He said this yesterday in Abuja at the public presentation of his book ‘Prime Witness: Change and Policy Challenges in Buhari’s Nigeria’.
While commending the 16 years of PDP in power, he stated that some shortcomings however paved way for its loss in the 2015 election.
Obaze speaking at the book presentation in Abuja
“There were some shortcomings…It is PDP failings that made Buhari to emerge,” Obaze said.
He said the present administration had failed to tackle killings allegedly being perpetrated by Fulani herdsmen, but noted that some efforts had been made by the administration to contain the Boko Haram insurgency.
“Contrary to what some may think, this book is not all about criticisms of the Buhari presidency; it contains a modicum of commendation, recommendations, solutions and possible remedial measures. For that reason, I extended invitation to this book presentation to the Presidency. This book was objective and balanced in discussing the challenges facing Nigeria.
“I never set out to write a book on the incumbent administration; but I was and I am still committed to staying engaged and adding value in the public policy debate in Nigeria. This book is therefore an incidental end product of my curiosity and observations,” he said.
According to him, the strength of government in democracy would hinge on sustaining the building blocks of democracy through the rule of law, power sharing, proper representation, checks and balances, and sustaining legitimate institutions.
President of the Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF), Prof. Uzodinma Nwala, said Nigeria needed total overhaul.
“It has never been as bad as it is now. We need a more radical solution to Nigeria’s problem. Nigeria needs total overhaul, total rebuilding, not just restructuring or tinkering of the 1999 constitution,” he said.
Also, Senator Shehu Sani lamented that human life in Nigeria has become so cheap, saying, “We have never been more divided in this country as we are now.”
Mr. Obaze is the former Secretary to the State Government of Anambra State, Nigeria from 2012 to 2015 - MD & CEO, Oseloka H. Obaze. Mr. Obaze also served as a former United Nations official, from 1991-2012, and as a former member of the Nigerian Diplomatic Service, from 1982-1991.
Selonnes Consult Ltd. is a Strategic Policy, Good Governance and Management Consulting Firm, founded by Mr. Oseloka H. Obaze who served as Secretary to Anambra State Government from 2012-2015; a United Nations official from 1991-2012 and a Nigerian Foreign Service Officer from 1982-1991.