Despite harsh criticism over the non-adherence of the acting government to the elections promises, the presidency has insisted that Muhammadu Buhari did not promise the specific achievements within his first 100 days in office.
It should be recalled that the scandal broke in the end of last week when Nigerians were discussing Buhari’s first 100 days in office and his previous pledges regarding what he had planned to do within this period.
In an official statement by his media aide Garba Shehu, President Buhari distanced himself from some officially documented campaign promises, which development caused public outrage. People were referring to the vows contained in the documents titled “One Hundred Things Buhari Will Do in 100 Days” and “My Covenant with Nigerians”.
According to The Punch, Buhari’s special assistant on media and publicity reiterated the position of the presidency while responding to the questions of newsmen. Shehu added he neither authorized, nor signed any of such documents.
“We prefer to talk about milestones instead of achievements; whether the milestones represent achievements or not, that is left for the people to decide. Milestones have been achieved, which is important for the country.”
Regarding Buhari’s London speech, in the course of which the president addressed the issue of “100 days in office”, Shehu explained:
“The president never promised anything to anyone. It is on record in that lecture at Chatham House; they asked him a question relating to expectations and what he specifically would do in relation to certain documents that were flying around, committing him to this thing or that thing within 100 days.”
See the video extract from the February 26 speech:
“My point is that as the director, media and communications of that campaign, I was responsible for internal and external communications and these so-called documents that were being flown around didn’t have my signature.
“I didn’t fund them and I didn’t authorise them. From what President Buhari said at Chatham House, he had no iota or knowledge of those documents. So, people cannot hold him to account on something to which he did not commit himself.”
When asked why the All Progressives Congress then posted the documents on the official website of the party, Shehu noted:
“APC had a campaign in which there were so many centres of public communication and unfortunately there were some among those centres that were more or less on the loose. Yes, it was possible that things were being done without the knowledge or the usage of the proper channel of communication.”
President Buhari has been recently under criticism over another issue associated with the appointments made by him so far. The presidency has been accused of giving preference to the northern region while appointing officials and of attempting to run the northern government.
The authorities were blasted over violating the Constitution of the country. The officials, however, insisted that many more appointments were coming and assured Nigerians that no part of the country would be marginalised.