An article published by the US Wall Street Journal and authored by Pete Hoekstra describes Nigeria’s President, Mohammadu Buhari as ‘Nigeria’s problem and not its solution’.
The article describes President Buhari’s administration as inflexible, lacking vision and reactive in approach to building an economic bridge to Nigeria’s future.
The piece points that President Buhari who acknowledges that building trust is a priority for Nigeria, is selective in his anti-corruption drive and focuses on senior members of the opposition party creating deep political divisions.
Hoekstra alleges that members of Mr. Buhari’s own cabinet, accused of large-scale corruption, however walk free. Seventy percent of the national treasury is spent on the salaries and benefits of government officials, who make upwards of $2 million a year.
In part it reads;
“As for Mr. Buhari’s ideas to re-balance the economy and regenerate growth, his damaging and outdated monetary policy has been crippling. The manufacturing sector, essential to Nigeria’s diversification, has been hardest hit, exacerbating an already fast-growing employment crisis. Foreign investors have started to flee en masse.
“Mr. Buhari makes only brief mention of the country’s deteriorating security situation. But security and stability are precursors to economic growth and development. Boko Haram has been pushed back for now, but little attention is paid to the structural issues that have spurred its rise.
“Instead, the Nigerian government has diverted much-needed military resources to the Niger Delta, where rising militancy has reduced Nigeria’s oil production to less than half the country’s capacity, and half the amount required to service the national budget. Much of these tensions arise from Mr. Buhari’s decision to cut amnesty payments to militants and an excessively hard-line approach in a socially and politically sensitive environment.
“Other ethnic tensions are also growing. In the country’s south, protests have been met by a bloody response from the Nigerian military, stoking the fire and galvanizing support for an independent state of Biafra. Rising tensions could again pose one of the greatest threats to Nigeria’s stability and future.”
A few days ago, the Wall Street Journal, published an opinion piece where President Muhammadu Buhari outlined three changes Nigeria must undergo in order to overcome the challenges the country faces.