Buba Galadima, an engineer, is a member of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and a close ally of President Muhammadu Buhari right from the days in the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC). In this interview, he insists that Nigeria is drifting politically and economically. He reveals why he parted ways with Buhari. Read excerpts below:
YOUR recent comments about President Muhammadu Buhari is eliciting reactions from different quarters. Would you say Nigeria is on a reverse gear?
At least if it is not on a reverse gear it is on a standstill.
What do you mean by being at a standstill?
In all human endeavours, there is no development. A lot of money was pumped into the economy and one is not seeing the impact of the money that was put into the economy. The reason is simple, the government of change has not changed the personnel of those they call names every day. They only decide they are giving money and they pay themselves because nobody has checked or cross checked or investigated what commitment the previous government held. People are just stealing left, right and centre because their initial fear that when this government comes in they would be chased is no more there. So, it is business as usual in everything.
Are you saying the alleged stealing spree is being perpetrated by those appointed by President Buhari?
How many were appointed? Ministers were appointed nine months after election and the ministers were forced to work with those they inherited in the system. People who call the shots for 16 years still call the shots. So, how do you expect the government to move forward? Talk to any of the ministers individually and hear them talk.
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