According to an African proverb, the child that is being led through a bush path that seems endless would out of fear of the unknown, ask his or her guide about where exactly they are heading to or cry out loud for help.
Analyzed from the foregoing proverbial perspective, not few Nigerians at the moment are asking President Muhammadu Buhari and some top stalwarts of the All Progressives Congress, APC, on where exactly the country is being led to through the implementation of the Change Agenda, or better still, the economic principle called “Buharinomics”.
Similarly, many Nigerians are literarily crying for help as a result of the seeming repressive nature of the Change Agenda which the APC led government chose to adopt towards the realization of its vision for the country.
It is not an exaggeration to say that it has since May 29, 2015 been a gloomy moment in the history of Nigeria as a nation. Not in the lifetime of many Nigerians has there been so much lack and hunger in the land; never in the history of our country has there been so much grave and deep apprehension on where the next meal would come from than under the on-going political dispensation of Change Agenda. The Naira as a currency is so weak that it may literarily not measure up in value with currencies that were in the past considered to be notoriously weak in value in the foreign exchange (forex) market. Prices are unprecedentedly high that even children are equally crying that sweets and biscuits are becoming unaffordable in kiosks that are located close to their schools. To add to the disappointment of the children is the unfulfilled promise of free meals to them during school hours. As it is, the domestic economic situation is in chaos. Without sounding hyperbolical, the Change Agenda seems endless.
Against the foregoing backdrop, this writer is compelled to ask if President Buhari is applying the same economic principle that Joseph divinely conceptualized for Egypt in the days of economic recession that befell biblical the country. The question cannot be faulted as many Nigerians are literarily passing through hell to survive the economic hardship that is associated with the Change Agenda.
At this juncture, it is germane to briefly recount how Joseph managed the economic recession which manifested in the form of food crises at the time. Joseph who applied his divine ingenuity to store grains for the Egyptians during the predicted fruitful years in the land, and dispensed same to the Egyptians and other people who were then affected by the widespread famine, made the people to barter or rather exchanged their livestock for food. He collected horses, sheep, goats, cattle and donkeys. When all the livestock had been traded, people willingly sold themselves into slavery to Pharaoh and sold him the ownership of their lands as well on the advice of Joseph. At this stage, one cannot but asked, who are the people that are advising President Buhari. Are they not feeling the heat of the Change Agenda? Or don’t they have friends or close relations that are facing what millions of Nigerians are facing? Or could it be they are just interested in lining their own pockets or boosting their bank accounts? If all the questions in this context are affirmatively answered, then it stands to reason that those advising President Buhari are selfish and unpatriotic.
Due to the severe economic hardship that Joseph’s economic principle brought to the Egyptians of the biblical days one is compelled to ask if the prevailing situation Nigerians are passing through can get to the appalling and grinding level of economic hardship that the Egyptians of the biblical days passed through. Also to be asked is whether President Buhari and the APC are applying the same economic principle that the biblical Egyptians applied on the advice of Joseph while he occupied a position that would have in the contemporary society earned him the lofty position of the Minister of Finance and Coordinating minister of the Economy. The question, no doubt, is appropriate when viewed from the perspective of the hardship in the land.
It is obvious that Joseph’s economic principle and that of Buhari that is now been referred to as “Buharinomics” or Change Agenda are not the same but it is crystal clear that they share some commonalities.
For instance, just the same way President Buhari embarked on familiarization visits to states in the country upon assumption of office ostensibly to understand the challenges on ground, Joseph toured all the land of Egypt as recorded in Gen. 41 verse 46. As conveyed in the aforementioned scripture, “He was thirty years old when he began serving in the court of Pharaoh, the king of Egypt. And when Joseph left Pharaoh's presence, he inspected the entire land of Egypt”. He would have used the familiarization tour to become familiar with the people who managed agriculture, the locations and conditions of the fields, the crops, the roads, and the means of transportation.
Also, in the same way the Egyptians in the days of Joseph barter their livestock for food, many Nigerians are selling their property to survive the hardship which Change Agenda has engendered in the country. Many companies, particularly in Lagos, are just operating to survive. However, to the understanding of members of the board of directors of some of these ailing companies, the companies are just tottering. Some of the companies have resorted to laying off their staff.
The foregoing situation is manifesting in different ways. There are those who have put their cars for sale due to high cost of maintenance and fuelling cost. There are equally those who have used their property, like their houses and landed property, as collaterals to collect loans but could not service the debts. There is no denying the fact that the poverty which Change Agenda or “Buharinomics” has exacerbated in the land has virtually crippled every money spinning activities; both at individual and corporate levels.
In my view, the President and APC should do something to ameliorate the hardship which the people that voted for him and APC are currently facing as soon as possible in order to checkmate untold apathy in the country’s future elections. Also, it is expedient that the hardship is ameliorated as soon as possible to save those at the grassroots from the pains they are passing through by each passing day. Virtually everyone at the grassroots is groaning and complaining in a hush-hush tone that the economy appears to be worse than the economy that was operated under the PDP-led government throughout the 16 years that the party held sway as the country’s ruling party. It is expedient to say that anyone that is affiliated to the APC would always point accusing finger to the PDP in their 16 years administration but the bitter truth remains that APC have stayed enough in power to stop passing the buck. It is high time they settled down and stop the blame game.
As I conclude this piece, it is expedient to cite an African proverb that says “If a man does not marry a second wife, he would not appreciate the culinary and romantic skills of his first wife.” As it is now, Nigerians have literarily married the second wife since May 29, 2015 and have come to the realization that the first wife was not as bad as they erroneously thought.
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