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Buhari Is Too Old For Nigeria

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Topic: The Change We Asked For (The Opinion Of A Nigerian).

Written By: Samuel George

I recently wanted buy biscuit and was surprised at what I
saw. Complaining a little, all the lady selling the biscuit said was “it’s the
era of change”. It is amassing how the word change has become a household name.
A word championed by the current president, Muhammadu  Buhari. He campaigned under the flag of the
APC with the theme “CHANGE”. Nigerians had been easily deceived by rocket high
promises. “He was going to bring heavens into the house of everyone” “Oh, his
body language was going to send every corrupt politician packing” “His words of
action were going to put workers at all levels on their feet”.

Have you ever sat down to look closely at the photo from
when Buhari visited the White House in DC? Was I the only one wondering -as the
two men sat and spoke- what they had in common?

Just like Buhari, Obama became president using the theme ‘change’; only he was more specific the
type of change. “Change we can believe in”. In Buharis’ theme we were not told
the kind of change we were to expect. Comparing 2015 with 2016 you will agree
with me that there really has been a ‘change’, only a change for the worse.

We as Nigerians made a lot of mistake. When he was
campaigning, he spoke about his fugal lifestyle and about facing the same
hardship ordinary Nigerians were facing but we failed to get something. He was
the head of state from mid 1953 till August 1955, still over 25 years later he
comes out and tells us he didn’t have much- which we believed. This can only
mean 2 things.

1.      
He was lying –which he obviously was- and hence
isn’t fit to be president.

2.      
He has no idea how to manage finances and no
clue of economics and still isn’t fit be president.

We missed the fact that he was far too old for that post,
how could we foolishly have gone out to vote for a 73 year old (72 years at the
time) as president of a country of over 185 million people? I always have to go
slow when I am trying to keep up a conversation with my grandmother who also is
above 70. This man should be resting with our other baby boomers, enjoying
their pension (if they are paid) and praying for the younger generation to get
it right.

Personally I’m not taking sides and I’m not against any
democratic group. I believe one’s party really has little to do with who you
are at your core and what you are capable of. It really did not matter where
the change was coming from. It didn’t
matter if it was coming from APC or it was coming from the PDP. What really
mattered were the people bringing this change and what kind of change it was.

If Buhari was in PDP and GEJ was with the APC, I still don’t
think my voting options would have been altered. Even if many youth were of the
opinion that he was able to maintain law and order while he was president in
the military regime, he was the right man for the job because he was feared by
people around. Of course, why else was he a solider?  Especially the Nigeria Army that is well
known for its excellent peace keeping mission records? Maintaining law and
order as a military president was definitely not a difficult thing to do; he
was in the Nigerian Force. What our largely ignorant youth failed to understand
was that this was democracy. We had left the era of dictatorship; we were no
longer in an era where we were to be forced to line up before using public
transport. Many people are just starting to that those times are gone. You want
something in the 21st century democratic era, you have to negotiate.
You have to negotiate with the Kanu, you have to negotiate with the NDA, we
even at some point negotiated with Boko Haram. People are not going to stand
around and let you push them around anymore, you have to add ingredients of
diplomacy to the soup.
 

Follow me on twitter: @9jasamuelgeorge , I will follow back and we will talk more

 
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