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FW: Breaking down President Buhari's Democracy Day Speech

Aisha-Nana Salaudeen

Aisha-Nana Salaudeen

Aisha is trying to figure out how to tell as many impact stories as possible in different forms.

This article is part of our #FirstWord series to provide context on trending news.


On this day, 19 years ago, Olusegun Obasanjo was elected Nigeria’s civilian President, putting a permanent end to military rule in the country. Every year, Nigerians celebrate May 29 as it marks the start of our Fourth Republic.

As is the custom, President Muhammadu Buhari made a public address to the Nation. In his speech, he recounted a laundry list of the programmes, schemes and achievements of the administration covering areas such as social investment programmes (N-Power), power generation (up to 5,222.3 in December 2017), empowerment programmes (GEEP) and increased foreign reserves (up to ₦47.5bn from ₦30bn in 2015).

However, what the President did not do was set out a vision for the fourth year of his administration and the longer term goals for the country. In doing so, he took a retroactive look at the administration, focusing on the past, rather than the future.

What were the highlights of his address?

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