When you see how democracy works in other lands, and the speed at which the leaders react to the mood of the moment in their countries, sometimes you would think we are jinxed. And sometimes it is difficult to escape, though some may say it is hasty, the conclusion that Buhari was not prepared for the leadership that was thrust upon him. But when you calculate the enormous time and resources he has invested so far in fighting corruption at the expense of other critical sectors that could have impacted positively on the life of the people, it is tempting to conclude that his administration was programmed to fail from day one.
Comparative analysis of events happening in other climes leads one to think along that line.
For instance, last week, former Home Secretary and leader of the Conservative Party, Mrs. Theresa May, was sworn-in as the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. What is interesting about the story is not that May, who was preparing to challenge David Cameron in the 2018 election, is the second female prime minister of UK. Rather, what is interesting and newsworthy here is that within one hour the prime minister was named, she hit the ground running by naming members of her cabinet, giving the world the impression that she was ready and prepared from the beginning for leadership. This is a stark contrast from President Muhammadu Buhari‘s six months, which was what it took him to name his cabinet. But like Diogenes of ancient Greece, he wasted this valuable time complaining about Jonathan and looking for stellar and inscrutable personalities, the result of which, I dare say, was at the end of the day underwhelming.
That is not what statesmanship is all about. That is not what leadership is all about; it’s not about whining and snivelling over what your predecessor did or failed to do. It’s about establishing confidence in the minds of the people from day one by jumping into the fray to confront what is on ground. It’s about putting food, quality food, on the table of the poor masses. Now the economy has gone comatose, our currency has become like Ghana’s Cedi of old when 5000 of it exchanged for 1 Naira, militants are up in arms, the country is down and there is hunger and anger in the land because of this and other inactions and bad policies of his administration. Are these not signs of a failed or failing country? Are they not signposts to the predictions of my colleague Carl Meier that this house has fallen?
And his apologists still say he can still recover the lost grounds. And we pray and concur and hope for the miracle. But not when he is fixated on corruption alone and confused on the economy unlike Theresa May.