100 Days in Office: Nigerians in Diaspora give Buhari pass mark in security, anti-corruption, others
Some well-meaning Nigerians in the diaspora under the aegis of Arise Nigeria (AN) has rated President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration high for tackling insecurity, anti-corruption and reviving the economy.
The intellectual think-tank with headquarters in London, United Kingdom and branches across Europe, Asia, America and other parts of Africa sounded the president’s trumpet after critical assessment of his government from 2015 till date.
In a well-detailed report to mark 100 days of the president’s second term, jointly signed by Dr. Philip Edeawor and Mr Charles Eze, its Chairman and Chief Operations Officer (COO) respectively, the group said it gathered feedbacks on the policy initiatives and level of implementation.
Arise Nigeria, therefore, concluded that Mr Buhari has surpassed expectations having made considerable improvements in all sectors of the economy in the last four years.
The group, however, urged Mr President to maintain the same vigour and expediency in the remaining four years of his administration.
The statement reads in part: “The Muhammadu Buhari administration from the available statistics at the disposal of Arise Nigeria, has indeed done tremendously well in addressing corruption in the country by introducing measures such as the implementation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) and the introduction of the Whistle Blowing Policy which gave rise to tremendous successes in the fight against corruption.
“ The administration also introduced institutional reforms that strengthened the various anti-corruption agencies such as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC). Consequently, this yielded positive results with the revelations that followed, as well as the recoveries and convictions made.
“ The Muhammadu Buhari administration in the past four years was able to address the level of insecurity in the country with the quality of appointments made in the Armed Forces which translated to the various successes recorded in the fight against terrorism and other militant groups in the country. This is on the heels that before the advent of the Muhammadu Buhari administration, Boko Haram terrorist occupied over 16 local government areas in North-East Nigeria, and the activities of militant groups such as the Niger Delta Avengers, the Islamic Movement in Nigeria and the Indigenous People of Biafra were unabated.
“ The capital city of Nigeria was also under constant attack by terrorist groups as evident in the attack the headquarters of the Nigerian Police Force as well as the headquarters of the United Nations in Nigeria.
The efforts of the Armed Forces as well as the political will exhibited by the government has indeed assisted tremendously in turning the tide against Boko Haram terrorist in North-East Nigeria. Also, the activities of other militant groups have been curtailed.
“ There has also been a tremendous improvement in the economy of Nigeria despite the rot inherited. Arise Nigeria identified a combination of factors as responsible for this. And they are the commitment exhibited by President Muhammadu Buhari as well as the quality of appointments in critical sectors of the economy.
“ Arise Nigeria after the extensive analysis of the state of affairs in Nigeria in the period under review comes to the conclusion that the periods of 2015 to 2019 in Nigeria experienced tremendous growth and development occasioned by the provision of sound leadership and a commitment to the introduction of noteworthy policy initiatives that have translated to improvement in all sectors of the Nigerian society.
“ However, Arise Nigeria notes that the gains, as mentioned above, did not come without an exceptional level of the sacrifice given the deplorable state of affairs pre-2015. The indices that Nigeria would consolidate on these modest achievements are visible.
“ It is, therefore, the considered opinion of Arise Nigeria that with the sincerity of heart and purpose as exhibited by the Muhammadu Buhari led administration, Nigeria has indeed made considerable improvements in all sectors of the economy.
“ The years under review indicates that the foundation for the “change” that Nigerians craved for has indeed been laid. What is now required is consolidation which Arise Nigeria believes would come about in the next four years of the life of this present administration.
“ Arise Nigeria in its assessment gives the Muhammadu Buhari led administration a pass mark in its resolve to put Nigeria on the path of economic growth and development in the years under review.
“ It must also be stated that if the same vigour and expediency exhibited by the Muhammadu ‘Buhari’s administration in the past four years is sustained, Nigeria would indeed experience tremendous growth and development in the years ahead.
“ Convincingly the last 100 days of Mr. President has witnessed sustained efforts to domesticate the legacies of his administration. Arise Nigeria is therefore confident that Mr. Presidsnt is on track and his lieutenants in the critical sector be commended.”