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morning, my team member, Oluwatobi Soyombo and I sat in the office, and
discharged our final responsibility to the Buhari Campaign Organisation
– we changed the bio of the Muhammadu Buhari account across Twitter,
Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and everywhere else to ‘President of
I asked Tobi for the privilege to do this myself, with my own hands.
Then, as he looked at me, shocked, the tears began to follow.
After sending out the tweet for the new president of Nigeria (personal
tweets from him are signed –MB), I took to my own private account and
shared: ‘@MBuhari better not disappoint us. This is too important. This
is too important’.
My team and I were offered the job to
handle the communication for the Buhari campaign in November 2014. I couldn’t
believe it. We had never been close to the All Progressives Congress; I had
never even met Buhari. Even the ‘closer’ Tinubu, I have not met since that time
in 2002 when I served him tea as a production assistant at the Nigerian
I had a few weeks before declined a meet to
discuss youth communication for the Goodluck Jonathan campaignbecause I no
longer had any faith in his leadership, but I was almost certain he was going
to win anyway.
In May 2014, I had arrived Abuja to speak
at a #BringBackOurGirls event. But I had hardly left the airport, when someone
high up in the government called me: “If I see you up on that stage with Oby
(Ezekwesili), you are finished in this country.”
So, I wondered, was it wise to finally set
up enmity with the government for the next four years by working directly for
All through the time my co-founder, Adebola
Williams worked hard with the team of Uche Nnaji (OUCH) and Kelechi Amadi-Obi
to shoot the photographs that redefined Buhari’s image, all through the period
the team was assembled from Tobi to Alex Yangs to Kathleen Ndongmo, I couldn’t
move. I was transfixed in fear, in hope that dared not speak. Could Nigerians
actually unseat a seating President from the People’s Democratic Party?
I wondered if the rage I felt was worth the
sacrifice I was about to make – putting my life, my relationships and my
business on the line in a country where the biggest advise our richest man has
given entepreneurs is ‘never fight with the government of the day’?
All of that is history now. What looked
like a mirage then has become reality. The job became a mission. After four
months of the most emotional campaign in my lifetime, sleepless nights at the
StateCraft Inc headquarters, from the campaign office in Abuja, supervising the
setting up of billboards, fighting TV stations that didn’t want to air our ‘Is
This Transformation?’ promos, Adebola following the candidate around the
country, and rewriting speeches in the dead of the night because the candidate knew
exactly what he wanted to say, we are here now. Nigerians have unseated a 16-year
So, this morning, I shared a story on my
Instagram pagethat I haven’t spoken about in public before.
In 2013, six of us friends including
Adebola Williams, ‘Yemi Adamolekun, ‘Gbenga Sesan and Kola Oyeneyin came
together and decided that, beyond mobilising citizens, leading protests and
using the media to drive conversation, Nigeria needed our passionate, sustained
prayers. A year before, after our active involvement with #OccupyNigeria, and
the events after, we were beyond disillusioned.
And so, every Saturday morning, we went
from the houses and offices of one to the other and we would cry, and we would
scream, and we would pray for country. Ah, we prayed. Nigeria’s future looked
so bleak. It looked so dark, didn’t see any logical pathway to change. So we
went to God with our hearts, we went to him with our disappointment; we went to
him with our pain. We asked him, “What should we do? How should we do it?”
One day, as we prayed, in an office on the
Lagos Island, I was so overwhelmed with despair I fell down on the floor and
began to speak in frenzied tongues, tears streaming from my face, banging
furiously on the cabinet in front me. My heart was desperate; just desperate
for something to give way.
I didn’t know my friend, Kola, had the gift
to interprete tongues. But then he began to interpret what I was saying. And it
frightened me, because he was absolutely right. He captured the fears in my
heart, and the requests I was making. He said, paraphrased, ‘God says He will
change Nigeria. It looks like it won’t happen, but He will do a new thing and
it will spring forth. We won’t understand how He will do it, but He will.”
Two years later, God has kept his promise.
I do not know what the future holds. I
cannot even say with certainty that this new dispensation will fulfil the
promises it made to us when it called us on board and to you when it asked you
But I know one thing: I spent the past four
years giving the Jonathan government the benefit of the doubt, willing it to
succeed. Yet each time it failed, I was on the street, passionately denouncing
it. And when, finally, after the Chibok girls went missing, I lost hope in it, I
put everything on the line to join Nigerians in punishing it.
Things have changed.
I have invested faith that Buhari will be
different, not just because he is a new president today, but because I have
been priviledged to sit in the same space with him, I have listened very
carefully to his wisdom and his depth. I have counted the cost and I have
overwhelmed faith that he is the leader we need.
But we, and he thankfully, know this: he
cannot play with our future. He cannot play with the future of our children.
We have cried for this nation, because it
has failed us too many times. We have worked our fingers to the bones, and our
‘bloods’ have boiled because we believe in its potential. Therefore, our
tempers will be short, our forgiveness will be costly, our reactions to real
and perceived failures will be swift.
