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Jega urges Buhari to fulfil campaign promises, re-examine policies

By Nkechi Onyedika-Ugoeze, Abuja   |   04 October 2016   |   2:00 am

Executive Secretary, National Mosque, Abuja, Alhaji Ibrahim Jega, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to re-examine his administration’s policies and ensure he fulfilled the promises he made to the electorate during the 2015 election.

He also advised the All Progressives Congress (APC) to go back to the drawing board and look critically at its manifesto to find out the level to which they have fulfilled the promises made to Nigerians.

Speaking with The Guardian in Abuja, Jega reminded the APC that the mandate was given to them by the people and by extension, God Almighty.

He said: “If you are not accountable to the people now, they will be accountable to God Almighty. A promise is a debt they must fulfil. For somebody to be religious or Godly, he must match his words with action. If you say I will give you water, give the people the water. If you say I will give you road, give people the road”.

On Nigeria at 56, Jega who noted that the country has made tremendous progress in spite of the present economic situation said: “We should re-examine ourselves and go back to God. We appreciate God for the journey so far. We have to live together by de-emphasising our differences and understand ourselves. A person from Enugu should be able to own land in Sokoto.”

He, therefore, expressed optimism that Nigeria would come out of the economic recession as this was not the first time the country is going through such a setback.

Also, the Primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Revd. Nicholas Okoh, told The Guardian that even though Nigeria fared in some areas, we are still having a lot of problems.

According to him: “After 56 years, we are still struggling to have an identity. Many people are still doubting whether they are Nigerians. As an individual, if at 56 you don’t know where who you are or where you are going, then there is a problem. Our government should strive to give us an identity such that there will be a national dream so that if you are a Nigerian carrying that Green Passport, you will have that dream. Religion and ethnicity should not make anyone feel inferior in his own country.”

  • Basil Ogbanufe

    “….national dream”? With federal character? Certainly, not possible.

  • infinity2020

    Mr jega you stated that Nigeria at 56 has made a tremendous progress .Please can you list the progress you are talking about?. Are you talking about our warped value system? Are you talking about our first class infrastructure? or our corruption based economy May be you are counting how many people with private jet or are you looking at all those houses in Abuja built with money looted from the treasury.Can you honestly compare Nigeria with Singapore? We got our independence almost at the same time ! ! !

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