Newly sworn-in President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, last week, promised to govern Nigeria better.
Two other stories from the seat of power, Aso Rock villa, were also analysed within the week under review.
1. Tinubu’s promise
On May 29, Tinubu vowed that his administration will govern, and not rule over Nigerians.
The new President, who made the vow during his inaugural speech in Abuja, also promised to consult with Nigerians in governing the nation.
Tinubu’s promise tallies with the usual practice by politicians to build hope and restore confidence in seemingly troubled environments.
The long years of bad leadership, no doubt, breed a fertile ground for pledges aimed at raising a support base to accomplish his campaign slogan of Renewed Hope.
In promising to consult with Nigerians in the course of governance, Tinubu seeks to build a stakeholder mentality which would make success or failure a collective responsibility.
How well President Tinubu lives up to his promises would definitely be a subject of debates in the months and years ahead, having asked Nigerians to hold him to account.
Two other talking points
2. Reviewing minimum wage
Tinubu, on June 2, noted that his administration, together with State Governments, would review the present N30,000 National Minimum Wage so that it will tally with current global realities.
He stated this while receiving members of the Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF), led by their Chairman, Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State, at the State House, Abuja.
“We need to do some arithmetic and soul searching on the minimum wage. We will have to take a look at that together and the revenue. We must strengthen the source and application of our revenue.”
Tinubu’s remarks came highly predictable and should be considered a smart move to douse the uproar over planned removal of fuel subsidy.
Many have viewed this knee-jerk response as an acknowledgment of failure by the ruling party to creatively manage the country’s economy in the eight years of Buhari administration.
Tinubu’s idea of a wage review may excite most. However, the stop-gap measure can safely be considered a face-saving move with no offer of long term solution towards building a resilient economy.
3. Tinubu renews fight against oil theft
On June 1, Tinubu directed Service Chiefs and heads of security and intelligence agencies to crush perpetrators of oil theft, noting that his administration would not tolerate the menace.
He gave the directive during his maiden official meeting with Service Chiefs and intelligence heads in Abuja.
The National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (retd) speaking at the event said: “He (Tinubu)…is going to take a closer look at our misfortunes in the maritime domain, focusing particularly on the issues of oil theft, that as far as he is concerned, he is not going to tolerate oil theft. Wherever the problem is coming from, it must be crushed as soon as possible.”
Tinubu’s readiness to crush oil thieves may speak to his commitment to block revenue leakages caused by an established syndicate cutting across territories and offices.
The pronouncements and optics would seem right but will Mr President find the political will to act correctly, as well known criminal gangs have since been recruited to ‘protect’ the country’s pipelines.
But beyond this is the challenge of instituting quick reforms to rejig the security architecture in order to stand a better chance of ending the national menace.
Join the conversation
Support Ripples Nigeria, hold up solutions journalism
Balanced, fearless journalism driven by data comes at huge financial costs.
As a media platform, we hold leadership accountable and will not trade the right to press freedom and free speech for a piece of cake.
If you like what we do, and are ready to uphold solutions journalism, kindly donate to the Ripples Nigeria cause.
Your support would help to ensure that citizens and institutions continue to have free access to credible and reliable information for societal development.
SPECIAL REPORT: Shell’s inaccurate data raises questions around efforts to control methane emissions in Nigeria
Much worse for the environment than carbon dioxide, despite global efforts to control methane, emissions continue soaring. With over a...
FEATURE…Missing Rig Workers: Tragedy, Injustice and the Depthwize cabal
The serene landscape of Ovhor in Delta State bore witness to a disaster that shook the nation’s conscience. The capsize...
FEATURE… In the shadow of kidnappers: The story of Nigeria’s albatross
For decades, Nigeria has been grappling with a problem that has threatened the safety and stability of its people: kidnapping....
FEATURE: The falling standard of education in Nigeria today: Whose Fault?
Over the years, education has proven to be the fulcrum facilitating national development in any state. Through education, knowledge is...
INVESTIGATION: Failed multi-million naira constituency water projects litter Sokoto communities
Many rural communities in Sokoto State are at the risk of an outbreak of diarrhea and other diseases due to...