Buhari is wrong, Nigeria needs restructuring — Balarabe Musa

Former governor of the old Kaduna State, Balarabe Musa

A former governor of Kaduna State, Balarabe Musa, has called for economic restructuring to ensure the delivery of good governance in the country.

Mr. Musa made the call in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday following 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.

Mr. Buhari argued that the country had tried many political systems in the past and had dumped them because they failed.

He explained that if things were done properly by all citizens, the country would perform better.

But, former Gov. Musa said the problem with Nigeria has always been leadership rather than structures, explaining that regional system failed because leaders were pursuing secessionist agenda.

Although he aligned with President Buhari’s position that the process of governance needs to be improved upon, he faulted the economic system being operated currently.

Mr. 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 plays 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 Mr. 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 subordinate personal interests to public interests.

In his reaction, the publicity secretary of Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) in Lagos State, Shakirudeen Olofin, commended the president for restating commitment to the fight against corruption.

He, however, advised that the president should ensure that all pending cases on corruption were speedily resolved to serve as deterrent to others.

Mr. Olofin urged Mr. Buhari to be decisive in dealing with the fuel crisis, especially persons suspected to be responsible for the situation. (NAN)


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  • Maitama Tambari

    PMB position is not that far from Balarabe Musa’s position because economic restructuring is the description of Mr. President position in calling on the youth to seek green grass ventures to develope themselves instead of relying on Government jobs. The infrastructure deficit has been addressed adequately and if Nigerians can achieve it cost of rehabilitation of roads would be minimized and savings directed to other areas of need. Electricity supply is drastically improving which leads to further economic development.

    Both PMB and Balarabe Musa are consequently for economic restructuring and not political restructuring as being suggested by other groups. We had Parlimentarial Administration which we toppled and embraced Federalism. It took USA over 200 years to reach its current position and still the institutions of Administration are not perfect.

    I recalled one day we were watching the Olympic Games when the marathon was taking place without a Nigerian. However when the one hundred and two hundred dashed came up, Nigerians were fully represented. When it was over, the General said, that is Nigerians who want to finish as quickly as possible while the Kenyas and Ethiopians were in the marathon. In current developments we should look at what the Kenyans and Ethiopians are doing and what Nigerians are also doing. The East Africans are inching forward carefully just like marathon while Nigerians are just starting inching in development. We should copy the philosophy of marathon and take it step by step instead of rushing and living incompleted projects littered the country. We should therefore not be distracted with mirage political restructuring without end.

    • Jon

      Hausa /Fulani parasites are talking. Fear of restructuring is making the head parasite to be looking for oil in the desert.

      Southern Nigeria will never yield to the parasites. It is either Restructuring or De-amalgamation.

      • Abu-Mu’awiya

        Hausa Fulani believes is the same God created you in the Niger Delta,somebody in Libya,some in Niger republic and some in the North. Moreover they believe is the same God that endowed oil to Niger Delta,Libya,Niger republic likewise they believe the same God is able to endow oil to the North. What is your problem again?

        • jon

          My problem is the monster parasites that reject restructuring of Nigeria where each state or each geopolitical zone will produce, earn their revenue and pay tax to the center.

          These lazy monster parasites must be stopped before they bleed Nigeria and particularly Southern Nigeria to death.

          • FineBoy

            You want restructuring, yet you want State structure. Haba.

            We should go back to Kingdoms and each Community control it’s territory, fight to defend it, subdue next and control.

            We must go back to pre 1914.
            I want to see the Oba Benin rule for Onitsha to Dahomey etc

        • abodes_124

          Please Allah endow oil to the north so that they will le go their slaves.

    • Otile

      You people are always depending on the resources of the Niger Delta for survival. When will you people start working hard to feed yourselves?

      • Abu-Mu’awiya

        You are an ignorant of the history that is why you are always trying to bite the fingers that feeds your ancestors.

        • Otile

          Tell me what positive thing you people have contributed to the growth of Nigeria. All you do is to set everybody back. What kind of history are you talking about? Have your leaders not abolished teaching history in schools? Don Allah, what a backward set of people!

      • Usher

        They are into Agriculture for a survival.

    • abodes_124

      Marathon is even okay, but when you start by running backwards [GDP, Inflation, Currency value, Rate of employment, inflation in general, food inflation] how will you ever get to the finish line?

  • RESOURCE CONTROL or WAR

    It is 100% resource control or Nigeria and especially the North and its ally – Yoruba West should prepare for War. Simple!

    • Usher

      Pff!

    • Abu-Mu’awiya

      You are the first joker in new year 2018.

    • FineBoy

      I thought April 1 is still 90 days away or have we change April Fools Day?

  • princegab

    Pmb turned out a wrong choice. May God get us safely to 2019 to vote out apc peacefully.

    • Usher

      Vote out APC and vote in which Party? PDP?

      • princegab

        2011 we voted gej not pdp.
        2015 we voted pmb and apc
        2019 we will vote Atiku but not pdp.
        Should Atiku mess, we will do to him what we did to gej in 2015

        • Usher

          Who is ‘we’? You pricegab NEVER voted for PMB. Jog on!
          …and we are not voting for any northerner! PMB after 4 years, power relocates to the south. You and Atiku can take northeast with you. That zone is nothing but trouble.

          • princegab

            You and I

          • Usher

            Na so.

