Nigeria’s Bite Back At South Africa: How The Buhari Government Responded To Xenophobic Attack On Its Citizens By Nathaniel Adoji

The last few days have been painful for Nigerians and other foreign nationals living in South Africa. Two people have been confirmed dead, businesses have been destroyed, properties burned down and security officials say they are finding it hard to calm the violence. The reason for the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians is largely due to poverty, growing inequality, high level of unemployment and lack of opportunities; the South African denizens who are victims of these believe immigrants, especially Nigerians, are taking up their opportunities and have resorted to violence. 

President Buhari in a strongly worded statement expressed his displeasure over the treatment of Nigerian citizens, condemning possible negligence on the part of law enforcement agents in South Africa and their failure to protect the lives and property of Nigerians. He also instructed his Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, to summon the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria for discourse on how to ensure safety of lives and property.  

The Minister had the previous day taken to Twitter on the issue. He wrote: ”Received sickening and depressing news of continued burning and looting of Nigerian shops and premises in #SouthAfrica by mindless criminals with ineffective police protection. Enough is enough. We will take definitive measures. @NigeriaGov @DigiCommsNG @GovernmentZA @DIRCO_ZA”. He later shared photos of his joint press conference with the High Commissioner of South Africa to Nigeria, Bobby Moroe, where he demanded compensation for affected victims and family members, as well as justice by prosecuting those involved in perpetrating these attacks. 

The Nigerian Government via its Twitter handle did not spare words too, a tweet from the official handle with the phrase “Enough is Enough” attracted thousands of retweets and engagements. 

The Federal Government has already despatched a Special Envoy to convey to President Cyril Ramaphosa the countries displeasure of the killings of Nigerians, and to register that they have to pay for the losses of lives and properties. One of the highest forms of registering displeasure in a diplomatic setting. They are expected to arrive Pretoria latest Thursday, September 5, 2019. 

The dispatch of a special envoy is akin to sending the highest rank of diplomatic representation to another country. 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, at the end of an event he attended in Kano addressed the press with a stern face condemning the xenophobic attacks against Nigerians in South Africa, deeming it as unfortunate considering the role Nigeria and Nigerians played in pulling down apartheid. He also cited the fierce attacks as completely contrary to the ideals of all great South African leaders, many who gave up their lives for the country’s emancipation. Professor Osinbajo added that ‘Besides, these acts of bigotry are entirely contrary to the very ideals that all the great South African leaders, including the present President fought for, and for which many gave their lives.’ He further expressed his worries and the government’s plans to take this up with the right authorities in SA in order to ensure we bring an end to these attacks, one he calls ‘absolutely unacceptable and unconscionable.”

The Federal Government through the Minister of Information has drawn the line reiterating that it will no longer condone the mistreatment of Nigerian citizens in South Africa. However, the Federal Government has appealed to Nigerians not to attack South African companies operating in Nigeria in retaliation for the ongoing xenophobic attacks against Nigerians in South Africa.

Several Nigerians and groups have called on other citizens to boycott South African products and companies, including DSTV, Shoprite and MTN. They are also demanding that the Vice President withdraw from the World Economic Forum event in Cape Town coming up later this week. This request drives many pertinent questions, one of which is: In a world where diplomacy is urgently required, more than ever, should the Vice President boycott like other African leaders have announced to do, or rather should he attend and make the anger of Nigerians known in person, on South African soil?

Nathanniel Adoji is a journalist and public affairs commentator.

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On CAN’s Hypocritical Defense Of IMN – Nathaniel C. Adoji

In December of 1994, at a Goron Dutse Prison, Kano. A trader was charged to court for desecrating the holy book. He was remanded in prison by the judge. But a group of fundamentalist Islamists were not satisfied; so about a thousand of them besieged the prison.

According to the head of the prison then, they overwhelmed prison security, climbed over the wall with a ladder and called the detainee out. They then beheaded him and paraded the streets with his head on a pike.

His name was Gideon Akaluka. Do you know the group of Islamic fundamentalists who executed this man in broad daylight, it was a group of radical shitte members who defied all security arrangements, got into the Goron Dutse prison, murdered Gideon Akulaka and severed his head.

