The KOWA party on Tuesday said the All Progressives Congress (APC) should not use the fight against corruption as an excuse for the poor economy of the country.
In a press statement by its media team, the party said Nigerians are tired of hearing what happened 16 years ago, stating that the only reason APC was in power was because Nigerians were tired of the last administration.
The statement read in part, “To reiterate the growing feelings on the streets, Nigerians are tired of hearing what happened in the past 16 years of this administration. For the purpose of emphasis, the only reason the APC is currently the party in government is because Nigerians were tired of the past administration at a time when the country was not even in recession. It is therefore a counter-productive measure for representatives and spokespersons of the President to continue to feed Nigerians with tales of how bad things were.
“While it is necessary that we do not completely discard the stories of the past so we do not repeat the same mistakes, there is a need and in deed as things stand currently, an URGENT need to focus on what can be done to salvage the doom we are headed. That the APC as a party has not reached this point is one of the reasons we find ourselves in this recession and could not quickly put in policies that could help keep us on the edge.
“From all indications, it does not appear that the party has reached that point. It is difficult to find an average Nigerian even amongst PDP members that disagree that the institutional corruption that brought this nation to the point where this administration met it was built over time. However, we do not need history lessons to know that the only way to deal with the issues that such level of corruption has brought is to create new systems. Coming up with new Economic Policy or legislation that propels the success of SME’s does not come with a pre-requisite of knowing exactly how much money every past corrupt government official diverted for his or her personal use.
“If APC says Sambo Dasuki stole money that was meant for the fight against Boko Haram, and because of that they will not address the fact that the ease of entering into and staying in business in Nigeria is still woefully below par, then one must question their priorities, their vision and their ability to save this nation from the previous rot and from even the calamity they have brought in their wake.”