In less than two weeks, President Buhari will be celebrating his first tenure as a democratically elected president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. As we look back as the change mantra he promised, what are his successes or failures?
President Muhammadu Buhari targets corrupt public officials, irrespective of political parties, ethnic backgrounds and religious leanings. The list of those tried includes Olisa Metuh, Femi Fani Kayode, past and serving Army Generals etc.
Do you think Buhari’s anticorruption war is sincere?
2. Broadening of the economy.
One of President Buhari’s change mantra was a promised change of the nation’s earnings. Dr. Alaba Olusemore, a financial analyst stated this: “The monolithic nature of the economy is unsustainable. We must immediately begin to initiate and sustain policies directed at economic diversification. We must look at manufacturing and agriculture, which have the potentials to create employment opportunities.”
Do you think President Buhari is diversification will yield dividends in the near future?
The Buhari administration has repeated its resolve to invest in agriculture. Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu said: “If a country like China, with a population of over 1.4 billion, can provide food security for her citizens through mechanized farming, Nigeria with less than 200 million people could do the same.”
What is you take on Buhari’s agricultural policies?
4. Solid minerals development.
Nigeria has several solid minerals with potential of increasing forex. These minerals include bitumen, tin, copper, zinc, coal, gold, celica, clay, limestone, laterate, cassilitrite, koolne stones, columbite and marble.
What is your take on this?
Electricity supply is at all time low across the country. With Buhari’s firs budget signed into law, one hopes to see how this will affect power supply. Many roads are in deplorable conditions, not to mention of hospitals, schools and lots more.
Do you think Buhari’s administration will deliver massive infrastructural facelift as promised?
With hike in cost of fuel, our staple generating sets may become redundant as the cost of powering same has gone up. Small businesses will suffer leading to higher cost of production.
What is your take on fuel crisis?
7. Oil sector.
Absurdly, the sixth largest producer of crude oil is also an importer of oil for domestic consumption. Fuel scarcity is still here. Longer queues at filing stations is upon us again.
What is your take on this?
Boko Haram insurgency, kidnapping, armed robbery and the activities of armed herdsmen are major challenges facing Nigeria. Although much success has been recorded and the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are returning home, the Chibok girls have not been liberated.
Is Nigeria winning the war against insurgency?