Despite the fact that President Muhammadu Buhari is yet to hit the ground running after about three weeks in office, the All Progressives Congress (APC) is claiming that he has already achieved more than former President Goodluck Jonathan.
This comes at a time when Nigerians are agitating to see action from the new government, as President Buhari is yet to make any significant appointment, organise his cabinet or even move into the Presidential Villa, prompting Nigerians to nickname him “Baba Go Slow.”
More worrisome is the fact that Boko Haram insurgents, who were nearing near-annihilation as Jonathan’s tenure was rounding up, have suddenly witnessed a resurgence, killing hundreds in over a dozen attacks.
Speaking on the said “achievements” – more like a show of dependence of promissory notes from foreign countries – of President Buhari via a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the APC said the president had “succeeded” in rallying support from foreign countries in order to wage war against Boko Haram.According to APC, President Buhari’s achievements also include tackling “pressing national issues away from the spotlight.”The statement read: “Within three weeks of President Buhari’s inauguration, he has done what the PDP government could not do in six years: Invigorate the fight against Boko Haram by rallying a regional and global front against the terror group.
“Today, the United States has pledged $5 million to the fight against Boko Haram, in addition to other material support. This is apart from the support that has been pledged by the G-7 to strengthen Nigeria’s efforts to quell the insurgency.
“Thanks to President Buhari’s shuttle diplomacy, the Multi-National Joint Task Force that the PDP government could not bring together for all of six years is ready to deploy more soldiers next month, while the President has ordered the release of $21m to facilitate the establishment of the headquarters of the force in N’Djamena, Chad.
“Since assuming office about three weeks ago, President Buhari has visited Chad, Niger, Germany and South Africa, winning support and friends for Nigeria all over again and returning the country to the comity of respected nations.
“Those who were put off by the PDP government’s resort to politicising the fight against Boko Haram – even as the insurgents grew stronger – are now joining President Buhari to battle the terrorists. In no distant future, the results of his tireless efforts will begin to show.
“On the domestic front, President Buhari has been handling pressing issues far away from the klieg light, and his efforts to assemble a first-class team to implement his change mantra, which he is personally driving, are continuing apace.
“We in the APC are sure most unbiased Nigerians are very proud of President Buhari and the vigour he has shown in governance, the kind of vigour we did not see in the immediate past administration that was presided over by a far younger man.”