Ahead of the 2015 presidential elections, the candidate of the then opposition party, All Progressive Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) published a public letter titled ‘my covenant’. The letter detailed what Nigerians should expect from Buhari’s first 100 days in office if elected.
However, as President Buhari clocks 100 day in office, having taken over power on May 29, 2015 Nigerians have brought out the ‘covenant’ he made while campaigning and criticized him for failing to achieve anything he promised in 100 days in office.
Meanwhile, the leadership of the APC, through its National Publicity Secretary, Alh. Lai Mohammed has disowned the “covenant”, saying that Buhari did not promise to do anything in 100 days. Yemojanewsng.com hereby presents the promises Buhari made that are now being denied. Read the letter below:
My Covenant With Nigerians
In the past few months that I have traveled round this country on campaigns, I have experienced the sheer beauty of our diversity. From Port Harcourt to Kano, from Abeokuta to Gusau, I experienced first-hand the daily sufferings and struggles of our people. I also experienced the overwhelming desire of our people for change.
When I arrived in Port Harcourt on the 5th of January to start my campaigns, I was met by our teeming supporters, who stayed till late in the evening to welcome us. Among them were many young men and women, who in the few minutes that I shared with them at the airport, made me to reflect on what kind of future awaits them in our country.
The gestures of 90-year-old Hajia Fadimatu Mai Talle Tara from Kebbi State and 9-years-old Nicole Eniiyi Benson from Lagos State, who donated their life-savings to my campaign, reflect the overwhelming desire of our people for change. In their gestures, I perceived a longing for the days when honour, national pride and dignity of labour were the fundamental social principles that governed our country. As I encountered millions of our youths, who sometimes run for hours in front of my car and hanging precariously on our campaign vehicles at our state rallies, I also pondered the enormity of the task ahead. How do we give jobs to our youth? How do we reform our economy and make it work for every Nigerian?
I know however, that what we require to revamp our economy and rebuild our country is our ability to galvanize all our citizens to believe once again in their government, in their country and especially, to believe in themselves. This can only happen if we are able to rebuild the trust and belief that our people used to have in government, and indeed, in our nation. The leadership that I will provide will be built on this critical awareness. I intend to lead with integrity and honour and commit myself totally to everything that is of concern to our people: security, employment, health, education, good governance and others.
This Covenant is to outline my agenda for Nigeria and provide a bird’s eye view of how we intend to bring about the change that our country needs and deserves. This Covenant is derived from the manifesto of my party, the All Progressives Congress (APC). It however, represents my pledge to you all when I become your President.
I have no doubt that God being on our side, with the abiding support of all Nigerians, we shall all witness the great change that we desire and achieve the Nigeria of our dream.
Corruption and Governance
I pledge to:
Publicly declare my assets and liabilities.
Encourage all my appointees to publicly declare their assets and liabilities as a pre-condition for appointment. All political appointees will only earn the salaries and allowances determined by the Revenue Mobilization and Fiscal Allocation Commission (RMFAC).
Personal leadership in the war against corruption.
Inaugurate the National Council on Procurement as stipulated in the Procurement Act. The Federal Executive Council, which has been turned to a weekly session of contract bazaar, will concentrate on its principal function of policy making.
Review and implement audit recommendations by Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative including those on remittances and remediation.
Work with the National Assembly towards the immediate enactment of a Whistle Blower Act
Work with the National Assembly to strengthen ICPC and EFCC by guaranteeing institutional autonomy including financial and prosecutorial independence and security of tenure of officials. Make the Financial Intelligence Unit of the EFCC autonomous and operational.
Encourage proactive disclosure of information by government institutions in the spirit of the Freedom of Information Act.
Ensure all MDAs and parastatals regularly comply with their accountability responsibilities to Nigerians through the National Assembly.
All political officer holders earn only the salaries and emoluments determined and approved by the Revenue Mobilization and Fiscal Commission RMFAC.
Work with the leadership of the National Assembly and the Judiciary to cut down the cost of governance.
I will present a National Anti corruption Strategy.
Insurgency and Insecurity
I have had the rare privilege of serving my country in the military in various capacities and rose to become a Major General and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. I defended the territorial integrity of our nation.
I pledge to:
As Commander-in-Chief, lead from the front and not behind in the comfort and security of Aso Rock to boost the morale of fighting forces and the generality of all Nigerians.
