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Buhari’s 100 Days: Between Expectations And Achievement

Posted: Sep 6, 2015 at 12:02 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

It is observed that every first 100 days of any administration is used to set agenda and give the people insight into what to expect from the tenure of the government.

Cover ChoiceThe present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari completed its first 100 days in office on Saturday.  Though Buhari’s government has taken steps to crackdown on the nation’s corrupt bureaucracy and Boko Haram’s six-year insurgency in north-east, experts and analysts said the administration lacks detailed plan to tackle the country’s struggling economy. 

In its bid to find solution to Boko Haram insurgency, the President has visited some neighbouring countries of Niger, Chad and Cameroun. The same mission took him to G-8 meeting in June and the visit to US last July. The President’s approach and effort appears to be yielding result as G-7 counties indicated their interest to assist the country in the fight against insurgency. Within the period of 100 days, the government has taken step to tackle corruption which has almost brought the machinery of government down.  The President in July constituted Anti-corruption Advisory Committee headed by eminent scholar and human rights activist, Prof. Itse Sagay.

The government’s approach to fighting corruption came under heavy criticism during the period. Opposition parties especially the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) complained that the new government of APC is selective on its approach to fighting corruption. The accusation led to the visit of National Peace Committee led by former Military Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar’s visit to President Buhari and counseled him on how best to fight corruption.  Despite the modest achievement of the government in its first 100 days, analysts believe the government would have done better if it has constituted a cabinet within the period.  Some described the new President a sole administrator which governs the country without advisers and has no focus on how to take the country out of its economic problems. 

Others accused the government of failing Nigerians because it could not deliver on the promise made to the people within the first 100 days in office.  They relied on part of APC’s manifesto on employment which states that; “Immediately on assumption of office, employment will be given to 20,000 graduates and youths in each of the 36 states and FCT,” to score the government.

But speaking on the promise made by President Buhari to meet the expectations of Nigerians within the first 100 days in office, the Senior Special Assistant to the president on Media, Mallam Garba Shehu dismissed the claim saying the president did not promised on specific things within the first 100 days in office. Explaining what Buhari said during a lecture at the Chatham House in London, the presidential spokesman said, “The President never promised anything to anyone. It is on record in that lecture at Chatham House; they asked him a question relating to expectations and what he specifically would do in relation to certain documents that were flying around, committing him to this thing or that thing within 100 days.”