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Group asks Jonathan, Buhari to address critical issues


jona-and-BuhariTHE Concerned Nigeria Professionals and Entrepreneur Forum has said that the campaigns of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) and their candiåates, President Goodluck Jonathan and Major General Muhammadu Buhari are not sufficiently addressing critical issues that are capable to guide or enable the electorate to make the right choices.

Addressing the media in Lagos, Convener of the group, Emeka Ugwu-Oju, said that the campaigns of the two major political parties and their candidates, have not really addressed the issue of fundamental change in the dynamics of the global oil market (guaranteed average low oil price for the foreseeable future) and the negative implication for a mono-product economy like ours.

He also said the campaigns are yet to look at the issue of restructuring or creation of a fair, just and equitable federation.

According to Ugwu-Oju: “We have had a National Conference, which over a period of five months deliberated on various sticky issues that border on the Nigerian question. The conference came up with a comprehensive report, including a set of distilled issues that form the basis for a brand new constitution. What remains to be done is the implementation of the conference recommendations.

How the candidates intend to implement the report or whether they will muster the political will to implement the report is important to the electorate.”

Other issues, he observed, include reduction in cost of governance at the federal, state and local council level, transiting from an oil income sharing to a wealth creating economy, climate change, security of lives and property, unemployment, corruption, food, water and housing, the basic needs of Nigerians, including food, water and housing and education

Ugwu-Oju said, “The question of quality and affordable education for the teeming masses of Nigerians has dragged on for as long as one can recall. There is lean investment in education aside making publicly funded education qualitative and affordable.”

He lamented that many young Nigerians are yearning for university education but cannot get places. Even with the entry by private universities not much has changed.

Ugwu-Oju said as a way of addressing the issues and realising our mission “The forum have planned seven town-hall meetings in the six geopolitical zones and a national town-hall meeting in Abuja where representatives of the two major parties and other stakeholders are expected.

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  • New Nigerian

    This is another political interest group of the Plutocratic Desperado Party. The issues could not be clearer and the electorate have made up it’s mind and would have voted overwhelmingly for Buhari last February. APC should focus on getting out the votes and not mind this distractions of apparently paid PDP interest groups.

    Emeka, just google the much publicized platform of the APC under President Buhari and you’d receive the details and Jonathan says for us to expect more of the same, so why are you try to muddle up something that is as clear as day!

    No. 1 issue is insecurity in the land and this group did not even mention it! – when the whole world is concerned that 35,000 Nigerians have been killed in the North and hundreds have been kidnapped in the South-South for ransom money.

    Closely following this is massive diversion of the common wealth cash (more than $20billion) and oil (with Jonathan-oil-mafia dumping 400,000+ daily on the world market isince 2011 thereby diverting over $60billion in the process) – Every Nigerian and the world knows that and yet it is not mentioned in his issues that need to be urgently addressed how this would be stopped. We know Jonathan does not see it as a problem, why should he, LOL? Buhari will stop it and get the resources back into public coffers.

    Then there is the issue of unemployment – it will require infusion of money – which Buhari’s platform has said the money saved from theft and corruption would be ploughed back into the economy an that the base would be diversified away from oil, with a major focus on Agriculture…we the people know this, these political interest group choose not to know it.

    To understand Jonathan take a read of Femi Fani Kayode, in his speech delivered in Ife Town Hall, Ile Ife on September 23, 2013 has the followings to say about Jonathan, take a read – (and sorry Mr. Fani Kayode, you can run but you cannot hide, we believed what you told us then as we can independently verify by ourselves as true. They were not “your views” and just so you know I am a patriot who does not belong to any party):

    “””It is only under this Federal Government that, according to Rotimi Amaechi the Governor of Rivers state, two powerful, sophisticated, well-armed and highly efficient combat helicopters can be ordered and brought into the country to fight and bring an end to the massive oil theft that has gone on in the Niger Delta area for the last three years yet when those helicopters arrived the President simply refused to use and deploy them for reasons best known to himself. I have the utmost respect for the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. This is especially because I am someone who had the privilage of working in that office for three years before I became a Federal Minister when I was spokesman to President Olusegun Obasanjo. Yet even though my respect for that office remains intact I am constrained to say that I have nothing but contempt for the way that it is presently being run and I have no qualms about criticising the performance of our President and his government. As a matter of fact I consider it as part of my civic duty to do so. The truth is that this government is fast living up to it’s reputation of being utterly clueless and manifestly dishonest. Worse still their incompetence, whether it is to do with the handling of security matters or the economy has no bounds and knows no end.

