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Saraki’s Emergence As Senate President Has Rubbished APC & Buhari’s Ability To Lead Nigeria


Saraki’s Emergence As Senate President Has Rubbished APC & Buhari’s Ability To Lead Nigeria

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June 17, 2015 – Saraki’s Emergence As Senate President Has Rubbished APC & Buhari’s Ability To Lead Nigeria – Samuel Ekekere


The administration of president Buhari is in full swing and Nigerians are setting their eyes to watch at how change will arrive. The first two weeks is almost gone with the challenges inherited from the previous government still lurking around. the price of fuel hasn’t returned to its former price, Boko Haram hasn’t abated one bit, they’ve proved stronger than was once thought. Party politics has begun playing out and even the president who had suggested that he was allowing the senate freehand to select its officers had to hurry back from the G7 summit to interfere with normal procedures.

Lately, the internet was filled with wish lists, lists of things that the president is hoping help could arrive from Europe and America for. Nigerians are already beginning to suggest that Mr. Buhari is making us beggars when we have quite a lot in our soil to produce wealth from. The sad news is that there is nothing on that list that is a diversion of what previous governments have always wished for.
Nigerians have being too anticipative of change and they are expecting that they will have to wake to a new way of life. Nigerians want to see things done differently and its few weeks already; it seems things are still the same. It started with ICPC declaring Sylva, a chief campaign officer for Buhari free of financial crime charges. It’s ridiculous and opposite of the financial crime war which the former general declared he was going to fight once he gets on the seat.

If the president is expecting an easy ride through his presidency, then he must be in space. He is in the hottest seat in Africa, has the strongest opposition against him the PDP and is being watched keenly by over 180 million people who don’t want to be messed with. The pressure of his office is only beginning to reveal itself now that he has the responsibility of appointing ministers and aides and then discovers that he can never be for everybody and for nobody at the same time.

Recent happenings in the senate have further put to light the immense challenge which the change president will and is already facing. The president should be now aware that it takes a “really strong” man to rule this nation especially at this time when truly strong men have found their way into the corridors of the nation’s senate. Saraki’s emergence as senate president has rubbished any speculation of the leadership of the APC taking full control of the governing system and has given impetus to the belief that the PDP may certainly be spoilers for the President.

Taunts are already arriving against the new president from Nigerians who are beginning to see what they describe as the naivety of the president. Buhari seems weak to take up this change fight, especially that of corruption. He certainly will be no match for the already tried and tested political gurus in the senate who have played politics over the years and have tested their strength and courage, men like Akpabio, Saraki, David Mark etc.

Core supporters of Buhari’s change are beginning to wonder if the change they actually propagated was what was actually manifesting or a continuation of the old way. A recent comment by Prof Pat Utomi that Nigerians window of change had being seized by forces puts credence to the fact that Nigerians are already being short-changed.

Is APC that platform for change or should we expect another? PDP are bent on making Nigerians believe that the APC are only fooling Nigerians. The waves of attacks have not arrived yet. They will start soon, and when they do, the president will have to pray really hard. The opposition PDP is preparing their arsenals for a battle to finish as they plot their 2019 comeback; they have learnt lessons and will not fail next time around, it is believed.

Speculations arriving from top brass in the APC show some discontent at the choice of candidates for ministerial positions. Everyone wants to be on the list but no one is. The south-east and south-south are clamoring for so much of more in the cabinet but the big wigs who are majorly from the south-west are claiming they deserve more than a fair national cake since they played a major role in Oga Buhari’s ascendance to the presidential throne. They think they deserve the more juicy ministerial positions.

The PDP are taking keen interest at how things will go. Under her leadership, the PDP had developed an appointment sharing formulae that serviced every part of Nigeria. They’d certainly use that against the APC if they fail to share political appointments across board. The APC are aware and are on the tinkering at the moment what they must do to repel and dispel the PDP.

Political observers are watching keenly how the APC will manage to overcome the hurdle that is set before her. Buhari has a lot to do. He must know that it’s no longer four years remaining but three years and some days and the days of travelling overseas should be over. It’s time to fix Nigeria.

