Nigerians have not spared the president any criticism as he continues to blame the last administration and subsequent PDP governments for the current economic situation in the country.
The president said on Monday: ‘‘I want Nigerians to realise that what this government inherited after 16 years of the PDP government was no savings, no infrastructure, no power, no rail, no road and no security,” through a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Shehu Garba.
Commenting on the story, Thisday newspaper readers were quite vociferous in their criticism of the president and his own policies:
One of the comments, made by Fairgame, goes thus: “Debt relief, Telecommunications, Sovereign wealth fund, Excesa crude account, iPIss for payroll, TSA, restoration of train services, and the list goes on but more improtany affordable food prices were PDP’s contributions despite the graft that was in the system which by the way Buhari is also a partaker of since the days of military rule. Now APC going by the last 16 months there has been zero performance. Zero. The worst is the level of hunger in the land. Food prices have never been this high even when Buhari overthrew Shagari. It is a shame that the prescient continues to spew his unique brand of politics of ignorance while the economic future of Nigeria descends further into the hole it is is already at due to again the president’ slack of vision and policy direction. Poor Nigeria.”
This was Troy’s contribution to the debate: “Dear President, we are not interested in your blame game and excuses for failure. When you pass the buck, you inadvertently empower the person you are blaming. You refuse to take responsibility or to become accountable to those who trusted you and voted for you. Unless you take responsibility, your mind cannot begin to fathom how to solve the problems. You are clearly not ready to solve problems by this your attitude. By the way, these problems were caused by your unguarded comments and actions since assumption of office. We know the truth and know the state of things when PDP handed over to you. Get competent people to advise you and work with you please. Knowledge and wisdom does not reside in only one part of the country. Get Soludo and Pat Utomi involved too amongst others”.
Jujubeans didn’t have kind words for the president either: “Indeed. Obj inherited far worse when he came in, in 1999 -Following 16 years (also) of military rule which saw the greatest rot and decay in our public services and infrastructure. Abdulsalami had emptied the treasury, oil prices were lower than today ($30 per barrel average) and Despite this, the economy GREW. No recession. Why? Because he hired world class Nigerian experts who worked TOGETHER to help him. Instead today, we have Tweedle Dum (Emefiele) and Tweedle Dee (Adeosun) running things, and look at the terrible mess they created? A totally uncoordinated team, moving chaotically from one blunder to the next. I’m so angry because I supported PMB/APC avidly. I even donated money to PMB’s campaign. On Boko Haram, he has done excellently. On corruption moderately but on the economy it’s a giant F9!”
American said: “We all know that pdp contributed to this mess but what has buhari done to make life better for the poor masses ? Sitting down and complaining 24 hours and wasting the scarce resources on maintaining needless presidential fleet. Banning the importation of this and that, even rice that has become the ozoigbondu, yet he has nothing in place to cushion the effects of such ban. This buhari has no brain at all”.
Another contributor, who identified himself as Richardson said, “This is kindergarten politics from our President. Please, for goodness sake this is 2016 not 1984 and the world is now a global village.
I wonder if our President still thinks that Nigerians are not seeing that this administration has not taken any steps to improve our lot.There is mass suffering in the land, rising unemployment especially among the youths, pensioners are not even remembered, no money in people’s pockets; prices of food and other necessities are rising at geometric proportions yet our President plays this kids politics.
At the rate we are seeing, the change from this administration has ushered in such suffering that could take more than 16 years to correct!”
True Nigerian has this to say,: “PMB’s government has been a dismal failure. Enough of this complaints and usual rhetorics. Youths and cooperative groups have been seeking agric loans from the CBN since the day PMB took over and have suffered a lot to meet conditions without these loans being granted uptill today. Nigerians are simply dying of hunger”.