Lamido’s Group Labels Buhari’s Govt a Disaster
A pro-Lamido group, under the aegis of National Volunteers for Lamido, on Sunday described the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari as “a total disaster,” saying it had failed in the management of the economy, foreign relations and the fight against graft.
The group’s position is contained in a statement by its National Coordinator, Umar Hadeja. The statement was issued in response to a comment by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.
A former governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Sule Lamido, had in an interview with a national newspaper faulted the anti-corruption posture of the Federal Government. In response to that, Shehu lambasted Lamido.
But Hadeja in the statement on Sunday, said, “Clearly, Garba Shehu’s attempted response to the said Sule Lamido interview is another classic example of the PR disaster and liability that he now represents for the Buhari administration.
“Whatever the Peoples Democratic Party did, it left the scene over two years ago and that exit provided Nigerians the opportunity to gauge the standard of performance. While acknowledging our human frailties, the PDP’s 16 years of mistake is far less than the calamity of the last two and half years of the APC in multiple dimensions.”
While calling on the APC to either shape up or be shipped out in 2019, the NVL accused Shehu of lacking intellectual depth and exhibiting hollow PR acumen, “made even more obvious by a feeble and surely failed attempt to address or attack the facts of the matter raised in the Sule Lamido interview.”
The NVL said, “By falsely accusing Alhaji Sule Lamido of impugning the integrity of Buhari while the government is itself destroying the nation’s judicial system as well as the EFCC, Garba Shehu has thrown up the poverty of the government’s effort to water down any serious effort to address our national ills.
“To be sure, we know that Alhaji Sule Lamido is not and cannot be deterred, distracted or cowed by the shenanigans of the ilk of Garba. As a statesman and nationalist whose sole driving impetus is improvement in the material condition of the ordinary Nigerian citizen, as well as carving a place of high repute for Nigeria in the comity of nations, Alhaji Sule Lamido is forging ahead with steely determination and singleness of purpose.”
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