What Will Buhari’s Legacy Be After 2023?
I have been thinking of what to remember President Muhammadu Buhari for after 2023.
Apart from the fight against corruption, which has since put former Governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu and the former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr Olisa Metuh behind the bars, Buhari will be remembered for failing to build a strong electoral system.
As at today, litigation has taken over the election as the alternative way to produce leaders.
The power of the electorate is being eroded everyday.
The president started well in the fight against insurgency but if things continue like this with saturated insecurity in the land, the president may have failed in this area.
Foreign investments have drastically reduced due to insecurity. The economy is not doing well, mostly because of insecurity.
No doubt, the present administration has done a lot in the area of infrastructure, mostly in the building of roads and rails, the aviation sector of the economy is not doing well.
Until a few weeks ago, the Lagos bound international flights were being diverted to Ghana for landing while most passengers had to travel on road from Ghana to Nigeria.
Buhari will be leaving a legacy of increased petrol pump price from N87 to N143 but with no fuel scarcity.
The administration has been able to devise a formula against incessant fuel scarcity that pervaded the past administrations despite fuel subsidy.
But Nigerians will blame this government for failing to stem the tide of terrorism, banditry, kidnapping and herdsmen notoriety.
He will be queried for clannishness. He will go like other past administrations that failed to provide adequate electric power infrastructure.
Buhari will be remembered for closing the land borders against the importation of more than 42 items, including foreign rice.
He will also be remembered for growing local rice and making it available in the market at a high price.
By the time the president will be leaving in 2023, may there be enough local rice at an affordable price, this will be the highlight of Buhari’s administration without which Nigerians will boo this government.
He will be remembered for his simplicity, which contradicts that of his children, the Bike rider Yusus and the Hanan who used the presidential fleet for an academic project.
Our president will be remembered for having an outspoken wife, Aisha who detests the cabals around his husband.
Our prayer is that this administration should deliver Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge railway.
Our prayer is that the president should be able to commission the busiest road in the country, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
Our prayer is that Mr Buhari should deliver the second Niger Bridge. These will go a long way in creating an enduring legacy for the present administration.