Warning: Illegal string offset 'id' in /home/tellstor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wp-user-frontend/wpuf-functions.php on line 1601

Warning: Illegal string offset 'input_type' in /home/tellstor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wp-user-frontend/wpuf-functions.php on line 1606

Warning: Illegal string offset 'input_type' in /home/tellstor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wp-user-frontend/wpuf-functions.php on line 1615

Warning: Illegal string offset 'input_type' in /home/tellstor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wp-user-frontend/wpuf-functions.php on line 1626

Warning: Illegal string offset 'input_type' in /home/tellstor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wp-user-frontend/wpuf-functions.php on line 1630

Warning: Illegal string offset 'id' in /home/tellstor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wp-user-frontend/wpuf-functions.php on line 1601

Warning: Illegal string offset 'input_type' in /home/tellstor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wp-user-frontend/wpuf-functions.php on line 1606

Warning: Illegal string offset 'input_type' in /home/tellstor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wp-user-frontend/wpuf-functions.php on line 1615

Warning: Illegal string offset 'input_type' in /home/tellstor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wp-user-frontend/wpuf-functions.php on line 1626

Warning: Illegal string offset 'input_type' in /home/tellstor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wp-user-frontend/wpuf-functions.php on line 1630

Warning: Illegal string offset 'id' in /home/tellstor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wp-user-frontend/wpuf-functions.php on line 1601

Warning: Illegal string offset 'input_type' in /home/tellstor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wp-user-frontend/wpuf-functions.php on line 1606

Warning: Illegal string offset 'input_type' in /home/tellstor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wp-user-frontend/wpuf-functions.php on line 1615

Warning: Illegal string offset 'input_type' in /home/tellstor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wp-user-frontend/wpuf-functions.php on line 1626

Warning: Illegal string offset 'input_type' in /home/tellstor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wp-user-frontend/wpuf-functions.php on line 1630

Warning: Illegal string offset 'id' in /home/tellstor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wp-user-frontend/wpuf-functions.php on line 1601

Warning: Illegal string offset 'input_type' in /home/tellstor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wp-user-frontend/wpuf-functions.php on line 1606

Warning: Illegal string offset 'input_type' in /home/tellstor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wp-user-frontend/wpuf-functions.php on line 1615

Warning: Illegal string offset 'input_type' in /home/tellstor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wp-user-frontend/wpuf-functions.php on line 1626

Warning: Illegal string offset 'input_type' in /home/tellstor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wp-user-frontend/wpuf-functions.php on line 1630

Warning: Illegal string offset 'id' in /home/tellstor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wp-user-frontend/wpuf-functions.php on line 1601

Warning: Illegal string offset 'input_type' in /home/tellstor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wp-user-frontend/wpuf-functions.php on line 1606

Warning: Illegal string offset 'input_type' in /home/tellstor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wp-user-frontend/wpuf-functions.php on line 1615

Warning: Illegal string offset 'input_type' in /home/tellstor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wp-user-frontend/wpuf-functions.php on line 1626

Warning: Illegal string offset 'input_type' in /home/tellstor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wp-user-frontend/wpuf-functions.php on line 1630

Warning: Illegal string offset 'input_type' in /home/tellstor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wp-user-frontend/wpuf-functions.php on line 802

Warning: Illegal string offset 'input_type' in /home/tellstor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wp-user-frontend/wpuf-functions.php on line 802

Warning: Illegal string offset 'input_type' in /home/tellstor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wp-user-frontend/wpuf-functions.php on line 802

Warning: Illegal string offset 'input_type' in /home/tellstor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wp-user-frontend/wpuf-functions.php on line 802

Warning: Illegal string offset 'input_type' in /home/tellstor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wp-user-frontend/wpuf-functions.php on line 802

The Buhari Administration and the 7 unfavourable Elements

The Buhari Administration and the 7 unfavourable Elements

Warning: Illegal string offset 'id' in /home/tellstor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wp-user-frontend/wpuf-functions.php on line 1601

Warning: Illegal string offset 'input_type' in /home/tellstor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wp-user-frontend/wpuf-functions.php on line 1606

Warning: Illegal string offset 'input_type' in /home/tellstor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wp-user-frontend/wpuf-functions.php on line 1615

