Nigeria has quietly moved on without President Muhammadu Buhari. And honestly the masses are not missing him. Far off in London, resting, I guess, as they told us he was diagnose with an ailment which medication is resting, the masses are moving on. His supporters may be shouting that they are praying for him and asking others to pray for him, but the mood is what it is, he is not missed at all.
Many people already see him as a rigid old man who doesn’t listen to advise and they blame that on the persistent recession. Even in his stronghold of the north, President Muhammadu Buhari is fast losing support.
After his wife came out to grant interview to the BBC Hausa version on cabal having hijacked the administration and the Nigerians are complaining of hardtimes, and she urged the APC to buckle up or she would not campaign for them in 2019, it was obvious that it was not all well in Aso Rock paradise.
As Buhari left the country for what he claimed to be his annual vacation which we later learned was medical checkup because he is seriously sick, rumours went round that he was death. It was an Internet hoax but it went viral. In fact from the mood you could almost feel that people who blame him for their suffering want him dead. Since coming to power food price in the market has quadrupled and is going up daily beyond the reach of poor people. Like they say, a hungry man is an angry man, and in this case a hungry nation is an angry nation, and the anger is being directed at the president. Since coming in he has blamed the previous administration for all the problems, but as the hunger is becoming unbearable, Nigerians are beginning to direct their anger at Abuja.
The Tuface Idibia One Voice protest was as a result of that anger. Even though the security operatives piled up pressure of Tuface Idibia who didn’t participate in the protest at last, the protest hit the streets in Lagos, Abuja, Ibadan, Port Harcourt and other parts of the country. Acting President Osinbajo in response told the protesters that the government heard them loud and clear.
Away in London on an indefinite medical leave as the president sent letter to the Senate not saying exactly when he is coming home, the country seems not to be missing him.