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Stop Unnecessary Attacks On Buhari, PDP Chief Warns Party

Posted: Jul 15, 2015 at 12:08 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By David Odama, Abuja

A FORMER member of the House of Representatives, John Olawole Fasogbon, has warned the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against incessant attacks on President Muhammadu Buhari on account of the composition and constitution of his cabinet and composition.

The former lawmaker also challenged the opposition party to allow the sense of national patriotism come into play and manifest while launching criticisms at the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Speaking with journalists in Abuja, Fasogbon who hailed from Ife Federal Constituency of Osun State, pleaded with the PDP to allow a new foundation that would give a rebirth to the country to be properly laid by the President in the best interest of the nation.

The PDP chieftain and former governorship aspirant warned that undue criticism of the new government and unwarranted attacks against the President would not fetch anybody or group any goodwill, but would rather distract government from forging ahead in the way Nigerians wanted.

“As a foundation member of PDP and ardent lover and promoter of good governance, I am duty bound to plead with the leadership of my party (PDP) to take it easy with President Muhammadu Buhari.

“We should all allow him time to plan and lay the new government on a solid foundation. Governance is a serious business and we should not turn it to a child’s play”.

Fasogbon, who is the chairman of the Governing Council of the Alvan Ikoku University of Education, Owerri, Imo State, said that unwarranted and baseless attacks and undue criticism of the new government in power should not be welcomed by well-meaning Nigerians for now.

He recalled the advent of democracy in 1999 under former President Olusegun Obasanjo of PDP, adding that it took more than six months before the then government machinery could be put in place.

Specifically, he said that as part of efforts then to clean the Augean table, former President Obasanjo, as the new President, travelled round the world to canvass for support of the advanced nations for Nigeria.

Explaining further, he said that Nigeria benefitted immensely from the efforts because the Paris Club among others, granted the forgiveness of the large chunks of the country’s debt.

“We are all living witnesses, Chief Obasanjo flew round the world, persuading world leaders to help Nigeria.

“The end result was a good governance and forgiveness of parts of our huge debt by the Paris Club and other creditors.

“So, we should allow President Buhari too to take time to plan his government on a solid rock that will yield dividends of democracy for the citizenry and to find a permanent solution to the political and economic crises ravaging the country”, he said.

Fasogbon congratulated Buhari on his successful historic inauguration as the first president to emerge from the opposition party, and pleaded with him to ensure that Nigerians are not let down in his bid to make a better change for the nation.

He also called on the president to ensure adequate funding of two Federal Colleges of Education elevated to full-fledged universities to enable them cope effectively with their new status.