About 25 years later, it is feels quite surreal to see groups like the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria and the Christian/Anti Islamic dominated IPOB raise in support of radical shittes who are members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria.

The confrontation between the members of El Zak Zaky’s Islamic Movement of Nigeria didn’t start in 2015. Successive regimes have always viewed El Zak Zaky as a security threat.

He was imprisoned twice by military regimes and then again in 2014 when he lost three of sons in an armed confrontation against security agents. The crux of his continuous confrontation with the Nigerian government and its security agencies stem from El Zak Zaky and his group’s inability to recognize the authority of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which is part of their main ideology. Apart from their main aim which is to Islamize every part of Nigeria and they receive regular funding from Shitte Controlled Iran to continue to cause mayhem in Nigeria.

El Zak Zaky is currently on trial for murder and seven other charges and has been brought before the court in Kaduna to answer for his alleged crimes as is consistent with the rule of law but his members daily attack government buildings, shoot at securities agencies under the guise of protesting, burn vehicles belonging to private citizens and cause mayhem in the Federal Capital Territory all in a bid to force the government to release their imperial leader.

It is therefore curious that the Christian Association of Nigeria and the IPOB are now siding with a group whose sole aim is to Islamize Nigeria while accusing President Muhammadu Buhari of plotting to do it.

 It shows the length that groups like CAN and the IPOB will go to oppose the president’s attempts to bring peace to the country by curbing the excesses of the radical Islamic Movement of Nigeria. If Shekau emerges from the hole he has been hiding to oppose buhari, will CAN and IPOB stand with him and his murderous group too?

Nathaniel C. Adoji

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Four Things Prof. Yemi Osinbajo Means to Nigeria, By Nathaniel Adoji

  1. Hope for Nigerians (through the Social Investments Programmes): Vice President Yemi Osinbajo oversees what is regarded as the largest social investments programme in sub-Saharan Africa. The National Social Investment Programmes (N-SIP) comprises of the N-Power Programme, currently employing 500,000 graduates; the GEEP loans (Market Moni, FarmerMoni andTrader Moni), providing credit to over 3 million Nigerian traders, artisans and businessmen; the Home Grown School Feeding Programme, feeding over 9.5 million children in public schools in 31 states nationwide; and the Conditional Cash Transfer programme, putting disposable funds in the hands of over 300,000 of the poorest families in Nigeria.

The Social Investment Programmes are the most successful social investment programmes ever implemented in Nigeria. Designed, promoted and managed by Vice President Osinbajo, they have lifted millions of Nigerians out of poverty. Indeed, the N-SIPs are giving hope to millions of Nigerians nationwide and helping them to improve their lives.

It is not surprising that only a week ago, President Muhammadu Buhari commended him for the success of the programmes – like the World Bank and many more. The commendations are evidence of hard-work, transformational policies and dedication. They are deserved as well.

  1. Improving the Economy: As a recession seemed inevitable in 2016 – giving the absence of any savings by previous administrations, falling of the price of oil in the international market, the destruction of Nigeria’s oil assets by militants, and the monotonic nature of Nigeria’s economy – Nigeria needed a team to steer the ship out of the storm. And Prof. Osinbajo provided the lead of this team.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is the head of Nigeria’s Economic Management Team. His leadership was able to bring the country out of its worst recession to hit it in decades. Since the country’s exit from the recession, he has overseen the economy grow from negative, and headed to a double digit, even beyond the predictions of the IMF and the World Bank. The journey with his captainship has been a steady and sure rise: diversification has been successfully pursued, with increased inputs now being seen from the non-oil sectors in our GDP and revenue; the country’s foreign reserves have doubled in just four years; the minimum wage increase is set for implementation despite Nigeria’s low earnings from oil; these and more show a focused, dogged, resilient and witty economic management team – led by Professor Osinbajo.

