SARAKI: A STRONG SYMBOL OF STABILITY
Saraki will address the economic, unemployment and security issues plaguing the nation,
writing YUSUPH OLANIYONU
Today, the most important element that a troubled country like Nigeria needs is stability. The political system needs stability so that policies, programs and projects aimed at ensuring genuine and sustainable development can be formulated, executed, monitored and nurtured. The economy needs stability to lift citizens out of poverty, deprivation, unemployment/underemployment, inflationary effects of currency devaluation and macroeconomic instability.
The social system also needs stability for the restoration of national values, for people to live in peace with each other, to quell separatist unrest, for the school system, the health sector and other services benefits from increased government investment and attention. It also involves having a stable environment where people can worship God as a private activity without any violent results.
We need a stable system where so many factors will become predictable, or at least provide a basis for planning and projection. We need stability to allow us to win all the wars that non-state actors and the wicked among us have waged against the rest of society. Steady planning by security agencies will help us win the wars against insurgents, bandits, kidnappers, cultists, armed robbers, violent separatists and those who now specialize in using other human beings to money rituals.
We need a stable political environment in which all actors abide by the law and work for the country to have peaceful, free, fair and credible elections that will produce leadership without any form of violence or bloodshed. This represents political stability.
We need a stable environment to attract investment from within and from abroad. Money, they say, goes where it feels safe. Stable macroeconomic indices will encourage investment. Also, when there is a stable environment and an influx of investment, people will have jobs. They will contribute to the country’s GDP, they will be drawn into the tax net as taxpayers, and the government will have more money to invest in social services for the benefit of the people. The expected result of such a positive development is an improvement in the standard of living of the population.
The country needs stability to overcome the problem of food insecurity. In an unstable environment where farmers cannot go to their farms for fear of being kidnapped or assaulted, where the farmer-herder conflict continues to rage, where some unregistered foreign herders continue to cause violence in farming areas by invading farms with cows that wreak havoc the destruction of farms, the instability of food production continues to plague our country.
These multi-faceted problems of instability have, however, combined to put the country in a bind. There doesn’t seem to be a solution in sight. Nigeria is now characterized as a country that slid from safe state to weak state, then slid to failing state, descended further into failed state category and further degenerated to failing state. a collapsed state. .
The collapsed state is the lowest of the ranks. It is a point of no return. This is a point where the country faces the possibility of ceasing to exist. The Fund for Peace Initiative characterizes a collapsed country as one where the government does not have full control of the entire territory, in which the legitimate authority of the state to make collective decisions has been eroded and where the government is unable to provide public services.
This is the situation in which we found ourselves in Nigeria. Yet the problem is largely one of leadership. The country needs determined leadership to make history as the continent’s greatest recovery team in this century. Leadership ability can only be deciphered from the characters, background and values of team leader, team captain. We have an opportunity to make a difference and save our country. The 2023 election is a golden opportunity for us to have a big, bold leader who can initiate big reforms, track them and ensure there are positive changes.
Among the many aspirants from all different political parties seeking to become president, I can recommend Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki as the perfect leader in times of crisis, the leader in turnaround and the leader who is not only brilliant in terms of formulating politicians but also stubborn and brave enough to bring about positive change.
Saraki, through her background, experience, background and background, is a strong symbol of stability. As a leading player in the private sector who later came to the public sector to excel, he certainly understands the economy and what needs to be done to achieve stability. His economic plan is complete and should provide a good basis for discussion as we gradually move towards February 2023, when a new president will be elected. He promised to focus on macroeconomic stability, creating an enabling environment that will encourage investment, solve electricity problems, revise the process to encourage Nigerians to produce for export by expanding ports and reducing the time of their process as well as addressing the challenges facing the mining sector.
He is also committed to creating a safe and secure Nigeria where there is stability in terms of people’s ability to live, work, produce and play in Nigeria without any fear of harm to them or their investment. It plans to provide the armed forces with all the necessary equipment and training to neutralize security threats, enforce transparency in the use of resources provided to the forces, ensure that the police are properly funded, trained and motivated for her to currently assume police duties. practiced by the armed forces.
Part of the plan is also to create a three-tier security architecture to integrate all village, district and ward levels for security intelligence gathering, develop the Office of the Counterterrorism Coordinator into a full-fledged counter-terrorism C rue to enable it to meet the challenges of multifaceted security threats. He also spoke of the need to take advantage of ICTs and the opportunities offered by social media to strengthen security and national unity. These represent a viable means of bringing stability to the regime.
Other areas that Saraki plans to focus on in other to bring stability to Nigeria include achieving a restructured country, reviewing the rule of law position in Nigeria and emphasizing the national planning and good governance. With his background as a cosmopolitan leader, a man with roots in the major regions of the country, a real bridge between north and south by virtue of his family background and representing all the major religions. At 59, he represents the link between the old and the young, a bridge between the private sector and the public sector, and enjoys the confidence of the two key strata of society.
Saraki has served as Presidential Assistant, Governor, Chairman of the Governors Forum, Senator and President of the Senate. His track record in all these positions shows that he is an achiever, a man of ideas, a solution seeker and a man who talks less but solves problems. He pledged to address the economic, security, unemployment and systemic issues plaguing Nigeria. I believe him. I urge other Nigerians to talk less, let’s fix Nigeria by voting for a brave leader who knows what to do, how to do it and is strong enough to take action no matter the challenges.
Olaniyonu writes from Abuja