A public policy expert, the former secretary to Anambra state government and the Peoples’ Democratic Party’s candidate in the November 18 2017 Anambra state governorship election, Mr. Oseloka Obaze, has said Nigerians can’t afford to shy away from debates on public policies and governance issues if Nigeria must advance.
Obaze stated this on Thursday at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja, during the public presentation of his public policy book titled, “Prime Witness – Change and Policy Challenges in Buhari’s Nigeria”.
Obaze said Nigerians are obligated to speak up on matters of national interest and during public policy discussions, which are far too important to be left to only elected or appointed policymakers.
He argued that the contribution and role of an informed citizenry to public policy-making remains one of the enduring hallmarks of a well-functioning democracy.
He explained that though he never set out to write a book on the incumbent administration, his role as a member of the attentive public, and his curiosity, observations and commitment to staying engaged and adding value in the public policy debate in Nigeria orchestrated the book.