Hope, disappointment and renewed hope

As Muhammadu Leko Buhari warms up for swearing in for a second term in office as President and Commander-in-Chief of Nigeria’s defence forces two days from now, there is no more befitting time for an appraisal of his governance processes in the first term. And there is no better time than now to tell him the road he should take if Nigeria would ever prosper economically.

Nigeria’s is a democracy hungry for tangible economic growth. Any democracy which economic growth does not support is a weak one that will always breed unhappy and miserable people. It is, perhaps, for that reason that Wendell Berry in his classic on the importance of a strong economy in a democracy declares that: ‘‘We do need a ‘new economy’, but one that is founded on thrift and care, on saving and conserving, not on excess and waste. An economy based on waste is inherently and hopelessly violent, and war is its inevitable by-product. We need a peaceable economy….”

guardian.ng/27 May 2019

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