A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bauchi State, Alhaji Muhammad Sani Al’ameen has berated President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, for a continuous blame game over the worsening poverty level in the country.
President Buhari while reacting to the recent data released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) which indicated that about 133 million Nigerians are enmeshed in a multi-dimensional poverty mud, accused governors for the woes, arguing that governors are preoccupied with constructing airports and other capital intensive projects in their states instead of empowering citizens.
Al’ameen, a defeated candidate for the 2023 APC Bauchi Governorship ticket, said that Nigeria and Nigerians at the moment needed a strong political will that will address the problems bedevilling the country instead of trading blame on past administrations.
He said this on Monday in Bauchi in an interview with journalists in Bauchi.
Al’ameen said Nigeria’s major socio-economic and political problems, poverty, insecurity, high cost of living, and bad governance, accrued from the proceeds of bad governance and incompetent leadership over the years.
The APC Chieftain said leaders have failed to meet the yearning and aspirations of the electorates that voted them into power, stressing that the situation has left people groaning because of the economic hardship in the country.
“The inability of leaders to make judicious use of the resources at their disposal to improve the living standard of the common man has led to the rising level of poverty among Nigerians which is a consequence of the biting effect of insecurity on commercial and agricultural activities”
“The President is the chief security officer of the country while the governors are also Chief Security Officers of their respective states, they have failed in the area of providing adequate security which is the primary duty of any government without which no sensible activity can take place.
“Governments at all levels are unable to fulfil this promise with the people, thus allowing bandits, insurgents and kidnappers to turn the country into a killing field, maiming and abducting people in schools market squares and even on their farmlands all over the country.
“Under the current administration, the NNPC has failed to remit statutory allocations to states for several months, even the money budgeted for such federal ministries like agriculture, rural development and humanitarian affairs, is not being deployed in the direction of the people. On many occasions, the people at the helm of affairs of these ministries are accused of allegedly diverting money through dubious ways and corruption, but the executives are silent and have refused to investigate the allegations”
“It is high time when we emulate leaders of the world who when they see that they are failing, resign in the best interest of the country. Presently, the country is sinking and the leaders should summon the courage to do all they can to provide credible leadership that will rescue the country from deteriorating instead of trading blames on each other” he said