Public policy expert Joe Abah said Nigeria’s next president will have to press the “reset button” to reform the nation after the 2023 elections.
The former director general of the Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR) stressed that the winner should focus on policy issues.
His father wondered if President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor would allow the country to zigzag or make tough decisions that could cost his re-election.
In a thread on his Twitter account, the DAI country director listed 10 questions for the presidential candidates in the race.
When will you cancel fuel subsidies enjoyed by residents of cities and neighboring countries?
Will you stop spending money on unproductive projects that produce nothing, like Turn Around Maintenance for refineries and Ajaokuta?
Do you have the courage to stop oil theft?
How will you finance security, infrastructure, education and health without borrowing more than you can repay?
Do you have the guts to get rid of multiple foreign exchange rates?
Will you follow by example and cut off government waste before demanding citizens’ sacrifices?
How will you deal with insecurity?
What can you achieve with a constitution that focuses on participation rather than production?
How will you get NASS on the same page?
“How are you going to ensure that we stop doing crazy things like creating new agencies with every law that gets passed?” he said sarcastically.
Abah believes that Nigeria’s economic situation is dire due to political decisions that do not benefit the majority and a lack of courage to change them.
“I feel sorry for him (the next president), but he wanted the job,” the lawyer added.
Election 2023: Joe Abah lists 10 questions for presidential candidates