Letter to President Buhari


The trouble with Nigeria is simply and squarely a failure of leadership as there is nothing basically wrong with the Nigerian character. There is nothing wrong with the Nigerian land, climate or water or air or anything else. The Nigerian problem is the unwillingness or inability of its leaders to rise to their responsibility, to the challenge of personal example which is the hallmark of true leadership, Professor Achebe, lamented this in his book ‘The trouble with Nigeria’. 

Sir, four years of your first term is due to end on May 29 and Nigerians have renewed your mandate for another four years. The truth about President Muhammadu Buhari is that he is not a thief, but the fact remains that leadership requires more than that. Nigerians need a leader in every sense of the word, a leader who will be a rallying point for the whole nation not for few and a leader who also needs to inspire citizens to be at their best.

One of the reasons Nigerians voted for PMB in 2015 election was to sanitise the system and put an end to things like secretive employment, corruption and nepotism.  Nigerian masses that sacrificed a lot and spent hours under the sun to vote for you in 2015 election were shocked and disappointed to hear about secret employment in your administration. Such secret employment denied deserving sons and daughters of commoners that have sacrificed a lot and spent hours under the sun to vote for you in 2015 election.  Unfortunately, children of the masses  were not aware of any public recruitment conducted by FIRS, NNPC, NPA NIMASA, CBN, NCC and other lucrative agencies. We have witnessed such lucrative agencies offered employments to the sons and daughters of those close to corridor of power secretly.

Sir, in 2016, your administration faced its first test in fighting corruption when a court fined MTN some billions of dollars, but some invisible cabal destroyed this and did what they felt was best for themselves, leaving Nigerians in the lurch. But PMB   instead of punishing them shielded them from any wrongdoing and they went scot free. 

Mr. President, you said your second term will be tough even thought you softened your language later. To be honest, I wish you had stuck with tough, because tough is what you have to be. Nigerians need PMB to be hard on yourself and those around you. Find people who are good and honest and knowledgeable enough to represent your vision, and who can be trusted with huge responsibilities. You need to trust more, Sir, and you have to keep trusted people under watch. You have to be tougher on security threats and those who fail to exercise responsibility to protect the citizens. You have to be tougher on corruption, on insecurity, on secretive employments, poor health facilities, etc. This may require that you isolate this debilitating scourge from politics. Believe me, what you do from now on as a leader will determine whether this nation will be strong enough to deal with challenges of the future, or it will go under because its cumulative problems have been left unattended by its leaders.

To achieve desirable goals, there is need for the administration to have a clearing house for speedy prosecution of corruption cases while faultless cooperation that is lacking today should be forged among EFCC, ICPC, Police, DSS and the Judiciary for sharing intelligence information and prosecution strengthening. There is need for the president to allow institutions that have a similar passion for the war and ignore all the sinister suggestion as a result of infighting for the supremacy between inter-security agencies and those that are sheep in the wolf skin within the government. Government should work with individuals that have a similar passion towards the war and other anti-graft agencies who intend to work and scheme a positive image for the war. There is need for reforming the nation’s system of criminal justice. This will deal with the current reality on the war on corruption while the nation’s judiciary needs to be strengthened in line with the administration’s war on corruption.   

As a matter of fact, no matter how Buharists and admirers want the administration to succeed in its first term in office almost every day there are stories that make them shiver with the way the administration is handling critical issues that affect Nigerians.  For President Buhari to achieve desirable goals there is need for him to ditch some of his inner aides and other members in his cabinet that are promoting their selfish interest above the administration’s interest. The actions and conduct of this invisible cabal within the corridors of power are only projecting a negative image for your war at home and abroad. I know blind supporters, hailers can insult me and call me all sort of things, but in reality Nigerians are alienated, angry and fed up with the way fighting corruption is being conducted by the administration as there is not much convincing pointers supporting the once dreaded General Buhari.

Sir, Northern votes secured your second term, and northerners will raise voices in their demands that your administration, this time, rewards their loyalty in real terms. You will need sound advice on keeping the nation united enough to address difficult issues such as political restructuring,  improving national security and  fairer principles of resource distribution. You will know by now that the solid northern support behind your first win has been badly ruptured. The Southeast and Southsouth communities still have their backs turned on you, and the Southwest is at best unsure.   

I congratulate you for winning a second and final term.

Dukawa writes via [email protected]

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