Sunday , 18 November 2018


November 9, 2017.
There is confusion everywhere. The government lacks direction. There is no clear policy on anything be it economic, security, foreign, aviation, environment or any other issue of importance. Everyone is virtually doing what he or she likes with nobody to call anyone to order. President Buhari is not in touch with the party that gave him a platform to contest and come to power, even though last week he suddenly realize that he needs the party which necessitated his caucus and NEC meeting almost belatedly. He appears not be in charge of anything, even admitting that he gave directive for boards to be reconstituted since October 2015 but that directive is yet to be carried out! He appears to not only over delegate his presidential powers but apparently abdicates his responsibility too. Obviously, this is not the Buhari we knew.
Soon after he was sworn in as President, General Olusegun Obasanjo released his first appointments on the same day of May 29, 1999. And no one could fault Obasanjo’s choice of key aides: General Mohammed as Chief of Staff; General Gusau as NSA; Chief Ekaette as SGF; Col. Areh as DGSSS, among others. Buhari took three months to appoint his own aides and ended up appointing some of the worst officials in Nigeria’s history. It took 166 days for Buhari to form his cabinet. Does it mean for more than ten years that he was contesting to be president he did not have a plan let alone a team to help him carry out his plan? Clearly, this is not the Buhari we knew.
General Buhari was voted for, basically to do two things: fight insecurity and fight corruption. There is an appreciable progress with regard to fighting the Boko Haram insurgency no doubt but the level of kidnappings and killings going on across Nigeria is simply scandalous. It is not restricted to the highways anymore. Last two weeks, a brother of the Chief of Staff to the governor of Kaduna state was kidnapped right inside Zaria city. And no one has yet been held responsible to account for this high level of insecurity. Indeed, this is not the Buhari we knew.
With regard to the fight against corruption, it is simply funny that the only place that was investigated in the last two and a half year is the Office of the NSA. The Ministry of Petroleum, where Buhari is the Minister and where most of the past corruption was perpetrated has been shield from investigation by those around Buhari. The CBN, the Ministry of Finance and the Office of the SGF are yet to be held accountable for their past misdeeds. All the billionaires created by the last regime are still keeping their loot, or even making laws for us as legislators thanks to those shielding them in this dispensation. In fact, this is not the Buhari we knew.
Since he joined partisan politics, Buhari’s main political base has been Kano which has been consistently voting for Buhari. In 2015, Kano was delivered one hundred percent to the APC thanks to the consistency and commitment of Senator, then Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso and his associates. Buhari did not find it necessary to visit Kano since he became President. Kano is the oldest and second largest commercial centre in Nigeria. The city’s market got burnt but no one commiserated with them let alone gave them any support from the Buhari-led federal government. Truly, this is not the Buhari we knew.
Almost three years into this administration’s tenure, many, indeed most parastatals are still being run by those appointed by the last administration. No less a person than Col Hameed Ali, the CG of Customs had to say recently that 50 percent of Buhari’s government is PDP. Boards are yet to be constituted for almost all the federal agencies. Is it that the President doesn’t know or doesn’t care? For over two years even ambassadors to various countries are just reporting. What does it take to make appointments in Nigeria, a country that is full of talents across virtually local government in the country? Really, this is not the Buhari we knew.
President Buhari swore to an Oath of Office holding the Qur’an “to do good to all manner of people, without fear or favour, affection or ill will”. Two years on, the Lagos-Ibadan expressway is the best road in Africa while the Abuja-Kano expressway built by President Babangida thirty years ago is still a death trap even though one minister collected N1.8 billion to “repair” the Abuja-Kaduna segment when the Abuja Airport runway was being repaired. Buhari has identified those he appears to favour and he has chosen those he cannot sack, apparently because he fears them, all contrary to his oath of office. This is not the Buhari we knew.
As a General who served in one of the most national of institutions, the Nigerian Army, we expected Buhari to create a national platform where every section of Nigeria will feel a sense of belonging. Instead, this is one of the most exclusive governments in the history of Nigeria. From Jigawa state, for instance, virtually every appointee is from Kazaure – INEC National Commissioner; DG, NYSC; SCOP; Ambassador; and Minister are all from that single town. Is the President not aware of this? This is not the Buhari we knew.
Buhari came with a pan-Nigeria mandate enjoying enormous goodwill across Nigeria and indeed around the world. From that national, in fact international pedestal, Buhari’s constituency is now the two to five people who appear to exclusively have his ears. The party is aggrieved; chieftains like Tinubu are alienated; the National Assembly is feeling side- lined; in fact everyone is feeling marginalized. His government is a disappointment to Nigerians; a disgrace to those who insisted on him, particularly northerners; and indeed a disaster to the Africans who saw in him a hope which has now been dashed. This is not the Buhari we knew.
The wife of the President had reason to complain in public about the cabal that caged her husband; many well-meaning individuals both high and low have been complaining too. The verdict is that President Buhari is surrounded by very bad people who are destroying him, his government and even the country he loves so much. Is it that the President does not know or is not listening? We really love Buhari and we want him to succeed. That is why we have to complain loudly, before it is too late so that he can take necessary actions immediately. The verdict of history awaits him and he should know that. After all, history is on the side of the oppressed.
— Mahmoud is a popular columnist and writes on the Backpage Column of LEADERSHIP Newspaper every Thursday.
AmarSim Associations Development Consultants

