President Bola Ahmed Tinubu

Truckload Of ‘Made-in-Nigeria’ Problems Await Tinubu As He Returns

 Truckload Of ‘Made-in-Nigeria’ Problems Await Tinubu As He Returns

● Onanuga, Atiku engage in blame games

By Elem Kash

Bola Tinubu, Peter Obi and Atiku Abubakar. Still no love lost amongst them.

 

Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Nigeria’s number one citizen Tuesday night flew back home after spending two weeks in France.

He was received on arrival at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja by high ranking officials, including the Chief of Staff, Femi Gbajabiamila, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, George Akume and the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory,  Barrister Nyesom Wike.

Others were the National Security Adviser,  Nuhu Ribadu,  Minister of Petroleum (Oil), Heineken Lokpobiri, the Director General of the DSS, Yusuf Bichi and the Governor of Kaduna State,  Uba Sani.

The President’s return coincides with a widening rift between the Presidency and the opposition led by Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the Presidential candidate of the PDP.

Cost of foodstuff in the marketplace steadily becoming increasingly prohibitive.

Atiku is insisting that Tinubu has been very economical with the truth in respect of the reason why life in Nigeria is getting tougher and tougher.

The PDP presidential candidate argues that some of it, if not all of the socio-economic policies and programmes introduced by the Bola Tinubu administration have helped to expose more Nigerians to untold hardship.

Atiku, referred to as the opposition-in-chief, by the Special Adviser on Information and  Strategy, Bayo Onanuga, is claiming in his latest reaction that he, rather than Tinubu, offered better policy options during the 2023 presidential campaign.

At best, what Tinubu has served the nation and hungry Nigerians, Atiku maintained in his reaction, are “morbid prescriptions.”

Atiku was reacting to Onanuga’s rabid remark, accusing him of attempting to carve a niche for himself at  the expense of the ordinary Nigerian people.

While arguments flow back and forth between the Presidency and Atiku, inflation is galloping out of control while the naira continues to weaken everyday against the dollar in the forex market.

National security concerns have continued to mount in parts of the country while the energy sector which has a direct impact on productive activities and lifestyles of the people is unable to cope with growing demand.

Electricity lines that dot part of the Nigerian landscape supply darkness nowadays.

 

The Presidency however dismisses the claims of the PDP, saying that the views of its presidential candidate on the nation’s policy framework are largely skewed.

Onanuga chides Atiku for failing to overcome the hurt, anger and frustration occasioned by his last defeat at the polls.

Recall that the president jetted out of the country just as uncouth killers ramsacked the plateau.

In his absence,  an Oba was shot dead. Three traditiional rulers of Yoruba extraction have since been taken hostage.

Now that he is back, Nigerians who have found vicarious enjoyment in the beautiful performance of the Super Eagles are hoping that Tinubu will come up with something good.

Protesters in Niger State take to the streets to demonstrate against hunger in the land.

 

There were demonstrations in Northern Nigeria, particularly in Niger and Kano states while the president was out of the country.

Those protests, according to information, were sparked off by the spiraling cost of food.

It was a strong indication that hunger instead of the renewed hope that Tinubu promised  is becoming a permanent feature of the Nigerian landscape.

Tinubu and his economic advisers may have to look very closely at the numerous hydra-headed problems that are popping up in parts of the country before it is too late.

 

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