President Muhammadu Buhari returned to Abuja on Friday following his 18-day trip to London, United Kingdom (UK).
The President was in London for the recent Global Education Summit co-hosted by the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson and the Kenyan President, Mr Uhuru Kenyatta.
While Buhari was away, the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo piloted affairs of the nation, and as usual, did a very good job.
As the rejuvenated President resumes duty fully, here are three national issues he should intervene in or give immediate attention.
1. Resident Doctors strike
Resident Doctors in Nigeria are on strike over unpaid salaries, poor working conditions and poor benefits. The strike comes amid a fresh wave of the coronavirus disease which has strained the health sector of the country.
The Minister of Labour has had meetings and negotiations with the striking doctors but none of those has yielded any fruit.
Nigeria recorded its highest number of coronavirus cases in many months as the strike by Resident Doctors nears its third week. Hence, it is wise that the President intervenes in the matter to get the striking doctors back to work at their respective duty posts.
Insecurity remains the biggest issue in the country with Boko Haram, bandits, killer herdsmen, and unknown gunmen still carrying out attacks on soft targets.
Attacks on police stations by unknown gunmen in the South East have not ceased either, as gunmen attacked police stations in Nnewi, Anambra State and Oguta in Imo State, three days apart in the same week.
As President Buhari returns to duty, he should meet with Security Chiefs, to demand a report on progress made while he was away.
While President Buhari was away, the People’s Democratic Party asked an Abuja High Court to remove Mai Mala Buni as governor of Yobe state, for breaching Section 183 of the 1999 Constitution by serving as the Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) while sitting as a governor.
Opposition also grew for the Chairman of the Caretaker and Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), from within his party.
Some APC chieftains, including Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo want the Buni-led leadership out.
They cite the Supreme Court judgment in the case of Eyitayo Jegede vs Rotimi Akeredolu, where three Justices reportedly agreed that a serving Governor should not lead a party, and therefore warned that it will spell trouble if the CECPC conducted ward and state congresses.
President Buhari should wade in on the matter plaguing his party with immediate effect because if the crisis is allowed to fester, it may bring distractions to him and several governors in the APC, which will in turn affect the smooth running of the country.
It is worthy to that we do not expect President Buhari to intervene because heads of the different sectors or institutions mentioned are incompetent or bad at their jobs, but as the number one citizen and father of the country, resolutions to matters will be expedited when he interferes.