Renowned Nigerian author and activist, Reno Omokri, recently took to his Twitter account to dispute President Muhammadu Buhari’s farewell claims about Nigeria’s progress during his tenure. In a scathing critique, Omokri pointed out several key areas where he believes the nation has experienced a decline rather than improvement. Let’s examine the facts and figures to determine the validity of these contrasting views.
Omokri began by citing Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), emphasizing the stark contrast between the figures in 2015 and those estimated for 2023. According to him, in 2015, when former President Goodluck Jonathan handed over the reins to President Buhari, Nigeria’s GDP stood at $509.9 billion. However, Omokri claims that the current estimated GDP under Buhari’s leadership is $450 billion. These figures suggest a significant decrease rather than the promised progress.
Turning to the security situation, Omokri contends that in 2015, the primary national security threat was Boko Haram. However, in the present day, Nigeria faces multiple existential threats, including Boko Haram, bandits, and unknown gunmen. This assessment highlights the deteriorating security landscape under Buhari’s administration, painting a picture contrary to his claim of leaving Nigeria in a better state.
The economic sphere also comes under scrutiny in Omokri’s critique. He points out that in 2015, the exchange rate was ₦199 to $1, while currently, it stands at ₦750 to $1. This significant depreciation of the national currency raises concerns about the country’s financial stability and the impact on the lives of ordinary Nigerians.
Furthermore, Omokri draws attention to the nation’s foreign debt, highlighting that it has surged from $10.7 billion in 2015 to nearly $50 billion at present. This exponential increase raises questions about the effectiveness of economic policies implemented during Buhari’s tenure, as well as the burden it places on future generations.
In terms of corruption perception, Omokri points to Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index, where Nigeria ranked 136th in 2015 but has fallen to the 150th position in 2023. This drop in rankings suggests a lack of progress in addressing corruption, a persistent issue that hampers the country’s development and erodes public trust.
Omokri concludes his critique by asserting that Buhari’s farewell claims are a “provocative and blatant lie.” He states that Buhari’s presidency has been a mistake and fervently prays that such leadership never returns to afflict Nigeria again.
President Buhari’s farewell broadcast aimed to highlight his perceived accomplishments during his time in office. However, Reno Omokri’s critical assessment raises valid concerns about the contrasting reality on the ground. It is crucial for citizens, policymakers, and analysts to examine these claims closely and objectively to determine the true state of Nigeria’s progress under Buhari’s administration.
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