Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State says it is morally wrong for the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP)-led government to solicit votes from Nigerians in the forthcoming 2015 general elections, since they failed to perform the most important responsibility of securing lives and property of citizens and protection of the territorial integrity of the nation.
Disclosing this at a social forum in Lagos, Fashola asserted that while Nigerians handed over a whole country to the PDP in 2011, the same party is now returning to Nigerians to ask for another leadership mandate with parts of the country lost to insurgents.
He pointed out that the PDP had politicised everything, including the abduction of over 200 Chibok schoolgirls and re-calibration of Nigeria’s economy as Africa’s biggest.
Hear him, “Please ask them why smaller economies could get petrol easily for their people but we have to queue for hours and days to get petrol in the ‘biggest economy’ in Africa.”
The Governor wondered why the purported biggest economy in Africa was trying to buy arms from a smaller economy to secure the country pointing out that the nation’s currency (the naira) is now trading for N180 per while the South African Rand is trading at R11 to the US dollar.
According to him, what matters is the quality of the life and prosperity of the citizens and not the size or number being bandied by the PDP-led government.
He noted that the federal government also played politics with the Ebola Virus Disease containment as it almost turned the very grave situation into a political trophy, “even though they knew little about how the battle was fought and won in Lagos which was the epic centre”.
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Fashola stressed that the All Progressives Congress, APC-controlled Lagos State government has done well in many fronts including education, security, power and the financial sectors notwithstanding the very precarious economic and security situation the country is engulfed in.