Still on President Buhari’s TV interview

In a recent interview with Channels Television, President Muhammad Buhari made what could be seen as a self-assessment when he said he had done his best working an eight-hour day.

The president lamented that his daily eight-hour schedule weighs on him, adding that he looks forward to his exit in 17 months.

The information from Buhari’s interview with the private TV channel, like others before it, lives on and the New Telegraph dreams more of it. A major advantage is that each interview gives Mr. President the opportunity to speak directly to Nigerians instead of going through artificial statements issued by intermediaries.

It also allows the populace to gauge the intellectual capacity and readiness of its leader for presidential duties, helping them decide whether to expect something magical at the twilight of his eight-year term or to resign. destiny and allow him to retire.

There is nothing wrong with self-assessment, but it cannot be considered conclusive.

If it’s worth anything, it could be likened to a training session instituted by a football manager to allow him to assess his players before the actual game.

The real assessment is the one that will be given by the people on the eight-year tenure of Mr. President and the scorecard is already compiled in the minds of Nigerians, in installments, waiting to be fully delivered in May of next year. We are surprised that President Buhari quickly gave himself a passing grade for working eight hours a day. Given the extended privileges bequeathed to Citizen Number One, the eight-hour schedule, which Mr. President has deemed sufficient, is, indeed, minimalist.

A schedule of eight hours a day can hardly produce the results which would gladden the hearts of the people. Mr. President may have done his best, but in all seriousness, his best, given the sea of ​​human and logistical support available to him, is not enough and well below the expectations of Nigerians.

Some leaders in other countries are used to working many more hours a day. Such a high degree of productivity has enabled them to realistically attend to and find solutions to some of the governance shortcomings in their countries.

With only eight hours of work, President Buhari is unlikely to be more productive than he currently is in 17 months to decisively address certain governance contradictions such as the imbalance in line construction. standard gauge, location of dry and seaports, and ensure decentralization of security organizations like police, anti-grazing law enforcement and actualization of demand for resource control by land producing communities petroleum and solid minerals.

New Telegraph finds the President’s complaint about his advanced age quite revealing. It is recognized that some old people have been very creative and have helped the human race achieve success at different times.

But that doesn’t take away from the fact that advancing age imposes visible restrictions on the elderly, as indicated by the confession of the number one citizen, in his interview with Channels Television.

We are sad that the President did not draw attention to his state of health in the run-up to the 2015 and 2019 elections, when he was supposed to be as fit as possible to carry out his responsibilities. statutory; only for him to turn into a huge beneficiary of medical tourism, which he actually pledged to tackle in his 2015 inaugural speech.

President Buhari has embarked on recurring medically-induced overseas trips, spending an average of two weeks on each occasion.

Although this journal recognizes that a person’s health may be subject to difficult times, we share the widely accepted view that stable health is a major criterion in determining a person’s eligibility for a job. requiring a deep ability like that of the President and the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.

From his face and his responses, Citizen Number One painted an image of someone who did not appreciate the reality that Nigeria is a diverse entity and politics, itself, is pluralistic. Unfortunately, he considers his position on the issues to be final, which should not be.

Therefore, New Telegraph suggests replacing the 1999 Constitution with an entirely new one that will drastically reduce the powers of a president and give more responsibilities to state and local governments.

Critical issues such as the administrative, political and fiscal restructuring of Nigeria should be determined by the people through a referendum rather than almost solely by the President, the National Assembly and other constituents of the political class . The academic requirement for the office of President, which is evidence of secondary education, only massages mediocrity for what is arguably the toughest job in Nigeria.

The requirement should be reviewed and upgraded to possession of a National Certificate in Education (NCE) or at least a first degree.

There should be an additional requirement of proven managerial acumen to preside over a congregation of at least 10,000 people, run a business, or have practiced a profession or worked in a private or public organization.

We believe this will go a long way in ensuring that the country is able to have enough competent staff to run such a complex entity called Nigeria – and do a good job of it.


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