National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, John Odigie-Oyegun, has said the ruling party is full aware of the severe economic and social hardships Nigerians are currently facing.
While briefing journalists after the APC national executive council (NEC) meeting in Abuja on Thursday, the Chairman said the country’s problems originated from the collapse of the price of crude oil and the pilfering of the nation’s coffers.
“Naturally, this would have been the time to roll out the drums and to celebrate loudly but I think that being a government and a party that is responsive, we are very well aware of the hardships in the land. For that reason, it should be a period of introspection, a period for memories and a period for reminiscences.”
“The problems we have are well known, of course originating from two well known factors: our squandered patrimony of course, and the unfortunate coincidence of the collapse of the price of crude oil.”
“Nevertheless, in spite of these hardships, our government has recorded strides that are worth mentioning, that are worth celebrating and that are worth noting.”
“The price of crude is gradually beginning to crawl persistently, slowly but upwards The fight against corruption: the gains are clear; the era of impunity is beginning to disappear from our land.”
“Even from reading the papers, social media – critical as they may be – virtually every Nigerian accepts that corruption was perhaps the worst affliction that this nation has ever suffered from.”
“Finally, the cost of governance is down. So, even with the lean resources, it is clear that all over the nation, from the federal level to the state level, we will be able to do more with less.”