Why Buhari May Not Be Among Nigeria Great Leaders
ElevateNews takes a look at the past leaders in Nigeria and what Nigerians will remember them for.
President Muhammadu Buhari may have come at the wrong time, 30 years after he first ruled this country as a military leader, his works on infrastructure will become a legacy.
His government is making every effort to build rail and road infrastructure; to take Nigeria out of the mono-economy of oil through diversification into agriculture.
His government has done better than his predecessor, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan in the fight against terrorism but his government has not been able to alleviate the economic hardship on the masses despite his social investment service.
Nigerians will talk about how Buhari fought corruption by recovering looted funds both at home and abroad but they will remind us that despite this effort, corruption has remained in the country.
It will be in history that the president enjoyed the support of the masses to have been elected in 2015 but failed to justify his election because he could not fix the fallen education and health sectors.
However, Buhari will be remembered for hearkening to the voice of the civil servants to increase the minimum wage to N30, 000 but many will still cry over his closure of the border and lack of foreign rice.
Only a few Nigeria past leaders have enjoyed accolades from Nigerians even though they have their shortcomings, Nigerians still honour them in some areas.
Almost all leaders of the pre-colonial era enjoy the accolades and they include, Sir Tafawa Balewa, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Sir Ahmadu Bello.
In the post-colonial era, the likes of Gen. Yakubu Gowon, Late Murtala Mohammed are seeing as two of the best military leaders Nigeria has ever produced.
Of course, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s legacy is unparalleled despite his many shortcomings as a human being. The former military Head of State, Gen. Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida did some good jobs that endeared him to many Nigerians.
Babangida’s economic team and the quality of men and women who worked with him to achieve some great feats is a record beater but his singular error over the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential election will continue to haunt him.
Obasanjo’s performance on the economy, security, and international dealings were great but his love for power, seeking third term from the backdoor tainted his image. However, when leaders are mentioned, Obasanjo’s name will ring bell for his detribalized posture among all of them. He remains relevant till tomorrow in the politics of Nigeria.
Late President Umoru Musa Yar’Adua’s brief time on the seat created some good impressions, especially when he reduced the pump price of fuel. Also, President Goodluck Jonathan’s role in the election of 2015 when he conceded to Buhari when the counting was not yet concluded is a history that will never be erased.
Buhari may be doing somethings now to build a future for Nigeria, Nigerians will easily forget him after eight years because he has come at the wrong time. He was respected as a military ruler. That was why Nigerians brought him back but as a civilian president, he has not been so impressive.