For those Nigerians who expect President Muhammadu Buhari to expend less energy on apportioning blames and focus on dragging the country out of its present woes, it appears the wait is about to get longer.
In a slight shift from his campaign rhetoric, President Buhari has over the past year pointed finger at his predecessors for the present rot and as Nigerians grow weary of the seemingly blunt tactic, he’s made it clear that there can be no progress without first passing the buck.
Speaking at an event titled, “The Conversation: An evening with creative youths,” inside the old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, that also had the President’s wife Aisha Buhari, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and his wife Dolapo in attendance, Buhari stated that Nigerians needed to know what went wrong with the country, Punch writes.
“I am going to bore you with what we met. I know that I am being accused in the papers of passing the buck, but passing the buck is sometimes absolutely necessary to remind people who take things for granted,” the President spoke on the theme: “Creative youth as drivers of the change agenda.”
“When we came in, I screamed to high heavens because I had promised a lot while seeking votes.
“I asked, where is the saving? There was no saving. There was no infrastructure, power, rails, roads, there was none. What did we spend the money on? I was told (on) buying food and petrol.
“Where were the billions going? We conducted a study and found out that the oil marketers were committing fraud on at least one-third of what they were importing, which was about 25 per cent of our foreign exchange.
He ended by reiterating that the economy is in dire straits and called on the youths to be vigilant and hold the elites accountable at all times.
But the question remains if he was going to bore Nigerians to death, as the issue of gross economic mismanagement was clear to all and a primary reason he was voted to power in the first place.
While progress cannot be made without reflection on the past, it’s a completely different thing to dwell on it.
Nigerians actually need change, not more public enemies.