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  1. Ibrahim Sunusi Ibrahim

    is Jibrin from Sudan idiot people u would never get sense

  2. Yahaya Muhammed

    Is jibrin of Sudan you for quite long

  3. Anthony Bassey

    There is nothing, the Northerners can’t do to retain power

  4. Ibrahim Njidda

    Scanners mention Three 3 reasons to back up your claim, I dey wait

  5. Edward Okoh

    This man is either from Sudan or Mali time shall tell

  6. Lucky Chibundu

    his name is Jubrin From Sudan

  7. Francis Ogu

    This terrorist is from Sudan

  8. Prince Sieko Cleinsman

    Is jubril from Sudan…northern can do anything to retain power

  9. Nelson Nelson

    Hahaha is a good story!!! But who said that

  10. Amadi Erasmus

    Why all this rubbish? Jubrin or Buhari, he is the one in charge. Period n shut up, let’s have peace, abeg.

  11. Hussaini A Yaqub

    You are thinking of making religious, tribal, sectional difference from Buhari, but it is an allegation he is performing equal treatment to all Nigerians inrespect of religion, tribe sections. ns

  12. Paul Odinde

    Is everyone eyes clear i assured this country there trick will soon be exposed in international community to run proper investigation on him

  13. Okoye Chikwado M

    The Buhari I know goes for medical check every month in UK

  14. Destiny Aigboje

    Contact the professional for all types of fish pond construction and fish farm establishment in any part of Nigeria via 08166337389

  15. Shamss Muhammad Yunus

    If is not buhari .is this ur Father??

  16. Shamss Muhammad Yunus

    If is not buhari .is this ur Father??

  17. Lawrence Ukim

    This is d buhari London gave us not d one u voted for in 2015, but all d same buhari na buhari

  18. Paul Dowu

    Sure something is going on there

  19. Chiedozie Stephen

    All I know There was a reason why The Zoo sent army to go and kill Nnamdi KANU

  20. Dike Victor

    To be honest something is fishing and he is not the Original BUHARI. One day the Europeans will expose it .. question of time

  21. Wale Williams

    rotten mouth….leave Baba Buhari out of your colo-derangement

  22. Abraham Tornica

    The ball is in our court yard, it has been said b4 now, Nigerians should be very watch full

  23. Kenneth Ani

    What does he mean by the headline? what Buhari does he know? the Buhari that I know is dumb, incompetent, dullard, clueless, mean, petty, narrow minded, etc..

  24. El-Kerlab S. Alganjawi

    Ohooooo, I have long been imagining whether the Buhari I knew is still the one in the Villa.

  25. Cindy Nene Smith

    The buhari I know is no longer…….

    Help me complete am

  26. Harry Bricks Okunwe

    Take a deep look at the new Buhari they brought for us. The real is older and taller. So much is going on in this country named Nigeria. Dem don see us finish no respect for the masses.

  27. Uche Chidiebere Joe

    A president that has no balls to sack any of his ministers is that one a president. Trump have changed his.

  28. Chukwuemeka Onochie

    Only Aisha can tell us the truth. I trust her, in time she’ll open up.

  29. Ibifaa Princewill

    Buhari or no buhari…. Fuck APC and all there group of thieves

  30. Angel Enya

    Leave am we go manage am na only one year don remain sef

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