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Nigeria Lacks Quality Parties In Government, Opposition – Former president Olusegun Obasanjo
Buhari should give way after four years – Igwe Alex Nwokedi
Igwe Ezeoba Alex Nwokedi, former Chief Press Secretary to General Olusegun Ohasanjo when he was military head of state and immediate past Chairman Anambra State Council of Traditional Rulers has this to say to President Muhammadu Buhari.
President Buhari has no programme. He had only one ambition. He wanted to be President and by the grace of God he is now the President. There is one adage which says that, “When a child wakes up in the night, he is looking for something. And when he sees it he will go back to sleep.” The economy is not just bad but very bad. We have no alternative than to support him for the remaining years he has to spend.
On what factors are threatening the peace, unity and development of Nigeria:
There is only one factor and that factor is the economy. The economy is very bad and Buhari should give way for somebody who has plan to come and take care of the economy. How do you mean? What I mean is that Buhari has no programme. He has got what he has been awake to get, which is to be president of Nigeria, and after his four years he should give way for somebody who has programme to come in and restructure Nigeria economically and geographically.
You should ask him, what programme does he have? I have told you agriculture and it is the mainstay of Nigerian economy right from time immemorial. Oil is just a recent thing. If we develop agriculture, you will see how less concerned we will naturally become about oil. Part of the problem is that Buhari has to be fair to all ethnic groups in Nigeria and not to pay attention to only one. It is not only when you embezzle money that they say you are dishonest. Buhari could be honest but he is not a fair man.
In what sense is Buhari not a fair man?
He is not fair to South East. The roads in the South East are deplorable. I am telling you what is on ground for him to know that if he wants the South East people to believe that he cares for them, he should bring development to their region. It is a very funny saying that all those big trucks collapsing everyday on the bad roads of the East are trucks from the North. I shouldn’t even be seen as criticising the President but rather be seen as letting him know what he needs to do to make peace with the South East. How can somebody like me who has always been on the side of peace and unity of Nigeria be painted in bad light? I am an in-law to the Yoruba because I married from Yoruba land and both Hausa and Fulani are my friends. What I am saying is that, President Buhari should please bring development to the East so that every Igbo man will be able to see him as a father that cares.
Economy covers everything including security and infrastructure. Once the economy is fixed, security and infrastructure will come up. I must commend Governor Willie Obiano at this point for the present security in Anambra State. What he needs now is to be supported with roads and power by the Federal Government. We don’t have good roads. As I speak to you now, nothing has been done Onitsha- Enugu road.
On the government statement that contractors had been mobilised to the Enugu-Port Harcourt road to start work? Igwe Nwokedi said “Nothing has been done”.
He also spoke about the Niger Delta conflict.
I read that some leaders of Niger Delta have agreed that they truly got their fair shares of the national cake and that is correct. Talking about the hostilities and the poverty level in the area, I said the last time that the problem of Niger Delta was within them and that they should therefore look inward for solution. The only thing I blame the Federal Government for is their talk of resorting to military option. So, I appeal to my brothers and sisters in the Niger Delta area that they are justified in their agitation but they should know that their problem is neither Buhari nor the Federal Government, they should therefore look inward for solution by laying down their arms.
On the derivation funds that accrued to oil producing states in the Niger Delta region, and the fact that there is nothing to show for it
He said, “That is why I said they should look inward. Their problem is with themselves and all these people who embezzle public funds will naturally pay for it. What I want President Muhammadu Buhari to do is to say, “Look, it is not just a question of giving money to the Niger Delta region but to ensure that what is given is properly utilised.”
This interview with Igwe Alex Nwokedi was published by the Vanguard Newspaper.
Why don’t politicians invest in education?
An Israeli researcher, Dr. Joseph Shevel said low investment in education by Nigerian politicians is attributed to the fact that the sector takes a long time to mature and getting returns requires patience.
According to him, to be on the right path for development, a country’s budget for education must meet the basic international standard in line with the Dakar Recommendation. He expressed regret that while the recommendation was that budget for education must not be less than 5% of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Nigeria’s budget for education has been hovering around 1.5%.
Shevel said the economic crisis facing Nigeria is an opportunity to go back to the basics, noting that the country’s problem is an interim situation that could be overcome with hard work and determination.
He said there was no reason for Nigeria to be among the world’s poorest nations going by the enormous resources she is endowed with.
“The rivers in Nigeria are enough for the country to have enough fish and for export. The land resources are enough to grow crops that can feed the whole of Africa. What is required is the will to do what is necessary,” Shevel said.
Minister bans grazing in FCT, asks heads of schools with poor results to resign
US Congressman accuses Buhari of autocratic tendencies, sectional appointments
BUHARI AND ECONOMY IN RECESSION: Money traced to some PDP chiefs can fund forex for months – Jigawa governor
But the federal government just said the recovered funds is not capable of making any impact on the economy, so which should we accept?
I will decline One million Naira English film for 200,000 Naira Yoruba film – Oga Bello
Akeredolu Defeats Tinubu’s Favourite, Emerges Ondo APC Governorship Flagbearer
Senator Oduah buries son in Anambra
Founder turns church into prostitution ring in Ogun
US Congressman Writes Kerry, Accuses Buhari of Autocratic Tendencies, Selective Anti-Graft War
Soldiers Take Over Jonathan’s Cousin’s Business Premises
Edo Guber: INEC Sticks to PDP’s Ize-Iyamu
Obasanjo Berates PDP, Says APC Can’t Claim to be a Strong Party
Why Ali Modu Sheriff visited Obasanjo — Fayose
Drama as policemen, NSCDC Officials clash at Ondo APC primaries
Fayose dismisses Sheriff visit to Obasanjo, says “it’s coming together of PDP enemies”
BREAKING: Akeredolu wins Ondo APC governorship primary
Rotimi Akeredolu Emerges As APC Governorship Candidate In Ondo State
APC has destroyed Nigeria’s economy – Delta Speaker
NRC cattle cargo arrives Lagos from Gusau ahead of schedule
Nigerian Railway Corporation Now Transport Cattle by Rail
Parents of underaged girls knew I was sleeping with them – Pastor
Obasanjo to Modu Sheriff: PDP is dying, you may handle its funeral
Sheriff In Closed-door Meeting With Obasanjo
Bigger war than Boko Haram looms, says Ndume
AFCON 2017 Qualifiers – Iheanacho helps Nigeria to slim win over Tanzania
Multiple Accident At Lagos-Ibadan Expressway
Policeman Shoots Driver for Refusing to Greet Him
Church of England Bishop reveals he is homosexual
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