Buhari Vs Atiku - Who is a Better Evil?


As the general election draws closer, going for credible leadership dings interminably and more loudly than ever. The sound is reverberating globally among Nigerians within and in Diaspora, who are stridently complaining about lack of equity and fairness in all levels of government.

Historically, in every election year, there are usually two strong contenders and others vying for the highest office in the country.

 Therefore, it is not surprising that the major contenders in the forthcoming election are President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Despite a large number of political parties registered by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the bill “Not Too Young To Run" passed recently by the National Assembly. Expectedly, the tussle for power still remains between the two giants.

Atiku, who is often accused of corruption by his political opponents, has, through the years, especially in recent times, tried to convince Nigerians to think otherwise of him.

 His rivals often taunt him of being a retired customs officer with little or no in-depth knowledge about security and corruption matter, but records in the public domain have proven that he has managed his numerous investments tremendously well.

The story of Buhari is typically different as he had been far more successful on the security front, especially in the fight against Boko Haram insurgents than his Predecessor.

 It is difficult to argue that Atiku can do better than he (Buhari) has done with his (Buhari) vast experience as a retired army general and a once military head of state. However, the herdsmen crisis has left a major dent on the achievement of the president.

 His claim of being impartial in his presidential speech (not belonging to anyone and belonging to everyone) is questionable.

Yes, the manner at which he has been tackling the herdsmen crisis calls for concern if he truly doesn't belong more to some part of the country.

It was also availed that during the short period his vice, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo acted in his capacity during his medical sojourn in London, Herdsmen seemed to have lost their appetite for violence.

However, there is a paradigm shift, in the economy which is a major sector in the survival of a nation. Unfortunately, Buhari's regime has not done so well in this aspect.

In fact, it can be argued that former President Olusegun Obasanjo and former Vice President Atiku's regime (1999 to 2007) did better in regards the economy.

The vast knowledge of Atiku can't be denied in the aspect of economic management which gives him an edge over Buhari.

Significantly, the fight against corruption by the Buhari’s administration cannot be left unmentioned. Nevertheless, the level at which corruption has bitten deeply into the fabrics of Nigeria's Politicians and society at large has made many people believe that any real fight against corruption should focus more on having stronger structures of government rather than one powerful individual.

But, the president has proven his worth in regards the fight against corruption which has partially influenced some sectors of the economy positively and improved the perception index of the country.

In this light, there is an axiom that there may not be a guarantee of continuity in the fight against corruption if Atiku becomes the president, as many believed that the most corrupt set of individuals in the political realm dwells under his umbrella.

Though it looks like Atiku is rapidly gaining more popularity recently, many still believe in Buhari more than Atiku due to Buhari's integrity as Atiku’s records in former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s publication ''Under My Watch'' is still hunting him.

However, many are left with one or two factors to consider in making a choice between the two. For instance, both of them are from the North, they are both of the same religion and they both have Fulani roots.

However, Buhari tends to be stronger in fighting corruption, dishing out stipends to unemployed youths and completing his predecessor's projects but seems to be poor in managing the economy as all economic indexes that were in favour of Nigeria seems to have somersaulted.

In the other hand, putting aside the questionable integrity of Atiku, he and his running mate, Peter Obi, seems to have all the right answers to change the tides economically for Nigeria.

In all, it is very obvious that the duo has a striking balance which in the real sense of leadership makes them not good enough to be the political messiah Nigerians rigorous seek.

But due to our political immaturity and poor political structures of other over 10 presidential aspirants, Nigerians are left to choose between these seemly two evils.

 Now, the question is who is the better evil that will sail the ship of Nigeria for 4 years from May 2019; it is left to Nigerians to decide on February 23, 2019.

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