At a reception for participants of the Senior Executive course No. 39(2017) of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, at the Presidential Villa on Friday, President Muhammadu Buhari, in his address, said the nation needs to be “proactive” in dealing with its challenges.
“But we cannot be comfortable with just being a passive nation. We must be proactive,” Buhari said following a presentation by the participants in Food Security challenges, leveraging science, technology and Innovation.
Buhari said, “As I mentioned in my budget speech just 2 weeks ago, ‘only tailored Nigerian solutions can fix Nigeria’s unique problems’. I am proud to say your report is in agreement with that. Your submission has come at a time when Nigeria is recording significant successes in agriculture and food security. However, we cannot afford to be complacent. We must develop strategies to sustain this momentum.”
Buhari’s “proactive” charge is good advise. But instructively, the President needs to tell it a lot more to the man in the mirror.
On several occasions, the President has undermined the effectiveness of his administration with his apparent lack of foresight and indecisiveness in tackling issues.
The delay in appointing members of his cabinet; endless wait for his decision on the fate of the former Secretary to the Government of the federation, Babachir Lawal and the erstwhile Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ayo Oke; his seeming disinterest in the claims made by the Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu against the Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Maikanti Baru; and his silence on the grave allegations against the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami in the ongoing saga involving the illegal reinstatement of Abdulraheed Maina are just few examples.
The President needs to be reminded that he is in charge of affairs of the country and the nation will only move at the pace he (Buhari) decides. Hence, the proactiveness he wants is his call to make. With few months left to the end of the tenure, He needs to do more of walking the talk and bring the proactiveness into his administration.