Open Letter To President Buhari
SIR: You became the military Head of State in a coup de’tat that ousted the civilian regime headed by Alhaji Shehu Aliyu Shagari on December 31, 1983. About 20 months after you had taken over the reins of power, you were also overthrown in another coup d’état.
After the return of Nigeria to civilian rule, you presented yourself for election into the office of the President in 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015. Eventually, you won the 2015 presidential election. When you were speaking on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at the induction of new members of the National Assembly which was organized by the National Institute for Legislative Studies in Abuja, you mentioned the following 10 challenges you would face as the president: General insecurity and insurgency; Environmental degradation in the Niger Delta; Decline in revenues due to fall in oil prices; Endemic corruption and poor power supply. You also listed de- industrialization of the past three decades; High level of unemployment; High cost of governance; Erosion of public social services and, lack of development in agricultural and solid mineral sectors.
Since you have presided as president for the past six years, you have not definitely addressed the aforementioned challenges. Shortly after your inauguration, you had a four-day official visit to the United States. You spoke with journalists in Washington DC on how you intended to run the federal government. In your answers to one of the posers from the two journalists, you promised to split the NNPC into two parts – “the first will become an independent regulator, while the second will act as an investment vehicle for the country.”
Open Letter To President Buhari
In your response to another poser, you said, “My government has a clear plan to diversify and rejuvenate Nigeria’s economy. We are shifting our economic focus to expanding and modernizing our agricultural and mining sectors by attracting new private investment –moving away from the over dependable on oil.” On Wednesday, July 22, 2015, you made a speech at the US Institute for Peace. It was then you posited that your administration would “reclaim every inch of Nigerian territory under the control of Boko Haram.”
Mr. President, you have made a lot of unfulfilled promises in the last six years (2015-2021) of your administration. Ironically, some notable members of the All Progressives Congress Party on which platform you contested and won to become president have openly opined that their party has failed to fulfil its promises during the 2015 and 2019 electioneering campaigns.
Your silence on the expectations of Nigerians as regards the precarious state of the country is terribly worrisome. Regrettably, those who are close to you like the members of the Federal Executive Council, legislators in the two arms of the National Assembly and the National Executive Committee of APC have woefully failed to sincerely advise you on your failure to respect the opinions of the governed on the numerous upheavals faced by Nigeria.
My dear president, I wish to let you know that I am not a member of any of the numerous political parties in Nigeria. However, I love Nigeria as one of its citizens and fervently pray for its goodness.
I wish to end this letter with the following submissions: Your second term as president ends on May 29, 2023. As of May 29, 2021, you had spent 75 percent of your tenure as president. As a septuagenarian, you need time, more than ever before, to rest. The Presidency of Nelson Mandela began on May 10, 1994, at the age of 75 and ended on June 14, 1999 after serving for a first term of five years. The former South African President took his age into consideration by voluntarily abstaining from being re-elected in 1999 for a second term in office. I strongly admonish you to honorifically handover the presidency to your vice president forthwith and return to Daura with a view to enjoying the rest of your life peacefully with the members of your family.
If you accede to the above admonishment, you will be remembered and hailed globally like Nelson Mandela.