Nigeria’s ruling party All Progressives Congress disrupted the Senate proceedings after Senator Enyinnaya Harcourt Abaribe said in a claim that the current President Muhammadu Buhari is ‘incompetent’.
While responding to the President’s statement about the ongoing violence in the Middle Belt region of the state, Senator Abaribe said “I, so make bold to say that the president is incompetent,” according to a report in the Nigerian Daily Post.
This remark by the Senator comes few days after President Buhari announced that he will be running for a second term in the Nigerian Presidential elections due in February 2019. The 75-year-old won the elections in 2015 and became the first candidate to defeat an incumbent president, his predecessor Goodluck Jonathan.
Buhari’s ‘Change’ campaign in 2015 was based on promises which included bringing an end to security threats in the country and stabilizing the economy. Buhari has seen a decline in popularity during his term, as he seems to have failed to fulfill his promises. Under Buhari’s rule, the economy came out of recession but food inflation remained high at 16.1 percent.
His government failed to bring an end to the Boko Haram insurgency, which is now in its tenth year. Additionally, violent incidents rose between the Muslim nomadic herdsmen and southern Christian farmers in the Middle Belt region where the two regions collide.
“The Middle Belt states could play a key role again in a tight race, but Buhari’s stronghold will remain the north and he is unlikely to make inroads in the south” West Africa analyst at Teneo Intelligence Malte Liewerscheidt told Reuters.
Last year, he was also away from Nigeria for three months on an alleged ‘medical vacation‘ to London, where he was being treated for an undefined illness.