Contrary to insinuations in some quarters that President Muhammadu Buhari’s leadership style has been that of all motions and no actions, a respected member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Imo State, Nze Emmanuel Patrick Onukwugha Ejimonyeabala has said that the President’s style of administration, so far, has shown that there is hope for Nigeria and Nigerians.
Nze Ejimonyeabala stated this while addressing reporters in Owerri, the Imo State capital. He said it is too early to evaluate or appraise the performance of President Buhari, saying Nigerians should be patient with him as he unfolds fully his policies and programmes.
Known in Imo political circle as a political strategist, Nze Ejimonyeabala, the Epum of Amaimo Ancient Kingdom, Ikeduru Local Government Area of Imo State described President Buhari as a great, indomitable man with great charisma to lead the country out of her current economic recession, adding that he is Godsend.
“President Buhari is a sagacious leader with big heart. President Barrack Obama of the United State of America, David Cameron and Mrs. Theresa May all of the United Kingdom have very high regard for him. The German Chancellor and Italian Prime Minister both greatly admire his fight against corruption in Nigeria. I see in Buhari qualities of the late great French President Charles De Gaul,” he said.
On the current unfavourable economic situation the country is experiencing, Nze Ejimonyeabala revealed that God as an Omniscient knew that Nigeria will go through economic recession at this time; which was why He positioned a man who has strong will to tackle it with great wisdom and determination so that the country will witness greatness again. And that man is President Buhari.
He expressed his optimism that the economic downturn Nigeria is experiencing currently would be over as it is evident that President Buhari is fully out to address the issue in collaboration with experts in the Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
“First the anti-corruption crusade of President Buhari is part of the ways to rescue Nigeria from economic recession. The price of oil is looking upwards. Therefore, importation of the product should be curtailed.
On how to tackle the unpleasant economic situation in the country, Nze Ejimonyeabala said the recent economic recession could be addressed by resuscitating the power sector. This, he said, is necessary because without adequate electricity supply, there will be no meaningful industrial development.
He advised the Federal Government to revive the iron and steel industry at Ajaokuta as it is one of the critical sectors of the economy that will boost the country’s economic recovery.
He equally advised the Federal Government to encourage Nigerians to take to farming as profitable venture.
He recalled that “in the yesteryear when Nigeria was operating regional form of government, each of the regions had agricultural products that contributed immensely to its economic growth.
“For instance, the North was known for its groundnut pyramid, the West was known for its production of cocoa that was used to build the Cocoa House in Ibadan and the East was known for rubber and palm oil production.”
He gave kudos to the CBN for leveraging out soft loan to farmers and those small-scale businesses.
Nigeria will overcome her current economic distress very soon, he said. He also advised the Federal Government to rehabilitate roads and rail lines to boost commerce, trade and industry.
On recovery of looted funds, the London-trained economist said the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) should have special law court for quick dispensation of justice in the process of recovering looted funds.
On religion, Nze Ejimonyeabala noted that Nigeria is a circular state where freedom of worship is allowed. He cautioned government at all levels not to sponsor those going on pilgrimage, as such is a waste of resources. He asserted that Nigeria as a nation still exists because of prayers by Nigerians.
Nze Ejimonyeabala regretted that history is being distorted with regard to the first place where Nigeria struck oil. He said it was not true that oil was first found in Oloibiri in the present day Bayelsa State. He said the Federal Government should make Ikeduru Local Government Area tourists’ zone because the first oil deposit was found in Iho Ikeduru in 1946 before the Shell BP left Iho for Oloibiri in the present day Bayelsa State because large oil deposit was found there.