Buhari’s Change from Autocrat to Democrat, How Realistic?

Nigeria News take a look at the stance of President Muhammadu Buhari on some issues. How democratic is Mr President?

Change is a constant in the equation of life. It is subjective to individuals, groups and governments.


When the All Progressives Congress, APC came up with the slogan of “Change” towards the 2015 general election, what came to the minds of average Nigerians was a change from impunity, corruption and division among ethnic nationalities in Nigeria during the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan.


Change from a government in which public funds were being looted in broad daylight; where impunity reigned supreme and the economy was steadily nosediving.


However, the government of change took over power, still, the situation has not changed as most Nigerians had expected.


Though there are changes in the area of economic diversification as in agriculture; the government has improved on security in its fight against Boko Haram insurgency and the fight against corruption, the economy is yet to change the life of an average Nigerian.


For a few weeks now, President Muhammadu Buhari had been challenged from various quarters on how he had been handling some corruption allegations with disdain.


Last week, the president eventually fired the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Engineer Babachir Lawal and the former Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ayo Oke after about six months that the report of their investigation over corruption allegation was submitted to him.


The delay caused an uproar in the public space. But according to Mr Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the president on Media and Publicity, Mr Buhari had taken his time to study the report before he could take action.


He said that the president is now a Democrat and not an autocrat that he was between December 31, 1983, and August 27, 1985, while he was the Military Head of State.


In his article, “Just like the mills of the gods”, Adesina had described as Buhari as a meticulous leader and a Democrat who would follow the constitution before taking any action.


He said that Buhari would not act as he did in 1984 when he jailed almost all the politicians without legal process. It would be recalled that the Nigerian first executive president, Alhaji Shehu Shagari and many other politicians spent some months in the cell under Buhari military administration.


However, Adesina should be reminded that the operatives of the Department of States, DSS, raided the homes of six judges of the high and supreme courts without following due legal process during this Buhari’s democratic dispensation.


Perhaps, Adesina should be reminded that the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (RETD) is still languishing in the DSS cell over the allegation of corruption despite the court order that he should be released on bail.


Perhaps Adesina should be told that the president lacked the power to sack the embattled former Chairman of the Presidential Task Team on Pension Reform, Abdulrasheed Maina. That, only the Federal Civil Service Commission could terminate the Maina’s appointment.


Interestingly, Maina had since been sacked but the ministers who are members of the Buhari’s cabinet that aided the reinstatement of Maina, a wanted man by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission are still enjoying immunity.


Buhari had received a barrage of reports over the matter and according to Adesina, the president is studying it.


The president should be reminded that the leader of Shiite, an Islamic Movement, El-Shaki is still in the cell despite that the court had ordered his release. It appears Buhari is studying his report.


This is an administration that has four years and Mr President should know that he will not be there for eternity and will need to act on issues that can slow down the delivery of the present government.

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