The Niger Delta New Vision, which is the blueprint of the Buhari administration to develop the Niger Delta, is being spearheaded by the Vice President on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari. His leadership and forthrightness to ensure development was clear for all to see during his tour of the region and meetings with Niger Delta elders. Osinbajo’s leadership acumen has not only helped rebuild the trust of many who had been skeptical of the Federal Government’s New Vision, it has also contributed in no small measure to the peace and stability in the region. This has greatly helped to improve oil revenue that had suffered greatly from past restiveness, and so the country’s economy.

Also, the Vice President is chair of the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC), which was inaugurated in July 2016, as the administration’s flagship initiative to reform the business environment, attract investment and diversify the economy to reduce the nation’s reliance on oil. Since its setup, PEBEC has spearheaded reforms that have improved the nation’s economic environment through its Ease of Doing Business reforms. This ensured Nigeria moved up 24 places on the World bank’s Ease of Doing business index and earned the country commendation as one of the top 10 reforming economies in the world. Also, the Vice President has helped launch the administration’s Energizing Economies project which provides solar power to markets and economic clusters for small businesses and petty traders and so, drives economic growth.

  1. Leadership: Seen as youthful, agile, contemporary and versatile, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo stands out as the significant link between Nigeria’s young population to the President Buhari administration. And he doesn’t stop at that. He is a mentor to hundreds of young Nigerians through his platform, Act Now Group. His aides are comprised mostly of a tech-savvy generation of young upwardly mobile youths. Osinbajo gladly welcomes opportunities to mentor young people to become excellent in their respective fields and contribute their quota to nation-building. He walks the talks and is a bridge-builder, for both the young and old generations.

As Nigeria’s number two citizen he has taken positions that prove his deft appreciation of leadership: he took the role of mending the fence of feuding members of his party APC. As Acting President, he took hefty but pertinent decisions: he appointed a Chief Justice where there was a vacuum, he unflinchingly sacked a recalcitrant head of Nigeria’s security services, he signed Executive Orders to improve Nigeria’s business community. As a lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, he is a leader of thoughts who has left indelible marks of astute thoughts in Nigeria’s jurisprudential space. His prominent role as Head of Nigeria’s Economic Management Team needs no second mention.

Just recently, in demonstration of true leadership, the Vice President temporarily delayed his trip to the airport for an official assignment to engage with some Abuja residents protesting on the highway over alleged land grabbing by members of the Nigerian Army. He subsequently met with leaders of the community and also Nigerian Army to ensure the issues are resolved amicably. Osinbajo has displayed such exemplary leadership on many occasions.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo means leadership to Nigeria today – cutting across professions, ethnic groups and age demographics.

  1. Bringing people closer to government: From Oyo to Owerri, Maiduguri to Yenagoa, everywhere he goes, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has a way with people that instantly magnets them to his inborn charm and aura of personality. Whether in the wide corridors of power, in the narrow passages in marketplaces or wading through flooded areas around Nigeria, Professor Osinbajo is at home with both the high and mighty, as well as the low and ordinary Nigerians. Simply put, Osinbajo’s deep connection with people goes deeper than the surface. It is neither for the camera or for the klieg lights or for photo-ops, just the epitome of a man whose life and career has been built on the foundations of championing social causes well before his university days, and giving back to society through his talents, skills, and resources.

Recently, during the launch of the Home-Grown School Feeding Programme in Ekiti State, the Vice President was pictured sitting with one of the schoolgirls in her classroom while the pupils enjoyed their meal. Like a dotting father, Osinbajo leaned closer to listen to what the little girl was saying at the time. Later that day, he tweeted, “She spoke, I listened. She was the boss of me today ?.” It felt like a photo-op moment, but it was more than that. It succinctly captured a man devoid of airs, one who embodied the essence of true leadership driven by compassion and genuine concern for people’s welfare. Everywhere he goes, his connection with people is evident. Everywhere he goes, it is evident that people, Nigerians, simply love this man. Sometimes, the crowd is so overwhelming, that Osinbajo’s security and protocol struggle to contain them. True compassion cannot be masked in photo-ops. Osinbajo is the real deal. He brings a human face to governance like never seen before from one holding the Number 2 position in Africa’s most populous country.

