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President Buhari; Before And After May 29 (Part 1)

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Nigeria News takes a look at President Muhammadu Buhari’s second coming.

Of course the Democracy Day has changed in Nigeria. It is now June 12 instead of May 29.

However, the inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari and elected governors will hold on May 29 to usher in another four-year term.

This time unlike in 2015, the expectation is not so high among Nigerians because of the man at the helm of affairs. Buhari’s style is no more new to Nigerians. The government may continue to be under the control of a few cabal.

Most Nigerians thought that Buhari would perform as he did during his military tenure between 1983 and 1985 when he enforced discipline.

He disappointed us all. His clannishness attitude, ill-health and lack of intellectual capacity to provide strong leadership adversely affected the country’s economy.

Yes, Buhari’s anti-corruption policy is fair, it has no significant effect on economic growth. This was why many Nigerians wanted him out despite the noise about his government fighting corruption.

The president won re-election, which is being contested by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the election petition tribunal, Buhari wouldn’t have faced stiff opposition if his anti-corruption crusade had alleviated poverty and created a sumptuous economy.

What Nigerians need mostly now, is an economy that will strengthen the Naira against the Dollar. An environment that is investor friendly but not the prosecution of the members of opposition for alleged corruption.

Four years is enough for Buhari to have learnt about democracy. Let us accept that he has won re-election and that Nigerians have forgiven his mediocrity in the last four years, this next four years should be devoid of excuses.

President Buhari is expected to now exert the skills he had garnered in the last four years as a civilian president to provide a better opportunity for Nigerians to enjoy.

There was a president Umoru Musa Yar’adua who spent less than two years but was able to reduce the pump price of petrol and also released the seized Lagos State Local Government funds.

Yar’Adua was the first Nigeria President that confessed that a fraudulent election took him to the office. To me, this is integrity and conscience at play. In a short time, the late Yar’adua did so well than Buhari.

Before May 29, Buhari is expected to have selected his team of ministers that will work with him. Nigerians will not wait for six months as he did in his first term.

In spite of the long months of waiting in 2015, it is clear now that many of the ministers have failed to perform. Some of them lack integrity.

The president said last two weeks that he would only appoint men and women of integrity into his cabinet. Nigerians are waiting.

Nigerians will expect the President to split the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing into two and appoint two ministers and their subordinate ministers of state for efficiency and productivity.

The current Minister, Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola has not done badly in power and works, there is a big gap in the housing sector.

Fashola has not done little in the housing sector and this is due to the heavy loads he has to carry in the power and works ministries.

Nigerians will need changes in the Ministry of Communication, Ministry of Tourism, these sectors have been so silent. There are no strong policies to showcase the tourism potential of the country.

Before May 29, Buhari should be thinking of how to change Mallam Adamu Adamu, the Minister of Education for failing woefully. Under him, the university lecturers went on strike for months, likewise the polytechnic lecturers.

The Nigerian education sector is in dragging. Adamu has little or no idea of how to run the ministry. There are many ministers that must go after May 29.

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