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100 DAYS IN OFFICE: Buhari’s rating takes worse hit

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Edwin Eriye

A section of Nigerians has rated the first 100 days of President Muhammadu Buhari in office as ‘worse’ in an online public opinion poll conducted by Channels Television on their Twitter handle.

In the tweet which asked, ‘how would you rate the first 100 days of Buhari’s second term compared to the first 100 days of his first tenure?’ 13% voted better; 54% voted worse; 9% voted satisfactory and 24 voted unsatisfactory.

Blackbox Nigeria observed that if the total number of Nigerians who considered the President Buhari’s performance to be unsatisfactory is added to those who think he has performed worse compared to 2015, his rating will be 77% between unsatisfactory or worse. This should be a source of concern to the Buhari administration that came into power under the Change Mantra.

However, the rating of displeasure by Nigerians is in total negation of what The National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomole had said, about the Presidents 100 days in office.

Oshiomole said verbatim “President Buhari can beat his chest to say I have started well; I have started fast. You cannot call him Baba Go Slow now. This time, he is Baba fast. Everything is about comparison. In 2015, after 100 days, we did not have a federal cabinet. The President had not appointed ministers. From my interaction with a number of ministers, the budget for 2020 is already being prepared. Ministers have been assigned to their various ministries. They have already started the process of taking over and trying to understand the challenges.

“Government is already effectively on ground. That alone shows a remarkable departure, if you compare what the President has done in 2019 to what he did in 2015. The President has been engaging various groups. Recently, he talked to the Nigeria Society of Engineers and other professional groups, reminding all of us that we have our roles to play in the Nigeria project.

“As a party, we have access to the President. We see him any time we want to see him and share with him whatever we want to do. You notice that this time, the President organized a retreat for ministers immediately they were appointed. That retreat was not about entertainment; it was to discuss Nigeria and the administration’s policy choices.

“Now, the government challenge is: where do we cut costs, so that we can find resources we need to sustain investment in infrastructure?”

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