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Etcetera presents “Buhari’s First Semester Report Card”



Buhari BNMusician/Social Commentator Etcetera has published his weekly article on his website – Etcetera Live – the focus of today’s article is Mr. President, Muhammadu Buhari.

Etcetera details what he calls “Buhari’s First Semester Report Card“.


We often use benchmarks as measures of progress. ‘How is your favourite football team doing at the beginning of this season?’ ‘How many words does your one-year-old son say in a minute?’

And, of course, there’s the time-honoured measure of how well a new president is doing after 100 days in office. In case you hadn’t heard, that benchmark is here for President Buhari.

You may feel it’s a little impertinent for me to issue a report card for President Buhari on his performance during his first 100 days in office. Yes, I’m not his teacher, and he’s not my student.

But what the heck? It’s a free country and everyone else is doing it. So here it goes:

Confidence:- Buhari has brought back confidence in governance. Especially in tough times, the confident presence of a leader begets confidence in those that he or she leads. With his steady demeanour, optimistic outlook and command, Buhari embodies confidence. The number of incompetent heads of parastatals he has sacked so far reflects that sentiment. The percentage of Nigerians who think the country is on the right track is up. Grade: A1

Pace of Governance:– When the pressure is high, leaders need perspective. They need swift action. Buhari is working on so many things all by himself that it’s sometimes hard to keep track of all of them. He has too much on his plate. He should get into perspective and allow others do the job where he can’t. It won’t be a surprise to discover that the president is in charge of his travel itinerary, meeting schedule and other range of issues on his plate. He runs the risk of edging toward a burn out. Well, some argue that the president is keeping a pace that works for him. Grade: F9

Communications:– Effective leadership communication is outcome oriented and audience specific. President Buhari is clearly not an articulate communicator and he doesn’t do enough to shape his message to the audience. Hearing Mr. President pronounce APC leaves you lost and wondering if you heard him correctly. Maybe his media aides should have used this as an excuse to exonerate him from the hundred things he promised to have achieved before his first 100 days in office that has now capped him as a liar. Buhari’s tone of voice usually stays within a fairly narrow range. He could do better here. Grade: F9

Team Player: – There are two major factors on this distinction. The first is to get a great team in place. The second is to get your ego out of the way and allow the team to do their job. Buhari has stumbled here and most people will agree that his failure to appoint ministers in his first 100 days in office has been a setback to governance. Whether you agree with me or not, Buhari can’t be president and ministers all by himself. We need competent hands to man the various ministries. You cannot achieve a lot in three and half months without the support of a team. Good leaders are the keepers of the what, not the masters of the how. Assembling a strong team also helps in establishing an agenda. Buhari needs to realise that he’ll likely never have more momentum than he has now if he doesn’t put a team on the ground. Grade: F9

Accountability and Responsibility: President Buhari has done fairly well with the campaign for government officials to be held accountable for their actions or inactions. He has brought a sense of transparency and has taken some interesting first steps in promoting government accountability. I think this is an area where there is a lot more to do however. For instant, there hasn’t really been a clear explanation yet as to how he is going to tackle corruption and how the country will avoid being ripped apart by government officials in the years to come. Grade: C

Economy: – This has so far been one of the president’s worst subjects. He may be making a grave mistake focusing all his attention on recouping looted funds instead of providing the basic needs of the people. Never in history has this approach successfully led a country out of recession. This might lead to an unhappy ending, and more inflation. The continuous drop of the nation’s currency is stark reminder that we are still in the worst slump in 50 years. Grade: F9

National Security:- Nigerians are still not experiencing any sense of security. People are dying and getting maimed everyday on the streets by hoodlums and touts. Boko Haram insurgents are still using the yet to be found Chibok girls for their bombings. Armed robbers are having a field day carting away properties. The country is still not safe. Grade: F9

Finally, President Buhari’s first 100 days could have been a lot better, but, scarily, could have been worse. Let’s hope the President gets some serious tutoring on the economy 101. I will be anxious and hopeful to see improvements and real results next semester.


  1. fan

    September 5, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Etcetera,if you could take report card of your 30yrs on earth base on your achievements ie,musically, financial,spiritual and mental,properties etc.I think Buhari will score more than you.

    • kikiki

      September 5, 2015 at 7:18 pm

      ….and you are 39 years without WAEC???………national hypocrite

    • nene+

      September 5, 2015 at 7:23 pm

      To all the people insulting the messenger etcetera, at least we know him, have his address etc but who are you?

  2. ElessarisEllendil

    September 5, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    I agree with E.t.c’s? report card in every aspect but communication. Buhari is actually a very effective communicator, he has a sense of sincerity that sticks with you. We all know what Buhari stands for, so unless we’re telepathic, that in itself implies effective communication No??? The mistake I believe is being made here is equating communication with great English, Mao Zedong, Stalin, Hitler, Ataturk are just a few classical examples, Narendra Modi is a modern example, not a word of English, but see how the crowds respond to him.

  3. Gelato

    September 5, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    Etc trying to be relevant since 1977…… This has once again prove your ignorance and irrelevancy. Keep it up…sooner than later you’ll find another job just like the generator dealers!

