FIGHTING CORRUPTION AND NATION BUILDING.

President Buhari

President Buhari

It’s been approximately six month’s since President Buhari took over power on May 29, 2015. Since then, the Nigerian economy has become very unhealthy due to the fact that the present government is yet to have its cabinet of ministers, even though the senate has confirmed and submitted the list of confirmed ministers to the president. The war against Boko Haram seems not to abate, crime has increased in major cities in the country and now we have an agitation for an independent state of Biafra which the country doesn’t need now. Yet the current president doesn’t seem to be bothered. He seems to be more concerned about corruption.

Don’t get me wrong. If we must progress as a nation, we must tackle corruption. But must you fight corruption and allow the country to deteriorate. The best way to define this administration is to depict the current president as a captain of a boat, filled with rats and the boat is a approaching a huge waterfall. The boat approaches the waterfall, the captain is seen to be shouting about the rats left behind by the former captain on his boat and ignoring the fact that the boat is heading down hill.

A captain of a ship steers his ship to safety and ensures it arrives safely. But it wrecks, he goes down with it. Ask the captain of the Titanic. President Buhari should know this. If you must fight corruption, you mustn’t concentrate on one administration alone or else you will be perceived as being selective. Oh by the way, the president insisted that he doesn’t give a damn what people thought and that he would do everything to bring the members of the last regime to book for corrupt practices. To me that’s hypocrisy at it’s fullest. After all, members of his “noisemakers/thank you” cabinet are also alleged to be corrupt, so who is fooling who! Past governments, especially that of ex-president Obasanjo, are also guilty of corruption. Strive Masiyiwa has revealed how corrupt that administration was. Abacha’s loot is still being recovered till this day.

President Buhari must do everything to unite Nigerians. He seems to have worsened the case by hiring majority of his Hausa-Fulani kinsmen and placing them in important positions and making a crazy statement of 5% constituency who didn’t vote for him. Now those 5% minority are agitating to have their own country. Anybody who has any hope from this listless government is wasting his time.

Cheta Okorafor

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