President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and a host of others in his administration have spent a lot of time blaming different sources for Nigeria’s economic woes.
If it’s not the previous Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) administration, it is the fall in the price of oil, the vandalising of oil installations by militants in the Niger Delta, and so on. Buhari even claimed that previous rulers lacked managerial skills and foresight (conveniently forgetting that he had previous as a military dictator).
The buck passing reached a new level when the administration launched its reorientation project “Change begins with me” – a reheating of the “War Against Indiscipline” from Buhari’s 1980s dictator days.
One Nigerian mused on social media that if change began with him, why didn’t Buhari tell him that when he was asking for his vote? Buhari claimed he was the one that would bring about change.
This pre-(s)election video from last year left Nigerians in no doubt that Buhari was the “change agent”.
Buhari said in the video that things will change and he should be allowed to “prove” it. Nearly one and a half years into his term, things have really changed. But it is not the change that Nigerians bargained for when he was voted in.