Contrary to what the Nigerian government wants us to believe, comparing successive governments with previous governments is an important part of governance. Comparisons provide a yardstick by which we can evaluate the progress of successive governments, correct them if they stray into old habits and steer them into nation-building.
For Nigeria, the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has come under intense criticism because of its inability to communicate its plans, objectives and projects to the people that voted them into power. It has greatly fractured the relationship between them and us and needs to be urgently fixed.
Let’s go back a little.
While President Buhari made it clear when he took over the reins of power that a lot of damage had been done to Nigeria’s policies and economy, and that repairing the damage would require a lot of “sacrifice” – many Nigerians did not expect what they have to undergo during his rule. When challenged, the present administration has constantly referred to the perceived shortcomings of the Goodluck Jonathan-led government that ruled before it, blaming the actions taken during their rule for this government’s inability to make good on its campaign promises.
The YNaija team took to the streets to ask the opinion of grassroot Nigerians on this back and forth, that many have labelled as buck-passing.
The apathy Nigerians show towards making political comments is quite disheartening. Too many people have been forced to become self-reliant for even the most basic of amenities and have grown to attach a quiet resentment to all matters involving Nigeria’s political class.
So, we encountered some difficulty coaxing respondents into really telling us what they feel about the Buhari administration in comparison to the Jonathan administration.
And for those who did… see their reactions below: