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Buhari’s Presidency: Waking Up To A Different Nigeria By Samuel Ekekere


Buhari’s Presidency: Waking Up To A Different Nigeria By Samuel Ekekere

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July 21, 2015 – Buhari’s Presidency: Waking Up To A Different Nigeria

It still seems an illusion that there could ever be some kind of departure from the statuesque of our underachieving great nation Nigeria. Beyond the normal imaginative tendencies, there seems to be no congruent action being taken or is there any future hope of it being taken. Governments after governments over the years have proved worse than Nigerians had assumed they would be and it seems the mentality of those who are destined to rule Nigeria now and in the nearest future remains the same whatever platform. Get all you can get as much as you can get.

Nigerians have so gotten used to the present system of things that the prayer of the average religious person will be to have the opportunity to get up there around power. There seems no better means to get this nation’s wealth than to cut your share off what is expected to be for everybody. Sadly though, government house only takes a minute handful of persons as against the hundreds of millions craving for the opportunity.

Governments after governments have promised and failed. Since when we breathed a new ray of hope in 1999 which gave in to a democratic system of government from the autocratic military system, Nigerians were anticipative of some difference in the quality of what comes down to them. They had assumed that they had so much say now and thus could force the “ogas at the top” to play to the national pledge. It however turned out that the nation has plunged worse than was assumed under a PDP led dispensation that had transverse sixteen years. No one dared raised a brow and impunity continued in acute dimensions.

When the change missionaries of the now distressed APC arrived, Nigerians were very much optimistic that there could be something new in the offering, something different from the usual. Nigerians heard change on the radios, watched change on the televisions and joined in supporting the broom philosophy with the hope that there was going to be a new system that would sweep off the shame, pains and stains of the past. There is a new government in place after Mr. Buhari won the elections under the APC platform after many trials and Nigerians are still waiting.

Nigerians might have being expecting too much if they had anticipated waking up in may 30th to a new way of life and thinking. Nigerians are very dramatic people and miracles are the norm especially in a land where we have numerous men of God, tried and tested for their miracles and wonders. It should not baffle the average mind then that whenever something has to change, it has to happen miraculously.

Buhari’s ascension to the presidency may be regarded as another miracle just like the emeritus president. Nigerians quickly look for a sign to prove that God is about to do some miracle on the nation through so and so person. Some even look out for dates that they can align to something dramatic. It’s sad to note however that all the uncommon stories this nation has had since the nation jumped into this democratic era has not yielded any worthwhile fruit. It began from the prison to praise story of Obasanjo, then the gentle rise of Yaradua, the barefoot to cover shoes story of Jonathan and now, the Abraham Lincoln story of Buhari. We have had great success stories that have not transferred their successes to the nation.

So much is expected of Mr. Buhari after he promised to sweep the nation of all the vices that had held the nation bound. Corruption has remained a major strong hold that has defeated every government that had arrived since independence and Mr. Buhari has assured he is capable to war this tyrant. Nigerians are waiting.
It’s less than a month into Buhari’s change government and Nigerians haven’t seen change as yet except the continuous frivolity that has being the order of the nation’s political scene. The banter between the two giants, the ruling APC and the ruling opposition PDP has continued unabated. Issues of zoning positions remains a burden, senate leadership remains a challenge, senate allowances still makes the headline, ministerial appointment politicking remains the order and godfatherism is taking even bigger dimensions. It still seems Nigerians are still sleeping.

Over the media, reports rage the internet of flamboyant successes made by the ruling party in the space of less than a month. The reality however is that we have seen no successes other than the frantic pursuit for power and the struggle for importance within camps of the APC. What we have seen is accusations and counter accusations. Buhari must by now be uncertain about his desire to war the corruption battle. It won’t be so easy a fight especially as everyone struggles to cover interest.

Change! Nigeria! Change!! Myself!! Change!!! Yourself!!! The APC slogan continues to reverberate every time and Nigerians are waiting earnestly in anticipation of that change. The spirit though is waning sluggishly down the lane and this may prove book makers right again about the inadequacies of the APC to lead a government of change. Rumors of Buhari complaining about age affecting him filtered into the internet in support of an anti Buhari movement.

Nigeria is certainly beyond the capacity of one man’s wish. Overtime, we’ve had great leaders with good intentions and great speeches. Everyone who presents self for political office supply us with great intentions and visions of what they wish they could do. Well, it doesn’t work that way anywhere in the world or here in Nigeria. Buhari was perhaps mistaken when he made that glorious speech that got everybody thinking that a messiah had arrived, that he could make decisions and there won’t be mountains placed to stop him.

Now he finds out that there are indeed hurdles he must cross and a real big devil to challenge if he must succeed.
The clock is ticking and it’s just three years and some months before Nigerians decide again. We are still waiting to wake into a new Nigeria.


