Can Nigerians Bank On Buhari’s Integrity In 2019?
Nigeria News take a look at the political future of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 election as regards his dwindling integrity.
It was clear that Nigerians were fed up with the regime of the immediate past administration of President Goodluck Jonathan prior to the 2015 general election.
It was a period dollars was shared in bales in broad daylight to voters and thugs to ensure the re-election of Jonathan.
I was not told. I saw it at campaign grounds, polling stations, churches and mosques as monies in different currencies were being distributed by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP the then ruling party to those who could help it regain power.
Journalists also took large chunks of the looted funds to hype the political elites who were aspiring for positions.
It was a period the poor masses could afford two square meal as parts of the money were shared to them to buy foodstuffs. That was what the politicians did to buy votes.
But unfortunately for the PDP and Jonathan, the party lost to the newly formed All Progressives Congress, APC.
The looted funds turned out to be the $2.1 billion allocated for the procurement of arms to battle the Boko Haram insurgency.
The former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki was in charge of the funds.
He effectively diverted the money to campaign for Jonathan who was bent on winning the presidential election by all means.
Dasuki is facing serious prosecution by the present government over his role in the diversion of the arms funds.
It was due to this impunity and corrupt practices that made Nigerians turned against Jonathan and voted for Muhammadu Buhari.
To many, Buhari is a man of integrity and has the ability to instil discipline, prudence and justice.
Buhari’s public rating suddenly rose as soon as he was elected as the APC candidate. His past records as a military head of state between 1983 and 1985 were assessed as a man who would not compromise his stance.
He won the presidential election in April in grand style and assumed power on May 29, 2015, with “Change” slogan.
However, vagueness set in the administration when after six months of assumption, President Buhari could not announce the names of his cabinet members.
Expectedly, Nigerians began to question the indecisiveness of a regime that was supposed to hit the ground running.
After much ado, the Federal Executive Council was born and since it came on board, the most significant thing the government has done is fighting against corruption.
It exposed the fraud of the past administration and prosecuted many of the public office holders in Jonathan’s government, including the wife of the former president, Patience Jonathan.
Buhari subdued Boko Haram in the area of insecurity and managed the country’s economic recession for almost two years.
However, the latest development, in which some members of the Buhari’s cabinet have been alleged to have involved in frauds throws a clog in the wheel of the present government.
President Buhari has been indecisive in his action against those who were found to be culpable in the recent reinstatement of the former Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reform, Abdulrasheed Maina.
The Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau and the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami were involved in the fraud, yet Buhari has not taken any decision against them even when he realized that the reinstatement of Maina was a fraud.
The president ordered the sack of Maina but retained the accomplices.
The president had received various reports of how Maina came back into the service after he had been declared wanted by the EFCC over pension fraud.
He is studying the reports but Nigerians are beginning to dislike the indecisive actions of the president when his aides are alleged in fraudulent activities. The president has integrity but what of his body language that is highly insulated with indecision?