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– The pioneer chairman of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group Professor Anya O. Anya has said that the integrity of President Muhammadu Buhari is not enough to sustain the affairs of Nigeria
– Anya decried the calling up of military leaders to rule Nigeria in a democratic setting
The pioneer chairman of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group Professor Anya O. Anya has said that the integrity of President Muhammadu Buhari is not enough to sustain the affairs of Nigeria.
Anya decried the calling up of military leaders to rule Nigeria in a democratic setting.
“There is no doubt that he has passion for Nigeria but passion is not sufficient,” Anya said. Anya, 80, in an interview with Vanguard said Nigerians are not experiencing the kind of change they voted for.
“We have changed but from the people I have spoken with, they are all complaining that this is not the change they bargained for. But then I ask them, did you define the change you wanted? So would you say Nigerians made a mistake for clamouring for change?” Anya asked.
We gathered that Anya said there is no confidence that the policy rolled out by the present administration will move the country forward.
“In the last four weeks, Naira has been on the upward swing against the dollar, don’t you think progress is being made? I will also remind you that a year ago, it was under N200 to a dollar and when this administration came in it was between N150 to N160 to a dollar before it got to three times what it was under one year.
Naira is appreciating but it will stabilize at perhaps at a point that will double what it was a year ago. We are worth less today than we were two years ago and with the inflation rate that is chasing 20 per cent, remember that in the last four to five years inflation rate was single digit,” Anya said.
Anya said he had given President Buhari an insight into a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and Multi-cultural religious approach to leading Nigeria.
“A month later, I gave the Chief Emeka Anyaoku lecture, which I titled: ‘Nigeria the continued search for leadership.’ Standing on what I said at the Eni Njoku lecture, I gave him more advice based on what he has done.
If I didn’t mean well for him, I won’t say the things I had said. I share his passion for Nigeria but that passion should be backed by solid hard work. He needs experienced people to work with him. “You cannot find the people that will make the difference only in your family or ethnic group.
You must cast your net wide to get people who will give you loyalty beyond even what your family can give you.
That is the real test of leadership. There is a book I want you to read. It is titled: “Born Orphan.” It is a story by a German theologian, who was executed during the Second World War.
People forget that Adolf Hitler actually won an election, he was an elected leader but by the time he finished, he destroyed Germany.
But I know Nigeria would not be destroyed because inspite of everything we have reached a point where certain things cannot be reversed,” he said.
Anya also noted that Nigerians, especially those who work with the president should read the book and learn a few lessons the Germans should have learnt.
“The truth of the matter is that the first time we wanted to correct the state of affairs, we went 20 years back to dig up a former military leader in 1999; after finishing eight years, one or two people came in between.
We were given another opportunity, we again went back to 30 years to dig up another former military leader. So, there is something wrong with our country.
It either means that in 30 years we have not moved at all or that in 30 years we have regressed. But I don’t think that we have regressed, I think a lot of work has been done be it good or bad in the last 15 years of democracy.
It also shows that our countrymen are not sure of what they want. It is that confusion of not knowing what to do that makes us think that the past is better than the present,” he said.