The Atiku Progressive Association (APA) has prescribed former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar of the opposition Peoples Democraroc Party (PDP) as the solution to the alleged failure and misgovernance of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
According to secretary general of the APA, Balarabe Oshiafi, poverty, insecurity and disillusionment have taken over the country as the huge goodwill and expectations expended by majority of the citizenry in 2015 on Buhari have been squandered.
Stating emphatically that “Buhari has failed Nigerians”, Oshiafi pointed out that Atiku’s Unique Selling Proposition (USP) is to empower the citizens and revamp the economy.
He recalled Atiku’s promise is to “encourage and foster business creation with National Entrepreneurship Development and job creation programme”.
Lamenting the state of the polity in the current dispensation, the APA scribe said that “in Nigeria today, patriotic fervour in the citizenry has taken flight, hatred, mutual suspicion, hunger, unemployment, veiled corruption, religious bigotry, disenchantment, disillusionment, tribalism, nepotism, assymetric warfare, killings, kidnappings and general insecurity pervade the land”.
He added that, “Truth be told, this is the reality we are constrained by irresponsible leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari to live with today. It’s not that some of these vices were not present before Buhari came back in 2015. But they have reached unprecedented heights under his watch.
“Of all the indices of failure of this government, the one that should really have pricked his conscience and make him to apologise and resign is that of insecurity. The number one duty of government is the security and welfare of the Citizenry.
“The rest entail management of resources for socio economic development. Where are the remaining Chibok Girls? Many more of our compatriots are still in the kidnapper’s den.
“Under Buhari’s watch, a General, General Alkali was kidnapped and killed in a scandalous manner. Many of our soldiers who go to war front in the North East do not return home to their loved ones. The rate of insecurity in Nigeria today is becoming unbecoming.”
He added that majority of Nigerians “have kept faith with the conviction that today’s President of Nigeria will bring about the desired change as against the reigning change that we very much need to change today”.
Stating that, “And so we soldiered on. Even when he said he won’t contest again after losing to Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and Dr Goodluck Jonathan, we encouraged him. We would not budge. We believed that he is truly the Mai Gaskiya (Truthful Person) who would fight corruption across board and engineer development.
“Sadly, under his watch today, major sectors of the economy are wobbling to say the least. All that he claims to be doing is fighting corruption. Is recovering so called looted funds tantamount to fighting corruption? What has happened to the recovered looted fund?”