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Monday, 13 March 2017

Fulfil campaign promises, Fasehun tells Buhari

Fredrick Fasehun

He has done well, says Momoh
The Founder and President, Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), Dr. Fredrick Fasehun has urged President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to fulfil their campaign promises.

He said Nigerians are currently undergoing hard times due to the economic recession and other challenges facing the nation.

However, one of the founding members of the party, Prince Tony Momoh said the Buhari administration has achieved a lot and has also delivered on some of its campaign promises.

Speaking during a press conference in Lagos yesterday, Fasehun said it is imperative of the Buhari/Osinbajo administration to urgently fulfil their pledge to ban government officials from seeking medical treatment abroad, improve the value of the naira and make a dollar equal to one naira, rescue the Chibok girls, end Boko Haram insurgency and improve power supply.

He also charged the government to fulfil its pledge of paying 23 million Nigerians N5,000 monthly, reducing fuel price to N45 per litre and reviving all the refineries in the first year in office, while building more to improve domestic consumption.

The OPC leader also asked President Buhari to continue along the path of creative engagement and political inclusiveness that the Vice President has laid while he was away.

Momoh explained that it is true that there are still many areas to address “but the government has done a lot in the areas of agriculture, security and infrastructure.

“For instance, Boko Haram insurgency has reduced drastically compared to when the party took over in 2015. The government has also done a lot in the area of infrastructure when we look at its giant stride in the Enugu-Onitsha, Enugu-Port Harcourt roads and the second Niger Bridge among others.”

Momoh added that the boldness with which the Buhari’s government confronted corruption to some extent has brought some level of sanity in the country.

According to him, “It would be unfair to say that the ruling party is yet to deliver on its campaign promises.”

But Fasehun also emphasised the need to beef up the security around Osinbajo, saying: “The vice president’s security remains paramount and should be guaranteed. His security handlers should be more alert and alive to their responsibility.”

The OPC leader hinged his call on the security lapses that occurred during vice president’s visit to Benin, Edo State, when a young boy beat the cordon around him to steal a handshake with him.

According to him, “Viewed critically, the incident highlights a security breach that a suicide bomber could easily exploit. His handlers must take his personal security more seriously. Nothing must happen to Osinbajo and God forbid that he should be the object of any attack.”

He however commend the Senate for directing the Nigerian Customs Service to suspend a plan to compel motorists to retroactively pay duties and tariffs for vehicles bought from importers.

He said the customs’ order would subject vehicle owners to double jeopardy for vehicles they bought at already exorbitant costs and for which they have procured necessary particulars. Before the Senate’s intervention, customs officers had turned themselves to terrors on the highway, seizing vehicles at will.”

The national chairman of the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) also warned political actors to desist from making unguarded statements concerning Nigeria “They must do nothing to plunge the country into fresh political crisis.”

According to him, “Solutions to the crisis engulfing the parties and the nation lie in the National Conference. Although the negative attitude of key figures in the ruling party to the 2014 National Conference is well documented, it is clear from the calibre and composition of Nigerians at the Conference and its resulting resolutions that the conference provided a veritable forum for Nigerians to sit together and agree on the architecture of their joint future. The Conference was a major achievement of the Nigerian people under the regime of President Goodluck Jonathan.

“Adopting the resolutions of that confab will stop the country’s drift from crisis to crisis and we urge the Federal Government to take urgent steps to facilitate their implementation.”

Vía The Guardian Nigeria

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