In a recent interview on Channels TV’s Sunrise Daily, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, made a statement that has stirred up some discussion. Shehu stated that Nigerians will yearn for President Muhammadu Buhari when he leaves office on May 29.
Shehu went on to explain that Nigerian leaders are often not loved while they are in office, but are missed when they leave. He used former President Goodluck Jonathan as an example, stating that Jonathan was “persecuted out of office” but has now become the favourite of many Nigerians.
According to Shehu, this same yearning will happen after Buhari has handed over to the next President. He believes that Buhari’s policies, especially the current cashless policy, will be remembered fondly and seen as a step in the right direction for the country.
Speaking specifically about the cashless policy, Shehu affirmed that it is desirable and irreversible. He argued that cashless is the way forward for Nigeria, citing examples of cashless nations and advanced countries around the world.
While Shehu’s statement may be seen by some as controversial, it does raise some interesting questions about the nature of leadership and how leaders are perceived. It is true that many leaders are often unpopular while they are in office, but are later seen more positively after they leave. This could be due to a number of factors, such as nostalgia or a reassessment of their policies and actions.
However, it is also important to consider the criticisms that are leveled at leaders while they are in office. It is often through criticism and opposition that policies are improved and mistakes are corrected. Therefore, while Nigerians may indeed yearn for Buhari after he leaves office, it is also important to hold leaders accountable and to voice concerns when necessary.
Overall, Shehu’s statement provides food for thought and encourages us to reflect on the nature of leadership and the role of criticism in shaping policies and attitudes.