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Oppostion slams Jonathan declaration speech

17 November 2014, 09:00Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The All Progressives Congress (APC) has described the tenure of President Goodluck Jonathan and his administration as a “phantom failure.”

The party in a statement issued in Abuja by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the President failed to get the usual “bounce” from his second term declarations because Nigerians were not the least impressed by the so-called achievements, which had not positively impacted on the lives of the citizens.

“Mr President, Nigerians have asked themselves a simple question. Are we better off today than we were before President Jonathan assumed office, and they have unanimously answered in the negative, This is why your declaration failed to resonate, despite the hired crowds you ferried to Abuja,” APC said.

According to the opposition party, having weighed the President's claims in his declaration speech against the reality on the ground, the party had decided to present to Nigerians the “true” scorecard of President Jonathan in the critical spheres of life, including insecurity, education, job creation, corruption, power sector, and poverty eradication.

The party said the areas of insecurity and job creation, which are intertwined, represent the biggest failure of the Jonathan Administration, irrespective of its claims to the contrary.

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“Today, after the Jonathan administration has spent $32 billion on security and defence, Nigeria is not any safer, with thousands of deaths,
221 000 square kilometres of territory captured by Boko Haram, 650 000 Nigerians internally displaced and also a daily harvest of death from ethno-religious crisis, clashes between pastoralists and farmers, armed robberies and kidnapping. To make matters worse, our once proud and globally-acknowledged military has been brought to its knees by lack of necessary fighting equipment, even with $32 billion spent. One wonders where the huge funds went to,” APC argued.

The party added that the government claimed to have created 1.9 million jobs in all of five years, the truth is that this is a mere tokenism.

“Even if the jobs they said they have created are not phantom, which we know they are, the situation on the ground is grim: 1,8 million Nigerians enter the job market every year, 5.3 million youth are unemployed and overall 20 million Nigerians are in the job market, and these are very conservative figures. Therefore, creating 1.9 million jobs over several years cannot amount to any achievement,” the opposition party said.

It said while President promised Nigerians to eradicate corruption in all sectors of the economy, the facts on ground do not back the promise.

“Mr President, under your watch, Nigeria's rating by the global anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International has fallen. In 2009, Nigeria was rated 133 out of 180 countries, while in 2013, the country was rated 144 out of 177 countries. The list of corruption cases begging to be handled is long: The missing $20 billion oil money, the Malabu oil scandal, the fuel subsidy scandal, the police pension heist, kerosene subsidy, and the sudden drop in the total amount realized from the Victims Support Fund from N80b to N60b. Plus the Ministers like Abba Moro, who presided over the swindling and death of job seekers, and Diezani Alison Madueke, who has presided over the most opaque oil industry in history, have rather received presidential cuddling instead of sanctions.”

Comment could not be obtained from the Presidency.

– CAJ News

- CAJ News


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