Former Nigerian presidential candidate Dumebi Kachikwu has criticized President Tinubu’s recent address to the nation, saying that it was “tokenist” and that the president’s team is “mediocre.”
In a statement released on Tuesday, Mr. Kachikwu said that Tinubu’s speech “once again highlighted the absence of a solid team behind the Presidency.” He pointed out that the president devoted the first few paragraphs of his speech to those who have abused the subsidy scheme but yet failed to mention what his administration would do to ensure they are brought to justice.
Mr. Kachikwu also criticized Tinubu for formulating policies and plans that assume “ceteris paribus is in play.” He said that this is a mistake that has been made by previous presidents, and that it ignores the reality of corruption in Nigeria.
“We must now go beyond text book economic theories and fashion out home grown ideas and solutions that take into cognisance the reality of who we really are as a people,” Kachikwu said.
He also criticized the palliatives that Tinubu prescribed, saying that they were “tokenist in nature and will do little or nothing to ameliorate the plight of Nigerians.” He pointed out that the amount of money that Tinubu said would be given to businesses is “less than $100,” and that the president’s plan to procure 3000 CNG powered buses is unrealistic given the lack of infrastructure in Nigeria.
“President Tinubu means well but there still remains a big difference between meaning well and doing well,” Kachikwu said. “It is hard to do well with the assemblage of a mediocre team.”