2019 Elections: A List Of Buhari’s Achievements

By Ikenga Chronicles May 14, 2018

2019 Elections: A List Of Buhari’s Achievements

As Nigeria enters fully into the political season, maneuverings by political actors have intensified. This is even more so, following the declaration by President Muhammadu Buhari, that he will seek re-election.

For the opposition and a vast majority of Nigerians, that declaration by a President they consider to have failed Nigerians is ample proof of some form of power drunkenness on the part of Mr. Buhari, and a blatant disregard to the feelings of Nigerians, whom they believe, have been exposed to immense hunger, and easy death, by Buhari’s administration. They have also asked repeatedly, that Mr. Buhari and his supporters, make available to Nigerians, proof of what the federal government under Buhari has been able to achieve in three years.

While Buhari’s supporters have been finding it difficult to list the President’s achievements, they have gone to town, re-echoing their 2015 mantra of Buhari being the anti-corruption lord, hence Nigerians need to re-elect him so that he can “finally kill corruption”.

Be that as it may, it is imperative as the build up to the 2019 elections intensifies, that an examination of the achievements of President Buhari is carried out.

Most of the achievements discussed here, are of course derived from the statements of Buhari’s Spokespersons and some other supporters of his, with just about two being drawn from the opposition.

Firstly, it has been shouted from the rooftops by core Buhari supporters that President Buhari achieved the amazing feat of Queen Elizabeth shaking hands with him, without her gloves on, during his visit to the Queen, as part of the activities of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). For the Buharists, this immense achievement is proof that the Queen sees President Buhari as a man of integrity who can be trusted, unlike other African leaders.

Secondly, late last week, President Buhari added another feather of achievement to his cap, when he returned from medical check up in London, “twenty-four hours ahead of schedule”. Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu was so excited about this achievement that he was seen enthusing about it while receiving the President.

Quite early in his administration, President Buhari visited former US President, Barack Obama. During that visit, Buhari achieved something so magnificent that his media persons kept boasting about it. According to them, President Buhari achieved the important feat of being the first black President that President Obama used “two hands” to have a handshake with.

Only this month, he achieved another landmark: he was the first President from sub-Saharan Africa to visit President Trump! In fact, so happy was the Presidency about this achievement that they initially said he was the first African President to do so. That was of course until “mischief makers” (in the words of Femi Adesina) revealed that Trump had earlier hosted the Egyptian President. But that did not stop Nigeria’s First Lady, Aisha Buhari from taking to Twitter to celebrate this immense achievement of her husband’s and telling him that he “deserves some accolades”.

President Buhari’s visit to Trump scored two great achievements for him. It is also on record that he was the first Nigerian President to visit President Trump!

While the above achievements were drawn from Buhari’s supporters, the opposition, despite its dislike for Buhari has agreed that it cannot be denied that one of the President’s greatest achievements is that he worked hard to ensure that constituted authorities and the rule of law are not obeyed.

For instance, under him, Sambo Dasuki and El Zakzaky are still held despite court orders that they should be granted bail. If the President has any respect for the principles of separation of powers, the continuous detention of these men clearly begs to differ. And if the illegal detention of the two men is not enough proof of this disregard of the authorities of other arms of government, Mr. President’s blatant refusal to re-nominate another person in place of Ibrahim Magu, as the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), despite Senate’s rejection of the man, is another proof.

Furthermore, under this same President, public servants close to the President have shown time and time again that they cannot respect constituted authorities. The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has shown this severally by instigating violence in his home state, against the Judiciary and the Executive; Customs boss, Ahmed Ali displayed this by refusing to obey Senate orders; and most recently, the Inspector General of Police has severally refused to respect the Senate or even the President! This descent into anarchy is seen by the opposition as one of the most important achievements of President Buhari.

Lastly, any list of the achievements of President Buhari will be incomplete without mentioning that his administration holds the record for the highest number of “quoting the President out of context” or “misunderstanding what the President said”. The examples are everywhere. Some may even say that the Buhari administration holds the all time record of lying the most!

In conclusion, it is important to note that this list is not exhaustive. What has been done is to highlight key achievements of the Buhari administration so that the people may take note and let the achievements guide their choices in 2019.