Abuja - The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari will not be deterred from its avowed determination to rescue Nigeria from clutches of bad government by distractions being orchestrated by certain elements in the polity.
The party in a statement issued Monday by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the party said the people, including fringe elements, who have frenetically engaged in fault finding with the Buhari administration, are those who either have skeletons in their cupboards or those who are acting at their behest, for a fee.
"These paranoid and skittish people daily run to the media to disparage the Buhari administration.
Grasping at their straws, they condemn and criticise everything from appointments to the war against corruption and the battle against insecurity, even though the party to which they belong had 16 years to make things right for Nigeria but chose to suck the country dry, enthrone insecurity and pauperise the citizenry.
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"Their design is simple: Make enough incoherent noise in the media with the hope that the Administration will be distracted. Unfortunately for them, they have failed in their evil machination, because this president can neither be deterred nor be distracted".
“While their dogs continue to bark, the caravan of the Buhari administration proceeds on its steadfast journey,’’ it said.
APC said while a virile opposition is indispensable in any democracy that is worth its salt, no opposition can succeed by dwelling on the mundane or engaging in bare-faced lies, adding that only good research, strict adherence to the truth and a focus on real issues rather than frivolities can make the opposition relevant.
It wondered how the APC-led federal government can be blamed for the blatant refusal of the last administration to adequately equip the military to confront the Boko Haram insurgency, when even an appointee of the administration told the whole world that he was the head of a military that lacked the relevant equipment and motivation to fight an insurgency.
"What achievement is there for anyone to appropriate from an administration that will go down in history as the most rapacious, incompetent and clueless in the history of our nation?,’’ it queried.
APC said in less than three months of its existence, the Buhari administration has started off on a strong footing in many areas, including the fight against insurgency, the battle against corruption and the reorganization of the oil sector.
"With its sure-footed efforts in all the listed areas already attracting national and international acclaim, does it not beggar belief that the same Buhari administration will be accused by the apologists of the failed regime of appropriating their dubious achievements?’’ the party said.