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Buhari’s Second Term And Nigerians Expectations

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Nigeria News takes a look at the second term of Buhari that will begin in May and the expectations of Nigerians.

The campaign towards the last presidential election really showed the class of Nigerians that never wanted President Muhammadu Buhari back in office.

Most elites whose businesses have to do with Forex and those whose activities are linked to the political class had preferred the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar who promised to revamp the economy within a short time.

Atiku actually promised to sell the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and do business with his friends. These and many other statements actually affected the chance of the former vice president from winning the polls he is contesting at the election tribunal now.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) capitalised on Atiku’s errors to win to its side those that would not have voted for the party. The Nigeria Labour Congress under which the Nigerian workers had planned to vent their anger began to queue behind Buhari after Atiku’s statement on NNPC.

To NLC and its subsidiaries of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG and the Petroleum And Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, selling the NNPC by any government will be suicidal.

Even when the Buhari’s government has refused to increase the minimum wage to N30, 000 as proposed by the NLC, some workers still voted for him just because Atiku’s stance to sell NNPC.

Of course, Buhari lost the election at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja. The FCT is seen as the administrative office while the real workers abound across the 36 states of the federation.

The lesser votes Buhari and APC got in Abuja were expected. This is a government that is blocking every leakage daily, making it difficult for the civil servants, most of whom are contractors in their own right to do illegal business.

The Abuja political elites have expressed their anger through their votes against Buhari but their ballots could not stop the president from getting second term.

Not that all the downtrodden Nigerians voted for Buhari, those who did will expect the government to extend its “tradermoni” scheme beyond this season of election.

The Tradermoni is one strategy that actually worked for the ruling APC in that most Nigerians that would have voted for PDP turned to APC at the later hours.

Nigerians would prefer a government that is more focused on job creation instead of a government that will be reporting the looters and how much they have stolen.

It is not that a section of Nigerians does not want to hear about Patience Jonathan who is trying to stop the forfeiture of N2.4 billion, they want to know how th recovered loots are being used to revamp the economy.

In a month, the government has recovered N9.2 billion and another $8.4 million from the former first lady. This is not bad but it will be interesting to see what these monies have turned to in terms of building infrastructure and creating Jobs for the teeming unemployed youths.

What Nigerians want is a fall in the fuel pump price, a strong naira in the Forex market and of course increased wages across the board.

Nigerians want quality education for their children in which university lecturers will not go on strike again. Nigerians want quality health service system but not the list of corrupt public servants.

One will expect Buhari’s second term to tell Nigerians more on the spending of recovered loots and how it has helped the development in the last four years.

There is need to censure this so as to know if the government should intensify effort in fighting corruption or deduce a better way of curbing the menace without stagnating other areas that need serious attention.

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