An elder statesman, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to emulate former President Olusegun Obasanjo by seeking economic advice from a former Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, in order to rescue the country from recession.
He made the remark in Owerri, the Imo State capital when he received members of the African Youth Parliament from 50 African countries, led by the Nigerian representative, Ibrahim Mohammed.
Iwuanyanwu said, “When Nigeria was in this type of mess some years ago, former President Olusegun Obasanjo called on Okonjo Iweala to help. Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan also used her to revive the country’s economy. Nigeria, at this present stage of economic hardship and downturn, should also call on Okonjo-Iweala and others for help. We are in a recession now, if care is not taken, we shall go into depression soonest.”
The founder of Heartland Football Club also frowned out the merger of three ministries by the Buhari administration.
“In fact, he (Buhari) should separate Works, Housing and Transport ministries and appoint a minister each for the ministries,” he said.
He advised Niger Delta youth to stop destroying the nation’s oil pipelines.
“No good thing comes from destroying good things. I implore you to pass this message across, especially to the youth of the Niger Delta areas,” he added.