High ex­pec­ta­tions as Buhari takes power

Lesotho Times - - Africa -

LA­GOS — Muham­madu Buhari for­mally takes over as Nige­ria’s pres­i­dent this week but his in­au­gu­ra­tion could not have come at a worse time, with the coun­try reel­ing from a cash crunch and a crip­pling strike over fuel.

Mr Buhari’s All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) party ac­cused Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan’s ad­min­is­tra­tion of sab­o­tage for al­legedly de­lib­er­ately hand­ing over the na­tion in its worst state since in­de­pen­dence 55 years ago.

“No elec­tric­ity, no fuel, work­ers are on strike, bil­lions are owed to state and fed­eral work­ers, $60 bil­lion owed in na­tional debt and the econ­omy is vir­tu­ally grounded,” APC spokesman Lai Mo­hammed said.

But across Nige­ria, con­fi­dence is still high that Mr Buhari, who headed a mil­i­tary gov­ern­ment in the 1980s, will fix the mess.

“It’s not in dis­pute that the Jonathan gov­ern­ment has messed up things,” said rice trader Mu­likat Bello in the Agege area of La­gos, Nige­ria’s fi­nan­cial cap­i­tal.

“We know Buhari can do it. He has done it be­fore. It’s the same way the (Shehu) Sha­gari ad­min­is­tra­tion de­stroyed the econ­omy be­fore Buhari’s coup of De­cem­ber 1983,” the 32-year-old added.

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