In a write-up to commemorate President Muhammadu Buhari’s 76th birthday, his Senior Particular Assistant on Medial and Publicity, Alhaji Garba Shehu has reeled out a dozen the reason why the President should be voted into energy once more for a second time period in 2019. Learn the opinion under:
On Monday December 17, 2018, President Muhammadu Buhari, who’s looking for re-election for a second time period of workplace, will be marking his 76th birthday and, in his personal phrases, “still going strong.”
His age is not a problem on this marketing campaign as a result of by the desire of God, not by any design, his essential challenger is equally in the identical age bracket. This election in February subsequent yr then comes right down to what every candidate will supply.
There are various explanation why President Buhari deserves to be re-elected. I shall converse to a dozen of them right here:
He’s the most effective ever President we received up to now and listed here are my causes: In his character, President Buhari is a well-behaved man. He’s globally recognised as an trustworthy chief, working very exhausting to remedy a wounded nation by righting previous wrongs. He leads from the entrance, that’s, main by instance. He’s self-confident and has a relaxed manner. In finishing up his duties, he’s by no means impulsive; he does his obligation with self-assurance and confidence.
A typical instance was his dealing with of the theft of 105 women from a faculty boarding home by the Boko Haram terrorists in Dapchi, Yobe state. Amidst sobbing, lamentation and sorrow, he stood there earlier than the principal, distraught mother and father and college students to offer assurances, in a pointy and unbroken voice that “your girls will be brought back” (and so have been they, aside from Leah Sharibu who, God prepared will equally return).
He likes to assault issues from their roots. Few of our leaders are endowed with as a lot endurance. He doesn’t lose his calm and composure and is aware of when to battle and when to not struggle. When there broke an enormous uproar over the assertion earlier than the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby and Her Majesty the Queen of England by the previous UK Prime Minister David Cameron, that Nigeria was “fantastically corrupt”, President Buhari’s calm manner was on show. When an apology was provided, all he stated was “I want no apologies. What would I do with apology? Return our stolen money.” With that, he grabbed, not solely the ethical excessive floor however the worldwide information headlines as nicely.
When the President is confronted with a rankling criticism as had occurred many occasions, he by no means loses his calm. He delivered a joke in response that blighted what would have been scary episodes. One nice asset he has, is his good sense of humour particularly whereas tackling criticism or assault on his individual. Many have derisively referred to as him “Baba Go-slow”, in a transparent misunderstanding of his calm manner, which isn’t an indication of inactivity however an underlying means to assume arduous with out dropping one’s cool.
In contrast to one or two of our previous leaders, he has no aura of being a messiah or a saviour. President Buhari would by no means be seen in public breaking the code of dignity by, both slapping somebody or seizing a horsewhip from a policeman to flog an viewers member.
On the various events I’ve mirrored on how exhausting my job is, I attempt to think about the President. One must put oneself into his footwear, carrying the duty of greater than 200 million individuals on his shoulders, but he’s a person who maintains a gentle, degree headed strategy in the direction of fixing issues; he stays calm and targeted on his objectives.
With Muhammadu Buhari as President, Nigeria is in very protected palms; he is aware of what is sweet for the nation and its individuals.
When he gained in 2015, one in every of his primary pledges was preventing terrorism, criminality and banditry. He met the tragic state of affairs of perpetual preventing between farmers and herders within the Center-Belt, spreading southwards, as much as the coastal states. He sought the assistance of state governors for an answer however they provided little or no, if any. They have been and are nonetheless divided over the difficulty. He pushed the police, the military and different safety businesses very arduous for the answer. Immediately, and however the seen arms of politicians in it, he has introduced the whole state of affairs within the Center Belt beneath management. He has ended the preventing which might have introduced Nigeria to destruction.
An extra cause for the President’s re-election is the success he has recorded preventing terrorism. If numbers rely, bombings and killings have drastically been lowered beneath the Buhari administration.
Particularly within the North-East, the Nigerian Armed Forces have scaled up their act pushing the Boko Haram terrorists to the very fringes of the Lake Chad and with the on-going revitalisation of the Multi-Nationwide Joint Process Drive, MNJTF, the power of the terrorists to launch assaults and retreat into neighbouring territories is being addressed.
Arising from the successes achieved, the El-Kanemi Warriors Soccer Membership has returned to their house base in Maiduguri. Emirs of Askira, Uba and different cities have returned to their palaces. Public secondary faculties have resumed in 2016, two years after closure. All roads resulting in and out of Maiduguri have been reopened.
Sambisa forest has been retaken; Arik Air and different airways now function scheduled flights to Maiduguri. The Christian Affiliation of Nigeria (CAN) stated 2017 marked probably the most peaceable Christmas. Of the various who have been taken towards their will by Boko Haram, about 20,000 terrorists have been launched, together with 106 Chibok women, 105 of the Dapchi faculty women, Police ladies and College lecturers.
Beneath the Buhari administration, three Air bus helicopters and one other three Dauphin helicopters have been offered for the Air Pressure; 18 new plane acquired and 13 beforehand unserviceable planes reactivated. As well as, 12 Tremendous Tucano plane are additionally on order from america.
The administration has arrange a Naval outpost within the Lake Chad and established the eight Activity Pressure Division in Monguno to additional strengthen the 7 Division and the Operation Lafiya Dole within the North East.
One more reason for his re-election in his undeterred dedication to rid Nigeria of systemic corruption. Grand Corruption, by which leaders will ask the Central Financial institution to deliver out cash to be shared throughout the desk has by now been abolished.
The brand new whistle-blowing coverage has thus far yielded N13.eight billion from tax evaders and N7.8b, USD378 million, £27,800 recovered from public officers.
