NIGERIANS IN SOUTH AFRICA INDIFFERENT ABOUT MID-TERM REPORT OF BUHARI GOVT

NIGERIANS IN SOUTH AFRICA INDIFFERENT ABOUT MID-TERM REPORT OF BUHARI GOVT

Words on the street amongst opinion leaders in the Nigerian community suggest that majority of Nigerians are indifferent toward President Muhammad Buhari’s government mid-term report.

Majority of them are happy about victories over Boko Haram insurgencies, fight against corruption and the financial gains the administration has made.

The highlights of their elation on the security front are:the capture of Boko Haram’s operational and spiritual headquarters, “Camp Zero” and the12,000 Boko Haram hostages who have been freed, including 106 of the Chibok Girls abducted in April 2014.

In the economic front, there’s mixed reactions. The Naira that was suddenly weakened under the current administration (though had shored up a little lately) formed the core of their disappointments.

Hakeem Bamitefa, a Nigerian trader in Johanesburg said: “We find it hard to send money. The value of Naira went down really bad. It was also hard to buy things here and send home”.

A Nigerian digital expert anonymously said there is no considerable improvement in the economic front.

Mike Azubike claims the current administration has done extremely well compared to the last. “When I went to Nigeria, people complained but their complaints were baseless because they all acknowledged that the Buhari administration is disciplined and has recovered billions of Naira of stolen money”.

The mid-term report indicated that the number of sub-sectors of the economy experiencing negative growth has almost halved; falling from 29 sub-sectors for the whole of 2016 to 16 in Q1 2017.

Growth in manufacturing has returned to positive territory after five quarters of negative growth. It grew by 1.36% in Q1 2017 after falling to -7.0% in Q1 2016.

Our priority Sectors of Agriculture and Solid Minerals have seen improved performance, in spite of the recession. Agriculture grew by 4.11% in 2016, while Solid Minerals recorded a 7% increase.

The contribution of the Ministry of Solid Minerals’ to the Federation Account tripled to about N2 billion in 2016, up from N700m in 2015.

Oluwakanyinsola Oshin, a Nigerian broadcaster says words from home, especially from the grassroots indicate that suffering may have increased amongst the people.

She consented that the statistics are favourable but the that the masses are still complaining.

Over 80% of Nigerians in South Africa say infrastructural development is the most important factor that can prompt them to go back home.

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