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See What The U.S Government Are Saying About Buhari Government

Jun 19, 2016

– A former chairman of the U.S. House Intelligence
Committee says Buhari is Nigeria’s problem, not its
solution
– Pete Hoekstra said Buhari has made his anti-
corruption war selective
– He also attacked the president’s policy on economy
describing them as “ damaging and outdated monetary
policy”

Pete Hoekstra, a former chairman of the U.S. House
Intelligence Committee from 2004 to 2007 in this article
published by Wall Street Journal says President
Muhammadu Buhari is Nigeria’s problem and not the
solution.
Breaking down every move of President Buhari, Hoekstra
said Buhari has made his anti-corruption war selective.
“But an anti corruption drive that is selective and focused
on senior members of the opposition party creates deep
political divisions. Meanwhile, members of Mr. Buhari’s
own cabinet, accused of large-scale corruption, walk free,”
he said.
He also attacked the president’s policy on economy
describing them as “ damaging and outdated monetary
policy”.

Nigerian President Muhummadu Buhari writes of building
an economic bridge to Nigeria’s future (“The Three Changes
Nigeria Needs,” op-ed, June 14). It’s hard to see how his
administration’s inflexibility, lack of vision and reactive
approach will achieve this.
Mr. Buhari notes that building trust is a priority for Nigeria.
But an anti-corruption drive that is selective and focused on
senior members of the opposition party creates deep political divisions. Meanwhile, members of Mr. Buhari’s own cabinet, accused of large-scale corruption, walk free. Seventy percent of the national treasury is spent on the salaries and benefits of government officials, who make upwards of $2 million a year.
As for Mr. Buhari’s ideas to re-balance the economy and
regenerate growth, his damaging and outdated monetary
policy has been crippling. The manufacturing sector,essential to Nigeria’s diversification, has been hardest hit, exacerbating an already fast-growing employment crisis. Foreign investors have started to flee en masse.

Mr. Buhari makes only brief mention of the country’s deteriorating security situation. But security and stability are precursors to economic growth and development. Boko Haram has been pushed back for now, but little attention is
paid to the structural issues that have spurred its rise.

Instead, the Nigerian government has diverted much-needed military resources to the Niger Delta, where rising militancy has reduced Nigeria’s oil production to less than half the country’s capacity, and half the amount required to service the national budget. Much of these tensions arise from Mr. Buhari’s decision to cut amnesty payments to militants and an excessively hard-line approach in a socially and politically sensitive environment.

Other ethnic tensions are also growing. In the country’s south, protests have been met by a bloody response from
the Nigerian military, stoking the fire and galvanizing support for an independent state of Biafra. Rising tensions could again pose one of the greatest threats to Nigeria’s
stability and future.

Pete Hoekstra, Senior Fellow, The Investigative Project on
Terrorism, Washington and former chairman of the U.S.
House Intelligence Committee from 2004 to 2007.

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