Seeking The Consent Of A Doubtful President; Buhari’s Story
Nigeria News takes a look at the plots to bring President Muhammadu Buhari back in 2019 against all odds.
About a week ago, Reuters, an international news agency based in the United Kingdom, claimed President Muhammadu Buhari was not sure about contesting in 2019.
The presidency denounced the report saying there was nothing like that. Recent security challenges in the country are enough for a man of 74 to want to have a break from governance but because of so many factors, Buhari may want to try again in 2019.
The last three years have been tough, even though the presidency and the All Progressives Congress-led government believe the current administration has done well.
It has done well in fighting corruption and of course, its records of infrastructural development, judging by over 70 percent 2017 budget performance of the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing.
Maybe Nigerians will begin to see physically, the infrastructures of the railway, good roads, stable electricity before the next election, only the time will tell.
It will be an understatement to say that Buhari is overwhelmed. He met greater challenges than what he envisaged, including some of his foot soldiers like the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola.
Recalled the minister’s words during the campaign in 2014 that a responsible government would fix power within six months. Two years on, the power sector is still battling with the blackout. Perhaps, Fashola would have done better but it took Buhari six months to announce his cabinet members.
The president said that he would be slow and steady. Truly, he is living his words, the government is moving at a very slow pace and the question to ask is; must this continue for another four years?
The Senate had accused the president of using incompetent hands to run the affairs of the country but it had failed to speak on the president’s body language, which of course had burnt down the enthusiasm of many ministers for work.
Most times, Nigerian politicians speak what their bosses want to hear not what it is right. Buhari wants those who will tell him the truth, according to his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina but it is unfortunate that many of the political elites are sycophants.
They work to please the president instead of the country. They want the president to contest for 2019 election even when they know that Mr Buhari may not have the stamina to run again at his age.
They set up the campaign office for a president that has not signified his intention to contest again. Perhaps they know his mind. Of course, they may know Buhari more than 180 million Nigerians, the president past records do not show he is power drunk.
And from fillers, Buhari has refused to formally tell APC his ambition towards 2019 election but there are growing forces who want him back possibly for their selfish goals.
As he put it, the National Chairman of APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, the army of supporters will back Buhari as soon as the president announces his intention.
Oyegun does not only want Buhari, he also wants to keep his seat. Until then, Buhari’s heart remains close to himself.