Congress, APC led all into the general polls. Eventually,as it turned out Nigerians had voted for Change, the campaign niche of Muhammadu Buhari and his APC. Instructively, the Change mantra as touted by the Party and its then flag bearer was clear: Nigerians must do things right henceforth even as they shun all forms of corrupt practices and actions that stall democracy, its ideals and national progress. Thus, the new administration was ushered into office by a largely expectant nation eager to rise to the occasion for our general national good and progress. After all, who would expect anything less, especially with the plethora of promises made including fighting corruption to a standstill, bringing the Naira at par with the US Dollar, tackling the nagging power crisis cum unemployment situation in the country? In tandem with the administration’s pledge also, Nigerians were to expect positive changes in the following sectors: agriculture, industry, our national defence and personal security as well as leadership by example including galvanising our democracy and its related institutions. Two years after the crucial votes that threw up the APC administration in the country, we do not hesitate to side with worried, Nigerians who hold that nothing has happened to make them hope for a better country possible. If anything, there is the aggregate general belief that the situation and welfare of the average Nigerian has dipped virtually to an all-time low. When industrial capacity utilisation, national and personal security, unemployment, self-worth are dipping and official figures from relevant federal authorities like the National Bureau of Statistics speak unfortunate volumes about a not-too-certain future for us all, the need for some form of dispassionate retrospect arises. Curiously, the federal civil service that ought to largely buoy the performance of the APC administration by providing all statutorily needed support to the government at the centre has in the last two years, become very unhelpful. A few days ago, former Head of Service of the Federation, Ms. Ama Pepple, described the Service as a cesspool of indiscipline and corruption under President Muhammadu Buhari, noting that Service Compact with All Nigerians, ‎SERVICOM, has failed. SERVICOM was initiated by former President Olusegun Obasanjo in 2004, ‎ to address the inefficiency, corruption and truancy that have become the order in public service. She regretted that despite the change mantra of the ruling APC and the government, the vices of files missing were still common place, and even rampant , in the civil service. Pepple also expressed sadness the service had continued to get knocks, criticisms despite attempt by Obasanjo to elevate its status from inefficiency. The former HoS spoke at the opening of a two day National Policy Dialogue on Service Delivery themed “Efficient and Effective Service Delivery in Governance: Imperative for Driving the Change Agenda” held at the State House Conference Centre, Abuja. ‎‎
The event was organized by the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, OSGF. Besides, expressed concerns by Nigerians of many allegedly corrupt persons being key players in the Muhammadu Buhari administration, is not in any way helping the rather low marks the APC federal government has scored this far. They argue that increasing criminalities across the country like unending herdsmen alleged killings in communities in the country, insurgency, militancy, rising suicides, worrying unemployment numbers causing youths to take to drugs, prostitution, robberies, broken homes and gross poverty have direct relationship with the apparent non-deliverance of the Change administration. For an administration that underscores its actions by the Change mantra and zero tolerance for corruption and related tendencies, persons with taints of such vices should not be seen around it. Their presence, far or near the power centre of the government mocks the mantra of the administration. Though many fellow Nigerians are resolute that President Buhari is capable of changing Nigeria, we must state that there is a rising number that are beginning to think otherwise. Nigerians are overwhelmed with despondency and frustration as a result of the deteriorating condition of living in the land. Instead of tackling the numerous economic and social challenges facing the nation, politicians are beginning to be preoccupied with the next elections. Unfortunately, politicians even from the APC fold are already warming up for the next general elections in 2019. Yes, we did not expect any lesser development here. But we are worried that two years after the crucial votes that welcomed the Change mantra and the APC-led federal government, Nigerians still await the change to all that make sense to their well being and further growth. Thus, this should be the concern of APC political office aspirants come 2019 and not the noticeable but distractive jostling across the country right now. We suggest APC make things right in the months ahead the already scheduled February 16, 2019 poll to be somewhat sure that its chances at the polls would be bright. For now Nigerians are getting the impression that the momentum which brought them to party to power is evaporating with great rapidity. A prominent Nigerian and a leading voice from the North Prof. Ango Abdullahi appeared to have spoken the mind of many when he stated recently in an interview that the APC’s inertia and lack of direction in governance of Nigeria are contributing to the party going in the direction of the rocks, just like the fate that befell PDP. We restate that democratic governance in line with manifestoes presented at campaigns imply doing the right thing under the circumstances. To act otherwise is to present the opposition a carte blanche at the next set of elections. Above all, welfare, progress and development of fellow Nigerians must remain the centre-piece of ant government in power. To pay lip service to this is to undermine the power of the votes of the electorate eventually.