Recession: Seek advice from Okonjo-Iweala, Iwuanyanwu tells Buhari


Chairman Champion Newspapers, Chief Emmanuel

Gibson Achonu

An elder statesman, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu,
has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to seek
economic advice from a former Minister of Finance,
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala,
in order to rescue the
country from recession.
Iwuanyanwu said with the present economic
problems, no foreign investor would invest in the
The politician urged Nigerians to generate fresh
ideas rather than attribute blames and give

He spoke in Owerri, the Imo State capital, when
members of the African Youth Parliament from 50
African countries, led by the Nigerian
representative, Ibrahim Mohammed, visited him.
Iwuanyanwu said, “When Nigeria was in this type of
mess some years ago, former President Olusegun
Obasanjo called on Okonjo Iweala to help. Ex-
President Goodluck Jonathan also used her to
revive the country’s economy. Nigeria, at this
present stage of economic hardship and downturn,
should also call on Okonjo-Iweala and others for
help. We are in a recession now, if care is not
taken, we shall go into depression soonest.”
The elder statesman also frowned on the way
sensitive ministries were merged into one, adding
that there was no way such supervising minister
would perform a miracle in his or her
“In fact, he (Buhari) should separate Works,
Housing and Transport ministries and appoint a
minister each for the ministries,” he said.
He advised the members of the African Youth
Parliament to pass the message of peace to the
“No good thing comes from destroying good
things. I implore you to pass this message across,
especially to the youth of the Niger Delta areas,” he


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