At countless events, despite his busy itinerary and schedules, and retinue of security, Osinbajo takes out time to listen to a child, a young or old man or woman, who wouldn’t have had a whiff of opportunity to come close to him in any situation. He listens to everyone, regardless of status or social class. Whether it was that woman that was moved to pray for him in the market, or a group of three generations of a grateful family he visited during one of his family chats, or the excited mai suya who couldn’t believe his eyes that Nigeria’s Vice President actually stopped by his stall to engage him in a conversation and then purchase his wares, or those group of starry-eyed kids who surrounded him and listened with rapt attention, or those excited young men and women who just wanted to take selfies with this great man; Osinbajo’s deep connection with people shines through.

Osinbajo brings that quality of compassion into political leadership and governance, he goes to meet the people where they are, bringing government closer to ordinary people. He loves to be there, to feel the pulse of the people, with the people, so that he could help them to make their lives and situations better.

Nathaniel C.Adoji

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PDP Rascality, Vanguard Unprofessionalism And 2019 Election, By Nathaniel Adoji

On 28 November 2018, something happened in Nigeria, although it did not receive wide publicity it offered a splinter of hope in Nigeria’s media. At least 15 Nigerian news organisations joined forces to fight misinformation ahead of February’s elections in a collaborative first as the country’s main political parties trade accusations of fabrication and exaggeration in what was dubbed CrossCheck Nigeria.
The CrossCheck Nigeria project aims to get normally competing newsrooms to work together to investigate and disprove erroneous claims but the hopes that this collaboration will stand the test of time quickly faded when the political editor of Vanguard Newspaper, Emmanuel Aziken, wrote a news story titled, ‘Osinbajo camp sets post Buhari-era targets’.
Not only was it a poorly written article, it was one that lacked all what CrossCheck Nigeria stood for. To say the story was a fabrication is me being modest, it is beyond exaggeration. Any seasoned editor wouldn’t allow the article pass his desk, but in the case of Aziken, he put his byline across it.
His act was not only unprofessional but the clearest case of unethical journalism. For a journalist to allow himself to be used by the Peoples Democratic Party in such disgraceful manner beats me, but it’s not the first from both the PDP and Aziken, therefore Nigerians should expect many more from this combination.
The report which was published on the website of Vanguard was concocted from start to finish with no elements of facts or truth, not only did the editor claim that the Vice President was already strategizing 2023 but he also claimed that the relationship with the aides of President Buhari was strained.
But one thing he failed to understand is that he has already buried PDP before it died. His nonsensical article means that the PDP has no chance in the 2019 election, in fact, it means they have already lost the election, a good news for the ruling All Progressives Congress, if you ask me.
Put simply, it is a cock and bull story, of the type that even an intern should not be found writing, talk less an editor. It’s a ploy by PDP that is peddled by Aziken who the Vanguard should not put in charge of a sensitive beat like the Political Desk.
But on a second thought, the chemistry between the Vice President and President is great and a fake news by the PDP and Aziken cannot break it. The question of loyalty between the two of them cannot be mooted at all, if anything, it has been strengthened over the years.
The combination of the two is the best we’ve had in Nigeria for a long time now, and we are not ready to allow some miscreants break it up. As for Aziken, he obviously needs to approach Dayo Aiyetan, the executive director of ICIR and coordinator of CrossCheck Nigeria for a refresher course.
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The Religious Scam Called The National Christian Elders Forum, By Nathaniel Adoji

Therefore, I exhort the elders among you, as your fellow elder and witness of the sufferings of Christ, and a partaker also of the glory that is to be revealed, shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness; nor yet as lording it over those allotted to your charge, but proving to be examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. 1 Peter 5: 1-4

The book of Peter made it very clear that Christian elders are expected to lead the flock according to the will of God and not for sordid gain. But the National Christian Elders Forum has clearly done everything against the word of God which is supposed to guide every Christian.

A few days back the Christian Elders released a 16-page document in which it claimed that Nigeria is gradually being Islamised by the present government. But the elders did not stop at that, they also called for a platform that will consciously see Christians participate in politics as if they do not have Christians already in government.

