On Wednesday morning, President Muhammadu Buhari would be sworn in as president for a second term. This week, as the nation prepares for inauguration, the president has revisited some of his greatest hits from 2015.
It’s the blame game all over again: In a meeting this morning with the board of Ecobank Transnational Incorporated, led by the Group Chairman, Mr Emmanuel Ikazoboh, the president slammed previous administrations for “decades of neglect and resource mismanagement.”
- According to a statement by a presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, the president said that his government is determined to “reverse the trend of squander-mania and mismanagement.”
It was the same old song on Monday when he hosted members of the Northern Governors Forum, led by the outgoing Chairman, Kashim Shettima of Borno State at the State House. Interacting with them on the state of insecurity in the North, the president said they were the consequences of “the terrible effects of mismanagement” and the “ravaging effect of unchecked corruption” of the past.
The problem: We are four years into Buhari’s tenure – one whole term is finished. The question Buhari and his team need to ask themselves is this: If he had lost reelection a few months ago, would Nigerians remember him for having brought fundamental structural changes to the way things are done – whether concerning corruption or poverty or insecurity, which he campaigned on four years ago and this year as well? At what point would the blame game be over?