could not wait.

It is a great irony and shame that now the APC secured the mandates of majority of Nigerians, it not only turned around to forcefully remove the petroleum subsidy at a time that there was no money in the system to cushion its biting effects, it is blaming the defeated PDP regime for not saving for this rainy day! It has conveniently forgotten that it was fiercely behind our inability to save. Unfortunately for us, Jonathan was a leader who was afraid of hurting people. He was not the firm type who would do what is right no matter the odds. He was too afraid of losing his second term bid, so he buckled to pressure. Still, he lost his re-election bid.

It is up to Nigerians to decide if, indeed, the “change” which Buhari had promised begins with them. For me, it does not. He must begin to deliver on his campaign promises, which was his own way of defining the change he had in store for us. The change must start with him.

When I was a Youth Corps member in Niger State in 1985, then Major David Mark, the Military Governor, came to our Bida Orientation Camp and led us, one early cold morning, in a 20 kilometre roadwork. At the end of it, smartly kitted in a green and white track suit, he addressed us. He said (I remember it vividly):

“When you lead a people, whatever you want them to do you must do it ten times over first. That is what I believe, and that is why I led the roadwork today”.

I am holding Buhari, my President to his mandate of changing this country for the better. All I see is a series of change for the worse: Fulani herdsmen killing people, occupying their farms and trampling all over Abuja as if they are herding “national cows”; juicy and strategic federal jobs reserved for Buhari’s kinsmen and close acolytes, a burgeoning civilian dictatorship where people detained are denied their democratic rights, lack of idea on how to tackle the economic problems, haemorrhaging levels of job losses, opulent lifestyle in Aso Villa by the First Family and its other tenants, a horribly padded federal budget, hardship, hunger and hopelessness everywhere.

And am told “change” begins with me! Let him lead, and we will follow his example.

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‘Change’ must start from Buhari!
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Re: ‘Change’ must start from Buhari!

By dayan (M)September 13, 2016, 07:32:06 AM
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When I was a Youth Corps member in Niger State in 1985, then Major David Mark, the Military Governor, came to our Bida Orientation Camp and led us, one early cold morning, in a 20 kilometre roadwork. At the end of it, smartly kitted in a green and white track suit, he addressed us. He said (I remember it vividly):

“When you lead a people, whatever you want them to do you must do it ten times over first. That is what I believe, and that is why I led the roadwork today”.

I am holding Buhari, my President to his mandate of changing this country for the better. All I see is a series of change for the worse: Fulani herdsmen killing people, occupying their farms and trampling all over Abuja as if they are herding “national cows”; juicy and strategic federal jobs reserved for Buhari’s kinsmen and close acolytes, a burgeoning civilian dictatorship where people detained are denied their democratic rights, lack of idea on how to tackle the economic problems, haemorrhaging levels of job losses, opulent lifestyle in Aso Villa by the First Family and its other tenants, a horribly padded federal budget, hardship, hunger and hopelessness everywhere. 

Matter of fact. I never trust anyone who promise change because the best way to "promise change" is to live it out first.
Change is not a futuristic act; it is a retroactive act!


Re: ‘Change’ must start from Buhari!

By GideonSeptember 13, 2016, 12:27:30 PM
Yes that is right.... Change begins with the leader or head... Any moves or plan he makes lead to a chain reaction either positive change or negative change... Unfortunately,..it is the negative change that is visible... For change to revert to positive,...the head should start the journey to positivity


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