These Christian elders wrote 16 pages on Islamisation, Jihad and other tribulations Christians are facing and did not even include one verse from the Bible. What comes to mind is what kind of Christians parade themselves as elders without the “Two Edged Sword”? What kind of elders attempt to preach to a younger generation without using the scriptures?

The elders used about 11 pages dwelling on the religious problems of Nigeria, the history of Islam and the agenda of Islamist sect, Boko Haram “To eradicate in all its forms and ramifications all non-Muslim religions especially Christianity.

With no disrespect to the elders and to any other religion, Nigeria’s Pentecostal movement has been the most exported commodity in this country if you look at the reach and widespread acceptance it has across the globe. Many might think crude oil, but not all countries deal crude oil with Nigeria.

Christian ministers from Nigeria have been to almost all the countries in the world spreading the good news and winning souls according to the Holy Bible, how then could all Christians be wiped out from this great nation.

As if that is not enough, these Christian elders claimed that no Muslim leader/organization has been able to refute claims of ‘Who Controls Security in Nigeria’. They went on to state that Nigerian Army, Nigerian Police, Air Force, Immigration, Minister of Interior, Minister of Defense, Controller of Prisons, EFCC Head, DG of NIA amongst others were Northern Muslims.

This question by the National Christian Elders Forum showed another high level of ignorance from people who are expected to be wise, if not very wise. For any discerning mind, who knows how these institutions work, appointments are made on the ranking system. President Muhammadu Buhari cannot sack or dismiss all the generals in the army because he wants to appoint a Fulani Muslim who is Colonel to be head of the army.

These are high ranking officers who have risen to these levels way before Buhari became President in 2015. Many of these men have served in different capacity before getting to this position, they were not picked out of the blue.

To further prove that the National Christian Elders Forum is a scam, the elders turned a blind eye to the fact that Christians are serving in this government. They forgot that General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin, Chief of Defence Staff is a Christian. They also forgot that Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas, the22nd Chief of Naval Staff of the Nigerian Navy is a Christian. That the Corp Marshal of FRSC, Boboye Oyeyemi is a Christian.

But there are others who are not just Christians but even pastors serving in the Buhari administration, most notably Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. This is a man who has encouraged Christian participation in politics while respecting the religion and view of others.

Osinbajo has proven that there is God in heaven for those who want reasons. He is a workaholic, who is humble, credible and selfless. He has shown that serving Nigeria is not just a personal goal but a calling. He even offered to resign at a short notice if need be. I think he is the example the Christian elders need.

They need to model themselves after him. They need some humility as well as leading from God instead of pushing for sordid gains.

Away from Osinbajo, there is Boss Mustapha, who is the Secretary to the Government of the Federation. He is not only a Christian by mouth but also by action. He is a pastor and a respectable one at that. He recently was reelected as one of the National Vice Presidents of the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International. Does that ring a bell?

And there are others. The astute Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah; the result-oriented Babatunde Fowler who is the Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service; the honest and reserved Ben Akabueze who is Director General of the Budget Office of
the Federation and award-winning journalist and spokesperson for VP Osinbajo, Laolu Akande to mention a few.

If there’s one thing the Bible teaches us, it is love. As Christian elders, one would have expected that having seen it all, they will preach love over hate; tolerance over aggression; wisdom over foolishness but now we know better.

1 Corinthians 13: 1-3 says “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.”

Its time these Christian elders go to the drawing board. All these gimmicks aimed at generating vague popularity will not work. As Christians, we should know that power belongs to God, as in all power belongs to God.

That Christian elders will claim that Christianity is vulnerable and weak in Nigerian is totally false. That elders will connive to deceive unsuspecting Nigerians by whipping up religious sentiments is unfortunate. It’s time for Nigerians to wake up and rubbish this age-long method of deceit.

This religious and ethnic scamming must end. The claims that the Sharia law could be implemented across Nigeria is impossible since Nigeria is almost equally divided among Christians and Muslims.

On 16 April 2018, VP Osinbajo said Christians serving in Buhari’s administration are some of the best adherents of the faith but they still need the prayers of Nigerians to succeed.

