AS EXPECTED, the inaugural speech delivered last Friday by President Muhammadu Buhari is eliciting hopes and despair across sections of Nigerians. Although expectations were very high on what he would do for Nigerians, it has however been discovered that there were yawning gaps in the speech as it fell short of the expectations of Nigerians.
First, it is gratifying that Buhari vowed to tackle the rot in the power sector, but he did not give any direction on how he intends to achieve the feat. It would seem that the President is still on the soapbox, whereby promises and intentions are the order. He is the President of Nigeria now and expectation are that since March 28, 2015, when he won the election, when he received the certificate of return from the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, when he got assurances from Dr. Goodluck Jonathan that his election would not be contested, Buhari would have outlined his main policy direction. But alas, that did not happen on Friday.
For instance, the President did not say anything on issues relating to global warming and climate change, the violence in the Middle East and the general global economic downturn. In addition, the President was silent regarding his foreign policy directive despite having about 50 foreign leaders listening to him.
Also, the President was silent on the mode of tackling corruption, which indeed has been the main thrust of his electioneering campaigns.
He was silent on the collapsing aviation sector, he kept mute on the unpaid salaries of millions of workers across the land and the huge debts bequeathed to him and indeed the main means of generating revenue to run his government, apart from oil.
Buhari gave no hint on the mode of reform of the judicial system and the administration of justice generally. Also, the expected policy statement on the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC did not come. Even the Boko Haram insurgency, to which the President devoted most of his speech, ended up a disaster of cause after effect, in that the President will only know the cause, origin and perspectives of the criminal organisation after he has succeeded in killing them all.
Furthermore, the speech was vague, not direct and very disappointing. Yes, he mentioned that he will tackle the rot in the power sector, but he never said how. He also needs to be reminded that election campaigns are over as he still sounded as if he was trying to woo the electorate for votes.
In essence, the inaugural speech became a list of campaign promises, a general rendition of statements of intention, without action. It was too vague and illusory, like a speech being delivered by a novice in power. This is the President who ruled this country as a Head of State, through a coup detat in 1983, and one that has sought to rule this nation since 2003, so he had all the time in the world to have mapped out his cause of action and strategies. This is surely not the speech expected from our messianic President.
By and large, it is our view that the President has not addressed the real issues affecting our lives in Nigeria. He would need to present another all encompassing, more convincing address for Nigerians to take him seriously

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