Abuja - As 2013 draws to an end, the opposition All Progressive Congress described the year as the “worst” for citizens.
Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, felt for the citizenry, which the government he said had pauperized and dehumanized amid an unprecedented fall in the standard of living.
“They say President Goodluck Jonathan's achievement in 2013 is unprecedented, yet Nigerians celebrated the Christmas and New Year holidays in unprecedented pitch darkness and an unprecedented number of our youths are unemployed. They say they are winning the war against corruption, yet key government officials, including the so-called Coordinating Minister of the Economy, do not even know how much Nigeria earns from crude oil and gas sales, and what happened to US$ 12 billion earned from domestic crude lifting. They are so eager to cling to any straw of 'achievement' that they are celebrating the revival of the locomotive engine in the 21st century,” said Mohammed.
Such is the alleged insensitivity and “total lack of compassion” for human beings that the Jonathan administration would reportedly spend the nation's scarce resources on importing animals for the villa zoo and on purchasing presidential jets that they do not need, argued Mohammed.
“Because this government has become numb to reason; because this government has deteriorated from cluelessness to hopelessness and because this government has totally lost any sense of direction, we say it is time for Nigerians to gird their loins and join hands with all those who are seeking genuine change. To adapt Mahatma Gandhi's timeless quote, Nigerians must be the change they wish to see in their country, and the year 2014 must be our Year of Change!'' Mohammed said.
– CAJ News