The former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (Rtd.) has called on President Buhari and his economic team to marshal out sound economic policies.
This according to the former Head of State is to ensure that the country is not further plunged into serious economic crises.
“The economy needs to regains its strength to alleviate the suffering of the masses”
The former Head of State made this assertion in Ile Ife at a recent programmed organized by Health Caravan in its award ceremony for the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi. The royal father, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi was in the occasion conferred with the Royal Ambassador for Hepatitis Advocacy in Nigeria by the Seham Health Care Foundation. This is part of the activities to commemorate the 2016 World Hepatitis Day.
General Gowon (Rtd) fielding questions soon after the event urged Nigerians to give the government of the day every needed support as according to him, government is doing whatever within its powers to put the ailing economy back on track again.
He further admonished the current leadership to find a way to reposition the economy and avert if from further crises.
“The Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, has been telling us what they have been doing to get the economy strong again. She said all will be well by September. Let’s wait till then. “I have left government for a long time, so I may not really know what the problem is. The current administration should do whatever they can to solve to economic challenges. They should find a way to restore confidence in the citizens and the nation at large by fixing the economy.”
General Gowon spoke on other national issues such as allegation of budget padding, saying such never occurred in his era. He said that the government should ensure that all those found culpable should be made to face the full weight of the law to serve as a deterrent to others.
“If that is true. If anybody is doing that, the person should be checked and stopped to ensure that such does not occur in the future. We didn’t do it during my time. We had Chief Obafemi Awolowo in-charge of our finance and he taught us to survive without borrowing. Such (budget padding) should stop, there is no point doing that”, he added.