Abuja - A South-African-based security think tank has predicted a difficult year for President Muhammadu Buhari.
Institute for Security Studies (ISS), in its analysis of major political events that might transpire in the continent, pointed out Buhari had to fulfill pledges made last year ahead of his historic election.
“It will also be a very challenging year for Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, who will now have to make good on his 2015 election promises,”
Liesl Louw-Vaudran, ISS Consultant, said.
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Louw-Vaudran mentioned a number of issues that would prove problematic for Buhari and his administration.
“This includes effectively dealing with terror group Boko Haram and bringing back the kidnapped Chibok girls,” the security expert said.
Members of the Islamic militant sect kidnapped the more than 200 schoolgirls in Chibok, Borno State in April 2013.
Efforts by the past administration of Goodluck Jonathan and the current government of Buhari to rescue the minors have not yielded results.
The kidnapping of the girls at their dormitories is among a number of crises the Boko Haram sect has perpetrated.
Despite assurances by government progress has been made eliminating the sect, it has continued carrying out deadly attacks that have claimed scores of lives. Borno is the worst affected by the crisis that has spilled beyond the country’s borders, killing more than 20 000 people and displacing over 2 million.
On the economic front, things are not looking rosy either, Louw-Vaudran said.
“Africa’s most populous nation will also look to him to continue the fight against corruption and boost economic development, despite the slump in the oil price.”
- CAJ News