          • abodes_124

            who from the south pray thee ?

    • Abu-Mu’awiya

      PMB is right choice.May God get us safely to 2019 to vote him again for another four fruitful years.

      • princegab

        Nothing fruitful about kyari’s government. God forbid we have it beyond 2019.

      • Otile

        Plan to use your own resources to feed your people beyond 2019.

        • Shahokaya

          Where is Kanu ?

      • abodes_124

        As long as you not on the list of board appointees you will make it to 2019.

    • Shahokaya

      What political influence does this Balarabe Musa has? For the record he has never won a single election since 1980 when he was impeached following his betrayal of Aminu Kano. In fact all the various parties he has floated has never won a single councillor seat either in Kaduna where he resides or Katsina his home state.

      • princegab

        Balarabe Musa is a progressive. And like all northern progressives, he is politically sandwiched to see the light of the day. Atiku is one of them who is striving very had. Should he makes it to the presidency, Nigeria will be better for it. The northern political elites hate progressives.

        • Shahokaya

          If Atiku is your idea of a progressive than the word has assumed a new meaning. If you classified Balarabe as being a progressive because he was elected governor under PRP, what connection or link does Atiku has with progressive groups since he began his political activity. For your information he was a member of NPN that fought progressive PRP and UPN. He was in PF that fought PSP, he supported Yaradau against Falae, he lost to Abiola who was supported by the progressive forces, he supported Obasanjo against Rimi; he refused to go to US to clear his name that he is not a thief. Your commodity stinks as far as progressives are concern.

          • princegab

            Don’t be fixated on Atiku’s evolvment. For political expediency he could and in fact has mingled with conservatives but while there he leans to progressive conservatism.
            In nutshell, Atiku is a progressive.

          • FineBoy

            You just confirmed that your anti PMB posts are Atiku campaign posters.

            Talk of Northern Progressive u start with Aminu Kano down to Bala Usman and followers like Shehu Sani.

            Atiku is Conservative Opportunist who is desperate for power hence using words the gullible like u will like to hear

          • princegab

            Atiku is not an opportunist but a progressive. He has not started any campaign yet.

          • FineBoy

            What is he Progressive about?
            Do you just use the words or think following late Yaradua made him progressive?

            Even General Yaradua was progressive. The SDP and NRC were creation of IBB and every person opted for where he believes he will win.

            If Atiku is progressive, what was he doing in PDP?

          • princegab

            I know progressives and also know northern progressives very well. Atiku is one of them and suffering same fate. Northern political elites hate their progressives.

        • FineBoy

          Atiku Progressive?

          Where is my Michael West Dictionary o.

          Serious. And u recommend change with this kind of understanding

          • princegab

            Yes he is. Fyi, the Yar’Aduas are progressives.

  • Man_Enough

    Where did Balarabe say that Buhari was wrong? In fact he literally aligned with the president.

    • Abu- Mu’awiya

      Yes you hundred percent correct my bro that’s it.

  • Chukwuka Okoroafor

    Balarabe is way off when he said the problem was that the economy was in private hands. That is hardly the problem. What is wrong is that the economy is cornered by oligopolists. Some in government had made this possible. Yet Balarabe wants even more government intervention so he wants more oligopoly in a sense while saying he is against it. Or does he want even more government control?

  • Lanre

    Ignorance touting as intellect. Balarabe Musa like Muhammudu Buhari is not making sense. Now they are talking about process and structure. If structure is not an issue, why not practice a Unitary form of government? Structure is not an issue yet State Governments are not paying workers’ salaries. The peaceful renegotiation of Nigeria is a matter of time.

    • princegab

      Balarabe musa could be understood, a lot need to be said to bring his points home. The private hands in the economy are the wrong ones and it is the government who put them there. FG poor involvement in the economy is not only as a result of corruption but incompetence and lack of patriotism.
      Pmb is living in the 70s, his ideas of a nation and government are archaic.
      Pmb is a mistake that must be corrected come 2019.

  • jon

    Hello!

    My problem is the monster parasites that reject restructuring of Nigeria where each state or each geopolitical zone will produce, earn their revenue and pay tax to the center.
    These lazy monster parasites must be stopped before they bleed Nigeria and particularly Southern Nigeria to death.

  • Isaac Azor

    The headline does not reflect the content of the body! It’s misleading!!

  • david

    Is this man smoking weed? U want economic restructuring that gives government more control over resources? We all know government is bad bad bad when it comes to anything economic… The opposite is clearly what we need. Empower entrepreneurs, empower the private sector to be the driver while the government becomes the conductor. Government just needs to ensure that the infrastructure and laws needed to grow as a nation are in place but Im sure they cant even do this effectively

  • thusspokez

    “The economy should be restructured. What we are operating now in which the economy is in private hands cannot help us.

    Presumably, this would be accomplished by nationalisation of industries.

    “We should restructure the economy so that government can play a greater role for sustainable development,” he said.

    And more power to the federal government.

    So Mr. Balarabe Musa’s idea of restructuring is nationalisation of industries and giving more power to the federal government. Below is the comment that I wrote yesterday on this website:

    ”I have no idea what Nigerians even mean by restructuring and I doubt how many know. Further, even among those who pretend to know, there is no consensus as to what it means. Now if you don’t even agree as to what you want, how can you even begin to start finding appropriate solutions.