- Perhaps, it’s time to now Change Emefiele, or Kemi Adeosun, or both!
When the New Telegraph reported on its front page of Wednesday 16th March, 2016 that inflation at 11.4 percent, had hit three-year high, I know of at least two Nigerians who began to pray for the Government.
Or, when the Citizen published a National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) Monday released on the Consumer Price Index which measured and put the nation’s inflation rate as jumping from 15.6 per cent to 16.5 per cent in June; I immediately called the two, asking if they would add fasting to their prayers, each gave the same answer: “It’s not unlikely, that both Emefiele (CBN) and Kemi Adeosun (Finance) are applying wrong medication to a national toothache”!
Like one of them painfully explained:” We can see how Mr. President is struggling day and night, based on his extreme patriotic nature, to bring back the lost glory of the great country. But, from all indications, it cannot be said, that both the Minister of Finance and the Central Bank Governor, are applying the right remedy!”, he stated, pointing out that while he still prays for the President, he was beginning to feel frustrated, that the King’s men, were no match for the unfolding challenges.
Echoing same sentiment, the second respondent, an importer who also spoke on conditions of anonymity, simply pleaded with Mr. President to task the duo to come up with a new idea, or change them, noting that the last idea which culminated in CBN Forex policy relaxation was a flash in the pan.
“Whatever policy they had come up with so far, doesn’t look reliable enough to take us to the desired destination.
“The Government came at a point the foreign reserve was over $34bn; and the exchange rate was N223 to a Dollar. Today, the foreign reserve is about $26bn; and the exchange rate hovers around N360 per Dollar. Is either that the managers are wayward, dilly dallying or are waiting for President Buhari to read the riot act for them!”, he said.
But the above notwithstanding, we must still laud the President, for running a transparent race!
For the Government to come out and publicly declare that the nation was already sauntering into a recession, was commendable. It shows the Government’s altruism, a hard working institution, determined to bring in the desired change, with all cards on the table.
But then, it also reveals a sad, painful and helpless side of the Government, publicly admitting that in spite of all efforts to the contrary; at least to get the economy out of the wood, the economy has finally acquired bed, bed spread and pillows in the woods! In other words, the only thing presently missing in the wood is mattress, blankets and pillow cases!
It is therefore a most pertinent thing now to increase genuine and sincere prayers for the Government. It is an Appeal. Buhari must not fail. In our own interest, he must not fail. He has nothing to lose, even if he fails. The rest of us have nothing to gain, if he fail. Besides, the consequences of his failure would be severe, excruciating and holistic!
Sadly, and very sadly too, Psychologist Pavlov and his theory, if it’s anything to go by portends that frustrated Nigerians may soon begin to take their anger and helplessness against the government anytime from now.
A dog when locked up in a cage would first attempt to attack who ever it believes was responsible for its immobility; before attacking the cage, followed by tearing at itself!
Simplified, it means as time goes by, more and more people would lose faith in the idea or notion of State or Statehood that President Buhari has patriotically campaigned for.
Even now, how many Nigerians are truly honest to the Nigerian State? Aside from the families of the serving Ministers, and top Government functionaries, what percentage of the people are still truly loyal to the Nigerian project?
“Who pays your school fees? Who picks your medical bills? Who puts the food on your table? Who xyz? ” The answer, for over, 98 percent of the people is either: ” the parents”, the Uncles or nearby ‘Good Samaritan’ !
Where was the State, when against the earning or purchasing powers of the masses, the prices of common and basic items like electricity, kerosene, food stuff, building materials, passenger transportation by road, fuel and lubricants as well as transport equipments took to the roof?!
The Nigerian State had grown so indolent, so shrunk, and so irrelevant, outside periodic declaration of public holidays that it has gradually lost its symbolic essence in the mind of the people. A few strategically positioned Nigeria had stolen the country dry!
Of course, this was one of major things Buhari has come to exterminate. But then, he fails to recognize the truism in Niccollo Machiavelli’s testimony in his book: The Prince; that anyone wanting to introduce new idea must be prepared to take on stiff oppositions from those who either planted the old order, or were currently benefitting from it!
In the meantime, may Nigerians continue to appeal to the King’s men, against the current uncanny penchant to destroy their predecessors.
Hardly had the current Inspector General of Police took office, than the Punch, amongst other newspapers blasted it’s front page with the news: ARASE LEFT WITH 24 POLICE VEHICLES – ACTING IG.
Why didn’t the Acting IG simply pick a phone, place a call to ARASE, asking: Oga, how is life in retirement? And by the way, some of the boys are insinuating that you left with 24 vehicles. Is it true sir?”
Arase would have enlightened him.
A similarly baseless allegation was also made against the former Comptroller General of Customs, Alhaji Dikko Inde Abdullahi, by those who similarly wanted to paint him black. The allegation was that he took away 42 vehicles!
In the long run, it was discovered that not only were the vehicles right with the NCS, one of those mongering the allegation was in fact using one of the 42 vehicles.
But the pains of Arase can only be imagined, as he countered his successor, as encapsulated by Linda Ikejji blog:
“Idris is a big liar, I didn’t steal police vehicles – ex-IGP Arase“; as the former Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase (on Monday in Abuja) described as lies the allegation by his successor,Ibrahim Idris that he took away 24 police vehicles; stressing that “Idris should cross check his handover notes which contains every information needed by his successor on vehicles bought by the police”.
“I suspect there must be a disconnect somewhere because every information needed by my successor are provided in my hand-over notes. I’m also not aware that any letter was written to me because if there was any dropped in my house, someone would have alerted me.
“It’s unfortunate that this matter is being made a media issue because my successor has my telephone number and could have called me for any clarification or even sent me a text message rather than addressing the media on an issue well documented in my hand-over notes.”
The President is good intentioned. It is the King’s men that Nigerians are afraid of!
May the President live for ever!