Why has Muhammadu Buhari been so often criticized for bad economy situation in Nigeria? Is he aware of what is happening in his country? If not, then read the article below to get more details.
Last year the president of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari was often criticized for not knowing anything about the economy. His main critics were his predecessor Olusegun Obasanjo and the prominent economist Pat Utomi.
Is corruption a problem for Nigeria?
On the other hand, the president`s constant struggle touching corruption made numerous cut him slack regardless of the economy of Nigeria contracting in the first half of 2016. Everybody knows that for Nigeria – corruption is epidemic. When the president Buhari promised to rid Nigeria from corruption, several loyalists stood on his side.
The newest danger to Buhari’s truthfulness is the supposed protecting of close supporter Abdurrahman Dambazzau – present Minister of Interior. In August, 2015, Buhari composed a Committee on Audit of Defense Equipment Procurement in the Armed Forces of Nigeria.
Last week the investigative committee presented its next short-term report in which they stated in details how political appointees, previous senior military officers and private individuals supposedly stole security funds as foot soldiers fight against Boko Haram rebels.
Among the accused officers were Kenneth Minimah and Azubuike Ihejirika. Both of them served as Army Chiefs under the president Goodluck Jonathan.
Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, whom everybody in Nigeria blamed on constant lying in the past, told journalists that Dambazzau was not put in the list of those accused because the above-mentioned report just looked into contracts and procurement awarded by the military in 2011 – 2015.
Mohammed’s declaration was an additional lie, as the report stated. It was as well stated that the Committee noticed breaks of laws and payments regulations of Value Added Tax and With-holding Tax. From 2007 to 2015 the unremitted WHT totaled to nearly N861,963,064.98, $2,092,610.08 correspondingly. Regardless of being in office throughout this time, it is extremely improbable that Dambazzau will be treated like his coworkers.
Dr. Junaid Mohammed`s opinion
Dr. Junaid Mohammed, the Northern leader, said that some group in the Presidency doctored that report to protect the Dambazzau and former Director of Procurements, Major General Tukur Buratai.
He also declared that people of Nigeria had to remember the names of this people. These are General Azubuike Ihejirika, General Dambazzau, General Tukur Buratai, and General Kenneth Minimah.
Mr. Mohammed also stated that Dambazzau is a close partner of President Buhari’s nephew Alhaji Daura. Therefore, there was no possibility the Presidency would not shelter that pair.
What does the Centre for Democracy and Development report say?
The Center has tracked and documented all President Buhari`s promises since 2014. Thus, the organization has monitored over 210 promises, and just one of them was achieved. 47 promises are continuing and over 170 were not rated. Totally, the President of Nigeria spent nearly fourteen months in office.
He has been quickly becoming a real displeasure to those Nigerians who gave their votes for him. Now people see that the Head of the country has done nothing in anti-corruption direction of his policy.
What does International Monetary Fund report?
According to the International Monetary Fund`s latest report the economy situation in Nigeria may definitely change in 2016. But Buhari has not yet shown to people that he can turn the tide. The single thing ensuring the president still enjoys some friendliness with Nigerians is his truthfulness, which is being questioned very much at the moment.