By George Onmonya Daniel
President Muhammadu Buhari’s popularity has dropped significantly on the social media, Facebook and Twitter, the platforms that really contributed immensely in helping him in winning the presidential election. NEWISSUES can authoritatively tell you that since becoming president, Buhari has not been able to woo those who were against him to his side and those who had campaigned vigorously for him and supported him wholeheartedly are beginning, not only to whine and wail, but criticize him openly and angrily.
Recently some group who were die-hard supporters of the man they call PMB, have seriously launched a campaign against his incessant traveling which they described as not helping nation are fruitless. They are agitating for the president to stay back home and address issues and problems that affect and is affecting Nigerians.
President Buhari’s woes started when he promised to end Boko Haram in December 2015 and claimed to have finished Boko Haram by the end of the year. The #Bringbackourgirls campaigners who were sympathetic to this administration quickly told the president that he cannot claim to have finish Boko Haram without getting the Chibok girls or telling the country their whereabout. They stormed Aso Rock for protest demanding to see the president. Their ill-treatment in the villa went viral.
Later Boko Haram struck severally and even launched at attack on the outskirt of Maiduguri killing hundreds. People started doubting the sincerity of the administration.
The blunder of the budget where the national budget submitted to the national assembly was a complete mess has left many wondering if President Buhari and his APC party are ready or understand the challenges ahead of them. The free fall of the naira against the dollar and how government look powerless in handling this is also another reason.
The APC governor’s lack of initiation and lack of creativity has also not helped Buhari. Most states haven’t paid salaries for months lesaving civil servants grumbling in an economy where the civil service is one of the largest employer of labour.
The recent loses in election by the APC and gains by the PDP is being attributed to the disorganized and disoriented administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. A lot of Nigerians who once believed that Buhari can change this country because they see the problem of the country as corruption have lost their confidence with this administration. People on the streets all over the nation are beginning to complain bitterly. The only people who are still holding on tenaciously to their belief this administration are party loyalists and die-hard supporters who would never bulge even if Buhari fails completely to fullfil his promises after 4 years or two terms of eight years, they would find some people to blame for his failures and the scapegoat would be saboteurs and moles in the previous administration of the PDP. To this group of people, the president can do no wrong.