President Muhammadu Buhari has spent over six years in power as Nigeria’s president.
His regime has been tagged by many as one of the worst president by different persons including activists and the opposition party.
There are however some who feel the president has done well in some aspects of the nation.
Here is a look at some of those people.
How Nigeria Was In Slumber For 30 Years Before Buhari Came Into Power – Power Minister
In September 2021, President Buhari sacked Saleh Mamman as the minister of power and replaced him with Abubakar Aliyu, who was minister of state for works and housing.
Barely a few weeks after being in the position, the power minister explained how the president transformed the power ministry.
The minister who featured on ‘Good Morning Nigeria’, a programme on the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), stated that Nigeria was “in slumber” for over 30 years until Buhari came into power.
According to Aliyu, foreigners are now willing to invest in the country as the federal government has provided opportunities in the power sector.
Still speaking, the minister noted that the Nigeria international partnership forum, which held recently in Paris, was an opportunity to present the achievements of the current government and to attract foreign investment in all sectors.
Aliyu said, “If you look back, our development plans in the seventies, the government was determined to invest in infrastructure, security and other areas of development. But unfortunately, we did not keep pace with the growing population. This led to the deterioration of our infrastructure since we have not given enough attention to it.
“Now, it is safe to say that Nigeria had gone into slumber for over 30 years until the present government came in. Yes, the whole sector.
“In fact, I participated in a panel where we talked about general infrastructure, power, road, transportation, airport, railway and other sectors. We needed to tell them what we have been doing; the reforms the country is undergoing in all the sectors — reforms on laws, regulations and things like that.
“So, these are the things we were able to showcase and what this present government is doing since coming on board in 2015.
“In the area of roads for example, we were able to tell them the road infrastructure is undergoing serious development.
“Over 13,000 kilometres of roads are undergoing construction with over 850 road constructions going on, and there are also gaps where they can come in and fill the present investment opportunities and the reforms going on in the power sector.
“The whole value chain is transforming but the government cannot do it alone. So, we need them to go in and partner with us. It is a different government now; it’s not like it used to be.”
No Government Since 1999 Has Done What My Administration Has Done – Buhari
Asides from the power minister, President Buhari also believes he has done multiple good during his tenure.
In May, the president boasted that no government or administration since 1999, has done what he has done for the country in six years.
“No government since 1999 has done what we have done in six years to put Nigeria back on track,” Buhari had said in his nationwide broadcast to Nigerians to mark the nation’s 61st independence.
The president also went ahead to list his achievements adding infrastructure, social care, governance, Nigeria’s image and influence in Africa and the international community as the sectors he has done really well
The president said, “In particular, security is a bottom to top undertaking. Joining hands and hearts together would enable us to secure ourselves and our country.
“I fully understand the anxiety of many Nigerians on the inability of this country to go beyond a never-ending potential for becoming a great nation to an actually great one.
“A lot has been achieved in the last six years on many fronts: in infrastructure, social care, governance, Nigeria’s image and influence in Africa and the international community.
“But critics misdiagnose incremental progress as stagnation. Since coming to power, this Administration has tackled our problems head-on in spite of the meagre resources. No government since 1999 has done what we have done in six years to put Nigeria back on track.
“We shall continue to serve the country: listen to all and protect our democracy and country.”
Amid All These, Buhari Still Asked To Resign
While the president might be confident he has done well, there are multiple persons and political parties who have called for his resignation.
One of such calls was recently made by an opposition political party, The African Action Congress, AAC.
The party in a statement in October said the current state of Nigeria is disarray, confusion, cannibalistic, and reeling in “incompetence of the highest order and backwardness.”
The statement by the National Publicity Secretary, Femi Adeyeye, also noted that despite the 22 years of uninterrupted civil rule, the average Nigerian could not boast of any dividends of the much-touted democracy and hence called on President Buhari to resign from office.
AAC’s statement reads in part, “The Buhari regime is a god with clay feet which is incapable of protecting itself and its officials from the insecurity it has wrought on the nation. If it is so incompetent in protecting its high-ranking officials, how can it protect the ordinary citizens? Can one give what he doesn’t have?
The party also said that it is unfortunate that there has not been any progressive realization of the safe and conducive space for all. “Rather, Nigeria has retrogressed under the Buhari regime and it is now the 3rd most terrorized country in the world
The opposition party also said the economy under Buhari has been characterised by widespread poverty, galloping inflation and unsustainable debt overhang.
AAC explained that in 2020, an additional seven million Nigerians were plunged into what the World Bank described as multi-dimensional poverty by the Buhari regime bringing the number of Nigerians who wallow in multidimensional poverty to 98 million people or almost 50% of our total population.
Listing its demands, AAC said, “President Muhammadu Buhari should resign with immediate effect as he has shown gross incompetence and cluelessness as it concerns piloting the affairs of the country; for the creation of an interim national government to midwife a brand new constitution that will usher in credible elections.
“Also, a call for a national conference of Nigerians drawn from all ethnic nationalities, religious and cultural orientations, gender classifications and age differentiation, towards establishing a progressive, socially just, economically equitable, and ecologically sustainable society, is imminent at this time. We shall continue to be part of such discussions and shall provide leadership at all times.
“We call on members of the public, home and abroad to join the African Action Congress only ideologically clear formidable opposition party in the country.