Several civil societies under the banner of Say No Campaign Nigeria has expressed concern over the current economic recession in the country, insisting that President Muhammadu Buhari should sell off jets in the presidential fleet.
The coalition also called on the Federal Government to immediately constitute an independent panel of inquiry to undertake a comprehensive review and audit of constituency projects between 2004 and 2016.
Addressing journalists on Friday, Chairman of the coalition, Mr. Ezenwa Nwagwu asserted that there was need for the President to make some urgent adjustments given the economic hardship in the country.
His words, “We are greatly concerned about the unprecedented level of economic hardship bedevilling the nation which has resulted in hunger, deprivation, unemployment, rising cost of essential commodities, unmitigated corruption in public and private institutions, worsening security situation, flagrant abuse of democratic processes and the accompanying failure or refusal by government to effectively address these issues.
“The situation in Nigeria is grim and therefore requires urgent response. While we hold that Buhari’s administration deserves commendation for its social intervention initiative aimed at reducing unemployment, we maintain that a lot more needs to be done, and urgently too to avert the looming economic disaster.
“We demand practical solutions to ameliorating the economic hardship including sale of the presidential jets, which the President promised to do and 50 per cent slash in salaries of public officers. The government should make essential commodities available to vulnerable Nigerians at reduced prices and probe pet projects of First Ladies, which act as conduit.”
Story by David Oputah