Divergent Views On Buhari’s Incessant Overseas Trips
Those who spoke with The Guardian included a top member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Imo State and two-time member of the Imo State House of Assembly, Oliver Enwerenem; the President of Imo Youth Movement (IYM), Ambrose Amadi; the Imo State Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association, Dr. Hyacinth Emele; and an aide of Governor Rochas Okorocha, also of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nze Steve Ahaneku, a lawyer.
For Enwerenem, the trips of Mr. President are fueling suspicion whether he is well. He is also not happy that issues of non-payment of workers salaries, insurgency, and fuel crisis among others that are prevalent are unaddressed, while he continues to move around.
He said: “We are beginning to doubt if he is well. May be he is moving for treatment. The problem is why he is moving around when there are problems of non-payment of salaries of workers? There is so much money spent on these trips which should have been channeled into solving other problems.”
On his part, Amadi wants Nigerians to be patient for at least one year to properly assess his movements. He said he was not speaking for Buhari and his administration.
Said he: “May be he wants to negotiate for good things over there for Nigeria. May be after one year, we would have had stand to assess him. We cannot criticise him yet.
Emele, could not make out the reasons for the President’s trips, while problems of insurgency, salaries issues, fuel crises among others persist. He wants the president to settle down, supervise and monitor the performance of the newly appointed and sworn-in ministers.
“We had expected the president to have settled down to work after appointments of ministers. The constant travels abroad do not show sign of seriousness. There are problems of insurgency, non-payment of workers salaries and others. He should have settled down to supervise ministers appointed. Some of them are not conversant with public job. He needs to look unto all these.”
In Asinobi’s views, who spoke glowingly about Buhari, he would not disappoint Nigerians as a seasoned administrator, anti-corruption crusader and implementer, adding that he would deliver the goods for Nigerians both in terms of the travels to international community, asking for support and cooperation.