By Moshood Olawale
President Muhammadu Buhari has compiled a long list of his achievement from his time in office, days after the world richest man gave him a fail mark.
Bill Gates, who has invested over $1.6 billion in the country, said that the Nigerian Government under the leadership of President Buhari failed to address the needs of the people.
In an exclusive television interview with CNN, Mr Gate said: “The current quality and quantity of investment in this young generation in health and education just isn’t good enough.”
On Thursday at the meeting of the national economic council, the co-chairman of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation had spoken to leaders in Nigeria directly to say: “The Nigerian government’s economic recovery and growth plan identify investing in our people as one of three strategic objectives.”
He explained that “the execution priorities don’t fully reflect people’s needs, prioritizing physical capital over human capital.”
President Buhari placed security, the economy and the fight against corruption as the most important factor of his campaign.
Unfortunately, President Buhari’s anti-graft tsar, Ibrahim Mustafa Magu has been indicted for corruption.
The Department of State Security Services, DSS who confirmed DENISAURUS News report of victimisation and corruption given by staff of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC against their boss, Mr Magu, states that the anti-graft acting chair is ” a perennial offender” that would not change.
As predicted by the DSS, Mr Magu has indeed become a “liability to the fight against corruption.”
During the campaign President Buhari had promised to “kill corruption.” but according to TI, corruption has thrived during the APC administration.
He was dealt a heavy blow in Februarry, when Nigeria was suspended from a world financial group, because Mr Magu was leaking confidential information to media allies.
Another misfortune for President Buhari’s economic print was the slip in the corruption index. Transparency International recently ranked Nigeria No. 148 (out of 180) most corrupt country. By contrast, when Goodluck Ebele Jonathan was leading in 2015, Nigeria scored 26/100 and was ranked 136.
However, on Monday where he inaugurated the National Food Security Council at the presidential villa, Abuja, the President said his government “introduced the national social investment programmes targeting millions of Nigerians who are living from hand to mouth.”
He adds: “We launched agricultural programmes focusing on import substitution, job creation and rural development thereby bringing socio-economic transformation to the millions of citizens living in some of the most remote rural parts of our country.
“We commenced the long-term pollution remediation projects in the Niger Delta with the hope of restoring dignity and normalcy to the millions of Nigerians impacted by decades of pollution in their communities.
“We intensified our participation in the Lake Chad Basin Commission with the goal of reversing the shrinkage of the lake, which impacts the livelihoods of over 45 million farmers, herdsmen and fishermen in the LCBC countries.
“We issued the first ever green bond that will act as a catalyst for investments in renewable energy and afforestation projects. This was oversubscribed, sharing market confidence in the country and our government.”