by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Nigerians have been called upon to learn lessons from the unfortunate cases of Libya, the disaster of Iraq and the disintegration of Syria, despite challenges being faced, the Director of Research and Production for Ambassador of Peace and Social Welfare, Dr. Ahmad Jibrin Suleiman, has observed.
The director, who made the observation in a press conference in Kaduna on Thursday, said even though there are challenges, it’s not enough for disintegration, saying, “President Muhammadu Buhari is doing a lot in terms of achievements.”
He said there are burning issued of insecurity, largely based on kidnappings, but Nigerians should be that the current situation would not be compared to the pre-2015 terrors of Boko Haram, as well as farmers and herders’ conflicts of the few years back.
“Food security, yes; granted that the current corona and its attendant lockdown have impacted on our food harvests, which force us to allow foreign maize to boost our poultry feeds. Should we not celebrate this progress in self-sufficiency? Compare this when we were importing all stocks without any consideration,” he stated.
On fuel price (hike), Dr Suleiman noted that there was so much uproar about the hikes in fuel price. He however reminded Nigerians to think of the bitter experience of fuel queues of the previous administrations.
“Have we pondered over how fuel queues have disappeared on the roads? Have we pondered over the success in modular refineries in Imo, Lagos and other states?” he said.
On perception of war and challenges, the researcher also stressed thus: “Have we pondered over the fact that most issues are over-hyped by oppositions to reverse the 2015 turn around?
“Some of these black taints are so outlandish that you imagine, how can anybody believe it?,” he lamented, citing the issue of alleged ‘Jibrin from Sudan’ story about Mr. President.
“It is, therefore, based on the above that we call on fellow Nigerians to learn a serious lesson from the unfortunate case of Libya, disaster of Iraq and disintegration of Syria.
“On the other hand, we should learn from China to take advantage of our large population and diversities and to unify ourselves around common national interest like Russia is successfully doing.
“The days of complaint and bitterness should be over, like in Rwanda; and we should toil the path of Rwanda to usher in an egalitarian tomorrow,” he stated.
Dr. Suleiman listed the achievements of Buhari’s administration to include: establishment of new ministries, including Police Affairs and Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development in 2020, the Budget Implementation
Cycle being successfully restored to a January-to-December calendar, with the signing of the 2020 Appropriation Bill in December, 2019.
President Buhari, according to him, also signed into law, a Finance Bill, to reform domestic tax laws, introduced tax incentives for investments in infrastructure and capital markets, and improved the business environment.
“The presidency also asserted that among the many achievements of the administration is that President Buhari ordered of a forensic audit of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
On the list he also added “Nigeria’s rising to 15 places on the World Bank Doing Business Index; to 131st position, from 146th, and President Buhari assenting to the Deep Offshore (and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contract) Act.
“Also mentioned were Buhari performing the ground-breaking for the University of
Transportation in Daura, an investment by CCECC in Nigeria; Vice President Yemi
Osinbajo performing the ground-breaking for a new Wagon Assembly Plant in Kajola, Ogun State, which will produce rolling stock for Nigeria’s new Rail Lines and create jobs for thousands of Nigerians.
“President Buhari approving the Financial Transparency Policy, mandating publication of Public Financial Information through an Open Treasury Portal and Nigeria commencing the issuance of Visas on Arrival to all persons holding passports of African countries, among others.”
He also stated that, “No fewer than three private Modular Refinery projects have been established and are near completion, among others.”