The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has appealed to the Federal Government to be considerate of the Nigerian citizens and do away with what he described as ‘anti-people policies’.
Abubakar made the call while speaking in Abuja on Monday, August 8, 2016, at a town hall meeting/policy dialogue organized by the Alumni Association of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (AANI) in conjunction with the Ministry of Information and National Orientation, with the theme: “Towards effective implementation of the 2016 budget”.
He advised the leadership of Nigeria that policies and programmes of government that are not achieving desired results should be quickly reviewed and realigned in line with prevailing realities.
The Northern leader also made it clear that policies should be made in the interest of the people, noting that if policies do not work, there was nothing wrong in reviewing them.
The Sultan of Sokoto went on to counsel those in positions of authority to be conscious of the fact that they hold power in trust for the people, reminding them that the primary objective of government is to ensure security of lives and property and promote welfare of citizens.
“Those in authority should appreciate the fact that they hold power in trust for the people. They should listen and be prepared to make policy changes that address the welfare of the common people. Change has been said to be constant. Therefore, there is no problem if government would review policies and programmes.
“If a policy doesn’t work there is nothing wrong in reviewing them. In my view, policies that are anti-people should be discarded and realigned in line with prevalent realities. Where Nigeria has critical problem is in the area of policy implementation.”
Sultan Abubakar added: “At times, changes come with difficulties, but it is important that both the government and the governed should accept with clean hearts that after the days of suffering, there would be days of rejoicing. If we get it right in the 2016 budget, every other thing will fall into place.”
The monarch, nevertheless, commended the effort of the present government towards re-positioning the economy of Nigeria in the path of sustainable development, emphasising the need for all Nigerians to join hands together in order to see to it that Buhari’s government delivers on its mandate.