Politics Abati - I Won't Criticize Buhari, He Has Good Intentions For Nigeria



Ex-Presidential Spokesman, Reuben Abati on Tuesday explained why he'll never criticize President Muhammadu Buhari.

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During a chat with the media, Abati said President Buhari had good intentions for Nigeria and sincerely wants to leave good legacies behind him.

“I’m not going to sit here and criticize President Buhari’s government, because if you go into the arena, you will see it is difficult. I can say categorically that it is not easy to run a country, and even more difficult to run a government in Nigeria.

''Every President has good intentions that is one of the things I discovered working with politicians. Politicians want to do well. They want to be liked. They enjoy public attention and they like to win elections.

''So no president will get to the top in Nigeria or anywhere and his intention will be to offend the people or to be remembered negatively. Once they become president, the first thing they begin to think about is legacy. How will they be remembered? That is the highest office in the land there is nothing after that. So when they get there they would want to leave a legacy that they would be remembered for. I have seen that either by interacting with a seating president or a past president.

“And you see our democracy is evolving – you keep learning things. I think one of the early articles I wrote after I left office talks about the lessons we have been learning. Since 1999.and we will continue to learn these lessons in different direction.

“One of the issues with democracy in Nigeria is the issue of rising expectations. People have very high expectations. A government comes in after a while people will start criticizing the government. People immediately react to what they see. It is called optics in government. But at the end of the day, all of those expectations may not be immediately met. All of those expectations may not be met. But from one government to the other, we have been seeing that there is progress since 1999. That is something to be cheerful about”, Abati stated.
Please be quiet. Legacy! The politicians only care about money. They are taking money off the top on everything from school chairs to hospital light bulbs. Legacy my foot!

Let us hope Buhari is different but there is nothing different about his ministers, advisers, the governors, senators etc.

The only way to keep them on their toes is not to buy into this messiah syndrome. It has been overplayed.

Keep them on their toes.