During the last administration which had president Goodluck jonathan as head, Nigerians thought they had seen the worst of governance and the worst of inhumanity man could display towards his fellow man. We collectively condemned the then president for what we saw as a ‘’not good enough’’ attitude to events happening in the country. The north-eastern part of the geo-political zones was worse hit by violence, as the terrorist boko-haram sect inflicted pain on the country. At first it seemed like it was a religious attack against Christians as churches seemed to be the primary targets of these servants of evil, but over time it was realized that it was not really an attack on Christians alone as mosques also began to suffer similar fate. Then in April 2014, events took another turn as over 200 school girls were abducted in their school, many of whom still remain captives today. This and other things proved costly to president Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election bid in the 2015 general elections as Nigerians voted him out.
While his tenure had yet to elapse, president Goodluck Jonathan was widely criticized, condemned and literally insulted by Nigerians, young, old, men, women, chief among them was the then opposition party, the all progressives congress(APC), though they are the direct opposite of their party’s name and their name should have been all retrogressives congress(ARC). The word ‘’clueless’’ became the most commonly used among Nigerians. However, in all of these the president and his party, the peoples democratic party (PDP) never harassed anyone for criticizing the president, Nigerians were not divided into ‘’wailers’’ and ‘’hailers’’ as we now have. As a matter of fact, president Goodluck Jonathan accepted all that he was called, and once said the following words, ‘’I am the most abused and insulted president in the world, but when I leave office you will all remember me for the total freedom you enjoyed under my government’’. Yes, there was freedom under his government, but Nigerians wanted more, much more and rightly so.
On the 29th May, 2015 when president muhamadu Buhari took over the government, Nigerians sighed for relief, hoping an end had come to the many demons tormenting Nigeria, especially the demon called violence. Unfortunately we were mistaken, the last three years have been all that we wanted to erase with our 2015 choice, those things have even become worse. Like Robert Kelly if one could turn back the hand of the time, not a few Nigerians would turn it. If we do, we may not necessarily re-elect Goodluck Jonathan and the PDP, but we sure would not elect president Buhari nor the APC. Never has governance been this bad in the country’s history, not even during the reign of the dreaded general Sani Abacha. President Buhari and his government have claimed on several occasions that they have defeated boko-haram, but the abduction and release of the Dapchi school girls rubbishes every such claim. Boko-haram have not only remained undefeated, but they have gone on a new level of defiance, their current confidence is such that has never been displayed, this was evident when they returned the abducted Dapchi girls, they were reported to have walked into Dapchi, released the girls and then had like a town hall meeting with the Dapchi people, telling them that they did not know the girls were muslims, otherwise they would not have abducted them in the first place, and that was why they held on, and still do, to one of the girls, little Leah Sharibu who is a Christian and refused to renounce her faith.
Now if it was only boko-haram we were dealing with like during the last administration, it would be better, but an even more deadly group has taken up the evil job of shedding innocent blood in the country, the evil Fulani herdsmen. They have killed and destroyed almost like we have never seen before in this country. From benue to adamawa, ondo to Taraba, plateau to kaduna, it has been a bloody trail. As Nigerians complain about these evils, the government of president Buhari turns a deaf hear, and tag the people ‘’wailers’’. How insensitive and irresponsible can a government be? Rather than resolve this tragedy and prosecute the perpetrators, president Buhari has suggested that the victims of this violence tolerate and accommodate their killers. The inspector general of police, a man whose job it is to prevent and punish crime, has also publicly defended the criminals, blaming the victims for the attacks. These irresponsible and insensitive statements from both the president and the IG are the reasons the herdsmen and their umbrella body, the miyeti allah, have continued this madness, because they know they have the support of government, or at least they are sure there would be no consequences as long as Buhari reigns.
President Buhari has not received half of the criticism that his predecessor received, but he and his men would have nobody tell them to do the right thing. Senator Dino Melaye can tell a lot about this. Honourable Toby Okechukwu, a member of the federal house of representatives, should probably watch his back now for speaking out against the ills in the country and demanding that the president and his men change their ways before the country is consumed. He however seems to not really expect them to heed the voice of reason as he thereafter said on the floor of the house ‘’Mr speaker if we (members of the house of representative) cannot stand up and enforce the constitution, then we should find another job’’. The intolerance of the president and his men is unmatched, to think they did worse while they were yet to get to aso rock. Rather than take up the responsibility required of them and resolve these issues, the current government only knows to shift blames, even the late muammar Gaddafi of Libya is not spared in their blame game.
However, the most unfortunate of all these are the veiled worshipers of president Buhari, who see no wrong in the sorry manner the president has governed in the last three years. They will stop at nothing to defend their god, you cannot blame them though, the veil covering their eyes seems to be stronger than that of the temple. The worst of this group are those who claim to be learned, they obviously did not learn reason and empathy.They have so lowered the expectation of what governance is that a visit of their god to the white house was something to be celebrated. They keep explaining away the obvious failings of this god, to them he can do absolutely no wrong. All the things these people nailed president Goodluck Jonathan for, and rightly so, are now happening at a rate never seen before, but because it is Buhari, those things have taken up new identity and are now virtues. You can worship him all you want, but isn’t there supposed to be a limit to naivety?
It is very shameful for people to trivialize everything in this country, especially when it is about life and living. Last week the servants of evil struck again in adamawa and what some people could talk about it was that it happened to Muslims, so why is nobody protesting for them,condemning CAN members who protested against the killings in the north. Islamic organizations too should come out and protest, traditionalists should also protest. We all should protest and ask the government to be responsible and be humane. Must we talk of everything in the political-opposition context? Did Burkina-babes remember or cared about Thomas Sankara's religion? No, all they wanted, and which he gave them, was a responsible government.
In 1993 religion or ethnicity did not matter, all thatNigerians wanted was solution to our problems, and MKO Abiola represented that, at least so we believed. Same thing in 2015, but unfortunately the country has been all that we wanted to erase with our 2015 choice.
If we chose president Buhari then, why should we not talk if he is not what we expected? Suddenly we became wailers just because we demanded for a responsible government. STOP KILLING PEOPLE, STOP TOLERATING KILLERS, STOP ENCOURAGING KILLERS, MAKE LIFE BETTER FOR THE PEOPLE, then look out for anyone that would remember if you are Muslim, Christian, traditionalist, or ask where you are from in the country.
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