Former governor of Kaduna state under the military regime, Abubakar Dangiwa Umar has listed ways Acting President Osinbajo has worked hard to unite Nigeria which he described as a dangerouly 'polarized nation'.
There is no doubt that some part of the nation has been decrying marginalization in government and prophesying possible secession from the nation.
Umar described Acting President Osinbajo's action in the last two months as strategic and positive change towards uniting the country and reducing breakup tension.
Umar, in a paper titled: 'The Deft Moves of Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo,' said since President Buhari's begins his vacation, Osinbajo has made moves to bring trust back and unite tribes by travelling to states that have felt abandoned under Buhari, Vanguard reports.
Umar listed Osinbanjo's strategies as:
1) Since taking over, the acting president has embarked on measures which have effectively set the country on the path of positive change. In an effort to reunite a dangerously polarized nation since the APC took power at the centre, he has paid visits to the Niger Delta region and parts of the southeast.
These are two zones of the country which feel genuinely alienated by the federal government’s discriminatory doctrine of favoring those who gave President Buhari over 95% of their votes over those who gave him less than 5% of theirs.
The implementation of this policy in the initial political appointments, including those of the military service chiefs had the negative effect of spawning a more determined Niger Delta militancy. That in turn, succeeded in crippling most of the nation’s oil and gas assets.
As we all know, this country depends for over 90% of its foreign exchange earnings and an equally huge proportion of governments’ revenue on the oil resources in that region. Even more, it exacerbated the agitation for an independent state of Biafra.
The acting president’s initiative appeared to have convinced the belligerents to engage in meaningful dialogue. This has led to the suspension of acts of sabotage and in raising our crude oil output to the optimum level of over two million barrels per day; as per our OPEC quota.
2) Power generation has also gone up substantially, thanks to the reduction in gas pipeline vandalism. He has been proactive in attending to state affairs. He has so far signed seven bills while rejecting four, offering cogent reasons for rejecting the others.
3) Much to the relief of the nation, the acting president forwarded the name of the acting Chief Justice Onnoghen to the Senate for confirmation as substantive CJN just before the expiry of his 90-day acting status. This has averted what could have been a major political crisis in a fragile federation as we have.
4) The acting president has been chairing very lengthy and regular weekly Federal Executive Council meetings, at which memos are dispassionately debated after, which far reaching decisions are taken.
5) He has prevailed on the CBN to adopt new and more transparent Foreign Exchange Management procedures, which have yielded the desired result of reducing forex market volatility. The Naira is making tremendous gain against the US dollar and other currencies, much to the delight of the masses.
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6) He met at the state house with senior members of the NLC and other demonstrators who are protesting the current economic hardship in the nation.
This is a departure from a situation where such demonstrators were forcefully dispersed by security forces and refused access to senior government officials. Even members of the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) group, a recognized ally of this administration, were prevented from meeting with the President.
8) The acting president has also demonstrated an unalloyed loyalty to his principal by continuing to attribute his successes to the President’s inspiration. He has also debunked any criticism of the Buhari administration in his absence.
Umar continued by saying: "All people of goodwill must condemn those who are making ill thought out comments that portray the acting President as a puppet and who needs continuous prompting from his principal to function. This is likely to cause ill will and disaffection between them. The acting President must continue, undeterred with the good actions he has already started.
"He must maintain the zeal and tempo of his good performance which will do justice to the patriotic wish and desire of his convalescing principal. He cannot afford to succumb to blackmail and selfish machinations of his critics.
"Nigeria is a nation in need of rescue. We must all come together to rescue it. The acting President needs all the support to steer the ship of state. As Deng Xiaoping rightly observed: “It doesn’t matter whether the cat is white or black as long as it catches mice”. We cannot allow the forces of division to prevail at this point."
Meanwhile, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday, March 2, in Abuja canvassed robust international collaboration for the return of Nigeria’s stolen assets abroad.
Osinbajo made the plea while opening a two-day National Dialogue on Corruption, organised by the Office of the Vice President and the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC).