By Ikechukwu Amaechi
President Muhammadu Buhari has lower than two years in workplace. Certainly, he has about 19 months from till Might 29, 2023 when he’s constitutionally required handy over to the following president chosen via the poll field.
He has spent 77 months in workplace. And he can not elongate his tenure as a result of the Structure bars him from serving greater than two phrases.
It’s good for each administration to take inventory because it inches nearer to the lame duck hall.
What has been executed? What’s left to be achieved? Answering such questions truthfully ensures that an administration leaves workplace on a excessive observe.
On Tuesday, the administration rose from a two-day mid-term ministerial efficiency evaluation retreat in Abuja with Buhari tasking ministers on mission supply and directing the Secretary to the Authorities of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, to convene quarterly coordination conferences on 9 precedence areas.
He not solely directed ministers and everlasting secretaries to redouble their efforts and work in synergy towards complete supply of targets to enhance the livelihood of all Nigerians, but in addition instructed them to ‘‘ramp up implementation’’ of their mandates alongside the 9 precedence areas, stressing the necessity for synergy between fiscal and financial authorities to maintain the economic system on the trajectory of development.
Buhari urging ministers and everlasting secretaries to work in the direction of reaching “complete supply” of targets to enhance livelihoods implies that he believes that his administration has achieved a lot within the final 77 months.
Due to this fact, now that it’s on the house stretch, all that must be executed is to ramp up implementation.
Clearly, the president was impressed by what he heard from his ministers when the retreat went behind closed doorways on Monday.
‘‘The retreat offered a chance for us to undertake an goal evaluation of our stewardship according to the contract we signed with the Nigerian individuals to ship on our electoral guarantees,” Buhari crowed.
‘‘From the evaluation report and discussions at this retreat, I’m glad to notice that progress has been made in the direction of the achievement of our targets.
‘‘The unbiased efficiency evaluation report offered on day one of many retreat signifies that important progress has been achieved within the supply of the ministerial mandates,” he concluded.
Many who thought that as a result of he had not too long ago sacked two ministers, the retreat could be one other alternative for him to shake fingers with different non-performers, eliminate them, and herald contemporary faces to take the administration to the end line have been upset.
These Nigerians have been naïve to anticipate a president who seemed them within the face and boasted in his nationwide broadcast to mark 61st independence anniversary that no administration since 1999 has executed as a lot as he has in six years to discard with the providers of these prodigies that helped him create his fantasy land.
“Lots has been achieved within the final six years on many fronts: in infrastructure, social care, governance, Nigeria’s picture and affect in Africa and the worldwide group.
“However critics misdiagnose incremental progress as stagnation. Since coming to energy, this administration has tackled our issues head-on despite the meagre assets. No authorities since 1999 has executed what we’ve got executed in six years to place Nigeria again on monitor,” Buhari boasted.
That amounted to telling a barefaced lie with a straight face as a result of obtainable information exhibits the precise reverse.
However the retreat was organised to amplify that declare relatively than stocktaking. It was not a time of introspection. It was time to ululate. An avenue for chest-thumping. And Buhari did that openly.
He doesn’t take accountability for something, actually not for safety the place he has unique protect because the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, at the same time as he appropriates the few islands of success within the nationwide ocean of failures.
That’s the reason he mentioned in his October 1 speech that “specifically, safety is a backside to prime enterprise. Becoming a member of fingers and hearts collectively would allow us to safe ourselves and our nation.”
However, what, in actuality, is Buhari’s scorecard?
He listed the priorities of his administration to incorporate constructing a thriving and sustainable economic system, enhancing social inclusion and poverty discount, enlarging agricultural output for meals safety, attaining power sufficiency in energy and petroleum merchandise, increasing transport and different infrastructural improvement, enterprise development, entrepreneurship and industrialization, entry to high quality schooling, inexpensive healthcare and productiveness, constructing a system to battle corruption and enhance governance, social cohesion and safety.
So, wherein space has the administration excelled?
Buhari got here to energy via propaganda and outright lies and needs to proceed wheedling the unwary along with his cocktail of fibs.
The reality, nevertheless, is that there’s hardly any of those precedence areas the place his administration has recorded a sterling efficiency even when the yardstick for measuring success is diminished to Buhari’s very low requirements.
