May 29-2022 marks seven years , After Buhari has failed to keep promise of securing Nigeria By Markus Stephen Zabir

May 29-2022 marks seven years , After Buhari has failed to keep promise of securing Nigeria By Markus Stephen Zabir

May 29-2022 marks seven years , After Buhari has failed to keep promise of securing Nigeria By Markus Stephen Zabir
May 29-2022 marks seven years , After Buhari has failed to keep promise of securing Nigeria By Markus Stephen Zabir

May 29-2022 marks seven years , After Buhari has failed to keep promise of securing Nigeria By Markus Stephen Zabir

Six years into Buhari’s presidency, public trust in the Nigerian government appears to be in decline alongside a growing perception of lacking political inclusion. This is hardened by negative economic impacts caused by the pandemic, and a sense of undelivered political promises, which underscore the importance of collective buy-in for the country’s development aspirations.

In September 2020, during a ministerial retreat to assess his stewardship, Nigeria’s President Mohammadu Buhari declared his administration’s progress in all fronts to improve his citizens’ quality of life and set them on the path to prosperity. Speaking further, he commended his administration for innovatively addressing insecurity and insurgency by rehabilitating and re-integrating repentant terrorists into society. Seemingly triumphant, he affirmed that his administration is on the right course and highlighted their efforts in building strong institutional capacities to fight corruption, while urging his appointees to defend his government by going on the offensive to better present information.

In his election manifesto were promises to ensure the equitable distribution of the nation’s wealth and close the gap between different classes. He had committed to lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next ten years, but he did not explain, however, how he intends to achieve this. Many Nigerians did not believe their President, and currently many more rather feel the opposite about his positive self-assessment – that things have actually gone from bad to worse under Buhari’s watch.

These sentiments were expressed by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who said he was embarrassed about how President Buhari is running the country, insisting that Africa’s most populous black nation is moving towards becoming a failed State. The former President then openly accused the current administration of mismanaging diversity by allowing disappearing old ethnic and religious fault lines to reopen in greater fissures with drums of bitterness, separation and disintegration.

Obasanjo is apparently not alone. Wole Soyinka, poet, essayist and first African Nobel prize winner, concurred with the former President’s assessment, describing the country as a crumbling edifice on the edge of collapse. According to another elder statesman, the former governor of Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, referring to attacks across the country by bandits and criminal herdsmen, the failure is because ‘no serious and patriotic government will allow this level of killings of its citizens by terrorists and be watching aimlessly’. A prominent Islamic scholar, Sheik Murtala Sokoto, described those still praising Buhari as liars and hypocrites.

Even within the President Buhari’s own party, many people who worked for his victory now complain openly that the mission that brought them to power might have been willfully abandoned. Saturday, May 29,2021 marked exactly six years since President Muhammadu Buhari took office as the fourth man to lead Nigeria in the Fourth Republic
The former army general who became the first opposition candidate to win a presidential election in Nigeria returned to power in 2015 on the strength of his promise to tackle insecurity, fight corruption and improve the economy. His election followed the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls from a Chibok in the country’s northeast Borno state by Boko Haram armed group In his inaugural, Mr Buhari vowed to crush Boko Haram insurgents within three month who had already taken over several local government areas in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states.

Now it’s six years after and about two years to the end of his final second term, insecurity has worsened beyond imagination the Boko Haram insurgency. Virtually all parts of Nigeria are currently battling one form or another of violent crimes, evidence that the president has failed to keep his promise on security.
The Global Terrorism Index (2019) ranked Nigeria as the third-worst nation in times of terrorism with no improvement since 2017.

Asides insurgency, banditry, kidnapping and secessionist violence are pushing Nigeria towards the brink of collapse with many calling for the resignation of the president for “failing” to secure the country.
Upon resumption of office in 2015, Mr Buhari relocated the military command from Abuja to Maiduguri, the birthplace of Boko Haram.

He improved the military budget and approved the purchase of arms for the security forces and agencies.

Based on his promise to also end corruption, Mr Buhari began a probe of the use of military funds under the previous administration of President Goodluck Jonathan.

As part of that process, he also ordered the arrest of the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, over alleged embezzlement of $2 billion or nearly N650 billion allocated for arms purchase.

Some gains were made in the recovery of lost territories with the government repeatedly claiming it had recorded “technical defeat” over the terror group, but the reprieve was short-lived. Boko Haram’s split in 2016, leading to a splinter group called Islamic State- West Africa (ISIS-WA), heralded a new dawn of terror.
Barely one year in office, Mr Buhari made his medical trip to the UK as president. He continued to make such trips and in 2017 alone, spent over 150 days abroad treating an undisclosed ailment.
showed that the president by 2017 had spent over eight months in the UK since he took office,

President Buhari in March 2018 announced that his government was ready to accept the “unconditional laying down of arms by any member of the Boko Haram group who shows strong commitment in that regard
Meanwhile, in 2018, the military suffered its highest fatalities against Boko-haram. The group captured a large cache of military hardware and was responsible for the death of at least 600 Nigerian soldiers, the Conversation reported.
In the same year, it attacked nine military bases and overran the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) base in Baga, Borno state.

After months of pressure over his response to the worsening security situation, Mr Buhari in January fired his service chiefs and top military commanders.
In July 2020, some “repentant” Boko Haram terrorists in Borno State were “rehabilitated” and given the opportunity to live normal lives.

Many Nigerians, however, criticised this move.
Many fear that releasing ‘repentant’ Boko Haram militants into the civilian population could be counterproductive. Negotiating with terrorists cannot guarantee a lasting solution but embolden them to keep making endless demands, security experts say.
Authorities in Katsina, Sokoto, and Zamfara states initiated direct negotiations with armed groups last year. As part of these negotiations, the governors offered criminal groups amnesties and other incentives to end violent attacks.

But these agreements have failed partly because many of the armed groups lack central command hence it was difficult bringing them all to one negotiation table. Collapsed negotiations have led to renewed attacks.

The Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, said he was betrayed on two occasions by bandits after they were granted amnesty by the state.
In December 2020, about 344 schoolboys were declared missing after gunmen attacked a school in Kankara near Katsina, the president’s home state.

Although jihadists claimed responsibility, the boys were later freed after a ransom was allegedly paid, security experts said. They believe such payment and negotiations have become part of the government’s strategy of fighting crime.
A recent report published by which said between 2011 and 2020, Nigerians paid at least $18.34 million (₦7 billion) in ransoms to kidnappers.

Despite numerous checkpoints along many highways, violent crimes, killings and kidnappings remain rampant on Nigerian roads.

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