I welcome you back to your once occupied seat as Nigeria's Federal Minister of Finance and now the Coordinating Minister of the Economic Management Team, which to me qualifies you as a de facto Prime Minister. I am most grateful to you for accepting to leave your highly-respected position in the world bank to take up this arduous challenge in Nigeria. I respect your courage and wish the country have many more leaders of your type, who have the interest of the country at heart and not the greedy bunch we’ve had in the past.
I say a big thank you to President Jonathan, who has played very good role in convincing you to take up this offer; I see this as the greatest achievement of his administration. I have great confidence in you, not just for your exalted position in the world bank, but for your performance, character and loyalty which surpasses every expectations. I acknowledge and appreciate your truthfulness, uprightness and discipline to achieve.
Just as I congratulate you, I also want to enjoin you to have the best interest of Nigeria at heart. The country is in such a state that mere mention of Nigeria despite the love I have for it bring tears to my eyes. The good image has been repeatedly bastardized, its people have experienced the worst poverty, bad leadership and worst human-suffering ever recorded.
Please do not be deceived by those fat-belly thieves with ruby cheeks surrounding you at the moment, seeing them around may make it seems that Nigeria is not as bad as it seems; try to look out from your armoured convoy while travelling on the streets of Nigeria and let the suffering and hapless people all around the country spurn your desire to cause a rapid change. Do not be lied to again this time, things have gone worse than you left behind previously.
I plead with you, most importantly not to be deceived by the 'chop and quench' big-men who will flock around you for another piece of the national cake, they have nothing to offer, they are simply there for their pockets and nothing more. They have been there from ages past with no inkling on economic reforms. They are specialist in slowing things down, manipulating the economy with their greed and selfishness, they are simply after the proceeds and don't care a bit about the economy. I support President Jonathan's advise to sack those unproductive people in government and those not ready to conform. You have the backing of Nigerians, we are solidly behind you and we shall not forget if you can turn things around. Our finances needs to be managed correctly for the first time and we need to see our money work for our development. I know the task is very demanding, but please do not despair.
I am particularly concerned about the state of the country and want you to take up the responsibility of turning things around. I clearly see you as the head of the the economic team inaugurated by President Jonathan, the President and Vice Presidents positions in that list as chairman and vice-chairman respectively are there as just nominal head. As the Coordinating Minister of the Economic Management Team, I see this role as the most important role and I am banking on you as one of the few I can trust now in Nigeria.
There is no doubt that we have very urgent need to revamp all sectors of the economy. I am particularly concerned about the power sector, there is need for a quick revolution there, power generation is not as difficult as they have made it seems, we have been in darkness long enough and we are long overdue for light. I also want you to pay attention to Security, Nigeria is shamefully very porous and the lives of the Nigerian citizens are cut short on daily basis by the police that should protect us, armed robbers, kidnappers and many more security crimes and lapses.
The other sector I am very concerned about is the education sector, we all know the importance of education to any economy. our public schools are simply social centres; the level of our education and resources to attain it has dissipated to the worst level, that is also attested to by the 80% failure recorded in the last O-level exam and our graduate are the worst for it.
The following are more areas I want you to play very important roles in revitalising; Hospitals and health management, water distribution, road and infrastructural development, job creation. Please do not ignore my demands, because it is the demand of every Nigerians. God bless you, God bless the President and God Bless Nigeria.
Abiola Olaifa writes (firstname.lastname@example.org, www.abiolla.com)