By Ezra Ukanwa
Youths across the country have urged President Muhammadu Buhari to intensify efforts during his second term in office to address the lingering issue of youth unemployment, ensure security, agricultural transformation, industrial development and find a lasting solution to the problems of power generation and distribution.
Some of the Youth who spoke to Vanguard in separate interviews expressed mixed feelings over the Buhari’s performance in his first term in office, while there were all unanimous in their views that the president would need to do more to address a number of issues bedeviling the youths in the country.
One of the youths who spoke to Vanguard in Abuja, a graduate of Environmental Education from the University of Abuja, Mr. Okeke Nnemeka, disclosed that the successful re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari was an attestation of his integrity and popularity
Nnemeka said, “The emergence of President Muhammadu Buhari, in my view, is an attestation to his popularity that dated back from his military days. Since the return of democracy in 1999, having contested on three consecutive times before his emergence on his fourth attempt, he has millions of followers who believed in his ideology, most especially the Talakawas, who form the largest voters in the northwest region.
“I have never doubted his ability to win his re-election despite his poor performance in areas he promised Nigerians. He promised Nigerians security, job creation, and power but none of these are seen in full functionality in Nigeria.”
Nnemeka also commended the efforts of the president in some of the areas that he thought the president has addressed, while he noted his expectations from the president.
He said, “President Muhammadu Buhari has done well in ensuring critical infrastructure that he inherited from previous administration are completed. For example, the rail lines, investment in the power sector that has hit 800 megawatts, social investment scheme, such as N-Power, TraderMoni and in the agricultural sector.
“My expectations from Mr. President are for him to hit the ground running by appointing capable Nigerians in the federal executive councils. He should bring in individuals who have good track records of knowledge about portfolio. The youth and women should also make at least 40 per cent of his appointment considering the effort they put in ensuring his emergence.
“Since the slogan of their campaign was ‘Next Level’, I expect the president to pay back the confidence that 15 million Nigerians had for him by placing priority on three critical areas, which include: security, economy and power respectively.
“Like a wise man would say, to whom much is given, much is expected. The president should roll up his sleeves and get to work by repaying 15 milliion Nigerians who voted for him with good governance.”
Also speaking from Lagos, a human resource practitioner, Mr. Liadi Adekunle, expressed optimism that the re-emergence of Buhari was not sudden because God was the one that permitted it.
He said, “I hold the view that power belongs to God. And there are things He permits; and that is why He is called God. Ordinarily, as human beings, we must have done our parts in trying to choose who we feel could do better. But, in God’s own economy, he sees and knows beyond our human thinking.”
Adekunle, however pointed out that the president had not performed creditably in the concluding parts of his first tenure, while he called on him to deliver on his promises to Nigerians.
He said, “I will loudly say that the President has not performed well in this concluding tenure because in all the three areas he canvassed then to tackle, there has not been improvement in any. Corruption is still much more endemic than we can perceive. The notion of tackling only those in opposition has not made the campaign against corruption by the administration a worthwhile one.
“I would advise the president that he should do more than the rhetoric and trading of blames that characterized his first tenure. He should get into the business of governance and let people feel his impact as president. The economy and power sector need to be revamped. He should try his best to provide more job creations and put more funds for education.”
In his own submission, a policy Analyst, Mr. Giwa Murtala, said that the president should focus more on the issue of power and improve on the security of the country.