The United States of America, US, has taken a swipe and technically called for the resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari, while revealing the President’s visionless plan for the country.
The World’s most powerful country, accused the Buhari administration of sheepishly running Nigeria underground.
The US former Chairman of House Intelligence Committee, Pete Hoekstra, made this disclosure on behalf of the United States, in an opinion article he wrote on Friday, June 17, published in the Wall Street Journal.
In the opinion piece titled, “Buhari is Nigeria’s problem, not it’s solution”, Hoekstra slammed the Buhari-led Federal Government of lacking vision in addressing the country’s dire economic and financial conditions.
His article was a response to Buhari’s article in the same journal on Tuesday, titled, “The three changes Nigeria needs”.
The President had written in the same journal, that the country needed to restore trust, re-balance the economy and regenerate growth.
“We have begun to tackle the endemic corruption and mismanagement that is crippling our economy, and corroding trust in our institutions.
“The anti-corruption fight is at the heart of combating poverty and improving security.
“I am optimistic that our actions are providing the breathing room Nigeria needs during this period of fundamental change…” Buhari had written.
Taking a swipe at Buhari, the US former Lawmaker, noted that Buhari’s anti-corruption drive was selective and focused on shutting up chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
He said, “Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, writes of building an economic bridge to Nigeria’s future. It is hard to see how his administration’s inflexibility, lack of vision and reactive approach, will achieve this. Buhari notes that building trust is a priority for Nigeria.
“But an anti-corruption drive that is selective and focused on senior members of the opposition party, creates deep political divisions”.
He added: “Meanwhile, members of Buhari’s own cabinet, accused of large-scale corruption, walk free. Seventy percent of the national treasury is spent on the salaries and benefits of government officials, who make upwards of $2 million a year”.
Hoekstra, added that Buhari’s ideas to rebalance the economy and regenerate growth, had crippled the country.
“The manufacturing sector, essential to Nigeria’s diversification, has been the hardest hit, exacerbating an already fast-growing employment crisis. Foreign investors have started to flee en masse.
“Buhari makes only brief mention of the country’s deteriorating security situation.
“But security and stability are precursors to economic growth and development. Boko Haram has been pushed back for now, but little attention is paid to the structural issues that have spurred its rise”.