The world may be celebrating a new government and a wonderful African version of Abraham Lincoln’s story. Nigerians know the story, what we want is the action, the action promised to Nigerians. Time is ticking and everyday without an act towards the promise is wasted.
Nigerians still need change; Nigeria still needs someone to fix her. On Buhari and APC we are waiting.

[By SAMUEL UFOT EKEKERE, twitter:@ekekere,, +2347062809301]



  1. Debby Omaseun

    June 17, 2015 at 7:57 PM

    The party started on a bad lane, they are heading to nowhere

  2. Chidi obi

    June 17, 2015 at 8:13 PM

    As long as am concern pdp slnce 1999 have done nothing less give others a change.

  3. Chidi obi

    June 17, 2015 at 8:18 PM

    As long as am concern pdp slnce 1999 has done nothing till date so less give others a chance

  4. Oluwafemi Philip

    June 17, 2015 at 9:13 PM


  5. Grace

    June 17, 2015 at 9:39 PM

    Too early. Why not give him time and pray for this change to come.

  6. Jilo

    June 17, 2015 at 9:43 PM

    I would like to respond to some facts from this article. First, the time is ticking, there is no time on the side of the incumbent. The party time is over, traveling time should be limited by the President. President can assign his deputy to represent him on certain occasions that is why he has a deputy. These are all facts. According to this writer it is time to get serious about Country business. Also Buhari needs to be pro-active and start to be firm with his decisions. Gone are the days when Nigeria was around 60 million. We have quadruple that figure now. Any leader voted in this position has to be ready from day one. Although it’s still early to evaluate and assess but the time is count down.

  7. CΦnscieΩce-1

    June 17, 2015 at 11:29 PM

    The earlier we Nigerians, begin to realise that the CHANGE we all earnestly so crave for will NEVER come to our door steps via DHL,the better and the wiser we will all become in future. Change can only come to us, if we as individuals, especially the youth of this nation start to take some actions by having their destinies in their own hands and through their actions.
    Compare some of the countries that have had revolution in the past i.e Egypt,Libya and Burkina Faso –we will see that they all have one thing in common the “Will-power of the people”.
    The late Thomas Sankara once said; “You cannot carry out fundamental CHANGE without a certain amount of madness”.
    The late M.K.O Abiola also said; “No new born baby is born without seeing blood”.
    The late Fela Anikulapo –Kuti also stated…. in one of his songs “suffering and smiling” that Nigerians, love to suffer and smile, Fela went on to describe the character of the average Nigerian-which he described as very timid…according to Fela,when you ask an average Nigerian to stage a protest he would say.. “I no wan die now, my mama dey for house my papa dey for house- I wan build house I no wan quench”. This unfortunately is the mindset of an average Nigerian.
    So until the youths and the entire oppressed populace of this great nation called Nigeria, begin to say “NO” and be ready to lay down our lives for CHANGE! that change we all yearn for will continue to elude us. Hence the likes of Saraki,Babagida,Abdul Salam Abubakar,Obansajo and the rest of these corrupt cabals will continue to rule us through; usurping power thus denying us our God given rights as individuals.
    Let the youth and concerned oppressed Nigerian begin to form opposition rallies and stage protests-let us all allow our voices be heard .That is the CHANGE that will CHANGE Nigeria for good rather than us expecting CHANGE by DHL delivery on our door steps.
    Buhari, cannot do this CHANGE agenda alone, especially with Saraki, as the senate president. I totally agree with the assertions of Prof Pat Utomi that the PDP have completely hijacked the CHANGE agenda from APC and Buhari.(No thanks to Bukola Saraki and his corrupt gang).
    The question that should be on everybody’s lips is this; what are we doing as individuals to CHANGE this country?


    June 18, 2015 at 1:57 AM

    I save my comments 4 now.

  9. monday

    June 18, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    buhari is a disaster waiting to happen. I sorry for Nigeria.

  10. love

    June 18, 2015 at 3:25 PM

    Apc is nothing but bunch of thieves from PDP, they left cos they were not getting their ways anymore. I see no change until all this political vultures are wiped out. Tinabu & co are all problems.

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