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  • Updated: January 05, 2023

President Muhammadu Buhari: Administrative Exhaustion Ushering GCFR To His Farm

The presidency is a high-stakes position, the greatest administrative triumph one can aspire to win. The same reason someone says it is his turn to clinch that success, but General Muhammadu Buhari came out short in three presidential races but later got his wishes. How fathomable that the former military ruler is tired even before the end of his tenure?

Whether Mr President delivers his promises is a defeat for the game of public opinion. He tried to cast some stones but most of them were hard for him to crack. 

Sources in the presidency told AllNews Nigeria’s politics desk that President Buhari works for nearly six or seven hours daily.

From far away, the post of president is milky but might be exhaustive considering that one is occupying the post of the helmsman of the president of Africa’s most populous nation. 

But from all indications, he wants to go home and retire from this insufferable job.

According to President Muhammadu Buhari, he can’t wait to be in a position he “will be less busy.”

Age is telling on him

Our president landed on planet earth on December 17, 1942.

It is hard for someone in that physically delicate condition to pilot the plane of our national fortunes for long hours.

“The age is telling on me. Working now for six, seven to eight hours per day in the office is no joke.

"There are questions of (the) executive council; memos from as many states as possible to be considered virtually every week,” the president said himself.

“About my age, I see my colleagues, they are now resting, and I assure you that I look forward to the next 17 months when I too will be less busy,” said Mr Buhari in an interview with the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) recently.

An eighty-year-old man in a traditional Nigerian society is in the home playing fatherly roles to only crucial issues that require experience, not being at the forefront of political administration. 

The president feels underappreciated

More than once, the president has lamented that occupying the prestigious presidential seat “really is a lot of hard work.” Many Nigerians feel differently. 

Those who campaigned vigorously for him criticise him on the front pages of our national dailies and insinuate that he had taken the country many steps backwards.

Baba thinks he has come to the country’s rescue. He submitted recently that his aides, who were supposed to be singing his name, were not doing enough. 

He also said that he had set developmental precedence for his successors to follow.

Ordinary Nigerians feel differently, taking a psychological toll on the eighty-year-old.

It is much like a scenario of a father thinking he is taking the best care of his children, but the children think he is the worst thing to happen to them.

The father cannot just wait for the children to get their freedom and see how it is in the real world while the children hope to forget the misery their father has put them through and want to fend for themselves or get a new dad.

That is Nigeria’s case. President Buhari and his working tools think they are the best thing to happen to Nigeria, while Nigerians at the receiving end of Buhari’s actions believe the opposite. 

The president met more than what he had prepared for

 “As I’ve said, I asked for it, and I cannot complain.” the president had said. 

He wanted the presidency desperately, but the bite he tasted was the sourest of the presidential edible.

Not at a time when a particular president wanted a third term when the country was booming like a sound system.

The government is now boomeranging, in all honesty.

Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka and northern leader Tanko Yakasai headlined prominent Nigerians who branded President Buhari as a lazy president.

From all indications, the bulk of work overwhelmed the president, and he can’t wait to drop the baton desperately.

Nigerians are not smiling 

Unlike the cattle on President Muhammadu Buhari’s farm who abide strictly by his directive, Nigerians come hard on the president, and he cannot wait to return to his farm where he would not receive annoying feedback. 

Our correspondent sourced the response that Mr president received in his media correspondence over the last seven years.

They were unimaginably harsher than what he would have imagined. 

The attack does not stop on his policies that are rationally democratic. It has degenerated into attacking his household, wife, health, family and children. 

He never envisioned that social media would be this brutal and mutually disrespectful.

He thought the newspapers would be the only court of national opinion but things have changed. 

President Muhammadu Buhari’s time is ticking. He wants to go home as soon as possible.

If he has not done anything for Nigeria, he is the first president Nigeria will ever have who wants to leave Aso Rock as soon as he can.

Can we bring the third-term agenda now? Even President Muhammadu Buhari doesn’t want it.

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