- It's obvious that his friends and aides were waiting to see what his wife thinks about his ineptitude before speaking up - Blogger's comment
Growing concern highlights depth of crisis in Africa’s top oil producer
Fund managers first expressed their concerns over President Muhammadu Buhari’s handling of Nigeria’s economic crisis by taking billions of dollars of funds from its markets. Then, multinationals and local industry captains began voicing unease with his government’s policies.
Now Mr Buhari’s senior officials and allies are joining the chorus of criticism, complaining of “paralysis” and a lack of urgency under his leadership in tackling the economic malaise. Even his wife, Aisha, has spoken up, saying that if things carry on as they are, she will not campaign for his re-election in 2019.
“The whimper is becoming a din — externally and [within government],” said one government minister. “Naturally we should be quiet, because it’s our government and we want our president to succeed. But a sense of lack of urgency is getting in the way.”
The growing murmurs of discontent highlight the depth of the crisis in Nigeria, which is enduring its first recession since 1991, amid complaints that Mr Buhari is exacerbating the situation rather than leading a revival. The former military ruler’s election last year spawned huge expectations in Africa’s top oil producer. It was the first time an opposition candidate had unseated an incumbent at the ballot box and Mr Buhari, 73, pledged to crack down on rampant corruption and overhaul an inefficient state system.
But a senior presidential aide said optimism had given way to “paralysis”. “Where is the energy? Everyone is waiting for bold decisions,” said the aide.
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