Between Next Level And People’s Policy
Nigeria News takes a look at the flagging off the campaign by President Muhammadu Buhari and Atiku Abubakar, and their manifestos.
With the promise of 15 million Jobs through N-power, investment in technology and agriculture, President Muhammadu Buhari believes that he can take Nigeria to next level if voted in for the second term.
He also believes that the spending on capital projects and of course the building of road and rail infrastructure will go a long way in creating a solid economic foundation now and for a future Nigeria.
Buhari made this points while flagging off his presidential campaign for the 2019 general election, which he tagged, “Next Level” in Abuja on Sunday.
Buhari said that adequate security would be put in place and that his government would create a better environment that would make Fulani Herdsmen and farmers to live harmoniously and not allow politicians to instigate cause war among them.
The president’s speech was totally different from what he presented in 2014 as the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, where he promised change and millions of jobs that are yet to be realised.
Buhari, this time spoke from reality. He had experienced how battered the economy had been and the gargantuan works he must do to redirect the recessed economy that he inherited from the immediate past administration of President Goodluck Jonathan.
He emphasized that he would continue to make corruption unattractive for the civil servants and political office holders with the TSA policy, which the ministries, departments and agencies have since embraced.
The formula blocks leakages. And for politicians and public servants who do not like the method, Buhari affirmed that his administration would continue the fight against looters and corrupt practices.
In Atiku’s manifesto, the Peoples Policy, the PDP idea is to privatize the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC and auction any federal asset that is not making a profit or that is more or less a cue-de-sack to the country.
This may not work out as put by Senator Shehu Sani, representing Kaduna Central. As good as the idea of selling NNPC may sound, auctioning the country’s assets has never worked for past governments and it is not going to work now.
The corporation has been alleged of gross misappropriation in the past and present. The National Assembly came up with the Petroleum Industry Bill, which till today has not become a law to be put in operation.
Buhari Is the minister of petroleum, yet the corporation is stinking with fraud. Atiku sounds like Buhari sounded in 2015 as he is also promising some things that may not be achievable within a short time.
Atiku promised 3 million jobs every year and that he would cut the spending of the Federal Government to save more money for the country.
Buhari said this and delayed the appointment of ministers for six months, yet he could not save more money. His excuse was the fallen crude oil price.
But the president should also remember that his government increased the fuel pump Price from N87.5 to N140. He should be reminded that he removed oil subsidy and recovered looted funds.
Where are these monies and how well had it been expended to make life easy for the masses. The Manifestos of Buhari and Atiku are in the public domain for Nigeria to choose now.
Will the electorate vote for the next level by Buhari or seek the Peoples Policy as postulated by Atiku?