Our hearts our broken, our spirits
burdened. We desperately need the promised change, and we need it to start
has suffered enough.
is managing partner of Red Media Africa, ‘the media group to reach and inspire
the largest number of African youth at any time’. One of its companies,
StateCraft Inc, was official communication agency to the Buhari Presidential
Goodluck Jonathan took an assessment of his administration in the last
five years and gave a verdict that he had done his best for Nigeria. He
said he had impacted positively on key areas for the benefit of all.
Jonathan said this in his remarks before presenting his handover notes
to President Muhammadu Buhari, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
The event, held inside the Council Chambers and witnessed by All
Progressives Congress’ chiefs, took place shortly after Jonathan
conducted Buhari round the seat of power.
Vice President Namadi Sambo had also similarly conducted the Vice President-elect, Yemi Osinbajo, round his wing of the villa.
Jonathan presented a summary of his handover notes and the National Conference report to Buhari.
He however said the report of the National Conference was more important
to him than the handover notes because it was compiled by Nigerians.
He said if the report was implemented, most of the grey areas of national development would be resolved.
Jonathan said, “There is another document that I will hand over to you.
To me, this is more important than the handover notes. The handover
notes are the activities of an administration, they show where we
started, where we are going; in some of the cases you will follow, in
other cases you may take other angle.
“But this is a document that was compiled by Nigerians, the report of
the National Conference 2014. We gathered almost 500 Nigerians from all
walks of life, they were not influenced by government in any way.
“Most of the recommendations here, if they are followed, most of the grey areas even in our politics will be smoothened out.
“Most of the areas where people complain bitterly: corruption and
others, this document deals with them. Some people here were members of
that great body of about 500 eggheads.
“We were unable to implement the report because of the shortness of
time. We have sent a copy to the National Assembly but it is a document
that we are very hopeful your government will look into and give it the
attention it requires.”
Buhari, in his short remarks, said he would not be able to make any
strong statement until after reading and digesting the handover notes.
He however commended Jonathan for conceding defeat in the March 28
presidential election, saying his decision changed the course of
Nigeria’s political history.
He said the President could have made things difficult if he had wanted to do so.
He expressed delight that rather than taking any action that would be at
the expense of the lives of Nigerians, Jonathan took the path of
Buhari said, “What I will say is that since the telephone call you made
(to me), you have changed the course of Nigeria’s political history. For
that, you have earned yourself a place in our history, for stabilising
this system of multi-party democracy system and you have earned the
respect of not only Nigerians but world leaders.
“All the leaders that spoke to me and congratulated us for arriving at
the point we arrived, mentioned this and I could understand a lot of
relief in their voices that Nigeria has made it after all and this is
largely owed to a situation.
“If you had attempted to make things difficult, you could have made
things difficult and that would have been at the expense of the lives of
poor Nigerians; but you chose the path of honour and may God help all
of us. Thank you very much, Your Excellency.”
Impeccable sources within the Osun State Ministry of Finance have
revealed to The Paradigm, real reason the state cannot pay workers
salaries for the past six months.
Except sometime drastic actions are taken, the situation will continue
for the next one year and more, The Paradigm can authoritatively
Government document shows the state received a net allocation of
N111.3 billion between 2010 and 2014. However, the state wage bill far
outweighs its income.
The state emoluments i.e. wages, salaries et al gulped N113.62 billion between the same period.
Osun state, a largely agrarian society, has a population of 4 million
people according to the 2006 population census. However, only 1% of the
population gulps 102% of the state’s allocation through its 40,000
strong civil service.
Except there is an increase from the federal government allocation,
reduction of staff salary, or a drastic reduction of the state civil
service, the government might not be able to pay salaries for a long
Recall that international prices of oil fell below $50, its lowest in
the last seven 7 years, a situation which affected the Nigeria’s crude
oil earnings and subsequently reduced the income accruing federating
It its not yet clear how the government will fund the N-2.32 billion
(deficit) of the wage bill, but source reveal the government will have
to borrow to pay back its lenders.
The source told The Paradigm that “though the state has recording
progress in augmenting it’s income base with a robust Internally
Generated Revenue (IGR) drive, the returns from this is insufficient for
funding the state civil service.”
The Paradigm learnt that the emoluments increase has been driven by
arbitrary demand for Salary increase by unions without due consideration
for commensurate increase in revenue.
For now, there seems to be no information on which direction the government will take to end this stalemate.
Following the successful execution of the 1983 coup, it was merely a
necessity, by military tradition, for the new regime under Major General
Muhammadu Buhari, to make a public announcement that it had ousted the
previous government and come into power. This task was done by the then
Brigadier-General Sani Abacha, who addressed Nigerians, announcing the
take-over of power and suspension of the 1979 Constitution.
In announcing the new government, Abacha decried the state of affairs in
the country, pointing out that the nation’s economic, health and
education sectors needed to be salvaged from further degeneration, while
unemployment, non-payment of workers’ salaries in some states,
corruption and indiscipline were unchecked. Lamentably, most of the
problems, which Buhari intervened to solve about 31 years ago, are still
there as he settles in at Aso Rock in 2015.
