(1) Assemble a sound economic advisory board to help him tackle our economic malaise. You can’t have six media aides and have only one diplomat (yes a diplomat) as an economic adviser. Who is assigned to the V.P’s office, in a time of recession and think people won’t call you clueless and unprepared.
(2) Truthfully declare his assets and not the insincere, half hearted job his media team did. No one force Buhari to promise that he would publicly declare his assets and liabilities, encourage all my appointees to publicly declare their assets and liabilities as a pre condition for appointment.
Well from his partial declaration, we at least know that Buhari has a house in Abuja even though he had always told Nigerians that he had houses only in Daura, kaduna and kano. Only multimillionaira and billionaira own houses in Abuja. Perceptive people know why Buhari is scared of publicly declaring his assets; it would give the lie to the image of modesty and frugality he studiously cultivation and promoted over the years. But he can prove us wrong by doing what he promised to do during the campaigns.
(3) Sincerely investigate and prosecute the corrupt people in his administration. Secretary to the Government of federation David Lawal Babachir has become a byword for unspeakably high profile corruption. He has been accused of kinds of shady deals, including callously shortchanging IDPS, prompting the equally sleazy Senate to call for his prosecution. Abba Kyari has been accused of all manner of corruption.
Irrefutable documentary proofs of Buratai’s corruption have been published on sahara Reporters. Amaechi has been accused of bribing Judges. The list goes on. Not a word has been heard from the presidency in response to any of these accusations. But (corrupt) political opponents are hounded, even without firm evidence, in the name of “Anti-corruption” fight. People who know Buhuri intimately say nothing will happen to corrupt people in his government as long as he is convinced that the corrupt people are “loyal” to him. Personal loyalty, not national interest, is all that matters to Buhari. That is also corruption to me. An invidiously selective anti corruption fight is itself corruption.
(4) Punish people who “padded” the 2016 budjet and not merely transfer them, like Buhari did, to other ministry.
(5) Stop the social apartheld that allocates billions of naira to Aso Rock Clinic while public hospitals that serve millions of people every day are underfunded.
(6) Obey his own directive to stop foreign medical treatment for Government officials. On April 27, 2016, Buhari said,” while this administration will not deny anyone of his or her fundamental human rights, we will certainly not encourage expending Nigeria hard earned resources on any Government official seeking medical care abroad, when such can be handled in Nigeria.
About a month later, he went to London to treat an ear infection. On December 2, Abba Kyari, Buhari’s ethically challenged Chief of Staff, was flown to London because he had breathing difficulties.
(7) Investigate and overturn the unlawful, clandestine appointment of the children of politically connected people in various agencies of government.
(8) Bring down the price of petrol and make it available by repairing existing refineries and building new ones from the money saved from the last petrol price increase.
Alternatively, he should encourage private sector investment in petrol refining beyond Dangote. Nigeria’s economy and Nigerian life itself is petrol dependent in ways I have never seen anywhere. When you increase petrol price, the price of every other thing goes up and never comes down. The hyperinflationary conflagration is the immediate trigger of the current recession. When incomes remain stagnant and price of everything go through the roof, consumption slows or halts and the economy shrinks. That’s the textbook definition of recession.
Dr Farooq A Kperogi.
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