The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant, Alhaji Sule Lamido has blasted the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) for poor performance over the past three years.
Speaking in Calabar last Wednesday while paying courtesy visit to Governor Ben Ayade, Alhaji Lamido regretted that Nigeria now had more injuries than before.
“In 1999 we won, we had stable economy, stable development but along the line, some people who said they are more Nigerians than others came around and formed All Progressives Congress (APC),” he said.
“The formation of APC was not based on genuine concern for Nigeria. It was based on lust for power and also to harass Nigerians.
“APC was elected by defaults, blackmail and threat. APC was fraudulent”, he alleged, adding that in the North, “we were seen as infidel. Three years of APC governance, we have not only had Boko Haram problem but hunger Haram, harassment and killing.
“We also had recession. We had more killings in Hausa communities, Benue, Rivers, Zamfara and others under APC government”.
On corruption, he said those who left the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to join APC were saints while those that remained were considered to be thieves.
On economy, he said for sixteen years PDP incurred debt of N9 trillion but in the three years of APC they incurred N20 trillion.
“For sixteen years, we incurred debt of N9 trillion but in the three years of APC they incurred N20 trillion.
“This country belongs to all of us, but today Nigeria is sick, Nigeria has been hijacked, Nigeria is ruled with fear, intimidation and blackmail, if you talk, they go after you.
“But thank God, today we are all willing to run away from this kind of governance. I am here to share with you this common concern”, Lamido said.
“Are we more united, more serious and are we more prosperous? Are we happier? We are not, that is the simple truth, the trust we have among ourselves is gone.
“APC lacks the capacity to govern Nigeria, there is killing all over, we have to wake up because we are having global embarrassment.
“Today, we have killing, nepotism, high handedness, corruption, so if this trend continues into 2019 and APC remain beyond that, this country will seize to exist,” he said.
The Presidential aspirant told Governor Ben Ayade, “We have to decide on how to restore these past glory, restore our common unity.”
“We have to remove these people, because APC has no idea to rule this country and they are bankrupt. The APC is using our projects to showcase themselves, our airport, our rails our road etc, we have to remove these people, they are liars” he emphasized.
In a remark, Governor Ben Ayade regretted that Federal Government was not treating his people well, stressing “Our state does not benefit from NDDC projects; and we plead with the Federal Government to look into the plight of the people.”
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The National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), says it is yet to establish any link between oil leaks and death fishes that float and litter the Atlantic coastline across the Niger Delta region.
The agency said it was coordinating a multi-agency investigation, aimed at unraveling the cause of the reported massive death of fishes within the nation’s territorial waters and was looking beyond the oil industry.
Director-General of NOSDRA, Mr Idris Musa, told newsmen in a telephone chat on Wednesday in Yenagoa, that investigation was already ongoing in spite the COVID-19 lockdown.
According to Musa, officials of NOSDRA deployed from Warri, Yenagoa and Port Harcourt have conducted site visits to the Atlantic coastline in Delta, Bayelsa and Rivers to collect water and fish samples for tests.
”NOSDRA carried out a reconnaissance of the area in Delta where we first got the report through a member of a non- governmental organisation.
“There is no incident of oil spill within the area of reported dead fishes, notwithstanding that a few dead fishes were seen along the shoreline.
“The event of recent days where the death of fishes in large numbers make it expedient to look beyond oil spillage as the likely cause of death of fishes in such large numbers,” he said.
Musa said that the agency collected samples of water, sediments and some of the dead fishes for laboratory testing, and in doing so, brought on board other relevant government agencies that have mandate on the territorial waters, in particularly the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Nigerian Institute of Oceanography and Marine Research (NIOMR) and the Federal Institute of Fisheries Research.
“Also, the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) for all hands on deck assessment of the possible cause or causes of death of the fishes in such large numbers,” Musa said.
The NOSDRA chief executive said that the results of ongoing laboratory analysis would be compared with results from the participating agencies to profer an effective solution and ensures a more stringent regulation in future.
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