Slow Pace of Governance : President Buhari has always been part of the system-Grand Imam Shafaudeen-in-Isam Worldwide

Prof sabitu olagokePresident Muhammadu Buhari recently opined that his slow pace in delivering the dividends of Democracy was as a result of the slow democratic system in the country. Nigerians, however, disagree with the President's claim, they insist that President Buhari's approach to governance  and his choice of political appointees have been the major impediments towards achieving good governance.

Of note is the endorsement of the President for a second term by the  Miyetti Allah. This has attracted divergent views from Nigerians. In this interview with , the Founder, Spiritual Head and Grand Imam of Shafaudeen-in-Islam Worldwide, Prof. Sabitu Olagok says that the time it took the President to realize that the system is slow,  a sizable number of his political appointees and state Governors have emerged as emergency billionaires. Excerpts :


 President Buhari has blamed  his slow pace in governance to the slow democratic system in the country. Do you agree with him ?


While the President is a hundred per cent correct, he has disappointed millions of Nigerians by realizing this fact too late.

This is a man who had been given the grace, with almost three attempts to get to the exalted position of President, before he eventually got the opportunity. During the failed attempts, he ought to have researched into the difference between a military command and a civilian government of bureaucracy,  intrigues and due process.

His failure to do so, is responsible for his period of travails on getting to the seat of power.

Much as he would have tried to build up his political will to fix things up properly, starting from the strategic Treasury Single Account(TSA) as the basis of his fight against  corruption, the internal wrangling of his party, emanating from who will control the President and power sharing principles, led to his period of hibernation in London, where and when his detractors wished him dead.

On his return, a lot of things had changed, beyond his control.President buhari

One would have wished him to liberate himself and foster his will on nation building, but unfortunately age and health are no longer to his advantage, while the environment in which he was supposed to operate became hostile-party division trailed by the uncooperative attitude towards the fight against corruption.

For example some of the Governors and Ministers in this present administration are now emergency billionaires, functioning with no impact on the lives of the people.

 To replace these personalities, even when the whistle blowing on them, has become very difficult because the President would not want the house of the All Progressives Congress(APC) to crumble on him, with the probable option of waiting for a second term to take necessary action.

Furthermore, on several occasions, the President cried out on the uncooperative attitude of the Judiciary, while everyone could see the uncooperative attitude of the divided National Assembly.

Apart from this, there is the constitution with the strings of bureaucratic process and lapses, serving as the basis to correct the aberrations in the land, with calls for restructuring.

Besides this, former President Goodluck Jonathan made us to believe that the insurgents aimed at making the environment ungovernable and that their sponsors were always in the fifth column of government. They strike when some policies  and such policies' implementation are not favourable to them.

The Obas, Emirs and Obis are equally anti-people, who dine with government  in order to maintain their status quo of sustaining the social class of the rich echelon.

When money does not flow, they create a tensed polity, too hot for government to operate.

Today, 86. 9 million Nigerians live in abject poverty and these are the people who lack the access to education, good health care delivery and other basic social amenities.

Paradoxically, the majority of them constitute the large population of voters, who will give our leaders the mandate to rule as well as give the Houses of God the wherewithal to exist.

The President has been part of the system since his days as Military Head of State, hence he is expected to have  detected areas and barriers to efficient performances  in governance, for him to be able to perform up to the expectations of Nigerians.

Nigerians will  no longer to tolerate rhetorics of regrets, theoretical promises of hope, but will like to experience proactive measures in decision making.

Manifesto presentation with facts and figures and pragmatic show of capability in governance that would reflect leadership by example, leadership by impact based on the APC's promise to deliver with purposeful direction and self sacrifice through zero tolerance for corruption and institutional discipline for functional Democracy to produce peace and  sustainable development, in an environment that is safe and secured through the natural practice of justice and equity, without any feeling of marginalization.

If  fate brings back President Buhari for the second term, he must careful of  those he  will work with, so that he will not be disgraced out of office.


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