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  1. OmoKehinde

    July 21, 2015 at 9:58 PM

    First, I want to thank my good brother-Samuel Ufok Ekekere for your numerous contributions to Nigeria issues on this platform. Sir, you are a very brilliant man with a lot of biases that differentiate you from other brilliant Nigerians like you. We will do well and better as people in our actions, utterances, reasonings and judgment if we thrive to see things as a neutral observers. The reasons why many of our criminal politicians are looting us free is because of demonic forces or barriers of tribalism, cultural difference, language difference, and religious difference divide us. These politicians take advantage of this division, and they smart enough to set us against ourselves for their selfish interests. This is pure ignorance and is not of God Almighty. It is a pity that non of them care about the wellbeing and affairs of ordinary people except for President Muhammad Buhari within the past 32 years since he left office. Sir, I disagree with you on the notion that Nigeria is certainly beyond the capacity of one man’s wish. Why? This because PMB is not a dreamer like Jonathan. He has long records of achievements as one time military governor of Kastina state, Minister of Petroleum, PTF chairman, former Head of State, and now elected President of Nigeria. I won’t be listing all his achievement but one. As a minister of Petroleum, he built all the three refineries that were messed up and vandalized by subsequent leaders after him.

    Secondly, PMB never referred to himself as a messiah of any kind. However, Jonathan’s crazy and barbaric wife called his failed husband publicly a messiah of the people on many occasions during his failed reelection bid. Go on Utube to view video of her utterances during the failed 2015 campaign. PDP administration under Obasanjo and Jonathan was a total failure. However, Jonathan failure as a president as no comparison since the day of independence. I believe that our beloved nation is on the right paths of prosperity, economic growth, good governance, security, and accountability with PMB in power. It is better for this great Nigerian man to vet his political appointees appropriately before appointing them to various positions of authority. My brother, I think it is too earlier for anyone to judge PMB plans and good intentions in just 60 days in office. What we need as Nigerians at this critical moment is to pray for him to succeed in all his undertakings for the good of our beloved nation. May God use him to change our already battered country and many mess or shortcomings he inherited from dumb President Jonathan. PMB is not a miracle worker nor a magician that will change a terrible Nigerian situations around in 60 days or four years. But I believe that we will see great achievements in his first four years in office. Once again, thank you brother Ekekere for your many positive postings on this media. May God Almighty help President Buhari in the midst of many corrupt politicians to deliver the dividend of democracy to millions of suffering Nigerians that have been forgotten by many past governments and administrations. Amen.

  2. Dawaye

    July 21, 2015 at 10:30 PM

    Mr writer were u hired by PDP you tone is to harsh

  3. Lola O

    July 21, 2015 at 11:08 PM

    Dear Mr Analyst Ekereke, your comments and criticisms are well noted. Do you realize that President Buhari is not a magician? How do you expect one man to fix the mess that thousands, if not millions, created over a period of almost 40 years, in just two months? Did Buhari bring Nigeria into the state it currently finds itself, or the self interest, greed, lack of patriotism, disregard for the dignity/decency of life and indifference to the sufferings of others by your past leaders? Please give this President a break, a man who, at almost 80 years of age and who had in the past, contributed immensely to the betterment of Nigeria, retired and should be enjoying his twilight years now finds himself returning to power to salvage the country from the mess left by younger and brainless leaders like Jonathan. Support him by praying for his good health, stamina and wisdom to successfully navigate through the hardened core of corrupt vultures who have nothing to contribute than milk Nigeria dry. It will take more than what is left of President Buhari’s natural life to fix Nigeria, and unrelenting determination of future leaders to carry on the legacy of fixing Nigeria. Nigerians are a unique and difficult conglomeration of people to govern, that is why we are notorious and scrutinized around the world. Make positive contributions and fight corruption from an individual level right to the top, otherwise, please shut up.

  4. olaizo

    July 22, 2015 at 5:10 AM

    @ Lola, u ar da bomb, ur head dey there, if the guy samuel get head in he wont be saying those rubbish he dey write up and down, if you want be a good writer, go start to dey write food and nutrition textbook for jss3 student so that people will notice your talent from there not this one u dey do.
    Your own personal house wey no reach or pass 4members, u no fit stop the kids wey dey steal Meats from the pot and other bad acts dem dey do for over 15years, but u come here dey open mouth and begin dey blow Grammer say make buhari fix nigeria wey don rotten since 1960 in 2months under those hungry and greedy lion at the national assemble claiming to be rulling on democracy?? Have you forgotten that once Buhari sack bunch of them wey be bad eggs there, the remaining will gang up on him to impeach him coz they know their secret will soon be reveal and those money no go dey again, to stop corruption in this country na from how we dey talk and write wetin we no Sabi, in short na real shut up wey Lola tell u fit you to dey bear as surname, just shut up

  5. ekekere samuel

    July 25, 2015 at 12:10 PM

    i appreciate all your comments. i am actually not bias. im looking from the stand points of ethics. i believe that we need change and those who lead us must be accountable and responsible. i hope you read over the words i wrote. i am not critical of mr president. i am critical of nigerians.

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