President Muhammudu Buhari’s approval rating for the month of April 2016 rose to 31.7 per cent from 31.2 per cent in March, according to a monthly survey conducted by Governance Advancement Initiative for Nigeria (GAIN).
Despite the slight rise, majority of Nigerians expressed concerns over some issue including what they termed the president’s “broken campaign promises,” his handling of Nigeria’s fuel crisis, power and economy.
About 71 per cent of respondents called on the government to investment more in the agricultural sector just as economy and jobs recorded a higher positive outlook and majorty or 55 per cent approved of Buhari’s foreign trips.
GAIN jointly coordinated by Malcolm Fabiyi, a former visiting professor at the Lagos Business School, and Adeleke Otunuga, a management consultant, started its poll in December 2015, tracking performance of governments at all levels in Nigeria. The positive approval rating is the first since January.
In earlier months, the poll found that majority of respondents blamed former President Goodluck Jonathan, for Nigeria’s poor economy but had in March, reported that more respondents blamed President Buhari for not turning the economy around.
“April has been an eventful month. Although the fuel scarcity problem has started to ease, the power sector continues to struggle, largely due to the vandalism of pipelines,” GAIN said.
Information Minister, Lai Mohammed, was rated top performing minister by majority of respondents, replacing Agriculture Minister, Audu Ogbeh, who came tops in March, while minister of state for petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, came second place.
According to the coordinator, 603 complete responses were received in the survey which was administered using electronic media.
The Nigerian Army maintained its status as the most respected national institution, followed by the EFCC, just as the Nigerian presidency remained third 3rd rated national institution.
The anti-corruption war according to the survey, fell below 50 per cent priority level for the second consecutive month as Nigerians remained disappointed by lack of convictions while 83 per cent expressed dissatisfaction with the government’s handling of the Fulani/herdsmen crisis