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Yes, Mr. President Can Go Slow!

Posted: Oct 16, 2015 at 4:40 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Hon Segun Olulade

The video of Nigeria’s first Prime Minister Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa on official visit to the United States of America in July 1961 started trending on social media recently. While some said the video nearly move them to tears, others felt sorry for the state we found ourselves after 55 years of freedom and self-governance. Reason? The video showed a Prime Minister dressed in simplicity of inexpensive local fabric; a gentleman that moved about with Nigeria in his heart and a rousing reception accorded the Nigerian leader at the time.
In the 60s, countries like Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and others who were in third world category with Nigeria have deployed home grown technology and good governance to move their fate forward in the ladder of global progress.

In the recent visit of Muhammadu Buhari to the United States of America, I saw a replica of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa given the respect and rousing welcome similar to that of Balewa in the 60s, plus Buhari’s simplicity as well. In the light of truth, that moment signified another period and season of rejuvenation for our country. Honestly, the body language of respected leaders of developed nations to Muhammadu Buhari has shown us where we now stand in the committee of nations.

In spite of the change in government and Buhari coming to power, the fear and worry of otherwise had not departed me. If anyone remembers, the fear of Buhari losing was not as threatening as Jonathan winning again. People have forgotten where we were and look forward to a magic from Buhari.

I see members of the amateur opposition wanting to act as one but forgetting that opposition starts with ideology, not just being a political party. Before APC there was an ideology of CHANGE. For now, the PDP needs to go and get ideology they want to sell to Nigerians to justify change away from CHANGE. The opposition has tagged Mr President as slow mover and quarried why it would take 4 months for the President to select a working team.

“People are always looking for the single magic bullet that will totally change everything. There is no single magic bullet”
The above were the words of Temple Grandin.

When the renowned Prime Minister of Singapore Mr Lee Kuan Yew set to transform his country, a nation that got her independence from Great Britain, and was in a merger with Malaysia, he went into isolation for six weeks (one and a half months) unreachable by phone, on a Singapore island to reflect on the future of his country before commencing his reforms. In his memoirs, Lee said that he was unable to sleep. Upon learning of Lee’s condition from the British High Commissioner to Singapore, John Robb, the British Prime Minister, Harold Wilson, expressed concern, in response to which Lee replied:
“Do not worry about Singapore.

My colleagues and I are sane, rational people even in our moments of anguish. We will weigh all possible consequences before we make any move on the political chessboard. Lee began his work by seeking international recognition of Singapore’s independence.

If you consider Buhari a slow mover, you must consider several other factors along. You must consider a country handed down with insurgency thriving and no clue to stopping it; a country with so much leakages that some Ministers were competing with the richest men in Africa considering the financial resources at their disposals; a country existing on the verge of ethnic and religious collapse; a country with confusing policy on foreign investments and local productivity in virtually all sectors. Above all, you must consider a country handed down on paper just 4 days to the exit of previous government.

Those who condemned Buhari’s administration as Military leader are urging him to do sharp turn-around of the country forgetting the degree of damages already done to our nation. To them, why will he wait for so long to select Ministers? Well, Buhari is wise; he is adopting same reform mechanism Lee Kuan Yew deployed to change Singapore for good – taking time to select most honest men to join the reform. Today, Nigerians are already seeing quality pictures of the men and women that will be in Mr President’s team to turn the country around for better.

If you do not tie the loose end of your sack, pouring grains continuously will do no good. Yes Mr President can be slow and nothing is bad in being slow as long as it is steady and productive.
The silent moves of Buhari are most desired.

If in four months, President Buhari has achieved strong diplomatic ties with the West towards making money laundering and depositing of stolen funds into foreign accounts difficult and unattractive, we will be saving enough money capable of turning our economy round soon. And if he has been able to sanitise most areas of leakages alone without a Minister, one can imagine how far the country will go when credible men join him in the cabinet.

The Military is receiving desired motivation at fighting insurgents and the era of illegal arms deal and racketing is gone for good; we will not be doing illegal arms purchases with dollars loaded in a private jet en-route South Africa any more. The insurgents have been utterly shattered and what we see is just the relics of their dislodgement that will soon fizzle completely.

We can’t help but to allow Mr President do a thorough job on the nation. Tonny Robbins once said “for changes to be of any true value, they’ve got to be lasting and consistent”.
The good news is that our nation is not lacking economic potentials and we don’t have to start from the scratch. All we need are men who see visions and not easily tempted to loot by the glittering financial resources deposited around them for public good.

According to Kayode Fayemi, poverty is not our problem, it is inequity. In real sense, a nation where less than 1% of the citizens control over 80% of the nationa’s entire resources is unthinkable; a situation where the few mindlessly rich are thriving at the expense of vast hopelessly poor. We need a nation of justice, fairness and conducive atmosphere for everyone to feel and share in the ownership of our dear country.

Hon Segun Olulade is a member of the Lagos State House of Assembly representing Epe Constituency II