Mixed Reactions Trail Mr. President Speech as He vows to rebuild Nigeria, renames stadium after MKO

            Hon. Jubrin Zakari

There is nothing inside Mr. President Speech Today, To Give Us Hope- Hon. Jubrin Zakari

Mr. President’s Speech is just empty’- Prince Sam Divine Success.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday honoured the winner of the June 12 1993 presidential election, the late Chief MKO Abiola, by renaming the Abuja National Stadium after him.

The President said this in a speech he read at the first National Democracy Day celebration in Abuja, stating that he approved June 12 as the nation’s Democracy Day as part of the healing and reconciliation efforts for the annulment of the presidential election.

He also said with purposeful leadership, the Federal Government could move 10 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years.

Reacting Hon. Jubrin Zakari, a member of APC party from Jigawa state has this to say concerning the speech.

“There is nothing in Mr. President Speech today. It’s short of action plans, apart from honouring Abiola, nothing to show whether we are moving forward or backward.
We are expecting him to talk about how he will fight insecuritie, how to bring about  economic development. People are hungry looking for what to eat, know what’s government is doing. But right now, we in a very tight corner, we have already reached a corner. What is good now is to seek for solutions. Let the security agencies and lawmakers put heads together and have a holistic view of our insecurity problems and forge a way to solve it”.

Zakari went further to ask “why is it the northern states cannot live in peace, always fighting and killing each others? From Mr. Resident’s speech, there is no hope because he supposed to encourage and gives us hope by stating the steps he wants to take, this is what they are doing or going to do, this is their action plans. We are not convinced and satisfied, we are losing hope”.

According to him, If someone is fighting corruption, one deals with corrupt persons and in that order, If one is fighting insecurity, one has to look first on what’s causing it. He gave an instance of how Police Force are being managed efficiently unlike other military agencies like Nigeria Air force, Navy and Army, and are very incohesive and out of control.

He says, “Nigeria Police are well controlled and challenged. They are very careful because they are always thinking about what will come back to them. Let me tell you, even if you give Mr. President 4 plus 4 and plus 4, it will always be the same. We are not moving ahead at all”.

Speaking with an International Human Activist and the International President of African Renaissance,  Prince Sam Divine Success, he mirrored the same view that Mr. President’s speech has nothing inside it to install hopes.

“To be candid with you without trying to impress anyone, Our President, Muhammadu Buhari’s speech today is just empty. That’s not what we bargained for when we voted him in. If you look at the whole speech there is nothing to show, he has chattered a course forward. Leadership is not about singing your praises, about the past, it is all about telling us what your trying to do about the insurgencies engulfing the whole nation. How to tackle unemployment confronting Nigeria youths today.
As a human right activist, I am here speaking the minds of Nigerians. Nigerians are hungry. Tell Mr. President, we need him to address the stomach infrastructure. Blood is sacred. There are killings everywhere, banditaries here, fulani herdsmen here, kidnappers here, boko haram here! We voted him into power to address this issues, and that was the reason he took over from President Goodluck Jonathan, Now, we are here bargaining for peaceful nation”, he said.

Apart from honouring Abiola, the President also addressed diverse national issues and unfolded his government’s agenda on insecurity, economy and social security initiatives in the next four years.

Also at the event were Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, service chiefs, President of Rwanda, Gambia, DR Congo, Gabon, Guinea Bissau, Namibia and Senegal. Among other dignitaries that also witnessed the event were representatives of the governments of Venezuela, Zimbabwe, Iran, Benin Republic, Ireland, Egypt, India and Niger.

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi and Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi were some of the invited monarchs for the ceremony.

Pamela Ogwata reports.

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