    I say this because more people have been killed by terrorists under the watch of President Goodluck Jonathan and in the last three years than at any other time in our history outside the period of the civil war. 7000 Nigerians have met their bloody end at the hands of Boko Haram in the last three years and even as we speak today there are paerts of our country that are under lock down and in a state of emergency where innocent Nigerians are being slaughtered by our own security forces. Under this President Nigeria has become an abbatoir of human flesh and blood yet he still has the sheer effontry to say that he wants to return to power in 2015 and some around him have said that ”if Goodluck is not re-elected in 2015 there will be bloodshed”. Such threats and such words against the Nigerian people yet no-one in government has seen fit to call those that harbour such bloody and violent sentiments to order. What a government we have and what a country and what a people we are. The President has divided his own party and his own nation more than any other President in the history of Nigeria simply due to his lust for power and his blind ambition to succeeed himself at all costs in 2015. Yet regardless of his desperation and their threats this must not be allowed to happen. We must not allow it to happen regardless of the efforts of the fifth columnists amongst us in yorubaland that still support him for the crumbs that they are getting from his table. If he comes back in 2015, by the time he finishes in 2019 the yoruba will have been reduced to nothing but errand boys and slaves to others. That is the hidden agenda. Worse still Nigeria will be irretrievably destroyed and she will never be the same again. The challenge of every self-respecting yoruba man today is therefore simple and clear- we must stop Jonathan from coming back to office in 2015 and we must vote him out of power when the time comes. We must do this for the sake of our people in the south-west and we must do so for the sake of the people of Nigeria.

    It is with this background in mind and in the knowledge of President Goodluck Jonathan’s desperate and unholy intention to return to power at all costs in 2015 that I feel compelled to share the following words of wisdom from our Royal Father, the Alafin of Oyo, HRH Oba Lamidi Adeyemi with you. Just a few days ago he said the following- “My fatherly advice to those in authority at the federal level and especially our amiable President, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, is to learn from the mistakes of his very illustrious predecessor, Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, by resisting any temptation to take the ‘west by all means.’” Kabiyesi has spoken well and a word is enough for the wise.

    A few more words on President Jonathan. Two days ago he reportedly asked the Nigerian people to ”leave him alone” and let him ”do his job” and challenged us to point out, with facts and figures, evidence of his corruption. I will do so here and now by simply asking a few questions which I had originally asked in another speech at another distinguished gathering in Lagos on April 2013 and which they refused to answer. Now that our President has thrown down the gauntlet and asked us to challenge him perhaps these questions will now be answered. The questions are as follows.

    When will our President and his ”today’s men” answer David Cameron, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom’s, question and tell him what they did with the 100 billion USD that they made from oil sales in the last two years? When will they answer the question that many of us have asked over and over again about how they squandered 67 billion USD of our foreign reserves? When will they answer the question that Nasir El Rufai asked sometime back about how they spent over 350 billion naira on security vote in one year alone? When will they answer the many questions that Pat Utomi and many other distinguishedand courageous leaders and ”yesterday’s men” have raised about the trillions of naira that have been supposedly spent on oil subsidy payments in the last two years? When will they implement the findings and recommendations of the Nuhu Ribadu report on the thievery that has gone on in the oil sector? When will they cultivate the guts and find the courage to respond to a call for a public debate to defend their abysmal record? When will these ”today’s men” stop being so reckless with our money? Why would our ”today’s man” FCT Minister budget 5 billion for the ”rehabilitatioin of prostitues in the Abuja”? Why would he budget 7.5 billion naira for a new ”FCT city gate”? Why would he budget 4 billion naira for some kind of building or centre for the First Lady? Why would the Federal Government of ”todays men” budget 1 billion naira for food in the Villa? Are these the priorities of ”today’s men”? And all this when Nigeria is back in foreign debt to the tune of 9 billion USD and is still borrowing, when local debt has hit almost 50 billion USD, when 40 per cent of the Nigerian people are unemployed, when 80 per cent of our graduates are unemploymed, when 40 per cent of Nigerians do not have access to good food and are described by the U.N.D.P as being ”hungry”, when 50 per cent of our oil production is being stolen on a daily basis by pirates and bunkerers and when 70 per cent of Nigerians are living below the poverty line? Is this the vision of ”today’s men”? If so, may God deliver Nigeria.

    So much destruction and disaster all wrought in the space of three years and by just one man. That is the legacy of President Goodluck Jonathan and his ”todays men”. Yet just as it took one man to take us to these dingy and depressing depths so it will take one man to lift us up again to the heights of glory….””.