President Muhammadu Buhari marked his one year in office with a speech that was broadcast this morning.
He trailed the speech in a BBC interview while in London earlier this month when he said that he will be revealing the enormity of corruption in Nigeria. Many were hoping to hear some revelations in this speech and would be disappointed that nothing that wasn’t already in the public domain was said.
Watch the speech below:
He talked about ghost workers and reducing the cost of governance, including, “we will save 23bn Naira [$115.4m] per annum from official travelling and sitting allowances alone”. His critics must be thinking this is a bit rich coming from a president that has flown out of the country 29 times in one year.
The president spoke about dealing with the Niger Delta militants and Boko Haram, but said nothing about terror by Fulani herdsmen. The Global Terrorism Index 2015 report said Fulani militants were the “fourth most deadly terrorist group” in the world. Samuel Ortom, the governor of Benue State claimed two days ago: “The mercenaries invaded my village, killed over 50 persons and destroyed over 200 hectares of my rice farm. As I am sitting here, I have no ancestral home. They killed children, old men and women in my community”.
But Buhari, who took an oath of office a year ago to uphold the constitution, which states that the security and welfare of Nigerians should be the “primary purpose” of his government, did not even bother to address the issue.
To add insult to the wounds of the farmers and rural communities of Benue State and beyond that have endured horrors in the hands of killer Fulani herdsmen, Buhari claimed in his speech that he was “revitalizing the agricultural sector”.