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‘Buhari, APC Have Failed To Deliver Campaign Promises To Nigerians’ – Governor Fayemi

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Ekiti State governor, Kayode Fayemi, has said that his party, All Progressives Congress and President Muhammadu Buhari, have failed to deliver all the campaign promises to Nigerians.

Fayemi said though some of the issues in the country predated Buhari’s government, elected officials should take responsibility for not delivering on campaign promises to Nigerians.

 

“I’m not going to shy away from the expectations people had before we came to office. I was a leading player in the campaign that brought my principal ( Buhari) to power,” Fayemi told Channels TV.

“We promised Nigerians quite a number of things, particularly centering on security, anti-corruption, and on economic growth. Have we been able to attain all of what we promised? Obviously not.”

Buhari promised to tackle insecurity, fight corruption and pursue economic development. However, the Nigerian economy has slipped into recession twice on his watch in the last six years, while banditry and school kidnapping have become commonplace.

Despite the humongous budgets given to the military, the insurgency has festered, leading to abductions of schoolgirls in Dapchi, Yobe State, in 2018, among other abductions of women and children, which continue to draw national and global outrage.

APC commentators have for the most times remained quiet in the face of the growing insecurity which is presently manifesting in more deadly dimensions such as banditry, kidnapping and killings by herders.

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Expectations Vs Reality: If You Must Give Lagos The Credit Then You Can As Well Give Tinubu The Credit

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Since we have established the fact that the 2023 General elections are the major subjects we have at hand then we can as well discuss the expectations and reality as we march towards 2023.

Whatever that is threatening us as a Nation, be it food security, housing, insecurity, banditry, insurgency, name it the solution lies only in a near-perfect government in place.

For me, the only way we can be able to benefit from the desired changes we seek still remains in the kind of leadership we put in charge of our resources.

One major election that is of interest to everybody irrespective of location, religion and nationality is the 2023 presidential election.

Would Nigeria get it right this time around? What have we learnt and how can we make amends?

The 2023 presidential election is not expected to generate much furore like the way it does today because apparently, politicians that seek electoral offices ought to have a record of performance as a template to be evaluated.

Again the performance is not really concentrated on the party alone but majorly on the individual, governance is 80 % on the integrity and reputation of the leader you vote in.

Political parties especially the major ones we have today(the APC and PDP) are practically one and the same.

As a matter of fact, 70 % of APC governors, senators, reps members and ministers we have today were once in PDP.

Nigerians fail to always distinguish between expectations and reality. What we expect might be what gladdens our heart but the reality might very well be the opposite. And fortunately or unfortunately reality is what counts.

I have been a very strong advocate of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and daily I give my reasons for my support.

Least I forget the youths are totally out of the equation as we approach the 2023 PRESIDENTIAL elections, now the time frame has knocked them out of contention, so in reality, I won’t waste my precious time discussing what is fruitless.

Although I am happy that lots of youths are participating in other elections that involve other political offices.

So who does the cap fit? Good question, first and foremost the reality proves that the likely contestants for the 2023 presidency are either past governors or serving governors, only Atiku and Osinbajo seems not to have fallen in this category of never serving as a Governor.

Anytime I make a post I see confused fellows that don’t even have a presidential choice yet shouting, Tinubu can not be president he has Lagos in his pockets. They keep shouting that Tinubu has enslaved Lagos bla bla bla.

Yesterday I listened to a confused friend who argued all day how Tinubu has Lagos under his firm grip.

When he finished his sermon I asked him why are you vilifying Tinubu when it comes to Lagos economy and yet refuse to give him the credit that Lagos is among the fastest-growing city in the world with one of the best economies in Africa.

I keep saying the heart of some people are desperately wicked, you hate someone over a State you give credit to as the only State in Nigeria where everything works.

You claim Tinubu is killing Lagos yet you don’t give credit to Tinubu for the GREATNESS of LAGOS,  just see how pessimistic and dangerously wicked you are. Who does that?

Hypocrites, if Tinubu is that bad why is Lagos better than the rest?

They will tell you don’t compare Lagos with Edo State bla bla bla, Lagos has a seaport, Lagos has this Lagos has that, and I ask what stops your government from not having theirs? Lagos is not the highest earners of federal allocation.

Now let us retrace our steps and ask ourselves what led to the struggle that Lagos is today an INSTITUTION that works? For over three years, Obasanjo denied Lagos its Federal allocation over the creation of LCDAs by Tinubu.

You see when I point out such fact,” BODY GO JUST DEY PEPPER’ these detractors and THEY BEGIN TO throw tantrums at my personality, they won’t look at the message but rush to attack the messenger.

Can Edo, Delta State, Kwara or any other State survive six months without allocation? I am asking for my late father.

Tinubu challenged the “gods” then (PDP) and looked inwards, more like when they say I AM AN INDEPENDENT WOMAN.

I was listening to Destiny Child’s “Survivor” and I have decided to share some of the lyrics here.

