The Presidency on Sunday released its 90-page fact sheet chronicling the high points of the Muhammadu Buhari-led government since it came to an end on May 29.
According to a statement signed by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, the fact sheet highlights 37 bills signed into law, 12 executive orders, several infrastructure projects, bilateral agreements, financial reforms as well as the appointment/ Has gone. Election of distinguished Nigerians in the leadership of several global organizations.
The statement was titled ‘Buhari’s Footprints on the Sands of Time’.
It read in part, “About four weeks in, President Muhammadu Buhari touches down as the nation’s number one citizen. For eight years, he has served, exerting a beneficial influence on nearly all areas of the national landscape: security, the economy, Anti-corruption, infrastructure; rail, road, air and port, power, housing, water resources, oil and gas sector, legislative affairs, foreign affairs, sports, youth development, and many more.
“The Presidential Communications Team brings here a one-stop shop of achievements under the Buhari administration, which includes two terms of eight years each. This is a collector’s item, an answer to the questions of those who look at the cup half-empty rather than the cup half full.
“Those who are objective, take an unbiased look at this fact sheet, will admit that President Buhari came and served meritoriously. As he promised many times, he will not leave Nigeria the way it was founded.
On infrastructure, Adesina said that the government has and is constructing over 961 km of rail lines across the country.
The fact sheet also highlights other infrastructural gains in terms of electricity, roads, healthcare, housing, oil and gas, and the digital economy.
It noted the launch of a new national 5G policy in 2021 and the successful licensing of two private companies to rollout 5G nationally, adding that Nigeria’s 5G spectrum auction had generated $547m in license fees.
On the foreign front, Adesina said that the Buhari-led government has built fruitful relationships and signed various MoUs in infrastructure, security, economy and humanitarian sectors.
These foreign entities include the United Nations, China, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Morocco, South Africa, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Germany.
The fact sheet noted that the regime was also instrumental in appointing several Nigerians as heads of various global organizations.
They include the President’s designation as the African Union Anti-Corruption Champion for 2018; Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, appointed 2017; Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director-General of the World Trade Organization (first African and first woman to hold the position, elected 2021); Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank, elected in 2015 and re-elected in 2020; and Benedict Ormah, president of the African Export-Import Bank, re-elected for a second term in 2020.
Others are Mohamed Barkindo, Secretary-General of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries; Elected 2016, Re-elected 2019; Chile Abo-Osuji, President of the International Criminal Court, 2018-2021.
Others include Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, President of the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, 2019-2020; Bankole Adeoye, Commissioner, Department of Political Affairs and Peace and Security of the African Union Commission, elected for 2021; Funke Adeyemi elected Secretary-General of the African Civil Aviation Commission in 2022; Mustafa Shehu elected President of the World Federation of Engineering Organization in 2022, Osahon Enabulele elected President of the World Medical Association in 2022.