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Buhari leaving legacy of divided Nigeria, bad economy

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A leader of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) in Abia State and ex-Senior Special Adviser to the State government on political matters, Amah Abraham, has berated President Muhammadu Buhari-led government over the state of affairs in Nigeria.

The PDP leader expressed anger, claiming the unity of the country was under serious threat in the present administration as governed by the All Progressives Congress(APC).

Abraham, served under former Governor Theodore Orji, now the Senator representing Abia central district in the red chamber of the National Assembly. Speaking with newsmen in Umuahia, Abia state on Friday afternoon, Abraham said the nation’s hard-earned democracy has been castigated and raped by President Buhari and his political hirelings.

His words, “previously the election of Muhammadu Buhari in 2015, we had significant improvement in the ease of doing business index. Corporate Nigeria was at its best. Banks all over Nigeria were opening up new branches. The Naira, Dollar rate was stable, inflation was on a single digit for over five year period.

The major problems were the menace of boko haram and corruption. Nigerians trusted your incorruptible dossiers and your military capacity to address the issue of insurgency. Truly you have done reasonably well to weaken the spate of insurgency but same can not be said of corruption in Nigeria. I believe you can still do better to address the issue of corruption from within.

“My major concern which prompted this to you is on the very THREAT on our DEMOCRACY right under your watch. The invasion of our National Assembly and the snatching of the mace by a senator now rewarded with the prestigious office of the Deputy Senate President, has remained a national embarrassment and a dent on our global perception.

“The way in which Nigeria’s former President of Justice, CJN, Judge Onnoghen, was eliminated and the last assault carried out by DSS officials in Sawore and our judiciary has questioned the survival of our incipient democracy.” Absolute impunity in the court order as it affects the former national security adviser, Colonel Dasuki (rtd); Shite Leader, El Zazacky and even Sowore, are a serious threat to our democracy.

“It is recorded that you fought to keep country one. Recent events are the biggest threat to the unity of Nigeria. Get up, oh President, and save Nigeria from these multiple abuses and aggressions. Unfortunately, your government’s efforts to promote Nigeria are uneven. You say we don’t need foreign rice, but we couldn’t sponsor vehicles manufactured in Nigeria Innoson the way you want us to sponsor local rice. We ban foreign rice and accept foreign vehicles.

“In closing our borders, the steps taken by the federal government are not holistic enough. How much does the Federal Government and all its agencies spend annually in Toyota? Why not spend that on Innoson vehicles in the same way that the Indian government has sponsored the TATA vehicle brand? All trucks used by the Indian armed forces are TATA.

Take a look at the policy of India, China and the UAE and even Malaysia: you will notice that it is based on an open market policy offer that is based on comparative production quality and comparatively cheaper products. Why create unfavorable conditions for citizenship?

“It has also been painfully observed that while only the Southern borders are securely closed, Northern borders have remained open, thus allowing all manners of persons and goods flood the country. Now so many locally -made goods mostly Aba, Nnewi and Onitsha -made shoes, garments and leather products no longer move through the borders, thus creating untold hardship for millions of Nigerians in that chain. These are some of the factors fueling the rising agitation for self rule by various ethnic groups. Even the unconverted are now beginning to review their opposition to the wind of autonomy.

“The population of the UAE is less than five per cent of the population of Nigeria, yet it operates a seven state structure called Emirates and each of them has a functional international airport and sea port. Why close up Nigeria with only the Lagos port in operation? This action has brought great pain on Lagos residents. Lagos is almost locked down by traffic congestion . What happens to Warri, Port Harcourt, Calabar and Oron sea ports?

“Your Excellency, you need a one-month retreat with your key officials where you can speak honestly with yourself. You still have enough time to address the inequality in the main political motivation.”

Nigerians have also observed with dismay that many members of the government’s executive arm have ignored calls from the government’s legislative arm. Democracy cannot work without the rule of law, controls and balances.

“It is not an insult to the president that the Senate invites a member of the executive branch to the truth to find business. We have seen cases in which the Iraqi Governing Council rejected the Senate and was released. What legacy do we leave behind in dealing to redefine democracy by working against well-known principles of democracy?