President Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in on May 29, 2015, exactly one month ago.
In this time Buhari has shown that the priorities of his government will be the fights against terror and corruption, but he has also shown that he is in no hurry to bring the change he promised.
This can be seen from the President’s lack of a cabinet 30 days after his inauguration.
Staunch supporters of the President are urging Nigerians to be patient with their new leader, who no doubt has a lot of work ahead of him.
However, after witnessing an almost endless period of corruption and ruin in the country and most recently being troubled with fights in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the National Assembly, most Nigerians just wish their President would get on with it and stop wasting precious time.
Below are the highs and lows of the Buhari administration:
Inauguration Day: Buhari’s election win proved to Nigerians that citizens of the country could indeed control their fate. On his inauguration day, the atmosphere was thick with hope for a new beginning and he revitalized the nation when in his speech he said “I belong to everybody and to nobody”.
Relocation of military command centre: While giving his inaugural speech, the President declared that the military command centre against terrorism would be relocated from Abuja to Maiduguri, Borno State in order to intensify operations against terrorist sect, Boko Haram.
Attendance of G7 summit: Buhari’s attendance of the G7 summit was a sign that the world was ready to take Nigerians seriously.
Niger and Chad visits: Shortly after being sworn in, Buhari visited Chad and Niger to begin talks on the formation of a concrete joint multinational force against Boko Haram.
US donation to terror fight: Within the first month of the Buhari administration, the US announced that it would be donating $5 million to the fight against terror in Nigeria.
Dissolution of NNPC board: Buhari recently ordered the dissolution of the board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). The NNPC has been plagued with allegations of fraud in the handling of Nigeria’s vast oil wealth.
Delayed Cabinet: One month after he took office, President Muhammadu Buhari has not appointed any ministers into his cabinet. The appropriateness of this in a country that is already on edge is highly questionable.
APC fight: The disagreement between members of the APC on National Assembly leadership positions has disappointed many Nigerians who have now come to expect a fragmented reign from the current ruling party.
Buhari still has a term of four years to complete so there’s still time for him to begin working miracles in this country which desperately needs them.
However, the general message that Nigerians seem to be passing to their new President is: “Quickly sir! Quickly!”