  4. Anonymous

    September 5, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    Prepubescent, adrift and unavailing appraisal.

  5. A Real Nigerian

    September 5, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    What a potty-mouthed and idiotic loser this guy is. His writings are always unexciting, filled with garbage ideas and just completely lacking in everything. No talent. No passion. No charisma. I can’t understand how below average people like this get any attention.
    He is simply an atrocious writer with an inflated image of himself.

  6. Ada

    September 5, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    As etcetera’s musical career has ended, he is now being paid by someone in the PDP to throw shade at Buhari at every opportunity he gets. Nice occupation (sarcasm).

    • Certified

      September 5, 2015 at 5:13 pm

      Ever since M.I put Etc in his place Etc has tucked his tail between his legs and shut up about the music industry. Now he is a paid/unpaid (?) spokesman for the opposition?

  7. warizdiz

    September 5, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    If only we can critique the message and leave the messenger out for once. Nigerians always chasing shadows. I fully agree with ETC here. Buhari’s performance so far leaves a lot to be desired. The free fall of the economy to me is most unfortunate. Security is a no go area. Buhari over promised. To think at 73, he thinks he can do it alone is laughable. I hope well meaning Nigerians sit him down and lecture him on Governance 101. Also, not forgetting that this is 2015. Buhari cannot afford to take Nigerians for a ride. For those who expect everyone to swallow hook line and sinker all that Buhari stands for, remember, he belongs to no one. We will continue to put his bum on fire. He will either shape up or ship out.

    As for engendering confidence, hmn. When a new hd be it sectional hd, departmental hd etc assumes office, the norm is curiosity and to find out the new leaders strategy. With his appointments so far, Buhari tilts towards being a sectional leader. Can a leopard change its spots?

    So far, he is still a dullard. F9 all the way.

  8. Lol

    September 5, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    I want to be ignorant and say shut the f up but I won’t.

    Why didn’t he talk about the improvement in electricity.

    Or the fight againstcorruption.

    In all honesty I feel like buhari has kept us updated.

    But everyone to their own opinion.

    • anna

      September 6, 2015 at 12:08 am

      if you think buhari improved electricity then you need help..the phcn boss just doesn’t want to be sacked yet, his nor certain about his is the same when ever there is a new government.. and will get back to status quo ones they know their stand.. it happened in GEJ, OBJ all of dont throw that shit.. what happened to the value of naira? what about bokoharam? at least he has re,moved all the old

    • Lol

      September 6, 2015 at 4:43 am

      I mean but isn’t that improvement with the adminstaration . they know they will be scolded so they will get their work done. This is as a result of buhari presidency.
      I mean???

  9. therealerniemac

    September 5, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    well,ETC says a lot without making any sense and i think it’s very disrespectful of him but it’s all free speech era,isn’t it?
    the fact that Buhari and Osibanjo declared their assets is a ground breaking move – NEVER DONE IN THE HISTORY OF NIGERIA. You cannot change years of disrepair,corruption and mismanagement in a few months – not possible! Give them some wriggle room

  10. nnenne

    September 5, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    @therealerniemac…. An old saying goes, “Be careful what you wish for…..”
    But I say, “Be careful what you promise because in the technological era, people cannot be fooled anymore. ”
    Never bite more than you can chew.

    Well, this report card is for the first 100th days. We are hoping that things will improve.

  11. Mrs Nwosu

    September 5, 2015 at 11:38 pm

    I think the President is moving in the right direction, the hope is that he doesnt deviate from what is of great importance to the nation. However, @Lol apparently you didnt learn anything from Tosin Akingboye’s Thou shall not be a hypocrite. Lol because what you said you wont say, you still went ahead and typed it, hmmm side eye.

  12. jacks

    September 6, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    Hahahaha. Very funny guy,this etc.ride on jare.we now live in a time when the a lot of nigerians don’t have sense.the masses(apc sycophants) are now interested in defending the mistakes of our leaders.the same people that felt like marching to aso rock to attack jona(double standard hypocrites)..ok let’s see how long u can cover.What has he done.nothing .there is light now right?wait six months then check if there is light again. Using jona’s strategy to fight bokoharam after nailing him to the cross for it durign campaign(and people thought he knew better than jona in military tactics.,as if the people advising jona are not educated military Generals)….so ride one etc we need voices of popular people to speak out when when out leaders are not doing well. And for those grading etc’s life,where is ur own life.what did u finish with in high school and university(if u went),where’s u career now?who knows u.if etc has no right to grade buharis admin that affects all of us,then u definitely have no right to grade etc’s life that does nt affect u at all

  13. jack

    September 6, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    @thealerniemac…….I think yaradua declared his assets almost immediately.yes etc said what he wants cause its free speech era…or were u hoping to cut off his tongue for his opinion.if it wasn’t free speech era(democracy) buhari won’t be on that seat now,right?…when buhari was military head of state he was oppressive but what did he get?he was ur saying its becos it free speech era.if it wasn’t free speech era jona may be there cause in my state we have a saying “everyones hand(fate) is wha didn’t work for buhari may have worked for don’t blame free speech era

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