President Buhari served as head of state in 1984–85 and became president of Nigeria in 2015 by defeating Goodluck Jonathan, his closest competitor with more than 2.5 million votes. He is now in office for more than 100 days. But how can we know whether we did the right choice by choosing Muhammadu Buhari as president and not Goodluck Jonathan? Well, let's take a look at their achievements as presidents of Nigeria.
In a speech on a national television, hours after his declaration as president-elect, Buhari had told Nigerians: "Boko Haram will soon know the strength of our collective will." Buhari said Boko Haram terror group should be defeated within the next three months. However, it has been already 100 days since Muhammadu Buhari became Nigerian president, and everything that he have done so far to fight Boko Haram, which has killed thousands of people in the northeast since 2009 and driven 1.5 million others from their homes is that he replaced the defense chiefs and the national security adviser.
Jonathan’s political career began when he became involved with the nascent People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the late 1990s. He was elected deputy governor of Bayelsa state in 1999 under the party’s banner. He served in that position until 2005, when he was elevated to the governorship after the incumbent was charged with corruption and impeached. In 2007 he was selected to be the vice presidential running mate of the PDP’s presidential candidate, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua. He and Yar’Adua were elected in April and inaugurated in May. In accordance with the order of succession in the Nigerian constitution following President Umaru Yar'Adua's death on 5 May 2010, Vice-President Goodluck Jonathan was sworn in as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on 6 May 2010, becoming Nigeria's 14th Head of State. He cited anti-corruption, power and electoral reforms as focuses of his administration.
Under the watch of former President Goodluck Jonathan, the Nigerian government allotted trillions to the federal security sector, yet the West African nation continues to face widespread crime and attacks by Boko Haram. Jonathan's administration spent a whopping 4.62 trillion naira or $23.2 billion on national security over the past five years.
However, it remains unclear exactly how Nigerian security agencies spent these hefty sums because the country has seen little relief from terrorism, crude oil theft, kidnappings and other crimes.
On the next page you will find out which contribution made by each of the presidents in the Nigeria economy.