Why Buhari must change some of his policies — Sultan of Sokoto

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President Muhammadu Buhari seem to be getting knocks from unexpected quarters.

Ghali Na’Abba, Junaid Mohammed, Tam David West, Atiku Abubakar and other prominent Nigerians have called on the President to better the lot of Nigerians.

The latest knock comes from the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III.

Sultan of Sokoto’s close relative, retired Colonel Dasuki Sambo, is currently being tried by the EFCC.

Political observers believe Dasuki’s trial is politically motivated.

That said, the Sultan of Sokoto had so far played non-partisan politics.

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His lasted jab on the presidency says a lot regarding the ruling oligarchs from northern extraction.

In a veiled speech, the Sultan described some of Buhari’s policies as unfavorable to the masses.

The Sultan further admonished the President to ditch those policies and embrace newer ones.

According to the Sultan, “Those in authority should appreciate the fact that they hold power in trust for the people.

“They should listen and be prepared to make policy changes that address the welfare of the common people.

“Change has been said to be constant.

“Therefore, there is no problem if government would review policies and programs.

“If a policy doesn’t work there is nothing wrong in reviewing them.

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“In my view, policies that are anti-people should be discarded and realigned in line with prevalent realities.

“Where Nigeria has critical problem is in the area of policy implementation.

“At times, changes come with difficulties.

“But it is important that both the government and the governed should accept with clean hearts that after the days of suffering, there would be days of rejoicing.

“If we get it right in the 2016 budget, every other thing will fall into place.”

The Sultan made the call in Abuja while speaking at a town hall meeting organized by the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies.

The meeting was in partnership with the Ministry of Information and National Orientation.