The Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Oba Gani Adams, has urged the federal government to work on policy programmes that can alleviate the suffering of Nigerians at the grassroots.
Adams, who was a guest at the 2nd annual Public Lecture of Freedom Online in Ikeja, Lagos, said from all indications, the present situation in the country shows that majority of Nigerians are suffering, with little or no hope.
The Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) leader was reacting to issues raised by the special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Femi Adesina on the state of the Nigerian economy at the event.
Adams, who eulogised the efforts of the publishers of Freedom Online, said the platform presents a better opportunity for him to tell the president, through his spokesman, that he needs to concentrate on programmes that have direct impact on the lives of the people of the grassroots.
His words: “My brother, Mr. Femi Adesina, has raised some issues on the state of the nation. He is doing his job, however, I want you to tell Mr. President that Nigeria is bleeding. From my experience so far, I think President Buhari needs to attend to some critical issues that need urgent attention.
“Let me use my personal experience to buttress my point. I spend over N13,000 daily on diesel to fuel my generating set. And that is the situation across the country. That shows the power sector is not working. Another area that the president needs to work on is the agricultural sector.
“The facts and figures show that we still have a long way to go if Nigeria is to be ranked among the most vibrant countries in the world. From all indices, it is no doubt that our economy needs total overhauling. Though, we have exited recession as claimed by Mr. Adesina, efforts should also be made to revamp the economy from the abyss of stagnation.”
Guests present at the event include, former governor of Abia state and the senator-elect, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, former governor of Ogun state, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Professor Akin Onigbinde and Managing Director, Daily Telegraph Newspapers, Funke Egbemode.
The senator representing Kaduna central senatorial district, said: “When you borrow money from IMF, they will come and live in your house until you pay them; when you borrow money from China ,they will turn you into a tenant in your house until you pay them.”
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