Human rights lawyer and former President, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Dr. Olisa Agbakoba, has lauded the economic and political policies initiated by President Muhammadu Buhari. However, he noted that the elite are frustrating the President’s reform agenda.
“I want to warn President Buhari about the conspiracy of the elite and its resolve to frustrate his reform agenda,” Agbakoba told newsmen in Lagos on Thursday. “This elite class, made up of people in high positions in the religious circles, traditional institutions, professions and businesses, represents a small percent of Nigerians but exert tremendous influence, with a view to state capture.”
“This class is very dissatisfied about the ideological change of Buhari’s administration. They see the new agenda as a threat to their privileges. As set out below, they are the greatest roadblocks to President Buhari’s economic and political policy agenda.”
The former NBA president noted that Buhari’s reform is yet to be felt. He, therefore, urged President Buhari to avoid communication lethargy in 2016, adding that the President must clearly carry the people along to inspire hope, followership, confidence and practice.
“There is no need to have two Press Secretaries. One may be assigned to head the Office of Strategic Communication, while the other should cover the President’s diaries,” he said.
The office of strategic communication, he explains, would link the presidency to the people.