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Buhari: This is not the change we voted for in 2015

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Buhari. Photo; TWITTER/NIGERIAGOV

Sir: Back in 2015, I fought friends who supported the return of Goodluck Ebele Jonathan because I strongly believed in President Muhammadu Buhari because of his anti-corruption stance. I, like many Nigerians, attributed this messianic figure to this ‘reformed democrat.’  

After the initial four years of complete and monumental failure to deliver his campaign promises, I foolishly supported his second term bid because I felt he was a better alternative to Atiku Abubakar.

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I unreasonably thought he would redeem himself. But alas, I was only giving him another opportunity to display his sheer ruthlessness/incompetence, to advance Nigeria’s economic woes, and to push his northern agenda. 

Events in Nigeria in the past few months have shown that the country is in shambles under this regime led by-Muhammadu Buhari.

The alarming and worrisome part is that neither he nor his sycophants (Lai Mohammed, Garba Shehu, Femi Adesina, Adamu Garba, Godwin Emeifiele, et al) recognise this fact.

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We won’t forget the merciless, pitiless, cruel, hard-hearted, and criminal end to the #EndSARS protests and the ridiculous policies and announcements emerging from this clueless government. 

For example, Nigeria is going cap-in-hand to obtain a $1.2 billion (N459 billion) loan from Brazil. 

As of June 30, 2020, Nigeria’s total debt profile rose to N31. 009 trillion ($85.897 billion) according to the Debt Management Office (DMO). Both the Federal Government and state governments have borrowed the future of this country from China, the World Bank, and the IMF.

Even recently, reports went viral that Nigeria has signed an MOU with the Niger Republic for petroleum products importation. It is to this same Niger that the Federal Government wants to construct a $1.96 billion railway. The government says it will stop at Niger’s border. We know better.

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What about inflation? The Nigerian inflation rate rose to 13.71 per cent (year-on-year) in September 2020 indicating 0.49 per cent point higher than 13.22 per cent recorded in August 2020. This was contained in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) report, released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). 

According to the report, Nigeria has endured a persistent increase in the inflationary rate, growing from 12.13 per cent in January to 13.71 per cent in September, which is the highest recorded in 30 months. Hence, no surprise that onion is not within the reach of the common man. 

How much is naira to a dollar? Buhari has lost the economy. Students have been home for months.

There is no hope for Nigeria with President Buhari in power. Regardless, we have to wait till 2023 to punish APC and PDP for failing Nigerians. 

By Adeniyi Ogunfowoke

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