When President Buhari was sworn in as President, we were like people that dreamed.
Months of chanting the ‘Change’ slogan and emptying the market of brooms and umbrellas as well as weeks of painstaking analysis of election results in Excel forms and pie charts had produced the man of the people- Sai Baba!
We watched the inauguration with nostalgic feelings of that bright day in October 1960 when we finally ditched the ‘God save our Queen’ for ‘Nigeria, we hail thee’ .
It was like the French revolution when the masses were tired of a King who was controlled by his clueless wife. We had beheaded PDP and wasted no time waving goodbye to the man in the bowler hat who was now on his way back to Otueke along with his wailing wife.
Sai Baba had won our hearts with his ‘I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody’ speech.
Suddenly, the epileptic power supply that had bewitched the nation for decades became healed like the fortunate leper at the Biblical gate called ‘Beautiful’.
Inner cities, shanties and crannies whose bulbs never had the privilege of being powered by electricity suddenly shone bright.
The wickedly long queues at petrol stations preceding the elections had suddenly disappeared. Even the dollar took a few days to acknowledge the overnight stability that happened to Nigeria and her people.
Chief Lai Mohammed was all up in our faces chanting the praises of our ‘messiah’ in a high soprano note while Comrade Adams Oshiomhole backed him up rapping about ‘The Buhari-effect’.
The land was flowing with milk and honey. Sai Baba had led us safely into the promise land… how quickly we judged ourselves.
We forgot that the rainy season had caused continuous water to flood our dams thus, improving the power supply.
Harmattan soon punched us in the face with the harsh reality of the power supply which rather than return to it’s previous epileptic state, finally died while we watched with genuine hope that the government would pull a ‘Lazarus’ on us.
We woke up one day to the shocking reality that that evil thing called fuel scarcity was back. Chai! Queues again? Of course, why not? The fuel subsidy debt settled by the Jonathan Administration shortly before handing over power had been exhausted.
Then, like a one-man show, ‘Baba go slow’ ran the largest economy in Africa for 6 long months without a cabinet all in the name of a ‘needed’ cleansing of the land.
Every important thing the President had to tell us was (and is still being) communicated through international media whenever he was away on his numerous trips abroad.
Boko haram had a swell time killing citizens despite promises to end the insurgency by December.
Political Scandals upon scandals began to unravel like well-plotted telenovelas (remember #missing budget).
This was not what we signed up for, we waited for solutions to be suggested, actions to be taken but alas! our President and his back up singers took to the pulpit of our nation’s affairs to sing the ‘It wasn’t me’ (Remember Shaggy?)
Mr President sir, there is fuel scarcity , Blame it on GEJ!
The National Treasury is empty, Blame it on GEJ!
Oil price is now below $28 per barrel, Blame it on GEJ!
The Naira is depreciating, Blame it on GEJ!
Chibok girls are still missing, Blame it on GEJ!
2016 Budget is missing, Blame it on GEJ!
Lassa fever is spreading fast, Blame it on GEJ
Wizkid has broken Dammy Krane’s head, Blame it on GEJ
My cat died, Blame it on GEJ
It’s 2016 and I never marry, Blame it on GEJ
Hehe, behold Mr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, the lamb of Nigeria who takes the blame for all misdoings even though he left office about 8months ago.
Which way Nigeria? President Buhari and his cabinet need to stop this blame game, own their problems and start looking for solutions.
How Former President Goodluck Jonathan caused the spread of Lassa fever for instance, beats every logic that there is. Did the man under whose watch Ebola was curbed in Nigeria order the rats from Otueke to commit genocide on the populace?
Please and Please, Government is a continuum. GEJ might have ‘messed up’ during his administration but governing Nigeria is no longer his responsibility; Soldier come, soldier go, barracks remain.
Nigerians are being pushed to the wall with all the hardship and scandals rocking the polity, there is only so much one can take. 8 months is a reasonable time for a nation to have put itself on the tracks to development, even an 8-month old baby is crawling and planning to walk.
A bad workman may blame his tools, but it takes an irresponsible workman to blame his predecessor! – Proverb