During his 10-year stint as British prime minister, Tony Blair set up a service delivery unit to track the delivery of government policies and priorities. This innovative model has been copied around the world. His African Governance Initiative was designed to help African countries address their governance challenges. This initiative enables leaders measure their performance regarding their pet projects, programmes and their execution.Thus we can measure President Muhammadu Buhari’s performance in his 17-month reign as the Nigerian leader. Security wise, he has only been able to retrieve 21 out of 219 Chibok girls; though a few had been seen to have escaped. Boko Haram is yet to be conquered. It is still ravaging the North East; Sambisa forest is yet to be conquered. Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) still abound in Abuja, Maiduguri and Benin City. Up and until this moment herdsmen are still ravaging places in the states of Enugu, Benue and Nasarawa. The state governors have not been able to tackle the menace. However, Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State alone has been able to enact law on grazing although the Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Saad Abubakar III has declared gun carrying herdsmen as insurgents.
Then, there is a ravaging kidnap bogyman. These kidnappings constitute a grave danger to peace and stability in the country. This was dramatised in the past month by the simultaneous kidnapping of Mrs. Margaret Emefiele, the wife of the Central Bank Governor and the former Minister of the Environment Mrs. Laurentia Malam, who was seized along with her husband, Pius. On the heels of those incidents was the kidnap of the vice principal and four students of the Model College Igbonla, Epe, Lagos State. All of this goes to prove the failure of governance in Nigeria.
Only recently, robbers shot the Equatorial Guinea Consul Juan Mbomio and his wife Maria. They were travelling from Port Harcourt to Calabar when the incident occurred. They are now recuperating at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital after bullets were removed from their bodies. It was at the same time that the homes of judges were raided by men of the Department of State Services (DSS). The decay of the Nigerian judiciary is being laid bare. The DSS raided the homes and arrested Justices of the Supreme Court Sylvester Ngwuta and Inyang Okoro; Appeal Court Justice Mohammed Tsamiya; Federal High Court judges Adeniyi Ademola and Muazu Pindiga; the Chief Judge of Enugu State Innocent Umezulike and the Kano State High Court Judge Kabir Auta.
Another side of the failure of governance is mass unemployment. We are not aware of any new jobs Buhari has created since coming into office 17 months ago. There are no new companies or state corporations established by government. What we know is that banks, media houses and companies are retrenching. Manufacturing companies are folding up and relocating to neighbouring countries such as Ghana. Worse still, local and state governments can neither pay staff salaries nor pensions.
The people are starving because importation of rice has been banned. Essential commodities are scarce, diesel now sells N200 per litre; petrol N145 per litre while kerosene is out of reach at N210 per litre. Consequently, inflation is rocketing at 18 per cent. This failure to deliver on promises is a failure of governance. At the closing ceremony of the 2016 Nigerian Economic Summit, the minister of planning disclosed that the policy framework upon which plans to operate will be released by the end of this year. This is objectionable because it means this country is being operated without plans for the past 17 months. The Guardian