Saturday, June 11, 2016
The Political Amnesia and Ignorance of Unrealistic Critics of President Muhammadu Buhari
This is my reply to Otumba Dele Momodu's article on "Before They Mislead President Buhari" published by THISDAYLIVE on
The long essay was not necessary, because Otunba Dele Momodu was just repeating his words.
President Muhammadu Buhari's administration cannot function appropriately and effectively without an approved federal budget and that just happened only last month.
He is neither a miracle worker nor a magician for Nigerians to expect instant wonders of economic miracles.
Only ignorant fools ask for harvest when you are still planting your seeds for new crops.
As the famous Nigerian Yoruba Juju musician, Chief Ebenezer Obey said in one of his all time classic songs, "Aimo Asiko lo ndamu Eda", meaning ignorance of the times and seasons is what is troubling mankind.
You cannot judge or write off a runner by the first lap of a marathon even if he is Usain Bolt.
The first achievement of President Buhari is giving state governments bailouts to pay the arrears of unpaid salaries and also paying the salaries of federal civil servants.
The second achievement is the guaranty of national security by attacking and disabling the Boko Haram in the north east and restoring the hope of millions of citizens who fled to neighbouring countries when Boko Haram captured their communities.
He achieved all that without waiting for the approval and implementation of his first budget. And it is unfortunate that those criticizing and even insulting President Buhari ignore these herculean feats, because of their poor intellectual comprehension and lack of ratiocination.
The socioeconomic hardship majority of Nigerians are presently suffering is not caused by the new government of President Buhari, but by the global fall in price of oil from USD100 during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan to less than USD40 when the new ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC) came to power one year ago. And also the wicked economic sabotage of the political cabal of the defeated former ruling party, People's Democratic Party (PDP) that is sponsoring the rebellion of the enemies of national unity and progress attacking oil pipelines in the Niger Delta to scuttle the on going trials of the members of their cabal for various corrupt practices during the maladministration of the corrupt and incompetent government of the PDP in their 16 years of ruling Nigeria from May 29, 1999 to May 29, 2015.
Let us be more realistic and still be optimistic and stop being pessimistic.
The way forward is to join hands and support the progressive efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari in the nation building of a New Nigeria.
~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, author of "The Victory of Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian Dream", " In the House of Dogs ", " The Prophet Lied ", "Bye, Bye Zimbabwe" and other books distributed by Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Lulu, Tower Books and other booksellers worldwide.