By Ajogwu Jerry
Members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the House of Representatives on Tuesday lamented that Nigerians are passing through “worsening sufferings” under the All Progressives Congress, APC-led federal government.
A statement signed on behalf of the PDP Reps caucus by the Minority Leader, Mr. Leo Ogor in Abuja, pointed out that more Nigerians were hungry due to lack of food while many others were either unemployed or under-employed.
It noted that the APC government won election in 2015, using propaganda as a weapon of “deception” when in reality the government knew that it lacked the capacity to deliver on its campaign promises.
The caucus observed that after three years of running Nigeria by propaganda, the government had realised that time was against it, adding that this was why the government was opposed to any criticism of its policies that had failed to meet the expectations of Nigerians.
The lawmakers cited last week’s incident in Lagos, where the city was shut down because of President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to inaugurate some projects. They said the same Buhari, years back, stalled the $100m Lagos modern metro line project.
According to the statement, “Over and over, it has been proven that the current APC government in Nigeria beats all preceding administrations, including the colonial ones, in the sinister art of deceitful lies and propaganda.
“With fiendish mercilessness, the APC’s 2015 campaign milked the unfortunate abduction of the Chibok girls for every available ounce of propaganda and disinformation against the preceding administration.
“Its campaign rhetoric and official hoopla from the lying minister had included rescuing of the Chibok girls and achieving total defeat of the Boko Haram insurgents.
“Today, the APC government nurses palpable fear over any scrutiny of its errors in Dapchi or its unusual generosity towards Boko Haram, which it promised to defeat but now almost sees as a partner with which to share deep and befuddling confidence.”
The lawmakers advised the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government to heed the advice of American billionaire, Mr. Bill Gates, who during a recent visit to Nigeria, faulted the government’s economic recovery and growth plan.
It said rather than applaud Gates for giving a very honest piece of advice, the government reacted by dismissing the billionaire.
The caucus added, “Although, the APC government is known not to be a listening one, last Thursday, the Co-Chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Mr. Bill Gates, emphatically stated that the Federal Government’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan was not reflective of the people’s needs.
“It is an open secret that under the APC, Nigerians have fared worse on the misery index; those who were rich before are no longer investing, the poor are becoming poorer while almost 30 million Nigerians are either unemployed or under-employed.
“According to Bill Gates, the APC government’s concentration on physical infrastructure to the detriment of human capital development exposes the undesirable inadequacies in the health and education sectors.”