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APC: Buhari Administration Has Performed Poorly- Yakassai

 By Suleiman Umaru

 This may not be the best of times for President Muhammadu Buhari of the ruling  All Progressive Congress, APC. This is because Tanko Yakassai, an elder Statesman, had taken advantage of the country’s 59th Year Independence Celebration  to take a sweeping look at the Admiration, since May 29, 2015, rating it very low. Compared to previous Administrations.

Appearing on Channels Television on Tuesday, October 1st, 2019, an aggrieved Yakassai lamented that that the APC logan of change which brought the party into power in the first instance in 2015, has  failed to produce the  desired changes in the polity and economy of this country, , and thus called for the restructuring of the country.  The elder Statesman  who could not hide his feelings stopped short at saying that Buhari and APC has failed the nation  as the restructuring of the country would’’ help in the  building of a better   country for  the upcoming generation’’. But the Katsina born Nigerian President would not take it from  Yakassai.

Addressing Nigerians at the 59th Indepence anniversary celebration, an elated  Buhari, gave his Administration passmak in the area of food security in the country.  ‘’ We have  made remarkable  progress  in almost  all segments  of the  country’s Agricultural  chain, from fertilisers to rice production  and animal seed production.

The President who was not bordered by the people’s verdict on his Administration has vowed  to sustain the policies   on the  nation’s Agricultural sector  to ensure additional investments were channeled , noting that that the era of the  government throwing its seaports and borders open for food importation and thereby exporting labour  was over.

Recall that that the government had ordered  the closure of the borders with the neighbouring Republic of benin, Niger, Chad and the Central African country of Cameroon since last the Presidential order, Hameed Ali, a retired Army Colonel and Comptroller General, Nigerian Customs Service, NCS, in Collaboration with the  Mohammad Babadende, Comptroller General, Nigerian Immigration Service, NIS,  and other Security  agencies including the Department of State Security, DSS, under the close watch of the Magaji Bichi,  embarked on the border drills  Coordinated by the office of Babagana Munguno, a retired Major General and National Security Adviser, NSA to check mate the activities of smugglers, particular smuggling of foreign parboiled rice and vehicles into the country through unapproved borders. The government had insisted as  a condition for reopening the closed borders with the neighbouring West African countries and Cameroon that they must not  allowed their countries to be used as a base to smuggle prohibited items into the country.

Recall that President Buhari had banned the importation of foreign rice and vehicles, into the country through the land borders in 2017.  Mohammad Issoufou, the Niger President and Buhari close ally, has bowed to pressure from the Nigerian President to ban the re-exportation of foreign rice from Republic of Benin to his landlocked country to avoid playing into Buhari’s hand.  He had expected President Patrick Talon of Benin to stop the importation of foreign parboiled rice, since the country  do not eat but only eats white rice, to encourage the Nigerian President  to reopen the borders to reduce the suffering. of the people of the border Communities. But the revenue generated by the  Talon’s government on the foreign rice importation from the  Companies given license to import  rice into the country . Given the high level discussion s at the highest level of government,  there were speculations that the President may take advantage of the the  country’s 5th  Independence Celebration to reopen the borders for facilitate  ease movement of goods and srvices around the Border Communities.  There are indications that that the border drills may  still hold on for the next one or two months, an indication that  indication  that it may be reopened between now and November. The President may have been encouraged to still stick to the border closure because of the reports from office the office of the NSA and Ali, the Customs Comptroller General, , on the performance of the border drill across the country as  the cross-border  rice and petroleum Products smugglers syndicate  have been  forced out of the business.

The President who is impressed his Administration with the level of food security and self –sufficiency  in the country, appears to have shifted attention to the revenue generating agencies, warning against failure to meet their yearly revenue targets. Among the revenue generating agencies are the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, NCS, Federal Inland Revenue Services, FIRS, among others.

Bismarck Rewane: Nigeria Lack Mental Discipline To Execute Ideas

The President was said to have made it clear that the revenue generating and reporting agencies will come under much greater scrutiny as a way to move the country forward. He  may have gladdened the heart of Ali , the Customs boss and his officials who had been meeting and surpassing their yearly revenue targets over the last four years, that it had has hit  the trillion naira market as  he has given his words to reward  ‘’exceptional  revenue  performance ‘’. He has a bad news for revenue generating agencies  which fail to pay into the Federation Account  agreed revenue targets. This is because of the dire consequence that awaits them

 The President may have thrown a challenge to Abba Kol Kyari, Group Managing Director, NNPC, and Babatunde Fowler, Chairman, FIRS, to take a cue from the Customs Comptroller General to block areas of revenue leakages in their Organisations.

In spite of the President’s plans to  push the revenue generating agencies, particular, NNPC, NCS and FIRS, to  double their effort in revenue collection,  Bismarck Rewane,  Chief  Executive Officer, CEO,  Financial Derivatives  Company limited, believes that ‘’ Nigeria lack the mental discipline  to execute plans  for the growth of the economy’’.

Rewane, who could not hide his feelings  disclosed   that the country  does not lack   good economic ideas  but lacks the mental  discipline  to execute the plans.

According to him, Nigerians are tired  of being told  one thing and then seeing another thing.  This is an indictment on the Buhari  Administration  which started with the slogan of Change but nothing has changed in the  country as Infrastructural facilities are still in a state of decay.

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