Buharime­ter: Nige­ri­ans back FGs anti-cor­rup­tion war

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - By Ab­bas Ji­moh

Eighty-four per­cent of Nige­ri­ans en­dorse Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari’s ap­proach to anti-cor­rup­tion war, the Buharime­ter has said.

This is con­tained in the na­tion­wide sur­vey of cit­i­zens’ re­port after Buhari’s one year in of­fice.

The state­ment, signed by the direc­tor, Cen­tre for Democ­racy and De­vel­op­ment (CDD) Idayat Has­san, said the sur­vey was done to cap­ture cit­i­zens’ per­cep­tion and knowl­edge of the ful­fill­ment of elec­toral prom­ises made by the rul­ing gov­ern­ment.

“The pos­i­tive steps of the ad­min­is­tra­tion in fight­ing cor­rup­tion are not lost on the Nige­rian pub­lic,” she said.

The sur­vey shows that the North West geo-po­lit­i­cal zone scored Buhari 60.2 per­cent, with cit­i­zens ap­plaud­ing his moves to­wards fight­ing cor­rup­tion, while in the South East geo-po­lit­i­cal, only 10.7 per­cent of the cit­i­zens en­dorsed the pres­i­dent’s an­ti­cor­rup­tion drive.

“The oth­ers are North East, 46.8 per­cent, North Cen­tral, 32.9 per­cent, South West, 35.8 per­cent and South South, 20.4 per­cent,” she said.

The first year Buharime­ter re­port also eval­u­ated the ex­tent of the ful­fill­ment of the pres­i­dent and his party’s 222 prom­ises.

On as­set dec­la­ra­tion, Buharime­ter said eight months after they de­clared their as­sets to the rel­e­vant in­sti­tu­tions, the pres­i­dent and his vice, Pro­fes­sor Yemi Os­in­bajo, were yet to make it pub­lic as they promised.

“Buharime­ter sim­i­larly re­ports that min­is­ters in the ad­min­is­tra­tion, too, were yet to fol­low suit with re­gards to the pub­lic dec­la­ra­tion of their as­sets,” Has­san said.

On econ­omy, nearly two-thirds of the re­spon­dents rated the gov­ern­ment’s per­for­mance as ei­ther “very poor” (39.8 per­cent) or “poor” (22 per­cent), while on job cre­ation, the re­port con­cluded that the ex­pec­ta­tions of Nige­ri­ans have largely re­mained un­met.

It also said that notwith­stand­ing the gains recorded by the mil­i­tary in the North East, fresh se­cu­rity chal­lenges, in­clud­ing the herds­men/ farm­ers clashes and vi­o­lence in the Niger Delta were casting doubts on the abil­ity of the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to se­cure the en­tire fed­er­a­tion.

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