“I decided to drop the uniform and come back here (to be democratically elected president), so I have gone through it over and over again. This is why I am not in a hurry to do anything. I will sit and reflect, and continue to (operate) with my clear conscience,” Buhari said during a January 18 meeting with APC leaders and supporters.
The keyword here is anything. That includes things that need urgent attention. For instance, if your house is on fire, you’ll be in a hurry to call 112 (in Lagos) if you’re not Buhari, that is. The president is a very patient man, so patient he even waited till some people died before handing them government appointments.
Let’s look at some of the many things Buhari could do, or eventually do, but won’t do in hurry.
Leave Aso Rock
APC BoT member Gali Umar Na’Abba said Buhari already told the party he would seek reelection in 2019. That means our dear president is in no hurry to leave Aso Rock. Power is sweet. Let’s hope he photocopies Jonathan Goodluck if 2019 doesn’t go as planned. We also pray he doesn’t try to do an Abacha.
Prosecute Babachir Lawal
The former SSG was indicted by Buhari’s own government over a N200 million grass-cutting scandal. He was fired. Those waiting for Buhari to order EFCC to prosecute Lawal may have to wait forever.
Fix the reign of darkness
Power minister Thunder Fashola said any serious government would fix epileptic electricity supply in six months. It’s three years into Buhari’s “serious” government and we now know why I’m typing this with my phone connected to a power bank inside my own house! Buhari is in
competent no hurry!
End herdsmen terrorism (sorry, I mean “herdsmen/farmers clashes”)
Let the bloodshed over cows and cattle colonies continue. Blame it on power hungry governors, ISIS, ISWA, AlQaeda and aliens from Mars; but rest assured the president will proffer the solution in his own time. Buhari’s time is the best.
Okay, hold it right there. That’s never gonna happen. Buhari himself said it. Here’s a quote from his New Year 2018 Address:
“When all the aggregates of nationwide opinions are considered, my firm view is that our problems are more to do with process than structure. No human law or edifice is perfect. There is a strong case for a closer look at the cost of government and for the public services long used to extravagance, waste and corruption to change for the better. I assure you that government is ever receptive to ideas which will improve governance and contribute to the country’s peace and stability.”
That means Buhari is all for improving, not changing, the system. Sounds okay, right?
The problem is Buhari, the man of integrity, campaigned to restructure Nigeria. He’s reneging on his promise.