“Unless Nigeria can feed itself, Nigerians can drink potable water, majority of Nigerians can be employed, majority of work in Nigeria is done by Nigerians, Nigerians build their roads and Nigerians provide electricity for Nigerians, Nigeria will still be yet to move forward”.President Muhammadu Buhari
Muhammadu Buhari is one of the world’s most transparent and remarkable leaders of the twenty- first century. Born on December 17, 1942, a retired Major General in the Nigerian Army and a former military ruler of Nigeria from December 31, 1983 to August 27, 1985. He also ran unsuccessfully for the office of the President of Nigeria in the 2003, 2007 and 2011 elections but won the 2015 election with landslide victory, heralding the beginning of CHANGE in Nigerian democratic system. His ethnic background is Fulani, and his faith is Islam; he is a native of Daura in Katsina State of Nigeria
Available records, statistics and economic indices show that Buhari met a country that is full of high expectations, a country where people were tired of governance because of corruption, a country where people discuss individualism instead of nationalism, a country that is filled with tribalism, a country where laws are made for a section of people (the poor) but not for the rich.
Buhari is one leader who is nationally accepted by the people; a leader whom people that never ever voted before in their life, had to vote for. Buhari is the most successful leader; Nigerians attest to this fact.
He is a leader who leads Nigeria and does not feel that he is better and superior to the next man. He is also a leader who believes in recognizing and honouring achievers; a leader who is not selfish. He has also done what is called “People’s Governance”. He carries credible people along. His cabinet is made of team of excellent and respected professionals and technocrats in their various fields of human endeavour. Buhari greatly respects their contributions to our national development in their capacities. He is one president that respects the Rule of Law, Liberty Structure and Human Rights. He has also brought complete separation of powers. The Executive, Legislature and Judiciary can function independently.
The Pathway to Change
THE NIGERIAN IMAGE observes that President Muhammadu Buhari has been able to systematically and intelligently handle crisis to proffer peace in the country. In other times of crisis, they used bomb to devastate the communities in order to curb violence. These activities do not allow economic stability and growth. Buhari has been able to subdue the issue of violence in Nigeria using the instrument of governance.
Buhari is a dynamic Nigerian, a bridge builder and repairer of the nation. He is also bringing the national consciousness into Nigerians by bringing all parts of the country together to actually make and interpret a genuine nation.
President Muhammadu Buhari has promised to develop the ailing infrastructure, rebuild those that were completely damaged and create new ones. This, he said would give us benefits today and also equip for more benefits for our children. On this note, Nigerians should be educated to see this as a collective effort to build Nigeria that can generate greater economic growth, create more jobs for sustainable future of our children.
What else should we expect from a leader who has the interest of his people at heart than such an ideal step to reform the country? These reforms are what we have been yearning for over the years; but attempt to proactively bring these to reality is tactically hampered to give a good leader a bad name.
Is it proper for us to have vast expanse of uncultivated land and rivers but we import rice? We have rubber but we import tyres; we have crude oil but we import fuel. These are some of the raw materials that other countries have and exploit it to their advantage but we take chances in our case; but the good news is that the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari says that enough is enough to such frustration, waste of resources and opportunities and that Nigeria must evolve in the next few years to be among the top twenty economies in the world. If other countries we import from have managed to reposition their economy, become more productive other than only being on the consumption side, Nigeria can do the same and better. That is the standpoint of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Likewise, Nigerian Universities, Polytechnics and research institutions must be able to say that in the next few years Nigeria will not import one grain of rice, which means we will have our industrial processing plant and the technology to produce enough rice for internal consumption and export. This will enhance food security, create employment, improve standard of living and the people will be happy. Nigerians should be able to understand this. We must, at least be able to feed and provide for ourselves to reduce poverty to negligible level. National Bureau of Statistics has published that 112 million out of 158 million Nigerians are poor. It is not a good testimony of Nigeria. However, Nigerians believe in the strength of character, political will and commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari to face these challenges heard – to manifest a new Nigeria.
Similarly, Nigerian Medical Doctors should be able to state boldly that in the next few years, to be one of the top twenty economies in the world, Nigeria should not be wasting a lot of resources on treatment of persons affected by malaria and typhoid; rather, we should be able to control and conquer these deadly diseases by researching within our own bio-resources, know the real active ingredients and involve our own pharmaceutical capability to get results. Nigerian money should be spent in Nigeria for Nigerians who are honestly involved and are supportive of Nigeria’s change initiative.
Everybody talks about electricity light, “we need electricity”. Electricity is not going to fall from the sky like rain. Electricity supply means we must have our gas, which already we have, process it, design thermo stations for it to work, have the engineers put to work their expertise, generate and transmit electricity power to all parts of Nigeria. This technological drive must be possible. If we cannot drive it then we have a problem. These are some of the visions of President Muhammadu Buhari to move Nigeria forward.
If you go to some of our universities, the grasses are dry, roads are bad and this is the institution where people with the highest level of knowledge are in. Some of the universities employ consultancy service to do projects for them whereas they have Professors in Faculty of Technology, Engineering and Agriculture who should make things happen. Mr. President maintains that if they cannot do these things, then we have a problem, which has to be solved.
