As President Muhammadu Buhari and his All Progressive Congress (APC) party continue to celebrate their victory at the February 23, 2019 general election, it is instructive that the president initiates urgent but sure footed measures and strategies to tackle the nation’s economy which appear to be at its worst state in the last one decade.
Now that the 2019 general elections have come and gone except the supplementary polls slated to hold in some states on March 23, 2019, winners including the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari, should endeavour to be magnanimous in victory, while the losers should be gallantry in defeat. The period of politics is now over. The time for national building has just begun.
There are heightening tensions, insinuations and palpable fears with regards to recent political developments in the country which tended to point to the fact that the forthcoming general elections starting this Saturday, March 16 may not seem to be credible, fair and violence-free. For us, these concerns are as genuine as they are worrisome.
As the Christmas and New Year festivities approach, Nigerians must be reminded of the need to be their brother’s keeper, keep public peace as well as protect of lives and property.
Sheikh Ibraheem Elzakzaky
The recent killing of no fewer than 40 defenseless and stick-welding members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) also known as Shi’ites by the Nigerian soldiers in Abuja was uncalled for. It is absolutely condemnable.
At 58 years, Nigeria as a nation has so many reasons to celebrate her political independence from her colonial mastersNigeria as a nation state has overcome many challenges and obstacles just as it has won many battles as to remain one indivisible country with defined geographical boundaries. No person should take these achievements for granted .
President Muhammadu Buhari has again demonstrated that his administration does not believe in the unity of Nigeria and the application of the Federal character principle as enshrined in the constitution with the recent replacement of the Director-General of the Department of Security Service (DSS), Mr Matthew Seiyefa, a christian from Bayelsa State in the South South region and the subsequent replacement with Yusuf Magaji Bichi from Kano State. As in the case of the dismissed Mamman Lawan Daura, Buhari’s kinsman and old-time ally, who was drafted out of retirement, Bichi was also brought back from retirement.
Kemi Adeosun, Finance Minister
The recent revelation by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) that Money Deposit Banks (MDBs) in the country have been reluctant in extending loans to the agriculture and manufacturing sectors of the economy should, although not totally surprising or be of major concern to every stockholder in the Nigerian project, the trend should be regarded as worrisome
As people of Osun State are anxiously waiting the September 22 governorship election, most Nigerians are very expectant that the nation’s electoral empire, the National Electoral Commission (INEC) and indeed the Federal government will avail themselves of the opportunity of the election correct most of the real and imaginary errors and shortcomings witnessed during the Ekiti State gubernatorial poll held on Saturday, July 14, 2018.
Victims of Benue killings
The apparent controllable but yet incessant killings of Nigerians under whatever guise can only be acceptable to insane minds. No government anywhere in the world would want to remain in power when it is obvious that it can no longer fulfill its part of the social contract which it entered into with its citizens top of which is the protection of lives and property.