Inside Buhari's Post-Truth Presidency and the Crisis of Logic and Epistemology

Authors

  • Alloy S. Ihuah, PhD Department of Philosophy, Benue State University, Makurdi

Keywords:

Post-Truth, Politics, Fake-News, Buhari Presidency, Mutational Logic, Mutational Epistemology, Nigerian Democracy

Abstract

It has been the convinced position of many observers of the Nigerian nation that, something is wrong with Nigeria, and that, something is wrong with anyone who says nothing is wrong with Nigeria. This essay interrogates one of the major wrongs of Nigerian Politics namely, the lies of the Nigerian leadership and its submissive acceptance by the Nigerian public under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. Today, we consciously live in a post-truth Political space that harbours corruption of intellectual integrity that has damaged the whole fabric of Nigerian democracy. Today truth seems longer important or relevant in national policy and politics. This paper explores this dark side of the age of information, a side that is exploited by the media mavens, political hawks and ideological propagandists who promote lies, illusion, confusion, and other forms of demented or manipulated imagination. The paper submits that, under Buhari's administration, objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal beliefs which have oiled the ego of the ruling oligarchy and promoted ethnic and religious supremacist tendency, criminality, mass corruption and weakening of national systems. A conclusion is argued that the Buhari post-truth Presidency is living the post-factual (post-reality) political culture in which its policies, politics and governance are framed largely by appeals to religion, ethnicity and emotions far disconnected from the details of the policy to which factual rebuttals are ignored; episteme and expert opinions are regarded as nothing but sophistry and illusion.

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2021-12-30