Editor's note: Subair Mohammed, Legit.ng partner blogger in this latest article, writes about controversies generated by President Muhammadu Buhari's recent comment on Nigerian youth.
Mohammed is a Lagos-based journalist, who has great passion for writing. He could be contacted via: email@example.com
With the recent invasion of the social media by haters of masses’ oriented administration and the critical of the enviable personality of President Muhammadu Buhari, a leader with an untainted integrity, it is about time to tell the antagonists and mischief makers that treading a wrong path to defame the president to score political points can never lead to the right destination.
Historically, Nigerians have had it so rough and tough since the post-independent era as the period witnessed more of retrogression than progress in the area of infrastructure development, provision of qualitative healthcare, employment creation for the teeming youth, economic development, political transition and stability and more importantly, maladministration and corruption in public offices which President Muhammadu Buhari has identified as bane on the country’s national growth.
However, it is pertinent to bring back to memories the involvement of Nigerian military personnel in politics, the regimes which were characterised by ruthlessness, recklessness and massive looting of the country’s treasury.
Unfortunately, the military ‘boys’ of that era who robbed Nigerian youths of meaningful future are the democrats of today’s modern Nigeria.
More like it, are the fantastically corrupt democratic regimes of politicians who rather than alleviate the sufferings of the masses further plunged the most populous black nation on earth into an ocean of indebtedness and Nigerian youths into a disadvantaged and hopeless situations while poverty, unemployment, insecurity and economic stagnation create perpetual fear in the lives of the masses.
Fast forward, the dawn of 2015 witnessed a deviation from the status quo as President Muhammadu Buhari on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) defeated the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in a keenly contested election to emerge the country’s new leader.
And there begins the rebuilding process with President Buhari’s introduction of probity and accountability in governance and public offices as he beamed his searchlight on corrupt politicians and public office holders.
Without any doubt, President Buhari’s first few years in office brings sanity and integrity into government’s agencies and parastatals as the country’s looted funds amounting to billions of naira and in hard currencies staunched in foreign accounts and in private buildings located at different places were recovered and the resultant effects was the wailing and campaign of calumny by looters and their cronies.
In spite of President Muhammadu Buhari’s statesmanlike posture, love and total commitment to national development, why the hate campaign against him?
Clearly, the calumny campaign against President Buhari was orchestrated by the die-hard enemies of the country among whom are the serving politicians and public officers who are in government not to serve and protect the youths but to enrich themselves.
These crops of public officers are in government not only for their selfish gain but also to eat the future of unsuspecting and helpless Nigerian youths who ironically perceived them as national heroes and saviours of the youths.
They are the corrupt public officers who within a period of one year stole over N400 billion from the country’s coffer, this was according to a survey report by the National Bureau of Statistics on “Corruption in Nigeria: Bribery, Public experience and Response.”
However, for his dispassionate and zero tolerance for corruption, some politicians and mischief makers are bent on de-marketing Mr. President before the electorate in his journey towards securing his party’s ticket to run for second term in office.
Their agenda is to stir up controversies among different ethnic groups and misrepresent the true state of affairs to Nigerians particularly the youths who constitutes a large chunk of the population and are the most affected.
But why was this hate campaign launched against Mr President? Was it out of love for the Nigerian youths or better governance?
Since the enthronement of democracy in 1999, has the country’s active population fared any better?
Definitely not. Nigerian youths have been victims of corruption, oppression and bad leadership, no thanks to the artificial hardship occasioned by corruption and bad governance by successive governments who amassed public funds for personal gains thereby denying the country’s youth basic needs of life.
The Nigerian youths have been relegated, dehumanised and enslaved in their fathers’ land by none other than the political elites who see them as tools to achieving their political aims rather than being dignified.
Since 1999, there have been various programmes introduced to transform Nigeria making it a better place to live in.
As president of the country, Olusegun Obasanjo talked about total transformation of Nigeria through urban development and privatisation, roads and infrastructure, stable electricity supply and constitutional review but all end in the bin of forgetfulness and an avenue for corruption.
After his failed third term bid, President Umar Yar Adu’a took the centre stage with his seven point-agenda but his dream for a better Nigeria was truncated with his sudden death.
Then the transformational agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan whose five year developmental plan focused on strong, inclusive and non-inflationary growth, employment creation and poverty alleviation but unfortunately like his predecessors, President Jonathan’s administration was adjudged one that was laden with corruption.
Now with the five point change agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari who is passionately committed to bring about change in the real sense of the word to governance with his anti-corruption fight, youth empowerment programmes, transformation of the economy from an oil dependent to an agro-based economy, curbing insecurity and equipping of the country’s military, an increase in the income generation of Federal agencies and parastatals etc, these politicians and political jobbers engage in noisy disturbance.
What President Muhammadu Buhari needs this time around to continue to secure the country from looters and pretenders is encouragement and not condemnation.
Therefore, for Nigeria to be on firm footing economically, politically and socially, there is an urgent need for the return of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.
Or is there a better alternative to President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 elections?
None I can think of because none among those that have so far shown interest in running for the presidency can match the unblemished and untainted status of our dear Mr President for they have soaked their hands deep in the soil of corruption and their deeds are hunting them, so, why the noise.
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And to Nigerian youth that deserve a better future in the midst of plenty, the only credible choice is President Muhammadu Buhari not for any other reason but for his contentment, zero tolerance for corruption and his passion for nation building.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Nigerian presidency reacted to a statement purportedly credited to President Muhammadu Buhari while fielding questions after his keynote address at the Common Wealth Business Forum in London on Wednesday, April 18.
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