By James Ibechi
In the midst of the worsening insecurity characterized by herdsmen killings and Boko Haram kidnappings, high rate of unemployment, nepotism, economic recession, and religious crisis, President Muhammadu Buhari recently declared his intention to seek re-election in the 2019 general elections.
The declaration is absurd.
Despite such grisly situation in the country that borders misrule by the President and when the tempers are already palpable against him, 21 governors this week in a worst of insensitivity endorsed the president’s re-election bid. Abomination!
Notwithstanding, Buhari will lose the election on account of the very factors listed in the opening paragraph of this piece.
But for the purpose of emphasis, details and clarity jamesibechi.com has highlighted six basic reasons why Buhari will lose second term bid.
- HERDSMEN ATTACKS
Nigeria has been battling with the crises between herdsmen and farmers before the present administration came on board though, many thought with Buhari’s antecedents, many believed that within the shortest pace of time, herdsmen attack across the country would be a thing of the past. But they were wrong as these crises linger on and many lives have been lost in it.
Amnesty International (AI), a global human rights watchdog, described the response of the federal government to communal violence as grossly inadequate, too slow, ineffective, and in certain instances, illegal and suspicious.
AI claimed that by April 2018, Islamic herdsmen in, Benue, Taraba, Kaduna and Nasarawa states have massacred thousands.
According to the body, hundreds of people lost their lives in 2017 and the federal government remained unable to protect communities from the growing violence, adding that perpetrators were daily getting away with murder.
When we all thought the Dollar was too expensive during Jonathan’s administration thinking Buhari would help us step it down, not knowing it’s going to be a case of Fry Pan to fire.
In August 2016, Nigeria slipped into recession. According to the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS), the second quarter of 2016 Gross Domestic Product (GDP) declined by -2.06 per cent.
Many Economists attributed the recession to poor economic planning and inadequate concrete implementation of economic planning, high inflation rate; high interest rate, high taxation, and policy conflict.
Most significantly, it was attributed to the over dependent of Nigeria government on oil for over 60% of its total revenues and the country for over 90% of her foreign exchange earnings.
Nigerians were thrown into hardship during this period of recession as prices of commodities in the market skyrocketed.
Even though the NBS announced in September 2017 that Nigerian economy was out of recession, the people of Nigeria are yet to feel the difference between the period the country slipped into recession and when it emerged from recession.
Insecurity is one of the major problems bedeviling Nigeria. Killings, Suicide bombing and kidnapping have become the order of the day in Nigeria.
Many innocent lives have been lost to armed robbery and kidnapping, and the government has not been able to nip this menace in the bud.
Many are asking if the federal government still remembers its constitutional function of protecting the lives and property of its citizens.
- RELIGIOUS ISSUES
Nothing has so much divided Nigerians than religion. Many believe that religious crises are more political than religious.
The Boko Haram insurgency and the violence in Jos and Kaduna and the Islamic herdmen killing of Christians in Benue and Taraba are examples of religious crises that the country is plagued with.
In Jos, the crises between Christians and Muslims have not been resolved yet, and many lives have been lost to these crises.
Before President Buhari took over the mantle of leadership, the electorate had hoped that these and other problems facing the country would become history if he was elected to steer the ship of state. Three years in the saddle, the problem has worsened rather than solved.
Higher Institutions keep churning millions of graduates yearly even when those of the year before are still languishing at home looking for what to do to no avail.
According to the National Bureau of Statistics, Nigeria’s unemployment rate currently stands at 18.80 percent.
Year in year out the country is producing graduates without producing employment opportunities. This and many other factors are responsible for different crimes that are plaguing us a nation.
Nigerian youths are angry because they are jobless, and an angry youth would only try to change the status quo, as was the case with President Goodluck Jonathan when angry Nigerians chased him out of power.
President Buhari is perceived by many to be nepotistic (meaning, he favors his relatives and family the most).
Many have expressed their displeasure about the president’s appointments, saying that he favours the north at the detriment of others.
His Service Chiefs are all of his Fulani ethnic nationality who the National Assembly recently passed a vote of no confidence on.
The president was accused by a Second Republic lawmaker, Junaid Mohammed, of giving key positions to his cousins, nephews and in-laws.
A closer look into his Cabinet shows President Buhari administrations favors the Northerners more.
So, it is up to Nigerians to discern.