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Looters’ Names Should Be Published In The Media – Aguda

Posted: Sep 12, 2015 at 1:13 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Programme Coordinator, Nigeria-Israel Youth Initiative, Gbenga Aguda, in this interview, takes a look at the activities of President Muhammadu Buhari so far.  He spoke to Ejikeme Omenazu. Excerpts:

After 100 days in office, what will you consider as President Muhammadu’s achievements so far?



If you want to look at what the president has done in 100 days, I think a lot of improvement has happened in the areas of security and stability of electricity. We will give him and his team above 50 per cent. In area of corruption, everyone has become aware of the evils of corruption as is being tackled by the government. The economy is improving and even the foreign investors are getting more confidence in the nation’s economy. The President and the Vice President declared their assets and made them public fro Nigerians to know their worth. This is the first time this is happening. They have laid a good foundation. If you don’t lay a good foundation, the house will crumble. The government by the president and vice president’s actions, has laid a strong foundation to tackle corruption.

However, we will not use this 100 days as a yardstick for measuring the performance of the government. But the government has brought peace, sincerity, stability and the zeal to build Nigeria and take the country to the next level. It is just a starting point and I want all Nigerians to give him maximum support. If he can kill corruption in all areas, Nigeria will be a better place for all of us.

What would you say are the president’s challenges in naming his ministers?

President Buhari decided to take his time to appoint the ministers. He said we cannot continue to do the same thing and expect different results. He is taking his time so that he will not appoint corrupt ministers. He does not want to engage people who have cases with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC). He needs younger Nigerians who have the same mindset with him to fight corruption. He needs right people in right positions, the round pegs in round holes. He needs people who will work in their particular areas of specialisation so that they can be effective for his anti-graft campaign. In order to avoid criticisms, he should appoint people of integrity, people of the same mindset, people who know the solutions to the problems of this country, who have leadership orientation.

The President seems not to be carrying his party leaders and other stakeholders along in making crucial decisions like the appointments he made so far. Don’t you foresee some dangers on the way for him, his government and party in this regard?

At this point, the only thing we can do is to pray for the wisdom of God for him to make the right appointments. He contested through a party platform. So, he should carry the party leaders along. He should make them know why he is making certain appointments.  However, Nigerians should give Buhari a chance because God has a reason to put him in power now, which is to reposition Nigeria to be among the bests of nations.

As a youth mobiliser and motivator, what agenda would you proffer for the Federal administration as regards youth welfare?

I want to use this opportunity to let the president know that he must carry the youths along in every policy-making decisions that will impact positively on them. Youths are the leaders of tomorrow. He should appoint young men that are technically oriented in his cabinet so that the youths will feel a sense of belonging and channel their energy to the growth of this country. We have a lot of youths are knowledgeable n different fields of endeavour.

I am aware that recently the Nigerians Christians Pilgrims commission (NCPC) took over 200 young men and women to Jerusalem pilgrimage for nine days to be trained in agriculture, science and technology, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and it has been an added value and encouragement. We plan to be in the next July 2016 pilgrimage to Jerusalem, may I use this opportunity to inform other young Nigerians to prepare themselves for the July 2016 pilgrimage as they will learn a lot of thigs which will help them impact on the Nigerian society when they return.

Do you think the government can win the war against Boko Haram by December as promised by Mr. President?

I am not a security person or an Army officer. But our president has assured us that Boko Haram insurgency will end by December. As a retired general, he is an expert in this area and I want ti believe him. But, God is the author and finisher of our faith. We have o pray for him to succeed in fighting this insurgency in Nigeria. But, I pray that the God of Yeshua will fight our battle for us in Nigeria and will help our president to achieve the mind of God for this country.

What advice would you give the president in his war against corruption?

My advice is simple. Every corrupted leader who has been proven to have stolen our money, our president should collect the money from them, their properties should be confiscated and their names published in the media. This will act as a deterrent to all aspiring leaders to be cautious. Such leaders include the Councillors, Council Chairmen, Governors, among other political office holders. By this, the government will have enough fund to build roads, equip schools, build and equip health centres and provide structural facilities in all the 36 states of the federation and the Federal capital Territory so that Nigeria will become a better place for everybody.