Agbakoba advises Buhari on strategic communication policies

Dr Olisa Agbakoba

Former President of the Nigerian Bar Association(NBA)Dr Olisa Agbakoba(SAN) on Thursday advised the Buhari Administration to establish strategic communication policies to enable the masses understand the government’s plans and how it would benefit the generality of the people.

Agbakoba, who spoke at a news conference organised by Olisa Agbakoba Legal(OAL) in Lagos, said majority of the masses did not understand the government’s operational policies and therefore, felt alienated from the nation’s affairs.

“There is an urgent need to develop strategic communication policies. Government must avoid communication lethargy in 2016.

“People need to be carried along to inspire hope, followership, confidence and patience.

“I suggest that government create an Office for Strategic Communication to link government with the people.

“It is clear that Nigeria’s political landscape is very problematic, so, many Nigerians feel alienated and disconnected.

“The consequences are all too clear. The situation is made worse by the powerful elite class, controlling the system.”

Agbakoba advised President Muhammadu Buhari in a letter, that the ‘elites’ must be confronted since they did not want to support people-oriented policies for the benefit of the masses.

He said that initiative could be achieved in alliance with pro- people institutions, like Civil Society and the labor Unions and Nigerian people.

To that end, Agbakoba said  President Buhari  should set up a small technical committee on National Order, with an urgent task of working on a Bill for an Act of the Union of Peoples and Nationalities of Nigeria.

He  said he endorsed the change agenda represented by the ideological shift in creation of structures for social benefits and inclusive political architecture. 

Agbakoba, however, warned Buhari to be mindful of what he tagged the ‘Conspiracy of the Elites,’ calling them ‘’a small per cent of Nigerians who exert tremendous influence, with a view to state capture.

“This class is very dissatisfied about the ideological change of your government and they see the new agenda as a threat to their privileges,” he said.

The civil rights activist added that credit must be given to the Buhari Administration for what he considered ‘Economic policy correction.’

“Clearly, this government has created an ideological shift to the left (pro-people).”

He said it was clear that the country was advancing toward social democracy, which he said was the first of its kind in the nation’s history.

Evidence of this shift, according to Agbakoba,  includes: the Treasury Single Account  (but needs redefinition) Quality of ministers, generally , Blocking finance leaks ,Social regulations , Benefits and stimulus strategy.