Reactions of Nigerians and other Africans to the Opinion that Buhari should Resign
African editor of Deutsche Wells, a German media company, Fred Muvunyi, gave his view about how the health of President Mohammodu Buhari is affect the Nigerian presidency. He seeks the opinion of the people that Nigeria’s president should step aside.
It’s unfortunate that the Nigerian president has been unwell and that on numerous occasions he couldn’t attend to serious matters affecting ordinary citizens. In March he returned from London where he spent seven weeks undergoing medical tests.
In late April he missed his second cabinet meeting in a row amid speculation about the state of his health. Nigerians understand the repercussions of losing a sitting president perhaps better than anyone else. The unexpected death of President Umaru Yar’Adua in 2010 sparked political infighting before the swearing-in of President Goodluck Jonathan, Buhari’s predecessor.
Buhari, 74, has been in power for only two years. His achievements in that very short time speak for themselves. He has fought against and successfully weakened the Boko Haram insurgency, something that President Jonathan failed to do. Buhari, a former military ruler, also intensified a fight against corruption. He empowered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) which went on to fearlessly investigate and arrest former untouchable senior politicians.
Buhari’s sickness is still being treated as a private matter even though he holds the highest public office. Some people suspect he came to power knowing full well that he was not fit enough to do the job. The lack of a culture of questioning African leaders undermines the few gains Africans have made. The health of public figures, like Buhari, is a matter of public concern and it should be scrutinized closely.
Today, in the 21st century, no leader should govern from a wheelchair or a sickbed. President Buhari has earned himself respect for his achievements in the shortest time possible. What he needs now is to take care of himself and leave public matters in the hands of his compatriots. I’m sure that God has reserved many healthy, incorrupt and charismatic leaders to take over from him. It’s in the interest of Nigerians for President Buhari to step down.
Here are people’s reactions to whether Buhari should step asideStev60
Western policy towards Africa is so badly wrong, in so many ways, that it’s not even worth trying to address here. As for Nigeria, it’s not really in anyone’s interest for that country to continue in its present form, other than some Islamists and other power-hungry types, and the fools who think they can use them for their own corrupt ends.
Nigerian President Buhari should be made to resign, not for health reasons, but because of his support for the vicious ethnic and religious cleansing being conducted against minority Christian tribes in Nigeria’s north. Since Buhari became President of Nigeria, Muslim Fulani tribesmen (Buhari himself is Fulani) have been conducting religiously and ethnically motivated massacres in Nigeria`s north which have caused a massive humanitarian crisis. Not only has Buhari done nothing to stop the massacres, his military helicopters have been repeatedly spotted dropping arms and supplies to the Fulani, just before they launch fresh attacks. Buhari’s brutal record since becoming President of Nigeria deserves condemnation, not praise
I am sure this Fred guy is not a Nigerian .. Mr Buhari did not achieve any success, he as a matter of fact brought in the worst economic policies in the 21st century which activated the downturn of the economy, his nepotistic disposition worsens the case which is clearly against the federal character commissions stated rules. The man brought in anarchy and disunity among Nigerians, there are religious and tribal tensions in all part of the country because he indirectly -supports the very dangerous Fulani herdsmen that may have killed over 3000 innocent Nigerians. He has to go
Africa my continent is riddled with sad leadership stories. The trouble is that African leaders regard themselves as demigods who are created to be rulers forever. I am saddened by the situation in my country Zimbabwe, much as I do not hate the personality of the man who has led us for the past 37 years, it is the culture of wanting to die in office which is bad. Leadership renewal is healthy as it promotes cross pollination of ideas. Africa is a continent with potential but the tag it carries on bad governance is just not right.
Nigerians are not about to take this opinion of Fred Muvunyi seriously. His Opinion about whether Buhari should step aside is not worth DW’s space any more than his opinion, if he was to come up with one, about whether Trump should be impeached for lying about wiretapping that did not happen. Enough Said. Actually it could be said that he is going out on a limb to render himself a nonentity as far as Nigerians are concerned.