The problem with the Buhari presidency is not whether it sometimes makes mistakes or whether officials often embark on foolish antidemocratic adventures, but that it lacks the depth, consistency and conviction to manage them.
In 2018, the Department of State Service (DSS) invaded the National Assembly and laid siege to it during one of President Buhari’s frequent absences. Acting President Yemi Osinbajo promptly sacked the DSS director general, Lawal Daura, an action that was later falsely sold to the public as either emanating from the absent president or that he sanctioned it. His return and brutal defenestration of Mr Daura’s successor, the Bayelsan, Matthew Seiyefa, showed in bold relief the president’s conservatism and lack of concern for the broader issues and dimensions of national unity and inclusiveness.
Mistakes have been made serially, and the presidency has almost always doubled down on them, often baiting the people, engaging in narrow…