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Poem: The buck stops here

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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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