An Open Letter To President Muhammadu Buhari
Dear Mr. President,
First of all I would like to congratulate you on the recent academic
achievements recorded by your children. It is the wish of every father
to witness such event in one's lifetime.
Mr. President, before I go into details of my letter, I want you to
know that this letter is not written in a spirit of hate, contempt,
nor is it motivated in any way by any ethnic intolerance but is
written with respect due to your office and the awesome tasks that
have been placed on your shoulders by Nigerians. Truth according to
Sir Henry Fredrick is not violated by falsehood; it may be equally be
outraged by silence.
I'm compelled to write you because I used to be one of your fans prior
to the 2015 polls. I was one of the advocates of 'change mantra' that
swept across the land in preparation for the 2015 polls. I believed we
needed a positive change to the negative change we witnessed under
former President Goodluck Jonathan. I believed we needed a transition
from a government that that suffered from kleptomania to a prudent
one. I had a 'Nigerian Dream' which I thought would be achieved under
a man who has an antecedent of honesty.
Mr. President, it has been over a year that you took over the mantle
of leadership of this great nation. During the electioneering period
you and your party, APC made promises which many of us believed. Some
of us believed in those promises not because we were fools but because
those promises came from you, a man we once vouched for his integrity.
But, today Mr. President none of those promises has been fulfilled.
Mr. President, Nigeria has fared badly under your tenure. Since you
took over, you have travelled to abroad more than thirty times and up
till now we have not seen the result of those journeys you expended
tax payers' money on.
Mr. President, it is true that past government created a lot of
problems for the new government; but for how long are we going to be
blaming the past government for our current travails? Does it mean
that we can't fix these problems?
In the annals of Nigeria's history, we have never had it this bad. The
economy of Africa's most populous nation today has become a
hydra-headed monster that is difficult to tame or control under you.
It is now a ravaging bull running amok and has defied any solution
from your government.
Mr. President, majority of Nigerians have become hopeless in the face
of the economic hardship that has plagued Nigeria since you took over
mantle of leadership of this great Nation. The vicious cycle of
poverty now engulfs the masses to a level of suffocation. Your
economic advisers have even compounded the problems by making careless
and contradictory statements on the state of the economy. The other
day your Finance Minister said we are in recession and a position
which was equally supported by the Central Bank Governor. Just few
days ago, your Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udo Udoma
said our economy will grow by over 3%, rejecting the IMF's prediction.
Mr. President, we don't even know what is happening to the economy? We
don't know those who are controlling it now? Who are the prime
beneficiaries of this kind of unstable economy when in a year we have
lost the single digit inflation status we maintained in past
Unfortunately, this kind of economy you operate is only being
understood by majority of Nigerians to be one that has brought untold
hardship to the common man on the street. It is an economy that has
deprived the masses basic means of livelihood. Today, workers are
being owed salaries running into months.
Mr. President, while you are busy fighting corruption, many other
things that require your attention are left undone. Unfortunately, the
fight against corruption which seems to be the hallmark of your
government is systematically fighting back. Today, people in your
government are equally being accused of corruption. Mr. President,
there are stories making round that you spent fortune to acquire
glasses and shoes. You were also accused of hosting a lavish banquet
to honour your children who recently graduated from a London school
and Law school in Nigeria. Mr. President, you are doing this at a time
when many Nigerians who voted for you can't afford to pay for their
children school fees not to talk of hosting banquet for them. You are
doing this at a time when your government has not shown any holistic
or concrete effort at alleviating the hardship of the people not to
talk of raising their standard of living.
Mr. President, I understand that one of the major problems we have in
this country is corruption. I equally want you to know that another
major factor that has rendered fight against corruption futile is
hypocrisy. Mr. President, there is no corruption-free society anywhere
in the world. But it can be reduced to the barest minimum when it is
free from double standards.
Mr. President, I have to commend you for the success you have achieved
so far with Boko Haram terrorists but more still needs to be done with
the displaced people. Fulani herdsmen menace is yet another serious
threat that your government needs to tackle.
Mr. President, I also want you to understand that the method or
strategy used in tackling insurgency in the North eastern part of
Nigeria may not be suitable to tackling Niger-Delta or Biafra crises.
Signs of a country in a gradual drift to disintegration have always
been present in the polity, which is why you must handle issues
relating to Niger-Delta and Biafra with utmost political maturity and
Mr. President, if there are people you need to distance yourself
from-they are sycophants and political yes men. They exist in any
government and if you desire to achieve anything good; you must not
allow them to hijack your government.
These sycophants are already heaping praises and laurels on you when
you have not proved yourself to Nigerians. Sir, if they are deceiving
you; you must avoid deceiving yourself like the Narcissus who fell in
love with his own image reflected from a pool of water.
One major area that needs your urgent attention at the moment is how
best to put an end to the suffering of the masses. Remember that a
hungry man is an angry man. One cannot think well, love well or even
sleep well, if one has not dined well.
I wish you the very best.
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