The Central Think-Tank (CTT) of the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has rejected the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) apology, describing it as half-hearted, deceitful and misplaced.
The director of MURIC, Prof Ishaq Akintola in a statement issued yesterday, said the CTT at its monthly meeting critically X-rayed the apology and unanimously rejected the idea of apology.
According to MURIC, it is half-hearted because it is not comprehensive.
It would be recalled that Secondus apologised to Nigerians for “impunity, the imposition of candidates and other mistakes made in the past.
“Just like that? Nothing was mentioned about the humongous amounts of money stolen by the PDP and whether or not the stolen funds will be returned.
“Nothing was said about widespread corruption during PDP’s reign. There was no mention of infrastructural negligence. Does Secondus expect Nigerians to swallow that dry apology hook, line and sinker? No, the tides have turned. Nigerians are now wiser.
“Who is the PDP trying to deceive? For the avoidance of doubt, Nigerians did not sack PDP because its governors could not agree among themselves. Nigerians sent PDP packing because of its kleptomania and its flair for sharing money meant for building roads, electricity, education, etc, among its leaders.
“Before PDP can think of coming back, the party must tell us that it has agreed that stealing is corruption. Not only that, it must offer unreserved apology to the Nigerian hoi polloi for making that sweeping and misleading statement. Until they change that erroneous ideology, we will not touch PDP with a long pole,” MURIC said.
It said that the PDP’s apology was deceitful because even its megaphones did not believe that any apology should be offered, adding that “they are still arrogant and unrepentant.
“Femi Fani-Kayode, a PDP chieftain and firebrand megaphone lambasted Uche Secondus for apologizing. Femi Fani-Kayode’s body language, coupled with Fayose’s hateful comportment and utterances since PDP fell from grace to grass are indubitable evidence of lack of remorse and unmitigated impunity. He who must come to equity must come with clean hands. PDP must be kept at bay.
“How can PDP’s megaphones still have the temerity to bark at Nigerians after the party’s colossal vandalisation of our common patrimony? Nigeria remained underdeveloped for the 16 years of PDP’s misrule. Electricity was epileptic.
“The education sector was comatose. PDP over-pampered lawmakers and allowed them to allocate scandalous amounts to themselves. It is now difficult to tame them.
“PDP is responsible for our plight today. The average Nigerian still lives on less than $2 per day. Per capita income is less than $300. Nigerian roads are the best for suicide drivers. Our hospitals are only suitable for getting rid of business rivals, unwanted relations and confirmed enemies,” it said.
The group added that young and talented Nigerians sought greener pasture abroad and the unfortunate ones end up as slaves and prostitutes in foreign lands.