Members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the House of Representatives have challenged President Muhammadu Buhari and members of the National Assembly to justify the confidence Nigerians reposed in them to lead the country.
The PDP lawmakers said in a statement by their leader, Leo Ogor (PDP, Delta), marking the return of federal legislators from the Christmas and New Year break, yesterday in Abuja, that the president must send the right signals to take the country out of the current economic recession.
“Nigeria is at a critical juncture and all elected and appointed officials across the federation must renew efforts towards justifying citizens’ confidence, which has been lacking not only because of economic inequality but also deepening segregation and the vicious cycles of conflicts across the nation,” the statement said.
The statement commended members of the civil society organizations for sustaining “tenacious campaigns against extremism, malnutrition, human rights violations and drawing further attention to the plight of internally displaced persons (IDPs) across the country.”
Ogor said if the All Progressives Congress (APC) adequately demonstrated zeal towards restoring unity among Nigerians as well as nipping in the bud, the increasing polarization being driven by ethnicity, political affiliations and religious sentiments, he would not hesitate to mobilize members of his party’s caucus for this noble cause.
“We join all other citizens in thanking God for this New Year and the fresh opportunity of a new beginning. As the National Assembly resumes, members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), House of Representatives Caucus intend to renew our commitment to the tenets of democracy and broad-based development in Nigeria.
“We must all brace up to the increasingly challenging factors across the landscape as all citizens, including those in government and active civil society organizations like the BBOG movement have critical roles to play.
“A biased anti-corruption war solely focused on those considered as political adversaries will further open the treasury to looting rather than implement the required safeguards.
“Genuine change will reflect in proper management of the economy, an end to economic recession, addressing worsening unemployment and resolving violent clashes in which many innocent people continue to lose their lives in various communities,” he said in the statement.
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