There is anger in the land, and it is mainly directed at President Muhammadu Buhari for his failure to curb terrorism in Nigeria. Despite his pre-election promise to crush Boko Haram by leading the war against terror from the front, the group has become even more deadly under his watch.
According to a report in Premium Times, a leading online newspaper, more than 25,794 people were killed in various attacks in the first term of President Muhammadu Buhari between May 2015 and May 2019 alone.
This of course does not take into account the countless killing that has been recorded since his second terms started, including the recent mindless murder of about 30 Nigerians in Auno town in Borno State, late Sunday, while Buhari was attending an African Union event in Ethiopia
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This explains why Nigerians no longer feel safe under this government and they have expressed their frustration on various social media platforms. It seem like every single post by the agents of this government attracts anger from Nigerians, it doesn’t matter if the post is unrelated to security.
For example, when Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity to the Muhammadu Buhari, recently took to his social media handle to announce the signing of a visa waver agreement agreement between Nigeria and Ethiopia, the information was meet with a deluge of angry comments by Nigerians.
One of the comments which aptly capture the emotions of many Nigerians was from Uchez Chinoso, who said, “Yahoo yahoo government. The different between Buhari government from yahoo boys is laptop.”
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This comments reflect how Nigerian feel that they have been deceived by Buhari , who sold himself to Nigerians as a former military General, that has the answer to Nigeria’s security challenges. Sadly, it seems instead of being a solution, Buhari is now part of the problem.
Interestingly, Chinoso’s comic description of the Buhari government is similar to Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah’s perception of the administration. In a recent public statement, the fiery clergyman made his feelings known when he said: “The only difference between the government and Boko Haram is Boko Haram is holding a bomb
Father Kuka’s rebuke was released in the wake of the dastardly assassination of 12 Christians by Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) last Christmas.
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So far, the government has not acted like it is serious about ending the terrorism nightmare. Instead of being tough on the terror group, it has shown a lot of weakness, or how else can we describe the recent announcement that about 1400 “repentant” boko haram killers have being released into the public.
Unfortunately, it was a decision that was not well received by many Nigerians, including members of the military who are sad and feel betrayed by the government..
To be honest, it’s not too late for Buhari to win back public confidence, but he needs to act fast because the situation is fast becoming an embarrassment to the country. If indeed we describe ourselves as the giant of Africa, its high time we began to act as one.FOLLOW US on