Recession: Okonjo Iweala must have a rethink – Doyin Okupe | Nigeria News Today. Your online Nigerian Newspaper


The Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Dr. Doyin Okupe has said that Nigeria’s ‘partisanship is obscenely unhealthy ‘for a nation and that “the change begins with me ” mantra, of the All Progressive Congress, APC-lead

government was late as it would have been better if it was part of President Buhari’s inaugural speech. Okupe on his Facebook page, Monday, in a post titled ‘National Economic Emergency’ also said that the economic recession which Nigeria is facing ‘calls for an end to extreme partisanship’ and that wailing, howling or even cursing from the citizens will not help the situation. He went further to say that ‘pretence, conceit or sheer optimism from government quarters would not solve the ‘economic infirmity bedevilling our Nation’.

Okupe enjoined Nigerians to ‘put all hands on deck’, begging that the likes of that Dr, Mrs, Okonjo Iweala must have a rethink and that we must bring all our ace economists – Dr Kalu Idika Kalu , Charles Chukwuma Soludo, Rewani, Tunde Lemo, Patrick Utomi, Shamsuddeen Usman, Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II, the Emir of Kano, and a host of others – on board as the problems facing Nigeria was not about Buhari or the APC. More so Okupe backed President Buhari on the need for Emergency Powers bill saying that for the President to spend monies he cannot wait usual debates legislative chambers.

Read below Doyin Okupe’s post

”National Economic Emergency It is a fact that Nigeria as a country is in dire straits in terms of its economy. It is not too important how we got here or who or what brought us here. We need an exit plan desperately.

Sadly, there is too much politicking in Nigeria. Our Partisanship is obscenely unhealthy for our nation. A few of our people are still behaving as if elections are yet to take place. But the truth is elections have come and obviously they have also gone. Unfortunately our economy, has slipped into a recession and that is crippling everybody and everything. No matter what government and those opposed to government are saying, there is no easy way out of a recession. When President Obama came in, in his first term, the US was in recession. He was young, brilliant, and smoking hot, it took nearly 2yrs to see the tips of the mountain, and almost the same length of time before the flood of recession started to recede. At that time the opposition threw diatribes and invectives similar to what is being thrown at President Buhari now, at him.

But he remained focussed and steadfast. Eventually he succeeded. ‘While wailing, howling or even cursing from the populace will certainly not help our situation, pretence, conceit or sheer optimism from government quarters also is no panacea for the economic infirmity bedevilling our Nation. ‘This situation calls for an end to extreme partisanship in the face of a major threatening national emergency. ‘We need to, and we must put all hands on deck. May be President Buhari’s famous quote”….We have no other country that we can call our own” is more apt now than “the change begins with me ” mantra, which may not be as bad as it is being presented, except that the cliche was coming almost 18months late.

It would have been better received if it was part of the inaugural speech of the president. Dr,mrs, Okonjo Iweala must have a rethink. This is not about Buhari or Apc, it is about the survival of over 20% of black population in the world. It is about the continued existence of the most populous nation in Africa. It is about Nigeria, the only nation where black history and heritage can be redefined. We must bring in all our aces, Kalu Ndika Kalu, Soludo, Rewani, Tunde Lemo, Utomi, shanmsudeen, our revered Emir of Kano and a host of others. Recession is a word, I agree, but a very challenging word describing a critical problem.

But it is a challenge. Nations have gone in and out of recessions before now, we can jointly, working together , find answer to this thorny all encompassing national malaise. Does the President need emergency powers to deal with this situation ? I answer YES in the affirmative even though I have reservations . But truth is sacrosanct . Monies must be spent that cannot wait for the normal process of legislative approvals. Actions must be taking by the President and his executives that cannot wait for the usual debates in our hallowed legislative chambers.

But alas, there are fears, genuine fears of abuse of such powers, especially against political opponents. Perhaps this is what we need to debate and work on and ensure that all such possibilities are eliminated with legislative craftiness and deftness that cannot be wanting amongst the robust body of our legislators . But if the president must lead this struggle against Recession such legal framework will assist him greatly.’

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  1. Join them now! Simple
    After una don insult Okonjo Iweala finis kwo! Okupe you are an empty bufoon. Apc must do it alone because na only apc members clean and only them are saint and have all the brain to make Nigeria a Paradise. Shebi that is why they used all unorthodox methods to grab power.Even denigrating the office of the President and abusing Jonathan and the first lady personally. So, what you sow you reap. Is it all those they had stated destroyed Nigeria that they are begging to come. Amaechi...Gorilla Oshiomohole and others can do the job.

  2. Which yeye rethink be that, it was under her purview that all the worst lootings in Nigeria took place. Lez look unto GOD and do the right thing.
    Y name the same old guys, lez look inwards for young, intelligent and vibrant Economists.

    1. No matter how you want to delude yourself,she was very good at her job,and far far the best we have had,so if you like keep sulking,if you are half as intelligent as she is,I guess you might be able to do the job...

  3. This the best that has ever come from Dr Okupe. Nothing else can be described as patriotism than this, especially when its coming form a man who strongly criticised the president during political campaings in 2015. Am sure if we all come together just like we did during the ebola scorge in 2014 , we will defeat economic recession in a very short time

  4. The writer is correct!

  5. Together will stand divided will fall

    1. Ab initio APC wanted it divided. So your guess is as good as mine. Is it those they have put a blanket tag as clueless thrives and looters they want to come and help them again? It then means they are not sincere. They must do it alone or resign if they cannot run the country. That is the standard practice . No amount of begging; if they like make dem prostrate or lye own on ground to beg they must do it alone. Brainless fools. Patriotism ko! Help ni.

  6. NOI will never join this government. Impossible


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