- President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has been advised to man up and tackle the previous administration's failures
- This came after the national security adviser to the president, Nuhu Ribadu, and Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun state criticised the previous government
- However, a chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Salihu Lukman, said such body language depicts that this government is dishonest
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Salihu Lukman, former Director General of the Progressives Governors Forum (PGF), has criticised Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun and the National Security Adviser to the President, Nuhu Ribadu, for attributing the current challenges faced by Nigerians to former President Muhammadu Buhari.
Lukman, an APC member, asserted that for President Asiwaju Tinubu to gain the confidence of Nigerians, he must acknowledge his responsibility as the leader of the APC for the shortcomings during Buhari’s tenure.
Gov Abiodun, NSA Ribadu slams Buhari
The National Security Adviser, Nuhu Ribadu, had stated on November 13, 2023, during the Annual Conference of Chief of Defence Intelligence, that President Tinubu inherited a financially distressed country.
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Similarly, on November 26, 2023, Governor Dapo Abiodun, appearing on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, claimed President Bola Tinubu took over a nearly inactive administration.
In response to these statements, Lukman, the former APC National Vice Chairman (North-west), released a statement in Abuja on Monday, December 4, asserting that these explanations were offered to justify the ongoing challenges faced by Nigerians.
Lukman emphasised the need to focus on informing the public about concrete actions to address the problems rather than providing excuses.
"Excuses would only confirm that we are in denial that a government produced by our party is perhaps responsible for Nigeria’s challenges.
"Once we are in denial, it also suggests that we are going to grandstand when we initiate actions that worsen the situation or fail to initiate actions to resolve the problem.
"This will simply mean being dishonest, which will narrow our responses to making excuses for our failure or inability to meet expectations of Nigerians. This must be avoided.
"It is quite worrisome that coming from a party envisioned to be progressive we are giving excuses. How can we Renew the Hope of Nigerians by giving excuses. We must appeal to our leaders to stop giving excuses and take responsibility."
2024 Appropriation Bill: Why Tinubu’s budget lacks strategic plan to improve Nigerians
In another report, President Bola Tinubu faces a litmus test to prove doubters and opposition wrong after presenting the N27.5 trillion 2024 appropriation bill.
There are criticisms that the budget lacks the potency to curb the sufferings and hardship of Nigerians.
Executive director of the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), Auwal Musa Rafsanjani, said the budget needed more clarity in strategically delivering its objectives.
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