One Hundred Days After Buhari – By Garba Shehu.

President Muhammadu Buhari’s tenure reached a significant milestone as he completed 100 days away from office after serving two consecutive four-year terms as the President of Nigeria. Opting to stay in Daura, he aimed to distance himself from the affairs in Abuja, allowing the new administration space to operate while tending to his farm, which had been neglected during his presidency.

President Buhari has dedicated four days a week to farm work and relishes the progress of his crops and animals. Despite his efforts to manage the influx of visitors, many still make the journey to Daura, ranging from party faithful and grassroots groups to professionals and beneficiaries of his administration. This reflects the enduring respect and admiration held by a considerable portion of the population, even after he left office.

During his eight-year tenure, President Buhari made numerous decisions, each with the intent to positively impact the nation. Although critics acknowledge potential flaws in some choices, they universally acknowledge his good intentions. The Buhari government significantly impacted various sectors, implementing hundreds of major decisions that often went underappreciated.

Key achievements during his tenure include tackling corruption through initiatives like the Treasury Single Account (TSA) and the Integrated Personnel and Payroll System (IPPS). The government focused on diversifying the economy, achieving self-sufficiency in rice, supporting small farmers, and launching various agricultural programs.

Additionally, the Buhari government prioritized social welfare, empowering vulnerable segments of the population through programs like the National Livestock Transformation Program (NLTP) and various financial schemes. The administration also effectively managed crises, including the COVID-19 pandemic and Boko Haram terrorism, significantly improving health infrastructure and education policies.

Critics tend to overlook these achievements and focus on delegitimizing Buhari’s legacies, often disregarding the positive impact on national security and intelligence efforts. General Marwa’s tenure and Senator Hadi Sirika’s contributions to aviation security are highlighted as notable successes that deserve recognition.

In the face of criticisms, President Buhari remained resolute, emphasizing the necessity to curb wasteful spending, especially in security agencies. He advocated for a focus on security and accountability in these critical sectors, disregarding frivolous expenditures.

As President Buhari’s term concludes, history will be the ultimate judge of his tenure. Despite the criticisms and differing perspectives, it is evident that his administration made significant strides in shaping Nigeria’s trajectory, leaving a lasting impact on the nation.