Expectations from PMB? That is a tall dream. Nigerians’ expectations, not mine, are that PMB should first form and put in place a serious government properly so called before we begin to talk of PMB giving Nigerians democracy dividends. This is the most clueless, most directionless, most irresponsible and most corrupt government in the history of Nigeria since the January 1, 1914, Lugard’s amalgamation of Southern and Northern protectorates to form Nigeria.
It is mostly a “one chance” cabalistic government of incredible opaqueness, unique privatization of corruption and a government that freely spreads poverty, disillusionment, melancholy, hopelessness, sadness, pains, blood, and pangs. For the first time in the sad history of Nigeria, Nigerians spent Christmas at petrol stations, queuing for fuel, while government officials are shamelessnessly diverting and selling available fuel to their cronies and highest bidders. This is a government that continuously “fights” corruption within itself with sweet smelling sasarobia perfume, whilst fighting so called corruption of opposition and critics of government with insecticides, pesticides and herbicides.
This government protects its corrupt officials involved in mind bungling larceny of $25b dollars contracts, warehousing of 50b from TSA and shamelessly requesting for $1billion to fight a boko haram that it claimed to have defeated since December, 2015. Even if Boko Haram were to have been defeated, which is a lie from the pit of hell, being rated the 3rd deadliest terrorist group in the world, it simply led to the enthronement of and replacement by, a new monstrous regime of blood carnage and horrific savaging of innocent people’s lives by a deadlier terrorist group, the herdsmen. The Agatu massacre, the Nibo, Enugu State conquest, the Southern Kaduna mayhem and mindless extermination of over 1000 indigenes, the mass Shiites obliteration and recently, the Numan and Demsa pogrom.
Haba! When IPOD members demonstrated peacefully on the streets of South East with berets, whistles cudgels and flags of a desired Biafran Republic, the military were ordered to maul them down. Till now, no one knows the whereabouts of Kanu. The government keeps silent. Yet, after the Numan/Demsa bloodletting, the government promptly dispatched VP Osibanjo to go and “make peace” with murderers. With such blatantly discriminatory and segregating patronage by government of the day, national unity, inter-ethnic cohesion and patriotic zeal of the citizens naturally wane. To discuss this government is to engage in sheer banality and Baba Sallah’s Alawada Kerikeri histrionics and buffoonery. I dey siddon look. I dey laugh.
WHEN APC SWINDLED NIGERIANS WITH MOUTH WATERING ELDORADO PROMISES
During the 2015 presidential campaigns, the APC, a conglomerate of strange bed fellows hurriedly cobbled together from the dying ashes of CPC, ACN, ANPP and a splinter of APGA (the Association has still not congilled into a real political party), took Nigerians on a roller-coaster jolly ride with mouth-watering eldorado promises out of this earth. They were determined to drive away President Jonathan and win the presidency at all cost. They suceeded. Because they were never ready for power, their hollowness and voidness soon manifested. Below are 41 promises contained in the APC Manifesto as published by the party prior to the Presidential election.
The promises below are extracted from the two official documents released by APC as their Manifesto titled ‘Securing Nigeria’s Future’ and ‘Roadmap to a New Nigeria’, all published by the APC and signed by the then Presidential aspirant, now President Muhammadu Buhari. Please note that some of the promises that do not require funds to be implemented are even yet to even be initiated.
SECURING NIGERIA’S FUTURE.
Initiate action to amend the Nigerian Constitution with a view to devolving powers, duties, and responsibilities to states in order to entrench true Federalism and the Federal spirit. (This simply means that the APC actually promised to restructure Nigeria and entrench true federalism if voted into power).
Page 6; amend the Constitution to remove immunity from prosecution for elected officers in criminal cases. Page 6; require full disclosure in media outlets, of all government contracts over N100m prior to award and during implementation at regular intervals. Page 6; amend the Constitution to require Local Governments to publish their meeting minutes, service performance data, and items of spending over N10M.
page 6; consult and amend the Constitution to enable States and Local Governments to create city, Local Government and State Policing systems.
Page 7; bring permanent peace and solutions to the insurgency issues in the North-East; the Niger Delta; and other conflict prone states and areas such as Plateau, Benue, Bauchi, Borno, Abia, Taraba, Yobe, and Kaduna.
Page 8; initiate policies to ensure that Nigerians are free to live and work in any part of the country by removing state of origin, tribe, ethnic and religious affiliations from documentation requirements in our identification of citizens and replace these with State of Residence and fashion out the appropriate minimal qualification for obtaining such a state of residency, nation-wide. Page 8; make our economy one of the fastest growing emerging economies in the world with a real GDP growth averaging at least 10-12% annually. Page 9; 5 million new jobs by 2019.
Page 9; put in place a N300bn Regional Growth Fund with an average of N50bn in each geo political region… to encourage private sector enterprise and to support places currently reliant on only on the public sector, to migrate to a private sector reality.
Page 10; amend the Constitution and the Land Use Act. Page 10; create an additional middleclass of at least 4 million new home owners by 2019.
Page 10; create a Social Welfare Program of at least Five Thousand Naira (N5000) that will cater for the 25 million poorest and most vulnerable citizens upon the demonstration of children’s enrolment in school and evidence of immunization to help promote family stability.
Page 10; provide allowances to the discharged but unemployed Youth Corps members for Twelve (12) months while in the skills and entrepreneurial development programmes.
Page 10; construct a 5,000km of Superhighway including service trunks and (b) building of up to 6,800km of modern railway completed by 2019.
Page 11; embark on PPP schemes that will ensure every one of the 36 states has one functional airport.
Page 11; speedily pass the much delayed Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) and ensure that local content issues are fully addressed.
Page 12; make Nigeria the world’s leading exporter of LNG through the creation of strategic partnerships.
Page 12; targeting up to 20% of our annual budget for Education. Page 13; provide One Meal a day for all Primary school pupils. That will create jobs in Agriculture, Catering, and Delivery Services.
Page 14; establish at least six new universities of Science and Technology with satellite campuses in various states.
Page 14; establish technical colleges and vocational centres in each state of the federation.
Page 14; increase the quality of all federal government owned hospitals to world class standard by 2019.
Page 15; provide free antenatal care for pregnant women; free health care for babies and children up to school going age and for the aged; and free treatment for those afflicted with infectious diseases such as tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS.
Page 15; create an Insurance Policy for our Journalists as the nation faces hard times and our Journalists face more dangers.
Page 15; establish Zonal world class sports academies and training institutes and ensure that Nigeria occupies a place of pride in global sports and athletics.
Page 16; assist Nollywood to fully develop into world class movie industry that can compete effectively with Hollywood and Bollywood in due course.
Page 16; guarantee that women are adequately represented in government appointments and provide greater opportunities in education, job creation, and economic empowerment.
Page 16; use the Party structures to promote the concept of reserving a minimum number of seats in the States and National Assembly, for women.
Page 16; create shelter belts in states bordering the Sahara Desert to mitigate and reverse the effects of the expanding desert.
Page 17. To be continued.
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
“Leadership by deception isn’t leadership. It’s fraud.” (DaShanne Stokes).
Hope Nigerians are reading, digesting and awaiting the next explosive discourse of Sunday Sermon on the Mount of the Nigerian Project by Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, OFR, FCIArb, LL.D.
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