Thursday, 24 November 2016

Enough of the complains, face your work - Obasanjo tells Buhari

For the one and a half year President Muhammadu Buhari has been in power, ex-President Obasanjo remained one of his staunchest backers, visiting him from time to time on state matters.

But it seems even Baba is getting tired of the way things are going in Nigeria these days, especially with the poor state of the economy..
Speaking in Lagos on Wednesday, Baba Obasanjo gave indications that the era of being soft on the Buhari administration is over.

Delivering the keynote at the First Akintola Williams Annual Lecture, Mr. Obasanjo lashed at the Buhari administration for repeatedly lumping the country’s three previous administrations together and then accussing them of misgovernance.

He also advised Mr. Buhari to stop dwelling on the past, saying since he was elected to change the country, he should concentrate on clearing the so called "mess" he inherited.

“Now that we have had change because the actors and the situation needed to be changed, let us move forward to have progress through a comprehensive economic policy and programme that is intellectually, strategically and philosophically based,” Mr. Obasanjo said.

It is easier to win an election than to right the wrongs of a badly fouled situation. When you are outside, what you see and know are nothing compared with the reality.

“And yet once you are on seat, you have to clear the mess and put the nation on the path of rectitude, development and progress leaving no group or section out of your plan, programme and policy and efforts. The longer it takes, the more intractable the problem may become.”

The former president also criticised plans by Mr. Buhari to take about $30billion loan to fix critical administration.

“I am sure that such a comprehensive policy and programme (that will move Nigeria forward) will not support borrowing US$30 billion in less than three years. It will give us the short, medium and long-term picture."

Obasanjo also did not spare the National Assembly which he says stinks to high heavens, as well as the Nigerian military, which he said needed to be purged.
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