I'm i being tribalistic in my analysis by pointing out Buhari's tribalist judgments during his time in PTF? What for?
Fortunately or unfortunately for me, i was able to witness most of the projects in all the regions during those times. So, i didn't get my analysis from surfing some sites on the Internet.
And talking about the short distance roads in the east, it will be kind of you to mention just a few ones PTF gave attention to.
All said and done, i will be wrong to state that Buhari didnt look into eastern roads; my point is that even in their short "distantness", he only attended to a few while he gave the long distance roads in the north full attention.
Let's not limit our analysis to only roads. The health care and academic PTF projects were shams in the eastern part of the country. Most sincere northerners who have been opportune to see both sides will tell you this.
Finally, the thread was whether he would have made a good president and not whether he would have been better than OBJ.
OBJ, should not be the yardstick in which we judge our presidents.
To the question once again, no; he would not have made a better president.
I tried to be objective about PTF and also compare two individuals basically; OBJ and Buhari. There is no need to reduce the analysis to parochial tribal considerations. Roads are measured in kilometers. The road from PH to Enugu (which connects four states) is about 240km while that from Kaduna to Kano (two states) is over 350km.
Anyone looking at 250km and 350 km would conclude that the north benefited more but that may not be entirely correct.
Buhari is not the best or my ideal president but I will vote him before OBJ, Atiku and UMYA of PDP.
That is the more reason why he couldnt have been a better president.
He will just come there to serve the northern states and waste the rest of 4 years pursuing IBB and Umaru Diko.
Dont forget that he has refused to appologize for the murders he commited during his millitary tenure as president.
He wants to benefit from democracy after destroying it in the 2nd republic.
Abacha increased fuel price from N3.75 to N11 per liter in 1994. The extra proceeds were pooled into a fund called Petroleum Trust Fund to be used to rehabilitate social infrastructure - roads and waterways, schools and books, hospitals and drugs, portable water projects etc. Buhari was made the administrative chairman of the fund in 1996 when it started operations.
PTF was able to achieve over 90% of target in all the areas. Apart from results delivered, PTF injected some professionalism in managing all projects by using tested project/cost management ethos, close monitoring and quality assurance. Only reputable contractors (e.g Strabag for civil works) were used and all advance payments were secured using advance payment guarantees (APG) from approved banks. Projects were prioritised on need basis and micro-managed using consultants. PTF was the first, and possibly the only public institution to publish its accounts.
However PTF is generally criticised over the 'lop-sided' distribution of projects to the detriment of the south east and south south. Nevertheless, the fact the Buhari did not become richer overnight is an indication of how the fund was managed.
On the contrary, in 8 years OBJ increased fuel prices from N20 to N85 (later revised to N75 by UMYA) removing all subsidy on petrol. In that period not even the Lagos-Benin expressway was maintained. Today OBJ is arguably the richest man in Africa.
I totally agree with your analysis of how Buahri gave Idiagbon a free hand to govern. Other leaders would simply have run the country as a one man show or feel insecure and threatened by a dyanmic deputy. According to some sources, Buhari only owns two modest homes in Daura and Kaduna and lives on his army pension. I remember his govt for the War Against Indiscipline, and his monthly adresses to the nation on the stae of the economy (i.e how much earned/how much spent to service foreign debt). I think he meant well but his greatest weakness was his inability to carry people along and his attempt to muzzle the press/alienate the judiciary.
I don't really understand the point you are trying to make about N3 per litre and PTF. Can you please explain? Thanks.
Certainly better than OBJ.
People often talk about Idaiagbon without credit to Buhari on whose table the bulk stopped. Ascribing all the positives to Idiagbon and associating the negatives of that administration with Buhari is hypocritic.
With N3.00 extra charged per liter of petrol he was able to achieve in about 3 years with PTF what OBJ could not (with unprecedented oil windfall) for all of 8 years, with numerous fuel price increases to boot.