If Muhammadu Buhari had not won the presidential election in 2015 and perhaps he did not run for presidency again after that, many Nigerians would beat their chest with a strong sense of assurance that if Buhari had been in office, Nigeria would not have degenerated to this level of insecurity. We would have described him as the “best president Nigeria NEVER had”. We would be so sure in our prediction that it would have been very difficult for anyone to envisage this level of insecurity happening during the administration of a former military leader and head of state.
Buhari has been in power for six straight years and many of the issues Nigerians expected him to manage and handle properly are still affecting Nigerians on a daily basis.
No one would have predicted the level of insecurity and chaos happening under the Buhari administration. Even his die-hard detractors would have found it difficult to envisage a Buhari presidency where Boko Haram attacks still take place, bandits going after students, killing and kidnapping them, killer herdsmen making life difficult for farmers, kidnappers making inter-state travel a horror.
Alas, we are in a Buhari administration where all the listed things above are happening on a daily basis and it seems the former head of state has no clear solution to end this problem. Buhari himself during the campaign period spoke critically of the Jonathan administration in its inability to solve the problem of insecurity particularly after the kidnap of more than 200 girls in Chibok. Under his own administration, kidnapping of students has become so commonplace that some states have had to at one point or the other, ordered shutdown of schools.
If Buhari had not come into office, we would have been biting our fingers in regret at how he would have properly managed insecurity.
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