The elevated oversight of ministries, departments and businesses has been addressing the difficulty of poor remittance by the MDAs; the Presidential Initiative on steady Audit has flushed out 54,000 fraudulent payroll entries with financial savings of N200 billion.
The administration has expanded the protection of the Treasury Single Account, TSA which implementation now stands at 92 per cent. By this, the administration has a complete overview of money flows throughout the complete authorities. It has ensured the deployment of the Financial institution Verification Quantity (BVN) system to confirm the idea of funds to beneficiaries and distributors and has created the Belongings Monitoring Managing Venture to allocate, id, assess and consider all of the measurable and un-measurable belongings on actual time foundation. A central Asset Register to maintain a document of all authorities belongings is now in a single place, the Ministry of Finance.
In 2016, the President enlisted Nigeria into Open Authorities Partnership and a Nationwide Plan of Motion (2017 -19) is already in place. This goals to deepen and mainstream transparency mechanisms and citizen’s engagement within the administration of public assets.
As well as, the creation of Effectivity Unit to spearhead the environment friendly use of presidency assets and guarantee discount in recurrent expenditure has caused financial savings of about N34 billion from journey and transport in 2016, and N10 billion in 2017.
Within the oil and fuel sectors, NNPC has been publishing its efficiency chart month-to-month and the administration made a saving of USD 1.7 billion by negotiating down accrued money name arrears in its joint ventures.
With none controversy, President Buhari is deservedly christened because the champion of infrastructure. This administration has demonstrated a single-minded dedication to upgrading Nigeria’s transport, energy, housing and well being infrastructure.
Two main rail tasks have been accomplished and commissioned: Abuja metro mild rail and the Abuja-Kaduna rail. Lagos-Ibadan is due early subsequent yr. Lagos-Kano has been signed and Lagos-Calabar and Port Harcourt-Maiduguri are being negotiated. About 500 roads are being constructed and a whole lot of kilometres of roads are being rehabilitated. The second Niger Bridge is beneath development, Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano expressway is being constructed whereas Lagos-Ibadan in addition to the East-West street, Lagos-Port Harcourt expressways are being expedited. Federal spending on works has grown from N18.1 billion in 2015 to N394 billion in 2018. The Abuja Airport runway was reconstructed inside a six week interval. A number of water tasks lengthy deserted have been accomplished and greater than 70 ecological fund tasks have been awarded and accomplished.
Energy sector has witnessed an outstanding progress inside this era. Era capability has elevated to 7,000MW; transmission capability is now up eight,000MW and distribution 5,222MW from 2,690MW.
Underneath President Buhari, 30 per cent of the finances allocation is for capital spending, an unprecedented allocation of N2.7 trillion was made for infrastructure in 2016 and 2017 fiscal yr.
Clearly, there’s a lot the nation can achieve from the President’s long run considering on the subject of the diversification of the financial system. He has promoted agriculture, strong minerals and manufacturing to the purpose that the financial system is growing its resilience even because it grows and consolidates.
His insurance policies have introduced down inflation by about half of what it used to be three years again; exterior reserves have grown and exports in 2017 have been about 70 per cent greater than what they have been in 2016. Agriculture grew by 180 per cent final yr; uncooked supplies export by over 100 per cent and there was 27 per cent progress in manufactured items. Six million new tax payers have been added to the tax base. Ease of doing enterprise report has moved Nigeria up by 14 locations; tax income in 2018 is projected at N2.529 trillion, that’s 42 per cent improve over the 2017 determine.
Underneath the Presidential Fertilizer Initiative, 16 moribund and under-performing mixing crops have been revitalised, producing 12.7 million luggage of NPK Fertilizer in 2017.
Landmark initiatives within the promotion of the financial system embrace the stabilisation of the foreign money, the Naira making for a predictable trade fee; the merger of the official and unofficial charges within the markets, serving to within the stabilisation of the microeconomic surroundings; the achievement of agriculture and nationwide meals safety and driving industrialisation via the Small and Medium Enterprises according to the Financial Restoration and Progress Plan, ERGP. This administration invented and is implementing the most important ever social funding programme on the continent, feeding 10 million youngsters in class and interesting 500,000 graduates, now going as much as a million, in nation constructing.
As a compassionate chief and administrator, President Buhari accredited N54 billion for the cost of 33 per cent of excellent pensions arrears and claims, with a few of these going again to 2010 when the minimal wage was elevated to N18,000. Beneath this scheme, three,542 pensioners within the liquidated Delta Metal Firm have been positioned on pension; 9,216 of NITEL pensioners at the moment are pay rolled; Retired Biafran Cops dismissed by the Federal Authorities in 1971 have been paid; these of the New Nigerian Newspapers and lots of others have acquired gratuities and at the moment are positioned on pension.
The compassionate aspect of the President has equally given a lot to state governments in misery. This was to allow them meet wage and pensions obligations. Most, if not all have acquired Finances Help Facility, Paris Membership refunds, Infrastructure Loans, Mortgage Restructuring Amenities with the Central Financial institution and different business banks, and a discount of their month-to-month debt service burden.
In slightly below 4 years, President Buhari has proven clearly that he can steer Nigeria above politics, faith and ethnicity. He has delivered on all guarantees: safety, financial system, corruption and infrastructure. We have now a robust chief with a mass attraction who’s in search of a renewal of his mandate in accordance with the Structure. He is likely one of the most influential leaders in at present’s world, contemplating how he introduced OPEC and non OPEC Oil producers to chop their losses and convey up fallen oil costs. He’s main the continent within the conflict towards corruption. President Buhari is a present, not solely to Nigeria however to Africa and the world. He deserves a second time period to consolidate on-going achievement.
Garba Shehu is the Senior Particular Assistant to President on Media & Publicity
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