As the first 100 day of Mr Muhammadu Buhari being in office as Nigeria’s president approaches, the presidency has denied he made certain commitments
to accomplish specific objectives within his first 100 days in office.
In a statement released to Elombah.com by Mr Garba Shehu, the SSA Media and Publicity to the President published here, President Buhari explained that “In the course of electioneering, the presidential campaign had so many centers of public communication which, for whatever reason were on the loose.
Garba said: “There is a certain document tagged “One Hundred Things Buhari Will Do in 100 Days” and the other, “My Covenant with Nigerians.” Both pamphlets bore the authorized party logo but as the Director of Media and Communications in that campaign, I did not fund or authorize any of those. I can equally bet my last Kobo that Candidate Buhari did not see or authorize those publications.
“As a consequence of these publications, expectations have been raised unreasonably, that as President, Muhammadu Buhari will wave his hand and all the problems that the country faces- insecurity, corruption, unemployment, poor infrastructure would go away.
“But that notwithstanding, President Buhari has given the job his best shot and the whole country is saying that we never had it so good. He has re-instituted the values of hard work and administrative efficiency. The President says times without number that this country needs to fix governance and that he won’t tolerate laziness.
“There are document: “One Hundred Things Buhari Will Do in 100 Days”, “My Covenant with Nigerians;” both pamphlets bore the authorized party logo but as the Director of Media and Communications in that campaign, I did not fund or authorize any of those; I can equally bet my last Kobo that Candidate Buhari did not see or authorize those publications”
It will be recalled that in the document, ‘My 100 Days Covenant With Nigerians’, published days before the March 28 2015, election, Muhammadu Buhari pledged to: “Publicly declare my assets and liabilities. Encourage all my appointees to publicly declare their assets and liabilities as a pre-condition for appointment. All political appointees will only earn the salaries and allowances determined by the Revenue Mobilization and Fiscal Allocation Commission (RMFAC).”
But the president has failed to ‘publicly declare his assets’
His son helps Buhari to operate a laptop. The son has accompanied the president wherever he goes, even on foreign trips.
On “Personal leadership in the war against corruption”, Buhari also pledged within his first 100 days to “Inaugurate the National Council on Procurement as stipulated in the Procurement Act. The Federal Executive Council, which has been turned to a weekly session of contract bazaar, will concentrate on its principal function of policy making”, in his 100 days in office.”
BUT the president has failed to even inaugurate a federal executive council talk less of making policies…he has no Ministers preferring to operate as an Administrator!
Buhari also pledged to: “Review and implement audit recommendations by Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative including those on remittances and remediation. Work with the National Assembly towards the immediate enactment of a Whistle Blower Act. Work with the National Assembly to strengthen ICPC and EFCC by guaranteeing institutional autonomy including financial and prosecutorial independence and security of tenure of officials. Make the Financial Intelligence Unit of the EFCC autonomous and operational.
“Encourage proactive disclosure of information by government institutions in the spirit of the Freedom of Information Act. Ensure all MDAs and parastatals regularly comply with their accountability responsibilities to Nigerians through the National Assembly.
“All political officer holders earn only the salaries and emoluments determined and approved by the Revenue Mobilization and Fiscal Commission RMFAC. Work with the leadership of the National Assembly and the Judiciary to cut down the cost of governance.”
Buhari who was sworn in May 29 this year also pledged in his 100 days in office: “I will present a National Anti corruption Strategy.”
These he has failed to do.
On “Insurgency and Insecurity”, Buhari pledged: “I have had the rare privilege of serving my country in the military in various capacities and rose to become a Major General and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. I defended the territorial integrity of our nation.
“I pledge to: As Commander-in-Chief, lead from the front and not behind in the comfort and security of Aso Rock to boost the morale of fighting forces and the generality of all Nigerians. Give especial attention to the welfare of our armed forces and their families; lost heroes and their families and the victims of insurgency. Boost the morale of the men and women in the field by public recognition of their efforts through memorabilia, stamps, statues, regular rotation, regular payment of allowances, regular communication between the men and officers of security agencies, provision of best health care and housing for families of deceased comrades.
“I will present a marshal plan to the nation that will combat insurgency, ethnic and religious violence, kidnapping and rural banditry.Provide the best and appropriate military and other materials the country needs to combat insurgency, ethnic and religious violence, kidnapping and rural banditry.
“Establish personal relationship with governors of the affected states by insurgency, with leaders of the countries in the region and with leaders around the world to coordinate efforts to combat insurgency, oil theft, piracy and criminality. Restore confidence in the bilateral and multilateral partnerships in addressing insurgency including procurements. Activate regular meetings of the National Police Council to ensure the discharge of its true constitutional role in a transparent and accountable way.
On the Chibok girls Buhar said: “As a father, I feel the pain of the victims of insurgency, kidnapping and violence whether they are the widows and orphans of military, paramilitary, civilians and parents or the Chibok girls. My government shall act decisively on any actionable intelligence to #BringBackOurGirls.
