- Nigeria Sleepwalking Close To Disaster Under Buhari- FT
- Article Left Out Gains Of Last Two Years-FG Fires Back
London-based newspaper, Financial Times has fired a salvo against President Muhammadu-led administration.
In the scathing article titled ‘What is Nigeria’s Government for?’ — was written by David Pilling, African editor of Financial Times, and published on January 31, 2022.
In the article, Pilling said Buhari has “overseen two terms of an economic slump, rising debt and a calamitous increase in kidnapping and banditry”.
He added that Nigeria has “sleepwalked closer to disaster” under Buhari.
“Next year, many of the members of the government will change, though not necessarily the bureaucracy behind it. Campaigning has already begun for presidential elections that in February 2023 will draw the curtain on eight years of the administration of Muhammadu Buhari, on whose somnolent watch Nigeria has sleepwalked closer to disaster,” Pilling had said.
Reacting to Pilling’s article, Garba Shehu, presidential spokesperson, in a letter addressed to Financial Times, on Sunday, said the article left out the “security gains” of the current government.
“We wish to correct the wrong perceptions contained in the article “What is Nigeria’s Government For” by David Pilling, Financial Times (UK), January 31, 2022,” the letter reads.
“The caricature of a government sleepwalking into disaster (What is Nigeria’s government for? January 31, 2022) is predictable from a correspondent who jets briefly in and out of Nigeria on the same British Airways flight he so criticises.
“He highlights rising banditry in my country as proof of such slumber. What he leaves out are the security gains made over two presidential terms.
“The terror organisation Boko Haram used to administer an area the size of Belgium at the inauguration; now, they control no territory.
“The first comprehensive plan to deal with decades-old clashes between nomadic herders and sedentary farmers – experienced across the width of the Sahel – has been introduced: pilot ranches are reducing the competition for water and land that drove past tensions.
“Banditry grew out of such clashes. Criminal gangs took advantage of the instability, flush with guns that flooded the region following the Western-triggered implosion of Libya.
“The situation is grave. Yet as with other challenges, it is one that the government would face down.”
Nigerians all over the social media have been reacting to the development. According to Foundation Ebere, the next president of Nigeria has his work cut out for him already.
“The next president has his work already cut out for him/her, especially in the areas of insecurity, unemployment, and economy. We need to arrest the rising insecurity, unemployment, foreign and local debts. I also believe the next president also needs to work hard to achieve deep cohesion” he wrote.
According to George Michael, the article is the best representation of the situation in the country which cannot be changed.
“The article by the Financial Times is the best representation and description of what is exactly happening since this party came to power. Garba Shehu cannot change the reality on the ground. If I read it well, the Financial Times correspondent didn’t criticize British Airways. What he pointed out was the ostentatious way Nigerians fly first class. The reason being wealth acquired through government corruption. The Buhari administration has failed in all aspects, security, economy and corruption. Nigerians can’t wait for this government to pass away” he wrote.
Peter Ivor labeled the report by Financial Times as election gimmicks.
“The Financial Times had predicted Buhari was going to lose the 2019 election. We are getting close to another election year. I am not surprised” he wrote.