The Last Days of Buhari in Power By Lawan Bukar Maigana
POLITICS DIGEST- In Borno, President Muhammadu Buhari has flagged off the resumption of oil exploration in Jere Local Government Area and Chad Basin. The smile on the faces of the people of Borno is overwhelming as some of them took their happiness to social media platforms, praying to God to grant Mr. President long life and resounding health. That is one of the “goods” in Buhari’s goodbye legacies and he would be remembered for that.
Although many people believed that there is no good in goodbye, Buhari broke the jinx in a grand style, initiating and commissioning new projects which indicate that he is not worried about his remaining days in power.
The outgoing President has left an indelible pride and happiness in the hearts of millions of Africans and Nigerians as he commissioned the largest single-train private petroleum refinery fabricated by the world’s black richest man, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Dantata’s extraction in Lagos State.
At least, Nigerians can say that the giant refinery was established during his regime and he has created an enabling environment for Dangote to realize his evergreen big dream. That is again something to remember him for.
His government had been deliberate about strengthening and fostering private-public partnerships and Dangote’s petroleum stride is the biggest of all. Most Nigerians are propitious that the unprecedented facility would put an end to the inflow of substandard petroleum products into Nigeria.
President Muhammadu Buhari’s Government encompasses the good, the bad, and the ugly. Every leader is remembered for the things they did after their legitimate political tenure expires.
Buhari is not exceptional. I know the good and bad of Buhari’s reign but I have no idea what the ugly is/are.
The bad in Buhari’s government is the recent cash crunch as a result of the introduction of a cash policy and Naira redesignation that metamorphosed into severe hardships due to poor implementation.
Another bad in his government is the country’s power sector which is still under-appreciated despite the billions of naira spent on it.
As for the ugly, I don’t know one. Mr. President has performed extraordinarily in areas of infrastructure even though the enormous expectations of Nigerians were not met.
However, the tall man from Daura has done his best. His name, Muhammadu Buhari would be added to the board placed on the wall as the former President of Nigeria. I wish him a peaceful and happy life outside of power.
Lawan Bukar Maigana writes from Maiduguri and can be reached via email: [email protected]