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Economic Recession: ‘Stop Barking, Start Acting’ – Melaye Challenges Buhari

Economic Recession: ‘Stop Barking, Start Acting’ – Melaye Challenges Buhari


Amid the stinging economic reality and widespread despair across the country, Senator Dino Melaye has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to take drastic measures to revive the fortunes of Nigerians.

Melaye (APC, Kogi-West) called on President Buhari to immediately relieve the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun; Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udo Udoma; and the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele of their duties, Punch writes.

The vocal senator, who fancies himself a people’s champion, accused the officials of lacking capacity, stating that it’s time the administration delivered on the change agenda that brought it to office.


“At the moment, it must be crystal clear to all discerning minds that the President’s widely-acclaimed magical body language has lost its presumed aura and efficacy. His no-nonsense demeanor is equally neither instilling fear nor commanding respect and loyalty from among his cabinet members.

“It is therefore obvious that the time for barking is over; now is the time to bite and boot out all those who have demonstrated, in the past several months, a crass lack of capacity to effectively carry out the functions of their office.”

Melaye, who is also the Chairman, Senate Committee on the Federal Capital Territory, blasted the economic team led by Vice President Yemi Osibanjo as being irrelevant, calling instead for an ‘Emergency Ad Hoc Economic Team’ made up of all former ministers of finance, ex-ministers of budget and national planning, ex-CBN governors as well as members drawn from the academia with “deep knowledge of developmental economics to drive the economic revival programme.”

“The President must immediately transit from mere rhetoric to drastic but positive action to save the economy and Nigeria from total collapse. The hunger in the land is real, pervasive, widespread and debilitating for the poor masses.

“As I walk the streets of my constituency these days, I constantly harbour a foreboding that I could be stoned by my angry constituents for the failure of Mr. President to fulfill his campaign promises and expectations to Nigerians.

“Nigeria is tottering on a dangerous precipice, sliding perilously to a certain catastrophe if the current economic malaise is not halted immediately.”

He may not be the most popular man on the political space, but the anti-corruption crusader definitely had his wits about him there.

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