- Nigerians have set agenda for President Muhammadu Buhari ahead of the inauguration of his second term in office
- The president was asked to look beyond tribal and party loyalty in selecting new cabinet
- Presidency had on Thursday, April 25, hinted that the current cabinet may be dissolved in May
Ahead of the inauguration of his second term in office on May, 29, some Nigerians have set agenda for President Buhari on how to move the country forward.
Legit.ng's regional reporter, Subair Mohammed, reports that while some people expressed hope in Buhari's new administration to provide jobs for unemployed youth, others said they were satisfied with his government based on his integrity.
The president was also advised to look beyond party loyalty and tribal affiliation in the selection of his cabinet members, pririotise curbing insecurity and maintaining independence of the other two arms of government.
Speaking with Legit.ng, a graduate of Lagos State Polytechnic and resident of the state, Shehu Ahmad Lawal, said although he has no gainful employment after seven years of graduation, he noted that Buhari's new government would provide more jobs.
He said President Buhari has laid the foundation for a better and prosperous economy in his first term, adding that it only requires him to consolidate on what he did to bring about positive impacts in the lives of the Nigerian youths in term of gainful employment.
He said: “As the saying goes, Rome was not built in a day and considering the rot President Buhari inherited in 2015 from past administrations, I am patient with the president so that the jobs he couldn’t create for Nigerian youths in his first term, would be available in his second term in office.
"The last seven years after graduation hasn’t been easy for me because I have been doing menial jobs that only earn me little amount of money which is not enough for me to start a family or build a future.
"So, I am hoping to be gainfully employed in this second term of President Buhari so that I can start my family and give my life a meaning too. And I pray and hope that my trust and hope will not be dashed."
A private school teacher on the Island, Akintunde Showole, described President Buhari's unblemished integrity and contentment as a plus to Nigerians. He said lack of integrity and contentment of the country's past leaders is the cause of stagnation, corruption and retrogression in the country's national development.
"Now that God has blessed the country with a man of integrity. The country will be better for it because the country's commonwealth will not be siphoned and the avenue where money are looted will be blocked and most importantly, his eyes and mind will be on developing the country because this is where he belongs unlike past leaders that have foreign homes and account.
"So, I don’t want to assess President Buhari based on what he has done or not done, I am satisfied with the man because of his integrity and contentment because any leader that has these two attributes without any doubt is a good leader.
"For me, whatever he did in his first term and what he is going to do in his second coming is okay by me as much as he preserves his integrity and he is not found wanting of any crime," Showole said.
Another Nigerian and resident of Lagos state, Olabode Popoola, said since Nigeria’s economy came out of recession in 2017, nothing seems to be improving as poverty among many Nigerian families is more pronounced while unemployment rate scale higher.
Popoola said that President Buhari has done his best in his first term, saying that the president needs to place more emphasis on the economy by appointing his ministers on merit immediately after the inauguration.
"I will like to see the return of former finance minister, Kemi Adeosun, because she achieved a lot in her little stay in office as the finance ministry helmsman. The budget for the health ministry needs to be raised for all Nigerians to have an unhindered access to qualitative healthcare.
"The country under President Buhari has witnessed a lot of growth, especially in curbing corruption and empowering the youths but more need to be done in this term for the name of the president to be written in gold in the hearts of Nigerians and in the history of politics of the country," he said.
Wale Olapade, a Lagos resident and public affairs commentator, however, said that nothing has changed in governance in President Buhari's first term. He said the country has enjoyed twenty years of unbroken democracy but rather than progress, the country has regressed to the point it is today.
He said there has been peace, order and progress under Buhari but lamented that good governance is elusive in the country.
He said: “There has not been good governance in the country. It is in Nigeria you will see an arm of government interfering in the affairs of the other arms. If not, why is the executive arm and the APC insisting on choosing the leadership of the National Assembly?
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"The National Assembly is a creation of the Constitution and it is meant to be a separate and independent arm of governance saddled with making laws for order, peace and progress, doing oversight and representation of the people's interest.
"This is what I want the president to consider in his second coming. He must ensure the freedom of each of the arms of government, and appoint able and patriotic Nigerians in his cabinet to avoid failure in his second coming."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s information and culture minister, said on Thursday, April 25, that the power to dissolve the federal cabinet rests with President Buhari.
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