A former Commissioner for Commerce and Industry in Kogi State and former member of the Subsidy Re-investment and Empowerment Programme ( SURE-P), Halima Alfa, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his purposeful leadership which she said is beginning to engender the much needed sanity and accountability in the polity, albeit, amidst myriad of challenges.
The Kogi-born chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and socialite who described President Buhari as a pragmatic leader whose values and vision for the country transcends the evolving times of today, said the president’s integrity and selfless disposition to the business of governance has not only endeared him to the well–meaning populace but restored dignity to the Nigerian nation.
“His steadfast commitment to combating corruption and the restoration of peace and security has, indeed, gained the respect of the world,” she said.
Alfa pointed out that though the economic environment continues to be challenging, it is not a problem peculiar to Nigeria since people know that economic problem is a function of several variables that have suffered downward trends seeing the unprecedented political will and sincerity of purpose on the part of the federal government in ensuring a better quality of life for Nigerians.
“We must note that these challenges are temporary. It is therefore a bounden duty of patriotism for all Nigerians to reciprocate the good gestures of government by showing understanding, support and patience with the methodical approach towards a lasting solution. These problems did not come up in a day so the kind of sustainable solutions that we want cannot be expected to happen in a day,” she said.
She also reflected on the political development in her home state, Kogi, which she said faces an evolving and challenging times.
She remarked that the state is pathetically backward in development but expressed optimism about the ability of the young Governor, Yahaya Bello, to make history with the passage of time.
“All he needs is our collective understanding, support and guidance.”
While wishing Nigerians a happy, peaceful yuletide, Alfa in her characteristic strength of faith and confidence, stated that the APC manifesto is essentially welfarist and that future, beginning 2017 is assured under PMB.
“There sure is a silver lining in the tunnel,” she said.
She called for more involvement of the Igala people who almost in their entirety voted the APC during the last presidential election, and today without a representation in the federal government.
“It is a know fact that Ankpa Local Government where I come from was the second highest after Daura that voted PMB.”