Gbajabiamila urges patience with APC government
Damilola Oyedele in Abuja
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus in the House of Representatives has blamed what it described as President Muhammadu Buhari’s wrong policies for the lingering fuel scarcity, low power generation and other hardships being experienced by Nigerians.
Speaking with THISDAY in an interview Sunday, the Minority Leader, Hon. Leo Ogor, lambasted the All Progressives Congress (APC) for its insistence on heaping the blame for the country’s troubles on the PDP.
“The ideology of the blame game is what the APC needs to put behind them, they continue to blame the PDP for whatever mishap is befalling them,” Ogor said, and added that the ruling party does not seem to understand what governance is all about.
“They have not taken specific decisions, if they take specific decisions, they would know the right thing to do. The right thing is taking the right steps. We would not act as consultants to them. Unfortunately it is the Nigerian people that are suffering. They should appreciate that it is the Nigerian people who are bearing the brunt of their actions or inactions,” Ogor said.
“The economy is already at a standstill, the stock market has already crashed, and we can see what is happening in the power sector. Now that the body language of the president is no longer speaking, now they choose to blame the PDP,” the Minority Leader lamented.
The Deputy Minority Whip, Hon. Binta Bello, in a similar manner, said the APC-led government should simply fix the challenges on ground, instead of pointing fingers at the former governments after 11 months in office.
“Why are they saying that now? Did they not say they can fix all of the country’s problems? Then they should just fix the challenges. After all President Buhari has presented himself as Mr. Know it all,” she said.
Bello added that the APC has failed Nigerians, and continue to do so by placing the blame for the challenges being experienced elsewhere, instead of taking responsibility.
Meanwhile, the Majority Leader in the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, has appealed to Nigerians to endure the challenges being experienced in the country as the situation cannot be reversed in just 10 months.
Gbajabiamila, speaking following the conferment of a honorary doctorate on him by Achievers University, Ondo State, added that Nigeria was in a hole in the last 16 years of the PDP government.
According to a statement issued by the House Leader’s Media Assistant, Mr. Olanrewaju Smart, Gbajabiamila said the drafters of the nation’s constitution realised it would take time to make meaningful impact by new government, hence the provision of a four year tenure for the president.
“Change is an organic thing and cannot be achieved overnight. It is not only in the physical but most times in the subliminal. We see that change every day in our psyche and mentality and I plead that Nigerians should be a little patient with this government. We are coming out of a hole and in no time I believe we will come out from that hole into the promise land and our destined future,” he said.