Nigeria. Buhari sets out agenda against chaotic economy
Popular expectations of new President Muhammadu Buhari were stratospherically high before his 29 May inauguration in Abuja – all the more so because chronic fuel shortages, increasing power cuts, billowing state debts and mounting pay arrears have haunted the final weeks of outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan’s government.
Buhari’s immediate answer to this is a laconic, “expectations are too high”. We hear, though, that his speech in Abuja’s Eagle Square will give Nigerians and foreign officials, including US Secretary of State John Kerry, both a reality check and a promise of positive change. The attack on grand corruption will go beyond rhetoric and Buhari is set to spell out how he will call the state oil corporation, which he helped to establish over 30 years ago, to account.