On Wednesday, December 25, 2019, President Muhammadu Buhari made a historic statement that he hopes that history will be kind to him at the end of his tenure by May 29, 2023.
NOTE: This post first appeared on Opera News Hub, with a bit modification by our writer
Mr President made the heart-touching comment when a delegation led by the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory paid him a Christmas visit at the State House, Abuja.
His statement is significant because history can only be kind to those who made radical change and effect changes that better the lives of people around them.
The retired Army Major General first came as a Military Head of State in December 31, 1983 and came back on May 29, 2015 under a democratic rule after several attempts.
His mandate was again renewed in the 2019 general elections under the All Progressive Congress (APC) and by May 29, 2023 his second term will come to an end.
The Katsina-born General has less than four years to implement and effect whatever change and policies he has for millions of Nigerians who are in desperate dare need of better governance.
In this post, we’ll share with you ten significant things the President must do before the end of his APC-led government in 2023 for history to be kind to him.
10 things Buhari must do before 2023 for history to be kind to him
- Reduce running cost
- Reduce lawmakers’ salary by at least 50%
- Reduce the wide gap between the rich and the poor
- Tax the rich more
- Fix Nigeria’s deadly roads and re-build railways
- Respect to Rule of Law
- Secure Nigeria’s porous border
- Stop police harassment
- Sign into electoral law
- Wipeout Boko Haram in the North East
Reduce the wide gap between the rich and the poor
There is a wider gap between the rich and the poor in Nigeria. Wealth is concentrated in the hands of a few “minority”
History will be kind President Buhari if he is able to bridge the gap between the rich and the poor.
Respect to Rule of Law
During one of his famous speeches, Buhari told Nigerians that national security is paramount and that it supersedes the rule of law. It was a heavy statement that created great concern for lawyers and social commentators in the country and around the world.
Less than a year he made the statement, his government started disobeying court orders, Nigerians were detained irrespective of court order setting them free.
Convener of #RevolutionNow Protest Omoyele Sowore and the former National Security Adviser Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) can testify to the gross violation of their human rights by the Buhari-led government.
For history to be kind to Buhari, he must begin to respect the rule of law and court orders irrespective of who is involved. His government must stop to be selective about which court order to obey and which not to.
Tax the rich more
The Minister of Interior Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola once said that the government should tax the rich more than the poor.
According to him, the tax money should be used to empower the poor so as to bridge the gap between the extremely rich and pathetically poor millions of Nigerians.
If Buhari is able to this, history will be kind to him.
Reduce lawmakers’ salary by at least 50%
It’s worrisome that each of the federal lawmakers take home at least N10 million end of every month in a country where millions of Nigerians who gave them the mandate live in extreme poverty.
The less than 500 lawmakers decide the fate of the millions of Nigerians, pathetically, they are yet to sponsor a significant bill that would positively change the standard of living of the people.
No mortgage, no social security programme, millions of graduates roam the streets because they are either unemployable or the jobs are not there, no pipe borne water, no security and so much more.
If President actually wants history to be kind to him, he needs to reduce the salary of his cabinet members, by example, and cut the salary of Nigeria’s of lawmakers by at least 50% for the love of Nigeria.
Secure Nigeria’s porous border
There are some than 1,000 illegal routes into Nigeria, according to security report. Through these routes, criminals from neighbouring countries, illegal goods are imported into the country.
Though his recent border closure has been hailed by some analyst as local productions are being enhanced.
The question is how long will he be able to sustain border closure?
Stop police harassment
Lawlessness is synonymous to members of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), but the rate at which trigger-happy police officers harass and kill innocent Nigerians have skyrocketed since Buhari assumed office in 2015.
History may not be kind to Mr President if the harassment and killing of hardworking Nigerians by the police (SARS) continue in perversity if police officers continue to kill motorists because of N100 bribe on our roads without bringing to justice the culprits.
Wipeout Boko Haram in the North East
During electioneering campaigns before the 2015 elections, Buhari’s APC promised agitated Nigerians that on assumption of office, his administration would end insurgency in the North East.
More than four years after, Boko Haram fighters continue with their trade of killings and arson in some parts of Borno State.
While it would be unfair to Mr President to say no progress has been made in fight against Boko Haram in the North East, yet the promise was to wipe out Boko Haram, the promise hasn’t been fulfilled.
History will only be kind to President Buhari if that promise is fulfilled 100%.
Fix Nigeria’s deadly roads and re-build railways
Armed robbery has become easier for the bad guys partly because of our deplorable roads; many Nigerians die on daily partly because of the poor state of our roads.
It’s embarrassing, disturbing, pathetic and shameful that several years after independence we still talk about poor roads, poor power supply and other social amenities are still unfixed.
The President has a huge history ahead of him. Eradicate the perceived corruption within his government, make Nigerians have value from the thousands of Naira they pay monthly on power consumption, fix road and railways.
Sign into electoral law
Nigeria’s electoral process is riddled with manipulation, signing into law the electoral law would bring about the needed electoral reform for Nigeria to make significant process.
Before the 2023, Buhari can do this and set the pace for the incoming administration.
President Buhari has less than four years in office, if he is able to achieve the above things, history will definitely be kind to him.
Five of the points mentioned in this post first appeared on Opera News.
What other things do you think Mr President can do for history to be kind to him? Add your voice to the above points.