Actions speak louder than words. The actions of President Muhammadu Buhari right from his inauguration on Saturday, May 29, 2015 shows that fortune has indeed smiled on Nigerians. Upon his assumption into office, some unimaginable developments started happening across the length and breadth of Nigeria.
The progress of Nigeria is what everyone yearns for, however, the behemoth called “corruption” and the cankerworm called the “Nigerian-factor” stagnated governance and further decelerated the wheel of progress before Buhari came on board. A great number of doubting Thomas’s were of the view that PMB would fail woefully upon becoming the leader of the most populous black nation in the world. They nicknamed him “Baba-go-slow” and even postulated various theories to justify their claim. However, these individuals have now eaten the humble pie. They are currently at the forefront of those saying Buhari is the right man to cleanse the Augean stable left behind by the previous administration. They now sing his praises!
The body language of the President shows that of a man who knows his onions. It depicts that of a man who is ready to pilot Nigeria and Nigerians to the Promise land despite his advanced age.
With regards to the aforementioned, a cursory look is made into three of the achievements the president had so far made in his first 2 months in office.
1. Stable power supply: Nigerians would never have imagined that they would experience 24 hours power supply without outage. Nigerians were used to going to bed without light. They coined acronyms like; “Never Expect Power At night” for NEPA and “Please Hold Candle at Night” for PHCN.
Despite the various change of names and ownership of the power sector, electricity supply to Nigerians was abysmal. All various forms of untenable excuses were brought forward to justify the ineptitude nature of the power sector by some stakeholders, but the reality was shielded from Nigerians. The reality was the endemic nature of corruption in the power sector through anti-people policies and a favourable environment for the importation of generators by some political cabals, thereby denying Nigerians their right to uninterrupted electricity. However the triumphant entry of Buhari turned the table against these malevolent creatures. Steady power supply is no longer a treasure to be excavated for donkey years. Having days of constant electricity is no more a mirage.
It used to be a taboo before PMB came on board to have days of constant electricity. Nigerians from the six geo-political zones are singing the same song that the coming of Buhari is a blessing to all as far as the power sector is concerned. This is because they hardly remember they ever used generators or inverters or rechargeable lamps or candles.
2. End to Boko Haram in sight: The United Kingdom recently stated that it is ready to partner Nigeria in the fight against insurgency. The United States of America also said it is now willing to supply arms and ammunitions that would help Nigerian soldiers defeat Boko Haram. It should be noted that a few years ago, these two world powers were reluctant to go into partnership to end terrorism in Nigeria and its North-East borders. This was not because they loved the way hundreds of thousands of people were displaced and rendered homeless due to daily insurgents attack or was it that they enjoy watching news of people being slaughtered like fowls. The main reason was that they never saw concerted efforts and genuine commitments from the previous administration to tackle insurgency headlong.
In the same vein, the government of Cameroun recently pointed accusing fingers at the former government, saying it wanted to run a one-man show against Boko Haram that later backfired.
The picture right now about ending Boko Haram by the Buhari-led government is crystal-clear. The renewed dedication and fruitful collaboration of Nigeria, its adjoining African countries and foreign countries strongly indicate that the days of Boko Haram are numbered in Nigeria.
3. Huge foreign investment: President Buhari has always showed the vigour that he just does not want Nigeria’s economy to remain number one in Africa, but to be among the top in the world. Prominent Nigerians and political analysts gave kudos to PMB regarding his recent visit to the United States. They said it was a right step in the right direction. Buhari did not just go to USA for a tea party or to look at the architectural design of the capitol building. He went there strictly for business and purposely to add to his blueprint and strategies to improving the standard of living of the average Nigerian. What does this imply? It means that as foreign investors inject their money into the nation’s economy, more jobs would be created, people would in turn be employed and the final multiplier effect is that families are taken out of poverty.
According to Daily Sun newspaper on Thursday, August 6, the senior special assistant on media and publicity to president Buhari, Garba Shehu, listed the benefits of PMB’s trip which included; a proposed $2.1 billion fund for re-development of the North-East; $5 billion from US investors in Nigeria’s agricultural sector; $1.5 billion investment in Nigeria’s health sector and another $5 billion in the country’s power sector.
The simple reason why Buhari has achieved all these unprecedented feats is because he is a man who does not believe in rhetoric or empty academic dexterity. On the other, he is a man of few words and conspicuous results.
In addition, Buhari has demonstrated he is a pan-Nigerian leader as he recently approved the establishment of Hydrocarbon Pollution Restoration Project (HYPREP). HYPREP is established to ensure that the cleaning up process of the devastated Ogoniland in Niger-Delta is fast tracked.
The onus now lies on all citizens to continue to support and pray for this one in a million president and the darling of Nigerians as he continues to steadily steer the ship of Nigeria to a positive direction called change. It is a stated fact that slow and steady wins the race.