Former Governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu has expressed confident in President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration quote: ‘I can not judge Buhari because he still has time to turn things around’.
While hosting some Catholic Bishops and the diplomatic community who visited his home in Abuja, Kalu opinionated that the current recession in Nigeria is not the president’s fault.
“Let me be honest with you, I cannot judge Buhari. He has a four-year mandate to turn things around. He still has time and I expect that he will do something.”
Dr. Kalu who is also an entrepreneur, believe that Nigerian youth must not wait on government, rather redirect their energy to other financial possibilities.
“Young people might be feeling frustrated. Government must not do everything. The only thing is that government is not paying enough attention to the manufacturing sector. If I am government, I will pay attention to manufacturing and agriculture.
The business mogul urge government to support entrepreneurs by granting them single digit loans and opportunities.
“You pay attention through the entrepreneurs by giving them single digit loans and opportunities. All the enterprise done by government will not work until they see us as partners. When Dangote was starting his cement factory, he was encouraged by the government. Today, he is all over Nigeria.”
Kalu pointed out that people are partly to blame because they focus more on being envious and jealous rather than emulating or learning ways to be successful just as every affluent person in the society.
“The problem is people are envious and jealous; they see Orji Kalu who is rich, but they do not know what I have gone through to get to this level. They want to be like me, and that is not possible.”
He reiterated that government should grant more incentive to the entrepreneurs.
“In June 1999, I told President Olusegun Obasanjo how to solve the power sector by doing something differently. We brought people and they promised to fix the power problem up to 75 percent. But Obasanjo refused. The amount needed was N14 billion. If Nigeria can fix power and insecurity, the country will move forward.”