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Will Buhari complete his project?

In 2019, Nigerians will go to the polls to elect a president. Will they stick with President Muhammadu Buhari or decide that he has been ineffectual, failed and not improved their lives and choose somebody else? It is hard to say now, particularly as the main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has yet to choose its candidate. The election of Buhari has been a major new development in the country in a number of ways. It was the first change in leadership from one party to another, as distinct from a military coup or shift from one leader to another within the same party. Buhari had ruled as a military leader without amassing wealth and has continued in that fashion since he took office. He has implemented measures that have significantly degraded the Boko Haram insurgency, tried to rein in rampant corruption and allocated resources to infrastructure projects and made attempts to diversify the economy. It has not however been smooth sailing going against entrenched interests, notably, many legislators whose major focus is staying in power, with very high salaries and expense accounts and not much interest in good governance and service delivery. In many ways reality soon set in, thwarting Buhari’s reform agenda. His project, which aims to realise the country’s enormous potential has been slow to get off the ground and unless he can significantly revamp his narrative, political and economic strategies and pace, he is unlikely to get an extension to complete his project and alter the trajectory of the country’s development despite his laudable goals and objectives. . . . read more

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