Buhari And The Burden Of Expectations

THE euphoria that enveloped the emergence of General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd)as President-elect of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is still in the air, just as the All Progressive Congress [APC] looks forward to May 29, 2015, a day it will take over the mantle of government from the Peoples Democratic Party [PDP].
Perhaps, armed with his achievements as former Nigeria’s Military Head of State, former military Governor of defunct Gongola State and one-time head of some other federal agencies, the President–elect had before the election vowed to commence the process of taking Nigeria to its promised land if given the mandate to steer the ship of the country.
While in power as military Head of State with late Brigadier–General Tunde Idiagbun as Second–In–Command, Buhari who tagged his government ‘The Regime of Hope’, no doubt marshaled out measures aimed at building Nigeria of his dream.
To achieve this, his government came up with the policy; ‘War Against Indiscipline and Corruption, [WAIC]. WAIC had its import on the society, although had been adjudged differently by Nigerians, some measure of discipline somehow became our way of life before Buhari was eased out of power by former military President General Ibrahim Babangida [rtd].
It may not be out of place to say that for Buhari as military Head of State, the dream then to transform Nigeria died with his exit from power. It was therefore for him, a dream unfulfilled.
Happily enough, the General, by the handiwork of providence and Nigerians, has resurfaced at the nation’s number one seat, vowing this time around to do everything within his ability to change Nigeria. Buhari, in his promises to Nigerians as encapsulated in the document, ‘My Covenant With Nigerians’ pledged to among other things to fight corruption, curb the rising tide of insecurity in the country, give employment to the teeming unemployed qualified persons in the labour market.
From his covenant with Nigerians, the President–elect, earlier, left no one in doubt of his stone-cast determination to reposition Nigeria for greatness.
However, it appears that for now, Buhari, having come to terms with the enormity of the task before the APC administration, which will take off from May 29, 2015, has started singing a different song. Contrary to his earlier posture, he was quick to telling Nigerians recently that he was not a magician and that the envisaged change may entail gradual process as Rome was not built in a day.
Hear him ‘The expectation is high and I have started nervously to explain to people that Rome was not built in a day. For things to be corrected, please give the in-coming government a chance’.
It is believed that going by Buhari’s antecedent and his knowledge of the realities on ground, he has equipped himself fully for the challenges inherent in the system.
If this be the case, the APC should keep the social contract which it has entered with the people. It should not renege on its campaign promises. Nigerians voted to enthrone Buhari as President-elect, with the expectation that he would put things right in the country, therefore, it is too early to change before the much anticipated change takes place.
We know that politics goes with bogus promises which are hardly ever fulfilled, APC should ensure that its promises do not translate into a ‘Dream Deffered’. For now, it behoves the in-coming administration, especially its leaders to talk less bearing in mind that words carry much weight.
With the success and peace that characterized the just concluded general elections, economic sector may witness a boost as investors who had earlier left the country for fear of unrest, will yearn for a return. Singing new song will not only scare investors but also cast doubt on APC’s readiness and ability to build fertile and peaceful ground for investors to explore.
Buhari, alongside APC, should in the interest of Nigerians, while constituting his cabinet opt for persons who are poised to complement his efforts in bringing the country to the ‘Promised Land’.
For him to succeed, he should go for hardworking, resourceful, focused, patriotic, principled, reliable and credible men and women who can make remarkable difference in governance.