If we browse the internet for top 100 Universities in Africa, we will not see Nigerian University among the first 29. But amazingly, in most universities in those countries that fall within the top 29, it is Nigerians who work there as teachers, which means we have not been able to strengthen our institutions to achieve global standard to be able to engage our sons and daughters to solve our problems as it is done elsewhere. It is not in the best interest of the nation. Developed nations capitalize on this advantage and drain Africa of their valuable mental resources to build for themselves a more stabled, standard and efficient system. In a Pan African Conference, a Nigerian scientist, inventor and Father of Internet, Dr. Philip Emeagwali, because of his concern in the development of the African Continent voiced;
For 10 million African born emigrants, the word “home” is synonymous with the United States, Britain or other countries outside Africa. Personally, I have lived continuous in the United States for the past 30 years and my last visit to Africa was 17 years ago. On the day I left Nigeria, I felt sad because I was leaving my family behind. I believed I will return eight years later and probably marry an igbo girl and then spend the rest of my life in Nigeria. But 25 years ago, I felt in love with an American girl, married her 3 years later and became eligible to sponsor a green card visa for my 35 closest relatives, including all my siblings, nieces and nephews. The story of how I brought 35 people to the United States exemplifies how 10 million skilled people have emigrated out of Africa, during the past 30 years. We came to United States on students visas and then changed our status to become permanent residents and then naturalized citizens. Our new citizenship status helped us sponsor relatives and also inspired our friends to emigrate fear.
We have to wake up. Over the last 50years we have not come up with a product that is recognized globally as achieved through our effort in research and technology. Our engineers, technologists and scientists should go back to drawing board to research and develop technologies that is Nigerian and marketable. This is possible if we make up our mind. This effort will be of tremendous advantage and limitless opportunities for those Nigerians that are ready to take advantage of them. This is where the money should go to and we should be able to take this advantage.
The President, Muhammadu Buhari, urges Nigerians to support the Federal Government in the challenging task of moving the country from the woods of dilapidated infrastructure and failed system to becoming one of the top 20 organized nations in the world.
“Unless Nigeria can feed itself, Nigerians can drink potable water, majority of Nigerians can be employed, majority of work in Nigeria is done by Nigerians, Nigerians build their roads and Nigerians provide electricity for Nigerians, Nigeria will still be yet to move forward”. President Muhammadu Buhari
In the issue of power, electricity powers the industries which generate employment and drives the economy. Power is a major challenge in Nigeria. Buhari is fully focused in investing in the power sector to help ease the potentials of the manufacturing and other sectors of the economy. Nigerian economy is based on free enterprise. We are not running communism or socialism but we are running core capitalist economy. Buhari believes in power decentralization to be able to drive the economy. Doing so, he allows private businesses in the power sector in order to generate enough electricity to power and boost our economy. He has realized that government is not a good manager and decides to involve the private sector. States can now partner with private energy bodies to generate and distribute power. In a very short time this aspect of reforms by President Buhari will solve permanently the problem of electricity in the country, which no other government has done.
Economic Diversification and Structural Reforms Plan
President Buhari’s base for structural reforms is that of a foundation without a disaster. As soon as he entered office, his eyes opened and he quickly realized that there are many sectors of the economy where there are financial projections for Nigeria to do better. Based on this, he engages and challenges certain critical sectors of the economy with an overall objective of inclusive growth and jobs for the nation.
With President Buhari’s economic diversification and structural reforms plan, the CHANGE of the economy has great potentials to occur in investing in sectors like agriculture, where his aim is to assure food security for the nation and the world at large. On this note, Buhari’s economic reforms team are pushing CHANGE in the agricultural sector for food security purposes to reduce our importation of food and also recapture lost export markets in various market areas like Cocoa, Cotton, Palm oil etc. They are well committed into doing agriculture in a totally different way to transform our resources into wealth and create jobs for young people.
Buhari‘s CHANGE TEAM of world experts have discovered that we have several solid mineral deposits that are yet to be exploited and commercialized, like bitumen, cascamite, which are for computer manufacturing. They are also working assiduously to exploit other potentials in construction, manufacturing, creative arts for example, for our creative industries.
Besides, Buhari is sanitizing government institutions, regrouping and merging Ministries, Directorates and Agencies (MDAs) that have duplication of duties, thereby reducing the number to the barest minimum to save cost and engender productivity.
Those are some of the fulfilled reasons why President Muhammadu Buhari is the “Choice of Nigerians”. We believe he should be given time to bring in these positive changes. He will not leave this laudable burning blue prints and desire unaccomplished before his tenure expires. We can imagine what and how the new Nigeria of these laudable change agenda will look like. We stand by you and urge all Nigerians to drop petty tribal and religious inclinations and confusion to support the President to succeed in what he has started to do. It is our belief that a Nigeria of our hope is in the offing – THE NIGERIAN IMAGE.
“The only thing that Happens in an instant is destruction but everything else requires time. Raising children, building a family, having a career: All takes time. I want all of you to continue to work fiercely, but don’t let the struggle discourage you because it’s hard. It’s supposed to be hard”.Michelle Obama The American First Lady : Source