The Nigerian Assembly’s Senate proceedings were disrupted yesterday after an opposition senator from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) said President Muhammadu Buhari is ‘incompetent’, according to a report in the Nigerian Daily Post.
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Senator Enyinnaya Harcourt Abaribe was responding to a statement by the president concerning the ongoing violence between herdsmen and farmers in the Middle Belt region of Nigeria and comes a few days after Buhari announced he will be running for a second term in Nigeria’s February 2019 presidential elections. Buhari declared his intentions before leaving Nigeria and justified his declaration from London, which he has frequently visited since coming to power in 2015, allegedly for health reasons.
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Buhari’s 2015 presidential bid was based on promises that included bringing an end to security threats in the country and stabilizing the economy. The 75-year-old leader’s popularity plummeted after his administration’s failure to meet campaign pledges along with economic and security challenges that befell the country.
Under Buhari’s rule, the Nigerian economy came out of a recession, but food inflation remains high at 16.1 percent. His government has also been unable to bring an end to the decade-long insurgency of Boko Haram, a terrorist organization, in the country’s northeast, which has reportedly killed twenty thousand and displaced two million people.