Peter Obi Speaks On Buhari’s ‘Next Level’ Plans
The vice-presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 presidential election, Mr. Peter Obi has spoken on expectations from President Buhari’s second term cabinet.
Obi, while speaking with journalists in Lagos during the weekend, challenged President Muhammadu Buhari to unveil his ‘next level’ cabinet as soon as possible.
Naija News reports President Buhari is yet to make any appointment since he was sworn in for a second term in office on May 29 while the main inauguration activities took place on June 12.
While speaking, Mr. Obi made reference to President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, who announced his cabinet members three days after taking the oath of office as well as Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India who unveiled his team within the week of his inauguration.
“These are serious leaders who are ready to move their countries forward. Imagine forming their cabinets within one week of being sworn in,” he said.
“Can you compare them with what is happening here in our country? I have always said it that for our country to move forward, it must change its current compass.”
“What we have today in Nigeria is the cumulative effect of leadership failures. A leader must know his/her destination. Painfully, we have plenty bad role models masquerading as leaders.”
“Nigeria is in total mess because of too much borrowing caused by leadership failures. Our situation will get worse if we do not solve these problems urgently. There is serious crisis in Nigeria because politics is now business and transactions. In fact, we have reduced our lives to transactions in Nigeria.
“Tell me, what is working in Nigeria today? A country where states owe billions and the federal government has borrowed over N11 trillion since coming into office and there is nothing to show for all the borrowed funds. Are you not worried that over 21 million of our youths are not employed?
“Nigeria is gradually collapsing and unemployment is part of the disease killing Nigeria. All hands must be on deck to help save our nation from these leadership failures.”
He also cautioned the federal government to be careful of projecting the nation in bad light in its bid to fight corruption, warning that it may negatively affect investments in the country.
“You can only fight corruption genuinely by doing the right things as a leader. Again, you cannot be criminalising all your citizens and still expect foreign investors to come in and invest in your economy,” he said.
Recall it took President Buhari about six months before constituting his cabinet during his first term as an elected President. It is however expected that the same scenario will not repeat itself during his second term which is already few weeks old.