From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
A lecturer in the Department of Public Law Alhamdu Bello University (ABU), Zaria Dr. Ahmed Suleiman has commended President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration for being able to stabilize the nation and chart a path of development for the country.
Suleiman, who is also the coordinator of a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) Ambassador of Peace and Social Welfare Initiative (APSWI) pointed out that most of the critics of Buhari’s government have failed to provide objective criticism, saying that the policies of the present régime has stabilized the economy of the nation.
According to him, “before now some of us have led the desperate call for change, and later, the movement for a new Nigeria”, pointing out that “today, the positive strides in our national journey has been misjudged and gauged with unfitting indices”.
He said: “It is quite a pity that the President that has made the most impactful achievements turn out to be the most abused leader in our national history. Activism now to us, must be redefined to mean taking away the conversation from primitive, childish and ignorant story of a Jibrin from Sudan to discussing the positive effects of border closure, additional linking bridges over the Niger in Asaba and Benue river in Ibbi”.
“While the successful APC wind moves southern and further we must also appreciate the wind of a new rail moving northward to Kano from Lagos”.
“in short, while victories are being celebrated across Kogi and Bayelsa we want to celebrate on our part the following milestones; the ease of doing business in Nigeria”.
“Buhari has finally broken a major strangle hold of multi-national oil companies; finally in U.K. the president achieved the feat of signing the amended Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contract (DOIB PSC).”
“ In our perpetual distractive ways, our attention has been distracted away from the history of this strungle and significance of the signature. Since March 1999, previous government have merely attempted to, and yet failed to (if not for selfish reasons) to tackle this affair where Nigeria has continually lost what was estimated to be $62 billion in the last 11 years.
“ Yet, even this trip was derided by those who see nothing good in the president.
The Nigeria Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has reported that the importation of oil has reduced by 512 million liters in the last 3 months of border closure.
“For the first time Nigerian neighbours have appreciated the practical impact of Nigerian economy through the border closure (including Rice exporting countries), for the first time we are rising up to our self-interest.”
“There are a lot of development to appraise and give a thump up to a new Nigeria, including series of national security challenges we have faced and over-comed (Boko Haram, Herders/Farmers and current bandits/kidnappers challenges). It may
be long to get there, but now the prospects of a New Nigeria is certain.
“However, we must play our roles as citizens, as active followers not passive onlookers in the destiny of our nation. All hands must be on deck. This is the new call deserving of the next level toward the New Nigeria.” He said