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Nigeria: Buhari’s legacy is one of ‘missed opportunities and inaction’ says analyst

By Ruth Olurounbi
Posted on Tuesday, 23 March 2021 18:26, updated on Monday, 29 March 2021 20:22

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Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari, centre, speaks during a meeting with the freed schoolboys on Friday Dec. 18, 2020 in Katsina, Nigeria. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

29 May 2021 will mark six years since Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari took office with a promise to safeguard the lives of the electorates, fight crippling corruption and improve livelihoods in Africa’s most populous nation. More than half a decade later, analysts have scored the president’s performance as “weak” and see him as having "failed" in his mandate.

When President Buhari came to power in 2015 after “many years of lackluster governance,” the expectations were, within the domestic and international audiences, that the new administration could potentially turn things around and deliver progressive “change” that would propel the nation forward, says Matthew Page, an associate fellow, at the Africa Programme at Chatham House.