Since Nigeria retrieved her democratic system of government from military rulers in the year 1999, A party lead started by General Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) persisted until May 29, 2015, when the inauguration of All Progressive Congress (APC) presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari changed the game.
Nigerians were more or less agitated with the PDPs tenure, especially with former president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. This is because several challenges such as terrorists bombings, a record high level of corrupt leaders, poor electricity, and a sharp reduction in sports performance of Nigeria’s national teams made people tired, and lose hope of any measure of change to occur to any appreciable degree. Arguably, Goodluck Jonathan was too slow in making decisions. Some think it was because he was embezzling Nigerian resources.
A hope of restoration was nurtured by this great nation, putting trust in a newly merged political party, the All Progressive Congress (APC) which is highly dominated by the players from the former Action Congress of Nigeria (CAN). The confidence in the APC was so strong based on the good reputation of the nominated aspirant, former general Muhammadu Buhari during his military rule, and the fame of the party leader, former governor Bola Ahmed Tinubu during his tenure as Lagos state governor.
A slogan which motivated 90% of Nigerians was brilliantly composed by this party as it indicates what Nigeria needed at that point, and still needs, a change in government and the overall system of governance. More to that, a broom was used as the logo of the party which also indicated the sweeping of dirt or unwanted extras away from the land.
President Buhari gained another personal slogan which is most welcomed in the north and Abuja as “Sai Baba” with the response of “Sai Buhari”. Buhari mounted himself at the helm of Nigerian responsibilities on May 29, 2015 with many promises and self-proclaimed deadlines.
The major promise that first drew the attention of people was the ending of the insurgency in Northern Nigeria by the end of December 2015. Curiously the “end” of the insurgency as prescribed did not include specific descriptions of abolishing Boko Haram completely or just reclaiming jihadists controlled territories. Next was the implementation of N5, 000.00 he promised to pay unemployed youth, that was never implemented.
Another trusted government official, an extension of the APC, who did well in Lagos as governor shocked the masses by increasing the electricity tariff; when the power supply is yet to be stable and consistent for all Nigerians. Former governor Raji Babatunde Fashola was made Minister of Power due to his accountability in terms of developing new businesses in Lagos and ability to apply policies which always lead to the modernization of developing areas. However, applying a tariff to a supply of something that is not consistently supplied, seemingly adds insult to injury.
To add to citizen reservations over the APC the naira continued to lose value against the US dollar for several months. Hence, no electricity, no jobs for youth or compensation in the form of social welfare, and fuel scarcity has become a daily routine. Nigerians have begun to lose confidence in their preferred changed government as these problems continue. Some have muttered regrets in their actions against the previous political party leaders while standing on cue for six hours in order to get fuel.
During the week, a youth allegedly lynched a woman who was sweeping her shop with a broom at Wuse market, in Abuja, because she had the APC logo hanging in her shop.
Irrespective of this, many Nigerians still believe that this government will do better in a matter of time. This analysis is majorly structured on the old adage that Rome was not built in a day, and the APC regime and its president is too young to blame for all of Nigeria’s woes.
Nigeria’s youngest elected APC Governor
Similarly, APC supporters in Kogi State claimed that choosing Governor Yahaya Bello as the leader of the state was a regrettable mistake based on wrong assumptions that the youngest governor would deliver.
According to a letter sent by an APC member to the state chairman, John Odigie Oyegun, the party members believe that Governor Bello is loyal to the People Democratic Party (PDP) in the state instead of the APC. Their belief is centered on the fact that 45 political appointments made so far in the state were from PDP. Governor Bello was also accused of being responsible for the political misunderstanding that is going on among the members of the House of Assembly in the state presently.