Why you should be worried about Pres. Buhari’s small dream for Nigeria and Africa

Rudolf Ogoo Okonkwo
5 min readJun 5, 2020

This is a rejoinder to President Buhari’s article for Newsweek magazine


President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria just wrote an article for Newsweek magazine. I didn’t know they still publish… anyway, you need to rush and read it before it is taken down. I’m telling you, it is so explosive that enemies of Africa will take it down before you say, “Give me a break.”

I know what you are thinking now. That Buhari did not write an article for Newsweek. And that probably he did not even read it before it was published. My friend, I beg you, go and read the article for yourself. You will be surprised.

In the article Buhari talked about the future of Nigeria, and indeed, Africa, in a post coronavirus world.


It is a fascinating look into Buhari’s brain — No. I’m not talking about the brain inside Buhari’s head, I mean the brain behind Buhari.

First of all, Buhari told the world(you know when he chose to write for Newsweek in the US and not the Newswatch magazine of Lagos, he was only interested in addressing the world not us, poor Africans) that Nigeria is ready to do manufacturing for the world.

Yessssss oh.

He said that Nigeria has put in place “the energy, infrastructure and key natural resources needed to power and supply large-scale manufacturing facilities…”


I bet you can smell the lies from 100 miles. You cannot power large-scale manufacturing with I-better-pass-my-neighbor generators or move the products along that horrible Oshodi –Apapa road to the seaport.

Secondly, he said something else that made me feel you must be alerted. After boasting about our first private oil refinery and upcoming power plant, he said, “And we can now move forward with road, rail and power station construction — in part, under own resources — thanks to close to a billion dollars of funds stolen from the people of Nigeria under a previous, undemocratic junta in the 1990s that have now been returned to our country from the U.S., U.K. and Switzerland.”

Rudolf Ogoo Okonkwo

Rudolf Ogoo Okonkwo is the author of "This American Life Sef."