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HARDSHIP IN NIGERIA: How Atiku, Obi, Osinbajo, Tinubu are worse than Buhari – Kperogi

HARDSHIP IN NIGERIA: How Atiku, Obi, Osinbajo, Tinubu are worse than Buhari – Kperogi

Among the architects of Nigeria’s current economic downturn and hardship, ex-president Muhammadu Buhari has been adjudged to be ironically better than President Bola Tinubu.

He was also said to be better than former vice president, Yemi Osinbajo; Peoples Democratic Party (PDP’s) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar; and Labour Party (LP’s) presidential Party, Peter Obi put together.

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US-based Nigerian academic, Professor Farooq Kperogi, said “In a perverse way, they are actually worse than Buhari because they are self-conscious conservative economic ideologues. Buhari is merely a know-nothing, bungling, kakistocratic power monger.”

Kperogi thinks Buhari does not even understand the implications of his actions in office, making him a better person than the others who knowingly endorsed policies that are sure to bring hardship upon their countrymen.

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Kperogi was analysing Nigerian leaders’ slavish adherence to what he called IMF and World Bank’s economic populism.

He said all those who aspired to be Nigeria’s president in 2023 have similar mindsets on the economy.

“…Tinubu, Atiku, Obi, and in fact Yemi Osinbajo are united in their love for rightwing economics, which invariably leads to an increase in poverty, suffocation of workers, rolling back of welfare for common people, etc.

“The real tragedy is that the vast majority of Nigerians who are ensconced in the narrow ethno-religious political silos built around the personalities of the major 2023 presidential candidates don’t realize that on economic policies, which is what really matters, Tinubu, Atiku, Obi, and Osinbajo are more alike than unlike”, he wrote in a weekly column.

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He wrote further “Everyone within striking distance of becoming president in Nigeria in 2023 subscribed—and still subscribes—to the consensus that the IMF and the World Bank are inviolable economic oracles that must not be disobeyed, that subsidies must be eliminated and the poor be left to fend for themselves, and that the market is supreme and should be left to determine the value of everything.

He added: “This state of affairs will ensure that Tinubu’s successor will be another neoliberal ideologue who will bludgeon his way to the presidency using religion and ethnicity as cudgels. When he deepens the misery he inherits, he will blame his predecessor for not being a faithful practitioner of the neoliberal gospel. His own successor will replicate his template.

“After three terms of this right-wing baloney, Nigeria will be irretrievably gone. The time to pivot from the IMF and the World Bank and to reject everyone who is their poodle is now.

Faruk Khalil
Faruk Khalilhttps://nigeriansketch.com/
Khalil Faruk (Deputy Editor-in-Chief), has a Bachelors and Master's degree in Political Science and has worked as a reporter, features editor and Deputy Editor-in-Chief respectively in a leading Nigerian daily. He has undergone trainings in journalism, photo journalism and online journalism within and outside Nigeria.

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