As reactions continue to trail the launch of the national re-orientation campaign with the slogan, ‘Change Begins With Me’, a lawyer and rights activist Inibehe Effiong, has opposed the programme.
Effiong is of the opinion that “change does not begin with me”, but rather, should begin with President Muhammadu Buhari and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) which promised the country a positive change in 2015 while campaigning for the general election.
Effiong, posted his reaction on Facebook, predicting that unless the president allows the change to begin with him and other leaders in the country, “like previous similar campaigns, this one will not yield any tangible result”.
Barr. Inibehe Effiong wrote:
“Change does not begin with me. Change should begin with President Muhammadu Buhari and his government.
“This campaign is another diversionary tactics by the ruling class to alter the narrative of the leadership failure that has plagued our nation over the years. Just like previous similar campaigns, this one will not yield any tangible result.
“Let President Buhari and his government practice the change that they preach and Nigerians will follow suit. The attempt to shift responsibility from the leadership to the followership is unacceptable.
“In any case, it was Buhari and his party that promised Nigerians change and not the other way round.
“If this is an attempt to distract our attention from the terrible and excruciating economic situation in the country it has failed already.”
The national re-orientation campaign was launched on Thursday, September 8, by President Muhammadu Buhari, at the Presidential Banquet hall in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city.
According to the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, it is expected that the campaign will help “to entrench the values of accountability, integrity and positive attitudinal change” in Nigerians and to educate and enlighten the citizens to appreciate these values which are critical to achieving comprehensive national development.
Speaking during the event, President Buhari said that before Nigerians demand to see the changes he promised them during the 2015 election, they must first change their own attitude by shunning corruption and other social vices.
“Our citizens must realise that the change they want to see begins with them, and that personal and social reforms are not a theoretic exercise. If you have not seen the change in you, you cannot see it in others or even the larger society.
“In other words, before you ask ‘Where is the change they promised us?’, you must first ask, ‘How far have I changed my ways? What have I done to be part of the change for the greater good of society?”
The launch of the campaign has since been welcomed with mixed reactions from Nigerians with some people supporting it and many more against it.