The President is, as usual, shortsighted and deaf to his citizens.
Last week, Buhari was in Abidjan for the European Union-African Union summit. While there, he met with the Nigerian community in Abidjan and dropped not-so-subtle hints that he would run for President again in 2019.
He made that same assertion on Wednesday during his 2-day official visit to Kano, where crowds of supporters and citizens came out en masses to greet the visiting President. It was a truly massive crowd who poured into the streets to cheer the President’s procession and wave as he passed.
Maybe he got emotional, or it was a bout of overconfidence,m but in his address at Emir Sanusi’s palace (which was his first port of call), the President said, “I’m overwhelmed by the sea of heads I see, and by what I see today, if elections are contested, I have no doubt I will win it.”
Well, if all he needs to win is Kano, then the rest of us can go take several seats in the inconsequential background of our minority.
Of course, the President’s declaration has raised eyebrows-both in his party and in PDP, the major opposition party.
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, spokesman, Prince Dayo Adeyeye said: “The crowd that supposedly welcomed President Muhammadu Buhari is not a reflection of what will happen in 2019. Make no mistake about it. Governments come and go all over the world. For the President to continue to blame the PDP for his failure to perform almost three years into his mandate, shows how ill-prepared he is for the leadership of this great country. They were not elected to blame but to serve the people. What project have they commissioned since they came into power? Nigerians are aware of what the PDP was able to do but can we say the same thing of the APC?”
I can’t say that his criticism was constructive, but then I don’t have any high expectations when it comes to Nigerian politicians. It’s the same tired mixture of a savior complex with political mudslinging and finger pointing.
All anyone can hope for is that the President respects good reasoning and steps down for a more competent person to take over in 2019. From his party alone, several candidates have been speculated for the position; including Senate President Bukola Saraki, Senator Rabiu Kwakwanso and Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State.
The president did not just visit the Emir, he also granted a presidential pardon and freedom to 500 inmates from the Central Prison at Kurmawa and commissioned the Specialist Hospital, Giginyu, which was named after him.