Written by Emmanuel Ogbeche

Buhari’s awakening

Times change, societies evolve, traditions die and new trends emerge. This infallible truth is lost to people whose ideals are cast in minds of granite.
For long, it seems as if nothing could persuade the rigid thinking of President Muhammadu Buhari as to how things have changed, why compromises are part of governance.
Last week, Buhari at an Iftar, Ramadan breaking of fast at the Presidential Villa with chieftains of the All Progressives Congress, confessed his quagmire over the activities of Niger Delta militants.
Over the past few months, there have been resurgence of bombings in the oil rich area such that Nigeria’s crude production has been cut very drastically.
While there have been calls for dialogue, Buhari had promised fire for fire.
But with increasing sophistication, Buhari not only acknowledged the magnitude of the problem, but also called for a truce.
According to him, “Those of you who have friends among the leadership or even the militants themselves should plead with them in the name of God ‎Almighty to take it easy.”
With what he said, people are asking, is this the signs of a new Buhari? Has he come to his own epiphany? Would he leverage on this and bring a new level playing field to governance?
The answers, like they say, is blowing in the winds and only time will tell.


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