A couple of days back, Nigeria was declared broke by President Muhammadu Buhari. The reason he said will not allow him accommodate more than 21 ministers with portfolios. This has been attracting criticisms from Nigerians, home and in the diaspora.
A cross-section of Nigerians ENCOMIUM Weekly sought their views on this also poured out their minds…
‘We need prompt action’- Lanre Kenny
To be honest, it paints a grim picture of the state of the country, but I think Buhari and APC are blowing things out of proportion to have excuses for their non performance so far. At the same time, it shows the enormity of the task before the new ministers, especially Kemi Adeosun, our new Okonjo Iweala. It means there’s no time for dilly dallying, we need prompt action. At this point, I think the CBN governor, new finance minister, Buhari himself and some sound economists should sit down and draw up practical solutions to the problem as quickly as possible.
‘I think the new ministers should just do their jobs properly’ – Opeyemi Elijah
Where on earth does a president go to the media to lament about the country’s financial woes! Though it is the reality, it is sad that instead of the president to seek solution to the problem, he is lamenting. This is what he has been doing since he was sworn in. Granted, PDP wrecked the country’s coffers, especially during the elections, but I think it’s time to work, not complain about the ills of the past administration. I think the new ministers should just do their jobs properly.
‘Buhari’s statement is not a revelation by any means’ – Bimbo Adelana
Buhari’s statement is not a revelation by any means, we all knew this before now. When the Jonathan government was singing this song, no one agreed with them because most people did not believe them. Now, we can all see the reality. What I find annoying about these revelations is that he made them abroad, in the international media, which doesn’t show tact at all. He should just get to work, that’s all I can say.
‘I don’t believe the country is broke…’ – Seyifunmi Akinoye
I don’t believe the country is broke, just that money is being mismanaged. Nigeria isn’t being painted bad, everybody knows this is a new regime.
If I were the president of this great country, I would definitely do what he is doing. I would tackle corruption and I would be fast about my implementation.
‘It’s possible since Jonathan didn’t spend well’ – Opeyemi Famakin
It’s possible since Jonathan didn’t spend well. Also that woman, Diezani who allegedly stole trillions should refund our money and be prosecuted. But since we export oil and sell, being broke isn’t possible. Then money in our coffers might be small, but saying we are broke is a lie. So, I disagree.
Nigeria has no good reputation before. All those who stole money or who money got missing during their time, I’d call them back and tell them to produce the money.
‘He’s an honest man’ – Kate Lawrence
I admire his courage. For a president to admit the country is broke shows that he is honest. It also shows that there is danger. It is better he declared it so that people in government will know how to use the limited resources judiciously.
‘It shows the state in which the country is presently’ – Shola Aderanti
It shows the state in which the country is presently. We need to buckle up, make use of our resources the best way we can.
‘I don’t think Nigerians are ready to listen to stories now’ – Lekan Adebayo
President Muhammadu Buhari declaring Nigeria broke is to me, a way to cover up for his non-performance since few months back. I don’t think Nigerians are ready to listen to stories now. He should just deliver on his promises, whether or not Nigeria is broke.
He said something similar to that when he first took over from Goodluck Jonathan. He said he met an empty treasury. Now, Nigeria is broke and that’s why he couldn’t cope with 36 ministers with portfolios. All I know is just a four-year tenure. He should just do it well now and remember all he promised before getting there.
‘There is anything bad in that statement’ – Isiaka Sanusi
I don’t think there is anything bad in that statement. It’s a fact that Nigeria is broke, and that has been affecting the running of the country since President Buhari took over. But things should to have improved since some of the looted fund had been recovered.
Buhari needs to be steadfast and swing into action right now with his cabinet members now that they have been assigned portfolios irrespective of whether they are 36 or 25. What Nigerians want as progress? We can’t afford to remain on the same spot.