Former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to stop seeking for scapegoats over the performance of his administration.
President Muhammadu Buhari in an interview aired by the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Monday night accused the leadership of the 8th National Assembly under Senator Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara of sabotaging his administration.
The president claimed the federal lawmakers deliberately frustrated his administration’s noble intentions by delaying budget passage.
But Frank said President Buhari has no one to blame but himself. He called on Buhari to stop his blame games and “face reality for once and apologise to Nigerians for leading a calamitous regime of pain and penury.
“Blame your lethargy, flip-flops and incompetence for your failure, not Saraki and Dogara,” Frank said.
He added: “It is you the people elected as President to exercise executive powers and not Saraki and Dogara whose duties are to supervise the passage of legislation.
“Any leader who completely abdicates responsibility for his action or inaction cannot by any stretch of imagination be said to be a good leader. If at the twilight of a four-year tenure Mr President is shopping for new scapegoats, at King Henry what point would he realize that it was under his government that Nigeria became the poverty capital of the world?
“How many jobs has this administration created for our teeming unemployed youths. It is unfortunate that Nigerians got a man whose archaic policies and personal ineptitude led a once thriving economy into a tailspin and perpetual downward slide.
“It is further regrettable that Buhari who claims to be a man of integrity has failed all integrity indicators in leadership and personal character of being true to self.
“Only last week, the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) alerted Nigerians that it Under will soon resume its suspended strike following the refusal of the Buhari to honour the agreement it reached with the union early this year.”
Frank said it is on record that under President Buhari all budgets were presented in late December and for the last four years budget performance has remained a woeful 25 to 30 per cent while the appropriated amounts are brazenly stolen without consequence.
“Only recently, Buhari’s wife, Aisha, cried out that the N500billion Social Intervention Programme was never implemented, even as there are no mosquito nets to show for a scandalous sum of N16billion set aside for that purpose. Is the SIP being implemented by Saraki and Dogara or the aides of the President?”
He noted that rather than the 8th National Assembly being the problem, Buhari has been the rear cog on the wheels of the nation’s progress and development.
He called on Buhari to immediately apologize to Nigerians for leading them with subterfuge and outright misinformation.
“It is on record that Buhari refuses to sign several bills passed by the 8th National Assembly like the Electoral Act, Proceeds of Crime Bill, Petroleum Industry Governance Bill, etc, that would have impacted positivity on the nation’s electoral system, the fight against corruption and the petroleum sector respectively,” Frank declared.
“Why engage in the blame game when you cannot discern quality minds nor fathom a brilliant and workable idea even if it were to come from perceived political opponents?
“It is clear that the achievements of Buhari in the last four years remain gargantuan propaganda, poverty, suicides and comatose economy for which he has not stopped to blame the 16-year rule of the opposition party.
“I also believe that Buhari has nothing in stock for Nigerians in the next four years, the reason he has shifted his pastime of the blame for the failure to Saraki and Dogara.
“If anything, the unbridled corruption in Buhari’s administration and the thieving aides around him should be held responsible for his unabashed failures.
“Is it not laughable that “Baba Go Slow” has got people to blame for the snail speed of his government?
“A President whose district head was kidnapped and whose Emirate Council since has suspended the celebration of the this year’s Eid-el-Fitri as a result of insecurity is blaming Saraki and Dogara for his cluelessness.
“Buhari as a retired General is blaming the police and community leaders for widespread banditry, kidnappings and general insecurity in the country.”