Accra - Nigerian nationals living in Ghana have expressed mixed feelings over the election of former military ruler, Muhammadu Buhari, as the President of Nigeria.
While some are emphatic that Buhari would deliver and make Nigeria a ‘better place’ by transforming the lives of the Africa’s most populous country, others are of the view that he is “too old” to bring any meaningful change to Nigeria.
The 72-year-old former army general was on Tuesday declared winner of last weekend’s polls. His victory led to a spontaneous jubilation in the West African country last night amid tight security.
At the Tiptoe Lane in Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Accra, some Nigerians celebrated his elections. Others looked downbeat following the defeat of the incumbent, Goodluck Jonathan.
A mobile phone accessories dealer, Eke Chindu, maintained that the President-elect “lacks what it takes” to unite Nigerians.
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“Buhari is too old a person to bring any meaningful development into Nigeria. The majority of Nigerian voters have made a mistake by voting a leader he who will rule for only two years and then resign on health grounds,” Chindu claimed in reference to some doubts surrounding Buhari’s fitness ahead of polls.
Mike Chibozo, an informal trader, said Buhari could transform the lives of the Nigerian people as he promised in his manifesto.
“The new government has no economic brains to ameliorate the lives of Nigerians,” he said.
In a sharp rebuttal, Emeka Ike, said Jonathan he has failed to deal with the Boko Haram insurgency, corruption, and the general economic hardship that is why the voters punished him.
“Buhari will finish Boko Haram in some few days,” Ike claimed.
Ibrahim Awal, a Nigerian Islamic scholar, who shared similar sentiments, added the election of Buhari was timely and prayed to Allah (God) to grant him the “mental toughness” to address the challenges in his home country.
He claimed Buhari was a leader that God had chosen to lead Nigeria.
“Because of this, his tenure will usher Nigeria into economic emancipation,” said Awal.