Orji Kalu calls for patience with Presidency over economy


As Nigeria grapples with an economic crisis, one of its most prominent businessmen, Slok Group, the founder of West African conglomerate, the Slok Group, is still hopeful that President Muhammadu Buhari is still capable of transforming Africa’s largest economy, despite the current challenges.

I caught up with the entrepreneur recently and he reviewed President’s Buhari’s scorecard and proposed an agenda for national reformation.

Following the Presidential elections, we’ve no doubt seen a slow-down in Boko Haram activity; would you agree that en masse poverty and starvation are proponents of radicalisation in Nigeria? What can be done to right the ship in the northeast with so much at stake?

Nigeria inspires the international community as it remains at the doorstep of fundamental and dynamic change. We are innovators, globalization-savvy businessmen and women, farmers, manufacturers and politicians while remaining lifelong students, determined to succeed in an ever-competitive global marketplace, one shifting seismically with ‘Brexit’.

In fact, Nigerians succeed everywhere, it seems, except at home.

Yes, we have challenges to overcome, those that are frustratingly inherent to our current public system. We remain reliant on the same specific energy resources that are bountiful in some regions and scarce in others, creating an imbalance that perpetuates regional, ethnic, religious and political tensions.

‘Agribusiness’ and resource diversification is the great equaliser for Nigeria’s north, applicable to both east and west. In May, the government of Kaduna (for instance) went so far as to declare a state of emergency due to, according to the Commissioner of Agriculture, Dr Maigari Daniel Manzo, over 80% of tomato farms having been attacked by moth infestation.
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