Nigeria : Beware of political prostitutes. 

  • “Comrade Mohammed noted that, “PMB has a very clear agenda of defeating Boko Haram and extremists of all sorts, and of rooting out the corruption that has too often held back the economic growth and prosperity of Nigeria.”

Under what rock did you climb out. President Buhari has no clear agenda for anything. While GEJ was not as forceful as we would like in confronting Boko Haram, president Buhari promised they would be gone by 31 Dec 2015. A date that has come and gone. Now he says nobody can predict when it will end. 

It took Mr Buhari over 120 days to after he was sworn in to stand up a cabinet. How unprepared was he. It is not like it’s his first stab at running for president? One would expect the anybody running for a second time and who had previously been head of state albeit unelected, should be better prepared. It is a shame that the experience had not prepared him to hit the ground running. That is why I am skeptical of his leadership skills. 

His recent photo-op reading his budget proposal to a joint house and the subsequent scandal surrounding that proposal is laughable. It is not the presidents job to pass or write the budget. 

The role of the president is to set a vision, a direction for the country. This vision is articulated in the run up to the presidential elections. The voting public choose a candidate whose vision best match their expectations. 

The role of congress, both houses, while representing the specific interest of their constituency, is to implement the vision as is most beneficial and cost effective for the nation. Every year in the presidential term, the president in the form of a budget proposal enumerates the portions of the vision that he wants to implement. It is what it is, a proposal. Both the congress and senate will take this proposal and choose as representatives of the people what to implement and how to fund them. After each house develop their budget, they’ll reconcile both versions and arrive at the budget both houses agree to. This is the budget they send to the president for his signature. If the president has objections he can send it back for further review through a veto. Congress can override this veto by s super majority in congress. 

  • The role of the president is to set a vision, a direction for the country. This vision is articulated in the run up to the presidential elections. The voting public choose a candidate whose vision best match their expectations. 

The president does not tell the people what to do. The president tells the people what he wants to do on their behalf and the people will decide whether indeed those are their priorities too. 

Nigerians need to educate themselves on the constitution. 

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