The Presidency, yesterday, explained the frustration of many Nigerians towards the government of President Muhammadu Buhari. Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, in an article titled, “Buhari’s 2019 bid and matters arising”, said the All Progressives Congress (APC) government came into power with high expectations from Nigerians that it could make a difference within a very short time.
Garba said because of the huge expectations of many Nigerians, Buhari has become a victim of the tyranny of expectations with many of them being unrealistic. He said: “Nigerians expected him to undo the damage in several decades of misgovernance and naturally, many are already feeling frustrated that he hadn’t done that in three years.”
The presidential spokesman lamented the nature of the opposition in the country, which he noted, goes beyond fault-finding without providing innovative ideas of how things could be improved upon. Garba explained that despite the frustration of citizens, Buhari has indicated his interest to seek another term in office in order to consolidate the gains recorded since May 2015. “An important motivation for President Buhari’s bid for the second term is that the gains made from 2015 should not be frittered. Buhari is not involved in corruption and is not desperate for the office.
“He is among the few leaders we have who are not obsessed with money, cars and homes, but working passionately for the country’s economy, peace and safety. If a corrupt politician wins, we will go back to where we were in 2015,” Garba added.
He noted that all over democracies around the globe, second terms by incumbents are usually harder to get simply because, somehow, there is always some kind of anti-incumbency leading to a loss of faith among those supporters. The media aide insisted that President Buhari would not allow the country to derail to where it was before the emergence of his government. On the third force that is being mobilized to seize power from the APC government, Garba stressed that “a so-called Third Force has failed to get political traction since its birth.” (New Telegraph)