As it was in 1983, Nigerians today “are all living witnesses to the
great economic predicament and uncertainty, which an inept and corrupt
leadership has imposed on our beloved nation for the past four years. I
am referring to the harsh, intolerable conditions under which we are now
living. Our economy has been hopelessly mismanaged; we have become a
debtor and beggar nation. There is inadequacy of food at reasonable
prices for our people who are now fed up with endless announcements of
importation of foodstuff; health services are in shambles as our
hospitals are reduced to mere consulting clinics without drugs, water
“Our educational system is deteriorating at an alarming rate.
Unemployment figures, including the undergraduates, have reached
embarrassing and unacceptable proportions. In some states, workers are
being owed salary arrears of eight to twelve months and in others, there
are threats of salary cuts. Yet our leaders revel in squander mania,
corruption and indiscipline, and continue to proliferate public
appointments in complete disregard of our stark economic realities.”
Notably but painfully, Nigeria has not ceased being a debtor-nation, nor
have various governments ceased owing workers several months’ salaries.
This makes Buhari’s second coming more tasking, especially as Nigerians
are full of expectation that he has come to bring ‘change’, even to
their dining tables.
Buhari To the Rescue I (1983)
The “further announcements”, spoken of by Abacha in his first speech,
came in the morning of January 1 1984 as a New Year message from the new
head of state to Nigerians. In his maiden speech, Buhari accepted, with
a high sense of responsibility, to steer the ship of the nation’s
leadership in a new, desired direction.
In the beginning of his speech, Buhari said, “In pursuance of the
primary objective of saving our great nation from total collapse, I,
Major-General Muhammadu Buhari of the Nigerian Army have, after due
consultation amongst the services of the armed forces, been formally
invested with the authority of the Head of the Federal Military
Government and the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces of the Federal
Republic of Nigeria. It is with humility and a deep sense of
responsibility that I accept this challenge and call to national duty.”
Further on in his speech, Buhari, inter alia, lamented that “political
contestants regarded victory at elections as a matter of life and death
struggle and were determined to capture or retain power by all means.”
That’s not all. The speech also frowned at legislative negligence of
responsibilities and wanton misappropriation of public funds in the name
of salaries and benefits for lawmakers. On this, he bemoaned, “The
situation could have been avoided if the legislators were alive to their
constitutional responsibilities; instead, the legislators were
preoccupied with determining their salary scales, fringe benefits and
unnecessary foreign travels et al, which took no account of the state of
the economy and the welfare of the people they represented.” This has
continued unabated even as Buhari takes over today.
Buhari’s Military Administration (1984-1985)
Buhari meant his words to fight corruption to a standstill and restore
health in the nation’s bleeding economy. The general then did not waste
time in instituting military sanctions against perceived corrupt public
officers in the ousted government and reeling out policies and
programmes aimed at resuscitating and reforming the Nigerian economy.
Going by the seriousness seen on the part of Buhari and his military
team in their quest to tackle corruption without sparing any “sacred
cow”, many began to imagine a new Nigeria, where acts of corruption and
indiscipline would have no place. But another military coup occurred and
cut short the Buhari government on August 27 1985, which brought
General Ibrahim Gbadamasi Babangida (popularly known as IBB) on board as
the next military leader. Some of Buhari’s major achievements in the
anti-corruption crusade are captured in this segment.
The term “Buharinomics” was used to refer to General Buhari’s economic
programme marshalled out to salvage the nation in 1984. He summarised
the objective of his economic policy (as articulated in the 1984 budget)
as follows: “To arrest the decline in the economy, to put the economy
on a proper course of recovery and solvency, and to chart a future
course for economic stability and prosperity.”
He re-echoed similar words while receiving the visiting Sudanese president, Gaafar Nimeiri in March of the same year.
“The priority of this administration is for economic recovery, providing
employment opportunities, improving people’s living conditions,
consolidating internal security and ensuring foreign respect,” Buhari
In a nutshell, Buharinomics set out to arrest the decline in the economy and refocus it towards recovery.
Buhari started to rebuild the nation’s social-political and economic
systems along the realities of Nigeria’s austere economic conditions.
The rebuilding included removing or cutting back the excesses in
national expenditure, obliterating or removing completely corruption
from the nation’s social ethics, shifting from mainly public sector
employment to self-employment. Buhari also encouraged import
substitution industrialisation based, to a great extent, on the use of
local materials and he tightened importation.
However, Buhari’s bid to re-balance public finances by curbing imports led to many job losses and the closure of businesses.
Battle Against Currency Hoarding
The first test of Buharinomics was implemented to revive the comatose
banking industry and arrest local currency hoarding. In April 1984, the
government ordered a change in the colour of the Naira. This action was
dubbed the “real coup” by unscrupulous businessmen and politicians who
had almost eliminated the need for commercial banking in Nigeria by
keeping their money under their mattresses, or by trafficking it into
neighbouring West African countries.
This currency change, which forced all holders of naira notes to
exchange them for the new naira notes at commercial banks, infused
billions that had remained unaccounted for into the banking industry and
eliminated counterfeited currencies, which had inflicted inflationary
and other nefarious effects on the economy. This measure had an
immediate revitalising effect in the banking industry and was an
unqualified success. Banks close to collapse became vibrant again, to
the extent that some of them began to hire hitherto unemployed
Severance of Ties with IMF
Buhari broke ties with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), when the
fund asked the government to devalue the naira by 60%. However, the
reforms that Buhari instigated on his own were as, if not more rigorous
than those required by the IMF.
