Judex Okoro, Calabar
Nigeria’s Ambassador to Uganda, Dr. Nyah Asuquo, has defended the Mohammadu Buhari-led administration, saying governors should be blamed for the poverty in the land not the Presidency.
Reacting to allegations that the Buhari-APC government has failed in the area of economy and making life unbearable to Nigerians, Asuquo, a former member representing Calabar Municipality/Udukpani federal constituency, said the present administration was making tremendous progress in the area of job creation, agriculture and corruption.
In his words, “Our democracy is just 19 years and does not evolve to become ultimate overnight.
“Nigerians had better hold state governments responsible for under development which exist at grassroots level, given the fact that the administration of Mohammadu Buhari has never failed in its responsibility of allocating money on monthly basis as revenue allocation to governors of state.
“It is not Buhari that is controlling the resources of local government; it is not Buhari that is controlling the resources of the states. Every state government goes its allocation every month and they should use it to develop their states.
“Today, the President has signed the Not too young to run bill. So he is going to open up so many opportunities for so many young people to come to the political scene and push the banner forward. That is a very nice political development the president has given to all the youths in Nigeria.”
Denying the allegations that the Federal Government has embarked on selective persecution of opponents, Asuquo said those in EFCC net are those who have been in government for the past 16 and they are PDP people.
He commended the various anti corruption agencies for prosecuting prominent citizens who were before now untouchable, adding that anti-corruption war is working as first with the conviction of a former governor.