Another 360 seconds interview with Keteekitepost! Our interview today is with ‘unsung hero’, Barrister Olayiwola Ope Makanjuola, a Lagos based Legal Practitioner, father and the husband of Oluwatoyin.
Below are excerpts of Yinka Erinfolami’s interview with him:
What is your assessment of the Buhari administration?
My assessment of the administration so far is that, PMB and his economic management team have failed economically since the inception of the administration, up until now there has been inconsistent economic policies, which has brought the present recession to the country. Buhari has also not lived up to some of his campaign promises.
Fight against corruption is one of the pillars of the government’s election campaign. Is the government delivering on this in your opinion?
Yes, the PMB regime has concentrated more on the fight against corruption but the regime has done more of propaganda than the real fight against corruption.
Some are accusing the government of prosecuting a selective fight against corruption. What’s your take on this? Nigeria’s economy is officially in recession. Is the government putting in the required effort at getting the economy out of recession in your own estimate?
I do not believe that the fight against corruption has been one sided but even if it has, the question is, those under trial for corruption have they compromised themselves or not? If they have, then there is nothing one sided about the fight against corruption. You can’t say because Mr. A is not being tried for corruption then you that have been indicted should also be left off the hook. As time goes on, the book of Mr. A would also be opened when he too is indicted.
Communication is Key in the business of governance. What’s your rating of the government’s communication and citizens’ engagement strategy?
The two presidential spokesmen including the minister for information have failed to live up to their duties. Their citizens’ engagement level is near zero as far as I am concerned.
Security of the nation is also one of the Buhari/Osinbajo campaign promises. Are they delivering on this promise, especially in the North Eastern part of the country?
Yes, PMB has succeeded in this one aspect of his campaign promises. BH has been completely eradicated except for some pocket flashes of bombings. Kudos to him in this regard.
There’s another challenge in the Niger Delta with the Niger Delta Avengers blowing up oil installations. What’s your assessment of government’s handling of this challenge?
The Niger Delta region is a very volatile area in Nigeria. I think the Niger Delta Avengers were formed by those who felt they’ve lost out in the power sharing formula of Nigeria. I think the politicians in that area know more about the activities of the NGA. PMB has played down military invasion of the area mainly because of the way Nigeria is structured politically, religiously and in terms of ethnicity. Moreover, that is where the mainstay of the country’s resources comes from. He has been very diplomatic in handling the situation which shows that it is high time for Nigeria to look for other sources of revenue apart from oil and gas. Nevertheless, I think PMB needs to be more firm in dealing with the NGA. They are nothing but criminals. No part of a body is more important than the whole body regardless of whatever role it plays in the body. The Niger Delta area is not more important than the South West neither are they more important than the North East. I believe the NGA should be dealt with more, militarily.
Government recently launched the ‘Change Begins with Me’ campaign aimed at re-orientating Nigerians to always do the right thing. Who should the ‘Change’ begin with, the government or the people?
The change begins with me should start with the executive, legislature and the judiciary. The monthly overheads of these aspect of government is killing the economy of Nigeria. Let the change begins with them and the citizens would follow suit.