[Enugu]–A former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari has failed to give Nigerians the kind of change they demanded for, as things have moved from bad to worse since Buhari emerged as President in May, 2015.
Soludo said this while speaking at the ‘Big Ideas Podium’, a public policy debate organised by the Afri Heritage Institution in Enugu on Thursday, March 02, 2017.
Although he agreed that the President inherited a ‘very bad’ economy, he said instead of turning the bad to good, Buhari has transformed it to worse. “Buhari met a very bad situation when he assumed power, but he has made the situation worse. Nigeria today is a fragile state with a failing economy. Some say failing state; some say failed state…The economy is not just in recession; we are suffering from massive economic compression. Saying it is recession trivialises the issue,” he said.
The former apex bank chief mentioned that the solution to the quest for change, is a citizens’ united campaign that will put government on its toes, as the government cannot be relied upon to provide the change that Nigerians desire.
Soludo said, “Only citizens united can rescue Nigeria, not just the government alone. It is a big luxury for anybody to say I am minding my business, because what others do will come to mind your own business for you sooner than later.
“We can’t get the leadership that we desire but we can get the leadership that we demand and work for. If only each party or government implements 25 per cent of their promises, Nigeria will be a great country.”
He added, “If you see the governments run by APC, PDP and APGA, they are all the same, because Nigerians don’t hold them accountable. We must resolve as citizens not to let government off again; peaceful agitation must be encouraged and tolerated in this country. Everybody must be allowed to have a voice.
“For example, the APC promised us that they were going to restructure Nigeria; before the elections, they said the current structure was not working, they said that Nigeria was becoming a failed state; but now, they are in power and they are not getting it done.
“Unless we citizens rise up and tell the government ‘deliver on what you promised’, they will not get it done.”
Soludo noted that the benevolent leader Nigeria needs is yet to arrive, as such, he urged the people to stand up and involve themselves in positive-changing activities, instead of waiting for the government to bring the desired change to their doorsteps.
In his words, “Change is a struggle; change is never given by a benevolent elite; no change is given by the government, the people always had to ask for change. Nigeria has been waiting for a benevolent leader since 1960 but he has not come. You will get the type of leader that the people demand.
“The change we think we need will never be given to us; we have to demand it; we have to agitate for it, and it is the sustained agitation that will bring about the change. Citizens should get involved and stop complaining.”Please Follow Us @ThePageNg