Former All Progressives Congress (APC), governorship aspirant in Benue state, Mr Nath Apir, has said that Nigeria is in shamble and the citizens are now regretting voting for President Muhammadu Buhari.
The party chieftain and social critics stated this after the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), said Nigeria’s economy has gone into recession.
The critic took his own party’s leader to the cleaners on Thursday in Makurdi, branding him a failure so far, adding that the APC-led Federal Government must do the needful to sustain the level of economic growth recorded by ex-President Goodluck Jonathan-led administration.
He regretted the fact that Nigeria’s economy which performed above average in the last administration, has gone into recession under the leadership of Buhari.
“This government came in and because every government comes in to fix the problems of the previous government, it took President Buhari six months to appoint ministers in a country where, whether rightly or wrongly was rated by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), as Africa’s largest and number one economy in Africa. We did not get that rating through bribe.
“On coming to government it behoved this administration to inflate the tyres that were low on air pressure, grease those bearings that needed to be oiled so that we don’t grind to a halt just like we have now.
“Our country is in shambles, the people can hardly feed and Naira has crashed to over N400 to the Dollar. They talk of recovering money from looters and we have not seen where the monies have gone to. Where exactly are the three or five key pillars of the economic policies of the APC government?
“Agree that there are issues of militancy in the South-South, other governments also faced same challenge. Buhari came in with a military mentality to crush them. Look, civilized people negotiate; they don’t do that because they are weak. They do that because they know that you cannot go forward in a situation of crisis and chaos.
“He has just aggravated our economic situation in the country. Six months no minister and the Nigeria was drifting and has not recovered till today. He has brought us to this level. Nigerians are regretting voting Buhari, that is the truth,” he said.
Apir, recalled that the present anti-corruption drive of Mr President was the same policy he employed in 1983, as a military head of state, which also left the country in economic mess.
He said, “All his policies had been anti-corruption, by the time he came in as military ruler in 1983 we resorted to the purchasing of essential commodities. We are back to that vicious circle. We are back to anti-corruption war without real economic policies.
“The economy is in shambles and he has no solution. The experience of the Finance Minister is low. Who is running this economy? You cannot assemble a group of yes sir people and expect good results. No one to challenge you. An educated man said, ‘we are all ignorant of everything except in that which we know’, that is why you need great minds around you as a leader. So, our country is in recession, though I’m not surprise because we had same in 1983 to 1985.”
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