Warning: Illegal string offset 'input_type' in /home/tellstor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wp-user-frontend/wpuf-functions.php on line 1626

Warning: Illegal string offset 'input_type' in /home/tellstor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wp-user-frontend/wpuf-functions.php on line 1630

Warning: Illegal string offset 'id' in /home/tellstor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wp-user-frontend/wpuf-functions.php on line 1601

Warning: Illegal string offset 'input_type' in /home/tellstor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wp-user-frontend/wpuf-functions.php on line 1606

Warning: Illegal string offset 'input_type' in /home/tellstor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wp-user-frontend/wpuf-functions.php on line 1615

Warning: Illegal string offset 'input_type' in /home/tellstor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wp-user-frontend/wpuf-functions.php on line 1626

Warning: Illegal string offset 'input_type' in /home/tellstor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wp-user-frontend/wpuf-functions.php on line 1630

Warning: Illegal string offset 'id' in /home/tellstor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wp-user-frontend/wpuf-functions.php on line 1601

Warning: Illegal string offset 'input_type' in /home/tellstor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wp-user-frontend/wpuf-functions.php on line 1606

Warning: Illegal string offset 'input_type' in /home/tellstor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wp-user-frontend/wpuf-functions.php on line 1615

Warning: Illegal string offset 'input_type' in /home/tellstor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wp-user-frontend/wpuf-functions.php on line 1626

Warning: Illegal string offset 'input_type' in /home/tellstor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wp-user-frontend/wpuf-functions.php on line 1630

Warning: Illegal string offset 'id' in /home/tellstor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wp-user-frontend/wpuf-functions.php on line 1601

Warning: Illegal string offset 'input_type' in /home/tellstor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wp-user-frontend/wpuf-functions.php on line 1606

Warning: Illegal string offset 'input_type' in /home/tellstor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wp-user-frontend/wpuf-functions.php on line 1615

Warning: Illegal string offset 'input_type' in /home/tellstor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wp-user-frontend/wpuf-functions.php on line 1626

Warning: Illegal string offset 'input_type' in /home/tellstor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wp-user-frontend/wpuf-functions.php on line 1630

Warning: Illegal string offset 'id' in /home/tellstor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wp-user-frontend/wpuf-functions.php on line 1601

Warning: Illegal string offset 'input_type' in /home/tellstor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wp-user-frontend/wpuf-functions.php on line 1606

Warning: Illegal string offset 'input_type' in /home/tellstor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wp-user-frontend/wpuf-functions.php on line 1615

Warning: Illegal string offset 'input_type' in /home/tellstor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wp-user-frontend/wpuf-functions.php on line 1626

Warning: Illegal string offset 'input_type' in /home/tellstor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wp-user-frontend/wpuf-functions.php on line 1630

Warning: Illegal string offset 'input_type' in /home/tellstor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wp-user-frontend/wpuf-functions.php on line 802

Warning: Illegal string offset 'input_type' in /home/tellstor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wp-user-frontend/wpuf-functions.php on line 802

Warning: Illegal string offset 'input_type' in /home/tellstor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wp-user-frontend/wpuf-functions.php on line 802

Warning: Illegal string offset 'input_type' in /home/tellstor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wp-user-frontend/wpuf-functions.php on line 802

Warning: Illegal string offset 'input_type' in /home/tellstor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wp-user-frontend/wpuf-functions.php on line 802

 

The administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has suffered and is still suffering from certain unfavourable elements.
Still very fresh in the minds of Nigerians was the 2015 general election which ushered in the administration of the retired military general – General Muhammadu Buhari, after 3 unsuccessful trials. It is unprecedented in Nigeria that a sitting president be defeated in a general election. Since the beginning of democracratic rule in 1999, the country has been ruled by a single political party – The People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Since the emergence of Muhammadu Buhari as the country’s president, there have been mixed reactions with regards to his performance. To some, he is doing a very wonderful job; as he has successfully reduced the activities of the dreaded terrorist group (Boko Haram), and tackled corruption and its practices. However, others are of the opinion that he has brought the country to its knees; as he has successfully crippled the country’s economy and unleashed suffering and hunger upon the vulnerable masses.
Nonetheless, from my own point of view, certain unfavourable elements are responsible for the setback in the Buhari led administration:

  1. The political party
  2. The opposition
  3. The legislature
  4. The judiciary
  5. The extremists and religious bigots
  6. The media and;
  7. The peoples’ attitude

The Party
In Nigeria, although there are quite a number of political parties, but the truth is only two from amongst them are well known when it comes to national politics: the All Progressive Congress (APC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). Another saddening truth about these parties is that the same sets of people leave a particular party to form another. In other words, it is only the names of the parties that change, the people remain the same. This is a major problem faced by the Buhari led administration.
The political party that brought Muhammadu Buhari into power, the APC, has in it some of the individuals who have wrecked the country’s economy in the past. Nigerians thought that the new political party (ie APC) would be made up of decent individuals. But I think they failed to realize that it was only the name of the party that changed, the people never changed. They are the same people who left their parties to form another. Their ideology and principles remain the same. It would not be surprising if some of the “big names” in the APC are found to be fervent supporters and loyalist to the opposition party, PDP.

The Opposition
There is no doubt about the fact that there is always a need for a functional opposition in every administration. This will help keep the party in power in check. It will also keep the administration on its toes. The fear of not losing to the opposition in the next election will make them fulfill the mandate given to them by the people.
However, it becomes another thing when the opposition meant to serve as a form of check now sees that as an opportunity to witch-hunt and constitute nuisance about in the country. This becomes a problem for the party in power.
This problem is very evident in the Buhari led administration. The opposition party (PDP), rather than serve as a check to the current administration, is adding to it already overwhelming problems. The likes of Ayodele Fayose, Nyesom Wike, Femi Fani Kayode, amongst others are popular examples of noise makers in the country. They seem not to have gotten over the defeat they suffered from the APC in the last presidential election.

The Legislature
The legislators also referred to as the lawmakers are no doubt one of the many problems Nigeria is battling with. These are people who are supposed to be representatives of their people. But the kinds of legislators we have are those who only care about themselves and their family members alone.
Ordinarily, the bicameral structure/nature of the National Assemble (ie the Senate and the House of Representatives) is too expensive for the country to continue to run. As a matter of fact, most times, I find it very difficult to differentiate between their duties. Aside from that, these lawmakers now see the National Assemble as a safe haven for themselves after serving in capacities such as Governor, Minister, Ambassador, Commissioner, etc.
During the Goodluck Jonathan regime as the president of the country, David Mark as well as Aminu Tambuwal – the senate president and the speaker of the House of Representatives respectively, made the passage of budgets as well as other bills very easy and successful. One would say that was possible because the duo were members of the PDP, the ruling party then. What then would be said of this present administration? Both the senate president (Bukola Saraki) and the speaker of the House of Representatives (Yakubu Dogara) are members of the ruling party, APC. Yet, both chambers made the passage of bills, budgets, as well as the screening of nominees by the president, Muhammadu Buhari very difficult, and most time impossible. Does it mean that there are oppositions in the ruling party? Only time will tell. I am very sure that observant Nigerians still remember the occasion that brought in Bukola Saraki as the Senate president. Can it be the reason why it has to be Sen. Ike Ekweremadu, a staunch PDP member who is his deputy? No doubt, the legislators are an unfavourable element in the Buhari led administration.

The Judiciary
Not very long ago did President Buhari himself affirm that the judiciary is the only headache he has. I don’t think the judiciary is the only headache he should have anyway. The judiciary I think should only be one of them. “Justice delayed is justice denied”, is a popular saying amongst the legal professionals. The judiciary which is supposed to be a major proponent of the fight against corruption is pitifully a major supporter of corrupt officials. This is very disheartening.
Lawyers and judges continue to demand for proofs before verdicts are made, whereas, the proofs they seek are right in front of them and they fail to realize it. These people aid corruption and its practices in Nigeria to the extent that a criminal would be the one requesting to be charged to court. This is because he knows he can easily find his way through. When a young man steals a worthless commodity in the market, he will be burnt alive. But when the so called politicians steal billions and trillions of naira, the court will only demand for few thousands and millions as bail. This is very annoying. Today, even judges of the federal high court are caught in the act of corruption. Who then is deceiving who? This is an evident setback in the President Buhari’s fight against corruption.

