TRUTH they say is a bitter pill difficult to swallow has again been re-affirmed by the erudite and venerated Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi. Sanusi’s advice to President Muhammadu Buhari to avoid repeating the mistakes made by former President Goodluck Jonathan so that his administration does not end up in infamy like that of his predecessor is an eye opener why this PMB/APC government should know that, just like the way and manner GEJ’s dispensation was rejected by almost all in the northern Nigerians due to his failure to heed to the yearnings and aspirations of the people with the major bane as insecurity and non-presidential supervision of contracts and projects, is same way and manner they will be rejected by almost all come 2019 due to joblessness and the current economic recession leading to depression, kidnapping marauding herdsmen saga, needless agitations and hunger in the land that have plunged many people into begging just to feed. Maybe the Senate president, Dr Bukola Saraki was right when he was quoted to have said PMB’s government is controlled by a few cabal and political appointments dominated by one geographical location of the country is most glaring, and can anyone doubt this fact? Yet, Alhaji Lai Mohammed is still engaged in political tele-marketing; by 2019 Nigerians certainly decide. The dominant discussions among Nigerians today have since been shifted from insecurity and corruption to acute hardship and non- release of capital since the 2016 budget was approved; even a bosom friend of mine has been waiting for the release of capital for his business to kick-start and how long he will wait will only be determined by time. The need for the Buhari-led APC administration to borrow fund is also long overdue, as blaming others is more of lamentation than the reality of governance globally. It is the talk among the literates and non-literates, the rich and the poor, including the religious and traditional leaders. The discussion of these monstrous phenomena called poverty, joblessness, insecurity, kidnapping, impoverishment and frugality is all over the news. The big question that keeps on lingering on the lips of Nigerians is that how come the anti- corruption crusaders refuse to recover stolen treasure like PHCN which was never sold, according to energy experts, but a sharing formula of government assets. Another question is who really bought the DISCOs? Which bank was the money deposited into on behalf of the federal government? And if it was actually sold, how come those that purportedly bought the DISCOs are all politicians rather than people with business acumen, expertise and the capacity? Or are the likes of Dasuki unlucky? These are questions APC must be ready to answer if they are truly serious in their anti-corruption campaigns, or else the whole exercise might be termed mere witch-hunt and selective justice because, arm deal is certainly can’t be the only corruption before APC government, if a vehement of other sectors are to be done Nigerians will be amazed with the possible outcome. The fact that the scandalous PHCN Privatization has emerged as a sacred cow cannot be denied. It is in common public knowledge that the privatization of power companies, where the cronies of the former Vice President whom eventually was the chairman of the National Council on privatization were in charged then with so many banner headlines in the national dailies. For instance, the past DG, (BPE) used immunity and impunity to short change PHCN staff who are now in abject poverty due none payment of the their 16 Months arrears, equity shares 7.5 post retirement training allowances etc yet to be paid, as the actual template for the payment of the severance package was never used, Nigerians are challenging the APC to do needful; even the country, as speculated in many quarters and must be revisited by PMB. The issue of a Disco is most glaring example of daring activities of the DG, up till the moment, the Disco is shrouded with secrecy and the so called new owners may have paid fully or not remained to be seen as what warranted the court injunction in the first place which was ignored by the former DG and he went on and handed over the company beats many imaginations. This single action raises a lot of questions about whether other companies have paid in full or not. This calls for scrutiny of the entire transactions and the financial status of the DISCOS The former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria also warned the government against continuing to blame previous administrations for the nation’s woes, saying what was important was for the administration to concentrate on putting the nation back on the path of progress. The Emir gave the warning on Wednesday while delivering a paper entitled, “Nigeria In Search Of New Growth model” at the 15th meeting of the Joint Planning Board and National Council on Development Planning. Mr. Buhari succeeded Mr. Jonathan on May 29, 2015. With heartfelt speech, ‘’I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody’’ but PMB is yet to translate that famous and? speech to reality is unarguably. “If this government continues to behave the way the last government behaved, we will end up where Jonathan ended,” the former CBN governor said. “You may not like it but that is the truth. You have to listen. “You don’t have to be an economist to know that any system that allows you to sit in your garden, and with a telephone call, make one billion naira without investing a kobo, that system is wrong. It is unsustainable. “And just so we are not always blaming the previous administration. We have also made mistakes in this administration. We have started retracing our steps or we have to retrace those steps. “And if we fall into the same holes that we fell into the last time where the government is always right… If a policy is wrong, it is wrong. Nothing will make it right and it has to be changed.” Mr. Sanusi said there were many voodoo economists parading around the administration and advising the government. “And many of them are not economists,” the Emir said. “They are demagogues.” “Look, I’m not going to change. I am never going to be political. I will never tell people what they like to hear. There is nothing we are facing today that we did not know will happen. That is the truth.” We made mistakes, many of them deliberate. We ignored every single warning. “If you take a brand new car, and give a driver who doesn’t have a license to drive it and you have an accident, you really can’t say you are surprised unless you are some kind of idiot.” The Emir said he would like to know those advising the present government so he could talk to the advisers themselves. The revered Royal Father blamed past federal administrations for failing to diversify the nation’s economy during the oil boom, saying Mr. Buhari should not make the same mistakes. He specifically accused Mr. Jonathan of refusing advice given to him on how to turn the economy around. Warnings of impending economic doom were also ignored by the former president, Emir Sanusi said. The traditional ruler expressed concern that the Buhari administration was toeing the same path like the Jonathan government. “In a situation where we cannot process tomato. Tomato paste is being imported from China. It is sad,” he said. He said there was urgent need for the country to return to the drawing board on the deepening and expansion of the economy. “If we do not expand the economy through wise investment, we can end up in classical Malthusian situation,” he said. HRH also restated his supports for the removal of subsidy on petroleum products, saying only a few people were reaping from the system to achieve their selfish ends. Verdict, this dispensation came in as the child of necessity with high expectations to do needful and to liberate us from hardship, joblessness, corruption and impunity into a affluent nation etc, but what we have today, is totally quite different from what we all clamored and voted for, many spent hard earned resources and energy but to me story is different as if the waiting is over and the story is complete. This government met the fuel pms @ 87 but today is 145, electricity, kerosene and other consumables with moderate prices but as we speak the epoch is completely agonizing to many Nigerians, maybe a little more patience I think, what is your suggestion? The writer Adanu is a media and communications specialist and wrote via [email protected]
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