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We Need Economic Restructuring, Not WAI, Nigerians Tell Buhari

Posted: Aug 23, 2016 at 5:51 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Temidayo Akinsuyi


Lagos – Eminent Nigerians on Monday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently provide the right response to the current hardship across the country, lamenting that the nation at present has no need for War Against Indiscipline.

While calling on the presidency to urgently restructure the economy, they warned that if appropriate answers were not provided within the shortest possible time, the country might experience a total economic collapse.

Those who spoke to Independent include Alhaji Balarabe Musa, former governor of Kaduna state; Chief Ebenezer Babatope, a former minister of transport; Mr. Yinka Odumakin, the national publicity secretary of Afenifere and others.

The Federal Government had few days ago re-launched the War Against Indiscipline (WAI) to serve as a spine for its anti-corruption fight.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, had disclosed that WAI would be rebranded to Change Begins with Me (CBWM) to instill public morality, social order and civic responsibilities in Nigerians.

According to Balarabe Musa, what Nigerians need is not WAI but a complete restructuring of the economy.

He said, “What Nigerians need is not WAI. What we need is restructuring of the economy. Instead of the economy being based on self interest first and national interest second, it should be restructured so that public interest will be first and self interest second”.

“To do this, government must play the leading role in the economy as opposed to what is happening today where the private sector is playing the leading role in the economy. Government must play its role effectively to ensure peace, equality, and progressive development”.

According to Odumakin, the introduction of WAI is an unnecessary diversion by the Buhari administration.

“There is nothing WAI is going to do in the midst of where we are as a country today. The country has collapsed and except we put on a new structure, we will continue to go from one crisis to another. So, WAI is an unnecessary diversion. A problem is not resolved by pretending it does not exist or ascribing it to the wrong source.

“To me, WAI is software. When you buy software, you have to put it in hardware.  Where is the hardware at the moment? So, let’s face the right priority and get things right.

“If we do the proper thing for the country, you will realise that we won’t even need WAI. Indiscipline will begin to crawl away on its own”, he said.

Babatope, a chieftain of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), also said there is nothing Nigerians will gain from WAI. Rather, he urged the president to devote his time and energy into giving Nigerians the change they voted for.

“I want to appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari to concentrate more on ensuring that our economy is stable so that we can feed our people. People are suffering and dying. There is hunger in the land and I don’t think there is nothing anybody will gain with War Against Indiscipline.

“It is only a man who is able to afford three square meals a day that will subscribe to the idea of discipline or indiscipline. A man becomes disciplined when everything is going on well for him. So, let him concentrate more on giving food to Nigerians and save Nigerians from this terrible economic starvation”, he said.