August 22, 2019
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Expectations of Nigerians from President Muhammadu Buhari

On February 23rd, Nigerians trooped out to elect a leader of their choice.
Despite the apprehension that the exercise generated, the nation pulled through when the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, declared the incumbent President, Muhammadu Buhari as the winner of the election.
The All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential candidate polled fifteen million, one hundred and ninety thousand, eight hundred and forty seven votes, while the main opposition from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar followed closely with eleven million, two hundred and sixty thousand, nine hundred and seventy-eight votes.
The result of the election was adjudged to be transparent, free and credible by both local and foreign observers.
Little wonder, there were celebrations across all the nooks and crannies of the nation, most especially among youths, religious leaders and members of the ruling party.
Now that the 2019 Presidential election is over, it behoves on the winner, President Muhammadu Buhari to examine his weak points in his first term in office and look to the possibility of changing gear and improve on his areas of achievement in order to truly move the nation to the next level.
To many analysts, the victory is another opportunity for the president to make good his agenda of development as pronounced during the campaign for the election tagged: “next level” a reality.
It is worthy of mention that the president has continued to pursue with vigour, his passion for security, the war against corruption and the economy, but much are still needed to be done.
It is time to turn things around, improve the lot of the citizens and redeem their image through an inclusive government that can accelerate the much awaited economic development.
Now is the time for the president to deliver the real change Nigeria needs, that is why he has to hit the ground running by improving on his first term records.
He should as a matter of urgency, assemble a team of technocrats and economists who will help in actualizing his dream of a better Nigeria.
Furthermore, if the country must be at par with other developed countries of the world, the president should lay a solid foundation for economic growth and national unity which can only be achieved through administrative re-organization.
One of the factors that contributed to President Buhari winning the keenly election is the people’s belief in his integrity and age long contested hatred for corruption.
For instance, a major achievement in curbing public sector corruption was the introduction and implementation of the Treasury Single Account, TSA.
This singular move had helped the country to realise over eight trillion naira that would have been lost through leakages and theft among enemies of the country.
The doggedness of the anti-graft agencies has also led to the recovery of four hundred and seven assets across the country and liquid assets of about seven hundred and ninety-four billion naira, two hundred and sixty-one million dollars to mention but a few.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, ICPC, should be strengthened and supported by all Nigerians to reduce corruption to the barest minimum.
To improve on the achievements, it would also be necessary if the agencies saddled with this responsibility be independent, fair and non political in discharging their constitutional duties.
The war on terrorism requires sound strategies and continuous review of tactics by the military and other security agencies in order to be able to win the fight.
Most importantly, intelligence gathering and cooperation with other nations is necessary, while the country should do away with security chiefs that fail to deliver on their mandate.
To whom much is given much is also expected, all eyes are on the president to move the country to the promised next level.
Fawzeeyah Kasheem

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