Apparently worried with the deteriorating condition of the nation’s economy, the Caretaker Committee Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to, as a matter of necessity assemble a team of economic experts, irrespective of party affiliation to proffer solution to the present economic situation in the county to prevent total collapse.
Senator Makarfi who threw his weight behind the recent comments credited to the Catholic Archbishop, Cardinal Olubunmi Okojie in a letter to the President on the hardship Nigerians are facing under the current economic reality said that “this is the time Nigerians should come together, irrespective of party affiliation to pull our country from the present economic woes”.
The PDP boss spoke in Kaduna yesterday, in an interview “we are all Nigerians. We must know that things are tough today. I read a letter written by Cardinal Olubunmi Okojie to the President in the newspapers expressing the same concern”.
“Before that, there were some elements of appeal in his letter especially where he called for all hands to be on deck to salvage the nation. This is not an issue for one political party alone. Long before that letter, and as a matter of fact, long before the President was sworn into office and to be candid, my personal belief was that the country was in a serious problem and that we were heading to a more serious problem”.
“But, all hands needed to be on deck. There is a time to play politics, and there is a time whether you belong to the party in government or not we should not play politics with certain issues. The situation in the country today really requires that all hands must be on deck to salvage our country from the present economic condition. As Cardinal Okojie said in his letter, if the economy is bad, it is the political class that is to be blamed”.
Senator Makarfi stressed that, “even, indeed before the political class, the military class should share part of the blame because they have done a lot of damage to the system”, stressing that “let us own up to the
wrong we have done and let us collectively repent and come together for the sake of the ordinary man and woman, and even those that are not ordinary and save our nation from economic doom”.
“This is because security it is important to all of us. Let us sincerely see how we can salvage our country and put it on the right path. Of course that doesn’t mean we should become a one party state and it doesn’t mean politically we should agree on political matters.