As the year 2016 will be gradually coming to an end in less than 24 hours, Nigerians across the country have prepared their wish list for the year 2017 for President Muhammadu Buhari.
The people have pointed out the areas they want the president to focus on in 2017 with many describing 2016 as their worst year ever.
Top on the wish list are calls for President Buhari to find solution to the rising cases of hunger in the land by fixing the economy, tackling corruption successfully and the end to insurgency.
Others that also made the wish list include calls to restructure the country, ensure equity in governance and improve security of lives and properties generally, especially by putting a stop to attacks by Fulani herdsmen.
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Muda Yusuf, the director-general, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, urged the President to restore liquidity in the foreign exchange market, review the current trade policy and find a way to stop the country from importing petroleum products.
The Ijaw National Congress explained that reviving the economy should top the President’s agenda, adding that experts in economic matters should be brought in to save the nation’s economy.
Yinka Odumakin, the national publicity secretary of Afenifere, a pan-Yoruba group, asked President Buhari to “constitute an economic team to ensure that the sufferings of Nigerians are ameliorated.”
Alhaji Abubakar Tsav, a former Commissioner of Police in Lagos, stressed the importance of doing everything possible to revive the economy to the President in his comment, saying Nigerians are suffering.
The National Chairman of the Middle Belt Forum, urged the president to deal with the problem of attacks by Fulani herdsmen in “a manner that shows that he is committed to Nigeria and not Fulani herdsmen and engage the South-East and the South-South in a more constructive manner.”
Ahmed Yakasai, identified the top three things he would like President Buhari to do in 2017 as “providing better quality of lives for Nigerians, including empowering the youth, turning around the economy and securing the lives and properties of Nigerians.”
Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, the National President, Academic Staff Union of Universities, said the President should “intensify war against corruption to properly channel the country’s resources for impactful change.”
Waheed Olojede, the Chairman, NLC, Oyo state chapter, who lamented the hardship in the land, called on political leaders “to take the welfare of Nigerians more seriously.”
Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex socio-political association of the Igbo, said its wish is for the president to place more emphasis on equity and justice in 2017.
Mallam Abdulmumini Shehu Sanni, the Katsina state Chairman of the National Conscience Party, challenged the Federal Government to give Nigerians the type of change that would improve their living conditions and free them from shackles of poverty, saying, “Never in my life will I dream of a year like 2016.”