Marwa Quits PDP…Explains How Buhari Can Solve Nigeria’s Problems
Former military governor of Lagos state, Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa has resigned from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. A statement issued on Monday in Abuja by Gen. Marwa’s media aide, Bello Zubairu said “the former military governor decided to quit the PDP on personal grounds”
It would be recalled that before the emergence of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Gen Marwa was the governorship candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC in Adamawa state and after the merger of CPC and other opposition parties to form the APC, thousands of his supporters from several local government areas of Adamawa state were technically denied the opportunity to register in the new party then.
Though the statement is silent on whether Marwa will be returning to the APC, it however stated that “the retired General will be making public his next line of action in the coming days.” iReports-ng.com however gathered that the former envoy may be returning to APC in the coming weeks.
“He appealed to his numerous supporters and well-wishers who have been calling him for direction from across the country to await his next move”, the statement added.
Meanwhile, Marwa has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to consider new ways of tackling Nigeria’s problem if concrete results must be achieved in the next four years.
He gave the advice at a lecture he delivered on Sunday at an event organized by Muslim League for Accountability Initiative, a body made of 54 Islamic organisations across Nigeria. Highlight of the event which held at Arewa House, Kaduna was the presentation of ‘Award of Excellence’ to the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof Attahiru Jega.
Speaking on the topic ‘My advice for Muhammadu Buhari’, the two guest speakers; Marwa and Prof Idris Bugaje of the Ahmadu Bello University, ABU, Zaria listed some priority areas which the newly inaugurated president must work on if he must succeeed.
In his presentation, Marwa said though he is not qualified to advise Buhari “because he has seen it all having been GOC, Minister, Governor and Head of state, I will nonetheless fulfill my obligation to the organisers of this lecture and do the needful since I have been asked to.”
The retired military General identified fear of God, sense of justice and equity as the first thing Buhari must not forget. “All Nigerians know these are his qualities but all those who will work in his government need to share these qualities”, he stated.
On security and insurgency, Marwa said he cant give detailed advice on such sensitive issue in a public forum, adding that as a former Head of state, Buhari knows exactly what to do. He assured the gathering that the President will in no time tame the Boko Haram insurgency in the North, stressing that the moment the military is provided with the right tools and wherewithal, they will do a good job.
He also identified discipline as a major issue that must top Buhari’s agenda. “We all know that is his second name. He has done it before, he will do it better this time. Eventhough this is a civilian regime, he will find another way around it to ensure that both government and the citizenry imbibe the culture of discipline”, he added.
Speaking on the complex power supply problem in the country, Gen Marwa said “the new administration has to device new ways of doing things. One of the areas that require new approach is the power sector. All the while, our nation has not really considered the coal option in the generation of power, whereas indutrialised nations like the US, Russia and many others rely on coal. So, we have to look that way this time around to get out of this perennial problem.”
He equally said that though there is need to cut cost in view of the nation’s economic reality, the Buhari administration must consider the creation of Ministries of Wealth creation and poverty alleviation as well as that of Railway.
According to him, “this is essential because no past Nigerian leader has received the kind of support from the poor masses like President Buhari. So, the Ministry of Wealth Creation and Poverty Alleviation must be created to take care of this critical segment of our society. Apart from this, for a population like Nigeria, our mass transit should be railway, hence we need a Ministry of Railway transportation like in India. Railway transit will move millions at a time, it will move goods and even petroleum products. It will move more people than the airlines. If the airlines can have the Ministry of Aviation, then we need Ministry of Railway.”
He further said that the Buhari administration will need ‘effective monitoring mechanisms’. In his words, this system will have men and women of integrity who will move round the country to monitor projects and give the president independent feedbacks. This will check a situation where officials will be telling the president lies about realities out there.”
On the fuel scarcity problem, Gen Marwa said “new refineries have to be built here and there, the old ones repaired to function effectively and then build a fuel reserve that can last for 90 days to take care of emergency situations like industrial strikes and the rest. He added that the new government will also need to review the fuel subsidy regime and reintroduce Petroleum Trust Fund, PTF, once headed by Gen Buhari.
While suggesting that the administration should also consider building a port in the North to take some stress of the Lagos port, Marwa said the government should mobilize to get a malaria vaccine for Nigeria and also endeavor to treat the ailment free.
In his own presentation, Prof Bugaje wants the cases of military officers recently convicted by court martials reviewed in addition to addressing the Boko Haram insurgency without delay. He also asked Buhari to deal with the fuel subsidy mafia, support Agriculture and employment creation for Nigerian youths.