Buhari has fulfilled promise against Boko Haram – Danfulani
Says one year of El-Rufai is a disaster
Chairman, Centrum Initiative for Development and Fundamental Rights Advocacy (CEDRA), DR. John Danfulani has commended President Mohammadu Buhari for fulfilling to a large extent his promise to tackle insecurity with particular reference to Boko Haram insurgency.
He however described one year of Kaduna State Governor, Nasir Ahmed El-Rufai as disaster base on CEDRA assessment of him in 12 months.
According to Danfulani, President Buhari promised Nigerians two major things during his campaign; fighting corruption and insurgency in the Northeast. While commending the effort of Mr President on insecurity because Book Haram has been degraded, he expressed worry on selective way of fighting corruption on the other hand.
Addressing newsmen in Kaduna, the University Lecturer alleged that Mr President has been using anti graft agencies to witch-hunt only members of opposition People’ Democratic Party (PDP), forgetting that five governors, who defected to governing All Progressives Congress (APC) bare a year to election, had financially contributed to financial pulse that brought him to power but he had silent on them.
He further said that Mr President has been defiant to court orders in some alleged corruption cases, “the fact that he did not follow due process is corruption. He will go abroad and be calling Nigerians corrupt which was while David Cameron has gut to described Nigeria fantastic corrupt.”
“Buhari has fulfilled to a large extent in the promise he made to Nigerians then to tackle security challenges particularly Boko Haram. We commend him because Boko Haram has been degraded as they are now on the run and that means they will not be able to gather and plan again.
“So because people felt that the then President, Goodluck Jonathan, was not doing enough to nip the menace in the bud gave their mandate to President Buhari based on his personality.
“On 29th May 2016 the PMB and Governor El-rufa’i regimes will be one year in office. Within their first year in office many decisions and actions were taken in fulfillment of duties bestowed to their offices in Nigeria’s 1999 constitution. Some of their actions were attempts to keep faith with their electoral promises while others were in fulfillment of the traditional roles assigned to their offices.
“CEDRA shares his zeal on waging war against graft. It’s not debatable that corruption is constituting a cog in the wheel of our progress as a nation. However, we insist that the war be wagged in tandem with laid down rules. CEDRA frowns at the way suspects are being treated as if they have been pronounced guilty by courts of competent jurisdiction. PMB must know that it is not how he wants the war be wagged but how the law said it should be done.
“CEDRA believes lack of serious economic plan and consistent vacillation in monetary policies has turned one of the continent’s largest and fastest growing economy to a basket case. GDP dropped to its lowest ebbs in the past 25 years, Naira value nosedived and over 500,000 workers lost their jobs. We believe that he needs more economic advisers not a battalion of media experts he keeps appointing to launder his image and that of the regime.
“PMB has achieved much in the area of combating Boko Haram. They have been degraded and set on the run. As he was making progress in that front, new forms of insecurity are on the rise viz the herdsmen and Avengers. These two are posing serious threats to physical and economic security of the nation. PMB came out and condemned activities of the herdsmen but it was too little too late unlike how strongly and swiftly he reacted to the avengers. We insist that the treatment intended for avengers be meted to the rampaging Fulanis that are killing people all over the country as well.
“PMB has done a lot but yet to live up to the expectations of Nigerians. His constant blame game of past regimes his exposing his limited understanding on how to run a Nigeria of 2015/16. The political setting and consciousness seems to be too complex for his understanding. We counsel that his cabinet members and aide should create a way of simplifying competing options for him to ease his job. His human rights record is not too good and it’s a sad thing to notice.”
On Governor El-Rufai, he said, “within one year in office, he has taken far reaching decisions and made statements like; banning streets hawking and begging, scripting a religious bill, staging a musical jamboree, embarked on school feeding programme, made claim that one LGA in Kaduna State has more gold than South Africa, demolished structures in public schools land, arrested and jailed activists and penman, and told opponents to go climb Kufena Mountain and die.
“Most of the programmes are not in touch with the reality on ground. The school feeding programme that billions were sank became a laughing stock. His attempt to build more classrooms for primary schools in the state ended producing more toilets than learning rooms in many schools. His religious censorship bill before the state house of assembly created more questions than answers. His claims of running a slimmer and effective government is a huge mantra. For a complete one year, there is no single peoples oriented project in Kaduna State.
“His one year reign in Kaduna state was a complete disaster and full of unnecessary controversies. He needs to expand his understanding of the situation on ground and realities of happenings around him,” he advised.
He called on citizens of Kaduna state to get up and begin to challenge his style of leadership head-on and his know all attitude which is doing more harm than good.
He however urged opposition parties and advocates of good governance and liberty not to lower their guard, alleging that “PMB and El-rufa’i are leaders not willing to lead by the constitution but by their whims and caprices. Gains of our sixteen years democracy are shrinking. Nigerians and the people of Kaduna state must keep them in check 24/7.”
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