“Now that you’re outta my life, I’m so much better…You thought that I’d be weak without ya, but I’m stronger..You thought that I’d be broke without ya, but I’m richer…You thought that I’d be sad without ya, I love harder…You thought I wouldn’t grow without ya, now I’m wiser!
You thought that I’d be helpless without ya but I’m smarter……

I’m a survivor (what), I’m not gon’ give up (what), I’m not gon’ stop (what), I’m gon’ work harder (what)”

Google the lyrics survivor by Destiny’s Child and you would be thrilled.

They said it all… PDP wanted to teach Lagos a lesson and wanted it to be weaker but they came out stronger, they wanted them to be poorer but they came out richer……

Tinubu was the one who laid the foundation for a strong and independent Lagos and you claim he is evil.

Name your former or serving governor that can survive without federal allocation and come out richer?

Tinubu is way ahead of the game, Tinubu would take Nigeria to a state of independence from the fraudulent colonist that perpetually keeps Nigeria under bondage, the heartless bandits and insurgents etc.

If you must give LAGOS the credit then you must give TINUBU THE CREDIT.

Tell us what your governor did with your State that you choose him ahead of Tinubu? Lagos is great, Lagos is the home of the hardworking, Lagos is bla bla bla and yet you say Tinubu is wicked and same time holding Lagos to bondage and yet the Lagos that you say is in bondage is among the fastest-growing cities in the world.

These detractors come from a State, they should tell us what progress their State made when their hero was a Governor?

They keep masturbating on Tinubu while he turns into a national movement and a rallying point for the progressives.

Name any likely aspirant that seeks the 2023 presidential election and tell me who amongst them has an enviable record of performance like Tinubu? Lagos is built on continuity hence the foundation is growing stronger.

Go to Lagos on a tour today and go back a year later you will be marvelled. Can that be said of so many other states?

Some after 6 months the road you passed to visit the city may not be available again, then the government would blame the past governor for the decay even when the governor has spent above 6 years in office.

When there was no allocation to Lagos for years did you hear Tinubu shouting that there was no money to pay salaries and pensions?

But today some governors will pay salaries and take to social media in celebration. Look at the kind of projects that local government executives in Lagos execute and compare them to some State projects?

Make dem clear road for Jagaban jor, in terms of sense for head Jagaban no get mate. Haters will never want to face reality.

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See The Condition PDP Governors Gave To Avert War In Nigeria

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Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Friday, said Nigeria may become a failed state under the All Progressives Congress (APC) government.

The governors reaffirmed that urgent devolution of powers and restructuring had become imperative, warning that “Nigeria cannot afford another civil war”.

After a meeting in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, their communiqué said the country was drifting due to insecurity and deteriorating relationship between various groups.

The governors observed that differences were being stretched to the limit “by a government that clearly lacks the capacity to govern”.

The meeting agreed that this has given rise to ethnic and tribal tensions, religious divisions, and various forms of social and political cleavages. The governors insisted that Nigeria is in dire need of leadership, “to avert the looming disaster”.

The PDP chieftains protested that their “hands are tied behind” because the entire “coercive authority in the country” is monopolized by the APC government.

They said time has come to take advantage of the ongoing Constitution Amendment process to decentralize Nigeria’s security architecture and adequately involve States and Local Governments.

The communique urged the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission to send a new Allocation Formula that allocates more resources to States and Local Governments to the President for National Assembly’s action.

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We Are Ready For Restructuring But Won’t Rotate Presidency  – North

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Leaders of northern Nigeria from 17 groups, including the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) and the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), declared on Friday that the North was ready for restructuring of Nigeria but it would not succumb to any blackmail to rotate the presidency with the South.

The groups, under the aegis of the Northern Peoples Summit, took that decision in Kaduna, Kaduna State, after what they described as two days of deliberations. They issued a 12-point communique literally emphasising the political advantage which the North currently enjoys over the South. “The North will not be stampeded or blackmailed into taking major decisions around rotating the presidency,” they said.

The communique reads in part: “The Northern Peoples Summit convened on the 7th and 8th April, 2021 at Arewa House, Kaduna, to discuss the issues bedeviling the North and the Nigerian State. These include security, restructuring, economic, politics and the survival of the Nigerian State.

 

“After two days’ intensive discussions, the summit resolved as follows:

“To sustain the summit as a productive forum for utilising pan-Northern assets in the search for resolution of Northern problems;

“To encourage Northern elites and political leadership to improve their levels of sensitivity to inclusiveness and management of the North’s pluralism. The North will be stronger if it addresses its internal weaknesses, particularly around ethnoreligious matters, as it relates to its challenges with the rest of Nigeria. Perception and practise of creating minorities and majorities among Northerners should have no place in the North, nor is discrimination on the basis of place, faith or ethnic group of any Northerner;

“The North believes that restructuring the country is now a vital necessity for survival as one united entity.

“The North will not be stampeded or blackmailed into taking major decisions around rotating the presidency.

