The Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development , Chief Audu Ogbeh, threatened to shut down any fertilizer plant that denies local farmers access as a result of sky-rocketed prices, while exporting the same commodities. However, in response to the statement, Feyi Fawehinmi took a swipe at the minister for his open hostility to enterprise, adding that his action has revealed the type of person he is and the kind of government he is part of.
He argued that ordering prices to be brought down was not as easy as the Minister thought considering the prevalent economic challenges facing the country. Feyi Fawehinmi addressed the economic issues and fumed at how they were being handled describing the latest CBN policy of using only Western Union or MoneyGram to send money into Nigeria as idiocy.
“We abandoned them (Western Union or MoneyGram) for a reason. For the CBN to try to force us to go back to something we walked away from is so laughably idiotic that I will give them a few weeks to reverse themselves again.”
According to the Feyi, Nigeria currently has a less than zero credibility in the eyes of foreign investors and that explains why the CBN Governor was refused audience by a New York investor whom he traveled to meet and try to convince to return to Nigeria.
Read part of the statement below:
“When the government is directly increasing the suffering of Nigerians even though it claims to be doing the opposite.
One must say enough.
“It is possible that I convinced a couple of people to vote for Buhari and the APC. I owe them an apology. I never expected this. The instincts of these people is to run with their expired ideas directly in the face of all the contrary evidence i.e. the 21st century. In fact, they are not interested in evidence, they are so convinced of their own foolishness. A bunch of undercover communists and unreconstructed socialists.
“I have nothing in common with such people and yet I somehow donated money to them and canvassed people to vote for them. I will freely say that this is one of the biggest lessons I have learnt in my life so far.
“Was the evidence there all along? Possibly. The adrenaline of changing a government we were tired of closed eyes to the obvious. Sometimes there are no good choices and with or without me, Buhari and his APC co-travellers would have won anyway. I doubt I can swing 10 votes in a Nigerian election.
“But what I should have done is to have been more skeptical. Ideas should have been interrogated a lot more. Even if it ended up not making a difference, it would still have been important to do so. Not just so one can say ‘I told you so’ but perhaps to have forced a few concessions and to make them know we were watching closely. If enough of us had done this, perhaps the APC would not have the confidence to be walking away so blatantly from the product it sold during the campaign as it is doing today.”
It is difficult to see where respite will come from, unless oil prices go back up significantly, Feyi Fawehinmi continued, adding that there is nothing coming out of the government that gives anyone confidence that they know what they are doing. According to him, the ‘smart’ people who were supposed to lead sensible reforms and drive the change agenda have been reduced to actors in a silent movie.
He further states that in place of a change agenda the All Progressives Congress (APC) promised, Nigerians are now offered a daily dose of high drama and the redefinition of extant words. ‘Padding’ now means a different thing from what it used to mean.
He said if he had convinced even 10 people to vote for Buhari, he owes them an apology for not properly interrogating the people who offered themselves as the solution to Nigeria’s problems. Not because it would have made a difference but because it was the right thing to do. Nigeria was always the point.
The statement said further:
“I feel sad and ashamed at the way things are unfolding. I speak to people in Nigeria and the level of sadness without even the outline of a vision of a better tomorrow from the leadership fills me with despair. I speak to some people in government and even they know that things are not working. The government that promised change is now so bound up in politics that changing anything is practically impossible even when they know the thing is not working.
“This has been a chastening experience for me. There are hard lessons to be learnt here.
“So, even if you were 99% convinced of voting for the APC last year and you read something from me that finally pushed you to 100%, I apologise. If you overcame your skepticism because you thought the arguments that people like me made carried some sense, I also apologise.
“All that is left to do now is try as much as possible to keep the government from tipping Nigeria over the cliff. It is already standing at the edge and is determined to jump off. And more importantly to start a process of ensuring that mistakes made last year are not made again in the future. It is the right thing to do.”
In line with Feyi Fawehinmi’s expression of disappointment, a factional chairman of the APC in Kano State, Hussaini Mairiga, on Monday, August 8, also came down hard on President Buhari. He described Buhari as a total failure saying that from the look of things, he has betrayed the confidence of the Nigerian masses who voted him into power.