At about 6:45pm on Saturday, President Muhammed Buhari landed on the shores of the country from London, after a 10-working-day vacation. But now that the President is back, what are the issues the Nigerian people are expecting him to act on?
THE SARS REFORM
When the President was away, ‘Yemi Osinbajo directed the Inspector General of Police to embark on a holistic overhaul of an outfit of the Police called Special Anti-robbery Squad(SARS). Now that the President is back, will he give the reform his approval or look for a means to put a stop to it? This question is essential because of the public outcry against SARS before the President's trip.
WHAT TO DO WITH DAURA
In the President’s absence, Lawal Daura, Ex-DSS DG, was sacked by the Acting President in connection with the invasion of the National assembly complex by his men. Mathew Seiyefa took over from Daura. Now that the President is back, will he approve Daura’s sack or rescind the decision it as some of his kinsmen have been clamouring for? Will he endorse his sack but bring him back through the back door by offering him another appointment. This is not an irrelevant question, considering the manner in which the President rescinded Health Minister Isaac Adewole’s suspension of Yusuf Usman as Executive Secretary of the National health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) on alleged financial recklessness.
THE NASS SIEGE
The Nigerian people will want to know too what Mr President’s reaction will be to the siege laid to the National Assembly by masked men of the DSS. Is the President going to make new moves towards unravelling the mystery about who gave the DSS order concerning the operation? It will be recalled that Daura said he acted based on the order from “above”. Is there any above apart from the presidency? The President might want to clear the air on this issue since there have been accusations and counter-accusations between the APC, his party and Senate President Bukola Saraki on who gave the order for the siege. Did the President give Daura the instruction from far away London?
SARAKI, TO IMPEACH OR NOT TO IMPEACH?
The President must have heard of the now famous verbal salvos between the National Chairman of his party (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, and Senate President Bukola Saraki. What will be the President's move on Saraki? Will he support removing him constitutionally through impeachment proceedings or embrace the gospel of the end justifies the means that Oshiomhole has been preaching?
Will the arrival of Mr President speed up the reconvening of the National Assembly or complicate it the more? We are just six months away from the elections and the body in charge has so far been starved of funds. Despite the early approval of funds for the 2015 elections, there were still some elementary shortcomings with the election. If the President is committed to having a free, fair and credible election in 2019 as he has said on several occasions; now is the time to find a diplomatic means to thaw the ice of acrimony between the Executive and Legislative arms of government, at least for the sake of the nation.