59th Independence Anniversary: LA commends Nigerians’ patience amidst mounting woes
Lawal Adamu Usman, the Peoples Democratic Party senatorial candidate has congratulated Nigerians on the 59th anniversary of the nation’s independence, saying however, a lot needs to be done to achieve greatness.
Speaking through his media consultant Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, the candidate, fondly called Mr LA, lamented that with each passing year Nigeria only showcases a catalogue of failure instead of meaningful achievement.
He commended the patience of Nigerians who have to go through harsh economic realities for the last five years under a government that has failed to fulfill its campaign promises.
According to him, the All Progressives Congress government of the day has been fumbling with its numerous election promises, including dealing with security threats and managing a sluggish economy and a high unemployment rate.
Security, he said, remains a major challenge for the APC government after a first term of four years marked by kidnappings, bandit attacks, cattle rustling and communal conflicts in addition to an unabetted deadly insurgency in the North-East.
“Insecurity was a campaign issue on which the current president was elected, but five years after, even his home state of Katsina is witnessing an escalation in violence, with several villages raided by armed bandits, while the Boko Haram continues to operate in the northeast even as the herder-farmer violence has ebbed since the second half of 2018 claiming hundreds of lives and displacing thousands more.
“Countrywide, massive youth unemployment, feeble policing and the deepening atmosphere of impunity have made kidnapping and other public safety situations deteriorate further,” Adamu added.
The PDP senatorial candidate said Nigeria’s unemployment rate has doubled to 23 percent since 2015, while 90 million Nigerians are living in extreme poverty according to findings based on a projection by the World Poverty Clock and compiled by the Brookings Institution.
“Nigeria is Africa’s largest economy but unfortunately its current leaders are not ready to deal with any economic shocks at the moment because they have boxed themselves into a tight corner which, of course, is very bad given our population growth, poverty, and jobs crisis,” he said.
Adamu criticised government’s record in the fight against corruption and pointed at Transparency International’s 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index which showed Nigeria failed to improve its ranking of 144th out of 180 countries from 2017.
He also lamented what he called attempts to emasculate the judiciary by the lack of regard to the rule of law and disrespect for court processes, but insisted that the judiciary remains the only remaining hope for the nation’s democracy.