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This Blame Game Of Buhari’s Government Must Stop – Tanko

Yunusa Tanko
Posted: Sep 13, 2016 at 6:50 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Yunusa Tanko, former Chairman, Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) was re-elected as National Chairman, National Conscience Party (NCP), in this interview with AUGUSTINE ADAH, he spoke on the focus of the party and the inability of the present administration to provide a credible leadership.

You were re-elected as national chairman of NCP, what would be your major priority this time around?

My focus is to win the next general election in 2019. There is no point  labouring ourselves with a lot of issues, as I told our members, our priority and aspiration should be to be the best alternative party  to  People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC) in the next general elections.

NCP is an old party which has been contesting elections; how do you intend to overcome some of the challenges like funding that has deprived the party from winning elections in the past?

I agree with you. But there must be a paradigm shift. The party which does not charge fee for aspirants I believe would use that opportunity to attract credible people who would mobilise a lot of people to vote for the party. You have seen what is happening in the country where the ruling party cannot provide effective leadership for the country. PDP was in power for 16 years earlier and we all saw what happened. So Nigerians has no alternative but to embrace NCP massively in 2019 general elections because the party in power and the one before have disappointed Nigerians.

Many observers believe Nigeria got to this position because the present administration lacks economic expertise.  What is your take on that?

The country slipped into recession because the government of the day lacks systematic planning. Buhari wouldn’t have come into power if there is no problem for him to solve. Therefore, we are tired of blame game that has become the trade mark of this administration since they took over power last year.  I want to say that this blame game cannot do us any good and it is better they stop it. Nigerians came out  in their large numbers and voted for President Muhammadu Buhari  with the expectation that he would be able to settle down and do the needful instead of casting aspersion on the former administration every time. Time is running out and we are worried that if the situation continues, Nigeria may not be able to get what they voted this government to provide for them.

We learnt that over N3t in cash and assets were recovered from looters by this administration. What is your advice on how best the government the government can put the recovered loot to use?

I am becoming too confused about this trillion saga. If you have recovered such amount of money why then is it difficult for you to plunge the money into the economy to stimulate it instead of going to borrow more money. We are already in third quarter of the year and so far not up to 20 percent of the over six trillion naira in this year’s budget has been injected into the economy.  Is there any sense in you having money and then going to borrow from another source?  Our roads in this country are death trap and a lot of people are suffering in this country with no visible sign that the problem would improve soon.  A lot of people are not even co-operating with the government in the task of generating more revenue because they are suffering and government is not doing anything to assuage the situation. My best suggestion is for the government to handover power and allows those who have better ideas on how to manage the situation to take over. It is true that we have bad governments in the country since the return of democracy in 1999, but that does not mean it would take them another 16 years to be able to know what to do with the present situation. Somebody with best ideas can put the economy on track within a short period.  Nothing is moving in this country since the present APC government takes over power and a lot of people are losing their lives as a result of the hardship. It is the right time the government sits down and takes the right approach to tackle the problem.

The Edo Guber election was postponed at the last minute; do you believe the reasons given for the postponement was justifiable?

Everything is connecting to each other. If the reason behind the appointment of a new INEC chairman is to ensure the country get the best in the conduct of elections, everything would fall in that direction.  But I don’t see the present INEC as providing a level playing ground for other political parties in the country.  The electoral umpire appears to be working for the interest of the party in power.

Judging by what is happening in the Edo election; do you have any fear over the 2019 general elections?

Already, the INEC chairman has stated that he is not sure of conclusive 2019 elections. There is a saying that when you are pointing a finger at somebody, four of them return to you. They have been criticising PDP when in power but now it is their turn. I know the government has communication, cohesion and performance problem. But my worry is that the government has not been able to open up and tell Nigerians the truth of the situation so that some people can help. There is no need for you to continue in your pride when you are not getting the act of governance right. If they have told Nigerians the truth, some people would have been able to give advice because when things are working, it is all of us that would benefit. It is unfortunate that the best we are getting from this government is blame game. I urge the government to seek the help of Nigerians on how best to handle the problems of the country, or they should handover power and go to rest because we cannot continue in this way.