On May 7 1984, Buhari announced the country’s 1984 National Budget. The budget came with a series of complementary measures:
A temporary ban on recruiting federal public sector workers
Raising of interest rates
Halting capital projects
Prohibition of borrowing by state governments
15 per cent cut from Shagari’s 1983 Budget
Realignment of import duties
Reducing the balance of payment deficit by cutting imports
Priority to the importation of raw materials and spare parts that were needed for agriculture and industry
Other economic measures by Buhari took the form of counter trade, price reduction of goods and services.
Tackling Corruption and Indiscipline
One of the most enduring legacies of the Buhari government is the War
Against Indiscipline (WAI). Launched on March 20 1984, the policy tried
to address the perceived lack of public morality and civic
responsibility of the Nigerian society. Unruly Nigerians were ordered to
form neat queues at bus stops, under the eyes of whip-wielding
soldiers. Civil servants who failed to show up on time at work were
humiliated and forced to do frog jumps. Even students over the age of 17
caught cheating in exams, counterfeiting and arson, etc. had grave
consequences for those who dared, all in a bid to instil discipline in
Nigerians, which paid off to some extent, especially among the city
The Umaru Dikko affair was another defining moment of Buhari’s military
government. Umaru Dikko, a former minister of transportation under the
previous civilian administration of President Shagari, who fled the
country shortly after the coup, was accused of embezzling $1billion in
oil profits. With the help of the Mossad, the NSO traced him to London,
where operatives from Nigeria and Israel drugged and kidnapped him.
They placed him in a plastic bag, which was subsequently hidden inside a
crate labelled “Diplomatic Baggage”. The purpose of this secret
operation was to ship Dikko off to Nigeria on an empty Nigerian Airways
Boeing 707, to stand trial for embezzlement. The plot was foiled by
British airport officers. That singular act proved that the military
junta led by General Buhari was ready to go to the sky to fish out
corrupt public officers, if they were discovered to be there.
Further proof that Buhari placed Nigeria’s national interest above
personal interests was that through the instrumentality of his
second-in-command, Brigadier Idiagbon, he mounted an offensive against
entrenched selfish interests. In twenty months as head of state,
politicians, officials and businessmen found to be involved in one act
of corruption or the other were detained for questioning and those found
guilty in the law court were jailed for corruption.
Buhari was, however, highly criticised as being high-handed, especially
by those in high places who were not spared by the anti-corruption
searchlight of the government. But many applauded his regime on the
grounds that the hardness of Nigerians and the depths to which
corruption had penetrated in their minds required draconian measures, if
the fight against corruption was to make any sense.
Buhari responded to criticism against him on human rights issues by
saying that if elected in the general election of March 28 2015, he
would follow the rule of law; there would be access to justice for all
Nigerians and respect for the fundamental human rights of Nigerians.
Defending Territorial Integrity: The Chadian Military Affair
In 1983, when Chadian forces invaded Nigeria in Borno State, Buhari used
the forces under his command to chase them out of the country, crossing
into Chadian territory, in spite of an order given by President Shagari
to withdraw. This 1983 Chadian military affair led to more than 100
victims and “prisoners of war”.
Like Lincoln, Like Buhari
A man who ran for the nation’s presidency more than anyone else has,
Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, did not happen upon success; he
learnt the ropes and eventually has become the nation’s Abraham Lincoln.
Lincoln was defeated in his quest for the United States of America
Senate in 1832. He lost another bid for Congress in 1843 and lost a
re-nomination bid in 1848. His decision to step down for another
candidate in the party’s interest cost him a high-profile appointment
the following year. Again, Lincoln suffered a setback when he vied to be
his party’s candidate in 1856. But eventually, he was elected America’s
16th president in 1860.
A somewhat similar strand streaks through Buhari’s peregrination in
politics. Between 2002, when he threw his hat into the ring of politics
and pitched tent with the All People’s Party (which corrected its name
to All Nigeria People’s Party) and 2015, when he eventually became the
nation’s president on the platform of the All Progressives Congress
(APC), Buhari was at the grassroots, charting the way for what
eventually gave him victory on March 28, 2015.
In 2003, Buhari contested the presidential election as the candidate of
the All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP) and was defeated by the then
incumbent, Olusegun Obasanjo of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The
PDP, being the ruling party had a field day at the polls, while Buhari,
whose acceptance was unmatched in the country, was defeated by the
On December 18 2006, Gen. Buhari was nominated as the consensus
candidate of the ANPP and ran again in 2007, but was defeated by the PDP
candidate, Umaru Yar’Adua, in an election that was strongly criticised
by international observers as being marred by voting irregularities.
These factors gave the ruling party an edge. While Buhari depended on
the masses, whose love for him is legendary, Yar’Adua had the backing of
Due to irreconcilable differences in principles and philosophy, General
Buhari bid farewell to the ANPP and together with associates across the
country formed the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC). He said that
he had supported the founding of the CPC “as a solution to the
debilitating, ethical and ideological conflicts in my former party the
Buhari was the CPC presidential candidate in the April 16 2011 general
election, running against incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan of the
PDP, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and Ibrahim
Shekarau of ANPP. They were the major contenders among 20 contestants.
