In Commemoration of the National Democracy Day on the 12th of June, 2019, NOIPolls Nigeria has released figures from its monthly approval rating for the 4-year period (June 2015 to May 2019), and the results revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari’s scorecard was highest in his first year in office with an average of 63.9 percent.
This could be influenced by his high rating in September and October 2015 with 78 and 80 percent respectively. On the other hand, the President’s performance was rated lowest in his fourth year in office with an average of 41.3 percent. Generally, the average approval rating of the president in his first term in office stands at 49.3 percent; with his lowest rating of 36 percent in May 2019.
According to the survey, Nigerians also appraised the performance of President Buhari on specific indicators using a Likert scale of 1 to 5, where 1 represents ‘Very Poor’ and 5 represents ‘Excellent’. Starting off with his 3 cardinal policy thrusts: the president was rated 36 percent on Security; 27 percent on Corruption; and 16 percent on the Economy.
Correspondingly, he scored 37 percent on Agriculture and Food Security, 26 percent on Power, 25 percent on Healthcare, 24 percent on Education, 22 percent on Infrastructure, 15 percent on Job Creation, and 13 percent on Poverty Alleviation. Averagely, the President was rated poorly on all indicators analysed in his first term in office.
It concluded that the President recorded an average performance of 49.3 percent in his first term in office and similarly he was rated poorly on some specific indicators in his first four years in office.
“This is no surprise to us considering our constant interactions with the public and our numerous field visits across the country. For instance, job creation recorded a poor average of 15 percent in his first term in office and this may suggest that some Nigerians are unemployed,” it stated.
According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), Nigeria’s unemployment rate increased from 18.8 percent in the third quarter of 2017 to 23.1 percent in the third quarter of 2018.
It therefore added that it is important for the government and other stakeholders to ensure that adequate job creation policies and social safety nets are mapped out and properly implemented to tackle unemployment and poverty in the country.

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