The Deputy Senate Leader, Senator Bala Ibn Na’allah, has said the All Progressives Congress, APC-led federal government underestimated the level of damage that was done to the country when it promised ‘change’ to Nigerians during the campaigns.
The senator representing Kebbi South, who made the disclosure in an interview in Kaduna, expressed worries over the level of hardships currently being faced by Nigerians.
“I am a Nigerian first before becoming a senator and therefore, if it worries Nigerians, I should equally be worried. But, the thing is that I don’t have the authority to speak on behalf of my party. It is equally true that I don’t have the authority to speak on behalf of the Senate”, he said in response to the question that things are not going too well in respect of the economy and the way out of the present economic quagmire. “But, as a citizen and as a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, from the perspective I have seen things, it is obvious that the APC led federal government underestimated the damage that was done to the country when they offered themselves to provide the change Nigerians required”.
According to the senator, due to the level of damage inherited by the APC-led federal government, it is expected that lots of things would not work as easily envisaged and Nigerians would not see certain things in the perspective from which they were.
He, however, absolved the APC of blame, saying Nigerians created the problems they are currently passing through “for failing to act when there was the need to act. Therefore, the cleaning process must definitely be painful”.
“It may not be understood by all, but the important thing is that based on the promise of the party to reposition the country and save it from its past, certain decisions that are painful must be taken. That explains why, of course, there will be hues and cries all over the place. It is expected, I do not see any reason why anybody should expect less than that”, he added.
Mr. Na’allah noted that the APC government was making efforts to do whatever is humanly possible to reduce the suffering of Nigerians “but again, government has to act within the constitution, law and machinery of governance and the established norms of doing things in government”.