He was running on an anti-corruption platform and pledged to remove the
protection of immunity from government officials. He also gave support
to the enforcement of Sharia law in Nigeria’s northern states, which had
previously caused him political difficulties among Christian voters in
the country’s south.
He also contested in the 2011 presidential election, which was praised
for largely being transparent, free and fair, but he again lost to the
PDP’s candidate, incumbent Goodluck Jonathan. This time, most people
gave the PDP a chance, since they had someone who promised a “breath of
fresh air”, someone who “had no shoes”, someone who came with great
promises to make an impact. The pact between Jonathan and Tinubu cost
Buhari the election.
After protracted but fruitful negotiations, in February 2013, Nigeria’s
four biggest opposition parties merged to form the All Progressives
Congress (APC). The APC, with its slogan of “Change”, changed the
political equation in the country.
In the run-off to the 2015 Elections, the party’s strength and will to
remain as a united front was put to the test at its Lagos presidential
primary election. Yet by all accounts, the APC came out stronger with a
free and transparent election that produced Buhari as a candidate for
the fourth time in his political career.
So in 2014, the APC nominated Buhari to stand as its candidate in the
2015 presidential election. His reputation for being incorruptible and
his military background made him an attractive candidate whom many
Nigerians hoped might be able to more effectively handle the threat
posed by the Islamic militant group Boko Haram, whose violent acts had
terrorised parts of the country in recent years.
The March 28 presidential election had 14 candidates, although the real
contest was seen as being between Buhari and Jonathan, who was again the
PDP’s candidate. Following a successful campaign and in what was
Nigeria’s most keenly fought election ever, Buhari garnered the most
votes — some 2.5 million more than Jonathan, his closest competitor —
clinched a historic victory in the rescheduled March 28 presidential
election and was declared the winner.
His victory marked the first time an incumbent president would be defeated in Nigeria.
How Buhari Emerged
The emergence of Buhari as the presidential candidate of the APC
effectively set the stage for the epic political battle that ensued
between him and Goodluck Jonathan, the flag bearer of the PDP for the
2015 presidential polls.
The race began after the keenly contested APC presidential primary held
at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos, where Buhari emerged the flag
bearer of the party for the presidential election.
It was indeed a landslide victory for Buhari, as he polled 3430 votes,
about 58 per cent of the 5932 valid votes cast, to pick the prized APC
presidential ticket, beating Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, governor of Kano
State, Atiku Abubakar, a former vice president, Rochas Okorocha,
governor of Imo State and Sam Nda-Isaiah, chairman of LEADERSHIP Group.
Following the declaration of Buhari as the winner of the primary by Dr
Kayode Fayemi, chairman of the convention’s organising committee, Chief
John Odigie-Oyegun, national chairman of APC commended all the aspirants
for putting up a good fight and described all of them as winners,
urging them to work as a team with the party’s candidate to guarantee
victory for APC at the polls. He stated that following the successful
presidential primary, APC had shown it was ready to drive change in
The other four aspirants exhibited a true spirit of sportsmanship by
accepting the outcome of the primary and expressing their preparedness
to give their unflinching support to Buhari to bring the change
Nigerians had been yearning for. They said they were confident that
Buhari would provide the needed leadership to turn the country around.
Although Buhari secured a landslide victory, it did not come on a
platter of gold. The other contestants fought relentlessly by reaching
out to the delegates, canvassing for votes. Unlike his previous attempts
where he secured the presidential tickets of the defunct ANPP and the
CPC without much hassle, Buhari faced four equally credible opponents in
the APC primary. The contestants gave him a tough challenge by spending
much of the last few months before the primary criss-crossing the
length and breadth of the country, mobilising and selling their
candidature to party faithful. The inability of the party top hierarchy
to arrive at a consensus candidate meant that the five aspirants were
determined to test their popularity and political might through the
ballot box, and they did.
The build-up to the maiden APC presidential primary, witnessed frenzied
political calculations and predictions. While most analysts viewed
Buhari as the candidate to beat in the race, Atiku was equally tipped to
as a major force. Pundits believed that with his enormous financial war
chest and wide political network, the former vice president would give
Buhari a tough battle. To these political pundits, Atiku, who first
showed interest in the country’s top political office as far back as
1993 during the aborted ‘Third Republic’, was the most sophisticated
player in the race.
Other contenders such as Nda-Isaiah, Kwankwaso and Okorocha were also
viewed as strong contenders in the race to fly the party’s flag at the
Signs that the pendulum of victory would, however, swing in the
direction of Buhari began to emerge in the wee hours of the day of the
primary elections, when 12 APC governors met and reportedly reached a
deal to back the former military leader. The meeting, which was held in
Victoria Island, Lagos at the instance of Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the de
facto APC leader, triggered speculation that some of the aspirants had
stepped down for Buhari. Though the rumour was quickly dismissed with
all the aspirants engaging in desperate last minute behind-the-scenes
attempts to woo delegates, it soon became obvious that the battle would
be won and lost at the ballot, not through a brokered deal.
