Buhari’s Last Chance, By Azu Ishiekwene

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If the Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha, is offering suggestions on just what Head of state Muhammadu Buhari must do to rescue his government, after that the president must understand he has work to do.

The governor, who came to office over six years ago on the ticket of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, has since switched parties.

He is currently the official clown of the All Progressives Congress.

And with months of unpaid salaries and pensions, and state monuments bearing his family name, there’s enough wreckage to show for his status.

But that’s a digression. His advice to Buhari is on point and infinitely more sensible than the nonsense of his Kogi State counterpart, Yahaya Bello, who declared a public holiday to mark the president’s return but didn’t know what to do to save even one of the 60 persons that died from abdominal infection in Kogi the same week.

Buhari has work to do and he has to start from home, while the rodents in his office are being apprehended and the cobwebs cleared.

His six minutes national address was a mixed bag. But whatever its defects, he has made enough speeches in the last two years.

It’s time to do what he has been saying.

As far as I can remember, Buhari is the first to win a presidential election depending almost entirely on votes from the North and the South-West.

What he should have done on assumption of office, was to rally the whole country and not give the regrettable impression that he would only be president for the regions that voted for him.

That posture, compounded by a few skewed appointments in his early days, has fuelled separatist sentiments, especially in the South-East, and popularised Nnamdi Kanu’s Biafra rhetoric.

Renaming Buhari “Okechukwu” (a share from God) or even “Onyenzoputa” (saviour) will not solve the problem created by his initial faux pas.

The government has to start an honest engagement with its citizens, especially groups that have been radicalised by official insensitivity.

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