“When Nigeria’s president Buhari took office last spring, he inherited a military that was underpaid, underfed and unable to protect the Nigerian people from Boko Haram. And one reason is that much of the military budget was finding its way into the pockets of the Generals. And just this week, we saw reports that more than 50 people in Nigeria including former government officials stole 9 billion dollars from the treasury”.
US Secretary of State, John F Kerry, at the World Economic Forum, Davos, Jan 2016
President Muhammadu Buhari won a historic election victory in Nigeria last year. He pledged in part to tackle corruption. But months after he took office, some political pundits are still skeptical that he’s doing enough to make good on his promise.
As he campaigned for office earlier last year, supporters of Buhari often reminded the public of his term as a military head of state in the mid-1980s, when corrupt people were put in jail and whip-wielding enforcers kept order on the streets and every nook and cranny of the country.
He is on record to have pledged to put an end to the billion-dollar corruption scandals that plagued the former President, Goodluck Jonathan, and which allegedly drained the national treasury while nearly half of all Nigerians remained in poverty.
- Will Buhari stand the test of time?
- Will Nigerians offer Buhari the need cooperation to transform the fortunes of Nigeria?
- Will Buhari be able to fight the insurgence of Boko Haram and other militant groups in Nigeria?
We looking forward to doing a thorough analysis of the performance of President Buhari at the end of his first term.