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The Rise and Fall of Buhari.

This write up coming from the London Economist, a magazine that endorsed Buhari for President in 2015, is perhaps the most significant, objective, unbiased,  unsentimental and deeply incisive analysis of the policies and actions of this president so far. The facts are unimpeachable by any objective mind.

The Unprecedented Level of Patience Shown to Buhari—the ECONOMIST

Nigerians have never shown such level of patience and tolerance towards any of their past leaders for his record and strange policies as that shown to their current leader, Muhammadu Buhari – a former military dictator now self-confessed democrat who said he came to fight corruption.

Buhari, 75, is being plagued with failures across every single sector in the economy, the like as has never been seen before. Less than a year into office, the economy plummeted into recession, an economy which had till then grown at an average rate of 7% in previous years (2011-2014). The nation’s currency lost 70% of its value, unemployment rose from 6.5 to 26%, commodity prices tripled across many quarters and the state-regulated premium motor spirit prices were hiked by 67% without practically anybody batting an eye.

There have been stern opposition to his policies however and to his very personality as well, notably in the South East and South- South regions in the country as they are called, where he both received less than 5% of the votes cast at the last Presidential election and where he has always been sternly unpopular for his history of bigotry against the people, perceived incompetence and dictatorial tendencies. But in many other regions across the country the people have rather resolved to suffer patiently, drawing up excuses for him at will, blaming everyone including his hundreds of political appointees, anything and anybody but never the man himself.

Buhari’s party, the APC, promised Nigerians unprecedented swiping changes in government and the eviction of all corrupt individuals.
One possible explanation for this could be his party’s hope narrative in the 2015 General election where citizens were promised an unprecedented crackdown on corruption and the abolition of all government waste by a man whose financial worth they declared to have been less than N30million ($150,000 then), a historical low for a former top official in the country and most especially a former leader.

In a country plagued by acute corruption problems and with the unremitted crude oil revenue scandal of 2014 still fresh in the people’s minds, many were eager for an abrupt change, the like as never been seen before. He was seen an army general, already experienced in government, with a great strength of will, tough to take on the nation’s cabal of hardened criminals. He promised to appoint only technocrats to head the country’s departments and to see out the lingering Boko Haram insurgency from the warfront. For a nation lacking basic amenities such as power supply in spite of its huge energy resources and with the lingering insurgency crises, the choice seemed easy to many- the general with integrity was the man for the country.

Talk was cheap then but now reality has taken its course. His earliest opponents pointed out to his track record and not to his speech, noting that the last time Nigeria fell into dismal failure, currency woes and commodity shortages was when he had seized power as a military general in 1983 and stating that the facts of that record contradicted the poems of his image brokers.

Many however just wanted “change” as it was then called and so voted the General and sat to wait for the sung promises. But from the onset of his government, the course was as his critics had predefined: Incompetency, bigotry and dictatorial tendencies plaguing the country.

He ignored the newly born genocide in the middle belt of the country perpetuated by the Fulani herdsmen of his kindred against the Christian communities in Benue, Plateau and later on Kaduna. He breached the Central Bank’s 2007 Act of Independence, telling it to suspend forex disbursements to steel importers and other manufacturing sectors in a bid to defend the Naira, a disastrous action which kick-started a spiral of recession.

He took 3 months to appoint his Chief of Staff, 6 months to appoint a cabinet and now 23 months and yet counting to appoint heads of agencies and board members he was so eager to fire upon his assumption into office and rose import duties on the most basic of commodities in a bid to raise government revenue.

And as for the corruption fight, the facts on ground do not show any one at all. Apart from a few officials harassed or imprisoned without court order, the country is yet to witness the first victim of the said campaign at the court stands.

Government waste is on the rise, officials publicly caught in graft acts were swiftly excused, the 2016 Budget year passed without implementation and most worrisome, the Central Bank’s foreign reserves were being shared among unknown Bureau De Change operators at variable rates at the detriment of critical manufacturing, business and banking sectors.

The government continues to praise itself but the people seem to be increasingly tired of the paraded self-righteousness. The President’s recent illness was greeted with cheers by many. Many are just tired of the government. But the remarkable level of patience shown so far has been unprecedented and many a times the general reactions towards acts of constitutional violations was one of calmness or insensitivity.

If the Change narrative of the 2015 election and the songs of man of integrity are to account for this, then Nigerians may have just certified themselves on the world map as a nation easy to fool with propaganda. An adult should be judged on his track record not on his tongue.

