Yes, we are desperate
By Abel Udoekene
For the last three years those of us who are critical admirer of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration have warned that they have been no correlation between Buhari’s electioneering campaign promises and recent political and economic realities.
Whether you are a supporter of the president or not, you cannot dispute the facts that the misdeeds of president Buhari’s administration is very visible to the blind and loud enough that foreign media had condemned his role on managing the crisis between suspected Fulani herdsmen and farmer in some part of the country.
Vocal opposition to the president like Reno Omokri recently opined that it was wrong for the president to proscribed IPOB a terrorist group, clamp down on Shiites and jailed their leader but has refused to take any action on the Fulani herdsmen issue.
It presupposes to say, for example while the Presidency and indeed APC apologist are trying to shift the blame on foreigners (as perpetrators), desperate politicians (as sponsors) and the media for reporting the news, more and more people are being killed everyday. This is not just a theory, it’s an ongoing crisis that need urgent attention and we are desperate for solution.
From 2015 to the present, Nigerians have tasted, seen the success, the failure, the projection and the passion of president Buhari’s lead APC government to implement the much talked about change agenda and transform the economy of the country but the International Monetary Fund (IMF) cannot be wrong when they concluded earlier this year that Nigerians were getting poorer and there was need for coherent and comprehensive economic reforms, yes we are desperate.
In the process of manipulating Nigerians to twist fact, some weeks ago, a minister dismisses a report by Brookings Institution that Nigeria was now the poverty capital of the World as not significant, while this kind of attitude is expected and a stigma of ‘Stomach politics’ Nigeria are now wiser, the rate of unemployment is alarming and we are desperate for urgent economic reforms.
The Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun – NYSC saga is just one case out of many cases that has shown the strength of president Buhari’s fight against corruption, if the certificate was forged as Premium Times reported, we expect justice, but seeing what happen to Babachir Lawal, Maina gate saga, etc, the news will disappear few weeks from now with no trace of truth, denial or persecution. Yes we are desperate for justice.
The Abacha loots sharing saga presents so many unanswered question, while I personally commend President Buhari for initiating the NPower program, I was expecting the Federal government to invest the repatriated funds in creating employment opportunities through NPower or another scheme for millions of Nigeria graduate roaming the street for job opportunities, but the advent of stomach politics has corrupted the whole process and we can only wish that at least some percentage of the funds will get to those that will truly appreciate it, yes we are desperate for reforms.
We are desperate to get it right in 2019.
We are desperate for president Buhari to do all within it power and end the killings of innocent Nigerians
We are desperate to see how the government can work with the private sector and create employment oppotunites for Nigerians
We are desperate for urgent political, social and economic reforms
We are desperate for restructuring,
We are desperate for a new Nigeria.
Yes, we are very very desperate.
Abel Udoekene is a writer and the Editor of Nigeria Today and can be reached via [email protected]