Nigerians set agenda for Buhari, corruption tops list of issues

By Amako Nneji June 1, 2015 19:03

Nigerians set agenda for Buhari, corruption tops list of issues

Nigerians whose hopes are high following the mounting promises made by the All Progressives Congress, APC, to change the plight of the masses have set agenda for the just inaugurated administration of President Muhammadu Buhari who won the Presidency in the March 28 general election.

A cross section of Nigerians stated this through an online poll that was carried out by Post Nigeria which has been running since April 2015, just after the results of the Presidential elections were announced.

Among the mounting challenges confronting the nation including unemployment, security, corruption and power, the problem of corruption topped the list with 6, 689 pollsters saying that corruption must be confronted head on.

Although, President Buhari rode on his anti-corruption mantra to gain the sympathy of the electorate who voted for him eventually, fears have been expressed that the Buhari administration might not approach the corruption with nothing but kid gloves.

Commentators have pointed to his inaugural speech in which he claimed he “had no scores to settle” alluding to the fact that some infamously corrupt politicians sponsored his presidential campaigns.

The Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, had also called on General Buhari to utilise his first 100 days in office to come up with strategies designed to confront the problems of pervasive corruption, revenue leakage and the persistent scarcity of Petroleum products.

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Governors had told Nigerians that Buhari was lying, saying his ideas were as old as his age.

The issue that polled second on the list was power, with 4, 4844 pollsters clamouring for an improvement in the power sector.

In his inaugural address, Buhari promised to tackle the problem of power supply in the country, saying with over $20 billion committed by past Governments, darkness was still being distributed in the country.

He claimed that studies were underway to know the best approach to solve the problems in the power sector.

    “No single cause can be identified to explain Nigerian’s poor economic performance over the years than the power situation. It is a national shame that an economy of 180 million generates only 4,000MW, and distributes even less.

    “Continuous tinkering with the structures of power supply and distribution and close on $20bn expanded since 1999 have only brought darkness, frustration, misery, and resignation among Nigerians.”

    “We will not allow this to go on. Careful studies are under way during this transition to identify the quickest, safest and most cost-effective way to bring light and relief to Nigerians.”

Security came third as the pollsters stated that the issue of insecurity ought to be sorted out, 3, 542 voted to this effect.

Buhari’s words on the matter delighted the crowd at the Eagles Square venue of his inauguration.

    “The most immediate is Boko Haram’s insurgency. Progress has been made in recent weeks by our security forces but victory cannot be achieved by basing the Command and Control Centre in Abuja.

    “The command centre will be relocated to Maiduguri and remain until Boko Haram is completely subdued. But we cannot claim to have defeated Boko Haram without rescuing the Chibok Girls and all other innocent persons held hostage by insurgents.”

Buhari’s celebrated words were replied with twin bomb blasts however, almost as if to remind him the magnitude of the task before him.

Unemployment polled last with just 1, 791 of the total voters maintaining that it was an evil wind that blows no one good.

In a campaign rally in Kano and other places, Buhari pledged to create three million jobs yearly to solve the problem of unemployment.

In addition, his then running mate, Professor Yemi Osibanjo, at a campaign rally in Akure, pledged 20,000 jobs yearly.