by Tolu Omoyeni
The administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has barely lasted one year but it has been trailed with groaning, complaints, regrets and general ruckus. More interesting are the we-told-you-so remarks that former president Jonathan’s loyalists make every other day, mostly with the aim of spiting all those of you who voted Buhari.
The current economic situation and the presence of social media has turned almost every Nigerian into an economic adviser. Everybody suddenly knows how to run a country but it’s not your fault – all of you. Let’s pay no attention to pseudo-intellectuals for now but there have been a number of good, practical advice proffered to the president, so we made a list…
– President Buhari should know he is no more a military man and should be more civil in his approach to running the country. This advice was given by the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu at an event yesterday. We were all on our own last week when the NOA announced the reintroduction of the War Against Indiscipline brigade, a vital part of President Buhari’s military government in the 1980s known for tyranny and repression. Once a soldier, always a soldier; we should have known.
– Ovation publisher and former presidential candidate, Dele Momodu in a recent edition of his weekly article, The Pendulum advises the president to cut the cost of governance. This is one suggestion that many of us will agree with considering the backlash that have followed the government’s outrageous spending pattern. Mr Momodu opines that we should sell off most of our presidential aircraft and government officials should fly Arik. He believes the “austerity measure should begin at the top”. If you have a contrary suggestion, please come forward.
– Rotimi Ogundana penned a letter to President Buhari urging him to disregard erroneous remarks made by his media aide, Femi Adesina in a radio interview. Mr Femi Adesina had the effontery to say Nigerians are not suffering and that those who have become fond of complaining are in the minority. To counter this, Rotimi Ogundana, a representative of the association of Wailing Wailers, categorically told Mr President that Nigerians are indeed suffering and “the situation is stretching towards the elastic limit”. His advice? President Buhari should take quick and drastic measures to salvage the nation before it gets to a breaking point. Ogundana also advised the President to “revisit and redress” most of his policies. More importantly, he said to Mr President: “Think”. Baba, he’s very right. You need to THINK.
– A factional chairman of the APC in Kano, Useni Mairiga, without mincing words, advised the President to desist from deceiving Nigerians that Nigeria is broke. Like just stop it, there is a lot of money in this country to go round. He says poverty in the country has grown wings and the people who surround the president fail to inform him of the harsh realities of the living conditions of most Nigerians. If this candid advice is coming from a member of President Buhari’s political party, then it’s the truth. Baba, even your own people are not understanding you. Please pick our call…
– Opposition party, PDP will not give up reminding the President of all the things that he seems to be forgetting. In a communique released last month, the Peoples Democratic Party called on President Buhari to fix the economy as people are just tired, there’s really no other way to put it. They gave him a list of issues to fix though; unemployment, militancy, infrastructural decadence, inflation, terrorism, Fulani herdmen attacks. We’re sure they had more but they just had to stop there. Don’t kill Baba with too much work.
Hopefully, Baba will not turn
his deaf ear to all these good advice, and get to real work.