Dear President Muhammadu Buhari, GCON
I would like to start with stressing on one of your promises, one which Alhamdulillah you have achieved. Heartwarming congratulations are therefore in order to my people in the North Eastern region, Mr. President, the Nigerian armed forces, and the nation at large for a successful mission, crushing Boko Haram in their last stronghold of Sambisa Forest.
The announcement of this feat had come to me as a surprise, and for that I am proud of you as my Commander-in-chief of the armed forces. It indeed is no small feat to capture a forest which we can now say, for several years housed one of the most notorious and dangerous terrorist groups in the world.
It is on record that when you took power, Boko Haram had already hoisted its flags in not less than 15 local government areas in the North-east, but God’s willing, your infectious leadership style and the effort of our zealous, re-energized and gallant military icons under the leadership of the audacious Burutai, we can now boast that not an inch of land, today, is under the control of the despicable terrorist group. With this achievement, it is my hope that terror will have no place in Nigeria; the end is indeed here.
My intention to writing this is not only to tell of how proud I am with the achievement of your fight on terrorism by crushing the Boko Haram insurgents, but to also remind you of the other promises you made to us during your campaign for the seat of president.
As the number one citizen of our beloved country, you are expected to take sole credit to certain national related events that unfold, be it good, or especially the bad ones. Establishing this idea accords me the leverage to make this statement: whatever becomes or will become of this country lies in your hands and we, your children have many fatherly expectations on you.
Remember our efforts in putting you into office and remember the purpose of such mandate. Worthy of putting into cognizance too is the idea that two years from now we will line up at the polling booth trying to decide whether to retain your leadership or seek the direction of another. Being masses and standing on a less complex podium to judge you, I can tell you that our expectation from here on out to 2019 will grow beyond a chart comprehensible by mere wit. We will vent even more, judge with more sentiments, and rant about our grievance even harder.
People are still starving of hunger, graduates roam the streets without jobs or even the opportunities to exploit, our federal roads are still bad and endangering people’s lives, electricity is still insufficient to support SME’s who end up spending the little profit on alternative power supply among other issues.
Security alerts flag off the chart across states of the federation. Kaduna State where your favorite governor Elrufai presides, suffers on the issue of the killings happening in the Southern Kaduna of innocent people by supposed cattle heardsmen and I feel the state government is doing very little to address the menace. You can as well facilitate and influence quick response from the government of Kaduna to curtail these atrocities. Then again is the issue of Biafra agitators which I know you are working hard to arrest the situation, but I implore you do more to nationalize their grievance.
I am not to forget your effort in tackling some of the problems faced by the country as well as the provisions put in place to alleviate some of our difficulties; notable are the 200,000 N-Power jobs created, 10,000 Police recruitment exercises without application charge or loss of life, the effort to promote patronage of local rice, Treasury Single Account policy implementation, Nigeria no longer indebted to fuel importers, most importantly that Nigeria now ranked 26th largest Economy in the world and Number 1 in Africa.
On a final note, indulge me to remind you of three cardinal vows you made in your speech the very day you took over the office of the Commander-in-Cief, (1) Defeating Boko Haram (2) Riving the already sank economy (3) Job Creation. Without an iota of doubt or fear of contradiction, you have successfully fulfilled the most important one which is to win the fight on insurgency and we are thankful to have achieved that. Now, with prayers to you and your government, we patiently await the realization of the remaining two promises (Economy Revival and Job Creation)
I believe Nigeria will be great again.
Auwal Muhammad bande
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