Since last week the Federal Government came up with “Change Begins With Me” crusade, I have been fighting within myself to understand what President Muhammadu Buhari is up to. He came to power on the pedestal of change. He promised us he would change our conditions for good by making things lighter and better. Part of that change was his promise to make dollar at par with naira. We had a feeling of deja vu and rushed headlong to vote for him. Maybe we didn’t hear him well. Now almost half into his first tenure, we have seen all the promises go into flames. And now, he is talking of change begins with me when that change should begin with him by living up to his promises. Is this not a smokescreen to cover his deficiencies?
By the way, why should Buhari introduce this at this critical time when Nigerians are crying over the hardship his policies have imposed on them? Is “change begins with me” not another name for WAI, an acronym for War Against Indiscipline? Why should he be telling us to change when he has not changed? The economy is nose-diving and Nigerians are crying and telling him to change his team, but we appear to be talking to the deaf. His methods and policies are not working and we tell him to change them, but instead of doing so, he is turning back to us and telling us to change. His team is underperforming and we tell him to rejig it and bring in Nigeria’s First Eleven irrespective of their backgrounds, and he is foot-dragging when we are sinking deeper and deeper. I see the “Change Begins With Me” campaign as another way of telling us to tighten our belts, which reminds us of the interminable woes and sufferings Nigerians underwent during the regime of Major General Muhammadu Buhari between 1983 and 1985!