President Buhari’s 2015 message was a loud call to the country to focus on what mattered, to prioritise anti-corruption so the elite would stop using the backs of ordinary Nigerians as their dinner tables. Nigerians agreed and gave their mantle to him. As his administration remained on message to fight corruption even when corruption fought back, the economy slipped into a recession. Poverty and unemployment rates rose, and now Nigerians find themselves at another crossroad.
Corruption is important, but in 2015, Nigerians may not have demanded enough from candidates. The field of vision was arguably narrow and shortsighted. Politicians signed campaign checks without manifestoes to cash them. Buhari infamously promised $1=₦1 and wasn’t tasked on how he would achieve it. He even blatantly refused to debate former President Goodluck Jonathan.