Aljazeera: Has Nigeria’s President Buhari honoured his promises?

Lagos, Nigeria – Four years ago, hundreds of thousands of people had thronged the streets of Nigeria to celebrate Muhammadu Buhari’s historic win in the presidential election in 2015, hoping the country’s problems would end soon.

The former army general had defeated rival Goodluck Jonathan by more than two million votes on the strength of his grassroots appeal and his military background.

However, with the 2019 election taking place on Saturday, Buhari’s supporters are questioning his time spent in the office.

“I don’t want to vote for the president [Buhari] again. I don’t think anything will change,” Christopher Akanbi, a businessman in the commercial capital, Lagos, told Al Jazeera.

The 52-year-old voted for Buhari in 2015. It was the first win by an opposition candidate since Nigeria’s return to civil rule.

“I campaigned with everything I had. I encouraged my family, convinced my friends and even made enemies because of my role when he defeated Jonathan,” said Akanbi. “He has disappointed many of us and I can’t support him any more.

“My support is now for the opposition candidate. Atiku [Abubakar] is his own man and takes responsibility for his actions, unlike Buhari who has been hijacked by a few friends and family.”

Security

Buhari assumed office on the heels of the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls from Chibok in the country’s northeast Borno state by the Boko Haram armed group.

When he promised to fix the pervading insecurity, very few people doubted his ability, given his military track record.

Some dismissed it as campaign sloganeering, but his supporters did not relent.

Shortly after he was sworn in, Buhari relocated the country’s military command from Abuja to Maiduguri, the birthplace of Boko Haram.

The military made some gains, recovering lost territories. But the honeymoon did not last long. Boko Haram regrouped and carried out vicious attacks, overrunning military bases and killing security operatives.

Herder-farmer clashes erupted across some central states, leading to the killing of hundreds and displacement of thousands.

In recent months, these clashes have reduced but some fear they may resume after the elections.

Economic woes

Like many petroleum-rich states, Nigeria depends heavily on oil and has failed to diversify its economy to withstand sudden price shocks.

It was ill-prepared to cope with the sharp fall in oil prices that began in 2014. Attacks by armed groups on oil facilities also contributed to its economic woes.

By 2016, the country had slipped into recession and didn’t return to positive growth for over a year.

Muhammad Abdullahi, an economist, told Al Jazeera that the president’s team should have managed this difficult situation.

“Unfortunately, there was a recession. But the indicators had always been there. Failure to plan for the rainy day was met with stiff resistance by the governors of the era, which meant that the country had no buffer when oil prices slumped,” said Abdullahi.

“The government’s economic recovery and growth plan has seen a return to almost two percent growth, but given our population-growth rates, we need a minimum of 3.5 percent to witness positive growth,” he said.

An estimated three million jobs have been lost since 2015 [Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters]
Last year, Nigeria’s poverty rate hit an all-time high, surpassing India. More than 60 percent of Nigerians live in extreme poverty, at less than $1.90 a day.

An estimated three million jobs have been lost since 2015, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.

Opportunities are decreasing in number as some firms have found it tough operating in the country and ceased trading.

Ayodele Segun, a Buhari supporter, told Al Jazeera that the affected firms were mostly those whose business module were not professionally aligned – organisations that depend on government patronage and are not able to compete because of lack of skills or the desired workforce.

“Most of them are briefcase companies [not structured or existing on paper only],” said Segun.

“Some of these companies benefitted from free money by cheating the system over the years. They barely paid taxes and benefitted from dubious government contracts.”

Anti-corruption campaign

The anti-corruption commission has had a busy time prosecuting alleged corrupt individuals and politicians.

Some of them were given jail sentences, while others ended as mere media trial after suspects were acquitted.

Corruption charges against some public officials and politicians have been put on hold as some of the accused are now part of Buhari’s campaign team.

Buhari has blocked perceived leakages in government, for example, faulty contract-bidding process and lack of financial documentation. This has made it more difficult to indulge in brazen corrupt practices.

The opposition, however, said the president’s campaign against corruption is selective and targeted only those outside the ruling party.

He has been accused of granting amnesty from prosecution to politicians who join the ruling All Progressives Congress.

Shawn Solomon Elliot

Shawn Solomon Elliot is an Associate Political Writer and Reporter with Naija Gist and Gossips e-Newspaper. Shawn Solomon Elliot is a NCE graduate in Economics and Social Studies College of Education, Ekiadolor Benin city, Edo state. A Diploma in Computer Science. And also a graduate of Political Science and Public Administration from the University of Benin..... Email:Solomonelliot4real2010@yahoo.com, twitter:@Soloenzo0147, Facebook: Prince Shawn Solomon Elliot

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