Why Buhari Is a Monumental Failure – Fr Kelvin Ugwu

Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari

We have on record a total of 62 promises Buhari made to Nigerians if elected president. Out of the 62, none has been fulfilled. I mean NONE. That is 0/62!

I will put forth the list as meticulously compiled by Hon Celestine Eronmosele, if there is anyone that you feel that Buhari has achieved, point it out and support your claim with facts and let’s have a debate with you on that.

If not, we can agree that Buhari has not ONLY failed but failed woefully and anyone supporting him or APC govt does not care about your good or the good of your children.

1. Ban on government officials from going abroad for medical treatment: FAILED

2. State and community policing: FAILED

3. Public declaration of assets and liabilities: FAILED

4. Introduction of National Gender Policy and offer of 35 per cent appointment to women: FAILED

5. Creation of three million jobs per year: FAILED

6. The revival of Ajaokuta Steel Company: FAILED

7. Creation of a Social Welfare Programme where a minimum of N5000 would be paid to 25 million poorest and most vulnerable citizens: FAILED

8. Building one of the fastest-growing emerging economies in the world with a real GDP growth averaging 10 per cent annually. FAILED

9. Generation, transmission and distribution of at least 20,000 MW of electricity within four years and increasing to 50,000 MW with a view to achieving 24/7 uninterrupted power supply within 10 years. FAILED

10. Empowerment scheme to employ 740,000 graduates across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory. FAILED

11. Payment of allowances to the discharged but unemployed Youth Corps members for 12 months while in the skills and entrepreneurial development programme. FAILED

12. Establishment of a free-tuition and scholarship scheme for pupils who have shown exceptional aptitude in science subjects at O/Levels to study ICT-related courses. FAILED

13. Creation of 720,000 jobs by the 36 states in the federation per annum (20,000 per state) FAILED

14. Creating additional middle-class of at least 2 million new homeowners in our first year in government and 1 million annually thereafter. FAILED

15. Creating a National Conflict Resolution Commission to prevent, mitigate and resolve civil conflicts within the polity. FAILED

16. Building six centres of excellence to address the needs of special education – There is no evidence the government has initiated the building of the centres of excellence for special education in any zone in the country. FAILED

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17. Establishing a national mortgage system to lend funds at single-digit interest rates for prospective homeowners. FAILED

18. Creating a national infrastructural development bank to provide loans at nominal interest rates exclusively for this sector – FAILED

19. Raising life expectancy level by an additional 10 years on average – FAILED

20. Construction of 3,000km of superhighways with service trunks – FAILED

21. Ensuring a minimum number of seats in the National Assembly are reserved for women. FAILED

22. Making free education at primary, secondary and tertiary levels for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and education – FAILED

23. Establishing a single ECOWAS currency by 2020 under Nigeria’s leadership: FAILED

24. Making naira stable at the international market – FAILED

25. Early identification of talents and making them participate in games locally and internationally to enable them to become professionals – FAILED

26. Giving up to 20 per cent of the national budget for the educational sector while also making substantial investments in training quality teachers at all levels – FAILED
The government has failed in this promise. It has never allocated up to 10 per cent of the national budget for education since it came into power. Currently, university lecturers are on strike while their Polytechnic counterparts have threatened to also embark on industrial action. The situation of the country’s education sector is far from improving.

27. Establishing world-class sports academy and training institutes- FAILED

28. Amending the Nigerian Constitution to ensure devolution of powers, duties, and responsibilities to states in order to entrench true Federalism – FAILED

29. Establishing a strong business relationship with top emerging economies including Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) and other strategic partners around the world – FAILED

30. Consolidation of INEC to reduce and if possible, eliminate electoral malpractices in the country’s political space – FAILED

31. Implementing a full erosion and shoreline protection across the country – FAILED

32. Protecting the rights of women as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution – FAILED
While the government has not taken any concrete action to protect the rights of women in the country, it has failed to defend women whose rights are grossly violated. For instance, Eunice Olawale, who was killed in Abuja while preaching and Bridget Agbahime and Deborah Emmanuel killed by mobs in Kano and Katsina respectively for alleged blasphemy. Many cases of women’s rights violation still abound across the country including their ridiculous sentencing to the kitchen and the “other room.”

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33. Boosting the Nigerian football league to make it as competitive as other national leagues – FAILED.

34. Balancing the economy across the regions and the creation of six Regional Economic Development Agencies (REDAs) to drive competitiveness – FAILED

35. Full implementation of the National Identification Scheme – FAILED

36. Development of national sanitation plans to clean up the country – FAILED

37. Creation of a Commodity Board to ensure the best pricing for selected crops and facilitate storage of agricultural products – FAILED

38. Providing full disclosure to the media of government contracts over N100m, prior to award and during implementation at a regular interval – FAILED

39. Funding Nollywood to fully develop into world class movie industry so it can compete on good terms with Hollywood and Bollywood – FAILED

40. Amending the Constitution to remove immunity from prosecution for elected officers in a criminal case – FAILED

41. Making policies to halt the pollution of coastal lines, rivers and waterways in the Niger Delta and other parts of the country – FAILED

42. Reforming and strengthening the justice system for efficient administration and dispensation of justice with the creation of special courts for accelerated hearing of corruption, drug trafficking, terrorism and ancillary cases – FAILED

43. Increasing national health expenditure per person per annum from less than N10, 00o to about N50,000 – FAILED

44. Reducing maternal mortality by more than 70 per cent within four years – FAILED

45. Abolition of state of origin and replacing it with state of residence to ensure Nigerians are Nigerians first, before anything else – FAILED

46. Creating a Crime Squad to combat terrorism, kidnapping, armed robbery, militancy, ethno-religious and communal clashes in the country – FAILED

47. Making Information Technology, Manufacturing, Agriculture and Entertainment key drivers of our economy – FAILED

48. Creating a N300 billion Regional Growth Fund (average of N50bn in each geo-political zone) to be managed by the REDAs – FAILED

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49. Amending the Constitution and the Land Use Act to create freehold/leasehold interests in land along with matching grants for states to create a nationwide electronic land title register on a state by state basis – FAILED

50. Building of at least one functioning airport in each of the 36 states – FAILED

51. A constitutional amendment to oblige local governments in the country to publish minutes of their meetings, service performance data, and spending over N10 million – FAILED

52. Construction of an airport in Ekiti State – FAILED

53. Reduction of HIV/AIDs infection rate by 50 percent and other infectious diseases by 75 percent – FAILED

54. Ensuring that political officer holders earn salaries and emoluments as determined and approved by the Revenue Mobilization and Fiscal Commission (RMFAC).

55. Ending gas flaring and ensuring sales of at least half of gas produced within the country – FAILED

56. Prompt passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) and addressing local content issues in the oil and gas sector – FAILED

57. Establishment of at least six new universities of science and technology with satellite campuses in states of the Federation – FAILED

58. Increasing the number of doctors from 19 per 1000 population to 50 per 1000 – FAILED

59. Strengthening operational and legal instruments to discipline members of the Armed Forces over confirmed cases of human rights violations – FAILED

60. Free maternal and child healthcare services – FAILED

61. Upgrading all Federal Government-owned hospitals to world-class facilities within five years – FAILED

62. The defeat of Boko Haram and the rehabilitation and reintegration of repentant insurgents – FAILED

Rev. Fr. Kelvin Ugwu, MSP, is a Catholic Priest on Mission in Malawi and one of the Church’s most influential and significant missionaries to the Digital Continent.

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