most Nigerians participated in one online survey he wants the next president to prioritize addressing insecurity across the country before other challenges.
42% of the respondents who took part in the PREMIUM TIMES survey believe that security should be the priority of the next president.
Security was followed by the economy (30.1%), with electricity and fighting corruption rounding out the four choices respondents had.
The reason why the majority of respondents preferred to give priority to security is undoubtedly understandable.
A lot Parts of Nigeria are now riddled with constant attacks, from killings and kidnappings for ransom to toilet clashes. Data released by The Nigeria Security Tracker (NST) shows at least 2,968 people they were killed and 1,484 hostages in Nigeria in the first quarter of 2022. And In the first half of 2022 alone, they have at least 250 people has been dead Thousands kidnapped by bandits in Zamfara State.
Data shows that some of the most violent states in the country are Niger, Zamfara, Borno, Kaduna and Kebbi. However, killings in the southeastern states have increased in recent months and residents of the states have witnessed gruesome attacks by gunmen suspected to be members of the outlawed IPOB group.
Moreover, one third of the respondents (30.1%) preferred the next president to focus on the economy.
Many Nigerians are struggling with high inflation in food prices such as bread and cereals, potatoes, yams and other tubers, oil and fat.
In recent months, there have been significant increases in gas, liquid fuel, air passenger, road passenger and solid fuel prices. And this, according to the National Bureau of Statistics, was caused by rising food prices, disruptions in the food supply chain, rising import costs due to currency depreciation, rising production costs and the recent floods across the country.
The third set of respondents (14.3 percent) voted for electricity, apparently in response to the nation’s erratic electricity supply and consistent collapse of the national grid.
While the government blames mismanagement and low gas supply as the main cause of repeated grid breakdowns, many Nigerians say the country’s poor power supply has hampered many business activities.
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And the reason why about 13 percent of the respondents voted for corruption could be justified by the belief that the presence of corrupt officials in government and key sectors makes it easier for other evils to thrive. Some who commented on the survey said that the insecurity, lack of electricity and economic contraction are caused by corrupt officials who are receiving funds to support terrorists or implement policies.
A number of government officials and former officials have been indicted or convicted on corruption charges. President Muhammadu Buhari has also been blamed frustrating when anti-graft agencies pardoned two former governors serving prison terms for corruption in the fight against corruption.
Although most of the presidential candidates competing in the 2023 elections have presented manifestos and plans for the country, none have said which issues they would prioritize.
A total of 18 presidential candidates have been registered by the electoral division INEC to participate in the February 25, 2023 election. Some of them have already started their campaigns.
Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has made promises to provide employment to the youth with decent wages and improve manufacturing.
The main promises of the PDP candidate, Atiku Abubakar, are to restore the unity of Nigeria through equity, social justice and cooperation and to ensure safety and security of life and property.
Peter Obi of the Labor Party has promised to build a new Nigeria free of mass poverty and criminality, as well as boost electricity and introduce diaspora voting.
The survey which was conducted on the official Twitter handle of PREMIUM TIMES lasted for 24 hours.
Voters were asked just one question: “Among Nigeria’s many national challenges, which do you think the next president should focus on?”
– Lack of security.
A total of 1,693 people voted. 42.2% of respondents voted for insecurity, 30.1% for the economy, 14.2% for electricity and 13.5% for the fight against corruption.
In In the comments section of the survey, some respondents said: cthe institution it was a major problem and had to be changed. Others said that every challenge is needed urgent care and it must be practiced at the same time.
For Olugbenga Kayode, “the culture will always have breakfast solutions for all of the above. Fix the culture and our value system and you fix everything at the same time, of course, with time.’
“First of all, fight insecurity, guarantee the environment for economic growth. While there, arrest the corruption in the security apparatus. As we stabilize, focus on electricity. The economy will explode. Because corruption is systemic, it will take strong institutions and time to kill it,” Jeffrey Uchech. he tweeted.
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