NBC News quotes Africa Center Director J. Peter Pham on Nigerian ex-military dictator Muhammadu Buhari and his prospects in the upcoming presidential election:
“In terms of what a Buhari government would be like, all we have is his record during the 1980s, and that’s not particularly reassuring,” according to J. Peter Pham, director of the Africa Center at The Atlantic Council think tank.
Buhari’s economic record was “nothing short of disastrous,” according to Pham. Although factoring in that the price of oil crashed in the 1980s, Siollun points out that none of the leaders of oil-rich Nigeria emerged from the period with much financial acclaim.
If Buhari does win, however, it may be only the start of his problems. “Between keeping his coalition together and actually trying to govern he will have his hands full to say the least,” Pham said.