John Shiklam in Kaduna
Former Governor of the old Kaduna State and leader of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) yesterday said the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) hasÂ nothing to offer Nigerians.
Musa who spoke during the Â Â National Executive Committee (NEC) of the PRP in Kaduna, said the APC Â rode to power on falsehood and empty promises.
According to him, since the party came to power about three years ago, it has nothing to offer Nigerians more than subjecting them to untold hardship.
Musa said since 2015 when the APC came to power, the economy has remained comatose, unemployment has assumed critical proportion, while Nigerians are no longer safe even in their homes as a result of insecurity, occasioned by kidnappings, armed robbery and other violent crimes.
â€œAs you are all aware, our nation today remains in a very sorry state despite all the lofty promises and flowery speeches made by the ruling government of the All Progressive Congress (APC) at the inception of the administration in 2015.
â€œThe economy remains comatose, and in some sectors, particularly in industry and commerce, it is even getting worse.
â€œMonetary and fiscal management has continued to lack coherence and consistency, or even predictability and strategic planning.â€
According to him, â€œunemployment, particularly amongst the youth, who constitute the bulk of our population, has assumed critical proportions and is now, for all practical purposes, a national emergency.
â€œYet, this APC administration, which rode to power on the back of false promises to this generation of hapless young men and women, seems to have no answers to this ticking Â time bomb beyond slogans such as N-Power.â€
Speaking further, Musa lamented that Â instead of creating jobs, the administration is busy cutting existing ones in the name of â€˜rightsizingâ€™ or â€˜downsizingâ€™.
Â â€œThis government, both at the centre and in the states Â that it control, has proved that it has little or nothing else to provide Nigerians other than further mass impoverishment, frustration and hardships.
â€œIf we turn to the security front, the same sad picture confronts us. Perhaps, President Muhammadu Buhariâ€™s greatest appeal for many in 2015 was the belief that he was capable of dealing a dead blow to the insurgency, particularly as manifested by Boko Haram.
â€œIn these almost three years that the APC has been in power, the reality has been otherwise.
â€œYes, the Boko Haram camps in the Sambisa forest may have been wiped out, but the security menace that the group poses continues to manifest, with suicide bombs exploding almost on a weekly basis, particularly in the North-eastern parts of the country.
â€œBut apart from the Boko Haram insurgency, others have emerged in different parts of the country.
â€œRecently, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) unleashed mayhem in the South-east.
â€œSimilarly, the militants in the Niger Delta are yet to sheath their swords,â€ he said.
He said the â€œeven more ominous is the threat to public safety and the security of lives and property posed by the marauding gangs of cattle rustlers, killer herdsmen and armed kidnappers.
â€œWe ask, where is the security promised Nigerians by this APC administration?
â€œIn so far as the political environment is concerned, again the story is a sad one. Lacking any internal cohesion within itself, the APC administration has only spawned and promoted institutional political decay in the country.
â€œIn the name of an anti-corruption campaign, the government has been consstently assaulting due process ang the rule of law.
â€œCourt orders are flagrantly disobeyed by the very institutions that should enforce them.
â€œBasic democratic rights are being cynically abused. While talking glibly about fighting corruption, the government shamelessly looks askance where corruption is exposed within its own very ranks, closets and cocoonsâ€.
Musa maintained that the PRP is the last hope of Â the Â masses if voted into power in 2019 and appealed to themÂ to endure the challenges and vote out the APC in 2019.
He Â promisedÂ that if voted into power in 2019, Â the PRP wouldÂ build a strong political, social and economic platform for the country that will transform the economic and social well being of Nigerians.