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Minister charges PDP Governors to face governance, improve lives in respective states

*Mohammed Idris, Minister for Information and National Orientation, says who could not bring transformational change when they had ‘a lengthy chance’ to do so should not seek to interrupt or distract those who are busy at work on the presidential vision for Nigerians

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

Sequel to their recent call for resignation of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu over current challenges in the economy, Mohammed Idris, Honourable Minister for Information and National Orientation, has said the opposition PDP Governors’ “call is nothing but an attempt at distraction by people who should instead be busy supporting the President’s efforts at bringing economic relief to the Nigerian people.”

The Minister, who said this in a statement Rabiu Ibrahim, Special Assistant to the Minister on Media, issued Sunday, February 18, 2024, noted it is the Federal Government’s considered view that the PDP and its Governors should not be seeking, through the back door of intimidation, what they have consistently failed to achieve by democratic means, since 2015.

He declared: “Those who could not bring transformational change when they had a lengthy chance to, should not seek to interrupt or distract those who are busy at work on the presidential vision that Nigerians elected them to implement.

Idris stated President Bola Tinubu has also, since inception, generously extended financial support to all the State Governments, regardless of partisan affiliation.

According to him, the removal of the petrol subsidy—which, incidentally, was one of the main planks of the PDP presidential campaign—has swelled the revenues of all States, including the PDP States. To whom more has been given, more is therefore expected.

The Minister also said: “The President and his administration recognise the unfinished business of revamping our national economy kickstarted by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, through programmes focused on large-scale infrastructure, social welfare, prioritising the equipping and welfare of the military and security agencies, and reclaiming Nigeria’s strategic place in the comity of nations.

“Boko Haram and its affiliates, on the ascendancy in 2014/2015, have since been decimated, and similar n gains are now being made with bandits and other criminals.”

Why Nigerians are at this juncture ─Idris

Alhaji Idris further recalled how Nigerians have not forgotten that it was the APC administration that cleared several liabilities left behind by the PDP government, such as subsidy claims by oil marketers, Paris Club Refunds, unpaid pensions, gratuities, and salary arrears owed various categories of pensioners from liquidated and existing State-Owned Enterprises.

The Minister stated that major oil sector reforms that the PDP touted for years but could not deliver – passage of the PIB, new refineries, as well as the revamp of existing ones, and so on – are the very real and continuing legacies of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

“All of these have been accomplished without access to the oil windfall that the PDP government enjoyed for much of the time that it was in power, and also against the backdrop of the most devastating global shock since the Second World War: the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We must continue to state these facts so Nigerians will know where we are coming from, and appreciate what is being done in its full context,” he noted.

Idris further stated: “President Tinubu is not and will never be overwhelmed by the current challenges the country is facing.

“He will not abdicate his responsibilities. He will courageously continue to wrestle with the challenges and surmount them, laying a durable foundation for the new Nigeria that is emerging.”

The Minister said: “He has also never shied away from acknowledging the pain of ongoing reforms, and has seized every opportunity to assure Nigerians that inside the pain of the reforms lie the seeds of lasting prosperity and national development.”

Idris restated: “To the PDP Governors, let us reiterate: This is not the time for distraction.

“It is time instead for the rolling up of sleeves, to support and complement the hard work of the President and his administration.”

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