As President Muhammadu Buhari prepares to leave office next week Monday, it is important to reflect on his tenure and the impact he has had on Nigeria. When he assumed office in 2015, he came with the promise of improving security, revamping the economy and tackling corruption. While much is still desired, it is clear that he has made significant strides in achieving these goals.
On security, the Buhari’ administration has made considerable progress in the fight against insurgency, particularly in the North-east region of the country. The Boko Haram terrorist group has been significantly weakened, and the government has also made gains in the fight against banditry and kidnapping in other parts of the country. Although much work still needs to be done, it is clear that the foundation for a more secure Nigeria has been laid.
In terms of the economy, President Buhari inherited a challenging economic situation, with falling oil prices and a depreciating currency. His administration implemented a series of economic policies, including a diversification drive, the implementation of the Treasury Single Account, and the launch of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan. These policies have helped to stabilise the economy and put it on the path to growth. While there is still much work to be done, the next administration will have a more solid foundation to build upon.
The Buhari administration also made significant progress in tackling corruption, which has been a major challenge for Nigeria for many years. The government implemented various anti-corruption measures, including the establishment of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, the launch of the Whistleblower Policy, and the prosecution of high-profile corruption cases. While corruption remains a major issue, it is clear that the government’s efforts have had a positive impact and set the stage for further progress.
President Buhari’s tenure has been characterised by many challenges, but also significant achievements. As he prepares to leave office, it is clear that he has laid the groundwork for a more secure, prosperous, and corruption-free Nigeria. The incoming president will undoubtedly find things easier, given that many of the difficult decisions needed to make Nigeria great have already been taken. President Buhari will go down in history as one of the most tolerated presidents in the annals of Nigeria, and his contributions to the country will be remembered for years to come.
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