On Monday, the Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari had fulfilled all the campaign promises he made to Nigerians while running for the presidency in 2015.
Mr. Onu said key promises of the All Progressives Congress, APC, as contained in its campaign manifesto had been released within the last two years, and a lot more will still be done.
According to Vanguard’s report corresponding from a public lecture in Abuja, Mr. Onu Said:
“The APC is delivering on its manifesto. The President, during his campaign, campaigned on the basis of what the manifesto has said, and as the President, he has delivered.
“He is securing the nation, he has done very well in the North-East, he has brought rule of law. Today, people think twice before they can do anything that will undermine the best interest of the nation and he is working very hard. We are all supporting him to rebuild our economy.”
These comments came a week after the National Bureau of Statistics disclosed that the Nigerian economy, which has been in recession since last August, contracted by about 1.5 percent in 2016.
The NBS described 2016, Buhari’s first full year in office, as a “difficult” one for Nigeria, adding that the activities of economic saboteurs had been on the increase.
The February 28th report said:
“This contraction reflects a difficult year for Nigeria, which included weaker inflation-induced consumption demand, an increase in pipeline vandalism, significantly reduced foreign reserves and a concomitantly weaker currency, and problems in the energy sector such as fuel shortages and lower electricity generation.”
In its 2016 second quarter report, the NBS said portfolio investment in Nigeria declined to an estimated $245.3 million, representing a 9.5 percent from $271.0 million in quarter one.
This was against the $2.81 billion in the second quarter of 2015. The Bureau said 4,580,602 people lost their jobs between May 29, 2015, when Mr. Buhari took office, and August 31, 2016.
In the knowledge of most Nigerians who were then excited about the change President Buhari promised during his 2015 campaign, there are still a million and one campaign promises to be fulfilled.
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Here are just but a few things Buhari promised Nigerians:
1. I will reduce fuel price to 45naira per liter.
2. There will be free education at all level.
3. I will pay 23million Nigerians 5,000 monthly.
4. I will increase minimum wage and place every graduate in salary for extra 1 year after their youth service.
5. One free meal (to include fruits) daily, for public primary school pupils.
6. I will revive all our refinery in my first one year in office and build more to produce more for our domestic consumption.
7. I will crush Boko Haram in my first 3 months in office.
8. Three million Jobs per year.
9. I will stop the importation of refined products.
10. I will make one naira equal to one dollar.
Has any of these promises been fulfilled yet?