A Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Timi Frank, has
publicly apologised to former President Goodluck Jonathan
claiming that President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has
battered and bruised Nigeria’s economy.
Frank who is also a suspended deputy spokesperson of the ruling
APC disclosed this on Sunday in an open letter.
“I would first of all like to use this opportunity to formally
apologise to the immediate past President of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck
Ebele Jonathan, for all the tantrums and mistreatment
orchestrated by me against his person while he held sway at the
helm of affairs of our great country.
“Indeed, I and many others may have misunderstood Jonathan’s
silence for weakness and thus pushed harder to malign his person
and portray him as a weak leader. Having achieved the Change
Agenda, it is now crystal clear, that the change we had clamoured
for is not the change we got,” he said.
Frank added that Nigeria’s current situation may appear as a rude
shock to many including himself who preached the change mantra
assiduously, he is consoled by the fact that, Nigeria will get to the
promise land someday.
He called on President Muhammadu Buhari to take steps to fix the
current state of Nigeria’s economy which according to him is
faced with challenges of impunity and lack of transparency.
“I am sure that the current state of our dear country should be a
cause of genuine concern. The damning assessment of Nigeria
under your (Buhari) leadership as released by the United States
Department of State in its 2017 country reports on Human Rights,
cited impunity as being widespread at all levels of government and
lack of transparency by your administration.
“It may also interest you to know that the economy under your
(Buhari) watch has been terribly battered, with all the economic
indices indicating that we are yet to recover from the recession of
“Today there is hardship everywhere with the price of fuel now
N145 per as against the N85 that it was being sold when you
assumed office – the over N1.4trillion already paid by your
government as fuel subsidy notwithstanding,” Frank said in his
He also lamented at the level of insecurity in the country adding
that the farmers/herders crises have continued to claim precious
lives as if the nation is in a state of war.
Citing the examples of El-Zakzaky and Dasuki, the APC chieftain
also alleged that the present administration has been disobedient
to court orders.
“El-Zakzaky and Dasuki will not be in jail today but for the present
rule of force under this government. It is a pity that today
democracy and freedom have become scarce.
“Killings take place on a daily basis across the country either by
kidnappers, Boko Haram insurgents, herdsmen, and other criminal
elements having a free reign around the country. Life has become
worthless and uncertain and people cannot speak out for fear of
being labelled anti-government.