- The APC has responded to Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo criticisms of the Buhari-led government
- The ruling party stated that Nigerians have stopped taking the likes of Obasanjo seriously
- The party further stated that those who midwifed Nigeria's rot can't chart a way forward for the country
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has responded to former President Olusegun Obasanjo's criticisms of the Buhari-led administration.
The former Nigerian leader berated President Muhammadu Buhari, over his handling of the country's affairs, warning that Nigeria is fast drifting towards a failed state under the administration of President Buhari.
Obasanjo made the claim during a speech titled 'Moving Nigeria Away From Tipping Over' which he delivered at a dialogue in Abuja, the federal capital.
Responding to Obasanjo, the APC in a statement on Sunday, September 13 signed by its acting spokesman, Yekini Nabena, stated that: “It is baffling that the same political actors that midwifed and institutionalised the national rot, corruption, impunity and eroding of our value systems are the same characters posing as voices on the way forward in our national life.”
Nabena continued: “Former President Olusegun Obasanjo could start with telling us where the electricity is despite $16billion he spent on the power sector.
“Obasanjo's deputy, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar should account for the privatisation exercise under his watch which saw national assets sold off to friends and cronies with no benefit to the country.
“Successive Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) administrations can also start by accounting for the trillions stolen from our national coffers in the guise of a fraudulent fuel subsidy regime.”
“These political actors probably only listen to their own voices because Nigerians have long stopped taking them seriously as they simply lack the antecedents and moral credentials to guide Nigeria and Nigerians to the path of prosperity and progress.
“Instead of the "do or die" lingo Obasanjo and the PDP introduced to our electioneering, votes are beginning to count as our elections improve steadily. Their abandoned projects which constituted drainpipes on national resources are being completed by this administration,” the APC stated.
The party further accused Obasanjo of institutionalising the culture of impunity and corruption while he held sway as Nigeria's president.
“The culture of roundtripping and the rested subsidy regime in the petroleum sector has been replaced by a deregulated and accountable petroleum pricing template.
“Instead of plotting how to sell of national assets, particularly the NNPC to friends, this administration is reforming public sector operations to ensure optimised service delivery,” the ruling party added.
Meanwhile, elder statesman, Ayo Adebanjo has said every well-meaning Nigerian will support Obasanjo's statement concerning the country.
Speaking to a national newspaper, Adebanjo said part of the solutions to the challenge the country is facing is for it to be restructured.
“No honest Nigerian would dispute Obasanjo’s statement that the country is more divided under Buhari. The way forward now is to restructure the country back to federalism without further delay before any election is held in the country,” Adebanjo said.
Legit.ng had earlier reported that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state recently identified rising insecurity, poor power supply as the bane of industrialisation and economic growth in Nigeria.
The governor stated this on Thursday, August 27 at an interdenominational thanksgiving service to mark the 29th anniversary of the creation of Delta state.
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