- Tells Nigerians ‘don’t expect miracles’
Even before the inauguration of his administration on May 29, 2015, President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, has asked Nigerians not to expect miracles from him when he assumes office.
He said that if it took the Federal Government between five to six years to make a difference in the war against Boko Haram insurgency, he could not have promised to end the menace overnight.
The President-elect however, banked on foreign nations, especially neighbouring countries to flush out insurgents from the country.
Nigerian Pilot recalls that his All Progressives Congress, APC, had severally vilified President Goodluck Jonathan for seeking the support of neigbouring countries and the international community to fight terrorism in the country and to secure the release of over 200 Chibok girls abducted by Boko Haram sect on April 14, 2014.
But Buhari, who spoke with the British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC on Sunday, declared that the war against insurgency is ongoing, stressing that “for five, six years, the Nigerian law enforcement agencies, including the military, couldn’t secure 14 local governments in the North-East geopolitical zone.
“How can I promise miracles when I come? But with the cooperation of our neighbours: Cameroun, Chad, Niger and the international community, and the commitment we are going to get from the military, I think it will take us a much shorter time to deal with it,” he said.
On his other major campaign promises to decisively fight corruption and unemployment, the President-elect said: “I made that promise and I hope Nigerians will give me the opportunity to see whether my effort will be good enough or not.”
He admitted that the tasks ahead are enormous but assured Nigerians that they will be dealt with.
Meanwhile, Nigerians have begun to react to Buhari’s statement that they should not expect miracles. Speaking via social media group, Nairaland Forum, they warned him not to dare the masses who voted with hope for change and go ahead to fulfill his campaign promises.
Illiad (male) said: “What awaits you is much more than Jonathan saw. Why will we not expect miracles when you promised us more miracles than even prophets had wrought? Such miracles as: 1Naira =1dollar; You will regulate international oil price; wipeout Boko Haram, and feed students twice daily. You must wipe out corruption and employ every youth.
“Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown. Work your talks or face more insults than Jonathan received. They (APC) were busy making unrealistic plans without adequately streamlining the Viability and Possibility of implementing them. No roadmap on where the funds will come from or how they (APC) intends to generate finances needed to fulfill these bogus projects.
“So there you have it Nigeria. This is the Change you voted for. Change from making promises to breaking promises.”
A lady, chymystique also lent her voice by saying: “That’s how it starts! Soon they will tell us four years is not enough to achieve ‘his Blueprint.’
“I’ve not forgotten the promises, especially the one Buhari made in my state which is not attainable in this Century. I’m patiently waiting for N1=$1 and the 24hours electricity. #NigeriansAreWatching”
Similarly, Major466 said that four years was enough for the General to fulfill his promises or face the wrath of Nigerians.
“Four years is enough to do what they promised. They will face the wrath of Nigerians if they don’t fulfill their promises. Nigerians on their part have to support the incoming government. They have to be ready to internalise this change. Be the change you want to see.”
Sweetguy25 said: “Their lies and scam tactics have begun. Buhari shouldn’t have picked this job at this age. He should have just retired and watched Nigerian politics from his living room.
“Nigerians are naturally very impatient people and if by this time in 2017, there are no major improvements in their standard of living or in infrastructure, they will start to bitterly complain and grumble of bad governance and corruption.
“That was how they treated President Umaru Yar’Adua till the man died of pressure. Two years into Yar’Adua’s tenure, they began to call him baba go-slow. The same thing happened to Jonathan; only Obasanjo was spared in his first tenure. Buhari won’t be spared.
“Buhari has no other options or choices but to perform miracles and magic. That was why Nigerians voted him in. They want the magic wand and miracles that Buhari and his party promised to be delivered in three years.
“If Nigerians begin to miss GEJ in three years, Buhari, you are as good as gone!”
Sammynash11 added: You must perform miracles oo. Nothing short of that! We still remember all your promises and will hold you accountable to them,” he said.