Culled from The Economist

AmarSim Associations Development Consultants

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  1. Buhari took 3 months to appoint his Chief of Staff, 6 months to appoint Ministers. Those were the earliest signs of a confused, bewildered and extremely clueless fellow. We ignored all, thinking he’ll change. However, 3 years past, the ship is sinker deeper and deeper. Nigeria need rescue, can’t wait till 2019

  2. Eze Uba ie don dey come out small small…wewewewewe

  3. Na una fall’am? Buhari is anointed, only God can bring him down!

  4. May God continue to strengthen Mr President.

  5. Buhari is falling in the WIKE and FAYOSE’s mouths abi? This Scamnews platform is sponsored by Nyesom Wike shashashu.

  6. Buhari never rise, he is fraud and many faces pretender, like a maquette.

  7. the rise and fall AF scannews inshaallah this time so what

  8. Scannews you will die of heart attack come 2019. Keep consoling yourself. Your hear?

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  10. Let him fall… No coming back 2019

  11. Let him fall… No coming back 2019

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  13. When Nnamdi Kanu was hitting it so hard on FG, OHANEZE become so relevant and important to the ruling class and the media. Nwodo was a sought after for interviews. OHANEZE thought it was about them, over rated themselves with the thinking they have arrived in the Nigerian scheme of things. They talked tough on restructure, FG gave them a listening ear and was bending towards restructure. They thought the oligarchy tilting towards restructure was their making not knowing it was about choosing the lesser evil. Instead of giving their Malcolm X (Nnamdi Kanu) a cover up and continue to use him to bargain for restructure, they thought he was their stumbling block, they planned with the enemy and knocked him off the way.

    To their own amazement, the OHANEZE relevancy disappeared with Nnamdi Kanu. No media remembers Nwodo’s name, the restructure that was all over the place faded away.

    Lesson: Never join hands with the enemy to destroy your own, no matter the circumstance.

  14. Since buh was summarily disgraced from the army, of what use has he been to humanity? Absolutely nothing. Rather he has spent his tym inciting his fellow almajiri cattle rearer to kill infidels

  15. rise and falling of buhari into hellfire, and burning to ashes.

  16. rise and falling of buhari into hellfire, and burning to ashes.

  17. rise and falling of buhari into hellfire, and burning to ashes.

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  19. And many will still vote for him if he contest again. To show you the power of voodoo. All the sacrifices they do with human body parts might be at work because people are like the more you look the less you see

  20. He has not fall, he still ve a lot to do just he does not knw where to start from that’s all

  21. You acts just like power are in your hand.only god can rise and fall who ever he wish at the time he want.if god say yes no body can challenge him.stop take something in your hand.

  22. You acts just like power are in your hand.only god can rise and fall who ever he wish at the time he want.if god say yes no body can challenge him.stop take something in your hand.

  23. You acts just like power are in your hand.only god can rise and fall who ever he wish at the time he want.if god say yes no body can challenge him.stop take something in your hand.

  24. I can only see the rise of this man of integrity.

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  26. Did Buhari ever rise? Rise in degree, or invention, or production, or what? Explain. Oh you mean in mass murder

  27. Did Buhari ever rise? Rise in degree, or invention, or production, or what? Explain. Oh you mean in mass murder

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  32. Yes kee. Rise na rise now. Even rising into oblivion, na rise. Ee go land, ee go land, na him butterfly enter bush come disappear.

  33. Yes kee. Rise na rise now. Even rising into oblivion, na rise. Ee go land, ee go land, na him butterfly enter bush come disappear.

  34. Yes kee. Rise na rise now. Even rising into oblivion, na rise. Ee go land, ee go land, na him butterfly enter bush come disappear.

  35. Yes kee. Rise na rise now. Even rising into oblivion, na rise. Ee go land, ee go land, na him butterfly enter bush come disappear.

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  37. The truth is pmb is most loved and trusted President Nigeria ever produced

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  38. The truth is pmb is most loved and trusted President Nigeria ever produced

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  39. The truth is pmb is most loved and trusted President Nigeria ever produced

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  40. The truth is pmb is most loved and trusted President Nigeria ever produced

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  41. Scam news is hater of integrity and
    Lover of dishonesty

    Whoever wish buhari to fail will fail and will never rise again

  42. Scam news is hater of integrity and
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    Whoever wish buhari to fail will fail and will never rise again

  43. Scam news is hater of integrity and
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  44. Scam news is hater of integrity and
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    Whoever wish buhari to fail will fail and will never rise again

  45. Rise and death of buhari…

  46. It is unbelievable that oppositions want Buhari to fix all problems within two years of his administration forgotten that previous administration destroyed so many things over a period of sixteen years .The massive looting took place during the last three months of previous administration.

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