OrderPaperToday – President Muhammadu Buhari has been overlooked for the #AfricanLeader2017 award presented by The Difference Newspaper.
President Buhari came last in the Newspaper’s rating of African leaders, behind Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Nana Akufo Addo of Ghana, and eventual winner, Dr. John Pombe Magufuli of Tanzania.
In a statement released in Lagos, the Newspaper disclosed that John Pombe emerged as winner “on account of his focused contributions towards improving the living conditions of the citizens of the East African nation as well as his exemplary leadership style.”
Speaking further on the Tanzania leader, the statement reads: “Nicknamed “The Bulldozer”, and widely seen as being ‘a no-nonsense, results-driven politician,’ the maverick leader goes the extra mile to connect with his people: he rides public buses, discloses his salary on TV, joins waste disposal crews at work.
“On the flip side however, and reaffirming the imperative that the African people and civil society must never be distracted from their natural role of being watchdog on the continent’s leaders, there has continued to be concern expressed that in his rush to get the job done, Magafuli does not shy away from clamping down on all dissenters, the opposition and the media.”
On President Buhari, the statement notes that he was elected on a “Change” agenda in 2015 with great expectations from the Nigerian people.
“However, the nation under his watch has not witnessed a lot of the promised improvements, and was even to slip in and out of a recession.
“There has however been some degree of progress recorded in boosting local agricultural productivity (notably rice cultivation) and reducing some of the ferocious onslaught of the Boko Haram insurgency.
“Overall however, factors of poor political brinkmanship, visionary inertia and unfocused promotion of the war against corruption have eaten into the success potential of the administration which is practically entering its last year in office,” the statement adds.