By Henry Umoru & Livinus Nwabughiogu
President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress, APC was elected the President of the country, March 28 having defeated the incumbent, former President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, the party that governed the Nigeria for sixteen years.
He was then inaugurated May 29, now making 100 days of President Buhari in office. Only last week Thursday, he appointed Abba Kyari as his Chief of Staff; Babachir Lawal as Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF; Senator Ita Enang as Senior Special Assistant, National Assembly in charge of the Senate;
Suleiman Kawu, Senior Special Assistant, National Assembly in charge of House of Representatives; Kure Abeshi as Comptroller General, Immigration and Col. Hameed Ali as Comptroller General, Customs.
Prior to Thursday, the president had made previous appointments and they are his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, South-West; Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu; Director-General of the Department of State Security Services, DSS, Lawal Daura;
Acting Chairman, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Mrs. Amina Bala Zakari; Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Dr. Emmanuel Kachikwu; Accountant-General of the Federation, Alhaji Ahmed Idris; Ahmed Lawan Kuru, Managing Director, Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria, AMCON;
William Fowler as the Executive Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS; and Professor Umaru Danbatta as the Executive Vice Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC. He had also appointed Abdulrahman Mani as Chief Security Officer; Mallam Lawal Abdullahi Kazaure as State Chief of Protocol, Mallam Lawal Abdullahi Kazaure; and Lt.-Col. Muhammed Lawal Abubakar as his Aide De Camp.
These appointments have been made by President Buhari even though he was yet to officially announce his ministerial list, thereby leaving the permanent secretaries as acting heads of ministries at this time, even though there are limitations to their capacities to approve policy issues, particularly on security matters.
The appointments made so far have attracted criticisms instead of galvanising the country towards an expected course to rebuild Nigeria as charted in APC’s manifesto. But governance is not only about political appointments.
And against the backdrop of using 100 Days as a veritable way of appraisal and a very useful parameter for gauging presidential effectiveness, Saturday Vanguard sought to ask Nigerians especially politicians of their views so far of President Buhari’s 100 days in office on whether or not, he has addressed some of the aspirations of the people.
Buhari means well and needs time – Bamanga Tukur
On Buhari’s 100 days in office, former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur said, “ running Nigerian government is more complex than running a marriage with so many wives, believe me sincerely.
You have to accept that change is not instant. It comes, they were not sure that they would get the mandate for that change. There are so many things you may not be prepared for before that change came. And now they are in the front burner, certainly you need time to do things.
“I think it is good to address issues when you really understand the circumstances. It would be unwise for me if I do the same thing. It is not to hit the ground running. It is not what I can do, let’s be fair. But of course any opposition is like that. If you take my wife would you expect me to say you are doing well with her?
“If you take my wife people will say all sorts of things. Some will say ‘do you know what my wife was doing before you took her away?’ Many may not be informed about what happened but they will still be talking. So I think the idea is that we should give Buhari a chance because he means well. He wants a straight forward Nigeria with zero tolerance for corruption. You cannot expect him in 100days to do and undo.
“After all he even made some of the important appointments only last week. So who is going to sit down to even analyze your papers and advise on what should follow. So I appeal to you media to support all the good things that are happening. Not that bad things will not happen. But first go for things that will make us benefit from the change that he is bringing.”
It’s no longer business as usual – National Youth Council President
In his contribution, President, National Youth Council of Nigeria, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere said, “the most important thing about the presidency of Buhari within 100 days is the fact that It is no longer business as usual. The biggest achievement is that there is a strong will and direction.
The president has set the stage for foundational governance reforms that will restore a prosperous Nigeria. The declaration of war against corruption is a huge achievement already. Nigerian youths are proud of him.”
Let the people judge – Former Defence minister-
Former Acting National Chairman of PDP and past Minister of Defence, Dr. Haliru Bello Mohammed said, “I would rather allow the people who voted for “change” to judge. Is this the kind of change they voted for?”
The journey to reshape Nigeria has just started— Hon. Ogbonna Nwuke, mmediate past member of House of Representatives from Rivers State
“I think that in 100 days the journey to reconstruct or reshape Nigeria has started and we are seeing positive signs. There’s been a lot of clean, and a lot of attention paid to details, especially given the rot in the system and efforts by those who raped Nigeria to cover their tracks, to create the impression that Buhari and the APC have no road map. There is relative calm, in my opinion, in the Northeast when compared with what we used to see.
“Electricity supply is gradually stabilizing across the country while our local refineries are steadily feeding the Nigerian people with petroleum products. At least, the oil businessmen and their associates who hid behind subsidy, equalisation, round tripping and all to wreck our country are being shut out.
“Our nation is being taken seriously within the international community and I understand the naira is doing even better now against the dollar than was the case under the era of Jonathan.
PMB’s time-tested integrity has propelled the West, particularly America, Britain, and Germany to support the government’s loot recovery efforts—Hon. Victor Ogene, immediate past member of House of Representatives from Anambra State.
“Although PMB had forewarned everyone that he is not enamoured by the frenzy of 100 days in office celebration, we can, as individuals, groups, and indeed as a nation, cast a backward glance at where we are coming from and where we are, three months after, with PMB on the saddle.
“Added to other cost savings initiatives already been implemented by the administration, strong foundations are indeed laid towards making the country great again. One can go on and on enumerating the solid steps currently been undertaken to ensure that never again would underhand dealings be accorded a pride of place as in the recent past. In fact, if really the morning aptly tells the day, then 100 days after the current administration came on board, Nigerians can begin to rejoice, in the firm knowledge that, indeed, positive change has dawned on the country.”
First 100 days eventful but with lopsided political appointments —Dr. Chief Okorie, National Chairman, United Progressives Party, UPP.
“The first 100 days of President Muhammadu Buhari have been very eventful with very exciting developments. There is now a solid foundation for effective takeoff of governance that is typically Buhari style of Governance. There is a new and improved culture and attitude to work that is evolving.
“There is increased efficiency in social and utility services such that everybody can now say that electricity supply has improved beyond immediate expectation. Attitude to work especially in the ministries and agencies have reached a point where it will appear that the personality of the president has engendered increased output.
“The main part of that defence that it will be corrected in future is an admission of the fact that what has been done is definitely lopsided. I find it awkward, the position of the Government trying to justify what has been done. I will conclude by saying that president Buhari is a human being and is subject to advise and therefore bound to make mistakes; and Nigerians have not done badly in pointing out the danger in what he is pursuing.
It is now left for him to prove that he is sensitive to public opinion. As a good leader which I presume he is, he should be sensitive and reduce any aspect of suspicion or fear by any section of the country.”