Muhammadu Buhari: The President We Deserve (1)
By Mubarack Umar
Sunday, 18 November, 2018, is the official date set by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for candidates vying Presidential and National Assembly seats to commence their campaigns across the country. While Governorship and State Assembly will be announced soon.
Campaign, as we all know, is one of the keys that unlock the doors of where a candidate wants to enter. Thanks to democracy for this provision.
2019 election, is though and thought-provoking, considering the number of presidential and governorship candidates. According to INEC, over 60 people are contesting for number one seat in the country and 800 plus go for governorship race. A clear sign that our democracy is thriving!
For the All Progressive Congress, it is President Muhammadu Buhari, who is seeking for second term. Buhari, with unquestionable integrity is loved by millions, not only in Nigeria, but Africa and to the world. He has exposed himself as a man who knows how to do his job well, and without interference of what we know in Nigeria’s political class as Godfatherism. For his clean heart and willingness to take this nation to a prosperous destination, the man, Muhammadu Buhari deserves to be reelected come 2019.
It is going to be though, considering the machineries opposition PDP is already using to woo voters by all means. But we will never forget when life was nerve-racking and nobody seems certain about the future. People were sad, and hopeless. Almost every one is moaning and groaning. The country was on the verge of disintegration, from economic meltdown to security challenges, particularly insurgency, Niger-Delta militants, farmers herders clashes, etc. but Buhari administration has, since its coming to power, downsized and restored peace in Nigeria. At least one million Nigerians displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency have returned to their homes and communities
across the North-East since 2015. And no fewer than 16,000 Boko Haram hostages have been freed from the terrorists’
captivity, including the Chibok girls abducted in 2014 and 105 of the Dapchi schoolgirls abducted in February.
President Muhammadu Buhari administration has improved economic indices, rising investment in agriculture and infrastructure, recorded successes in the fight against terrorism, and ongoing efforts to improve security in the North Central and several measures taken to promote transparency and accountability in government finances.
However, he has successfully taken steps to rebuild this nation through resetting the economy; restoring growth, growing what we eat, making business work, doing more with less and investing in people. There is no surprise if the masses are still with him.
Nigeria’s economy is back on the track of growth, that makes inflation fall for the fifteenth (15th) consecutive month, from 18.7 percent in January 2017 to 12.5 percent as of April 2018. External Reserves of USD$47.5 billion are the highest in 5 years and double the size.
The Buhari Administration issued a N100 billion Sukuk Bond in 2017, Nigeria’s first sovereign Sukuk Bond. Proceeds from that Bond are funding 25 major road projects across the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria.
The anti-corruption crusade of President Buhari put to a halt the dangerous leakages in the Agricultural sector and that encourage, empower, and enhance the locally made farm produce thereby increasing country’s internally generated revenue (IGR) index and foreign exchange capacity and reserve to over $45 Billion in cash and bonds.
President Buhari administration revitalized coordinating agency of agricultural universities as stipulated in the enabling Act which work closely with the Nigerian University Commission and development partners to re-focus the universities of agriculture in the country.
Fourteen (14) moribund Blending Plants revitalized so far under the Presidential Fertilizer Initiative (PFI); with a total capacity of 2.3 million MT of NPK fertilizer.
Farmers will never forget this government, as The Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP) of the Central Bank of Nigeria under the Buhari-led administration has made available N82billion in funding to 350,000 farmers of rice, wheat, maize, cotton, cassava, poultry, soy beans and groundnut; who have cultivated about 400,000 hectares of land.
The Buhari-led administration has made provision of agricultural credit for financing the production of rice, wheat, ginger, maize and soya beans in Kebbi, Niger, Kaduna, Kano, Enugu, Benue, Zamfara, Anambra and Kwara States.
To be continued.
Mubarack Umar is the secretary, Buhari New Media Center, Kano State Chapter