The Extremists and the Religious Bigots
No doubt, religious extremism and intolerance are well associated with the Buhari led administration. Nigerians have never been this religious intolerant before. Upon his emergence as the President of the country, president Buhari has severally been accused of favouring the Muslims. According to them, Buhari’s main motive is to Islamize the country. Truth be told, I have never heard of the word “Islamize” or “Christianize” before, not until the emergence of Buhari as the country’s president. However, the fact remains that their accusation is baseless and lacks authenticity.
Lets come to think of it; how does he even plan to achieve that? The vice President is a staunch Christian; in his cabinet, there are 18 Christian ministers, the same number as that of the Muslim ministers. I wonder how he will manage to achieve the so called Islamization agenda he is being accused of plotting. It should also be noted that out of the 36 states of the country, excluding the FCT, 17 of those states’ governors are Christians. I also wonder what they will be looking at when president Buhari begins his Islamization agenda. This accusation is false and at such should be thrown out through the window. The bottom line is that religious bigotry has actually hampered the success of the Buhari led administration.
On the other hand are the Boko Haram terrorists, who have taken most of the Buhari led administration’s time and resources. A large chunk of the country’s yearly budget is usually being spent on combating insurgency; leaving other equally important sectors of the country less attended to. This is also a major setback.

The Media
Journalism according to Merriam Webster is “writing characterized by a direct presentation of facts or description of events…” Unfortunately what we see today as journalism are writings characterized by direct presentation of unrealities and conjecture. The press, informally regarded as the forth arm of government after the executive, legislature and the judiciary; used to be the masses’ last resort for getting factual and reliable information. But today, the press has become a tool for easy and swift propagation of lies and untrue stories. What a pity!
Media houses now derive pleasure in publishing news even before verifying their authenticity. Maybe because they are very many now, media houses now compete to be the very first to publish a story; forgetting the fact that it is the authenticity of their news that matters and not necessarily who publishes first.
The media, especially the online and print media, has done more harm than good to the Buhari led administration. They derive more pleasure in publishing the mistakes of the administration than its good works. At times I feel like the media always long for mistakes from the Buhari administration. Twice had various media houses reported the death of Buhari while he was away abroad. This really caused uproar amongst Nigerians home and abroad. The media continually bombard Nigerians with unverified news about the Buhari administration, which leaves so many people confused and develop unnecessary hatred towards the administration. The media does very little or nothing at all to project a good image for the country.
It would however be unfair not to admit that there are some media houses that tend to publish very true and verified news. However, compared to those who publish fake news, they are very little. This is no doubt a major setback in the Buhari administration.

The People’s Attitude
Lastly, the Buhari led administration is also being constantly criticized and accused of underperforming. This is because Nigerians were expecting miracle; they expected that President Buhari would change the country from bad to good overnight, which is impossible. What they fail to take cognizance of is that President Buhari is a human, more also; the process of restoring an almost failed country takes time. The people are also oblivious of the fact that “the condition of a place and its people will not change for the better unless and until the people themselves change their ways”. The people of Nigeria want a corrupt free country, but they themselves refuse to let go corruption and its practices. Today, international communities are no longer willing to help Nigeria because of their view of Nigerians as being fraudulent and corrupt.
Most Nigerians are spendthrifts, they spend on frivolities. Nigeria has become a ready market for frivolous commodities. Some Nigerians lack compassion and are selfish. Nigerians seize every unfortunate situation in the country to exploit vulnerable fellow Nigerians: fuel scarcity is a popular example. Yet they expect miracle from Buhari. Buhari alone cannot change all these. Hence the people have to change themselves. This is the true and only effective change.
In conclusion, it would be very unfair to say that the Buhari led administration has done nothing. However, I’m also of the view that the Buhari led administration can do better; all it needs to do is to put it house in order and take real charge of the governance of the country.
God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

This is from me to you….

Share this:


Like
Like Love Haha Wow Sad Angry
81
Did you enjoy this story? Then pay a tip:

Tip author


What do you think?

Join The Tell! Community

Read, and write on Africa's most creative community for writers, thinkers and storytellers

Get Started