NIGERIA – An elder statesman, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to seek economic advice from a former Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, in order to rescue the country from recession.
Iwuanyanwu said with the present economic problems, no foreign investor would invest in the country.
The politician urged Nigerians to generate fresh ideas rather than attribute blames and give excuses.
He spoke in Owerri, the Imo State capital, when members of the African Youth Parliament from 50 African countries, led by the Nigerian representative, Ibrahim Mohammed, visited him.
Iwuanyanwu said, “When Nigeria was in this type of mess some years ago, former President Olusegun Obasanjo called on Okonjo Iweala to help. Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan also used her to revive the country’s economy. Nigeria, at this present stage of economic hardship and downturn, should also call on Okonjo-Iweala and others for help. We are in a recession now, if care is not taken, we shall go into depression soonest.”
The elder statesman also frowned on the way sensitive ministries were merged into one, adding that there was no way such supervising minister would perform a miracle in his or her responsibilities.
“In fact, he (Buhari) should separate Works, Housing and Transport ministries and appoint a minister each for the ministries,” he said.
He advised the members of the African Youth Parliament to pass the message of peace to the youth.
“No good thing comes from destroying good things. I implore you to pass this message across, especially to the youth of the Niger Delta areas,” he added