Inflation, unemployment top list after Buhari’s 5 years in office
On the 29th of May 2020, President Muhammadu Buhari’s presidency marked the first-year anniversary of his second term and 5 years as Nigeria’s president since his election in 2015.
The assessment of his performance has been mixed. While some believe that his administration has inflicted more suffering on the people as the economy has regressed since he came to the office, some others believe that given the global economic headwinds which had bedeviled his administration, he had done the most he could with the resources available to him.
On the streets of Lagos, some Nigerians who spoke to Nigeria Today correspondent, Mazeedah Opeyemi bemoaned the current state of affairs in the country, saying that they expect the President to do more in the remaining 3 years of his administration in order to bring much-needed improvement in the lives of Nigerians.
One of those who spoke to Nigeria Today is Mr. Joshua Eze. He said: “Buhari’s 5 years in office is too poor. It is the worst administration I’ve ever seen in my life. Nothing is moving, people are dying of hunger. Not only are people dying of hunger, but Nigeria has also become a battlefield. As I am speaking to you, I’m shedding tears, I’m hungry, I haven’t eaten since the day before yesterday.
“There is a lot of tribalism in the country. He is favouring just one side, all the Fulanis are at the pinnacle of almost all parastatals. Then, what is happening to the South-West, the South-South, and the South-East; the place we are having the oil which is the source of Nigeria’s economy.? The Fulanis are the ones in charge of the oil.”
Also speaking, another Nigerian who identified herself as Mrs. Gloria said: “Buhari’s 5 years in office has been bad, we are suffering. Children are not going to school anymore. No jobs. We are now selling on the streets before we eat. It was not like this before. Before we can buy a bag of rice for 8000 naira but now it is 25,000 naira. It’s too bad! So we don’t like the government, let him go away so that another person will come and we can move forward and be okay. That’s my own.”
“Border closure has increased suffering”
In a similar vein, Mr Fashola Samuel said: “Buhari’s 5 years in office has been a disaster. The problem I have with Buhari now is that his administration and the way things are moving is not favouring Nigerians. He is making things very difficult. The economy is not how it is supposed to be after Buhari’s 5 years in office.
“For example, the closed borders which is affecting the price of goods. I think Buhari should reopen the borders. He is already spending his second tenure and I thank God he is not returning.
Read more about the impact of the border closure here.
“However, when it comes to discipline, he is trying, because the level of corruption has decreased significantly, compared to the former government. He has tried regarding that aspect.”
But not everyone agrees President Buhari’s government has been a colossal failure.
“Well, I’ll say that the Buhari administration has its own challenges. It is just that in this country, there are individuals who are power-drunk and who think they can do anyhow without caution.
“Well for me, this COVID-19 has affected a lot. But to me, there are improvements. Even in terms of the price of fuel, I can see improvements. I cannot say that things are all okay after Buhari’s 5 years in office, but he is doing what he can do. Politics in Nigeria is not a party thing. We do not have good representatives from the various parties who will rule with genuine intentions. But Buhari is a disciplined person,” said Mr Ayodeji Adetula.
Toeing the same line of thought is Mr. Jubril Usman who said Buhari “did not perform to my expectations, but after Buhari’s 5 years in office, he is doing amazingly well, from little oil revenue to completing important projects.”