Buhari has reduced looting in public offices, says VON DG Okechukwu.
Director General of the Voice of Nigeria (VON), Osita Okechukwu, said yesterday that President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption crusade has reduced looting in public offices.
He said those in doubt of the development are either not doing business with government ministries, or they are being economical with the truth.
Okechukwu said the call by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo for southwest to vote for President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 to enable power return to the zone in 2023 was a wake-up call on Ndigbo.
He urged the Igbo to do the same, to stand a chance of tasting the presidency after Buhari.
Addressing reporters in Enugu, Okechukwu said the Buhari administration had delivered in line with its promises.
While canvassing votes for Buhari in next year’s general elections, he stressed that the only challenge currently facing the government was the paucity of funds.
He said: “These are facts and not propaganda. We have a document of ongoing roads and agricultural products. The only problem the president has is paucity of funds. We are coming out from bazaar days when a barrel of oil was 110 dollars per barrel, which is now below 40.”
The VON director general restated that no meaningful reform could take place without hurting the people, which, he said is currently happening in the country.
On the position taken by Osinbajo to lure Yorubas to vote Buhari in 2019, Okechukwu stated that it was constitutional and most importantly a clarion wake-up-call for Ndigbo to think out of the box to enable them to benefit from it.
He said the call became necessary since the southeast is the only region that has not produced a president since rotation began in 1999.
“A Nigerian president of Igbo extraction in 2023 is a win-win-scenario, and a golden opportunity for Ndigbo towards ending the vexatious issue of marginalisation, and create a sense of belonging in the Nigerian family.
According to him, if the southeast people vote for Buhari, they would engender the support of his mass followers in the northern belt, where he has a vote-bank of 10 to 12 million electorate.
Okechuckwu stressed that the need for the region to support Buhari is also necessary to consolidate on the foundation that he is currently laying on critical infrastructure development.
He cited the second Niger Bridge, 5,000 kilometers federal roads, 5,000 standard gauge railways, additional 5,000 megawatts of electricity and self-sufficiency in food production.