Reactions have continued to trail the Democracy Day mid-term report by President Goodluck Jonathan which scored the administration high in all areas and accused most of his critics of judging his government unfairly.
National President of the Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, Alhaji Shettima Yerima, however believes Wednesday’s gathering was a cheap publicity stunt as the statistics reeled out by the various speakers on the state of the economy did not reflect the true situation of things.
“President Jonathan has insulted the sensibilities of Nigerians” he said, adding that “Nigerians have come of age that never again are we going to just sit and fold arms and have people talk about policies which do not have any impact on the people in the society.”
According to Yerima, Nigerians will no longer tolerate a situation where people will stand on the podium and “looking at the face of over 150 million Nigerians and talk about policies as regards their so called transformation agenda while the common man on the street cannot feel the impact of that transformation.”
In his own opinion, “They have failed, they have failed. Two years is a long time to address out of 7, 5, 2 point agenda or whatever they call it. But we have not seen a quarter of it. The economy is nothing to write home about. Unfortunately, the Minister of Finance reels out statistics of achievements but physically you cannot feel the impact of that performance. So, we are no longer fools and we cannot be fooled by any body.”
He described the event as “gathering of friends, colleagues and those who wait for appointments from the government and are willing to give standing ovation and clap.”