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The APC change conundrum and the future of Nigeria by Francis Onyema

Posted on 21 January 2018 | 3:04 pm by

President Buhari of the APC

It is becoming very confusing to explain the "change" agenda of All Progressives Congress (APC) and the fact that politicians continue to orchestrate deceits in order to capture political power by all means.

What is more confusing is whether the democratic political system presided over by President Buhari and his team is in the best interest of the common majority. Otherwise how would one explain key political decisions that aggravate the pains of the masses and heightens tension in the society? Political decisions, especially in a democratic setting, should reflect "the greatest happiness of the greatest number". Anything short of this spells doom.

Many political decisions that neglected the happiness of the people recorded a form of reaction from the revolutionary forces in history.

Read: How Goodluck Jonathan saved President Buhari

The French Revolution of 1789 is a good example. The deregulation of the grain market, advocated by French liberal economists, resulted in an increase in bread prices and food scarcity in periods of poor harvest, which among other factors triggered the French Revolution of 1789.

President Buhari with APC party chieftaiy

With the Buhari's led administration removal of fuel subsidy and consequent jacking up of petrol pump price from N86.50 to N145, there is a looming danger that is waiting to explode. Nigerians may be 'suffering and smiling' but there's a limit to which they can take.

Read: Why Buhari should step down for Tsado in the 2019 elections

Recall that former President Goodluck Ebere Jonathan, in January 2012, had attempted to remove fuel subsidy completely, stating that the removal of fuel subsidy was a promise of good life; a promise that premised on the fact that the gains of subsidy removal outweighs the pains. Yet, that decision was met with massive protest across the length and breadth of the country.

With the present socio-economic situation in Nigeria where price of goods and services continue to increase, the Boko Haram insurgency not fading away, Biafra agitation to secede still gaining momentum and the Niger Delta militants resumed hostilities in the creeks, it is actually the wrong time for the APC led administration to inflict more pains on Nigerians in terms of subsidy removal.

The government must be proactive and articulate enough not to compound the problems already on ground in a bid of solving them, otherwise they may wake up to face a strong revolutionary army that may spell doom for them and the future of Nigeria.

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