by Chinedu Nwosu
Someone once said that when it comes to lies, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) (and its national publicity secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed) holds a first class degree, I don’t think any smart Nigerian will dispute that fact.
It is close to seven months after winning the March elections and four months since President Muhammadu Buhari was sworn into office, it is now apparent that the APC has no policy direction except for desperate attempts to appropriate President Goodluck Jonathan’s policies like the Okonjo-Iweala inspired Single Treasury Account (TSA/IPPIS), Adesina’s inspired rice revolution, and power reforms.
Here is a list of 7 things the APC insulted former Jonathan for doing and today, Buhari is doing the exact same thing, while the APC cheers him on as a ‘great’ leader. This is all hypocrisy on the part of Buhari and the APC.
1. Chad as a Partner in Fighting Terrorism
When Jonathan sought Chad’s co-operation in quell the Boko Haram insurgency, Buhari and APC described it as a shame .
Chad was the first foreign destination for Buhari’s president for the same reason Jonathan went there. Only, in his case, he went with so much fanfare.
2. Foreign Trips
Lai Mohammed and his gang criticised every trip President Jonathan ever made. They even tried to describ his trip to Brazil as abdication of responsibility.
Since his election seven months ago, Buhari’s has hardly spent 10 days, in a stretch, in Nigeria, he has embarked on fruitless trips around the world without any tangible result to show for such waste.
When we told Nigerians that Buhari does not need a helipad to land in Daura some shouted how much does a helipad cost? Some, APC online warlords, tried to convince people that the helipad would cost not more than N2 million.
President Jonathan used a school field for helicopter landing in Othueke, throughout his presidency. But the APC which criticised GEJ for waste of funds just paid N60 million just to settle land local owners for the proposed heliport for Buhari, which covers 4 hectares.
When Jonathan failed to end the Boko Haram scorge. He moved the deadline for destroying Boko Haram from a December to the the next March. APC described it as incompetence and cluelessness .
Buhari who earlier promised to finish off Boko Haram in 2 months if elected, failed at keeping to his own deadlines. What’s more he moved the deadline by 6 months to December 2015. While the Nigeria Army tried very hard to give the impression they are winning the war against Boko Haram, the Islamist terrorist group has murdered over 3,000 Nigerians since Buhari took office.
5. Character of Political Appointees and Associates
The APC criticised PDP and Jonathan for appointing or associating with people of “questionable character”.
Today, we have Buhari and the EFCC is closely hob-nobbing with the likes of former Kogi Governor Abubakar Audu and former Bayelsa Governor Timipre Sylva who have N19.2 Billion and N10 Billion fraud cases, respectively, on-going.
6. First Lady’s Office
Buhari and the APC, spent quite a bit of time on the campaign trail railing against the First Lady of Nigeria. They described the office as unconstitutional and a drain of public resources which will be scrapped once they get power.
Fast forward to June 1, 2015 and Buhari is President, and his wife, Aisha Buhari is moved into the same office that Patience Jonathan used. Not, only that, Buhari appoints a Senior Special Assistant on Administration and assigns the woman to work in Aisha Buhari’s Office.
7. Agriculture Revolution.
Even Jonathan’s worst enemies will give his administration credit for two things – the agricultural revolution and the 13 new federal Universities who will be churning out their first set of graduate in few months time.
APC which described the agricultural strides as superficial are now working behind the scenes to appropriate the achievements of President Jonathan which they earlier described as “non-existent”.
Nigerians are tired of hearing stories from Buhari and the APC, night and say.
Buhari and his imploding party must stop playing these childish games and start governing of they would meet an unexpected revolution from the Nigerian people.
Dear Buhari, stop the show, lies, blackmail and propaganda. Offer Nigerians something tangible in terms of development.
The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.