The All Progressives Congress has risen in strong defense of President Muhammadu Buhari, whose one month in office was described by the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as all motion, but no movement.
The governing APC said contrary to the picture painted by the opposition, there has indeed been motion and movement.
In a press statement issued on Tuesday from Lagos, the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said while Nigerians are right to demand quick and sustained action in addressing the various challenges, it is important for the party to put things in perspective for a better understanding.
“Let me say straight away that my party, the APC, understands and appreciates the concerns of Nigerians as far as the perceived pace of the administration is concerned. We understand that they repose so much confidence in the party and the government to act quickly to stamp out insecurity, tackle corruption, revive the moribund economy, provide jobs and generally restore hope”.
The governing party explained that the late receipt of the handover notes from the Goodluck Jonathan administration just four days to the May 29 inauguration date, slowed down its efforts to have a full grasp of situation on ground.
“Recall that when we raised the alarm over the delay in getting the handover notes, the former government even accused us of seeking to form a parallel government.
“Secondly, Nigeria has never before witnessed this kind of transition. What the country has been accustomed to is transition from one government to another under the same ruling party, not from the ruling party to the opposition as we have now. The implication is that this is a new learning curve, with its attendant hiccups”, the party stated.
Mr. Mohammed, however, pointed out that within one month of assuming office, the Buhari Administration has availed itself creditably despite the challenges encountered.
“The President had hardly been sworn into office than he embarked on a shuttle diplomacy to rally Nigeria’s neighbours to act as a common front against the terror group Boko Haram.
“The result is the decision to deploy the Multi National Joint Task Force (MNJTF), with headquarters in N’Djamena, Chad, on July 30th to pep up the fight against Boko Haram. This is the same force that the past administration could not get off the ground in six years”, the statement read.
It went on to say despite the laudable achievements of the Buhari Administration within the past few weeks of its coming into being, Nigerians were right to demand even a faster pace.
“Nigerians are right and justified in their expectations. All we ask for is a little more patience, a little more understanding and continuous support for the Buhari Administration. This administration is willing, determined and able to effect the change that Nigerians voted for, despite the initial challenges”, the statement concluded.