Nigerian Permanent Representative To United Nations, Prof Agboola Gambari, Urges President Muhammadu Buhari Not To See His Campaign Slogan As Mere Political Gimmick, But To Effect Genuine Change That Will Transform Nigeria.
Abioye Olarewaju, Ilorin
Nigerian Envoy to the United Nations (UN), Prof Agboola Gambari, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari not to see his campaign slogan as mere political gimmick, but to effect genuine change in the country. Gambari said this in Malete, Kwara State in an address delivered at the third convocation of Kwara State University (KWASU). The diplomat who was the chancellor of the university described the aftermath of 2015 general elections was the rebirth of democracy in Nigeria.
Gambari therefore advised the president to see his election as a way to tackle the current socio-economic challenges such as high poverty level and youth unemployment. He also urged President Buhari to focus more on persistent power outage despite huge amounts of money invested as well as challenge of insecurity, especially the scourge of Boko Haram insurgency. “Nigeria now has a new opportunity to deepen its democracy and deliver its dividends such as quality social services, including especially education and health, prosperity and security of life and property.
“Indeed the broken ‘sociocontract between the rulers and the ruled must be fixed. The government should as a matter of priority open and strengthen communications between government and citizens”, he said. The Chancellor called on Nigerians to support the administration of President Buhari, saying that it can only succeed with people’s support. Prof Gambari lamented that education sector in the country was in dire straits as most Nigerian universities were in of funds. “Basic infrastructural, teaching and learning facilities are pathetically lacking in most areas of academic pursuits in our universities which has painfully led to the ‘half baked graduates’ syndrome”, he said.
He appealed to Nigerians, organizations and stakeholders who are financially blessed to invest in university education. “We cannot afford to leave the funding of university education to governments alone because relying solely on subventions from the government alone will only exacerbate the already dismal state of the sector,” he said.