For example, except for somebody coming from the moon, no sincere Nigerian can say Buhari has constructed a thriving and sustainable economic system within the final six and a half years. If something, the economic system is in a shambles.
It takes an enervating degree of impenitence for this administration to put declare to enhancing social inclusion and poverty discount within the 77 months it has been in workplace.
All pretentions on the contrary however, there may be hardly any Nigerian that may declare to have been lifted out of poverty due to the insurance policies of the Buhari authorities. As an alternative, the federal government’s half-baked fiscal and financial insurance policies flung open the gates of penury and excessive deprivation. Nigeria below Buhari’s watch has extra poor individuals than ever earlier than, and governance continues to be dogged by inefficiency and waste.
Social disparity, which inspires divisiveness, has by no means been this broad and extra Nigerians have been thrown into poverty for the reason that creation of the Buhari presidency than at some other time since after the civil struggle in 1970 and that explains the unprecedented degree of social anomie and full breakdown of social bonds.
It’s unconscionable for Buhari to assert that his administration is chaperoning the nation in the direction of attaining power sufficiency in energy and petroleum merchandise.
Regardless of all guarantees in 2015 previous to the election that introduced the All Progressives Congress (APC) to energy, Nigeria remains to be importing refined petroleum merchandise, spending trillions of naira in subsidy and nowhere near attaining power sufficiency in energy.
After all, will probably be ridiculous to assert energy sufficiency with 3,000 megawatts of electrical energy serving an estimated inhabitants of over 200 million.
It’s laughable for Buhari to assert that his administration is enhancing entry to high quality schooling when college college students not too long ago misplaced one educational session as a consequence of industrial motion by lecturers.
How can the federal government boast of “high quality schooling” which its excessive clergymen, together with the president, think about not ok for his or her kids? Their insecurity of their “high quality schooling” is the rationale why all their kids examine in Europe, North America and Asia.
The identical goes for healthcare and productiveness. Many Nigerians go for self-medication as a result of healthcare is not inexpensive and Buhari himself has made well being tourism a necessary factor of his annual calendar within the final six years.
Nigerian medical doctors are queuing up at each overseas embassy in Lagos and Abuja looking for visas to run away from their very own nation.
It’s equally laughable for him to put declare to enhancing governance and creating social cohesion in addition to safety for all.
Nigerians have by no means been extra insecure within the final 50 years, and the extent of division due to Buhari’s gross mishandling of numerous ethnic nationalities is the antithesis of social cohesion.
His insurance policies have stifled enterprise development, entrepreneurship and industrialization.
He has additionally did not construct a system to battle corruption, as many Nigerians argue, with good purpose, that graft thrives regardless of the fabled battle being waged towards it.
As Dr. Christopher Kolade, Nigeria’s former Excessive Commissioner to the UK, aptly famous in his October 31, 2019 interview with TheNiche, “The one person who doesn’t know we’re combating corruption is corruption itself.”
Even what might have been achieved in elevating agricultural output is blunted by the unmitigated violence visited on hapless farmers by terrorists, making meals safety a mirage.
Not solely that, as Premium Occasions newspaper famous not too long ago, “Regardless of its professed dedication to growing the agricultural sector, and certainly funding within the sector, agriculture has grown on the weakest price below the Buhari administration than some other authorities for the reason that return of democracy in 1999.”
In line with the net newspaper, whereas the sector grew at a median of 15 per cent up to now 5 years below Buhari, it grew by 133 per cent below the Obasanjo administration; 19.1 per cent below President Umaru Yar’adua and 22.2 per cent below Goodluck Jonathan’s authorities.
So, why is Buhari ratcheting up his success rhetoric? The reply is easy. He is aware of his time is up and needs to put in writing the historical past by himself. How incorrect. The decision of historical past is inevitable. No distempering or whitewashing modifications it.
And no-matter how exhausting leaders attempt to manipulate the decision, they fall flat as a result of historical past is inscrutable. It is sort of a sphinx.
The great factor, although, is that whereas Buhari wallows in self-glorification, Nigerians, who clearly know higher, have moved on. For therefore many, his horse of failure has already bolted from the steady and persons are already calculating their losses from their dangerous political funding in him in 2015.
• Ikechukwu Amaechi is well known journalist and author, and he’s Writer of The Area of interest