2019: Why Buhari, APC should be given full support – Odigie-Oyegun


 John Odigie-Oyegun, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has recounted the achievements of the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration in office within the past two years and called on the public to support the President ahead of 2019.

Addressing the second plenary of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria holding at St. Charles Borromeo Pastoral Centre in Jalingo, Taraba State; Odigie-Oyegun said “the corruption scourge in the country is steadily receding from our national life under the Buhari administration.”
He also revealed that the administration put in place measures that has plugged revenue leakages and allowed for targeted reflation of the economy; adding that the economy is being diversified and the output from the non-oil sector is steadily increasing.
According to the APC chairman, the threat to national integrity by the Boko Haram insurgency has been substantially contained under Buhari’s government, except for sporadic attacks on soft targets by elements of the group.
He said: “While the revelations about past levels of corruption are depressing and a sad reminder of how past administrations institutionalised corruption and impunity, there is now a general realisation that previous shocking levels of impunity, arrogance of power and corruption that bedevilled the country are no longer acceptable.
“The corruption scourge is steadily receding from our national life under the APC administration.
“There were also enormous leakages in the financial system; massive corruption in the administration of the oil industry and huge debt not matched with corresponding assets which posed serious challenges to the economic wellbeing of the nation. This required a number of steps to be taken to instil discipline and reposition the economy.
“The Treasury Single Account (TSA) was fully implemented to centralize funding receipts and monitor disbursements. This has plugged revenue leakages and allowed for targeted reflation of the economy amongst other benefits.
“Oil sector reforms embarked on by the current administration involved the elimination of the scandalous subsidy racket and the liberalisation of the distribution chain of the downstream sector.
“Some of the positive outcomes of the oil sector reforms are:
“The new petroleum products supply and pricing framework has eliminated subsidy payments and other distortions in the petroleum distribution market which had been tainted by fraud in the past years.
“Removal of subsidy has freed more resources to enable government address other pressing social and infrastructure needs in the country
“The perennial fuel scarcity crisis has become history. Petroleum products are now readily available all over the country as a result of more efficient management of the sector and increased private sector participation.
“The economy is being diversified and the output from the non-oil sector is steadily increasing.
“The threat to national integrity by the Boko Haram insurgency has been substantially contained, except for sporadic attacks on soft targets by elements of the group.
“The atmosphere has been created for liberal political debates that allow all opinions to be heard and no view to be repressed. The freedom of the press to report, analyse and hold opinion has been sacrosanct.
“A campaign to inculcate national values of inclusion, integrity and patriotism through the ‘Change begins with me’ initiative of the federal ministry of information has been launched to shore up and strengthen the democratic base of the country.
“In response to the agitations for structural reforms of the country’s political architecture and to structure the debate for the benefit of the sustained unity, peace and progress of the country, the APC constituted a broad-based committee with Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, the Kaduna State Governor as chairman to review the reports of all past constitutional conferences, the APC constitution, manifesto and campaign promises of the Party to distil the position of the APC as regards what the Nigerian federalism is and should be.
“Your Lordships, the state of the nation is strong.
“The Buhari government is committed to working hard to achieve this vision by building and consolidating on the successes so far achieved while striving for accelerated growth and development.

“We call on your Lordships to continue your prayers for our country and the good health of President Muhammadu Buhari.”
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