It was gathered that one of the factors that worked in Buhari’s favour
was that many leaders of the party across the country, who more than
ever were determined to wrest power from Jonathan, had evaluated the
political climate and observed that Buhari enjoyed massive support from
the downtrodden in the North and would thus be easier to market to
majority of Nigerians, who were yearning for a change from the many
years of bad leadership in the country. He was, therefore, seen as a man
of integrity who had not been tainted by the gale of corruption that
had ravaged the polity. There were concerns also that Atiku may not be
as attractive as Buhari in the North-West, which is one of APC’s
strongholds and officially the most populous geo-political zone in the
The decision of 12 APC governors to rally behind Buhari was indeed a
masterstroke in political brinksmanship, as it had the desired effect in
influencing how the delegates voted, as was reflected in their voting
On May 29, Muhammadu Buhari will take office as President of Nigeria.
Expectations are high as most Nigerians expect the coming government to
wave a magic wand and make all their problems disappear. The Buhari
campaign which ran on a ‘CHANGE’ mantra made numerous promises to
Nigerians during the campaign.
Below are Buhari’s many campaign promises to Nigerians: On Politics and Governance:
I, Muhammadu Buhari, believe that our politics is broken. Our nation
urgently needs fundamental political reform and improvement in
governance more transparency and accountable. If you nominate me in
December, 2014 and elect me in February 2015, my administration will:
1. Initiate action to amend the Nigerian Constitution with a view to
devolving powers, duties, and responsibilities to states in order to
entrench true Federalism and the Federal spirit;
2. Strengthen INEC to reduce, if possible, eliminate electoral malpractices in Nigerian’s political life;
3. Attract the best and brightest of our sons and daughters into our
politics and public service by aggressive recruitment of private sector
people, academics, and professionals within
Nigeria and in the Diaspora through internships, fellowships, executive
appointments, and special nomination to contest elective offices;
4. Prevent the abuse and misuse of Executive, Legislative and Public
offices, through greater accountability, transparency, strict, and
implementable anti-corruption laws, through strengthening and sanitising
the EFCC and ICPC as independent entities;
5. Amend the Constitution to remove immunity from prosecution for elected officers in criminal cases;
6. Restructure governance for a leaner, more efficient, and adequately
compensated public service sector, while promoting effective
participation of the private sector for more robust job creation
programmes to employ the teaming youth.;
7. Require full disclosure in media outlets, of all government contracts
over N100m prior to award and during implementation at regular
8. Reform and Strengthen the Justice System for efficient administration
and dispensation of justice with the creation of special courts for
accelerated hearing of corruption, drug trafficking, terrorism and
similar cases of national importance;
9. Fully enforce the Freedom of Information Act l so that government
held data sets can be requested and used by the public and then such
data sets be publish on regular basis;
10. Amend the Constitution to require Local governments to publish their
meeting minutes, service performance data, and items of spending over
Security and Conflict Resolution
On National Security and Defence:
I will urgently secure the territorial integrity of the nation. I will
never leave the defence of the nation in the hands of Hunters, Children,
and Civilian JTF through the following:
1. Urgently address capacity building mechanisms of law enforcement
agents in terms of quantity and quality as this is critical in
safeguarding the sanctity of lives and property;
2. Establish a well trained, adequately equipped and goals driven
Serious Crime Squad to combat insurgencies, kidnapping, armed robbery,
ethno-religious and communal clashes, nationwide;
3. Consult and amend the Constitution to enable States and Local
Governments to create city, Local government and State Policing systems,
base on the resources available at each levels, to address the peculiar
needs of each community. I will therefore work with the National
Assembly to set and revised, when needed, boundaries of operations, for
Federal, State, and Local government policing units, through new
Criminal Justice legislation to replace the Criminal Code, the Penal
Code and the Police Act.
4. I will push for more robust support in the Security and Economic
stability of the West-African sub-region and African Continent as a
whole. I will seek and maintain close and frank relationship with ALL of
West Africa; Special relationship with South Africa and its Sub-region;
UK, USA, Canada, EU, Asia, and the Middle East .
On Conflict Resolution, National Unity, And Social Harmony:
1. Establish a Conflict Resolution Commission to help prevent, mitigate, and resolve civil conflicts within the polity;
2. Bring permanent peace and solution to the insurgency issues in the
North-East; the Niger Delta; and other conflict prone states and areas
such as Plateau, Benue, Bauchi, Borno, Abia, Taraba, Yobe, and Kaduna in
order to engender national unity and social harmony;
3. Initiate policies to ensure that Nigerians are free to live and work
in any part of the country by removing state of origin, tribe, ethnic
and religious affiliations from documentation requirements in our
identification of citizens and replace these with State of Residence and
fashion out the appropriate minimal qualification for obtaining such a
state of residency, nation-wide.
On Foreign Policy:
1. Make regional integration a priority within ECOWAS including free
trade with a view to ensuring that common tariff currency are in use by
the end of my term in office, under Nigeria’s guidance and leadership,
base on the size of its market force;
2. Maintain a strong, close and frank relationship within the Gulf of
Guinea, the Commonwealth, South Africa and the rest of the world.
3. Establish a special relationship with the leading emerging markets
like Brazil; Russia, India and China (BRIC) and other strategic partners
around the world.
