By Olatunde Ajayi
An Ibadan-based property merchant, Sufianu Kazeem, on Sunday urged Nigerians to support the efforts of the Bola Tinubu-led Federal Government to revive the nation’s dwindling economy.
Kazeem told newsmen in Ibadan that Nigerians should not forget that the administration of President Tinubu inherited an economy which was already in a comatose state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Kazeem, popularly known as Su-Kazeem, is a businessman, public commentator and Chief Executive Officer of Su-Kazeem Property in Ibadan.
Kazeem, who was an ally of the late Chief MKO Abiola, said the country has a brighter future under Tinubu, considering the ongoing policies of his administration.
“Tinubu is a good leader, who is ready to take the nation to prosperity, and I urge all Nigerians to support him while shunning ethnic and political differences.
“Nigerians must embrace attitudinal change, because the nation’s problem can’t be blamed on only the leaders.
“So, Nigerians are expected to adjust to the current economic realities and challenges,” he said.
Kazeem however urged the Federal Government to do more on poverty alleviation by ensuring food sufficiency, regulation of food prices and support for small and medium-scale enterprises (SMEs).
He advised President Tinubu to bring back the food pricing board so as to ensure that Nigerians have access to quality food at affordable prices.
The property merchant joined in the clamour for local government autonomy, saying the current situation had deprived the people access to good governance at the grassroots.
“Most state governments have incapacitated the local governments, which are the closest to the people, and President Tinubu needs to correct this anomaly during his administration,” he said.
Kazeem recommended that state governments should only have the power to only monitor how the local governments spend their finances.
He then charged political leaders to give the people good governance which must be devoid of political, religious and ethnic sentiments.
“The National Assembly should amend the Constitution to grant local governments autonomy and empower governors to only monitor how the spend their finances,” Kazeem said.
He also urged the other candidates in the last presidential elections to support the Tinubu administration.
”The now former candidates, including former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), former Gov. Peter Obi of Labour Party (LP) and former Gov. Rabiu Kwankwaso of New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP), should all rally round the Tinubu administration.
“Only such an action from them will justify their self-confessed love for Nigeria, now that the Supreme Court has declared Bola Tinubu as the validly-elected President of the country.
“They should by now place the country’s interest above personal interest.”
The property merchant also called for collaborative efforts from the three tiers of government and private estate developers.
“Government should do all to regulate how houses are being sublet to the people. Government intervention will help a lot,” he said.(NAN) (www.nannews.ng)
(Edited by Olawale Alabi)