In less than two hundred and thirty days, Nigerians will choose their next President. How has the current one performed?
Muhammadu Buhari has faltered in making tangible progress in many sectors of the economy. In agriculture, one of the five areas we assessed to see what performance has looked like, we show how he has failed to deliver on the promised 7% GDP growth in the sector.
Also, he couldn’t convert a burgeoning population into a gold mine of skilled workers. And so, despite promising employment, Nigeria’s unemployment rate worsened to 33% in 2020 from 14% in 2016. The President failed to score any point on this promise which was a total failure.
Finally, the President had some admirable plans, such as enabling tech and facilitating more gas-powered vehicles. The results in these sectors were mixed as the President secured some points for creative and solution-oriented thinking.
As a way of reflecting, the Stears Newsroom picked five core economic areas based on the objectives set by his administration and assessed what performance has been like. For this scorecard, the grades on offer range from A to F, with A representing exceeded expectations and F signalling underperformance.
We’ll start with Buhari's favourite sector—Agriculture, aka "The Key”