Give especial attention to the welfare of our armed forces and their families; lost heroes and their families and the victims of insurgency.
Boost the morale of the men and women in the field by public recognition of their efforts through memorabilia, stamps, statues, regular rotation, regular payment of allowances, regular communication between the men and officers of security agencies, provision of best health care and housing for families of deceased comrades.
I will present a marshal plan to the nation that will combat insurgency, ethnic and religious violence, kidnapping and rural banditry.
Provide the best and appropriate military and other materials the country needs to combat insurgency, ethnic and religious violence, kidnapping and rural banditry.
Establish personal relationship with governors of the affected states by insurgency, with leaders of the countries in the region and with leaders around the world to coordinate efforts to combat insurgency, oil theft, piracy and criminality.
Restore confidence in the bilateral and multilateral partnerships in addressing insurgency including procurements.
Activate regular meetings of the National Police Council to ensure the discharge of its true constitutional role in a transparent and accountable way.
As a father, I feel the pain of the victims of insurgency, kidnapping and violence whether they are the widows and orphans of military, paramilitary, civilians and parents or the Chibok girls. My government shall act decisively on any actionable intelligence to #BringBackOurGirls.
I pledge to:
Restore the integrity of the Niger Delta by implementing relevant sections of the Ledum Technical Committee on human capital development, resource management and distribution, governance and rule of law, reclamation and environmental and sustainable development.
Commit myself and my administration to the phased implementation of the United Nations Environment Program’s(UNEP) recommendations on Ogoniland.
Unveil a marshal plan for the regenerative development of the Niger Delta.
Diversity refers to the inherent complexities of the variations in the social fabric of a people. Elements of poorly managed diversities include absence of cohesion, low capacity or political will to address resulting tensions, weak institutions of the state, in-equalities in every facet, impunity, breakdown of mutual trust, rising incidences of violence and total breakdown of law and order. To quickly reverse this observable trend in our society:
I pledge to:
Continually acknowledge and consciously equality and equity in all government businesses and activities.
Implement the National Gender Policy including 35% of appointive positions for women.
Work with National Assembly to pass a National Disability Bill, which I shall immediately assent, into Law.
Immediately charge relevant MDAs to implement new building codes to ensure that people with disability have easier access.
I will lead the campaign for restoration of mutual trust and cohesion for nation building, while also working with the National Assembly to make appropriation to strengthen institutions and platforms promoting dialogue and inclusion.
I will promote amendment to the provisions of section 14:3 of the Constitution to give effect to the expansion of the scope of representation to include women and persons with disabilities.
Work with National Assembly to pass the National Disability Act and the Equal Opportunities Bill.
I pledge to:
Implement the National Health Act 2014,which guarantees financial sustainability to the health sector and minimum basic health care for all and ban medical tourism by government officials.
Launch special programme to improve availability of water and sanitation.
Review occupational health laws and immediately commence enforcement of the provisions to reduce hazards in the work place.
Unveil a health sector review policy to ensure the efficient and effective management of our health systems.
Mobilize the health workforce needed for the all-round implementation of our primary health programmes for rural communities.
I pledge to:
Make pronouncement to make agriculture a major focus of the government and lay the institutional foundation to attract large-scale investments and capital into the agricultural infrastructural sector
Launch a massive agricultural infrastructural investments plan that will focus on production, transportation infrastructure and marketing logistics across Nigeria
Launch a massive, well-coordinated and innovatively funded Youth in Commercial Agribusiness Programme.
Establish agricultural produce pricing and marketing mechanism and institutions
Work with State and Local Governments to launch Agricultural Support Programmes that will drive state level massive agricultural land development and mechanization agenda
Revamp, revitalize and continuous improvement on the national agricultural extension and rural support service system
Initiate a holistic project aimed at promoting and securing access of standardized agricultural products to both local and international markets
Lay the groundwork for a standardized market uptake and aggregation outlets for specific agricultural produce
Initiate a comprehensive revamp of key development banks (Bank of Agriculture, Bank of Industry and Nigeria Import & Export Bank) operations to fund inclusive agricultural value chain operations
Lay the groundwork for an ambitious, massive, seamless, accessible single-digit agricultural value-chain finance programme
Initiate the process to appropriately liberalise and expand agricultural and rural insurance system with premium subventions support to farmers
Revamp the agricultural cooperative system to drive rural agriculture and improves stakes for smallholder farmers
Launch appropriate tariff rectification instrument to support import-export anomalies.
