Jonathan handing over nation in deep crisis – APC

Jonathan handing over nation in deep
crisis – APC

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said
President Goodluck Jonathan is handing
over a nation in deep crisis, even as his
Administration continues to contrive more
crises without making any effort to solve
any of them.
In a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday
by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai
Mohammed, the party however appealed
to Nigerians not to lose hope, despite the
daunting challenges they are currently
facing in this atmosphere of contrived
chaos, saying help is on the way.
”In a few days’ time, President Jonathan will
hand over to President-elect Muhammadu
Buhari. Never in the history of our
country has any government handed over
to another a more distressed country: No
electricity, no fuel, workers are on strike,
billions are owed to state and federal
workers, 60 billion dollars are owed in
national debt and the economy is virtually
”Today, Nigerians are roaming the streets,
jerry cans in hand, searching for everything
from kerosene to fuel to diesel to
power their homes, keep their vehicles on
the road and keep their businesses going.
They are paying as much as 300 Naira per
litre for fuel, if at all they can get it. Yet their
government is not saying a word about the
situation,” it said.
Fuel crisis
APC said while the Jonathan Administration
has arrogantly told Nigerians that it remains
in office and in power till May 29th, all
it has been doing is sacking people and
making new appointments as if it had been
deprived of the opportunity to do so in the
past six years.
”They are not interested in how to end the
fuel scarcity that has paralyzed the socio-
economic lives of Nigerians, they are
not interested in how to raise electricity
production from its unprecedentedly-low
level of 1,327 megawatts, they are not
doing anything to end the strike by blue and
while collar oil workers, or to stop the
impending one.
”They say they are in office till May 29th,
but they do not care how workers in 18
states, who are owed a total of 300 billion
Naira in salaries under their watch, or
federal workers who are owed 400 billion
Naira, will be paid. Yet they are running a
budget of 1 trillion Naira deficit.
”They have deliberately stopped meeting
their obligations to oil marketers, which is
now around 200 billion Naira, hence no one
is lifting petroleum products anymore. If
the current energy crisis is not solved
soonest, the telecommunications sector
could even be grounded in a matter of days
as service providers will have
neither electricity nor fuel to power their
base stations. Of course the aviation sector
has already been left comatose by the fuel
crisis. The whole scenario reeks of
sabotage!,” the party said.
APC said before PDP and Jonathan
Administration’s spin doctors distort its
message, it is important to let Nigerians
know that the party (APC) is not engaging in
lamentations but simply keeping the
citizenry informed of the situation on the
ground, with just five days to handover
”If we thought the nation was being well
managed and there was no problem, we
would not have embarked on a campaign of
change. While we are ready, willing and able
to begin to address the mammoth
challenges facing us as a nation as soon as
we assume office at the centre in a few
days’ time, we will not hesitate for a second
to keep Nigerians informed of how we have
been brought to this sorry pass, with a
view to avoiding such a tragic turn in the
future,” the party said.
It expressed sadness that the nation has
been on auto pilot for the past several
weeks, as the outgoing administration has
shown neither the capacity nor the
willingness to resolve any of the crises it
has contrived and foisted on the nation.
”This is the most vivid manifestation of the
old saying that literally translates to a
departing office holder defecating on
the chair he is vacating,” APC said.


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