*Nigeria seriously misgoverned, says Atiku
*Buhari, APC wrecked Nigeria with N22trn debt – PDP
By Mike Ubani, Myke Uzendu (Abuja), and Angela Nkwo- Akpolu (Owerri)
Former President Goodluck Jonathan has appealed to Nigerians not to despair in the face of the on-going “persecution because evil does not last”.
He said that “it is better to be persecuted for doing the right thing, than being associated with despicable conduct”.
Similarly, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has lamented that Nigeria is seriously misgovernment by the incumbent All Progressives Congress (APC) led Federal Government.
Atiku said that he is offering to be the next president because he can fix the nation’s challenges.
Jonathan who spoke at the 2018 New Yam festival of the Obi of Obinugwu and Chairman, Igbo Traditional Rulers Forum, His Royal Majesty, Eze Cletus Ilomuanya, in Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State, stated that the monarch like other Nigerians, suffered unjust persecution for insisting that the right things be done.
In a statement by the Media Consultant to the Obi of Obinugwu, Mr. Kennedy Iweama, the former president who holds the title of “Chinaemeze of Igbo Land”, which was conferred on him by Eze Ilomuanya, said that: “Eze Ilomuanya is a very good example of a worthy royal father, who understands the imperative of living an upright life.
“We must appreciate goodness even when threatened with persecution because evil doesn’t last long. A leader must be prepared to face a lot of challenges at some point in life, which is what leadership often entails”.
Jonathan described the festival as “a well-organised event with the capacity of being packaged as a national event”.
He also showered praises on the Obinugwu people for remaining behind their monarch, during his travails and assured them that “the lost glories will soon be returned to the community”.
At the event, former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, described Jonathan as “a friend in need, and a friend indeed”.
The Deputy Governor of Imo State, Prince Eze Madumere, dissociated himself from the persecution of Eze Ilomuanya under the Governor Rochas Okorocha-led administration in Imo state.
While welcoming his guests earlier, Eze Ilomuanya described the festival as the dawn of a new era in the agricultural calendar of the community.
He stated that August 14 every year was always set aside for the festival which the community inherited from their forefathers.
*Nigeria seriously misgoverned – Atiku
While in Owerri, the Imo State capital on Wednesday, Atiku lamented that Nigeria has been mismanaged by incompetent leaders.
He said that his greatest motivation for seeking to be the country’s President is to move it forward.
Atiku spoke when he visited elder statesman and stalwart of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, as part of his nationwide consultations.
He said that Nigeria has been riddled with bad governance and quickly added that he has the solutions to the many challenges confronting the country.
Atikur said: “I want to move Nigeria forward. Patriotism is needed to move Nigeria forward and I am very patriotic. And together, we will improve the nation”.
Iwuanyanywu declared that he would not retire from politics until Atiku becomes President and asked the former vice president to rely on the support of Imo PDP members.
He said: “There is poverty in the land because of bad governance and supporting Atiku is the best thing to do.
“We the Igbo have been greatly marginalised and I find it surprising that some Igbo are supporting President Muhamadu Buhari”.
Atiku was accompanied by his Campaign Director- General, Otunba Gbenga Daniel. Others in attendance were former Governor of Imo State, Chief Achike Udenwa, former PDP Chairman, Chief Okwezilieze Nwodo, Senator Chris Anyanwu, Chief Dubem Onyia amongst others.
*Buhari, APC have wrecked Nigeria with N22trn debt – PDP
Meanwhile, the PDP has said that President Buhari’s poor understanding of global economic dynamics and his providing cover for corrupt people in his Presidency have wrecked the nation and is directly responsible for the N22 trillion national debt burden.
The party said that had President Buhari heeded wise counsel from the PDP to allow competent hands to manage the economy, Nigeria would not have been in the current embarrassing economic situation.
In a statement Wednesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP said that since Buhari assumed office and took control of the once robust economy, his administration has failed to articulate any germane policy to sustain, let alone, grow the economy, but had instead, resorted to borrowing, while allowing his cronies and APC leaders to fritter away trillions of naira earned by the nation in the last three years.
“Why would the Buhari administration not accumulate debt when it has continued to cover up corrupt practices under its watch, including the alleged stealing of N9 trillion, through underhand oil contracts in the NNPC and the Ministry of Petroleum Resources as well as the alleged illegal lifting of crude oil worth N1.1 trillion by 18 unregistered companies to service APC interests, among others.
“Moreover, the Buhari Presidency has refused to explain the whereabouts of trillions of naira unremitted oil revenue, resulting in the deadlock at the Federal Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC).
PDP invites Nigerians to note that since President Buhari intensified his re-election bid, there have been huge dearth in investment inflow, further depreciation of the naira and a dangerous slide in the capital market, all signposting that Nigeria will continue to face perilous time as long as President Buhari remained on the saddle.