Buhari is Nigeria’s problem – US intelligence

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Amidst general belief among Nigerians that President Muhammadu Buhari is Nigeria’s messiah, a former chairman of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee, Pete Hoekstra has said that Buhari is actually Nigeria’s problem, not its solution.
Pete Hoekstra, Senior Fellow, The Investigative Project on Terrorism, Washington and former chairman of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee from 2004 to 2007 was quoted to have said that 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He also attacked the president’s policy on economy describing them as “damaging and outdated monetary policy.”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 his article published by Wall Street Journal insisted that 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. 
“Buhari in an anticorruption drive that is selective and focused on senior members of the opposition party creates deep political divisions while 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He also attacked the president’s policy on economy describing them as “damaging and outdated monetary policy”.  
“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 anticorruption drive that is selective and focused on senior members of the opposition party creates deep political divisions”, he further observed.
“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 Buhari’s ideas to rebalance the economy and regenerate growth, his damaging and outdated monetary policy has been crippling.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.
“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 servicing 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 was quoted to have said.
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