couple of days ago, March 24th at 2359hrs
precisely, I wrote on my Face Book wall what I captioned
“WHAT PEOPLE FEAR ABOUT APC” and I take this except from
truth is that if APC wins, another melodrama will take off. It will become the
struggle, one more time, between the corrupt elements in APC and some sane
individuals in the fold. But the beautiful thing is that Nigerians who started
the Change will still be there to continue it and see it to fruition. Democracy
Having said that, I want
now to look ahead into what I think the change is capable of doing in its first
I foresee a President Buhari who would,
after his swearing in on May 29 2015, announce to a gregarious Nigerian people
that he will lead Nigeria on one quarter of his salary for his first 4 years in
office as his sacrifice for the ailing economy and Prof. Osinbajo will follow in
the same vein. That will be the first salvo that will dictate the rest of their
leadership as a change fulcrum. Buhari we know can do that for his country to be
great and Prof. Osinbajo is no different. These are two highly mentally matured
individuals whose nationalism gush is not in doubt.
Thirty days after being sworn in, I foresee
a President Buhari who will enunciate a presidential bill seeking the alteration
of the take-home packs of the national assembly men and women to be adjusted in
the manner that they will be at par with the senior lecturers of our
universities. The ball will then be in the public court to force the oversized
national assembly to grow down. It is evidence that the Nigerian populace is
now very reactive to what is happening around them and that is one thing I so
much admire about Nigerians. Anytime they wake you will know.
I also expect a President Buhari who would
institute a high level panel – not committee this time - that would evaluate how
much has been spent on power from 1999 to date. The panel will be required to
find out who was asked to do what – and by who - in the power sector and the
contractual agreements in that regards and what has been done and what has not
been done. Erring members of previous administrations – irrespective of their
status – and their colluding outsiders in this regard should be made to dance to
the music of the law of our land in respect of economic sabotage.
Every one kobo misappropriated in the power
sector must be retrieved and the power projects restarted in earnest. I see a
Buhari President that will raise power generation to above 10,000 MW in the
first 16 months in office. It is a task that must be done and urgently too. And
that will raise economic activities in the country by 12% and jobs will be
created in that margin. Power has been the cankerworm militating against our
industrialization and real economic growth.
I will also expect a Buhari President who
would institute a panel that will take a deep study of alleged N10 billion on
aircraft expenses allegation by an oil minister and appropriate sanctions under
the rule of law where anybody or group of persons are found wanting.
I will be expecting a President Buhari who
would be extending invitation to our best brains outside the shores of our land
to come home and be part of the revamping of our country.
I will be looking out for a President Buhari
who would embark on massive federal road network that will open up the country
for agricultural produce to move out from rural areas to urban areas in
preparation for real agrarian launch that will be amenable to the 21st
century in Nigeria.
I will be expecting a Buhari President where
Professor Osinbajo will head a powerful economic team that will roll out a
realistic development plan for the nation that will span the next 20 years and
appropriate laws put in place to sustain it even in the event that governments
Then, I will look out for a Buhari President
that will raise minimum wage to N50,000 for Federal civil servants in a gradual
process that will restore the middle class.
I will be expecting a Buhari President that
will either restore the four moribund refineries or scrap them and build a new
six, one in each of the six geopolitical zones. Foreign investors can be
partnered on this.
One area I would be expecting a President
Buhari to act quickly is to set up a panel that will immediately look into all
cases of misappropriated pensioner’s fund. It is appalling that aged men and
women who served our country meritoriously were seen slumping and dyeing while
queuing up to collect their pensions while one or two individuals who are
visibly seen carting away pensioners’ funds are left off the hook with a minimal
Nigerians must not be disappointed in any
form this time around lets they lose hope in democracy. Rev. Paul Ike Ogara
wrote a book titled “Nigeria Must Survive” – NMS and I concur totally.