THE IMPACT OF CHANGE MANTRA OF GOVERNMENT IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OF NIGERIA (A CASE STUDY OF MINISTRY OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT)
1.1 BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY
It’s over a year into the President Muhammadu Buhari government. So far, it’s been pain, penury and extreme hardship experienced in the country, as against the promises of a total change for good. It should be to the president, as a man with conscience, a call to action. The way the same voices that sang his ‘Sai Baba, Sai Buhari’ praises are all now singing a different song, wishing they never voted him in, following the economic hardship in the nation, is something to think about.
No doubt, the transformational change that Nigeria needs can never come overnight, but it is shocking that in just a year and six months, Nigerians are regretting the choice they made at the presidential election. Now, it is becoming clear that APC, knowing that the state of affairs in Nigeria was bad, deceived Nigerians with the promises they made. It is probably noted that to fix Nigeria will not be done in a while, but government made it look as if it was easy. How could APC government have promised to repair the nation immediately, knowing that things had gone bad in 16 years? The questions now are: must every party that wishes to be in government come with a too-good-to-be-true campaign promises just to be in power, without any sincerity of purpose? How could the party have promised the release of the Chibok Girls in the first few months of its regime, and one year after, nothing has happened? How come the prices of everything, food, goods and commodities, be going up when “change” should mean succour?
Although, change, they say, is a process and with it comes difficulty and a high level of penury in the process of transformation, the question on the lips of every Nigerian is: When will these economic hardships being experienced end? The majority of the populace believes that the hardship the nation is subjected to is a result of lack of vision of the Buhari government and not any process of change, like they are making the masses believe. The chorus echoed on the streets are: If the economic hardship is part of the process of change, what are the visions on ground? How long will it linger, so the pain can be borne once and for all? Change mantra
It is a worrisome trend that whatever goes up in price in Nigeria never comes down. A sachet of water, popularly known as ‘pure water,’ which sold for N5 before, now sells for N10. Also, prices of food items and other commodities have doubled and tripled. We all know that they will never come down. I am worried. I am worried because the body language of the present government so far has made the masses lose hope in its policies. Now, people are doubting if the government will ever deliver on their promises. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Nigerians believe, is more interested in throwing jabs at the opposition, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), instead of focusing on the re-orientation of the nation. This shows how visionless the government is. They fail to realize that the major essence of a two-party system is to put the party in power under pressure, so that it will perform well. Change mantra