President Muhammadu Buhari is not a saint. He has not claimed to be one.
He came into governance when everything in the country was comatose.
That does not mean he should shift the blame of the things wrong in Nigeria to past administrations.
Nigerians elected him to correct the wrongs in our polity. That said, we present a list of what we think he’s done right so far.
*The president closed 40 bank accounts operated by the NNPC alone.
*The president brought Port Harcourt and Warri refineries to operability with both yielding 60% production.
*The Kaduna refinery also resumed production at the end of the April 2016.
*President Buhari directed the CBN to disburse N689.5b as a bailout to 27 states to pay salaries.
*The president weeded off more than 50,000 ghost workers 34,000 from the Federal Civil Service.
*President Buhari stopped the appointment of a government delegation for a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia and Israel. It saved us billions.
*The President cut down the number of ministries from 42 to 25 to reduce the cost of governance.
*The president has so far recovered more than N7 billion from shoddy contracts awarded by Dasuki.
*He relocated the Nigerian Military Command Centre to Maiduguri. This led to Sambisa’s fall.
*The President has so far rescued more than 15,000 Nigerians abducted by Boko Haram.
*Prioritized regional cooperation in the fight against Boko Haram insurgency and violent extremism.
*Realigned our partnership with regional allies by embarking on foreign visits which resulted in bilateral agreements.
*Busted a major pipeline vandals in Lagos state in a joint operation by security forces led by the army.
*The Nigerian Navy has recorded tremendous success lately in apprehending vessels used by oil thieves.
*Improving the technical capacity of Nigerian Police Force. We now have a forensic lab and GSM tracking system.
*Implementation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) has provided greater visibility of government revenues and cash flows.
*Between June 2015 and April 2016, the Federal Government TSA collection clocked N3trillion.
*The President also resolved the shadowy oil swap deals that had cost the country billions of dollars.
Is the president a saint? No! No human is a saint. But he has done some things well.
We, therefore, celebrate the president and pray that in this new year, he prospers Nigeria and rejig the economy.