Former President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Umaru Farouk Abdullahi (retired) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to expedite action on the implementation of the various palliatives recently rolled out by Federal Government to cushion the effect of the current hardships being experienced by Nigerians.
The legal luminary, who also commended the achievement recorded, so far, by the present administration, in the last one year, made the call, in Abuja, in an interview with newsmen. He observed that not a few Nigerians are starving due to lack of food, adding that it would be difficult to mobilise a hungry man to contribute to meaningful national development and patriotism.
He said: “The president must address the challenges posed by hunger, social deprivation, and insecurity in some parts of the country. Government must ensure that there is food on the table for the common man before we can gain their support and confidence”.
He urged the Federal Government to overhaul the various price control agencies – including the Consumer Protection Council, to ensure that the common man was not short-changed in the market price mechanism.
On the on-going war against corruption, Justice Abdullahi, who described Buhari as “a bosom friend, classmate and brother”, said that he was right on track and urged Nigerians to be patient and allow him clean up the country.
He described the current Niger Delta crisis as a distraction to the present government and its avowed commitment to resuscitate the ailing economy. He urged the agitators to embrace dialogue and give the President a chance.