The Economy & Infrastructure Base On the Economy:
1. Maintain sound Micro and macro-economic policy environment, and run
an efficient government and preserve the independence of the Central
2. Restore financial confidence in the citizens and the world, by
putting in place a more robust monitoring, supervising, and regulating
of the financial institutions;
3. Make our economy one of the fastest growing emerging economies in the
world with a real GDP growth averaging at least 10-12% annually
4. As at 1999, Nigerian rate of unemployment stood at about 8%, today it
is estimated from official statistics to be close to 30%. I will embark
on vocational training, entrepreneurial and skills acquisition scheme
for graduates along with the creation of Small Business Loan Guarantee
Scheme to create at least 5 million new jobs by 2019. A Small and Medium
Enterprises Development Commission will be created for this purpose. I
will also encourage State Governments to focus on employment creation,
by matching everyone job created in the same state.
5. Integrate the informal economy into the mainstream and prioritize the
full implementation of the National Identification Scheme to generate
the relevant data;
6. Expand domestic demand and will undertake associated public works programmes to achieve this goal;
7. Embark on export and production diversification including investment
in infrastructure; promote manufacturing, through Agro Based industries;
and expand and promote sub-regional trade through ECOWAS and AU;
8. Make Information Technology, Manufacturing, Agriculture and
Entertainment key drivers of our economy, by reviewing the present
reward system, which is based on certification, to that based on skills,
competencies, and performances;
9. Balance the Nigerian economy across regions by the creation of 6
Regional Economic Development Agencies (REDAs) to act as sub-regional
hubs in order to promote healthy regional competitiveness;
Put in place a N300bn Regional Growth Fund with an average of N50bn in
each geo-political region; to be managed by the REDAs, to encourage
private sector enterprise and to support places currently reliant on
only on the public sector, to migrate to a private sector reality;
Amend the Constitution and the:
10. Land Use Act to create freehold/leasehold interests in land along
with matching grants for states to create a nationwide electronic land
title register on a state by state basis;
11. Create an additional middle-class of at least 4 million new home
owners by 2019 by enacting a national mortgage single digit interest
rates for purchase of owner occupier houses as well as review the
collateral qualification to make funding for home ownership easier, with
a 15 to 30 year mortgage terms. This will equally help our banking
system migrate from short to long term perspective of their role in
sustaining the economy.
12. Create a Social Welfare Program of at least Five Thousand Naira
(N5000) that will cater for the 25 million poorest and most vulnerable
citizens upon the demonstration of children’s enrolment in school and
evidence of immunisation to help promote family stability.
13. Provide allowances to the discharged but unemployed Youth Corps
members for Twelve (12) months while in the skills and entrepreneurial
14. Make the Naira appreciate more to the Dollar
1. Modernize the sector and change Nigeria from being a country of
self-subsistence farmers to that of a medium/large scale farming
2. Create a nationwide food inspectorate division with a view to improving nutrition and eliminating food-borne hazards
3. Inject sufficient funds to the Agricultural sector to create more
agro-allied jobs by way of loans at nominal interest rates for capital
investment on medium and commercial scale cash crops;
4. Guarantee a minimum price for all cash crops and facilitate storage
of agricultural products to overcome seasonal shortages of selected food
5. Move the nation to an all year round small, medium, and commercial
farming through a coordinated integrative irrigation of our existing
dams as well as creation of more dam to collect the over flooding
6. Revive our Agricultural Research Institutes that are in a state of comatose;
7. Review and strengthened Veterinary practices nationwide.
1. Review the Public Private Partnership (PPP) enabling environment with
a view to addressing the legal, regulatory and operational bottlenecks,
challenging the effective administration of the system, by introducing
enabling legislation. In addition, I will create a National
Infrastructural Development Bank to provide loans at nominal interest
rates, exclusively for this sector;
2. Generate, transmit and distribute electricity on a 24/7 basis whilst
simultaneously ensuring the development of sustainable/renewable energy,
3. Embark on a National Infrastructural Development Programme as a Public Private Partnership that will
(a) ensure 5,000km of Superhighway including service trunks and
(b) building of up to 6,800km of modern railway completed by 2019;
4. Enact new legal and regulatory frameworks to establish independent
regulation and incentives to accelerate public and private sector
investment in seaports, railways, and inland waterways;
5. Embark on PPP schemes that will ensure every one of the 36 states has
one functional airport, with all 21st Century safety tools for
effective commercial air travel.
On the Oil and Gas Industry:
1. Revive and reactivate our minimally performing Refineries to optimum capacity;
2. Make the industry and Nigeria one of the world leading/cutting edge
centres for clean oil and gas technology; also producing leading world
Oil and Gas technologist, scientists, and owing mega structure
installations, drilling, processing, and production facilities and
engineers. These facilities and scientists will be supported with the
best services and research facilities.
