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Nigeria: 100 days of crisis under President Tinubu

Sep 7, 2023 | Politics | 0 comments

When President Bola Tinubu celebrated 100 days in office on September 6, employees went on strike, and a challenge to his close electoral win was denied the same day.

In reaction to the government’s plan to eliminate gasoline subsidies, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), the biggest workers group, called for a two-day warning strike.

The administration frequently called Tinubu’s first extensive choice a sad necessity. Yet many Nigerians disagree fiercely.

“He doesn’t care about the masses. Need help to purchase food. Children cannot attend school. Nothing is happening or happening, “Abuja pensioner Andy Idoma told DW.

Reactions vary
Tinubu faced issues from his predecessor, Muhammadu Buhari, including high unemployment, inflation, debt, insecurity, and oil theft.

Voters were assured he would address these concerns.

“We are yet to witness his efforts,” says Abuja public servant Mary Igede.

“We are witnessing the antithesis of his promises to us. I urge him to rethink his decision because the nation is suffering too much, “She told DW.

According to political expert Dr. Akinreti Qasim, Tinubu is on the right road but needs more time.

“No one can solve it quickly. He has redirected the economic haemorrhaging. Nigerians may not realize the benefits for a year or so, “he remarked.

What will the president-elect do for Nigeria?
Time is running out, says University of Abuja student Francis-Linus Ameh. The president is seen as having shown goodwill via his ministry selections.

“Nigeria has been detribalized compared to General Muhammadu Buhari’s time. I believe President Tinubu has made 50% progress in 100 days, “Ameh told DW.

For Igede, time is running out for ordinary Nigerians: “Salary increases have not occurred. No one can purchase anything today at the market. Everything has risen since gasoline subsidies were eliminated.”

According to Daniel Okpako of the National Revenue Mobilization, Allocation, and Fiscal Commission, providing Tinubu extra time is unjustified since he did not let Nigerians prepare for his proposals.

“He must have had a plan. He was elected. Thus, he should have planned for the economy, “Okpako said DW.

Labour Party opposition leader Dele Farotimi criticizes Tinubu. “Under Tinubu, soldiers have been slaughtered in Niger state, and Nigerians must endure crime lords menacing Lagos. While not at war, we are losing troops, “Farotimi stated.

A precarious mandate?
Tinubu, 71, a senior ruling party leader, has been challenged in court over his 2023 election win. He garnered 8.79 million votes, the fewest for a winner since Nigeria’s 1999 democratic transition.

His primary opponents, Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party and Peter Obi of the Labour Party filed a court suit to annul the election.

INEC was accused of breaking the law by not using electronic equipment to submit polling place results, leading to allegations of irregularities.

Nigeria’s Appeal Court rejected the case on September 6.

An ECOWAS workload
Tinubu became the new chair of ECOWAS immediately after the presidential inauguration. The news surprised many in the subregion.

On July 10, Tinubu stressed his zero-tolerance policy for West African coups in his victory address.

“We would not tolerate coups and take this seriously. A challenge, “Tinubu said.

Sixteen days later, Niger troops overthrew President Mohamed Bazoum, testing his determination.

Several analysts saw the ECOWAS reaction, which included a backup intervention force, as a sluggish and costly diplomatic failure.

Security expert Adib Sani thinks Tinubu’s crisis management exposed his inexperience.

“He attempted to show his power once the Niger junta seized control.

He was too ambitious. He may have done things without considering the subregion’s security, social, and economic implications, “Sani said DW.

Niger coup tests ECOWAS
Opponents argue that Tinubu prioritized his ECOWAS chairship above necessary changes in Nigeria.

Yet, Nigerians like Yakubu Mohammed are still supporting the president.

“I know the beginning is challenging. I believe his government would be considerably superior to Buhari’s, “Mohammed told DW.

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