9 February 2019
Nigerians go to the polls a week today to elect a new president. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari ran in 2015 on a platform of security, anti-corruption and economic recovery.
On the issue of insecurity, Buhari and his spin-doctors continue to claim that the situation has improved with regards to Boko Haram and the northeast, which has been the epicentre of the Islamist’s insurrection.
But Mahmud Yakubu, Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has contradicted the claims of the ruling party, stating clearly that things have become worse, with insecurity widespread and no longer confined to a specific region.
This is a strong reason why Buhari doesn’t deserve another term in office. The Nigerian Constitution states that security should be the “primary purpose” of government. And the basic test for any incumbent seeking reelection was set by Ronald Reagan in the United States, while running for president in 1980 when he asked Americans: “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?”
On security, Yakubu has confirmed that the answer is a resounding “no” for Nigerians.