By Chimaobi Nwaiwu
Nnewi—Former President-General, Onitsha Markets Traders Association, OMATA, Chief Pius -Ozoh Anaekwe, has said that for the incoming government of General Muhammadu Buhari to succeed in solving the the nation’s myriad of problems, he must implement the reports and recommendations of the last National Conference.
Chief Anaekwe, who gave the charge while briefing newsmen yesterday in Onitsha, said he didn’t have confidence that General Buhari would succeed in all he has promised Nigerians because of the people surrounding him.
He said: “I did not vote for General Buhari because I do not have confidence in him that he will perform, and this is simply because he surrounded himself with people who have track records of corruption, people who are neck deep in corruption.
‘’I cannot even comment about his ability to perform or non-performance until two years after his enthronement, but I do not have confidence he will perform.”
Anaekwe, who was known for his ruthless fight against criminals in Anambra State, with his popular OTA Boys, otherwise known as Boys Oyee, said unless Buhari implemented the reports and recommendations of President Goodluck Jonathan’s National Conference, he would not make any headway in his administration.
“That National Conference report and recommendations are the panacea for peace and development in Nigeria because it was the first time for many years that Nigerians came together to tell themselves the truth on how to move the country forward.
“The National Conference was not about party politics, it was not about APC, it was not about PDP or APGA, so those who may be advising Buhari not to implement the reports and recommendations of the conference will not want him to succeed.
‘’He should see them as enemies that want him to fail and it will be disastrous if he did not use this opportunity to correct errors of his past administration,” he said.
He warned General Buhari not to go for revenge on those who did not vote for him or the people perceived as his political enemies as it would be counter-productive.
According to him, electioneering campaigns are over, election has be conducted and won, the person that has emerged winner becomes Nigerian President, and not party President.
He said the party was free to implement its policy but noted that no Nigerian or ethnic group should be discriminated because