The Moving Train: Letter to President Muhammadu Buhari. By Sylvanus Omoniyi

Sylvanus Omoniyi

Good morning, Muhammadu Buhari. How was your night? I hope you woke up well? I have written this letter to draw your attention to few things in Nigeria that are not what they are supposed to be. You know that you are the president and that nothing in Nigeria can happen without you. Enh, enh. That’s why I want to talk to you because I know you are the appropriate person to address.

Remember, few days ago, you celebrated your birthday. That is not all. You also gave out your daughter in marriage. Everything went smoothly. People ate and drank. You were happy. Your daughter and her husband were happy. Your family and their family were happy, too. Your daughter is not up to twenty five years of age. She is well educated. She has a good job, I think. And now, she is married and happy. But most Nigerian youths are not happy because you seem not to have plans for them.

I have heard a lot about your anti-corruption war. I have read a lot about it as well. I have heard how you are trying vigorously to sanitize Nigeria and strip it of greedy, self-centered, wicked, good-for-nothing, parasitic political pilots. It is a good war. I learnt you have recovered a lot of money from these corrupt bastards. I salute you. But then again, Nigeria has not been much better since you have been fighting this war. Things are only getting harder for the average Nigerian.

Prices of stuffs have skyrocketed in the market and there is no increment in salaries. People are crying daily. The economy is very hard for them. You may not feel the blows of the economic recession because you are the president. And because Nigeria pays for almost everything you use. Sir, it is over a year that you have become president and you have been feeding Nigerians with the hope of a better Nigeria but nothing is happening. Nothing is working in Nigeria. What is happening sir?

Nigerians have been patient enough. We have been eating patience and drinking patience for a long time. We want another meal. We are fed up. We can’t even boast of constant electricity in Nigeria. It is a shame. Abacha couldn’t do it. Obasanjo couldn’t do it. Yar’adua couldn’t do it. Jonathan couldn’t do it. Will you also just come and go without having a mark? Will you just go without solving the problem of electricity in Nigeria? We know that electricity is the backbone of any nation. Sir, please do something.

And, all the money you have been recovering from corrupt political leaders could be used to build industries to provide employment for the Nigerian youths. They deserve a good life too, like your own children. Their future is important. Let their parents also be happy with their existence, like you are happy with the existence of your own children. I pray that Nigeria will witness a positive turnaround in your regime.

Dear President, thank you for reading this letter. May Nigeria be good for all of us. I will like to conclude with the words of Chinua Achebe in Things Fall Apart: We shall all live. We pray for life, children, a good harvest and happiness. You will have what is good for you and I will have what is good for me. Let the kite perch and let the egret perch too. If one says no to the other, let his wing break.

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