“The North draws attention of the country to the inherent fragility of the Nigerian state. For Nigeria to survive, all parts of the country must equally commit to supporting its continuation as one entity, without equivocation or subterfuge. The North extends an invitation to groups that are genuinely interested in discussing the future of the country. The North believes that every interest can be accommodated in one united, just and equitable nation, but the North cannot be the sole custodian of this endeavour.

“The North warns against the continuation of demonisation, attacks and killings of Northerners in the Southern parts of the country. It demands that federal and state governments must take firmer steps to protect members of Northern communities who live in the South. This includes the arrest and prosecution of persons who are involved in these dangerous activities.

“The North urges Northern communities to continue to exercise restraint and be good hosts.

“The North invites the attention of President Muhammadu Buhari, Northern governors and legislators to the fact that under their watch, the North has sunk lower in all indices of human existence. Delegates at the summit commit to continuously engage in searching for solutions, as well as raising their voices against poor governance, corruption and absence of commitment to deal with insecurity, poverty and hopelessness among Northerners.

“Government should show effective presence in all ungoverned spaces in the North. “The North resolves that there should be government backed negotiations and dialogue with the bandits, Boko Haram and affected communities for effective peace in the North.

“The North appreciates the response of H.E. Governor of Plateau State and Chairman, Northern Governors Forum (NGF) Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong, to its invitation to attend the summit and be a resource person who enriched our discussions.

“The Northern Peoples Summit will reconvene in the near future. Signatories to the communique are Air Marshal Al-amin Daggash, Northern Elders Forum (NEF); Ambassador Ibrahim Mai-Sule, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF); Dr Usman Bugaje, Arewa Research Development Project (ARDP); Engr. Bello Suleiman, Code Group (CG); Dr Sadiq Umar Abubakar Gombe; The Northern Movement (TNM); Dr Innocent Ahure, Northern Development Resource Centre (NDRC); Alhaji Bashir Othman Tofa, Kano Concern Citizens Initiative (KCCI); Hajiya Bilkisu Oniyangi, Arewa Initiative for Good Governance (AIGG); Dr Rose Danladi Idi, Northern Initiative Forum for Development (NIFD); Nastrura Ashir Shariff, Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG); Yerima Shettima, Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF); Murtala Mohammed, Joint Action Comm. of Northern Youth Ass (JACNYA); Comrade D. S. Rimoni, Middle Belt People Assembly (MBPA); Alhaji Muhammed Tahir, Amalgamated Union of Food Stuff and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria, Alhaji Awual Tukur (Galadiman Delta), Northern Union Rep. South South; Alhaji Iliyasu Yushau (Sarkin Hausawa Onitsha), Northern Union Reps South East; Alhaji Aliyu Yaro, Northern Union Rep. South West and Professor D. D. D. Sheni, Chairman, Communique Drafting Committee.

The communique came a day after Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State issued a statement threatening reprisal attacks on Southerners in the North if what he called attacks on Northerners residing in the South did not stop. Matawalle’s statement reads in part: “As Northern leaders, our dignified silence in the face of constant provocation, attacks because of our desire for peace must not be taken as a sign of weakness as no community, no region has the monopoly of violence.

“If Northerners and their means of livelihood will not be protected, accommodated and be dignified anywhere they chose to stay in any part of the South, Southerners should not expect such reciprocal protection from the North as the North has more than what it takes to respond to any kind of aggression and hatred.

“We have seen the destruction, the killings and the devastation recently at Sasha Market against Northerners and their economic interests.

“Properties worth billions of Naira were lost in addition to human lives, yet some leaders in the South West are downplaying the atrocities committed or at best justifying it. Some of them have shamefully gone to the extent of apportioning blames on the victims and casualties of their aggression.

“Last Sunday’s killings of innocent Northerners in Imo is one too many and no matter how we love peace, leaders with conscience and fear of God must speak out against this continued barbarism and hatred. If that is allowed to continue, we will not take that any longer as no human life is better than another.

“No business interest is better than another. In fact, in crisis situation, the South has more to lose in terms of its business interests in the North and the strategic nature they established themselves in the North than Northerners living in the South.”

The ACF also issued a communique on Thursday in which it said it “received reports on the unfortunate killings of some northerners in the South East that seemed suspicious.” The forum said: “We call on security agencies to investigate these killings and fish out the culprits. We also warn our youths who have suddenly started distributing messages on the social media calling on reprisal attacks on Ibos and their business interests in the north. We the Arewa Consultative Forum stand against all lawless acts of self help and call on all northern youths to stop such evil plans.

“They do not enjoy our support. The Arewa Consultative Forum believes in dialogue and consultation as a way of bringing peace and normalcy back to our troubled region and nation. We however condemn the payment of ransom and call on the bandits and insurgents who are holding other citizens as hostages to desist from such ungodly acts.

“No religion that is practised in Northern Nigeria permits such sinful acts like holding other human beings as hostages for financial reward.”

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