3 Things Every Nigerian Should Be Thanking Buhari For
View pictures in App save up to 80% data. 1:Security:As Nigerians continue to grapple with multi-faceted security crises in different parts of the country, the Buhari administration has released some measures being taken by the police and security forces to address the challenges.
Violent crimes, especially armed robbery, banditry and kidnapping, have taken a heavy toll on the country in recent weeks. Both the affluent and average citizens have been wantonly abducted for ransom in several states. Armed bandits have also held several states in the northwest to a standstill, and armed robbery remains prevalent. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
President Muhammadu Buhari has been criticised for not handling the crises with the seriousness they deserve. The president said the challenges were numerous and difficult to combat and blamed some community leaders for being complicit in the chaos.
He, however, promised to do his best to impose resolve the challenges.
In a statement on Sunday, presidential spokesperson Femi Adesina listed efforts currently underway to address the crises.
Read Mr Adesina’s full statement below
These are no doubt times of great security challenges for our country, and the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government is not leaving any stone unturned to restore sanity and calm.
For the records, below are some of the security initiatives taken between January and now, for the safety and security of Nigerians:
Ø Operation Puff Adder (Nigerian Police), Operation HARBIN KUNAMA 3 (Nigerian Army) and Exercise Egwu Eke 3 (Nigerian Army) have all been launched in 2019, to complement the existing Operations Sharan Daji (launched in 2016 by the Nigerian Army) and Diran Mikiya (launched 2018 by the Nigerian Air Force). All of these operations are focused on tackling banditry and criminality in the North West of Nigeria.
Ø Operation HARBIN KUNAMA 3 was launched on 1 April 2019 to ensure the complete defeat of the bandits fleeing military operations in Zamfara and escaping into Kaduna, Katsina, Kano, Niger and Sokoto States.
Hundreds of kidnappers and bandits have been arrested or killed since January, several camps/hideouts destroyed; and hundreds of hostages rescued. In a two-week operation in February (lasting from Feb 4 to Feb 14), 80 hostages were freed by the Nigerian Army, with 37 bandits killed.
Aerial bombardments of bandits’ camps have been intensified in recent months. A new Air Force Base – the 271 Nigerian Air Force Detachment (271 NAF Det) – was commissioned at Birinin Gwari in Kaduna State in May 2019, to complement the 207 Quick Response Group (QRG) established in Gusau, Zamfara State, in 2017.
2:Economy:President Muhammadu Buhari presented a 8.83 trillion naira ($28.80 billion) budget for 2019 to parliament on Wednesday, and laid out a plan to drive growth two months before elections. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
The spending plan for Africa’s top oil producer assumes crude production of 2.3 million barrels a day, an oil price of $60 per barrel and an exchange rate of 305 naira to the dollar.
Buhari’s handling of the economy – which emerged from its first recession in 25 years this year but remains sluggish – has become a campaign issue.
The main opposition candidate, businessman and former vice president Atiku Abubakar, has criticised Buhari’s economic policies and has promised to double the size of the economy to $900 billion by 2025 if elected.
The budget is the fourth Buhari has present to parliament since taking office in 2015 but, unlike the others, did not set record high levels of spending as the government seeks to lower debt. He also received a rowdier reception than in the past, with his statements greeted by boos and cheers.
The spending plan is smaller than the record 9.12 trillion-naira budget for 2018 that he signed into law in June. The budget must still be approved by parliament before it can be signed into law, a process that can take many months.
Nigeria’s economy grew by 1.81 percent in the third quarter of this year, the statistics office said last week. And, in a separate data release days later, it said the inflation rate rose slightly in November to 11.28 percent compared with a year ago.
3:Power Sector:In July, the federal government has signed an agreement with Siemens for the implementation of the Nigeria Electrification Roadmap.
The goal of the Roadmap is to resolve existing challenges in the power sector and expand the capacity for the future power needs of the country.
At present, the country’s power system is suffering from an imbalance between power generation and end-user consumption.Despite approximately 13,000MW of power generation capacity in the country, only an average of 3,400MW reliably reaches consumers.
The inadequate power supply results in regular blackouts and has stunted Nigeria’s economic development. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
The President assured that the new plan “will provide end-to-end electrification solutions that will resolve our transmission and distribution challenges”.
He also said the plan includes new initiatives to address the problems of energy theft, billing and tariff collection, which contribute to the acute liquidity crisis in the electricity sector.