That should be the position of the Christian elders as well. No one has stopped Christians from contesting elections in any part of this of the country but to come out with a Christian participation agenda is insensitive, grossly insensitive.

Are the elders pushing that everyone in government be Christians? Are they saying that the appointment of Christians like Kemi Adeosun, Chris Ngige, Ogbonnaya Onu as ministers is not enough balance?

Are they saying the two Christian Presidents in Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan also pursued the Islamist and Sharia agenda? I think it’s time for Nigerians to see beyond these self-serving elders and learn the truth.

I rest my case.

Nathaniel C. Adoji

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Nigeria’s Chinese Loan: The Genesis and the Bitter Truth, By Nathaniel Adoji

“….I said in 2015 immediately Buhari came to power that there was nothing he could do without funds. The earnings from crude oil had dropped and Nigeria was not credible to take “vanilla loan” which is a flexible loan. Earnings from crude oil sales had dropped and we just came out from a period when the crude oil price reached an unprecedented peak. We did not borrow then and we did not use the oil windfall to build infrastructure, we squandered it instead.“- Godwin Eohoi (Registrar, CIFCN)

The Genesis of the Chinese loan was borne out of a need to stimulate the economy by building sustainable infrastructure that will support SMEs, reduce unemployment and improve the general living standards of Nigerians. With a squandered reserve and a meagre earning from crude oil, we needed a low interest bailout to deliver on these economic catalysts; the Chinese loan was our only viable alternative instead of our external reserves which previously had been shared among the governors and government cronies.

“…..In 2008, when prices fell from $148 to $38 a barrel, no one had heard of Nigeria because the country was able to tap into this fund. And that I am very proud of” – ( Dr Okonjo Iweala, April 16, 2016; ThisDay).

Our external reserve was supposed to help cushion the effects of the crash in oil prices but there was none as stated by the then Minister of Finance.

“…If Nigeria had been more careful, we would not be here today. It hurts me. We have the mechanism, we had the experience, but we were prevented to act.”? -( Dr Okonjo Iweala, April 16, 2016; ThisDay).

Today, the very same elements whose squandering of our commonwealth brought us to this point are making unintelligent allegations against the present government who is sincere in her handling of these economic crises with legitimate economic tools like the Chinese loan. The most important question that should bother the mind of any Nigerian is if the borrowed money is backing the right projects.

Former Senior Special Adviser to Ex- President Goodluck Jonathan on Maritime matters, Mr. Leke Oyewole, said: “If the borrowed monies are being used to boost agriculture, and Small Medium Enterprises, sustain power to increase production, then the government is on the right track. -(20th September, 2017;Vanguard)

Of all the states in Nigeria, Lagos state is the most indebted. But this is in a good way because the loans are being put to judicious use. The government of Lagos state is making investments in infrastructure a key priority. The outstanding result is seen everywhere in roads, ICT, security, and more. The two most indebted countries in the world are the USA and the UK, two leading world powers in military dynamics, infrastructure, medicine, research in science and technology, space exploration and more. This shows there is a strong correlation between borrowing and infrastructural development given the political will to put the loan to proper use for national good.

In like manner, the government of President Muhammadu Buhari is making similar investments in infrastructure financed with the Chinese loans negotiated by the President himself in 2016. The credit facility to Nigeria include $500 million to build airport terminals in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Kano; $600 million to build a light railway in Abuja and $700 million to build a hydroelectric power plant in Niger State. All of these projects and more are currently at different stages towards completion.

For critics who fault the rationale behind taking the Chinese loan, Ethiopia has made remarkable strides towards infrastructural development as seen in their rail projects, airlines, power generation etc. Serious nations depend on loans to stimulate their economies. And we can best jump start a broken down economy by overhauling our overburdened infrastructure through low-interest loans.

For the good of man and country, irrespective of party affiliations everyone should support a government who is determined to touch the lives of Nigerians by addressing our infrastructural deficit. This is what the Buhari administration is doing. Let us give credit where it is deserved.

Nathaniel C. Adoji, a public affairs analyst writes from Abuja

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