Management of the Economy for prosperity
Every Nigerian deserves to benefit from the running of our collective resources. We promise not to leave any Nigerian behind in our determination to create, expand and ensure equitable and effective allocation of economic opportunities. No matter the amount of funds we generate, unless there is an efficient and effective utilization, it will only create few billionaires. Unless we fight corruption, the economy will only benefit the greedy in our society.
I pledge to:
Work with the legislature to strengthen constitutional provisions to make the meetings of the National Economic Council more periodic and predictable and its decisions more binding.
Present annual report on the state of the economy to the National Assembly and the Nigerian People.
The Preparation of Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and annual Budget will be guided by job creation projections.
Negotiate rule-based oil revenue management process, and adopt a rule based excess crude account management process, which will entail a fixed percentage (e.g. 10% or 20%) of oil revenue each year, and also set clear rules about where the proceeds will be domiciled, when the savings can be used, by whom, and what the savings can be used for.
Work with the National Assembly to adopt a rule based, realistic and predictable oil benchmark as a basis for a more transparent management of federation account revenue and excess crude account.
Launch a Small Business Loan Guarantee Scheme in partnership with Commercial Lenders to improve access to finance for SMEs.
Automate the business registration process to ensure sole proprietorships can be opened within 24 hours and incorporated business within 5 days.
Reduce the cost of company registration to a maximum of N10,000 for sole proprietorships to encourage formalization.
Review and regulate import duty waivers to promote transparency and accountability;
Forge partnerships with state and local governments and private sectors to promote innovation, entrepreneurship and cottage industries;
Work with the National Assembly to review and finalize work on the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB);
Boost community and local participation in downstream through expansion and promotion of local content development;
Commence organizational reforms to curb corruption in NNPC and its subsidiaries
I pledge to:
Give political force to collective bargaining in all sectors of the economy, revive Tripartite Committee of Government, employers and workers organisations, whose task would be to constantly review matters of labour relations and the practice of industrial relations.
Undertake to institute an annual statutory tripartite body contribute towards formulation and implementation of broad macro-economic policies.
Reposition Ministry of Employment, Labour and Productivity and all relevant agencies mandated to manage labour dispute and grievance handling process to ensure pre-emptive strategies to halt the current frequent incessant strikes phenomenon.
The power sector has become a monstrous demonstration of corruption. Despite investment of more than X there is nothing to show but few fat cats.
I pledge to:
War against corruption in the power sector
Tackle the issue of gas availability for the proposed power plants
Emphasize alternative sources of power such as small, medium and large hydro plants (Mambilla has capacity for 4,700 megawatts), wind, coal and solar. Efforts will be geared towards smaller and potable power supply.
Start an accelerated training of human resources for the power sector.
Work with PenCom to consider giving soft loans to power sector operators.
Youth and ICT Development
The youth are the salt of the nation. More than 60% of our population is categorized as being of youth age. The future of the nation depends on the brains of the youth and not on what is buried under the ground.
I pledge to:
Declare support for the appointment of young people with requisite qualification into key political offices to begin the incubation and mentoring for a successor political generation.
Unveil a policy that all federal contractors must employ at least 50% young people.
Work with the private sector to establish innovation fund for young people.
Encourage that girls’and boys’ education is prioritized in states where this is established to be a big problem.
Review and make pronouncements, with attendant political will and commitment, on the full implementation of the national youth policy.
Establish innovation centers in conjunction with proposed National Science Foundation and the private sector.
Include vocational skills in the curriculum of Almajiri schools so that they become self-employed.
Unveil a policy that will begin to multiply the efforts and effects of technology incubation centers to at least establish two of such centers in each of the geopolitical zone.
Establish a free-tuition and scholarship scheme for pupils who have shown exceptional aptitude in science subjects at O/Levels to study ICT-related courses.
Immediately establish linkages with friendly names to champion exchange programmes for the acquisition of IT related skills.
Extend the local content policies to cover software and hardware developments in the youth-driven markets. Put in place a quality assurance mechanism to ensure that standards are met and adhered to and make it a policy for companies to procure a % of their ICT needs from the local market.
Hold a summit of all ICT service providers, OEMs, etc both local and foreign that are doing business in Nigeria to device concrete skills transfer and capacity building models in a sustainable manner.