On the Niger Delta Buhari said: “I pledge to: Restore the integrity of the Niger Delta by implementing relevant sections of the Ledum Technical Committee on human capital development, resource management and distribution, governance and rule of law, reclamation and environmental and sustainable development. Commit myself and my administration to the phased implementation of the United Nations Environment Program’s(UNEP) recommendations on Ogoniland. Unveil a marshal plan for the regenerative development of the Niger Delta.”
Interestingly, out of 31 appointments he has managed to make so far, Buhari appointed 24 from the north and only 7 from the south, none from the South east, yet his 100 day pledge on “Diversity” is:
“I pledge to: Continually acknowledge and consciously equality and equity in all government businesses and activities. Implement the National Gender Policy including 35% of appointive positions for women. Work with National Assembly to pass a National Disability Bill, which I shall immediately assent, into Law. Immediately charge relevant MDAs to implement new building codes to ensure that people with disability have easier access.
“I will lead the campaign for restoration of mutual trust and cohesion for nation building, while also working with the National Assembly to make appropriation to strengthen institutions and platforms promoting dialogue and inclusion.
“I will promote amendment to the provisions of section 14:3 of the Constitution to give effect to the expansion of the scope of representation to include women and persons with disabilities. Work with National Assembly to pass the National Disability Act and the Equal Opportunities Bill.”
“Health – I pledge to: Implement the National Health Act 2014,which guarantees financial sustainability to the health sector and minimum basic health care for all and ban medical tourism by government officials. Launch special programme to improve availability of water and sanitation. Review occupational health laws and immediately commence enforcement of the provisions to reduce hazards in the work place. Unveil a health sector review policy to ensure the efficient and effective management of our health systems. Mobilize the health workforce needed for the all-round implementation of our primary health programmes for rural communities.
“Agriculture – I pledge to: Make pronouncement to make agriculture a major focus of the government and lay the institutional foundation to attract large-scale investments and capital into the agricultural infrastructural sector. Launch a massive agricultural infrastructural investments plan that will focus on production, transportation infrastructure and marketing logistics across Nigeria. Launch a massive, well-coordinated and innovatively funded Youth in Commercial Agribusiness Programme.
“Establish agricultural produce pricing and marketing mechanism and institutions. Work with State and Local Governments to launch Agricultural Support Programmes that will drive state level massive agricultural land development and mechanization agenda. Revamp, revitalize and continuous improvement on the national agricultural extension and rural support service system.
“Initiate a holistic project aimed at promoting and securing access of standardized agricultural products to both local and international markets. Lay the groundwork for a standardized market uptake and aggregation outlets for specific agricultural produce. Initiate a comprehensive revamp of key development banks (Bank of Agriculture, Bank of Industry and Nigeria Import & Export Bank) operations to fund inclusive agricultural value chain operations
“Lay the groundwork for an ambitious, massive, seamless, accessible single-digit agricultural value-chain finance programme. Initiate the process to appropriately liberalise and expand agricultural and rural insurance system with premium subventions support to farmers. Revamp the agricultural cooperative system to drive rural agriculture and improves stakes for smallholder farmers.
“Launch appropriate tariff rectification instrument to support import-export anomalies. Management of the Economy for prosperity.
“Every Nigerian deserves to benefit from the running of our collective resources”, Buhari said.
“We promise not to leave any Nigerian behind in our determination to create, expand and ensure equitable and effective allocation of economic opportunities. No matter the amount of funds we generate, unless there is an efficient and effective utilization, it will only create few billionaires. Unless we fight corruption, the economy will only benefit the greedy in our society.
“I pledge to: Work with the legislature to strengthen constitutional provisions to make the meetings of the National Economic Council more periodic and predictable and its decisions more binding. Present annual report on the state of the economy to the National Assembly and the Nigerian People.
“The Preparation of Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and annual Budget will be guided by job creation projections. Negotiate rule-based oil revenue management process, and adopt a rule based excess crude account management process, which will entail a fixed percentage (e.g. 10% or 20%) of oil revenue each year, and also set clear rules about where the proceeds will be domiciled, when the savings can be used, by whom, and what the savings can be used for.
“Work with the National Assembly to adopt a rule based, realistic and predictable oil benchmark as a basis for a more transparent management of federation account revenue and excess crude account.
“Launch a Small Business Loan Guarantee Scheme in partnership with Commercial Lenders to improve access to finance for SMEs. Automate the business registration process to ensure sole proprietorships can be opened within 24 hours and incorporated business within 5 days. Reduce the cost of company registration to a maximum of N10,000 for sole proprietorships to encourage formalization. Review and regulate import duty waivers to promote transparency and accountability;
“Forge partnerships with state and local governments and private sectors to promote innovation, entrepreneurship and cottage industries; Work with the National Assembly to review and finalize work on the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB);
“Boost community and local participation in downstream through expansion and promotion of local content development; Commence organizational reforms to curb corruption in NNPC and its subsidiaries
“Industrial Relations – I pledge to: Give political force to collective bargaining in all sectors of the economy, revive Tripartite Committee of Government, employers and workers organisations, whose task would be to constantly review matters of labour relations and the practice of industrial relations. Undertake to institute an annual statutory tripartite body contribute towards formulation and implementation of broad macro-economic policies.
