To President Muhammadu Buhari

Muhammadu Buhari, President of Nigeria, arrives for a working dinner at the White House March 31, 2016 in Washington, DC. World leaders are gathering for a two-day conference that will address a range of issues including ongoing efforts to prevent terrorist groups from accessing nuclear material. / AFP PHOTO / Olivier Douliery

Muhammadu Buhari, President of Nigeria, arrives for a working dinner at the White House March 31, 2016 in Washington, DC.<br />World leaders are gathering for a two-day conference that will address a range of issues including ongoing efforts to prevent terrorist groups from accessing nuclear material. / AFP PHOTO / Olivier Douliery

Sir: This letter is not written in a spirit of disrespect, hate, nor is it motivated in any way by racial bias, ignorance or mediocrity, but out of a genuine and sincere motive.

When I first heard about you in October 2014 from a notable Nigerian who implored me to vote for you, his reasons were that you are a ‘disciplinarian, a man of excellence and integrity.’

Indeed you won and everyone was on his toes, trying to play fair and transparent because they knew you to be a no “nonsense person”! Almost a year later, and things are back to the same, rather worse, what happened sir? What went wrong? You were  meant to be the Messiah – our legend – our Saviour – the one who brought change!

But Mr. President, it seems to me that you have little faith in Nigeria’s ingenuity, our capability, exceptionality and patriotism, etc. We were all ecstatic when we had uninterrupted power supply for over a month. People started up small scale businesses, lives started changing, people were happy and we didn’t care about the amount we were charged!

I understand that the office you hold is one that demands patience, wisdom, understanding, intelligence. I also understand that these things take time, and you also come across to me as one who will starve now to enjoy later, i.e. – a father who would sow a seed, plant a tree, nurture it even though he may never live to sit under the shades of that tree. This is what I think of you sir!
President sir, you can start by giving us uninterrupted ‘power supply.’ Let this be the one thing history will remember and commend you for! My children’s children can study you as history, “The President that stood his ground and gave us Light”

Time is running out for you and the horrible thing is that it’s running out for Nigerians too. This isn’t  the time to blame your shortcomings on opposing political parties, but a time to prove that you are different!! And you meant what you said when you took your vows.

• Ms Sonnia Agu,
Lagos



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