Tinubu, a good beginning but…

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a step, is a Chinese proverb. The approach in which the new administration began is undoubtedly convincing to all and sundry that the new government of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu means business and is ever ready to change the narrative. There is no better way to start than this, especially the approach to the nation’s economy which is the bedrock and the cornerstone of the growth and development of every nation.

Economic experts have made it categorically clear that fuel subsidy is economic mismanagement, therefore, removal of fuel subsidies would be impactful in strengthening and stabilizing our economy. The funds should be judiciously utilised on areas like education, workers’ welfare, security, agriculture, youth and women empowerment and other poverty alleviation programmes. This will go a long way in stabilising the nation’s economy. Besides, the government should in no distant time devise a means of mitigating the impact of this decision that has led to fuel shortage in the country.

The introduction of students loan has put dazzling smiles on the gloomy faces of Nigerian students and parents who have been struggling to sponsor their wards in school. If implemented the loan scheme will facilitate learning and significantly improve the standard of education in the country. The education system suffered a great setback during the previous administration as a result of clear negligence and nonchalant attitudes of the government towards it.
Education is an integral aspect of development. Therefore, it should be prioritise and be handsomely funded.

Commendably, the recent arrest and accusations levelled against some prominent politicians by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for corrupt practices are applauded. This indicates that this administration is committed to dealing with the nation’s cake pilferers. Nevertheless, the act should not be politicised, going after the opposition and political adversaries.

The termites are waiting patiently for a slight opportunity to present itself. These are self-centered individuals who are greedy and make sure that they are part of every administration that comes in. These people were truly the problem of Nigeria, squandering unimaginable amounts of public funds while the poor justice system sets them free even if convicted in a court of law. These people are working in tandem with the arbitrators.

The recent appointment of great individuals with proven intellectual prowess and leadership capabilities such as Femi Gbajabiamila as Chief of Staff, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu as National Security Adviser, Service Chiefs, and retention of Buba Marwa as Chairman NDLEA and other important appointees is commendable and with those great personalities, our hope for great Nigeria is unarguably alive and hearty.

Accordingly, great individuals with an undiluted spirit of patriotism and corruption-free records should be considered for political appointments irrespective of religion, region, or political party.

Mubarak Shuaybu Shelleng,
Department of Mass communication, University of Maiduguri,
Borno state