Be­tween crit­ics and Buhari’s govt

Daily Trust - - OPINION -

When­ever over­bear­ing crit­ics make dis­parag­ing re­marks about the Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari-led fed­eral gov­ern­ment, they of­ten like to ham­mer on the so-called gov­ern­ment’s slow na­ture in de­liv­er­ing elec­toral prom­ises.

Though peo­ple have the right to talk, com­ment and ask ques­tions es­pe­cially un­der demo­cratic set­tings, some how­ever de­rail into per­sonal at­tacks on in­di­vid­u­als rather than of­fer­ing so­lu­tions to lin­ger­ing chal­lenges fac­ing the na­tion.

What these crit­ics for­get is that the coun­try is still grap­pling to come out of an eco­nomic re­ces­sion and inse­cu­rity. There are how­ever some ar­eas where in­con­testably, this ad­min­is­tra­tion has done re­mark­ably well.

Haughty crit­ics of the cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion should have it at the back of their minds that no gov­ern­ment in the world is per­fect, even the ad­vanced na­tions of the world are hov­er­ing to come out of the woods.

In­stead of cast­ing as­per­sions, they should rather come up with con­struc­tive crit­i­cisms that would help gov­ern­ment ef­fec­tively carry out its statu­tory role to the peo­ple.

In other words, they could sug­gest to gov­ern­ment on how to go about mak­ing the econ­omy bet­ter than what it is which would trans­late to a bet­ter liv­ing con­di­tion for Nige­ri­ans.

Harp­ing un­due crit­i­cisms on in­di­vid­u­als or group of peo­ple in or out­side gov­ern­ment would cer­tainly not be of pos­i­tive con­se­quence to the de­vel­op­ment of our coun­try.

Some have gone to the ex­tent of al­leg­ing that the na­tion’s af­fairs have been hi­jacked by some in­di­vid­u­als.

At the cen­tre of their crit­i­cism is mostly Buhari’s nephew, Mam­man Daura whom they be­lieve is the leader of the so-called ca­bal.

One of such crit­ics re­cently de­scribed Daura as a “sadist” who “didn’t want Buhari to be­come pres­i­dent” in the first place.

Haba Al­haji: while ev­ery­one has the right to free­dom of ex­pres­sion,n per­sonal scores or need for rel­e­vance at all costs shouldn’t be on the me­dia at least by those per­ceived to be el­ders.

The likes of Malam Mam­man Daura had al­ways been by the side of Muhammad Buhari help­ing him to serve Nige­ri­ans well long be­fore he be­came pres­i­dent.

A veteran jour­nal­ist and in­dus­tri­al­ist, Daura had also been ed­i­tor of the New Nige­rian news­pa­per, be­fore ris­ing to be­come the com­pany’s Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor.

He also played in­flu­en­tial roles for the growth and de­vel­op­ment of the coun­try dur­ing the Buhari/Idi­ag­bon regime in 1983.

Some peo­ple might not be com­fort­able with his close­ness to the pres­i­dent, but that does not make him re­spon­si­ble for real or per­ceived chal­lenges fac­ing the coun­try.

More­over, to say that the pres­i­dency is con­trolled by one per­son is sim­ply mis­chievous. That is just an opin­ion in it­self and not an ar­gu­ment that’s based on facts. Facts, they say are sa­cred, but opin­ions are free.

It has now be­come a norm that ev­ery gov­ern­ment that comes would be linked to some­one or a group of peo­ple as hav­ing con­trol­ling trend of events. This gov­ern­ment is there­fore no ex­cep­tion.

Daura’s close­ness to the pres­i­dent may be sub­ject to in­ter­pre­ta­tion by crit­ics, but to con­tinue to level ac­cu­sa­tions and per­sonal at­tacks by the likes of one Lawal Idris in his re­cent in­ter­view is not by any stan­dard pro­gres­sive and de­cent.

Some peo­ple may not like Daura and may ac­tu­ally be en­vi­ous of his re­la­tion­ship with the pres­i­dent, but that does not war­rant his vil­i­fi­ca­tion at ev­ery given op­por­tu­nity in the me­dia.

Those who claim close­ness and ac­cess should take that op­por­tu­nity to of­fer use­ful ad­vice for the good of all Nige­ri­ans rather than per­sonal pub­lic en­gage­ments which would do no good to any­body.

Nige­ria is for all of us; we all have a duty to con­trib­ute our quota for her growth and de­vel­op­ment. Let’s join hands to pull out of the glar­ing chal­lenges by con­fronting is­sues rather than in­di­vid­u­als by self-styled crit­ics who only talk in favour of self-ag­gran­dize­ment.

Kabir Ibrahim, Ko­far Soro, Katsina.

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