2 Major Ways Buhari's Re-election Will Touch Your Life
A policy analyst, Dr. Boniface Chizea, has highlighted two major ways that President Muhammadu Buhari's re-election would affect Nigerians; whether those that voted for him or those that did not.
The presidential election result was announced on Monday by the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu.
Buhari was the chosen one and from the results of the election, it was clear that he got most of his votes from the north and this has angered people who voted and wanted the opposition.
Some others on social networks, who showed their choice of the opposition, but refused to come out on the day of voting, have also showed concerns about the outcome of the election, with President Buhari clinching a second term in office.
Their concerns may or may not be genuine, but that is not the reason for this write-up.
It is about how the re-election of the man now referred to as the 'King Of The North' will affect you as a Nigerian.
Consider Paul who lives in Lagos with his parents, but had no job even though he is a graduate and above 28.
He had received his Permanent Voter's Card prior to the election and was ready to vote, but was not sure of who to vote for, just because he had this opinion that the two leading candidates had no agenda that would directly affect his life and bring closer to him a future he had clamoured for.
Few weeks to the election, he had tried to get a job with a big multinational company, but failed the test and the company said he did not match the candidate they needed.
The disappointment affected him so much that he fell ill and he sought treatment at a government hospital close to him.
On that day, he got to the hospital at dusk, but was asked to go home and come the next day because there was no doctor to attend to him. His looks was not that of an emergency case, so the receptionist was quick to wave his requests.
Paul returned home disappointed and he concluded he would not vote in the election. "This country will not change," he said to himself, now finding a reason to stay away from polling unit on the day of election.
His situation showed how dangerous it had become for the nation to watch its education and health sectors glide continuously in inefficiency.
This kind of resentment that Paul had had been blamed for the poor voting in Lagos State with over six million registered voters, but could only muscle a million votes.
People had lost interest in the government and its ability to give the over 80 million Nigerians living in extreme poverty a hope of better years ahead.
The corruption they had seen, the trials of persons allegedly corrupt they had seen that have become an endless 'series movie' like the 007 did not also help matter, but became a prove that there was no hope.
Is there hope now that President Buhari has been re-elected?
Dr. Chizea told Bounce News that for the re-election to yield results to Nigerians, especially as regards the education and health of Nigerians, the government must have to adjust priorities.
He believes education and health sectors are two sides of a coin that every Nigerian should benefit from. Whether the individual voted for President Buhari or not.
The policy analyst took a look at the budgeting system.
The total budget for 2019 is 8.83 trillion Naira and out of this amount Recurrent Cost is 4.04 trillion Naira and the education sector got a share from this.
Of this 4.04 trillion Naira Recurrent Cost, the Ministry of Education will get the 462.24 billion Naira and this will take care of payment of salaries- staff of ministry, lecturers and the training of staff in the sector.
"My take is that the allocation to various budget heads will have to be looked at again.
"A lot of expenditure goes on and sometimes people don't appreciate the amount of money that goes under such headings.
"Take something like subsidy for instance, the amount of money we spend on subsidy is huge.
"A lot of comments we hear around is that subsidy will be in excess of 300 billion Naira and that is something you can compare with the money that goes into education.
"There is a need for the whole budget process and system of allocation to be revisited and this is because when you are talking of budget in the poverty capital of the world, it must be pro-poor.
"If you want to do a budget that is pro-poor, there are certain services that you must make sure are catered for and you know education and health are competing.
"They are very important. If you do not have educated people, you will sacrifice the future of your country.
"Internationally, in different nations, technology is taking over and these things are developed as a result of the brain power that they have.
"If you don't have the brain power and capacity, you will be lagging behind," he told Bounce News.
On the recent election and the results, Dr. Chizea pointed out that it showed how pre-modal the people had become in their consideration of who governed them, with people looking at ethnicity and religious affiliations of the candidates.
"Take something as basic as this election we have just gone through, you will find that most people who voted could not care less. They do not know what is at stake.
"They voted based on pre-modal considerations, looking at who came from their area or religion and that is because the person is not educated enough to critically look at issues."
He stressed that it was time to prioritise.
"If you do not have healthy people and the nation is not investing in the health sector, it is destroying," Dr. Chizea added.
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