Leading up to the 2015 elections in Nigeria, everything seemed chaotic. The country was in such a mess and people complained about everything.
We all became hyper critical and there was one major villain that had drained the country of not only its resources but its dignity as well.
Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
His tenure saw Boko Haram sink its brutal teeth into the North East. Bombings that had been unheard of became a new uneasy normal for us.
GEJ is a weak President!
That was the rhetoric.
He was not fighting our biggest enemy corruption. He let Diezani bleed this country dry.
What wass worse, school girls were kidnapped but he heard and still went dancing at a party event.
APC, as opposition party, was amplifying every single thing that had gone awry. They made statements after each bombing and after each new Boko Haram attack.
Nigeria had hit a new low and the incompetent clueless Goodluck had neither the intellect nor the will to solve the country’s problems.
But one man could.
The corruption that had kept Nigeria in the trenches of ineffectuality and mediocrity could be solved by this man.
His austere looks, his ramrod straight back and chin permanently jutted out in dignity made this man the picture of the part.
He was supposed to come and be the no nonsense guy that refuses to “look at faces.” The one that would not be afraid of jailing politicians found guilty. The ex military man that would end the rampaging violence mostly in the North East.
Who can restore Nigeria’s dignity?
Who can defeat Boko Haram?
Who can unravel the oil subsidy scam and drive PMS price down?
Who can boost the Naira till it is standing shoulder to shoulder with the Dollar?
The clueless GEJ had to go back to Otuoke.
Nigerians used social media like never before and had Goodluck so much as farted, it would have been all over the internet.
When people asked questions about Buhari, they were branded as people who loved corruption and did not want the country to move forward.
Where is Buhari’s certificate?
EVEN IF HE BRINGS A NEPA BILL WE WILL VOTE FOR HIM.
Doesn’t he seem frail?
YOU WILL DIE BEFORE HIM.
Did he not take his sweet time before condemning Boko Haram?
WHAT HAS GEJ DONE TO FIGHT THEM?
Is he not a bigot? There are stories of his clannish….
WAS HIS DEPUTY NOT IDIAGBON?
He was a military head and has the makings of a dictator?
HE IS A REFORMED DEMOCRAT. Besides this country does not need a gentle person.
I once pointed out that food prices were stable for the 6 years that GEJ was president. Someone actually said
IS IT FOOD THAT WE WILL EAT?
So the people had their way. They triumphantly danced the day he won. And then the inaugural speech
“I BELONG TO EVERYBODY AND I BELONG TO NOBODY”
An orgasmic wave hit everyone.
We settled to see just what this one man had up his sleeves. You can’t be a septuagenarian travelling all over Nigeria convincing people you were the one to solve the many problems they thought they had without having a plan.
The removal of oil subsidy that had shut our country down like never before in 2012 barely caused a ripple in 2015. Buhari was going to change things and people were going to cooperate.
Almost three years now it has become clear to even those who don’t want to see.
Buhari had no specific plans beyond having power in his hands.
This was why assembling his cabinet took so long.
And Nigerians can see clearly (despite what Lai Mohammed says) that Goodluck’s regime was a false bottom.
You know how a detective is knocking on a wooden floor looking for clues and what seemed like the absolute lowest level had a hollow compartment underneath hence making it a false bottom.
Things were not the best but they were absolutely much better than they are now.
We now know what it is like to be on the floor.
Funny thing was in the 80s, things had gotten this bad as well.
It is not perchance or coincidence.
Neither was it coincidence that food prices were stable for six years.
By dithering on decisions under the guise of taking his time to look for best possible solutions, this country has been drained as though a plug was removed from a sink or bathtub.
Clannish behaviour and unabashed nepotism have made sure that our security rests firmly in the hands of a certain geopolitical zone.
The fire in the North east may seem to be less ferocious but nevertheless still burns while media under reports.
We debate cattle colonies and grazing bills when the conversation should be justice and security for every citizen without favour to anyone.
It is insane.
The worst part is when he-that-cannot-be-ignored wrote a letter pointing out just how bad things are, the FG replied trying to convince us that we are mistaken, the government is doing a good job.
If this government channelled their energy towards actually improving our lives rather than trying to convince us that they are working, things may be marginally better.
Our president does not have what it takes to steer us.
If he cared anything about us, he would heed the advice of his wife and not run for election again.