Special ReportComments BY CHARLES KUMOLU WHETHER President Muhammadu Buhari’s two-year-old leadership of Nigeria has been worthwhile or not, can be easily understood from the actions and in actions that characterised the period. Indeed the past 24 months have been defined by so many hisses and a few cheers as a result of the under listed events. While these do not fully represent all the policy actions and statements of the Buhari administration during the period under review, they, in big measures, shaped the last two years in Nigeria. The highs and lows *On day one of his administration, Buhari ordered the relocation of the Nigerian Military Command Centre to Maiduguri, a development that contributed to the success in the fight against insurgency. Buhari made trips to neighbouring countries in a resolve to push Boko Haram elements out of Nigeria through a Multinational Joint Task Force. A few months in the life of the administration, there was a new kind of patriotism among Nigerians given the improvement recorded in power supply and the return of order in public life. But this feeling only lasted a short time given what many termed the administration’s directionless steps. It took Buhari 8 months to appoint his cabinet, and an additional 14 months for his government to finally unveil its medium-term economic strategy, the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan , ERGP. Despite his electoral promise to reduce petrol pump price from the N87 per litre that he met it, President Buhari increased the price to N145 barely a year after coming to power. EFCC operatives In 2016, the President vowed to treat Niger Delta militants as terrorists and deal with them the way Boko Haram insurgents are being dealt with if the refuse to negotiate with the federal government. The administration degraded the capacity of Boko Haram insurgents to commit mass murder. The President at a media chat said the atrocities committed by Nnamdi Kanu and Sambo Dasuki were such that would not make the government release them despite court orders for their release. There were denials on the part of the federal government over the All Progressives Congress,APC, electioneering pledge of giving N5000 to every poor Nigerian. The issue emerged during an altercation between senators in a situation that had members of the Peoples Democratic Party , PDP, mocking the APC for reneging on its campaign pledge. The first budget of the Buhari administration worth N6.08trn budget was not passed after several months over allegations of padding. To rejuvenate the war against corruption, President Buhari set up an Advisory Committee on War against Corruption The President enlisted the support of multilateral institutions like the World Bank and IMF, Western countries and other friendly nations among others to repatriate stolen assets. President Buhari stirred hornet’s nest when he said on Al Jazeera that Nigerian students studying abroad will no longer be given foreign exchange, a move which saw the wards and their parents go through intense hardship. Some of the 82 released Chibok schoolgirls during the presentation of drugs to them by the Minster of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, at the Directorate of State Service Hospital, in Abuja on Monda In 2016, a Presidential Committee was set up to probe contracts awarded by the Office of the National Security Adviser , ONSA, from 2011 to 2015. A presidential directive was given to ensure the closure of all multiple accounts in Ministries, Departments, and Agencies of government, thereby plugging leakages. The Buhari administration agreed to a 50 million Euro (about N11.15 billion) loan with the French government for capacity-building and upgrade of power training facilities. In August 2016, the Nigerian economy officially slipped into recession with many believing that the administration’s poor handling of the economy facilitated such. The President signed an agreement with the Chinese government to improve Nigeria’s power infrastructure In January this year, President Buhari wrote a letter to the Senate, clearing the now suspended Secretary to the Federal Government, Mr. Babachir Lawal over grass-cutting contract inflation. He defended in the letter Lawal and gave reasons he could not sack Lawal as demanded by the Senate. Produced Agriculture Roadmap entitled, “The Green Alternative: Agriculture Promotion Policy, 2016-2020,” to revive agricultural sector and boost food production. The President all defied the Senate on the two consecutive rejections of the nomination of Ibrahim Magu as the Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,EFCC. Boko Haram Buhari also ordered the Attorney General of the Federation and Justice Minister, Abubakar Malami (SAN), to investigate Lawal and the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, on corruption charges. Infamous handling of the allegation against the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, who allegedly owns property in Dubai. Rather than investigating the matter as demanded, the Minister of Defence, Mr. Dan-Ali said the allegation was calculated to distract the military from its war against insurgency. Nigeria lost a colossal 3000 MW of electricity due to consistent vandalisation and sabotage of the pipelines and assets. Eighty-two Chibok schoolgirls were released after negotiations between the terrorist group Boko Haram and the federal government in addition to the 21 earlier released. Under the watch of the present leadership, the rate of inflation in Nigeria attained a double digit level from the single digit it was when the administration came on board. Today, the Naira has lost over 60 percent of its pre-May 29, 2015 value.

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