Opinion: Falsehood and empty promises will not end recession

Opinion: Falsehood and empty promises will not end recession

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Editor’s note: When Nigeria officially entered the recession in August, many Nigerians feel disappointed with President Muhammadu Buhari, who promised to revive the country’s economy.

Dele Sobowale in this piece for Vanguard calls on the president to stop promising and to start working hard to save the nation.

President Buhari with Nigerian youths

“I am going to bore you with what we met….When we came in, I screamed to high heavens because I had promised a lot while seeking votes. I asked where is the saving? There was no saving. There was no infrastructure, power, rails, roads, there was none.” President Buhari, Abuja, October 1.

Buhari was speaking the day before to people that were tagged “creative youths”. One only hopes they had brains as well. He also vowed to continue to blame past administrations. Whether that was a threat or promise is difficult to say.

But, to Buhari’s stubborn insistence to continue to bore Nigerians, a late Vice President of the United States, Hubert Humphrey, 1911-1978, had given the appropriate riposte as far back as 1965 in Madison Wisconsin, on August 23.

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The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” So, the president can exercise his right to repeat himself everyday – as long as he recognizes the right of Nigerians to ignore what he says.  Or worse still, take it as a joke.

There is no presidential right to bore people – except captive audiences at Aso Rock. Furthermore, when the subject is the current recession ravaging the country, Buhari does not have a monopoly of recall of history and the factors which were responsible for the situation in which we find ourselves today.

Interestingly, the president, as is always the case with those pointing accusing fingers at others, had inadvertently pointed at least three at himself in that statement to the so-called “creative youths” – most probably sons and daughters of those close to the corridors of power.

To the best of anyone’s knowledge there was no advertisement asking for creative youths to meet the president. So, how were they selected and by who? Was the attendance free and voluntary? There are more questions to ask, but, those will do for now – just to let those wanting to solve the problems posed by recession with propaganda know that people are wiser now.

Buhari disclosed that he made promises to voters during the campaigns which he is now finding it difficult, if not impossible, to fulfil. It is generally expected of honest men that when promises are made, the individual must have every reason to believe he can deliver on those promises. Otherwise in economic terms he becomes a con man.

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So what were Buhari’s expectations and on what facts were they based at the time? Are we to assume that the person who went about promising free money, food and training did not have the foggiest idea how he would deliver on those promises and was instead waiting for Jonathan to leave him with savings to redeem his promises? In other words, Buhari promised expecting Jonathan to pay. Is that political/economic honesty on display?

That, however is small potatoes compared to the outright falsehoods contained in that statement to the youths – who if they have been following the news trend would have realized that Baba was not nearly correct.

How on earth can people invest confidence and funds in an economy led by a President who wants to keep repeating what they know is untrue? Is there nobody in the whole world who can tell him to stop doing this damage to himself and the country?

Read the rest here.

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