Nigeria in comatose, more divided now than Civil War – Dalung
Former Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Solomon Selcap Dalung has said that he regretted bringing the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) to Plateau State.
He also apologised, saying the people of the state should hold him, Governor Simon Lalong and late General John Shagaya responsible for the mess as Nigeria is bleeding under President Muhammadu Buhari’s regime.
The former minister, who is the candidate for Langtang North/South Federal Constituency on the platform of Social Democratic Party (SDP), made the appeal yesterday while speaking to newsmen on the state of the nation and the 2023 general election.
He appealed to Nigerians to vote out the APC in the 2023 elections, saying it is a kick start to the beginning of a true reconciliation process considering the Muslim – Muslim ticket of the APC presidential candidate with his running mate.
“We are more divided now than during the Biafra Civil War. The APC is sinking us into a fresh civil war and even though during 1967 the acrimony ended between the 1970s, the people are more united. The monumental corruption in this country has continued to push the nation as the worst underdeveloped country since APC came on board,” Dalung said.
He stated that the introduction of the Muslim – Muslim ticket by the ruling APC, ahead of 2023 election which has attracted general condemnations from both local and international communities may not be over soon, as more people continue to see the action by the party as a time bomb waiting to explode.
According to him, APC has declared war on the stability of Nigeria, which is a very dangerous experiment, because, after 2023, Nigeria will not regain its stability.
“Every Nigerian is now responding to what APC has done with their Muslim – Muslim presidential ticket by which they have declared war on the stability of Nigeria as a Nation, and it is a very dangerous experiment that I hope the country doesn’t go through, because, after 2023 Nigeria will not regain its stability.
“The country is bleeding; our economy has collapsed, and the indices have been admitted by Mr. President, Muhammadu Buhari. Even during the civil war, there was no division like this. The hardship and suffering of the people of Nigeria is monumental and can be summarised as a nation in a state of comatose,” Dalung stressed.
He also frowned at the recent committee set up by the president to investigate those behind the oil theft in the country. “My problem with the committee set up by Mr. President is that most of the faces I saw there represent those who are supposed to account for official oil theft,” he said.
The ex-minister described them as armed robbers presiding over an armed robbery case. “I don’t think anybody would be convicted, which is more or less the Justice Salami incident that we have committed without a report in the public domain.”
On the lingering Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike, Dalung said it is wickedness on the part of the political elites, whose children and wards attend private schools and foreign universities.
“Every week, we see our leaders attend the graduation ceremony of their sons and daughters in London, but only come to Nigeria to negotiate with ASUU, which is at the peak of wickedness.
“When I was admitted into Government Secondary School Keffi, my parents only bought me a towel, every other thing was under the expenses of the government. So, if I lack the moral audacity today to say I will not negotiate with ASUU, God in heaven will only tolerate and leave me to see whether I will repent.
“Nobody can convince me why the government can’t negotiate with ASUU. The money we have in this country is enough to meet the demands of the university lecturers twice,” he stated.
Dalung further revealed that there is a great monumental wastage and corruption going on under the watch of President Buhari administration without any positive steps to arrest it.
“In just one transaction, the Accountant General of the Federation stole N109 million, of which we don’t know of other transactions. In his mind, he will just be laughing, saying we are going to negotiate.
“I must say without apology that Mr. President is not serious, I am calling on the federal government with a strong voice; he should constitute a more serious committee of Nigerians who are not in government, credible people – the clergy, traditional rulers, youths, women to negotiate with ASUU. I am very sure it will work.”
Dalung warned the federal government, saying if the officials of the government continue to negotiate with ASUU, not much will be achieved.
“It is just like when we went out for an outreach at Sabon-Rai some years back, as we were preaching, this particular man refused to listen to us, when we asked him why, he said this man that is just preaching to us has just finished drinking with us, why is he coming to preach to us and pass judgment upon us,” he said.