To everyone demanding Buharis head and life, I wonder if they had stopped to think how Jonathan would have farred under the current conditions our country is.
When he was President oil was selling for $143/barrel or so but rather than save, he willy-nilly squandered all the accruing funds realised from the sales including the huge savings left in the Treasury by the Obasanjo administration. He and his band of thieves turned themselves into fat kids in Charlie’s Chocolate factory and randomly helped, fed and stuffed themselves, their wardrobes, pit latrines, girl friends bedroom and everything fillable with eye watering and seriously unbelievable amounts from the nation’s coffers – while he, Jonathan still maintains he had no idea what was going on.
And many blind supporters of the past administration ignoring or seeing absolutely nothing wrong with all these scandalous acts of grand pilfering – in fact many of them have not once spoken out against the numerous revelations of treasures of billions of naira hidden by Jonathan’s people. Others simply call the investigations “witch hunting” even when the so called “witch-hunting is turning up one thief after the other!
I, for one am seriously disappointed at the under performance of the current administration and I made that clear in a previous article: https://baronessj.com/2017/01/20/oh-buhari-how-did-it-all-go-so-woefully-wrong/
But I also followed that up with a brief look into just why the administration is failing: https://baronessj.com/2017/01/21/just-musing-why-buhari-is-failing/
I have never once met Buhari or Jonathan in person so it will be morally wrong to comment on their individual characters. But a lot is being said out there by folks who have also never met either of them but make wild and maniacal claims about their personality. Of course you cannot make excuses for what someone says in public to the hearing of millions of people.
But I also know that so far, there is no one yet that I have seen in recent years that has the needed strength of character or personality to bring Nigeria back on course. Jonathan probably went there because it was foistered upon him and never at any time harboured real ambitions of leading the country. Buhari obviously went because he had been before and found Nigeria a bit easier to manage them – especially hiding behind the uniform of a soldier. But he failed to realise that the Nigeria of today is a totally different kettle from the Nigeria of the 80s. Then, he had the loyal support of the action-man Tunde Idiagbon behind him and for those of us old enough to remember, you would think twice before you stepped – or spoke out of line.
But today, people are not just a lot more outspoken and vocal. But they are also a lot more greedy, a lot bolder and more blatantly corrupt minded. And with the judiciary and police force more enlightened to enrichment rather than justice and the upholding of law and order, the field is wide open and the mud deep enough for anyone who had the means to play in.
Someone asked me this morning if I was as adverse to people calling Buhari names as they did Jonathan or (still are) My answer to them was that “Criticism is totally different from abuse. I won’t ask anyone to not criticize whosoever deserves to be. But I was brought up to show respect to my elders especially a man who is old enough to be my dad. But obviously many of us missed out on that piece of home training. It is not their fault”.
And no amount of petulant and peurile names calling is going to change the fact that Jonathan failed – spectacularly – especially in controlling the corrupt practices of the theives he sorrounded himself with.
And Buhari is failing in bringing the economy under control. But the only difference is that Buhari might just surprise us.
Afterall, unlike Jonathan, his tenure still has two years to go…..
More than enough time to turn things around. That is if those calling for his life, do not get their wish.
Fingers crossed in prayers.