(By Princess Okpara)-President Muhammdu Buhari has regretted that frequent agitations by labour unions are becoming a major distraction to his administration’s commitment to fixing Nigeria’s poor infrastructure.
Speaking on Thursday when Executive Committee members of the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, visited him in the State House, Abuja on Thursday, Buhari pleaded for understanding from all Nigerians, especially the labour unions, adding that, his administration has improved tremendously what it met three years ago and is now concentrating on fixing infrastructure.
Buhari told the students that he is totally loyal to Nigeria and that all his actions are geared towards protecting the interest of the ordinary people, even as he urged the students to plead with Academic Staff Union of Universities to show understanding and call off their strike in order not to jeopardize the future of the youths.
Responding, the leader of the students, Danielson Bamidele Akpan, thanked the president for the opportunity and pledged their support, while calling for the involvement of more youths in governance. Analysts who spoke to Notable Outcome in Port Harcourt observed that it is not the best of times for the president in an election year.
They referred to the activities of the rampaging Boko Haram in the North-East, with the increasing loss of soldiers and military equipment, including the loss of five air force personnel on Thursday in Helicopter crash on Thursday, as well as controversies over the appointment of Amina Zakari, said to be Buhari’s relation on Thursday as the head of collation centre – the person to announce the result of presidential election in February 2019. But the Peoples Democratic Partyhas kicked against the move by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
Meanwhile, Daily Post reports that, Amina Zakari was the former Acting Chairman of INEC, under the Buhari presidency at the expiration of the tenure of Professor Atahiru Jega on July 30, 2015. Zakari, who was the first woman to lead INEC was replaced by Mahmood Yakubu. She is a princess of Kazaure in Jigawa and was born on June 1960 to the late Emir of Kazaure, Hussaini Adfamu. She is a widow with five children, and lost her husband, Bala Zakari Kazaure in 2000.