Dr. Doyin Okupe was the senior special assistant on public affairs to immediate past president, Goodluck Jonathan, he yesterday on Facebook said that the ‘change begins with me’ campaign, of the All Progressive Congress, APC-led government was late as it would have been better if it was part of President Buhari’s inaugural speech.
The campaign has generated controversy since it was launched by President Muhammadu Buhari earlier in September.
The post titled ‘National Economic Emergency’ also said that the economic recession which Nigeria is facing ‘calls for an end to extreme partisanship’ and that wailing, howling or even cursing from the citizens will not help the situation.
He therefore called on all Nigerians to ‘put all hands on deck’, appealing that Nigeria must bring all our ace economists such as Dr Kalu Idika Kalu, Charles Chukwuma Soludo, Bismarck Rewane, Tunde Lemo, Patrick Utomi, Shamsuddeen Usman, Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II, the Emir of Kano, and a host of others – on board as the predicaments facing Nigeria was not about Buhari or the APC.
His post below:
“It is a fact that Nigeria as a country is in dire straits in terms of its economy. It is not too important how we got here or who or what brought us here.
We need an exit plan desperately. Sadly, there is too much politicking in Nigeria. Our Partisanship is obscenely unhealthy for our nation. A few of our people are still behaving as if elections are yet to take place.
But the truth is elections have come and obviously they have also gone. Unfortunately our economy has slipped into a recession and that is crippling everybody and everything. No matter what government and those opposed to government are saying, there is no easy way out of a recession.
When President Obama came in, in his first term, the US was in recession. He was young, brilliant, and smoking hot, it took nearly 2 years to see the tips of the mountain, and almost the same length of time before the flood of recession started to recede.
At that time the opposition threw diatribes and invectives similar to what is being thrown at President Buhari now, at him. But he remained focussed and steadfast. Eventually he succeeded.
While wailing, howling or even cursing from the populace will certainly not help our situation, pretence, conceit or sheer optimism from government quarters also is no panacea for the economic infirmity bedevilling our Nation. This situation calls for an end to extreme partisanship in the face of a major threatening national emergency. We need to, and we must put all hands on deck.
May be President Buhari’s famous quote”….We have no other country that we can call our own” is more apt now than “the change begins with me” mantra, which may not be as bad as it is being presented, except that the cliche was coming almost 18months late.
It would have been better received if it was part of the inaugural speech of the president. Dr Mrs Okonjo-Iweala must have a rethink.
This is not about Buhari or APC, it is about the survival of over 20% of black population in the world. It is about the continued existence of the most populous nation in Africa.
It is about Nigeria, the only nation where black history and heritage can be redefined. We must bring in all our aces and a host of others. Recession is a word, I agree, but a very challenging word describing a critical problem. But it is a challenge.
Nations have gone in and out of recessions before now, we can jointly, working together, find answer to this thorny all encompassing national malaise. Does the President need emergency powers to deal with this situation? I answer YES in the affirmative even though I have reservations.
But truth is sacrosanct .
Monies must be spent that cannot wait for the normal process of legislative approvals. Actions must be taking by the President and his executives that cannot wait for the usual debates in our hallowed legislative chambers.
But alas, there are fears, genuine fears of abuse of such powers, especially against political opponents. Perhaps this is what we need to debate and work on and ensure that all such possibilities are eliminated with legislative craftiness and deftness that cannot be wanting amongst the robust body of our legislators .
But if the president must lead this struggle against Recession such legal framework will assist him greatly,” Okoye concluded.
Meanwhile, the Anglican Bishop of Okigwe South Diocese in Imo, Dr David Onuoha, has urged Nigerians to support the recently launched “Change Begins with Me” initiative of the Federal Government.