On The Character Of Governments

Incompetence

This is perhaps the biggest. Things don’t get done at all, or don’t get done well, or don’t get done on time. Important things. Minor things. In places as far apart as prisons and ports. And then when the wahala starts, blame everybody else. But you, who has the responsibility and power to do the things. And no matter how deep the display of incompetence is, do not punish the person responsible for it. This character trait is like the primus determinus of screening those that get into this government. It is that pervasive.

A Lack Of Respect For Nigerians/Nigerian Lives

Whether expressed in a lack of will to communicate with Nigerians, or condescension in communication or not visiting when Nigerians die, or telling lies to Nigerians that make you cringe, or telling Nigerians that change begins with them while not making any changes and many other expressions, or flying out on vacation days after a “mistake” bombing of an IDP camp without visiting that IDP camp whilst flying back and forth from The Gambia, a lack of respect for Nigerians forms another one of the negative character traits of the Buhari administration.

Saying A and Doing B

The word the English give this is hypocrisy. When you tell Nigerians that medical tourism is a problem and budget big for your clinic but fly out for medical vacations, or say you are cutting cost when cost is ballooning, or that you are floating currency when you are holding it down like a kite, the character trait is clear. Not much more to say of that, but I’m sure we can all think of these examples.

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