“Reposition Ministry of Employment, Labour and Productivity and all relevant agencies mandated to manage labour dispute and grievance handling process to ensure pre-emptive strategies to halt the current frequent incessant strikes phenomenon.
“Power – The power sector has become a monstrous demonstration of corruption. Despite investment of more than X there is nothing to show but few fat cats. I pledge to: War against corruption in the power sector. Tackle the issue of gas availability for the proposed power plants. Emphasize alternative sources of power such as small, medium and large hydro plants (Mambilla has capacity for 4,700 megawatts), wind, coal and solar. Efforts will be geared towards smaller and potable power supply.
” Start an accelerated training of human resources for the power sector. Work with PenCom to consider giving soft loans to power sector operators.
“Youth and ICT Development. The youth are the salt of the nation. More than 60% of our population is categorized as being of youth age. The future of the nation depends on the brains of the youth and not on what is buried under the ground.
“I pledge to: Declare support for the appointment of young people with requisite qualification into key political offices to begin the incubation and mentoring for a successor political generation. Unveil a policy that all federal contractors must employ at least 50% young people. Work with the private sector to establish innovation fund for young people. Encourage that girls’and boys’ education is prioritized in states where this is established to be a big problem.
“Review and make pronouncements, with attendant political will and commitment, on the full implementation of the national youth policy. Establish innovation centers in conjunction with proposed National Science Foundation and the private sector. Include vocational skills in the curriculum of Almajiri schools so that they become self-employed.
“Unveil a policy that will begin to multiply the efforts and effects of technology incubation centers to at least establish two of such centers in each of the geopolitical zone. Establish a free-tuition and scholarship scheme for pupils who have shown exceptional aptitude in science subjects at O/Levels to study ICT-related courses. Immediately establish linkages with friendly names to champion exchange programmes for the acquisition of IT related skills.
“Extend the local content policies to cover software and hardware developments in the youth-driven markets. Put in place a quality assurance mechanism to ensure that standards are met and adhered to and make it a policy for companies to procure a % of their ICT needs from the local market.
“Hold a summit of all ICT service providers, OEMs, etc both local and foreign that are doing business in Nigeria to device concrete skills transfer and capacity building models in a sustainable manner”, the document concluded.
Buhari will mark his first 100 days in office on September 8.
But in his report card on Buhari’s accomplishments with the first 100 days in office, Garba Shehu said; “Buhari embarked on his foreign policy on Day Four of his administration.
“When he met Barack Obama, the U.S president told the Nigerian leader that he was getting it right and that it is only when Nigeria gets it right that Africa will get it right. The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon who came calling this week said that our president is “courageous, focused and firm.”
“Relations with the “G 7” group of industrialized countries have since been “reset” and the dividends of this have begun to flow inwards. In the area of economic management, Nigerians are already seeing things happen that they thought were not possible in so short a time. He didn’t put a Kobo to finance the power sector. Yet, reading his body language alone and knowing that there are things you cannot do and get away with under Buhari; electricity supply all over the countries has risen to unprecedented heights.
The SSA media also said “Actually, some cities are on the verge of calling 24-hour, round the clock power supply. The country generates more power than can internally be taken by the deplorable distribution system we have on the ground, which points to the next challenge that the country faces. Framework for the management of the country’s finances has been put in place. The wobbly Naira is being stabilized and inflation is headed towards a single digit. President Buhari is keeping a close eye on the government treasury.
“Agriculture is getting its own shot in the arm. Rice importation has been curtailed and seven governors whose states are priming a massive local production of the commodity have had a strategy meeting with the President on the next steps that are coming. Americans say their intervention in our agriculture will come next year.
“Boko Haram, which had more or less been allowed to fester for about five years is about being ended but what is even more interesting is that intelligence coming from the fired-up armed forces who now work in synergy with each other is raising hope that the Chibok girls may, repeat may be found in good numbers in a geographic location of interest somewhere in the North-East.”
Summarizing President Buhari’s first 100 days in office, Garba Shehu, SSA Media and Publicity to the President, said Buhari “has shown that his government is different. He wants to look at each case on its own merit and it is clear by now that he is not ready to surrender the country to burn out politicians. Technocrats will have a big place in his administration. He has appointed no ministers yet, but the government is running smoothly. In this period of three months, government certainly deserves a pat on the back for improved power, reform in the energy sector, foreign relations fight against corruption and insurgency and the fact of Nigerians being at peace, not only among themselves but with their neighbors and the rest of the world.”
Many Nigeerians however disagree with Garba Shehu, see – Eight reasons why Muhammadu Buhari is already a failure by Benjamin Ajulu