2018: Balarabe Musa calls for economic restructuring

Former Governor of old Kaduna State, Balarabe Musa, has called for economic restructuring to ensure delivery of positive and impactful governance in the country.
Musa made the call in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday against the backdrop of President Muhammadu Buhari’s New Year broadcast.
The president had in the speech said that the problem with Nigeria was not the structure but the process of doing things.
He had argued that the country had tried many political systems in the past and had dumped them because they failed.
But, Musa said that the problem with Nigeria had always been leadership rather than structures, explaining that regional system failed because leaders were pursuing secessionist agenda.
Although he aligned with Buhari’s position that the process of governance needed to be improved upon, he faulted the economic system being operated currently.
Musa said the economy was in the hands of the private sector, hence the impoverishment of the masses, and suggested the restructuring of the economy to ensure that the government played a greater role.
“The economy should be restructured. What we are operating now, in which the economy is in private hands, cannot help us.
“We should restructure the economy, so that government can play a greater role for sustainable development,” he said.
The former governor agreed that saboteurs were behind the current fuel crisis and urged the government to address the situation.
He also called on Buhari to form a government of national unity in the New Year for all-inclusiveness, adding that Nigeria would be better in the New Year, if people subordinated personal interests to public interests.

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