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US Group Says Buhari Lacks Energy To Solve Nigeria's Problems, Atiku To Enrich H by ItzBIM(m): 5:32pm On Jan 12
With the 2019 presidential election just five weeks away, one of Buhari and Atiku is expected to be elected Nigeria's president at the polls.

However, according to Eurasia's recent report, victory for either of the two might not best serve the country as they both have limitations that might prove troublesome in the future.

The group described Buhari, 76, as lacking energy to solve Nigeria's problems while Atiku is likely to enrich himself and associates if he becomes president.

The report read, "He (Buhari) is an elderly, infirm leader who lacks the energy, creativity, or political savvy to move the needle on Nigeria's most intractable problems.

"His opponent is Atiku Abubakar, another gerontocrat who would focus on enriching himself and his cronies, avoiding the difficult and politically unpopular tasks necessary for reform."

Buhari's victory poses risks of political crisis - Eurasia

The report further noted that a second term victory for Buhari would bring Nigeria little progress "on critical policy priorities like tax reform or a restructuring of the energy sector".

"Buhari would be a lame duck from day one, with powerbrokers in his own party quickly shifting their focus to the next electoral cycle in 2023," the report read.

The group also expressed worry that a repetition of Buhari's mysterious health problems, like during his first term, would worse the situation.

The report concluded, "A Buhari reelection also carries tail risks. A politically weak president, for health or other reasons, would open the floodgates for political infighting, increasing the chances that his ruling All Progressives Congress implodes.

"That would turn a policy slowdown into paralysis. The risk of attacks on oil infrastructure would also rise, because the absence of strong leadership in Abuja would make it harder to negotiate with the Niger Delta's various militant groups."

Atiku's policies are unclear and untested - Eurasia

Eurasia also poured cold water on the possible victory of Atiku, a former vice president, noting that his policy priorities are unclear and untested even though he's credited with keener intellect than Buhari.

The group noted that his victory would create a brief, superficial boost to the country's image, even at the risk of Nigeria returning to "an even more rent-seeking governing style".

The report read, "Atiku's policy priorities are unclear and untested: He had previously promised to deregulate the oil and gas sector but recently pledged to reduce gasoline prices by 50% from already below-market levels. That would swell subsidy costs and endanger long-term debt sustainability.

"He's also unlikely to champion a tax reform that's critical to Nigeria's fiscal sustainability. Atiku would face significant infighting within his People's Democratic Party as well, as leaders try to hold him to his promise to serve only one term (a pledge he's likely to retract)."

Source:https://www.pulse.ng/news/politics/us-group-says-buhari-lacks-energy-to-solve-nigerias-problems-atiku-to-enrich-himself/gqw9nz0
Re: US Group Says Buhari Lacks Energy To Solve Nigeria's Problems, Atiku To Enrich H by baliyubla: 5:34pm On Jan 12
The report read, "He (Buhari) is an elderly, infirm leader who lacks the energy, creativity, or political savvy to move the needle on Nigeria's most intractable problems.

"Buhari would be a lame duck from day one, with powerbrokers in his own party quickly shifting their focus to the next electoral cycle in 2023," the report read.

Atiku is an option today because Buhari is not an option. Very impartial reportage

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