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Buhari’s approval ratings slip in latest poll

10 March 2016, 18:33Lekan Oladeinde

Abuja - The post-election party is over for President Muhammadu Buhari.

Despite his renewed focus on the nation's economy in 2016, he scores worse with Nigerians on the economy in February than he did in previous months.

The February survey by Governance Advancement Initiative for Nigeria (GAIN, said more Nigerians for the first time since December 2015 scored Buhari low on jobs, economy, and power.

In earlier months, the poll found that majority of respondents did not blame President Buhari for Nigeria’s current economic troubles. They blamed former President Goodluck Jonathan instead.

His approval rating on the economy dropped from 63.4% in January to 32.8%, in February.

The President also scored low on jobs,, power and rule of law. 


The latest survey was administered using electronic media between February 22nd and 29th.

Buhari isn't alone in weathering negative reviews, according to the poll.

The Senate maintained the lowest approval rating of all governmental institutions.


Buhari’s approval ratings on anti- corruption, security and terrorism (Boko Haram), however remained positive on balance with each changing little since GAIN last measured them. 

While Buhari’s rating on the economy slipped, majority of respondents are against the devaluation of the Naira 


Ibe Kachikwu, the Minister of State for Petroleum retained his position as the highest rated minister, with 33.3% of respondents giving him high ratings (very high plus high).

Lai Mohammed was the second rated minister with 22.3% high ratings.

Raji Fashola, was rated third for his work in the power sector (15.2%), while Adebayo Shittu, the Communications Minister was ranked a close fourth with 15.1%.


Key light of the surveys shows: 

Buhari government scores low on jobs, economy, power
More Nigerians hold Buhari responsible for the economy
Overall approval for the Buhari government declines
Nigerian Senate maintains lowest approval rating of governmental institutions 
Nigerian Army remains highest rated National Institution
Kachikwu rated best performing minister
Concerns about abuse of rule of law grows
Majority hold negative view of the selection of Ali Modu Sherriff as the PDP Chairman 
79% give poor ratings to government’s handling of Fulani Herdsmen clashes
72% of Nigerians do not support any political parties

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