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    Poem: The buck stops here

    By Edith Ohaja

    As the Senate screens Nigeria’s prospective ministers, perhaps someone is, or rather should be, taking stock along these lines:

    President Muhammadu Buhari
    President Muhammadu Buhari


    I trumped the mantra of change

    I made many fabulous promises

    But I chose not to hit the ground running

    And the buck stops here


    I have cultic followership in the North

    And expediency-motivated loyalty in the West

    But can I keep doing just as I please

    Seeing that the buck stops here?


    My early appointments alienated the South

    I wanted familiar people that I can trust

    I neglected that on the issue of promoting unity

    The buck clearly stops here


    I sought for an immaculate cabinet

    But in politics, you can’t always call the shots

    You’ve got to compromise or be trapped in a bog

    Still the buck stops here


    I have prioritized the war on corruption

    Sought to instill discipline in public affairs

    But the economy is haemorrhaging

    I know, the buck stops here


    I thought we were winning the war on terror

    With surrenders and talks of negotiation

    But a steelier approach is needed as recent blasts show

    Certainly the buck stops here


    The time of honeymoon is spent

    Soon the ministers will start to work

    But I need the support of all Nigerians

    Even though the buck stops here


    Edith Ohaja is a lecturer in the Department of Mass Communication, University of Nigeria, Nsukka.


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