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THE UGLY SIDE OF APC GOVERNMENT

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Muhammadu Buhari won the March
28 presidential election in 2015 defeating the Peoples Democratic
Party (PDP), which held power for 16 years since Nigeria returned
to democracy. Former president, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan handed
over power to him on May 29 same year. Before he was elected as
president, he made a lot of promises to Nigerians. His party, the
All Progressives Congress (APC) promised the people ‘change’.
Nigerians who were enthusiastic of change decided to try this
change and it appears some are already regretting their decision.
It’s close to almost 3 years since Buhari was sworn in as president
and Nigerians are yet to feel the change. It’s been one challenge
after the other, from painful fuel scarcity, to poor power supply, to
a fall in the value of the Naira, name them. Initially, some were of
the opinion that it was too early to judge the president, saying the
people should exercise patience as the hardship will soon be over.
We patiently waited for the APC–led government to take Nigeria
to the Promised Land, but the President had continued to
disappoint Nigerians. Nigerians have been groaning over epileptic
power supply which has crippled many businesses. While
campaigning for the presidential election in 2015, the APC on
which ticket Buhari contested, promised to expand electricity
generation and distribution to 40,000 MW. Nigerians are still
waiting for this to become a reality as we struggle to get to a
paltry 3500 MW after 3 years. Do we talk about the economy? The
value of the Naira has continued to dwindle. Currently, it is trading
between N350 and N360 for a dollar. During the campaign period,
Buhari was reported to have said he would make the Naira equal to
the dollar which he has now denied. In 2016, Nigeria witnessed for
the first time, the most controversial budget which was declared
missing, full of errors and padding, rejected by the National
Assembly and other controversies. An issue that brought national
disgrace to the country. More so, there seems to be no end in
sight to the sufferings of the masses wrapped around the fuel hike
and scarcity in the country since end of last year. When Nigerians
think this would be over in days as the Federal Government
continually promises, it keeps rearing its ugly head. You can’t just
drive freely into any petrol station and buy fuel, you would have to
queue for at least 30 minutes. Some motorists buy fuel for
between N190 and N200 per litre as against the N145 per litre
fixed by the APC-led government. In terms of security, while
Buhari focuses on curbing Boko Haram insurgency, he continues
to keep mute on the wanton killings by herdsmen terrorising
farming communities across Nigeria. Fulani herdsmen are causing
havoc and nothing is being done. How secured are the people you
took an Oath of Office to protect? Unemployment under this
administration seems a smokescreen. The promise of annually
one million jobs to be created by president Buhari during 2015
campaigns was not seen anywhere. Jobs lost, firms moved away
from the country, this is what we see that has wholesomely
characterized this government. As the country is stepping into
another election year, it’s imperative Nigerians avoid repeating
same mistake of 2015 that brought the country to her knees
throughout the stay of the current administration. This is the time
to think deep and make wise decisions that will beget a new viable
and economically stable Nigeria with adequate security of life and
property that Nigerians yearn for. Every single day I ponder on
this, the former vice president of Nigeria, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar
comes to mind. What and what do we celebrate about this
uncommon personality? These I will briefly enunciate below: His
love for Nigeria and the development of the country as a better
place for all has proven his intention to rule as the president of
Nigeria. Despite series of controversies he faced in his political
career, Atiku remains consistent on vying for the post of
presidency. Atiku’s unrelenting race for the presidency has
professed his love for his nation, Nigeria. Moreover his
investments, property in the country speak volumes about his
belief in the growth and progress of the nation. Atiku is a leader
with the feelings for humanity, which birth his unrelenting concern
for the Internally Displaced Persons, (IDPs). He is a man with a
large heart for the less privilege. This was his statement when he
marked his 70th birthday and I quote: “As I clock 70 years this
year, all my activities will be dedicated to the cause of the
Internally Displaced Persons, not only Adamawa, but in Borno,
Yobe and other IDPs camps spread across the country.” He
implored all his admirers who wish to identify with him as part of
his 70th birthday to channel them to the IDPs. What a man with
immense love and selflessness! Atiku’s was a vice president for
eight years under President Olusegun Obasanjo administration.
Atiku then reformed the economy to become more productive,
diverse and globally competitive. This is why Atiku can
confidently boast of his administration. It was because of this
economic reform undertook by Atiku that by the time they left
office in 2007, our economy was ranked 31st in the world in terms
of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) which was estimated to be
about $500 billion (estimate included both formal and informal
economy). It became the second biggest economy in Africa.” This
is actually what he’s going to replicate when he becomes
president. The administration of Turaki Adamawa as the vice
president is one of the most courageous and ambitious
privatization programmes ever embarked upon in recent times. He
sold off scores of unprofitable and inefficient public enterprises, in
order to relief the federal government of the unnecessary burden
of running businesses. Atiku’s ability to enforce good laws is
second to none that as vice president under Obasanjo, his
administration refocused government’s attention on making laws
and good policies with a conducive atmosphere for businesses to
flourish. This was the time the minimum capital base of banks was
increased in order to make the Nigerian banks stronger, healthier
and globally competitive. The numbers of banks were dropped
from 89 to 25. That was when Prof Chukwuma Soludo was the
CBN governor. Atiku Abubakar’s civility has continued to speak
for him. He does not discriminate or sees people differently,
reason for his highly placed cohesiveness. Again, his businesses
and love for the less privilege that cut across the country is a
clear proof of his indiscriminately nature. He’s not an extremist.
Talk about religious and ethnicity bigotry then count Atiku out.
Many have never stopped to hold him high here. Due to his
experience in handling insurgency, Atiku said, “If I were the
President of Nigeria when Boko Haram erupted, I could have used
all means at my disposal to avert it.” Words of a man who has all
it takes to rewrite the story of Nigeria and take the country to its
lost enviable glory once again before the invasion of Buhari
administration.

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