The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Enugu State has assured that President Muhammadu Buhari will not disappoint Nigerians in the task of fixing the country.
The party gave the assurance in a statement signed and issued to journalists on Tuesday by its spokesperson, Kate Offor.
The Enugu APC was reacting to recent remarks about the president by a Catholic Priest and Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry, Enugu, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka.
Mr. Mbaka, who predicted Mr. Buhari’s victory in the March 2015 presidential election, had said life was no longer easy for Nigerians and the president should know that there is trouble.
But he followed up in a statement through his spokesman, Maximus Ugwuoke, expressing concern in some sections of the media that he “attacked” the president, saying it was far from the truth.
The Cleric insisted that he didn’t attack Buhari but told him the situation of things in the country and also suggested ways out.
“The news headline is not only sensational but also a censorious media colouration and hype of the message of the cleric titled ‘Bless and Be Blessed’ for whatever ends”, the statement said.
The Catholic priest said that it was true he lamented the level of hunger and suffering in the country, but that it was followed by another message where he explained that President Buhari was not to be blamed.
“The past Government was a disaster to the land of Nigeria; the past government was cancer to this country. There is no need trying to cover their incalculable and iniquitous mess. If you don’t feel it now, you will feel it later.
“The impact of their horrific mess is yet to be felt. It was a regime where hooliganism became a political slogan; where looting became the order of the day; where the neglect of youths became a pattern of administration. The result is what we are passing through now. Hunger is everywhere; the hunger was created before this new government came in. Buhari is not the maker of the hunger.
“The hunger was created during the Jonathan PDP administration but Buhari should abate the long procrastination, bureaucracy and slow methods in tackling it”, he was quoted in the statement as saying.
The Enugu APC said though it agreed with Mr. Mbaka, the president was committed to fixing the country.
“We wish to reassure Fr. Mbaka that President Buhari will not in the fullness of time disappoint Nigerians or fail to fix our dilapidated social and physical infrastructure. Never! Buhari is devotedly committed to pull Nigerians out of poverty, hunger and squalor”, it said.
The party however, agreed with Mr. Mbaka that the past Peoples Democratic Party administrations should be blamed for Nigeria’s woes and that if they had done what was expected of them, the nation would not have been in its current situation.
It said, “For us yesterday and for true reality is the architecture of today, and nobody can wash yesterday away.
“Therefore, Fr Mbaka is correct in stating that the past regimes sowed the whirlwind we are regrettably reaping today.
“If the $16 billion expended on power supply was prudently expended, if the 3 Greenfield Refineries awarded on 13 May, 2010 was not dead and fund decayed in the sand, if the $8.3 billion spent on the old gauge Lagos-Kano Railway were for standard gauge, if the Enugu-Onitsha, Enugu-Port Harcourt, 2nd Niger Bridge the and other federal roads monies budgeted were not eaten by locust, if the monies meant for Enugu Coal were nor embezzled and if the billions budgeted for our schools and hospitals did not grow wings; hunger couldn’t have been in the land, unemployment could have been drastically reduced and our prosperity could have been guaranteed”.
The party said for the avoidance of doubt, its members and by extension Nigeria, feel the pains, pangs of hunger, gruesome hardship and abject poverty ravaging the land.
It said its members were not immune to hunger nor the gross unemployment dislocating the country’s teeming youth.
The party said Mr. Buhari had repeatedly disclosed that he was not unaware or unconcerned about the sordid economic situation and that was the reason he was waging strident war against corruption.
“His solution is to effectively and prudently implement 2016 and subsequent budgets, so as to fix the decayed infrastructure”, it said.
“On the issue of being slow, Mr. President pointed out that the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Procurement Act and other extant laws make it impossible for any official to expend monies not appropriated by the National Assembly. Otherwise, he could have dipped his hand into the trillions budgeted and hit the ground running.
“It is pertinent to inform as well that Mr. President is embarking on economic diplomacy, travelling the length and breadth of the globe, utilizing his huge goodwill to attract foreign investors to fulfil the solemn pledge he made to the good people of Nigeria.
“It is common knowledge that destruction is very easy and reconstruction very difficult. This is the ordeal that Mr. President is facing in fixing Nigeria”.
The Enugu APC assured Mr. Mbaka and other Nigerians that in the fullness of time, nobody would ever regret voting for Mr. Buhari, adding “All he needs is prayers patience and support”.