|By Mordecai Funom
“Unfortunately, I am saddened to acknowledge that for many this Christmas and New Year holidays have been anything but merry and happy. Instead of showing love, companionship and charity, some of our compatriots chose this period to inflict severe hardship on us all by creating unnecessary fuel scarcity across the country.”
From the above quoted paragraph in President Buhari’s broadcast this morning, PMB keeps indicting himself by failing to take responsibility for the failures in his government. For crying out loud, Nigerians booted out the “clueless President Goodluck Jonathan” as they called him and voted for Buhari,
“Mr Integrity” and his party the APC to come and clear the garbage which he claimed was created by the previous administration. We thought Buhari has the capacity and will to solve the problems and NOT to come and be raising alarms or complain about the problems on ground. Nigerians believed him when he said problems existed and that was why he was employed to do the job. In addition to being the President and C-in-C, Buhari is the Minister of Petroleum, Kachikwu, his Minister of State and Baru, the GMD NNPC.
These three principal actors of the industry have enormous power at their disposal to deal decisively with all and every ugly situation that rears its face especially during a festive season such as Christmas. They should not sit back in negligence/dereliction of duty and later seek for who to blame for their failures. Rather, they ought to have been foresighted and proactive. They ought to have known that it is not everybody that would clap hands for them while sitting on the throne – they should have known that the opposition could do this against them.
Knowing that we are approaching an election year, opponents could go to any length to cease power, the same Buhari and APC went in 2014/15 using the instrument of mischief, blackmail and so forth. Is that not what politics is to some politicians in our clime? By the way, what happened to all the instrument of authority and power at his (Buhari’s) disposal to deal or nip the problem of fuel scarcity in the bud?
The Police, CIB, SSS, NIA, DMI, DPR etc are all under his beck and call. Buhari is a former Federal Commissioner of Petroleum, a former Head of State and retired Army General, he is also the former chairman of the powerful PTF that was a ‘parallel government’ under Abacha. So he has an excellent knowledge of what obtains in the Nigerian oil industry. President Buhari and his administration has no excuse whatsoever to advance for this gross failure. The incontrovertible truth is that President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR and Honourable Minister of Petroleum has failed Nigerians, indeed he is responsible for the severe hardship we suffered and are still suffering. In fact, he is the architect, chief executioner and captain of the team of the compatriots who chose this period to inflict severe hardship on Nigerians by creating unnecessary fuel scarcity across the country through cluelessness, negligence and lacklustre attitude to duty.
I remember General IBB, former self-styled military president in accepting responsibility for the wrongs in his administration said, “the bulk ends on my table”, thereby not shifting the blame. For God’s sake, Muhammadu Buhari is NOT God or an angel that is beyond mistakes or lying, but a fallible human being. Buhari has allowed the lying praises of men (his blind supporters) who call him “Mai Gaskiya” or “Mr. Integrity” to enter his head, giving him a larger than life posture. Only God is “Mai Gaskiya” or “Mr. Integrity” and free of any wrong doing. But some political jobbers, sycophants and enemies of the truth have lied and are still lying to President Buhari that he is never wrong even when he is glaringly wrong. The Holy book says, “If you, GOD, kept records on wrongdoings, who would stand a chance?” Ps 130:3.
President Buhari should simply openly apologize to Nigerians because he led the conspiracy team that denied Nigerians the right of enjoying a merry and happy Christmas and New Year holidays. I will love to stop by saying that Nigerians did not vote for a faultless president or one that does not commit mistakes because there is none under the sun. You are free to call me any name, but I have told you the ‘bitter’ TRUTH.”