Buhari's Sec­ond Term Will Guar­an­tee De­vel­op­ment

THISDAY - - LETTERS - ––Aliyu Alto, Daura, Katsina State.

The 2019 gen­eral elec­tion is around the cor­ner. Nige­ri­ans will go to the poll and elect new lead­ers that will steer the af­fairs of the coun­try for an­other pe­riod of four years. Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari, hav­ing won his party's pri­mary elec­tion will fly its ticket. Mr Pres­i­dent who will con­test for the sec­ond time will face other can­di­dates fielded by their re­spec­tive par­ties. No­tably among the con­tenders is Atiku Abubakar of Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP). In­ter­est­ingly, if the per­for­mance of Pres­i­dent Buhari will be used as a ba­sis or cri­te­ria for re-elec­tion, he would win the elec­tion with wide mar­gin. In the last three and half years in the sad­dle, Pres­i­dent Buhari has achieved a lot in all as­pects of hu­man en­deav­ours. In 2015 af­ter he won the gen­eral elec­tion, Buhari was faced with multi-faceted chal­lenges. It was on record the crude oil price had crashed in the global mar­ket. The price of bar­rel of crude oil hov­ered around $ 30 and had se­ri­ously af­fected the rev­enue in­flow of the coun­try. With the bat­tered econ­omy left be­hind by the for­mer ad­min­is­tra­tion of Jonathan cou­pled with poor price of crude oil in the in­ter­na­tional mar­ket, many states hardly met their salary and other fi­nan­cial obli­ga­tions. Notwith­stand­ing, the fed­eral gov­ern­ment rushed to the aids of those dis­tressed states for bailout. The bailout has as­sisted greatly in ad­dress­ing the chal­lenges of salaries pay­ment.

It could be re­called that the ad­min­is­tra­tion of Pres­i­dent Buhari came to power on three prom­ises namely: se­cur­ing the coun­try, re­viv­ing the econ­omy and fight­ing cor­rup­tion. The ad­min­is­tra­tion de­serves a pat on its back in the area of se­cu­rity. When Buhari as­sumed of­fice in 2015, some lo­cal gov­ern­ments in Borno State were un­der the con­trol of the dreaded Boko Haram group. The gov­ern­ment did not only lib­er­ate those lo­cal gov­ern­ments from the grip of the mur­der­ous group but also de­graded them. Now, the men­ace of Boko Haram has been nipped in the bud. In the area of eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, the Buhari ad­min­is­tra­tion had recorded sig­nif­i­cant feats in nu­mer­ous in­ter­ven­tion pro­grammes and poli­cies. The school feed­ing pro­gramme has em­pow­ered mil­lions of women. Be­sides the nu­tri­tional value of the meals served to the school pupils, mil­lions of Nige­ri­ans eke out a liv­ing from it.

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