Tinubu, whose candidacy in the next year’s presidential election is arguably the most controversial, said the government of the day has been excellent, adding that as a matter of fact, it is miles better when compared to former President Goodluck Jonathan’s. His words: “I have the confidence, vision, and capacity to build on the foundations of Mr. President and turn Nigeria better. The past of the administration before us is being corrected by the incumbent and you can’t take away from that. By the time we came in, we did not pay the counterpart funds to start our rail lines. But today, you have the comfort of enjoying rail services from Lagos to Ibadan, you have Kaduna’s as well and other excellent infrastructures. Let us think back and be intellectually inquisitive as to the past and present and what the future holds for Nigerians.”
Tinubu: Can we continually abide in sin that grace may abound? (Pulse Contributor's Opinion)
When former Lagos Governor Bola Tinubu informed President Muhammadu Buhari about his interest to succeed him in office, amongst other things, he expressed his admiration for the latter’s administrative performance, such that he said he would like to continue his ‘good works’
Going by macroeconomic indicators, such as inflation rates, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) rates, lending rates, unemployment rates, and population growth rates, which economists use in ascertaining governments’ performances, it is a no-brainer to conclude that if Tinubu was not only massaging Buhari’s ego to secure his support for his long-life ambition, then it’s a foul that only succeeded in making a mockery of the government of the day. This is because since Buhari came to power under the flagship of the APC, he didn’t only fail in his promises, but also dampened the state of the economy. No wonder Nigeria ranked among the seven worst countries on the World Bank’s Human Capital Index just 19 months after he ascended to power.
Just last year, the official exchange rate of Nigeria, saw Naira, which is likely to be further devaluated as 2022 progresses, declined in value by 6.03%, as it closed at N435 per $1 on Friday, December 31. Just as it is the case of naira, unemployment has been a topical issue among several Nigerians, as the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) last estimated it at 33.3%, which indicates that at least 23 million Nigerians were without jobs. More so, under Buhari’s watch, the country experienced an extension of unstable inflationary pressure from 2020, such that at the end of Q1 2021, the 18.17% price index recorded was the highest monthly rate since 2017.
Talking of the alarming insecurity situation of the country that has displaced millions of people from their homes, seen several schools closed, and that has driven farmers away from their fields, such that food prices have increased astronomically, one would wonder how the APC chieftain concluded so easily that the works of the President have been good. And is it not more worrisome that he promised to continue from where he would stop? Ha! Was this not what Apostle Paul (a renowned character in the Bible), had in mind when he asked: “Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?”
If not already, the aforementioned question would sooner or later become more relative when the APC finally concludes on its preferred candidate for the highly-anticipated 2023 presidential race. Because really, what can the ruling party brag about? Is it the infrastructures that failed to address the inflation, unemployment, and insecurity crises that have brought untold hardship on millions of Nigerians? Is it the economic policies that were yet to reduce the risk of running a business in the country? I mean, what would it be?
It is, however, noteworthy to mention that as it was in the case of Buhari, Tinubu’s age and academic qualifications have been a source of concern for members of the public, particularly in recent times. How the latter tends to address these things remains unknown, at least for now. But unlike how the grace abounded for Buhari in 2015 and 2019 even despite his shortcomings (age and education) and underperformance, this writer feared that it may not be further for Tinubu to warm his way into people’s hearts.
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