What policies and programmes do you want the Federal Government to accord priority to alleviate the suffering Nigerians in 2020?
The government must learn to communicate with the Nigerian people. The government has been shown love and understanding by Nigerians, but the managers of the state still are stuck in the anachronistic taciturn arrogance. The government should engage the people better by telling them why they are borrowing; how they will improve power; how they will secure the country better and if possible, engage motor park economists to explain the ABC of the government’s economic roadmap. The government must do and be seen to be doing something about food security, education and healthcare delivery. In summary, let the government talk to us and stop the arrogance.
What are the issues among the following challenges: Boko Haram menace, banditry, kidnapping, poor electricity provision, electricity tariff increase, subsidy controversy, Value Added Tax (VAT) increase, border closure, electoral system, unemployment and electricity, should the Federal Government focus on most?
I believe there is a nexus between unemployment and insecurity, and no one can manage the temper or anger of a hungry man. Therefore, the government should consider unemployment and food security as national emergencies. If closing the borders will encourage local production, with a trickledown on employment, then let’s do as China did. Also, if there is a correlation between the closure of the borders with an improved security situation in the North-East and the North-West, then let’s also do as China did. If we don’t fix our security issues – food and physical, then expecting an empty stomach to behave well on Election Day is like waiting for godot. Only the people can check electoral malfeasance and not the Acts of the Parliament.