Buhari government has been very disappointing, Jega declares


Prof. Attahiru Jega, the man that conducted the controversial election that brought President Muhammadu Buhari to power in 2015, has described his administration as “very disappointing.”

The former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), said this in an interview with Daily Trust.

Jega said the current administration has performed below the expectations of “so many Nigerians”.

The former vice-chancellor of Bayero University, Kano, said although Buhari enjoys goodwill from many Nigerians, citizens are worried “about the direction the country is taking.”

“He (Buhari) has disappointed so many people. He still has time to correct things if he has the capacity to do that. Frankly, his government has been very disappointing,” he was quoted to have said.

“Governance has been very poor at the federal level and many of the states, that is why we are seeing challenges everywhere; whether it is insurgency, banditry, armed robbery or other things.”

"Many people wish him well but are worried about the direction the country is taking,” he said.

Jega served as Nigeria’s electoral umpire 2010 to 2015, following his appointment by former President Goodluck Jonathan.

He conducted the 2015 general election that saw Buhari defeating then incumbent President Jonathan.

Though Jonathan had conceded and congratulated Buhari, the election generated so much tension as Jonathan campaign accused Jega of manipulating the process in favour of Buhari.

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