Buhari’s sec­ond term will guar­an­tee de­vel­op­ment

Sunday Trust - - VIEWPOINT - Aliyu Alto wrote from Daura, Katsina State

The 2019 gen­eral elec­tions are around the cor­ner and Nige­ri­ans are warm­ing up to elect new lead­ers who will steer the af­fairs of the coun­try for an­other four years.

Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari, hav­ing won his party’s pri­mary elec­tion will fly its ticket. The pres­i­dent, who is seek­ing re-elec­tion, will face many other can­di­dates fielded by their re­spec­tive par­ties. If the per­for­mance of Pres­i­dent Buhari will be used as a ba­sis or cri­te­ria for re-elec­tion, he would win the elec­tion by a wide mar­gin. In the last three and half years, he has achieved a lot in all as­pects of hu­man en­deav­our. In 2015, after he won the gen­eral elec­tion, he was faced with many chal­lenges. The price of crude oil crashed, a de­vel­op­ment which af­fected the na­tion’s earn­ings badly. Not­with­stand­ing, the fed­eral gov­ern­ment did its best to en­sure that the masses do not suf­fer too much. Also, when Buhari as­sumed of­fice in 2015, some lo­cal gov­ern­ments in Borno State were un­der the con­trol of the Boko Haram group. The gov­ern­ment did not only lib­er­ate those lo­cal gov­ern­ments from the grip of group but also de­graded the ter­ror­ists. The gov­ern­ment also came up with some in­ter­ven­tion poli­cies like the school feed­ing pro­gram. The N-Power is an­other pro­gram de­signed to as­sist un­em­ployed grad­u­ates. Un­der the scheme, mil­lions of un­em­ployed youths were taken off the labour mar­ket. These youths are posted to dif­fer­ent min­istries and gov­ern­ment agen­cies to work. This ef­fort has re­duced poverty and stim­u­lated eco­nomic growth. Worth men­tion­ing is the fight against cor­rup­tion. The last three years of Buhari ad­min­is­tra­tion has made life hard for cor­rupt in­di­vid­u­als in the coun­try. A sec­ond term will help to sus­tain and guar­an­tee the con­ti­nu­ity of these pro­grams and poli­cies.

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