Since Muhammadu Buhari took over the mantle of leadership of Nigeria, on Friday, May 29, 2015, Nigerians, home and abroad have been clamouring for immediate end to corrupt practices in the country as pledged by the new president.
Some Nigerian ENCOMIUM Weekly spoke to also advised the new government to keep to its promises in this direction…
‘BUHARI SHOULDN’T BORROW ANY LEAF FROM JONATHAN’ – Raphael Oriyomi
There’s no area that I will say Jonathan really impressed. Even the agriculture sector that they shout about, we still import food and food stuffs are still expensive. The railway, same thing. We don’t see them, only on TV. I don’t think Buhari should borrow any leaf from Jonathan, he failed woefully.
We need a total overhaul of a lot of things, so we can make a fresh start and make real progress in years to come.
‘BUHARI SHOULD REALLY BE CAREFUL IN SURROUNDING HIMSELF WITH SYCOPHANTS’ – Joy Akubara
I feel in the area of power, Jonathan started something good. Also, the removal of petroleum subsidy that was just a case of good intention, bad implementation. So, I feel Buhari and his aides should build on this. But one area Buhari should really be careful in surrounding himself with sycophants, that was what killed Jonathan’s administration. He was surrounded by people who never told him the truth.
He should make sure he selects honest people like him. It would be a disaster if he repeats the mistakes of Jonathan, at least he has that to learn from.
‘HE SHOULD LEAD BY HIS WORDS AND TACKLE CORRUPTION AS PLEDGED’ – Biola Deinde
I congratulate our new president and pray his era will be rewarding and peaceful for all Nigerians, home and abroad. It was a thing of glory to us all as Nigerians having Muhammadu Buhari as our president at the moment when all hope seemed to have been lost.
Left to me, he should lead by his words and tackle corruption as pledged. He should lead by example. I would fully love him if he can slash the ministries to a sizeable number. Then cut the salaries of all the minister, law makers and all public office holders in this new administration. He should now face the oil sector and ensure all the bad elements are sent packing and duly prosecuted.
I also want him to tackle decisively the power sector. No one else can do that at this crucial moment other than a fearless and widely adjudged incorruptible leader like Buhari. I now pray he takes bold steps on these and few other issues, including security challenge in the next one month just to show us his readiness to serve.
‘BUHARI SHOULD JUST NOT START BY FIGHTING THIS AND THAT’ – Temitope Abiodun
First, I congratulate the new president for the well deserved victory. And now that the baton has changed hands, I strongly believe that the wind of change has started blowing across the country. I know with God on the side of Buhari and his people, Nigeria has started another journey of hope as against the fruitless adventure we all witnessed with Goodluck Jonathan-led administration.
Buhari should just not start by fighting this and that. I only want him to identify who and who stole what and how. Then look for a way of recouping the stolen funds because it’s obvious he can’t rule with empty treasury. And now, the price of crude oil has gone down.
So, it will be extremely difficult to get as much revenue as the last administration enjoyed. In this regard, Jonathan and others should be probed so that they can refund our money.
After that, he should, within the next one month, fight Boko Haram to a standstill because without good security there can’t be peace in the land. Finally, he should dissolve the NNPC executive and appoint new ones with immediate effect. Nigerians want an end to the perennial fuel scarcity in the country.
‘HE SHOULD PROBE CORRUPT OFFICERS’ – Chinoye Nkemere
Jonathan failed in the power sector, security, employment and many other ways. My advice to Buhari is that, he should get a very good adviser and good project monitor. He shouldn’t be sentimental.
‘HE SHOULD FIGHT CORRUPTION TO STAND STILL’ – Isaac Gbenga
He did do well in all areas! Security, education, social infrastructure, policy development and accountability. He should focus on policy based development and fight corruption to a standstill.
‘HE SHOULD PROBE CORRUPT OFFICERS’ – Shola Ashake
In the area of corruption and security, he should probe corrupt officers. I like the first step he took by moving defence headquarters to Maiduguri. It shows he is ready to work. He should also fight corruption to a standstill.