3. Fully develop the sector’s capacity to absorb more of the nation’s
new graduate in the labour market. The sector will be funded to produce
more home-grown, but world class engineers, scientists, technologist,
4. Modernise the NNPC and make it the national energy champion. I will
consider breaking it up into more efficient, commercially driven units;
and may strip it of its regulatory powers, so as to enable it tap into
international capital market;
5. Enforce the government master plan for oil companies to end flaring
that pollutes the air and damages the communities and people’s health
and ensure that they sell at least half of their gas produced within
6. Speedily pass the much-delayed Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) and ensure that local content issues are fully addressed
7. Make Nigeria the world’s leading exporter of LNG through the creation of strategic partnerships.
8. Stabilise oil price
The Society & Human Capital Development On Education:
1. Fully review provisions of the Universal Basic Education Act with
emphasis on gender equity in primary, secondary school enrolment whilst
improving the quality and substance of our schools, through outcome
based education, that address the individual, family, and societal roles
in education; and the associative skills and competencies that go with
2. Targeting up to 20% of our annual budget for this critical sector
whilst making substantial investments in training quality teachers at
all levels of the educational system;
3. Implement a performance based education, predicated on outcomes,
skills, and competences as against the current certificate based
qualification. I will adjust the reward system accordingly too. This
way, exams malpractice and certificate forgery will be resolved once and
for all. Young men and women interested in real liberal arts education,
based on a true understanding of scientific, the humanistic, and the
social sciences will fill our classrooms to be prepared for future
leadership of the nation;
4. Enhance teacher training and improve the competence of teachers in
the light of the 21st Century and beyond understanding of the learner
types, intelligence types, as the multiple assessment types, in order to
open up learning for all our children types. The era of one student
type will give way to an all learner type for our children and young
people as well as adults who want to return to the classroom to sharpen
their skills, competencies, and sensibilities. This re-engineering of
our education will be followed with a clearly thought out and vigorous
national inspection programmes;
5. Make learning experiences more meaningful for children as the
nation’s education will no longer be a preparation for life, but life
itself. Our children will be democratised for education, rather than be
educated for democracy. This view of education will make educating our
children more cost-effective in the long run;
6. Provide One Meal a day for all elementary/primary/Almajiri schools
That will create jobs in Agriculture, Catering, and Delivery Services
7. Develop and promote effective use of innovative teaching methods/materials in our schools;
8. Ensure a greater proportion of expenditure on university education is
devoted to helping our youth to understand the juxtaposition of
Science, Technology, the Humanities and the Social Sciences.
9. Establish at least six new universities of Science and Technology
with satellite campuses in various states. These six universities should
be fully equipped with ICT technologies in order to attract and
encourage small and medium scale ICT enterprises after their university
10. Establish technical colleges and vocational centres in each state of the federation;
11. Provide more conducive environment for private sector participation
in all levels of education. Re-authorised the NUC, TETFUN, JAMB, etc,
Acts to enable Private institutions of Higher learning to benefit from
research funds and programmes that will serve the national good;
12. Establish six centres of excellence to address the needs of special education;
1. Prioritise the reduction of the infant mortality rate substantially;
reduce maternal mortality rates to the levels acceptable by the World
Health Organisation; reduce HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases
drastically and improve life expectancy by an additional 10 years on
average through our National Healthy Living program;
2. Increase the number of physicians from 19 per 1000 population to 50
per 1000 through deliberate medication education as epitomize by nations
such as Ghana. I will increase national health expenditure per person
per annum to about N50,000 (from the less than N10,000 currently);
3. Increase the quality of all federal government owned hospitals to world class standard by 2019;
4. Invest in cutting edge technology such as tele-medicine in all major
health centers in the country through partnership programmes with
communities and the private sector;
5. Provide free ante-natal care for pregnant women; free health care for
babies and children up to school going age and for the aged; and free
treatment for those afflicted with infectious diseases such as
tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS;
6. Boost the local manufacture of pharmaceuticals and make non adulterated drugs readily available.
Set an effective prosecution and punishment systems, for those importing or adulterating drugs in the country.
7. The enhancement of the Epidemiological Units / Centres for Diseas
Control to meet up with Global standards in containment of disease
outbreaks, proper vaccine storage and research;
8. Create an Insurance Policy for our Journalists as the nation faces
hard times and our Journalists face more dangers in the discharge of
their investigative work, to educate Nigerians in their rights and
9. Ban medical tourism by our politicians from May 29, 2015.
On Youth, Sports and Culture:
1. Provide the opportunities such as setting up functional recreational
facilities, Library with e-services, Community Centers, in collaboration
with States, Local Government Authorities, Local Development Areas, etc
for youth to realize, harness, and develop their potentials to the
fullest, in order to facilitate the emergence of the new generation of
citizens, who will be committed to the sustenance of good governance and
service to the people and the country;
2. Establish Zonal world-class sports academies and training institutes
and ensure that Nigeria occupies a place of pride in global sports and
3. Revive and restructure the Nigerian Football League and put
incentives in place to make it as competitive as other national leagues
4. Put in place measures to identify talents early and ensure their
participation in local and international games to enable them to be true
5. Help as well as mandate schools and communities to create
neighborhood playgrounds/sports centre. I will create matching support
funds for communities to acquire the needed equipment to develop skills
6. Assist Nollywood to fully develop into world class movie industry
that can compete effectively with Hollywood and Bollywood in due course.
I will support the creative and performing arts with the necessary
environment where by our great entertainers do not end their lives in
abject poverty as is currently the case.