APC Chairman Chief-John-Odigie-Oyegun
APC Chairman Chief-John-Odigie-Oyegun

IT IS regrettable and at the
same time disappointing that
many things are going wrong
under the All Progressives
Congress, APC led government.
Worse still, there seems
to be no clue on how to address
these burning national
issues making life and the
real essence of living unbearable
for an average Nigerian.
No doubt, change is a gradual
thing and Nigerians do
not expect an overnight turn
around. What they are asking
for is an inkling of the change
they voted for just as the saying
goes: if you can’t measure
it, you can’t improve or
change it.
Buhari’s administration
will be exactly two years in
office by May 29, but there is
nothing to show that there is
government in place. In fact,
many have come to the conclusion
that Buhari’s government
has no policy direction;
the economy is in an auto
pilot.
The president, who is currently
in London on a medi-cal treatment, may not be in the
steering wheel as his administration
clocks two years. His
ill health has indeed taken the
better part of him, thus forcing
him to transmit power to his
vice, Prof Yemi Osinbajo.
Of course, many argued that
the economy improved drastically
under Osinbajo when he
was first handed power in February
19, 2017 to stir the affairs
of the country.
However, a good numbers
of analysts, economists and
even social critics have openly
expressed disappointment on
the direction the economy has
headed so far under Buhari.
While they strongly argued
that the economy is in an auto
pilot, they contend that what
is needed at the moment is a
radical surgical operation on
the economy and robust policy
direction.
Prof. Pat Utomi is a renowned
political economist , who is of
the view that there is no government
in place. He insisted
that Nigeria today is more divided
than it was two years
ago.
According to him, “I think
Nigeria today is actually more
divided than it was two years
ago. The spirit of Nigeria is
much challenged today. That is
simply failure
of leadership.
“Well it is not a
matter of blaming
people. People
cannot give
what they don’t
have. If people
u n d e r s
t o o d
leadership, understood
their
responsibilities
they will
behave differently
and the
outcome will
be different.
For example,
the great leaders
of this world
when the moment
of history
comes, they
know yesterday,
but they forget about yesterday
and focus on tomorrow.
They know who was their enemy
in the last fight. But what
matters now is not who insulted
you yesterday or who is
your best friend. What matters
is our country , where it must
go. So you bring friend, enemy,
everybody who can to move in
one direction. I don’t think the
skills were available to those
who took power in Nigeria”.
The attitude of de-marking
Nigeria outside the country
has slowed down business activities
occasioned by the stifling
operating environment is
already taking its toll on businesses
with millions of jobs
threatened across the sectors.
Perhaps, this is the reason
why leaders of Food, Beverage
and Tobacco Senior Staff Association,
FOBTOB have raised
the alarm that the nation may
lose three million jobs in the
sector if government does not
urgently review its foreign exchange
(forex) policy. While
the union hinted that leading
companies in the sector have
invited labour for discussion on
possible retrenchment of workers,
they called on government
to intervene to save the industry
and millions of jobs.
Obviously, it is becoming
clear to every Tom, Dick and
Harry that the so-called change
agenda of the APC was not only
a propaganda, but also a hoax,
maliciously and mischievously
fabricated to the detriment of
Nigerians.
Former governor of Kogi
state, Idris Wada, captured it
succinctly when he said that
the so-called “change” was
nothing but a propaganda effectively
used by the APC to
deceive Nigerians.
“Many factors, which had
been addressed adequately,
caused PDP to lose the 2015
election. Everybody should
know now why we lost the
election. There was the cry for
change. APC propaganda was
that they were the change Nigeria
needed. I think people now
know better.
“The reality was that PDP
had been in power for 16 years
and people were suffering PDP
fatigue. And there were issues
within PDP causing people to
live and create dichotomy and
confusion. All these impacted
the level of votes. Also, the
reality was that a name “Buhari”
was even more of value
than APC as a party. He was
the force that drove things that
happened during that election.
To my mind, there was little
PDP could do. In fact, I commend
PDP for having 12 million
votes. PDP did well, with the
Buhari “tsunami” that was going
on.
“We were in power in most
of the states, but you remember
five governors left the party
with mass following. And it was
done in a very acrimonious way.
And after 16 years, you have to
be super human for people to
look at you with value no matter
what you do. Change is part
of life. People always cry for
something different. It is happening
in the American election
now. Who would have thought
Donald Trump with his aggressiveness
and rash way of doing
things could make impacts? But
now, is the president of the United
States of America.
“That is how politics is. Just
one thing triggered, Buhari and
APC made PDP look bad. And
APC had a major propaganda
machine which they put to
play during the election but
PDP didn’t have response to
the propaganda,” Wada noted.
It is quite unfortunate that
many who voted for Buhari
and the APC, hoping to see
drastic turn around not only
in the economy, but also in
other spheres of life, are now
sighing in disappointment.
They are counting their losses
by the day as the economy
bits harder, thus forcing them
to ask: Is this the change we
voted for?
I guess many unemployed
graduates, who came out en
masse to cast their votes for
Buhari, will be singing a different
song by now because
it has dawn on them that this
government has no clear-cut
policy on job creation and
wealth generation.
The main thrust of Buhari’s
campaign was the elimination
of corruption. How has he
faired since he came to power?
In a nutshell, his campaign
war is far from being holistic.
Even those who thought that
even if the president fails in
everything, he will never fail
in fighting corruption are
more or less disappointed in
the manner his perceived political
enemies are being hunted
and hounded.
It is on record that Buhari is
the first president of Nigeria
under a democracy to have
seriously desired the job and
struggled for it for over 12
years. One thought that as
soon as he was declared winner,
he would have come up
with clear cut policies and hit
the ground running aftetr his
swearing-in, but that is not to
be as he has preferred to be
slow and steady.
Nevertheless, as we pray
for the quick recovery of the
president, Osinbajo should
fully utilise his powers as the
acting president to write the
many wrongs Buhari and his
cabals have committed, either
by omission or by commission.


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