It is now three months since Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in as president of Nigeria and five months since he won historic elections, the first time an opposition candidate had won. His victory generated huge celebrations and expectations of a new beginning, with many anticipating dramatic changes to follow, and analysts urging him to “hit the ground running”. Most Nigerians expected President Buhari to shake up the security services and make other key appointments in his first few days – as former President Olusegun Obasanjo did within hours of his inauguration in 1999. But it took nearly two months for him to replace his security chiefs and so far he has only made appointments in about a dozen government offices. When commentators began to get agitated about the lack of a cabinet, a former newspaper editor and unofficial aide to the president wrote an article entitled What is all the fuss about? [caption id="attachment_20236" align="alignright" width="624"] There is now a new line-up of military chiefs tasked with defeating Boko Haram militants[/caption] He urged the press, social media and others to focus on the “real enemies of Nigeria: poverty, ignorance, disease and squalor” and not stand in the way of “the most popular president in our history”. “The new government came into power through people’s power…. Therefore, its duty should be to constructively plan and execute people’s policies and not worry too much about who gets what post,” he said. He is right up to a point – though the new democratic halo around President Buhari does make it difficult for many to publicly criticise him.