he Presidency of Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) is rapidly deteriorating. He does not appear to be governing efficiently, but rather focusing on control and power. The President and his aides appear to have only one objective: to make it difficult for individuals to act and live freely in this democratic era. His major objective is to gain and keep more power. It is all about achieving ideological and political objectives, whatever those objectives may be; it is no longer about retaining power. He looks to be spending more time with individuals who share his views, further inflaming the nation. Buhari and his group appear to have a lot of expert counsel, therefore they are not interested in broad policies anymore, thus there is no point in debating them with him. Even if he pursues any policy, it is all motivated by his crisis behaviour.
From all sides, Buhari is facing a crisis, and he is now being portrayed as a man who is obsessed with ethnic rhetoric and religious mission. Even if he is seeking some sort of understanding because non-Fulani ethnic groups no longer believe him, he is driven farther into crisis, making it more difficult for him to operate and run the country effectively. Because of his fiery style of governance, it is now a fight between him and everyone else — Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba, Ibibio, Ijaw, Itsekiri, Urhobo, Tiv, and everyone else.
He steadfastly refuses to acknowledge the perception of unfairness, inequality, and injustice that pervades his management of political appointees into crucial and sensitive domains such as the military and police, as well as other high positions, further putting him in jeopardy. Women’s, disabled people’s, and teenagers’ issues appear to be low on his priority list, further aggravating their wrath and worsening his predicament. Nigerians are terrified of walking at night, and many students are unable to attend school because of this anxiety. Panic is sweeping across the country as police admit to firing indiscriminately and killing individuals as a result of their retaliatory response to unidentified assailants. Nigeria has been contaminated ethnically.
Buhari is in crisis and has no idea how to keep Nigeria safe, thus the crisis continues. He is now perceived, rightly or wrongly, as being in cahoots with political thugs that oppose civil rights. Buhari is embroiled in an ideological battle with practically all religious and regional leaders, including the CAN, Pan-Niger Delta Forum, Afenifere, and Middle Belt Forum, in the midst of a deepening crisis.
While the majority of people across the country oppose open grazing because of the harm it causes to private residents’ resources and privacy, Buhari is battling to keep the outdated system in place, inevitably leading to additional issues for him and the country.
As democratic economies such as the United States, Canada, France, Denmark, Australia, the European Union, Ireland, the United Kingdom and Norway, question Buhari’s intimidation tactics, he is turning to dictatorship countries like Russia and China for all kinds of support. Worst of all, he is getting military support from Pakistan (an Islamic State known for aiding and abetting terrorism on the global frontier). Buhari is now facing charges from the Economic Community of West African States’ community court of justice for threatening to harass, intimidate, arrest, or prosecute Nigerians for exercising their right to freedom of expression. After noting that these are topics for the National Assembly to address, he has now closed the door on the request for restructuring, claiming that the 1999 Constitution does not recognize such agitation, which includes calls for self-determination and national reformation. Buhari’s issue is exacerbated by his reliance on a 1999 Constitution that is heavily distorted due to the fact that it was enacted by military order. Also, there is a dearth of public participation.
While practically the entire country supports local policing, allowing states to govern their own resources, and decentralizing federal authority, Buhari is increasingly emphasizing the police and military’s ability to hold the country together.
An ingenuity of American and European technology – the social media, has influenced our moral African traditions with disinformation to some extent, but Buhari’s decision to block people from accessing any informative portions of the social media owing to his emotions has dragged him deeper into difficulty. Buhari is now ordering Nigerian telecoms companies to disable links to Twitter, threatening to revoke media companies’ licenses if they do not comply with his directive (ban on social media across Nigeria).
Many people now perceive Buhari as allowing an atmosphere characterized by poverty, dictatorship, evil, ethnic cleansing, genocide, and mass murder, particularly in the South-East. Buhari’s crisis is worsening, which is bad for both his personal health and the country’s.
King George III of the United Kingdom, who presided over the American Revolution but lost the colonies to independence and went insane, was overthrown for “disobeying God,” according to history. “Rebellion against dictators is obedience to God,” remarked Benjamin Franklin, one of America’s founding fathers. If Buhari is to save himself and the country from a total collapse, he must broaden his mind and allow more varied interests to enter.