In the run up to the 2015
presidential election,
leaders and members
of APC were very
vocal in condemning
the then president of
the country, President
Goodluck Jonathan, for
every step he took. This
even included attending
churches on Sunday,
Jonathan’s religion’s holy
day obligation. It was
Babatunde Raji Fashola,
the then governor of Lagos
State and now Minister
of Power, Works and
Housing, that succinctly
captured the mind of
the All Progressives
Congress, APC, leaders
and supporters then
when at the sixth Bola
Tinubu Colloquium in
Lagos sometime in March
2014, he charged at his
listeners by asking them
if they wanted “someone
who spends most of his
time in church or mosque,
or the man who is ready
to spend his time on the
attacks from the ruling
party as the Honourable
Justices of the apex
court have resisted the
“body language” charm
and refused to do the
bidding of the party in
some of the judgements
given by the court
Kidnapping has
not only returned
but assumed a more
dangerous and fearful
dimension, and the
security agents seem
overwhelmed. Power
supply has become
more epileptic than ever
even as the DISCO’s
have hiked their tariff
by about 40% and they
still expect Nigerians
to pay for darkness
supplied in the midst
of gross financial
powerlessness. There is
general disenchantment
in the land as the
Buhari administration
has sufficiently
demonstrated a total
lack of idea on how to
run our economy to
attain its full potentials
at this time. This fact
even when we thought we
faced economic recession
and hyper-inflation has
our exchange rate run on
auto-devaluation as it is
now. The prices of food
stuff and basic items are
climbing higher and out of
the reach of the common
man. The purchasing
power of the citizens has
been badly eroded while
people are not only not
getting employed, those
who are employed are
losing their jobs in droves.
The economy is at a
standstill! No gainful
economic activity going on
anywhere. Infrastructural
development that
characterised Goodluck
Jonathan’s administration
has since been brought
to a halt; our revived
agricultural sector is now
in a speedy reverse course.
While harmless and
armless youths protesting
peacefully within their
constitutional rights are
regularly mowed down by
mindless security agencies
in Zaria, Aba, Onitsha etc,
the Supreme Court has
come under several severe
is further strengthened
by the shambolic
and embarrassing
preparation of a simple
budget that is a normal
ritual of governments all
over the world.
Nigerians believe
that the budget was
fraught with fraud
and an indication of
the hypocrisy of the
current government’s
anti-corruption stance.
Having suffered so
much, the Buhari budget
is widely believed to
be the “most stolen”,
“most missing”, “most
padded”, “most denied”,
“most investigated”,
“most withdrawn” and
“most re-presented”
budget, yet, there is no
outrage in the land over
that garbage. If PDP had
made that “mistake”
during its time, of
course, the country
would have been on
an uncontrollable
conflagration, set on by
Jude Ndukwe is a
public affairs analyst
That was when life
was very sweet as
an opposition party,
especially with the
tolerance nature of
Goodluck Jonathan. At
least, Goodluck was
spending his time in
the country even if, in
the hyperbolic words of
Fashola, he was spending
“most” of it in church.
However, fast forward
to today, we have the
same Fashola who is
currently serving as a
minister under President
Muhammadu Buhari who
would remain Nigeria’s
most travelled president
for a long time in our
history. So far, since his
inauguration into office
on May 29, 2015, President
Buhari has traversed 24
countries of the world
within a short period of 9
Considering our scarce
resources, this is too
frequent, too costly and is
a disturbing development
as the nation is in its worst
economic quagmire since
independence. Never in
the history of our nation

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