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Buhari 2019 and beyond – Bagbansoro Uthman

I’m neither a diehard lover of the retired general nor a sworn enemy but I like to be objective. 

My dispassionate personal assessment of PMB’s achievement  in office shows that he has not performed as badly as we’ve been made to believe. Bearing in mind the country we are in, he’s not expected to perform wonders within just four years Not even a Harry Potter, a Merlin or a Gandalf can turn around in 4 years a country that has been enmeshed in a deep mess since the 1960s.

However, in spite of these difficulties, President Muhammadu Buhari has been able to record some successes in his first 3 years in office. 

Renewed Vigour in the War against Boko Haram

One of the key achievements of the Muhammadu Buhari administration thus far is the overhaul of the dysfunctional topmost hierarchy of the Nigerian military. Since May 29, new service chiefs have been brought in, the military command centre has been moved to the heart of the war in Maiduguri and the troops’ morale and confidence are on an upswing. Furthermore, the United States government has finally agreed to commit their resources to the fight against the insurgents after previously backing out of negotiations with the previous Nigerian government, citing alleged human rights abuses by the Nigerian military. The Israeli government has also indicated their interest in helping Nigeria win the war,if the words of Speaker Yakubu Dogara are anything to go by.

Waging a “Non-Negotiable” War against Corruption

On August 30, President Muhammadu Buhari, through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, described the war his administration is currently waging on corruption in the country as “non-negotiable.” In his words: “It is sine qua non to the overall reconstruction of the economy and social system which have suffered destruction and severe denigration under the last administration.”

Appreciable Improvement in Power Supply in Various Parts of the Country.

Though some parts of the country are yet to witness it, there’s been a marked upswing in power supply in many parts of the federation since May 29. According to the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), power generation in the country reached an all-time high of 4,810.7MW on August 25, 2015. This represents a major departure from what was obtainable in the past, when it usually hovered around 2,000MW and sometimes dipped below that. However, it should be noted that the power supply is still far from stable and hardly is 4.8 thousand megawatts enough for a country of over 175 million people.

Cleanup of the Messy NNPC

As the “juiciest” fragment of the national economy, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has, for decades, been the nexus of unchecked, gargantuan corruption. Administration after administration either abated the wild corruption going on in this organization or simply failed to properly keep it in check. 

Prompt Attention To emergency

President Muhammad buhari has shown his sincere attitude to total overhauling of terrorism in Nigeria and prompt attention to citizen,  this has shown in the case of dapchi girls, which has successfully returned and will be reunited with their family soon. 

President Muhammad Buhari is needed beyond 2019.

I’m Omo bagbansoro Uthman Olamilekan.

(@Omo_Bagbansoro)

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