Former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Prof. Charles Soludo, has stated that for President Muhammadu Buhari to become the greatest statesman ever, he needs to bequeath to Nigerians a new constitution that is negotiated by the people of the country, adding that this will place him in the mold of Abraham Lincoln of America.
“We need a new constitution negotiated by the people of Nigeria, if this is the only achievement of President Muhammadu Buhari, he would have been the greatest statesman ever in the mould of Abraham Lincolm. But we need to get this done that the people of Nigeria will get together and negotiate a new constitution,” he said while recently addressing a group from the South-East.
Soludo, who faulted the current system operated in the country, maintained that even if any government decides to make all political appointments from a particular village, that would not change the live of an average person in that community.
His words, “Even if any government, including this one, have all the political appointments from one village, my thesis is that the live of the average person in that village will not change.
“Just rewind it and think the other way; the last regime, we had an Ebele Azikiwe as president, we had secretary to government, we had minister of finance and coordinating minister of the economy, we had deputy senate president and so on and so forth. Most of the financial institutions headed by people from the South-East and yet there is no motorable federal highway in Igboland.
“This thing is an elite game as far as I am concerned and it is not taking us anywhere. If you take it broadly; the North today, I mean if you calculate the number of years they were in power, but poverty is still predominantly a northern phenomenon. So, that you control this, and a few billionaires are made here and there means absolutely nothing. The ordinary man in Nigeria has not benefited and is worse off by the current system that we have.”