THE All Progressives Congress (APC), Enugu State chapter, has assured Catholic Priest and founder of Catholic Adoration Ministry, Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka, that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government will not disappoint Nigerians despite the hunger in the land.
Speaking through the APC state publicity secretary, Mrs. Kate Offor, on Sunday, the party described the fiery cleric as the crusader of the masses and liberation ideologue, commending him for speaking the truth to power, as evidenced by his unrelenting attack on those in power, and his memorable prediction of Buhari’s victory on January 1, 2015.
Offor’s statement read in part: “We wish to reassure Fr Mbaka that President Buhari will not in the fullness of time disappoint Nigerians or fail to fix our dilapidated social and physical infrastructure. Never! Buhari is devotedly committed to pulling Nigerians out of poverty, hunger and squalor.
“We agree 100 per cent with Fr Mbaka that, ‘it is not easy everywhere. Hunger is everywhere. Hunger is in the atmosphere. There is sword moving about in the country. People are dying like flies. The sword of hunger is eating the land.
“We also agree 100 per cent with him that the past PDP government was a grasshopper and locust to Nigeria. The past government was a disaster to the land of Nigeria.”
The past government was cancer to this country. There is no need to cover their incalculable and iniquitous mess.
“For us yesterday and for true reality is the architecture of today, and nobody can wash yesterday away. Therefore, Fr Mbaka is correct in stating that the past regimes sowed the whirlwind we are regrettably reaping today.
“For the avoidance of doubt, we the members of the APC Enugu State and by extension Nigeria, feel the pains and pangs of hunger, feel the gruesome hardship and abject poverty ravaging the land. We are not immune to hunger nor the gross unemployment dislocating our youths.
“To be candid, in our closed door meeting with Mr President, he disclosed that he is aware, concerned and worried over the sordid economic situation. This is why he is waging strident war against corruption.”
“His solution is to effectively and prudently implement 2016 and subsequent budgets, so as to fix the decayed infrastructure. On the issue of being slow, Mr President pointed out that the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Procurement Act and other extant laws make it impossible for any official to expend monies not appropriated by the National Assembly. Otherwise, he could have dipped his hand into the trillions budgeted and hit the ground running.
“It is pertinent to inform as well that Mr President is embarking on economic diplomacy, travelling the length and breadth of the globe, utilising his huge goodwill to attract foreign investors to fulfill the solemn pledge he made to the good people of Nigeria.
“It is common knowledge that destruction is very easy and reconstruction very difficult. This is the ordeal that Mr President is facing in fixing Nigeria.
“Accordingly, we wish to once more reassure Fr Mbaka, and indeed, all Nigerians that in the fullness of time; nobody will regret ever voting for President Muhammadu Buhari. All he needs is prayers, patience and support.”